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Fortunately the Ag Expo last weekend missed the cold windy weather we have experienced over this weekend.   It was another great day well supported by exhibitors, well organised by the Committee and whilst there probably were not too many new tractors sold, the best part of the day was the opportunity for locals and visitors to mingle, enjoy the day and exhibits and get minds off the current drought.

About eight horses and sulkies and support vehicles arrived at the showground last weekend and camped at the Pony Club Complex.   They were on a ride to the old Canonba Township, then onto Trangie.   It was good to see the well restored sulkies and fairly well fed horses travel down Pangee Street late Sunday morning and head north.   Seeing them reminds us that they were probably everywhere in our main street over a century ago.   Mr John Black (who married Hilary Forgie, daughter of former Shire Engineer Clegg Forgie) was one of the riders and has kindly donated a well restored sulky to the Museum that will be part of the display when the old SES section of the Railway Station soon becomes part of the Museum.

One of the changes contained in the new State Government’s Code of Meeting Practice for local Councils was that meetings of Council would have to be webcasted.   This means that Ordinary Meetings of Council (not the confidential sections) would be recorded and available on Council’s web site.   We adopted the changed Code of Meeting Practice at our May Meeting but as we have until December 2019 to commence this new directive, Bogan Shire Council decided not to commence recording our meetings until 14 December 2019.

Congratulations to the Bogan Bulls and Nyngan Tigers for making the semi-finals at the end of the 2019 competition.   A great effort by both all players, coaches and supporters with a semi-final for both codes to be held in Nyngan.

Council received a letter from the State Water Minister Melinda Pavey MP that we had received $10.2M to construct a second emergency off-river storage (500 mega litres), repairs to the Belaringar syphon on the Albert Priest Channel and funding to explore availability of underground water east of Nyngan.   Council has thanked the Minister for this funding.   We have been advised that our high security allocation for this current water year for Nyngan and Cobar towns will be 80% and 70% for the mines.   Now that Warragamba Dam, the main source of water for Sydney has dropped to 50% capacity, funding will be allocated to upgrade the desalination plant at Kurnell to help supply Sydney water needs.   She also admitted, at the recent NSW Farmers Conference that she was fighting resistance from her own department bureaucrats to build new dams or carry out works like expanding the capacity of Wyangala Dam during the next three years.   Wyangala Dam can supply water into Burrendong Dam and is currently over 30% full.  Burrendong is currently just below 5% capacity and supplies our high security water.   The State Coalition has just been elected for its 3rd Term and has seen water levels decrease over the last four years.   I resist the temptation to make the obvious comment.

Ray Donald OAM

Mayor

From the Mayor’s Desk

Nyngan Observer / Wednesday 14 August 2019

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