CHEERS TO THE NEW YEAR

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Coun­cil re­flects on a big 2018

CHRIST­MAS is al­most here, and with the end of the year comes much re­flec­tion, at least for Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh.

The fi­nal­i­sa­tion of the re­view of the Mur­ray Dar­ling Basin dis­cus­sions was a stand­out for the coun­cil this year, know­ing that buy backs have been re­duced, thus mean­ing more cer­tainty for lo­cals mov­ing for­ward.

“They have more se­cu­rity now of what wa­ter is avail­able go­ing for­ward,” he said. “There’s a lot of re­lief from the lo­cals.

“We are still wait­ing on fed­eral fund­ing which will en­able us to move on and do more.”

St Ge­orge and Dir­ran­bandi have been two of the most af­fected towns, and Cr Marsh said the work on mul­ti­ple fields of govern­ment to en­sure a sus­tain­able fu­ture was a true feat.

On a more lo­cal level, the coun­cil has been in­volved in im­prove­ments and main­te­nance around town, in­clud­ing the river fore­shore, in­stalling air con­di­tion­ing in some build­ings and gen­eral in­fra­struc­ture works.

Cr Marsh said he was also proud of the com­mu­nity catch up days the coun­cil had started, al­low­ing lo­cals the chance to talk with coun­cil­lors about con­cerns.

The shire has also worked on in­tro­duc­ing new lo­cal laws which will come into ef­fect on July 1 next year.

“In the short term, it’s a mat­ter of get­ting peo­ple to know what they mean.”

Some changes around do­mes­tic pet laws will be en­forced.

“Peo­ple are very at­tached to their an­i­mals, and it’s some­thing we treat se­ri­ously.”

PHOTO: ELLEN RANSLEY

HO, HO, HO: Balonne Shire coun­cil­lors Scott Scriven, Fiona Gaske, Richard Marsh, Robyn Fuhrmeis­ter and Ian Todd get in the fes­tive spirit to wish you all a merry Christ­mas and a happy new year.

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