Public Notices

Council had the pleasure of conducting a Citizenship Ceremony at our March meeting where Mrs Thi Viet Hong Nguyen, Master Alan Nguyen Kidd and Mr Uttamkumar Patel each took their Citizenship pledge and became Australian Citizens. Performing these ceremonies is always a highlight for any Mayor, and obviously means a great deal to those concerned. It was made more special when eight year old Master Alan unpacked the bag of goodies they all receive from Council. Out came a cap, a jar of vegemite and then a small Australian flag which he then waved around chanting Aussie, Aussie, Aussie – something very special to watch!

As the floodwaters recede in areas of coastal and near inland NSW (and some other States), this natural disaster is number four effecting many communities and thousands of people. Government grants have immediately become available to these people who tragically have experienced such tremendous damage and property losses, and so they should be.  COVID-19, whilst now largely controlled, has been another unprecedented natural disaster with grants of Jobseeker and Jobkeeper to help businesses and individuals. Prior to that we had the record bush fires in late 2019 that was a natural disaster of enormous proportions that saw government grants made available to help recovery. During 2017/18/19 most of eastern inland Australia experienced one of the worst droughts in living memory, caused by an extended period of lack of rainfall. However, droughts of extreme severity and duration are not considered natural disasters by governments, and so consequently no grants. This beggars belief. The rural industry and its farmers and families experienced what must be considered a natural disaster of enormous consequence where grants could have helped feed stock, preserve breeders and sow a crop in 2020, instead of increasing debt levels with long term loans to assist. Droughts aren’t considered natural disasters by the Federal Government because of their perceived regular occurrence, and when a really severe one occurs they haggle about ways to deal with it and still have yet to formulate a final drought policy.

Council continue to carry out measures to try and have Vacation Care and Before and After School Care available in Nyngan. Support from State Ministers have preceded a recent meeting between Council and both primary school Principals. Following the results of a survey sent to parents of both schools and the Early Learning Centre, which clearly show the need for these services, Council will continue to support the efforts of the Nyngan Public School to lobby the State Government for the construction of a building on their grounds and engage a suitable provider so this service can become available.

Council have resolved to consider in our estimates for 2021/22 funding of approximately $10,000 for areas of the Nyngan levee to become available for recreational shared pedestrian and cycling access. A map presented to Council showed where crushed rock paths from some town streets could provide this type of access to over 4.6km of the levee, offering the community and visitors an additional exercise option. Vehicle or motorcycle access however must be prohibited to prevent any structural damage to the levee.

Council will continue the current alcohol free zones within the levee bank for a further four years to March 2025.

Ray Donald OAM Mayor

Bogan Shire Council

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Nyngan, 2825
New South Wales

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