Well, the festive season has come and gone, and I hope that everyone had an enjoyable time and spent some time with family and friends.
With the new year now underway, it is important that we get on with the job of getting things done for the people of the Northern Grampians Shire.
With rate capping now a reality, it has become even more important to get onto the 3, 16, 81 campaign to try and get some extra funding from the Australian tax dollar to allow us to provide the services that our community expects and is entitled to.
We will be giving it a fair dinkum go during this year. Let’s hope we can deliver.
Keep an eye on the Stawell Times News in the next couple of weeks. A very large investment announcement is anticipated. We are just waiting for the State Government to give some support and we believe that it will be all systems go.
During December 2015, the Stawell Senior Citizens celebrated another Christmas lunch which was well attended and a very enjoyable day.
Also the Carols in the Grampians was an outstanding success. Around 5,000 people attended and it was a wonderful effort from all involved.
Well done Geoff, you should be very proud. The added fireworks component was unbelievable and enthusiastically spoken about by those who attended.
I had the pleasure of swearing in some new citizens in our community at a citizen ceremony in December. I must say how proud they were to become Australian Citizens, and I am sure they will become very valuable members of our region.
The CEO and I will be visiting Parliament House next month and there are a number of discussions that need to take place so the Northern Grampians Shire can continue to lead the way in providing the best possible outcomes for our communities. We will do our best.
A problem with the fairy grass at Lake Lonsdale has arisen causing some major fire risks. The lack of water is not the only thing that a drought brings.
Although it is a Grampians Wimmera Mallee Water problem, we have assisted in putting some emergency management practices in place, including additional ‘no fire’ signs, additional ranger patrols, a fire vehicle available on the more susceptible days.
Our emergency management department will also be keeping a close eye on it. Let’s hope we are not impacted.
A New Year’s resolution is for the Northern Grampians Shire Council to lead our communities and to become the best small rural shire in the state.
To deliver this resolution, we need everyone’s positive contribution, a team game from all involved.
Mayor Murray Emerson
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