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.

It has been produced by the Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO), which is made up of our Council and ten other Councils in our region. RAMJO will continue to lobby both levels of Government and advocate for changes to make water management fairer and more sustainable into the future. The campaign will run for a month.

This week we have seen our communities embrace further relaxations to COVID-19 restrictions. However, the drastic spike in cases in Victoria has reinforced the fine line we are treading; balancing between a relatively normal daily life to one in lockdown.

Our behaviour will determine how well we fare and we must all ensure we continue to maintain physical distancing and good hygiene at all times. If we have symptoms we need to get tested and stay in isolation until the test results are known. We’ve done so well – let’s keep it up!

Today will see the completion of our community drop-in sessions where we’ve been gathering ideas and feedback from the community about ways to revitalise our townships. During the consultation phase, I’ve had the pleasure of talking with quite a few residents. I thank you all for your ideas and enthusiasm.

We’re on a tight timeframe with this project so that we can meet the guidelines for the funding, but we’ll be taking comments right up until 5 pm on Friday 10 July. I encourage you to put forward your ideas. This is an exciting project that will have very noticeable outcomes in each of communities. Also underway across our Council footprint are a variety of upgrades to infrastructure at our key community facilities.

A great example of this is the upgrade to the lighting at Monash Park in Jerilderie, which has now been completed. Council provided $158,000 through the Stronger Country Communities Fund for new lighting towers and upgraded LED lighting for Monash Park at Jerilderie. It’s unfortunate that football and netball has been cancelled for the year and the lights will not be put to use.

In Darlington Point, golfers will be looking forward to the completion of the irrigation system at the golf course. This will provide a major improvement to the quality and appearance of the course and a wonderful recreational asset for the Darlington Point community and the wider region. It was funded through Stronger Country Communities fund and is costing $190,715.

Another project that will no doubt be well received by the community is the Yamma Hall upgrade. The $150,000 upgrade includes a new toilet block and kitchen, and is nearing completion.

Designs for Bencubbin Road in Coleambally are also nearly finished. Once finalised, Council will begin the procurement and construction phase. This is a major project costing nearly $3 million.

You can read more about the other major projects Council has underway in the dedicated article on this page. Council has a significant amount of projects on the go that will provide phenomenal benefits and improvements to our personal and working lives.

Ruth McRae
Mayor


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