August Message from the Administrator

I welcome you to the first of what will be a monthly Council Column.

The new Murrumbidgee Council is working hard towards positive change. Since the merger in May there have been three Council meetings held ensuring the continued delivery of services to the community.

All of our former councillors, except those retiring from Local Government, now make up the Local Representation Committee (LRC). They are all playing an active part in ensuring a smooth transition for Murrumbidgee Council.

These members all live and work across the region and offer invaluable, knowledge of their communities.

New look planned for Council

A better, smarter Council deserves a bright, new look and that’s what Murrumbidgee Council is now working towards.

Local marketing and design company The Articulate Pear, with input from the wider community, will help create a new corporate image that looks to the future. In the coming weeks the team will be out and about at events in Jerilderie, Coleambally and Darlington Point and would love to have members of the community offer their opinion.

Input needed for satisfaction survey

Murrumbidgee Council residents may also be asked to participate in the Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Project. The phone survey of 400 adults from across the new Murrumbidgee Council area will be conducted by JWS Research. An agreed measure of success in the Stronger Councils framework is community satisfaction with council’s overall performance. In a first for the NSW Local Government sector, this particular measure will be addressed through a partnership between Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) and the 19 new councils through this dedicated community satisfaction survey project. It is similar to a survey which has been conducted in Victorian councils. Those undertaking the survey will be asked a series of questions, assessing Council in a number of areas.

Overwhelming response to funding

Among the other exciting things happening at Murrumbidgee Council is the chance for local groups to share in $1million worth of funding.

Council had an overwhelming response to the call for not-for-profit community groups to submit applications for the Stronger Communities Fund grants of up to $50,000.

Close to 80 applications were received from a wide range of different groups, including schools and sporting organisations.

Over the next couple of weeks the Stronger Communities Fund Assessment Panel, in accordance with the Department of Premier and Cabinet guidelines, will be reviewing the applications in-depth. Groups will be notified of the progress being made.

Jerilderie Agency- Bendigo Bank

The Coleambally Community Bank Representative is now available at the Jerilderie Bendigo Bank Agency in the Office on Monday, Tuesday and Friday each week. For any enquiries relating to opening new accounts and transferring existing ones please contact the Council Office in Jerilderie directly on 03 5886 1200 to arrange an appointment.

 

No voting this time around for Murrumbidgee Council

Residents enrolled to vote in the Murrumbidgee Council area should be aware that they will not have to vote on September 10 this year.

Elections for our Council will not be held until September 9, 2017. If you are unsure where you are enrolled visit www.votensw.info.

 

Through this column Murrumbidgee Council will strive to keep the community informed about what’s happening, but please feel free to email us at any time or you can call or visit the same Council offices that you always have.

 

Austin Evans, Administrator