Shire Notes with Councillor Lorna Driscoll

I had a lovely time on Saturday at the Aberdeen Big Boys Toys show.

I can’t believe it’s been going for ten years and it just seems to be getting better and better. Such lovely cars and lots of fun for the children.

Congratulations to the Men’s Shed, the Lions Club and all the organisers for all their hard work to bring us this family day.

Young set sail

Nominations have just closed for the Council’s Upper Hunter Young Endeavour Scheme.

Young people, aged 16 to 23 years, were nominated by sponsors, schools, community and sporting groups for this adventure of a lifetime on a tall ship.

Next week Councillors will be meeting with them for afternoon tea and information about the fundraising they will be undertaking to contribute to the cost of berths.

Later in the year at a special dinner for them, their families and the sponsors, we find out who are the lucky young people who will be setting sail.

The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme aims to provide young Australians with a unique, challenging and inspirational experience that increases their self-awareness, develops their teamwork and leadership skills and creates a strong sense of community responsibility.

Aged and Disability Strategic Plan

Community consultations are starting for the development of an Aged and Disability Strategic Plan for the Upper Hunter Shire.

Council has a contractor, Steve Warham of SEW Consulting to undertake the project and he is already out and about talking to the management committee of Gummun Hostel in Merriwa and the Community Services committee.

Interested individuals and groups can contact Mr Warham on so that all ideas and opinions can be considered about what a quality ageing experience would mean to them. 

The document, to be completed by November 2018, will identify and plan for future needs of an ageing population and provide guiding strategies for our shire into the future.

The strategy would also look at many issues including training and employment planning and future infrastructure decisions.

Upper Hunter Shire Council was successful in gaining a grant under the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund to support the consultations and development of the strategic plan.