September Message from the Administrator

Merging the former Jerilderie Shire and Murrumbidgee Shire Councils was always going to be a big job; however we are already starting to see the benefits to our three communities.

In the next few months some of these advantages will become apparent to our residents in Darlington Point, Coleambally and Jerilderie, of creating one larger entity. 

Council is mindful that residents have been asked to provide input at every turn and we appreciate the valuable, ongoing assistance provided. Without the help of our community members we could not do it.

Panel works to assess grant applications

Council would like to thank all of the community groups who took the time to submit applications for the Stronger Communities Fund grants and for their patience as work to assess each one is carried out.

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.

They came from a wide range of different groups, including schools and sporting organisations.

The assessment panel is now in the process of reviewing all of these applications.

This is proving to be a time consuming task as they work to meet all of the guidelines required in accordance with Department of Premier and Cabinet.

As a result there may be some instances where additional information may be sought from applicants and those groups will be advised.

At this stage Council hopes to be able to announce the first round of results by November.

 

Working towards a new brand the whole community can be proud of

It’s exciting to think that in a few short months Council will unveil a brand new look.

By now many community members would have had some input into the Murrumbidgee Council Community Engagement and Corporate Branding Project, with more given the opportunity later this week.

The design team working on this project, The Articulate Pear, report that the community consultations so far, despite some setbacks due to the wet weather, have all been successful, with valuable ideas put forward to help capture the unique character of this region.

This week staff will have their say before stakeholder feedback sessions are held to discuss the project so far and help inform the design work.

The insights provided will help form the basis for a new design that looks to the future and is one that we can all be proud of.

Support shown for inaugural Riverina Redneck Rally

Murrumbidgee Council has thrown its support behind a fundraising event that is hoped will put the region on the map.

Council will offer gold level sponsorship of $2500 for the inaugural Riverina Redneck Rally, which will be held in March 2017.

The five-day event starting in Darlington Point on March 18 2017, travelling to mystery and finishing in Wagga on March 22, will raise funds for Country Hope.

Road repair a high priority for Murrumbidgee Council

Weeks of wet weather has taken its toll on roads across the Murrumbidgee Council area.

As a result of this Council will write to Roads Minister Duncan Gay to express its concerns.

Council will request he, or a representative, attend the Local Government NSW Conference in Wollongong next month to address the issue of the significant deterioration of regional and rural roads.

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