Message from the Mayor 15 July 2020
Message from the Mayor
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.
Part of the consultation process involved meeting with representatives of the Waddi Housing and Advancement Corporation in Darlington Point. This was a very successful meeting and I thank you all for your feedback and thoughts for revitalising the town. We are particularly keen to honour the special place the Wiradjuri people hold in Darlington Point and this project will be an important part of that.
The consultation sessions across the three towns resulted in over 150 ideas, and staff are now prioritising the various elements of the project and determining which will be possible with the funding criteria that governs the project. Council will then ratify the various elements at a Council meeting. Elements that aren’t possible to achieve with this funding program will be held over until we obtain more funding. Again, I thank you all for your contributions. We are very fortunate to have such an engaged and enthusiastic community and also so many dedicated community groups and organisations.
One such organisation is the Jerilderie Aquatic Club who is currently planning a project to remediate the banks of Jerilderie Lake. The club is proposing to rebuild the eastern side banks to the point where they will be stable for the next 20-30 years. As part of the works, they will replace a 500 metre section of the walking track around the lake and also undertake some beautification works. This will be a great outcome for the town and Council was pleased to allocate $188,366 towards it through the Stronger Country Communities Fund.
We all currently have the chance to honour the contribution of our women volunteers in the community. Nominations for the Hidden Treasures Honour roll are now open, which acknowledge the outstanding efforts of women volunteers in NSW. This is an annual initiative of the Department of Primary Industries’ Rural Women’s Network. We have so many amazing women in our community and I encourage you to honour their achievements.
Grants are always keenly sought after and community groups may like to look at the Murrumbidgee Community Grants or the Murrumbidgee Youth Grants that are currently open. The funding is available through the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.
There are also a number of grants and incentives available for businesses, particularly to mitigate the effects of COVID-19. Businesses can also sign up for our monthly business e-newsletter so you can keep abreast of any support measures that are available.
We have a very new business in Coleambally that I would like to recognise. Congratulations to Lauren Pound and Graham O’Connell who recently opened the Coffee Nest Café in Coleambally. I wish you every success with your new venture. I urge you all to support our local businesses who do such a great job in providing for our community.
In closing, I’d like to remind you of the need to keep our community safe by practising excellent hygiene, keeping to physical distancing rules and getting tested if you have symptoms. This is especially important during school holidays when more people are on the move.
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.
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.
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.