Public Notices

At the time of writing this column (Monday 6 September), our community appears to have escaped any Covid infections from the positive Delta illegal visitors who were in town a couple of weeks ago.

The fact that this has been the only active case, since the lockdown commenced, shows that local people are sensibly adhering to the lockdown conditions giving us every chance of avoiding any local outbreak.  Our proximity to the unfortunate worsening situation in Dubbo should not prevent easing restrictions for our resident after September 13.  It may take a long time for the situation in Dubbo to turn around. 

After the well supported ADF Clinic at the Showground last week, the thousand people vaccinated should be added to the 600 who have been vaccinated at our Medical Centre, equating to 70% of our population over 12 years old now vaccinated. 

Council extends sympathy to the family of the late Rae Bywater.  Rae was the last surviving Second World War participant from the Bogan Shire and will be sadly missed, particularly on Anzac Day.

Our thoughts are with the Bourke community following the major fire in their town last week that completely destroyed their RSL Club and adjacent hall.  Bourke Mayor Barry Hollman tells me most of the irreplaceable war memorabilia in the RSL was destroyed.  The timing of this fire hasn’t helped the town’s people as they battle to try and reduce the current Covid situation.

With the postponement of the Local Government elections for a further three months until 4 December, it was necessary for Council to re-elect the Deputy Mayor whose term expired after the previous twelve months.  Councillor Glen Neill was unanimously re-elected unopposed until the election of the next Council occurs.

I fully support Councils decision to trial night monthly meetings of Council until the next election, which will demonstrate that meetings can be held in the evening.  It will be up to the new Council to decide what time they hold their Council meetings, however if a larger number of candidates stand for election to Council as a result of the trial, that will be of benefit to ratepayers.  When I first elected to Council over 30 years ago, our meetings used to easily go all day.  Meetings were considerably shortened when the act changed so that General Managers became responsible for most operational matters.  Under current efficient staff management our monthly meetings rarely last more than three hours.  There are always two sides in local government!  Those elected to Council who live some distance from town may not enjoy dodging roos driving home late at night and Councillors may find evening meetings a bit tiring after their days work.

It’s a great pity our winter sporting teams have not been able to finish their season due to Covid.  Our junior teams, particularly after all their travelling, are always a force to be reckoned with in finals and punch well above their weight against teams from larger towns.

Ray Donald OAM

Mayor, Bogan Shire Council

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