Shire President’s Message
October is traditionally our busiest month for our community. We hold our show, our Vintage Machinery Rally and we usually commence our hay season. It’s also the month as property owners to start readying ourselves for the summer ahead.
I understand last year held some concerns for property owners in regards to an increase in fire control standards. I sincerely ask that you make yourselves aware of your obligations and please make preparations over the next month for the upcoming summer. It is up to all people that are responsible for property to have it up to a standard by the end of November. I can assure you that the rangers do not enjoy issuing infringements and the subsequent upset they create. They are performing their legal responsibilities and are a good source of information if you require it. Please make the effort to be ready or at least be proactive as ignorance is no excuse. It is a collective task we all must do to help keep us better prepared in the event of a bushfire.
Supporting Local Businesses
From time to time I have had some members of the community mention they are concerned by the lack of shops and services in our Shire. The short answer is that while many of you do what we can to support our local business’s we still suffer from leakage to other shopping areas. Shopping local initiatives and other incentives have been developed over time and do come and go but there are so many good reasons to give our locals your first choice. I understand that you may have had an unpleasant experience or service or a price may not have suited, you but communication is always a great start, and just simply not supporting a business and not telling them why will not help in making reparation. The time and cost in travelling a distance must now be a consideration in any purchase and supporting our businesses will help expand what they can offer us. I can only ask to just consider the alternative to losing some of our businesses and services, is that you will have no choice but to travel or be tied to a delivery service that will see an increase in costs that you will not be able to compare. Our local businesses support locals in jobs and sponsorship so please support them back.
In keeping with the theme of our busy October, I would encourage everyone to spend some time at the Quilting, Patchwork and Textile Exhibition at our Visitor Centre. Affectionately called “A Hanging on the Highway”, it runs all month and it will definitely be worth a visit. Our Leo’s are holding an inaugural Community Quiz Night on the 12th of October so please support our Leo’s and secure a table of 8 and see how clever you are while enjoying a great night. We also congratulate the St John’s on the new Sub-Centre, officially opening on the 20th October. The centre looks very impressive and I know it will help compliment the great service our Ambo’s give our community.