Hilltops Council continues to fine tune the establishment and policies as we adjust to our merged identity. To mould the character of many club, personal and committee sub cultures through three former Shire cultures into one will only be successful if we build on the great strengths from within each. Forget about differences of methodology and focus and look forward to a strong united future. An old Jewish Proverb “In choosing a friend go up a step” says it all. We all need to accept the great contribution and varying styles of the clubs, individuals and committees from our now vast Hilltops region to make a harmonious merger complete.
At the weekend I attended the 2019 Lambing Flat Chinese Festival and like with Harden’s Kite Festival or Boorowa’s Woolfest, I am in admiration of the huge logistical effort that went on behind the scenes to make such an event happen. Of course, this Festival is a celebration of Young’s heritage and of Australian multiculturalism but each local or visiting group who contributed gave us enjoyment. Complementary to this was the Lambing Flat Sculpture, Wood and Big Art Exhibition put on by Young Society of Artists displaying and identifying the range and quality of local talents.
These events gave us an appreciation of both our heritage through to our modern culture. Speaking of which, congratulations to Murringo Archive Chronicle Keepers for applying for and achieving a $150 000 heritage grant to assist in upgrading heritage properties - an outstanding individual effort. An example of Heritage property in the form of Young Police Station was on my mind as I listened to Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Worboys, who spoke at an event I attended at the weekend. Full credit to our local Police Force who fulfil their role in the community with excellence out of such ancient facilities.
Much appreciation is also extended to our doctors in Young for the role they play in giving medical students from the Australian National University Medical School practical experience and training as an extra to their commitment to the community.
Many people make a huge contribution to our Hilltops community in so many ways and styles to make this a wonderful place to live. I have touched on a few here who have impacted on me during the last week - there are many more. Thank you all. Councillor John Walker
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