Public Notices

A very well attended State Funeral was held in Cobar last Friday for long serving Mayor Lilliane Brady OAM. It was a fitting tribute to her, acknowledging her enormous contribution to the Cobar community, and her efforts to achieve government funding for projects and local improvements. It’s good to know her efforts had been recognised by Federal and State Government awards and Local Government NSW. Many former long serving Mayors have no doubt also achieved a lot for their communities, but probably in a slightly different and quieter way!

Councils’ efforts continue in two key community areas. A Risk Assessment Report on the Hoskins Street level crossing has been prepared by a consultant. The object of the report was to identify and review the potential hazards and risks relevant to this level crossing. The risk analysis assessment identified two high risks, each associated with the Hoskins Street crossing, with additional safety control measures being an upgrade to flashing lights and bells to be consistent with the other two rail crossings in Nyngan. The State Upper House representative for Western NSW, Sam Farraway, has a copy of this report and recently told us he has again made strong representations to Roads Transport Minister Paul Toole to have the lights installed.

The other area is concerted efforts to try and attract a full time doctor to our Medical Centre. Recent media showed that as the age of many rural GP’s pushes them into retirement, younger doctors are reluctant to take up a practice in a rural centre. The Bogan Shire Medical Centre continues to receive very favourable comments from locum doctors who practice here, particularly as the services offered expand. Council are prepared to provide accommodation and a car to any doctor and family wishing to move here. We discussed rural doctors with the State Premier when she visited Nyngan late last year and State Agriculture Minister and Minister for Western NSW, Adam Marshall, who accompanied The Premier, made the comment that he thought new younger doctors should agree to spend some years in a rural practice as a condition of obtaining their Medicare provider number. Perhaps it’s time more compulsion and less carrots were used. The Bogan Shire Medical Centre is now also able to provide pre-employment medical checks for new employees.

Some more funding and good news for roads in Bogan Shire. A flood damage claim for $6M has been approved. This goes back to some severe road damage from flooding in March last year, mainly in the south of the Shire. It’s good to finally get the repair money after road users have had to skirt around these wet areas, but seems an incredibly long time to wait for bureaucracy to wander through the paper work and inspections, particularly when our Shire Engineering Staff have a very good reputation for genuine claims. Council at its meeting on Thursday 25 February will consider allocating a Federal Local Roads and Community Infrastructure grant of $680,000 between roadworks and improvements to the town’s kerb and guttering and internal drainage.

We hope the viewing platform at the Nyngan Solar Farm will soon be reopened to locals and tourists following a lengthy COVID related closure.

Stormco are considering contacting our Community about making a visit to Nyngan during the second week of the school holidays. They are very concerned about the safety of their possible visit, however I’m sure many local family members would be glad to see them back.

Ray Donald OAM

Mayor

Bogan Shire Council

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Bogan Shire Council

81 Cobar Street 

P.O. Box 221
Nyngan, 2825
New South Wales

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