PRES­I­DENT POST

Narrogin Observer - - News -

The new fi­nan­cial year has cer­tainly opened full steam ahead. With the bud­get now set, the Shire's staff has kick-started the projects set by Coun­cil which are to be com­pleted over the next twelve months. Coun­cil­lors re­cently spent a worth­while af­ter­noon in­spect­ing roads, build­ing and in­fra­struc­ture in the Shire. It proved to be a use­ful ex­er­cise ex­pos­ing Coun­cil­lors to a num­ber of facets that the Shire is re­spon­si­ble for, but which all Coun­cil­lors don’t of­ten have the op­por­tu­nity to see. It is planned that this will oc­cur again be­fore set­ting next year's bud­get, to as­sist them in pri­ori­tis­ing their bud­get de­ci­sion mak­ing. The town­ship is ready­ing for an­other face-lift, this time along Eger­ton Street. New kerbs and road sur­face will be laid in the sum­mer months to re­place the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing curbs and sur­face. The Shire is work­ing with busi­nesses to en­sure min­i­mal dis­rup­tion. I must ex­tend a big thank you to vol­un­teers of Arts Nar­ro­gin who not only res­cued the works in the sum­mer storms, but have now re-hung the newly re­stored works from the Shire’s be­queathed col­lec­tions: the Carol and Peter Tay­lor Col­lec­tion; and the Sir Claude Hotchin Col­lec­tion. Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors will soon be able to see th­ese mag­nif­i­cent pieces at the “50|65 Peo­ple's Art Ex­hi­bi­tion” com­ing up in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber. Now to the Aus­tralia Day Awards. I en­cour­age everyone to put forth their nom­i­na­tions for the Aus­tralia Day Awards. Nom­i­na­tions can be made via the Shire's web­site, (see be­low). Awards are pre­sented in front of nom­i­nees' friends and peers at our Big Aussie Break­fast. I hope you are en­joy­ing the spring weather, Nar­ro­gin is pic­ture-per­fect right now, just the right time to in­vite your friends to visit the re­gion. The Nar­ro­gin Agri­cul­tural Show is com­ing up in Oc­to­ber and the wor­thy fundraiser, Rev­heads, fol­lows in Novem­ber. We have ap­pre­ci­ated the pos­i­tive feed­back re­ceived from read­ers and we hope we are adding value by reach­ing out us­ing this ad­di­tional means of com­mu­ni­ca­tions. Leigh Bal­lard ~ Shire Pres­i­dent Coun­cil De­ci­sions Coun­cil de­ci­sions made at the meet­ing held on 22 Au­gust 2018 in­clude: The ap­point­ment of bush fire brigades’ fire con­trol of­fi­cers and dual fire con­trol of­fi­cers was ap­proved. Ap­pli­ca­tions for plan­ning con­sent were ap­proved for: Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Sales premises at 1217 Fed­eral Street; Ex­trac­tion of Gravel at 1811 Wil­liams-Kon­dinin Road Nar­ro­gin; and for de­vel­op­ment of an Air­craft Hanger at the Nar­ro­gin Air­port – all sub­ject to con­di­tions. The Coun­cil awarded the elec­tric­ity sup­ply con­tract for its Con­testable elec­tric­ity to Perth En­ergy, pre­dicted to save the Shire $40K per an­num. Coun­cil also adopted an As­set Man­age­ment Pol­icy. The full min­utes can be found on the Shire’s web­site with pub­lic copies avail­able at the Li­brary and Shire Ad­min­is­tra­tion. Coun­cil meet­ings com­mence at 7 pm and are held on the fourth Wed­nes­day of each month. Com­mu­nity mem­bers are most wel­come to at­tend. En­trance to Coun­cil Cham­bers is via the door near the Wil­liam Kennedy Way carpark. Road­works & Projects New kerb­ing works for Her­ald Street and Eger­ton Street are sched­uled to start this month. Mo­torists are re­minded that traf­fic man­age­ment will be in place at both lo­ca­tions, and there will be per­son­nel work­ing on the road, and on the foot­path. As part of the Shire of Nar­ro­gin’s 2018/19 re­seal pro­gram, the Shire Works Crew will be­gin to con­duct pre­seal re­pairs on a num­ber of res­i­den­tial streets within the Nar­ro­gin town site. Th­ese im­por­tant works are likely to be­gin in Oc­to­ber, and there will be a need for mi­nor traf­fic man­age­ment to be in place. Res­i­dents that are go­ing to be af­fected by the sub­se­quent re-seal works will be con­sulted with over com­ing months. The Mu­seum car park is also go­ing to be given a much needed face lift. Nec­es­sary kerb­ing works are sched­uled to be­gin in Oc­to­ber. Th­ese works, com­bined with land­scap­ing works, and fu­ture resur­fac­ing works in Jan­uary, will dra­mat­i­cally im­prove the con­di­tion and ap­pear­ance of the carpark.

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