Wollomombi residents took to the table to speak to Armidale Regional Council councillors about issues in their community.

DOWN TO BUSINESS: Councillor Jon Galletly (centre) chats to Wollomombi residents.
DOWN TO BUSINESS: Councillor Jon Galletly (centre) chats to Wollomombi residents.

WOLLOMOMBI residents took to the table to speak to councillors about issues in their community.

Councillors’ Cuppa was held at Sauer Memorial Hall on Tuesday night, and the pressing issues were road maintenance and roadside trees.

Wollomombi Local Advisory Committee chair Dorianne Coventry said the event was positive.

“It was a great way to hear directly from the mayor and all the councillors and to develop a relationship with the councillors,” Ms Coventry said.

“It provided an excellent platform to offer feedback in a way where you felt you were really being heard.”

Discussions included an update on a campaign to improve the quality of the Kempsey to Armidale road, with Lower Creek community representative Morgan Thompson also attending the Cuppa.

The forum was told the Armidale and Kempsey councils are working together to lobby state government to reinstate the road’s State Road classification, after the section in the Armidale Regional Council area was downgraded to local road status several years ago.

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Mr Thompson said he was appealing to communities along and near the road to band together in a united campaign for better funding for the road’s maintenance.

Cr Murray said last night’s forum was another positive step in the Kempsey Road campaign, as well as a constructive initiative for general engagement between councillors and community members.

“Council already has Local Advisory Committees in a number of locations, fostering very positive working relationships with council staff, and the Councillor Cuppas will further assist by improving the bond between residents and the elected councillors,” he said.

Wollomombi LAC Secretary Sandra Moen said the informal gathering makes it easier for community members to get their point across effectively.

“There were a lot of points raised and some very constructive conversations,” she said.

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