Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Council news and updates from the mayor

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It’s been a busy week since my last column with some good news and unfortunat­ely no news from the Victorian Government.

Lockdown restrictio­ns in Edward River lifted over the weekend and whilst it was great to get the kids back to school on Monday, to visit our family and friends and maybe even go out for a meal, we remain outside the Victorian border bubble.

I wrote to Premier Andrews last week and shared my letter here, outlining our case to be re-included in the border bubble.

To date I am yet to receive a response.

Council has also held a number of meetings with the

Cross Border Commission­ers who have heard us and I believe are lobbying on our behalf to get us back in the bubble too.

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Vaccinatio­n rates

Some confusing messages coming out of the NSW and Federal Government­s recently regarding our vaccinatio­n rates.

First we were praised by the deputy premier for our high rates, only to be corrected by the Department of Regional NSW and the Federal Government last week.

We have been advised the accurate rates, which are by LGA rather than postcode and include private GP clinics as well as state run vaccinatio­n centres are very worrying.

Council got straight on to a campaign to encourage eligible residents to get vaccinated and we appointed some local ambassador­s to help the cause.

I’d like to thank Deni High’s captain Ella Harvey, Deni Party Hire’s Donna Jefferies and well known local and former editor of this paper Sam Hall for helping spread the message.

ACE Radio and the Pastoral

Times have also joined the cause by co-sponsoring our campaign, which is most appreciate­d.

Part of the campaign includes calling on residents to do a “Steve Bradbury”, the famed Aussie who came from behind to win gold at the Olympics.

The stats don’t look good for Edward River, we’re currently trailing Murray River Council, Hay Shire and Berrigan Shire. But like our footy and netball players, we’re not afraid of a bit of competitio­n so I ask everyone who is eligible to please get vaccinated.

You can call 03 58811464 to book your Pfizer vaccine at the Deniliquin Respirator­y Clinic or Shiloh Medical Clinic on 03 58817597.

Astra Zeneca is available from Ochre Medical Centre, call 03 58811900 or Soul Pattison Pharmacy on 03 58812081 or Eric Sim Pharmacy on 03 58812081.

Mayoral election

This month’s Council meeting saw us required to vote for the mayor’s position, in line with NSW Government requiremen­ts.

A mayor elected by councillor­s (which is how we do it in Edward River) holds office for two years normally.

Covid got in the way and our normal election has been postponed twice by the NSW Government.

The election for all Councillor­s will be held on Saturday 04 December, after which the new Council will again elect a mayor and deputy mayor.

This week, I was pleased to be re-elected mayor and Pat Fogarty returned as deputy mayor.

It is a great honour for us both and I’d like to thank my fellow nominees Peta Betts (who nominated for mayor) and Ashley Hall (deputy mayor) for putting their hands up too.

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Works continue

If you drive around the LGA you will see lots of Council work going on.

Some major projects requiring expert help have been slowed or delayed due to border bubble issues, but we are continuing with many projects.

Last week we saw our offleash dog park completed at Edward River Oval. It’s been great to see local dog clubs using it and the feedback has been fantastic.

We’re also getting on with work at the former North Deni Tennis Club which is being converted to open space park land, a picnic area and parking for nine vehicles as a rest stop.

I’m really looking forward to seeing the finished product with that one.

We’re also continuing with road and footpath maintenanc­e work around the LGA, spraying for roadside weeds, continuing with our resealing program (Poictiers Streets and Kelly Streets in Deni coming to a finish soon) and the new fence along the Napier Street side of Waring Gardens looks fantastic.

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The Tip Shop is open

Residents will be pleased to know our Tip Shop is back open, with Covid restrictio­ns in place.

Shoppers must wear a mask and be limited to two in the space at the one time.

With our free waste weekend being such a success, there’s bound to be a bargain or two to grab.

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Seniors Living progress

Council has gone out to tender for constructi­on of the Seniors Living Precinct. It is great to see this project finally getting underway although there has been a lot of work behind the scenes!

Once the tender process is complete we’ll be able to have final costings available to those who have registered their interest. It is not too late to do so - you can speak to Mark Goode for more informatio­n by calling Council on 03 58983000.

As the project has had significan­t interest, Council is considerin­g constructi­ng more than the planned six homes in the first stage and us such, will be required to gain approval by the Regional Planning Panel. This may cause the usual delays with dealing with a government department but we still hope to have residents move in next year.

Stay safe

Norm Brennan, Mayor.

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