Council News, Thursday 05 June 2014

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Council News - Thursday 5 June 2014

Last Thursday, General Manager Alan Cairney and I attended the Centroc Board Meeting at Parliament House, Sydney.  The meeting was well attended by Mayors and General Managers across the Centroc Region and was one of the best Centroc meetings I have attended in the past 2 years.

The meeting was officially opened by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner MP and the program of speakers throughout the day included the Minister for Hospitality, Gaming and Racing, the Hon Troy Grant MP, Minister for Transport, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP, Minister for Roads and Freight, the Hon Duncan Gay MLC, Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health, the Hon Melinda Pavey MLC, Minister for Natural Resources, Lands and Water, the Hon Kevin Humphries MLC and the Minister for Primary Industries, the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP. Representatives from Planning also addressed the meeting.  All speakers were excellent and gave an informative overview of their portfolio.

The last speaker for the day was Member for Bathurst and Minister for Local Government, the Hon Paul Toole MP.  The Centroc Board members were very interested in Paul’s address.  He assured the meeting that the Review into Local Government would not drag on and the Government’s response to the Final Report is expected to be handed down within the next 5 months.  He advised that the recommendations from the Regional Organisations of Council’s would be considered in the review and he again stressed that there will be no forced Local Government Amalgamations.

Last week Councillors Morgan, Sajowitz and Evans along with Planning and Development Director Gary Wallace attended the Paling Yards Wind Farm Development Information Day. Information outlining the project was provided by the proponents, Union Fenosa.  Discussions were held with the consultants on all perceived impacts associated with the development including traffic, fauna, flora, visual, electro magnetic and heritage impacts.  Council has provided correspondence to the Department of Planning and Environment for their consideration in the assessment of the application.

Farmers across the region have been commenting on the remarkable change in the season from February this year when we were facing dreadful drought conditions to now where the country is looking quite green and paddocks are well covered coming into winter. May has been unseasonably warm and with good rain falling across the region this week it looks quite promising for Spring and Summer.

Last Saturday evening, General Manager Alan Cairney and I attended a wine and dine evening at the Tarana Fire Shed, held as a celebration of 100 years of Australian Red Cross.  The evening was a great success and Councillor Evans gave an informative address about Red Cross in Australia.

Mayor John McMahon