Message from the Mayor 12 August 2020
We have certainly had an icy blast in the last week, which thankfully brought with it some good follow up rains.
It is exciting to see the lights up and working at Jerilderie’s Monash Park. This project was funded by Council through a $158,000 grant from the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. The junior teams and key personnel are using the lights, which is great.
Our major projects are on target and are continuing their momentum, despite COVID constraints. The contractors have made a good start on the Coleambally Sports Precinct. This sports precinct project is funded through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund and the Stronger Communities Fund.
At Darlington Point, the upgrade to the sports facilities at the oval is now complete. This project was funded by the NSW Government through the Stronger Country Communities Fund and the Stronger Communities Fund and also from contribution levies from the Darlington Point Solar Farm Project. Additionally, the Lions Park amenities block and display is nearing completion.
Meanwhile, work is progressing on time on the Jerilderie Pool Complex upgrade. This project is also made possible with NSW Government funding (Stronger Country Communities and Stronger Communities Fund).
Another key role of Council is advocating for our community. As you are aware, Council is currently involved in the Riverina and Murray Joint organisation (RAMJO) water campaign. Together with other member councils in the region, we are supporting RAMJO in advocating for eight key recommendations within the Water Position Paper.
These recommendations relate to more equitable, affordable and sustainable water management across the Murray Darling Basin. Each month the campaign focuses on a different priority area. In August, the focus will be on the water market and the impact of water prices on agricultural diversity and security.
Also on the topic of water, I attended a Yanco SDLAM Stakeholder Advisory Group Meeting late last week. The group provides input into the sustainable diversion limit adjustment mechanism (SDLAM) project. I sit on this consultative group along with representatives from NSW Farmers, local government, South West Anglers, Yanco Creek and Tributaries Advisory Council, Creek Country Alliance, Colombo Creek Ski Club and Murrumbidgee Field Naturalists.
It goes without saying that our livelihood depends on water security. Our Council will continue to advocate in every possible forum for more equitable water security for our area.
Congratulations to all of the 2020 Australia Day Citizenship and Community Awards.
Winter is upon us and the year is passing way too quickly! Much anticipated follow up rainfall is trickling in, and we live in hope that it does in fact arrive.
Water and better management of the Murray Darling Basin has been on the agenda this week with the release of a key position paper on water. The paper recommends major changes to the way water is managed.
I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has provided feedback on the Town Revitalisation Project. Throughout the last two weeks we have received a tremendous amount of input and ideas about ways to revitalise our townships.
Another week at the coal face. While acknowledging the very real challenge and urgency of trying to contain this insidious virus, we must continue to do all in our power to support those trying to conduct business, those delivering our aged care and health services and those educating and caring for our children. Our community’s sustainability depends on it.
It’s Local Government Week 2020, and at Murrumbidgee Council we are using the event to highlight the broad range of services we offer to our community, including some surprising and little-known services.
We’re already in September and are certainly getting on with things. Needless to say, we’re still very much in a state of uncertainty. The everyday need to conduct business is challenging and frustrating. Our geographical location quite clearly demonstrates strong pathways and linkages both to the east and south. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, a considered rationale will enable our region to move again. At Council, we, like other businesses, are continuing to deliver our essential services. We’re also continuing to advocate for movement with every other aspect.
Spring is with us, and as we slowly emerge from our very unnatural year, our countryside certainly speaks to renewal, optimism and opportunity.