Message from the Mayor 5 August 2020
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.
The theme of this year’s Local Government Week is “Councils Do”, and it’s a succinct way of describing the positive and important impact local government
has on their communities.
Councils are the grass roots government of Australia, with people interacting with council services and infrastructure every single day of their lives.
The services provided by Council go way beyond ‘rates, roads and rubbish’, which everyone is familiar with – although these are an important part of what
Among the core services of Council are water management, environmental maintenance and protection, libraries, parks and recreational areas.
Councils are charged with the responsibility of balancing new development, critical for our local economy, with the preservation of local amenity, services and
infrastructure for existing residents.
Here at Murrumbidgee Council we also provide services such as banking, community care and drought support.
Improving infrastructure and facilities in the area is a key focus of our Council. We are currently undertaking an impressive amount of construction across the Council
Each town has a number of exciting projects in the planning stage or underway. The Revitalisation Project a great example that will make an enormous di erence to the liveability and attractiveness
of each town.
Murrumbidgee Council takes immense pride in its community and really does punch above its weight in the range of services we provide.
We want to use Local Government Week to invite our community to explore the full range of services our council offers.
For more information on Murrumbidgee Council, go to www.murrumbidgee.nsw.gov.au.
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.
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.