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.

Ruth McRae


29 July 2020

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