Op­por­tu­ni­ties abound

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

Christ­mas is a time to re­flect and cel­e­brate what we have all achieved through­out the year.

It is a time for fam­ily, for friends, for re­lax­ing and re­ju­ve­na­tion.

It is also a time to look for­ward, and as we en­ter the new year we en­ter a new phase with on­go­ing work at the con­crete batch­ing plant, the es­tab­lish­ment of the hy­dro­ponic farm and the fi­nal stages of the new re­tire­ment fa­cil­ity.

The op­por­tu­ni­ties for em­ploy­ment and in­vest­ment have never seemed so strong.

Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil has started the es­tab­lish­ment of project work­ing groups for the Splash Park, Eques­trian Cen­tre (Raise the Roof) and the Arun­del St Be­nalla Ovals Sports Fa­cil­ity, with the like­li­hood of all projects start­ing next year.

Within the coun­cil, we await the start of our new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and we ac­knowl­edge the enor­mous con­tri­bu­tion Tony McIl­roy has made to Be­nalla’s live­abil­ity and pros­per­ity and to the sus­tain­abil­ity and sta­bil­ity of the coun­cil.

Christ­mas is a time to reach out to the peo­ple in our com­mu­nity who may not have the com­pany of fam­ily and friends, or who strug­gle to put food on the ta­ble or gifts un­der the tree.

It is also a time to ex­press our grat­i­tude to those who will spend Christ­mas away from the peo­ple they love be­cause they are look­ing af­ter oth­ers: those in our health and care ser­vices, our de­fence and emer­gency ser­vices and those who work with the vul­ner­a­ble.

Wher­ever you are this Christ­mas, on be­half of the coun­cil I wish you joy and peace in this sea­son of cel­e­bra­tion, along with health and hap­pi­ness in the year ahead. — Cr Scott Up­ston, Mayor, Be­nalla Ru­ral City Coun­cil

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