Mes­sage from Deputy Mayor Gen Camp­bell

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I have been a orded an­other op­por­tu­nity to pen the May­oral col­umn. Wa­ter, power, forestry, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, bank­ing, postal and de­liv­ery ser­vices are some of our many as­sets that have been sold o that have not achieved the in­tended out­come our lead­ers promised. Con­tin­ued ris­ing fuel and food prices are adding to the nan­cial stress of our house­hold bud­gets. Much needed rain has fallen in some ar­eas of NSW. Un­for­tu­nately, not gen­eral rains and with­out good fol­low up rains it will be of lit­tle use. With zero wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion for the Mur­ray River Coun­cil’s ir­ri­ga­tors, the sea­son is all but over. A di cult sea­son with many crops not go­ing to reach har­vest, some are mak­ing ce­real hay and the rest will be stock feed. Not an ideal re­sult for a large in­vest­ment re­turn­ing a small con­ces­sion for some. We wel­come the govern­ment’s splash of cash to our lo­cal fes­ti­vals, sport­ing fa­cil­i­ties and restora­tion projects, which may end up as stranded as­sets if we do not have a splash of po­lit­i­cal com­mon sense ap­plied to main­tain our ru­ral and busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties. There is wa­ter in our stor­ages. A ques­tion to our politi­cians, both Fed­eral and State, should be when will our NSW ir­ri­ga­tors get a wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion. This year, next year, when? With­out wa­ter, ir­ri­ga­tors and many farms will not be vi­able. Their as­sets, as well as those of ir­ri­ga­tion and other as­so­ci­ated busi­nesses that de­pend on farm pro­duce, will be stranded and wasted. Ru­ral coun­cils in ar­eas a ected by drought will not be im­mune. Rate in­comes will su er while costs con­tinue to rise. State Gov­ern­ments re­quire coun­cils to pro­vide for re­newal of as­sets like roads and foot­paths and the as­so­ci­ated de­pre­ci­a­tion costs must be funded. Be­fore long, river re­pair, restor­ing banks and so on will be treated like­wise as gov­ern­ments face up to main­tain a vi­tal as­set like our iconic Mur­ray River sys­tem. Meeting such com­mit­ments is only pos­si­ble through the suc­cess of in­dus­try, agri­cul­ture and com­merce. Ir­ri­ga­tion wa­ter is a must have, it is the lifeblood that pow­ers our lo­cal econ­omy. Mur­ray River Coun­cil is united in our com­mit­ment to ob­tain­ing a wa­ter al­lo­ca­tion for our re­gions farms. I wish to thank my fel­low Coun­cil­lors and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity for their as­sis­tance in my role as Deputy Mayor. Your good wishes and sup­port is ap­pre­ci­ated and I look for­ward to a pro­duc­tive year ahead. Coun­cil­lor Gen Camp­bell Deputy Mayor

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