Last week in Sydney after the Local Government NSW Annual Conference, I attended a meeting with School Infrastructure NSW regarding the joint use library facility in Young. This project will be discussed by Council at our meeting this week, with the deed and lease document for the facility being considered.
Last Thursday and Friday, I spent two days with fellow members of the Canberra Region Joint Organisation. During this time, we met with nine ministers regarding a range of topics, including drought assistance, cost shifting to Local Government, water security, grant funding, infrastructure renewal, bridges and roads. We also discussed rate relief for farmers with Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall and regional roads and bridge funding with Minister for Transport and Regional Roads Paul Toole.
A reminder that water mains cleaning will continue this week in Harden and Young. This program aims to help minimise water discolouration during the summer months. Further information as well as the cleaning schedule and map is available on the Hilltops Council website and Facebook page.
Next Wednesday, in conjunction with five other Councils, we will host a Riverina and South West Slopes Climate Update Seminar. Guest speakers will discuss adaption strategies regarding crops and animals, a detailed climate outlook specific to our region and Local Land Services information. This will be followed by question time. For further information or to obtain dial in information for the update, please phone Council on 1300 445 586. I invite anyone with concerns about climate change and the impact of the ongoing drought to come along in person or join the update via Zoom.
– Mayor Brian Ingram
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