The new financial year has certainly opened full steam ahead. With the budget now set, the Shire's staff has kick-started the projects set by Council which are to be completed over the next twelve months. Councillors recently spent a worthwhile afternoon inspecting roads, building and infrastructure in the Shire. It proved to be a useful exercise exposing Councillors to a number of facets that the Shire is responsible for, but which all Councillors don’t often have the opportunity to see. It is planned that this will occur again before setting next year's budget, to assist them in prioritising their budget decision making. The township is readying for another face-lift, this time along Egerton Street. New kerbs and road surface will be laid in the summer months to replace the deteriorating curbs and surface. The Shire is working with businesses to ensure minimal disruption. I must extend a big thank you to volunteers of Arts Narrogin who not only rescued the works in the summer storms, but have now re-hung the newly restored works from the Shire’s bequeathed collections: the Carol and Peter Taylor Collection; and the Sir Claude Hotchin Collection. Residents and visitors will soon be able to see these magnificent pieces at the “50|65 People's Art Exhibition” coming up in September and October. Now to the Australia Day Awards. I encourage everyone to put forth their nominations for the Australia Day Awards. Nominations can be made via the Shire's website, (see below). Awards are presented in front of nominees' friends and peers at our Big Aussie Breakfast. I hope you are enjoying the spring weather, Narrogin is picture-perfect right now, just the right time to invite your friends to visit the region. The Narrogin Agricultural Show is coming up in October and the worthy fundraiser, Revheads, follows in November. We have appreciated the positive feedback received from readers and we hope we are adding value by reaching out using this additional means of communications. Leigh Ballard ~ Shire President Council Decisions Council decisions made at the meeting held on 22 August 2018 include: The appointment of bush fire brigades’ fire control officers and dual fire control officers was approved. Applications for planning consent were approved for: Motor Vehicle Sales premises at 1217 Federal Street; Extraction of Gravel at 1811 Williams-Kondinin Road Narrogin; and for development of an Aircraft Hanger at the Narrogin Airport – all subject to conditions. The Council awarded the electricity supply contract for its Contestable electricity to Perth Energy, predicted to save the Shire $40K per annum. Council also adopted an Asset Management Policy. The full minutes can be found on the Shire’s website with public copies available at the Library and Shire Administration. Council meetings commence at 7 pm and are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Community members are most welcome to attend. Entrance to Council Chambers is via the door near the William Kennedy Way carpark. Roadworks & Projects New kerbing works for Herald Street and Egerton Street are scheduled to start this month. Motorists are reminded that traffic management will be in place at both locations, and there will be personnel working on the road, and on the footpath. As part of the Shire of Narrogin’s 2018/19 reseal program, the Shire Works Crew will begin to conduct preseal repairs on a number of residential streets within the Narrogin town site. These important works are likely to begin in October, and there will be a need for minor traffic management to be in place. Residents that are going to be affected by the subsequent re-seal works will be consulted with over coming months. The Museum car park is also going to be given a much needed face lift. Necessary kerbing works are scheduled to begin in October. These works, combined with landscaping works, and future resurfacing works in January, will dramatically improve the condition and appearance of the carpark.