Shire Notes with Councillor Lee Watts

Delivery Program and Operational Plan

The Delivery Program and Operational Plan (DPOP) community meetings will begin in May.

If you would like to have a say about projects and fees set by the Upper Hunter Shire Council join us for a meeting.

Councillors attend these meetings as part of the consultation process. The meetings provide an opportunity for community feedback. This may be particularly relevant in considering the review of water tariffs raised by some residents.

Meetings will be held across the Shire at 6.00pm as follows:

Scone - Monday, 7 May 2018 - Council Chambers

Murrurundi – Wednesday, 9 May 2018 - CWA Rooms

Aberdeen – Monday, 14 May 2018 - Community Hall

Merriwa – Tuesday, 15 May 2018 - School of Arts

Tender Awarded

You may have heard that Daracon has been awarded the tender for the Scone Bypass. It was unfortunate that Council was not informed first so that we could share this with our Community. Council is awaiting Emergency Services’ response to see if the access on the overpass design will meet response times if there is an incident on the north-west side of the railway tracks. This response from the emergency services will decide ‘where to’ with the internal overpass.

Seniors Festival

This week was Seniors Week and it was celebrated with many activities across the Shire. I hope all seniors had a fantastic time on bus trips, workshops, Tai Chi and watching films.

Adoption available

If you are looking to adopt an animal please check out the local animal shelter. Council posts photos on Facebook regularly. Keep your eye out and consider adopting an animal. Council currently has a $0 fee structure for adoption charges leaving just the mandatory registration fee required.

A Call out

There have been some fantastic events recently bringing visitors to look around and be involved in our Shire. I believe a huge congratulations needs to go out to all staff involved in the Kia Ora event and Warbirds Over Scone. Look out; it’s not long now till another event where the sheep put on their red socks!