Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Message from Chris Bilkey


Time is getting on for anyone thinking about nominating for Council in the upcoming elections in early December.

Being a councillor is a great way to contribute to the developmen­t of our communitie­s, especially in this time of strong growth in our river-based towns. There is a wealth of experience among our ratepayers, all of which would be welcome in shaping our future and ensuring that we make the most of the opportunit­ies that come our way. Nomination­s for those wishing to stand close on November 4, and there is informatio­n on our website about how to go about it. Put your hand up and be a part of it!

Murray River Council continues to lead all local councils in regional and rural NSW with its vaccinatio­n rates with over 95% of the population with at least one vaccinatio­n, and over 80% double vaxed. It’s a wonderful position to be in and is a credit to all those who have rolled up their sleeves. It’s also the most sensible thing we could be doing in the lead-up to the opening up of metro areas, especially Melbourne.

We need the visitors to restart our tourist economy, and the best way to protect ourselves from the potential for COVID infection is to get as close to 100% double vaccinated as we can before summer arrives.

And ȴnally, as the new bridge in Echuca Moama gets closer to completion, it’s timely to start planning for the future of Meninya St. To get that process started, Council approved the creation of a project team to oversee the redevelopm­ent of the precinct.

It’s a one-off chance to get it right so the Committee will be heavily dependent on community participat­ion and will spend a lot of energy and time consulting with and seeking input from everyone who has an interest in the future of the street and surroundin­g areas. I encourage everyone to make their views known when this process begins.

Cr Chris Bilkey

MAYOR For further informatio­n contact council on 1300 087 004 or visit www.murrayrive­

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