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.
Trying to transact business and access specialist care and education is seriously challenged by the border issues. There is no easy template that covers all scenarios.
I am confident that those charged with managing and monitoring this highly emotive and frustrating process will gladly lead the challenge in getting it right and enabling a fair go for all.
Our communities, our regions and our nation depend on an approach that has every chance of having the desired impact and outcome. This will be solely dependent on our patience, our good humour and our mutual respect for each other.
Winter is presenting its own set of challenges. With people spending more time at home, their household expenses are compounding. Visit the EnergySaver website for useful tips on ways to reduce energy use.
Icy and foggy conditions well into the day are also contributing to significant safety challenges to all road users. Please be vigilant and courteous as you go about your daily routine and ever mindful of our young people and elderly that are out and about.
Our major projects across the three communities continue to progress. In Jerilderie, the redevelopment of the swimming pool complex is going ahead, as is planning for the Long Day Care Centre. A poll is currently running to name the new centre. You can vote on the Jerilderie Preschool Kindergarten Facebook page
In Coleambally, we have the Sporting Precinct and Brolga Place Developments. Tenders will be assessed at the August Council Meeting for the design and construction of the Brolga Place development. Work will start in September on Bencubbin Avenue’s reconstruction.
In Darlington Point, the impressive new Lions Park display and Public Amenities build is nearing completion. Work is also progressing on the new boat ramp and floating pontoon.
There has been a pleasing response to the RAMJO Water Position Paper, In the last week in our “virtual reality”, we have engaged with both Helen Dalton Member for Murray and Phillip Glyde and associated MDBA staff. These are small steps, but never-the-less positive engagement is a step in the right direction.
Please continue to avail yourselves of all COVID testing opportunities, including the mobile testing van that travels extensively throughout our health region.
In closing, stay safe, look out for each other, especially the most vulnerable in our community.
29 July 2020
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.
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 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.
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.