It has been an eventful few weeks at the council. Last week’s council meeting was relatively smooth in which a number of matters were discussed.

I was relieved that the council voted against changing the name of the shire as it’s not a priority.

I am seeking to drive a message of respect and co-operation amongst my fellow councillors, and I was pleased to see that our councillors worked well together during this meeting.

I eagerly anticipate my upcoming meeting with our local member, Roy Butler.

I look forward to working with him and his team to voice our needs directly and collaborate with the NSW government to deliver substantial benefits for our shire.

It’s important that councils work well with local members, and of course, state, and federal governments.

I am working feverishly to build up relationships with both governments.

In the coming days, I’ll be traversing our area alongside the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Jenny Aitchison, and Roy Butler.

We’re set to launch vital infrastructure projects, including the Boston Street Bridge.

While I have the minister’s ear I will be advocating for our region’s advancement.

Last Friday, I stood with the mayors of Gunnedah and Moree at Wee Waa Hospital, uniting against the federal government’s Water Amendment Bill.

Our choice of venue was symbolic, highlighting that water buybacks ripple through our communities and affects not just the irrigators but every single sector in our towns and villages.

I extend my gratitude to the Wee Waa Chamber of Commerce for their support during this event.

I attend a fire with the RFS last Saturday as a firefighter and it’s a timely reminder that all of us need to prepare for a very challenging summer.

I recommend that everyone in our community needs to spend time on the RFS website making sure that you and your family are fully prepared with Bush Fire Survival Plans and manage your risks in and around your property.

A few reminders:

• Lillian Hulbert memorial prize open. Nominations close November 20 via the council website.

• Wee Waa learn to swim nominations open. Classes start November 15 – call the Narrabri Aquatic Centre for details.

• The Draft Boggabri Floodplain Risk Management Study is currently on public exhibition and invites interested community members to make comments. The plan can be viewed on the council’s website, at the Boggabri Library, or council’s administration building in Narrabri.

It’s been great to have so many calls of support and discussion over the past couple of weeks. Don’t we live in a great community!

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