Pushing forward with big projects and a focus on community consultation – that’s what’s in store for our city next year, Mayor Simon Murray says.
“Projects like the airport development, gathering community input for the mall, pushing ahead with the Guyra main street upgrade,” he said.
“Getting these underway with a focus on community consultation.”
Cr Murray said he hoped everyone has a safe and happy Christmas.
“I hope everyone gets together with family – that’s very important,” he said.
And as for his typical Christmas lunch – Cr Murray likes cold chicken, ham and maybe a beer or two.
Further south, Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce says council will also have a focus on community engagement for 2018.
“This council has really tried to engage the community probably more than previous councils,” he said.
“It’s important for us as councillors to be very transparent with our community members.”
Cr Pearce said engagement activities during the year included pushing forward with various projects and ideas by meeting with business and tourism operators, engaging with volunteers and a few weeks ago an activity engagement with local primary producers.
There’s also some big projects on the boil for 2018 and beyond.
“Probably the biggest thing is the Bundarra sewerage scheme project,” Cr Pearce said.
“That’s a massive project, nearly $5.5 million we were lucky to grab 70 per cent from the NSW Government.
“The consultations will start with the community in early January and February and we’re looking at that system to be up and running in about September 2019.”
Cr Pearce said he’ll be spending Christmas by the sea with his family.
“I look forward to getting away and recharging the batteries,” he said.
“For those driving, please drive safe, take heaps of breaks and on behalf of council I want to wish everybody a very merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year.