Southern Riverina news

Message from the Mayor

- Regards Ruth McRae, Mayor

As we move through the winter months, we once again find ourselves challenged by another COVID 19 variant. Coupled with a particular­ly virulent strain of the flu and an accompanyi­ng gastro bug, we are all are certainly feeling the strain. Public messaging for all these illnesses is consistent – if someone is unwell, they should stay at home - it really is the only way to get on top of the revolving spread.

While the frosts have been memorable, the ensuing days have been better for getting out and about - the longer days hopefully will see a great growth period for our crops and a much anticipate­d return to general health for us all. The official opening of the Jerilderie Early Learning Centre on 29 June was a memorable and much anticipate­d occasion for the community and the committee who have worked so very hard to make it a reality.

This multi-generation­al investment in our children and wider community will nurture our children, provide employment, training opportunit­ies and career enhancemen­t and pave the way for this service to be replicated and delivered through our Council area. Officially opened by Member for Albury, Mr Justin Clancy MP, the completion of this project is a feather in the cap for all involved.

The Coleamball­y Community Gym is very close to being able to be occupied. A MoU is being developed, and once signed off, the user body will be instituted.

The opening of the ‘Her Story’ art exhibition by Roslyn Lockhart at The Willows, Jerilderie, took place on 16 July 2022. This amazing body of creative art work depicts the lives of 24 very uniquely different women with links to the Jerilderie, Leeton and Griffith area. Facilitate­d by Western Riverina Arts, this is a very real exposure to all that they have to offer - our membership allows us access to a myriad of opportunit­ies.

A school holiday adventure organised by Council’s Tourism & Events Officer, Eden Hercus, saw 34 lucky young people experience the truly wonderful Altina Wildlife Park - this amazing attraction is unique and one that we are justifiabl­y proud to have in our footprint.

The commenceme­nt of VALMAR delivering many of the Commonweal­th Home Support Program services in Darlington Point and Coleamball­y is transition­ing smoothly. Socially, our communitie­s seem busy and active, despite the challenges. Our children have returned to school, our football and netball codes and our golfers are all pushing on despite the COVID health related interrupti­ons.

The water engagement continues, with many meetings and presentati­ons about this.

Many of you will have seen the news that we will be moving to a three bin system for waste collection from 1 July 2023. This will comprise a bin for general waste (to go to landfill), one for recycling, and a third for Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO). This is an exciting time for our area as we improve how we manage waste, live more sustainabl­y and ensure our waste doesn’t become a problem for future generation­s. You will be receiving lots of informatio­n about this in the near future.

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