Message from the Mayor - February 2020

It’s a pleasure to present the February Mayoral Message.

I would firstly like to congratulate our Australia Day award recipients and nominees. Each and every one of you make an amazing contribution to our community.

Congratulations also to John Stuckings from Coleambally who was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal for his contribution to fire fighting in the Australia Day Honours. This was a well-deserved honour for John’s enormous dedication to keeping our community safe.

I was fortunate to attend all three Australia Day ceremonies in our Council area and it was a wonderful day.

Australia Day provides us with the chance to reflect on our past and look to the future. It is day where we can celebrate our sense of our community and acknowledge our strengths.

It’s also a good time to reflect on our past year. Despite the ongoing drought, it was pleasing to see progress across the whole area. These diverse projects include the new junior change rooms at the Coleambally, the striking new entrance signs at Darlington Point and the new amenities block at Jerilderie Racecourse.

Further Government grants will allow us to continue our improvement works throughout 2020. You will see an exciting range of projects, such as the upgrade to Coleambally’s Sports Precinct, the new boat ramp at Darlington Point and the upgrade to the Jerilderie Swimming Pool.

Government drought funding has allowed us to continue the employment of Samantha Star as Council’s Drought Support Officer. It’s terrific that we have Sam on board.

With the new school year underway, I remind you to slow down in school zones and around school buses. If the flashing lights are activated, you must slow to 40 km/h.

With February upon us, we’re on the home stretch with the heat. I encourage everyone to be waterwise where you can and save our most precious commodity.

In the meantime, if you need to cool off, head to our local public pools and enjoy a free swim at the pool!

Kind regards

Ruth McRae