Pleasure to spend time with an inspiration

THE Scone Library and over 200 children celebrated National Simultaneous Storytime in the Council Chambers, Scone, on Wednesday. This is the 16th year libraries around Australia have participated in this campaign run by the Australian Library and Information Association.

Its purpose is to promote the value of literacy by encouraging young Australians to read and enjoy books. Each year a children’s book, exploring age appropriate themes and addressing key learningareas of the National Curriculum for grades 1 to 6, is chosen to be read at 11am on the last Wednesday in May. Patricia Molyneux and year three students from Scone Grammar School read this year’s book “I Got This Hat” by Jol and Kate Temple and illustrated by Jon Foye. The children who attended the event came from Scone Public School, Scone Grammar School, Scone and District Preschool, The Yellow Cottage, Upper Hunter Family Day Care, Holistic Approach Family Day Care.

Disability Inclusion Action Plan

Last week I had the pleasure to listen to an inspirational and entertaining speaker, Nicholas Gleeson, who shared his story of overcoming the challenges of living with blindness. Nick is an athlete, accessibility advocate, global adventurer, and all round top bloke! Nick was this year’s Australia Day Ambassador for the Murrurundi district.

Council held public information sessions in Merriwa, Murrurundi and Scone with Nick to contribute to a Disability Inclusion Action Plan for the Shire that Council is preparing over the next year. Nick’s visit was the first of a number of community consultations and targeted focus groups to discuss issues around key areas identified by people with a disability.

DPOP exhibition closes soon

The Delivery Program and Operational Plan (DPOP) contains Upper Hunter Shire Council’s: vision, mission, charter and objectives; functions, activities, services and performance indicators; asset replacement program and capital projects; environmental activities; proposed rates, fees and charges; and budget.

A draft version of the DPOP has been on public exhibition from April 27 at Council offices, libraries and on Council’s website. Council is seeking written submissions responding to the draft DPOP by Monday, May 30. Council will adopt the final DPOP 2016/17 – 2019/20 at its ordinary meeting on June 27.

- Cr Maurice Collison