Public Notices

The tremendous fall of rain last week should surely provide some relief for previous water shortages, start some pasture growth and provide some initial sub soil moisture. For most in Bogan Shire it would be the best single fall for over three years, and should keep our river running for a time which is always hearting to watch. Water should no longer be needed to be carted to our villages with local storages replenished, and thankfully the Tritton Mine can breathe a sigh of relief for their needs. Some sympathy should be directed to local contractor Neill Earthmoving who continues to try and repair the bottom of the emergency water storage!!

I am sure many locals would join all at Council in extending our sincere sympathy to the family of the late Paul Wearne following his recent tragic passing. Paul was Manager of Corporate Services, and later General Manager of Bogan Shire some years ago, and did a lot of track work for Rodney Robb stables. A strong memory remains for his contribution to Bogan Shire and our local community.

After over 100 years of daily weather reports being measured and recorded and valuable records kept about local climate daily readings at the Nyngan Airport ceased last October. At last month’s Council meeting it was resolved to urgently approach the Bureau of Meteorology and strongly recommend that daily weather readings resume being recorded at the Nyngan Airport. Local climate records are not only helpful for agricultural production, but also for any potential for setting up a local business, or just moving to Nyngan to live.

Appreciation is extended to the State Government and State Minister for Agriculture, Adam Marshall for waiving Local Land Services’ rates for State farmers for another year. This will certainly help income stressed producers, and seems very contrary to the State Treasurer’s refusal to provide some form of Local Government rate relief to rate payers in our Shire, and many others affected by the drought.

As we move into March, it would be remiss of me not to again question the value of extending daylight saving during this month as the days get shorter, and the acknowledged benefits of daylight saving during summer months disappear. Political promises of reviews and changes sound loud at election time, but fall silent in between.

As previously frequently mentioned in this column, Council continues to agitate for safety improvements to the Hoskins Street railway crossing. Apart from vehicles, a number of local school children use this crossing from the northern side of town. Another letter of concern from Council will shortly be on its way to the Deputy Premier about this crossing, reminding him of his inspection of this crossing last year.

Efforts by Council and Mr Keith White continue with the ultimate goal to have the Garford Fire Engine restored to a condition where it can be put on public display in the old Fire Station shed near the Post Office. We hope a verbal report to the last Council meeting about someone with the expertise to substantially upgrade the external appearance of the engine will eventuate.

Ray Donald OAM

Mayor

From the Mayor’s Desk /Wednesday 11 March 2020 / Nyngan Observer    

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