Public Notices

If you are near the RSL Club next Saturday morning 9th November 2019 at 10.00am come over to the gun to hear some history about it and inspect the great job done locally to restore it. The local sub-Branch has organised major repairs to the gun, new tyres and for it to be repainted, all of which has been done locally in Nyngan. Probably every kid in Nyngan has climbed over it at some stage as it reminds us of the need for this type of weapon in the past and hopefully not in the future. Some historic military vehicles are also expected to be in attendance.

A lovely sound on the roof on Saturday night and Sunday even though it didn’t stay for long and no flood warning needed, however it can still rain! An update on three current water issues Council is currently dealing with sees the last of the water from the 700 mgl emergency storage being pumped out into the weir pool so the leaking bottom can have fresh clay spread across its base to stop the leaks. Efforts continue to have Tritton’s water come from Warren to Nyngan via the Channel, be put in the weir pool and then pumped to Hermidale through Cobar’s pipeline, and a poly line to the mines through existing culverts under the railway line and highway. The future viability of our town depends so heavily on Tritton continuing to operate, and I'm told that for every 18 mgl of mine water that flows down the Gunningbar Creek only one mgl gets to the mine. Should decide itself! The third area is drilling bores 15kms out on the Old Warren Road, near the water tower behind the Bowling Club, and at Lucern Valley. These drilling costs are covered by State Government money and are due to start mid November 2019.

Council staff have finally finished the time consuming process of all our financial reporting required at the end of the year including our Annual Report. I met with our auditor who complimented our staff on the accurate way they report financial issues and for their cooperation. His comments endorse that we are in a strong financial position but he won't ever put that in writing. Adherence to budgets and quarterly reports all contribute to our Annual Financial Report that heads off on time to the Office of Local Government. Hope they read them.

Councillor Victoria Boag our Rural Financial Counsellor recently met with the State Governor and presented her with a very detailed report on seasonal and economic conditions in our Shire. We have sent a copy of the report, which in no way breaches any client confidentiality to our State and Federal Member, Agricultural Minister, Premier and Deputy Premier. Victoria points out the immediate need to relax the criteria for farm household support so the endless questions are replaced with a few simple ones to get essential cash support for families. Small business needs cash support to retain employment and trading. Some form of rate relief paid direct to Councils to free up cash for all ratepayers. Grants to replace loans for planting a crop or restocking if we experience a significant seasonal break. Current loans are extra debt and banks may not take them on and force the owner to sell.

Council has received some additional money from the State Government budget, $200,000 has been put towards our new Community Centre and an extra $180,000 available from Roads to Recovery, always appreciated. Council has written to the State Government asking for them to speed up the approval process for the Community Centre Grant to the end of November so the money can be used for its intended purpose and get the benefit sooner rather than having to wait until mid-December, 2019.

Ray Donald OAM

Mayor

Nyngan Observer

Wednesday 6 November 2019

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