From the Mayor's Desk - 19 June 2019
Congratulations to the Warren P and A Society on the hosting of a wonderful 140th Warren Show over the June long weekend. It was a great event with an excellent crowd of both locals and visitors in attendance and with many favourable comments being received.
Councillors took the opportunity to host an information tent at the Show and were able to answer any number of questions from ratepayers and residents. Many related to the further development of the Showground Racecourse area and the master plan for the development of the Carter Oval Youth and Sporting precinct. These exciting projects will enhance our Shire considerably. The Showground project is fully grant funded. The Carter Oval project is a ten year plan and will again depend on grant funding. Many of those who came to speak with councillors also had constructive comments as to how services could be improved, roads improved and our town and villages enhanced.
All of your councillors are ratepayers and as such, have a vested interest in making sound decisions on your behalf aimed at having an efficient, service providing organisation. I encourage all residents with questions to speak with either me , the ten other councillors or with the General Manager in order to avoid confusion as to what actually is happening at your Council and the basis on which decisions are made.
Councillors are continually talking with ratepayers and residents. Council’s May meeting was held in Nevertire allowing residents to speak directly with councillors and senior management. Moreover, all monthly Council meetings are open to the public. Councillors will continue to be available at public events like Australia Day, the Show and the forthcoming September Rotary Spring Festival.
Those who have visited Victoria Oval in the last two weeks will have noticed the commencement of the installation of two outdoor hard court netball courts and a half court basketball court. Council has helped financially with this project after the grant funding applied for by the Warren Netballers fell short what was required for its completion.
Last Wednesday the General Manager and I met with the Hon. Adam Marshall, Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW. It was a fruitful meeting where we were able to canvas a number of State Government issues including the bottom weir, the town levee, rate relief and targeted drought funding.
On Friday, l, along with a number of councillors and the General Manager, welcomed the Member for Barwon, Roy Butler to Warren. State issues were again raised. At the forefront of discussions were the bottom weir, the possibility of a rate rebate in response to the drought, a dementia unit and levee repairs.