Message from the Mayor - April 2021

This month we have been blessed with some very welcome and timely rain - almost too good to be true. We are, however, mindful of the havoc that was caused by the torrential rains, particularly for our coastal counterparts. It is our hope that the damage and chaos can be managed as best it can.

A very busy, but rewarding month, has seen Council officially open six of our infrastructure projects. For a small rural Council we have certainly been able to deliver quality projects that will serve our communities well into the future.

We were fortunate to have Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke MP, officiate in Darlington Point, with Member for Murray Helen Dalton MP in attendance. The Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP officiated at the Jerilderie ceremonies.

The genuinely collaborative efforts, from the Council staff, consultants, contractors and the community, have delivered commendable end products. Given the COVID-19 challenges, and just about any other obstacle that could have occurred, everyone concerned should be justifiably proud of these achievements.

And there is more to come. What this does clearly tell us is that there will always be challenges, but if we keep our eye on the end game, the results will be very worthwhile.

My congratulations to Gavin and Tammy Gilbert on another fantastic Redneck Rally. To convene and manage a large group, raising over $400,000 for Country Hope and other charities, is magnificent - such a generous time commitment and such a gift to our region.

Onto water, and the SDLAM Project team public consultation was rolled out over three days in late February. All sessions were well attended and raised many important questions. They also allowed the communities to impart valuable historical information. The Project Team were given a first-hand glance at the palpable level of anxiety and uncertainty in our community.

Earlier this month, General Manager John Scarce and I attended a Ministerial Road Show convened by RAMJO. It was led by Federal Minister for Resources, Water and Northern Australia the Hon Keith Pitt MP, Minister for the Environment the Hon Sussan Ley MP, Senator Perin Davey, Senator Bridget McKenzie and many representatives from the Commonwealth Environmental Water Holder (CEWH). Held at Picnic Point, it allowed Minister Pitt to view first-hand the all-consuming issues greatly impacting us in an ongoing manner in the Murray Darling Basin.

It’s been a pleasure to attend several events hosted by Council in the last few weeks. The Women in Business Networking Dinner held in Coleambally on 10 March 2021 was a great opportunity for women to meet and network. While small in attendance numbers, the guest speaker gave an enlightening address and those present took away some key messages.

Last weekend, we were treated to highly informative guest speakers Penny Grist from the National Portrait Gallery and renowned artist Anthea da Silva at the Curatorial Crash Course and the Curator and Artist Talk. Coming up in April we have the MC Colour Runs at Darlington Point (16 April) and Jerilderie (18 April) which are being held as part of NSW Youth Week. Please support these great free events.

In closing, I wish you and your families a safe and happy Easter. Enjoy the events on offer in our Council area and take care if you’re travelling. Remember that we still need to be COVID safe.

Ruth McRae

Mayor


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Message from the Mayor 1 July 2020

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.


Message from the Mayor 8 July 2020

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.


Message from the Mayor 15 July 2020

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.


Message from the Mayor 29 July 2020

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.


Message from the Mayor 5 August 2020

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.


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.


Message from the Mayor September 2020

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.


Message from the Mayor 30 September 2020

Spring is with us, and as we slowly emerge from our very unnatural year, our countryside certainly speaks to renewal, optimism and opportunity.


Message from the Mayor November 2020

Spring has certainly brought some challenging conditions. We wait, with optimism, at what promises to be a great harvest – let’s hope the weather Gods play nicely and allow the area to fulfil its potential!


Message from the Mayor December 2020

It is all hands on deck as we move towards the close of 2020. Business “as usual” sees us busy but adapting to a different way of delivering what we need to. Our harvest is in full swing and a hive of activity with machinery, trucks and people working long hours to get the crops off. From all reports it is producing some outstanding returns.


Message from the Mayor Christmas 2020

On behalf of Murrumbidgee Council, we offer our best wishes for a very merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year to all in our Council and greater region. It is hard to believe that we have reached the end of 2020. It’s been a roller coaster and the ride is one we don’t wish to revisit any time soon.


Message from the Mayor March 2021

The start of 2021 has been busy and we are already into autumn! Our region has received significant rain, and the country and our waterways have been replenished. A bountiful harvest was a very welcome reward in a year that had been seriously challenging. Our small businesses continue to press on with resilience and optimism, and it is my hope that we are supporting them as best we can and that the new normal will provide us with a sustainable way forward.


Message from the Mayor - May 2021

The seasons are progressing quickly and 2021 is disappearing at a rate of knots. After a very warm Easter break - perfect for camping and family gatherings - we have moved onto shorter days and cooler evenings and mornings.


Message from the Mayor - June 2021

May has been hectic, to say the least, with a lot of time spent on the road engaging with our representative bodies. This has included appearing before the Parliamentary Inquiry into Health Outcomes and Access to Health and Hospital Services in Rural, Regional and Remote New South Wales. In our brief appearance, and the follow up that we have witnessed, it is glaringly apparent that the way our health care is delivered, by whom it is delivered and our equity in this space, all require serious remodelling.


Message from the Mayor July 2021


Message from the Mayor August 2021

As I sit and ponder the state of the nation, our state and Murrumbidgee Council, it is difficult to fathom the challenges that keep presenting themselves. The latest COVID-19 outbreaks most certainly have created havoc with business, education, Local Government and, most significantly, our health related service delivery.


Message from the Mayor September 2021

We certainly live in an unpredictable environment at the moment. The Public Health message tells us how highly transmissible the Delta strain of COVID-19 is. We have seen how it impacts regional areas, with Shepparton and Temora very close examples. We should all be aware of the considerable risk for our Council footprint given our geographical location and our exposure to three very busy major traffic corridors - the Kidman Way and the Sturt and Newell Highways. The message is clear - Stay home and stay safe!


Message from the Mayor October 2021

Just when we thought all avenues of natural, or unnatural, misadventure had challenged us, we have an earth tremor/quake! I would calmly like to assure whomever is testing our resilience that “we get it”. “Enough is enough!”


Message from the Mayor - March 2022

As this is my first column since the Local Government elections, I would like to begin by congratulating all elected representatives. A very warm welcome to Crs Troy Mauger, Judy Saxvik and Tim Strachan. Welcome back to our returning Councillors – Crs Robert Black (Deputy Mayor), Faith Bryce, Christine Chirgwin, Robert Curphey and Gavin Gilbert.


Message from the Mayor April 2022

Easter is almost here and it’s refreshing to have a major celebration ahead of us without also facing restrictions!


Message from the Mayor May 2022

Autumn has been spectacular in our area, with welcome timely rain followed by perfect fine days. April was busy. Harvests are all but finished and the ground is being worked up and prepped for the next rotation.


Message from the Mayor June 2022

As we say goodbye to perfect autumn weather, winter is certainly making its presence felt. Thankfully, the countryside looks amazing and the crops have had an ideal opportunity to be out of the ground. Not only are we experiencing a resurgence of COVID across the community, but the flu season is well and truly here.  I urge you all to be mindful of the public health messaging that applies to both COVID and the flu.


Message from the Mayor July 2022

We’re now in the second month of winter, and the cooler, damper and foggier conditions are certainly a reminder of this time of year. Our roads are busy with the great exodus north to warmer places and, coupled with school holiday traffic, it is a timely reminder to be vigilant on our roads and stay safe.


Message from the Mayor August 2022

As we move through the winter months, we once again find ourselves challenged by another COVID 19 variant. Coupled with a particularly virulent strain of the flu and an accompanying gastro bug, we are all are certainly feeling the strain. Public messaging for all these illnesses is consistent – if someone is unwell, they should stay at home - it really is the only way to get on top of the revolving spread.


Message from the Mayor September 2022

Our Council area, like most others, is receiving varying amounts of rain. Some parts are very wet, resulting in delays in planting and moving produce. Others are getting just enough to keep their hopes alive for another bumper season. The wet weather is taking a toll on our road network and I urge you all to be mindful on the roads, especially around school buses. Our roads are our biggest asset and the damage caused when wet weather is upon us is difficult and very costly to remediate.


Message from the Mayor October 2022

It’s amazing to believe that we are already into October! The plentiful rains continue to fall and our agricultural season is so full of promise and, in turn, our region looks set to deliver in spades.


Message from the Mayor November 2022

Our region is certainly experiencing its share of rain, with the Murrumbidgee River, creeks and waterways carrying large amounts of water. Our thoughts are with anyone who has been impacted by the water. At these times, the SES public messaging is so very important, and we encourage all of the community to listen carefully and follow the relevant advice. The safety of our communities is paramount. Never drive, ride or walk through flood water. If it’s flooded, forget it!


Message from the Mayor December 2022

The past month was challenging, to say the least, with the weather continuing to test us unreasonably, with impacts on our whole Council area - from the Murrumbidgee River in the north to the Billabong and Wangamong Creeks in the south, and everywhere in between. The rivers and creeks are full and the vast agricultural landscape is sodden, with parts still immersed in water.