Mayor Harry Westendorp’s monthly report
IN what has been still a somewhat quiet time for the council between the holiday period and the beginning of the budget processes (including the preparation for a rate variation submission), the major item for the council and for the communities has been the celebration of Australia Day.
While this is understandably a sensitive date in some quarters, it was good to see so many of our residents, ratepayers and visitors get together to celebrate what it means to be Australian in this day and age.
It was good to have Dave Jacka share with us his inspirational speech on overcoming adversity.
Once again, it was gratifying to see our shire’s awards for Junior Citizen, Senior Citizen, Citizen of the Year, and Community Event of the Year go to such deserving people.
Our communities really do have so much for which to be grateful when we see the selfless contributions made by so many of our neighbours.
Council’s decision to move forward with the sale or lease of the saleyards site has caused some unrest in the community as it could be seen as devaluing the great work of our local State Emergency Services team.
There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the council shares the community’s admiration for our SES and its dedicated volunteers and we will ensure that their good work continues to be supported.
Our decision to allow for the sale or lease of the property now provides a more certain framework for further discussions and consultation that ensures we achieve the best outcomes for all.
Cr Harry Westendorp