Firstly I would like to thank the people of the Upper Hunter Shire for bestowing upon me this great honour of sitting in this Council.
As a first timer I am a little bewildered by the amount of work that my predecessors have done and the mountain that is in front of my Council colleagues and myself.
As the new guy it is appropriate that I talk about the training that all Councillors are receiving and the work that we are currently doing to maintain Council’s ‘fit for the future’ status.
Legislation has changed in the world of local government and as such we are required to conduct continual training, have reportable targets and even swear an oath (or affirmation).
The world of a Councillor is different to what I thought it was.
Training is supplied by various organisations and as you can imagine it is a lot to take in, in a short amount of time.
The General Manager and his staff are well versed in all these matters and are a great help with learning the process.
Taking tour of shire
In the past few weeks Councillors have taken two tours of the Shire - east and west.
These tours are a great way to allow the staff to explain idiosyncrasies of areas to the Councillors and allow the Councillors a first-hand view of the issues we face.
We visited Cassilis and viewed the proposed sites for the sewerage treatment system which will service the village.
On another tour we were able to see the proposed route that the Murrurundi pipeline will take, as well as having an on-site briefing on the Moonan Cutting.
These visits gave me great confidence that the end products are being well thought out and fit for the future of the areas they will service.
Support the writers festival
This weekend, the Scone Literary Long Weekend is back again.
Events like these provide a flow on effect for our community.
People that may have never heard of the Upper Hunter will visit us and spend money in our Shire, strengthening our commerce and therefore providing jobs into our future.
I hope you will support this event and it continues into the future.
For more information, visit the website www.sconewritersfestival.com.au
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