Deniliquin Pastoral Times

MAYOR’S COL­UMN

- Mes­sage from Chris Bilkey Moama

It was a Coun­cil meet­ing week last week. A cou­ple of im­por­tant clear­ing-of-the-decks de­ci­sions were taken re­gard­ing pro­jects in Moama, both of which will get us mov­ing on new in­fra­struc­ture.

Firstly, Coun­cil re­solved to change a par­cel of land from Com­mu­nity Use to Op­er­a­tional Land. This change will al­low plan­ning for the long-awaited new po­lice sta­tion in Moama to be­gin. The land in ques­tion is at the eastern cor­ner of the Cobb High­way and Per­ri­coota Rd in­ter­sec­tion, in part of what is now known as Lawry Park. Progress to­wards the sta­tion will now be in the hands of the State Gov­ern­ment, and we are pleased that a fund­ing al­lo­ca­tion has been made in the cur­rent ȴnan­cial year for that pur­pose. Sec­ondly, Coun­cil ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion for the amend­ment of our Lo­cal En­vi­ron­ment Plan to per­mit the con­struc­tion of a child­care fa­cil­ity on the cor­ner of Lignum Lane and Boyes St. This change will en­able plan­ning to pro­ceed on the cen­tre, which will even­tu­ally re­place the cen­tre on the cor­ner of Frances and Re­gent streets. The cur­rent cen­tre has out­grown its foot­print, and is very in­con­ve­nient for clients be­cause of the lack of park­ing op­tions. Fur­ther­more, when the new bridge is com­pleted, we ex­pect a lot more traɝc to utilise Frances St when it is re-con­nected with Per­ri­coota Rd. An­other item that at­tracted lively de­bate was the is­sue of an­i­mal breed­ing fa­cil­i­ties, es­sen­tially for dogs and cats. Re­cent changes to reg­u­la­tion in Vic­to­ria has seen an uptick in ap­pli­ca­tions in our area. Coun­cil has re­ceived a num­ber of sub­mis­sions rais­ing con­cerns about the po­ten­tial for so-called “puppy farms” be­ing es­tab­lished here. It was re­solved to amend our plan­ning in­stru­ments to more clearly deȴne ac­cept­able fa­cil­i­ties, and to lobby State Gov­ern­ment to ac­cel­er­ate their re­view of reg­u­la­tions re­gard­ing these busi­nesses. Pro­posed amend­ments to our re­quire­ments will come back to Coun­cil for ap­proval.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion con­tact coun­cil on 1300ɋ087ɋ0­04 or visit www.mur­rayriver.nsw.gov.au

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