I would like to begin this week’s Column with a thank you to Western NSW Health District for once again organizing the Vaccination pop up clinic for the town of Nyngan. This has allowed everyone the opportunity to receive their boosters and younger children in the community to also receive first doses. Hopefully this will enable us as a community to reach an even higher percentage of community vaccination rates. I would also like to thank the Bogan Shire Medical Centre staff for the efforts in helping to also reach these targets.
Over the last week kerb and guttering down Pangee street has progressed well and no doubt when completed, will be a huge benefit as it will not only be beneficial to the functionality but also the appearance of the town. Council road maintenance crews are also in working progress of re-sheeting and continuing our grading maintenance program for gravel roads in the district. Preparation work has been carried out on culverts on the Mitchell Highway towards Byrock, where 12.5kms of shoulder widening will commence shortly.
Council again received a school holiday grant with which Council has purchased kayaks and stand-up paddle boats to hold activity days on the river throughout the holiday periods. With the rivers continual high flow this has been delayed till it recedes. When this occurs the first event will be placed on the Bogan Shire Facebook page and advertised through other outlets. They are sure to be great entertainment for youth in the school holidays and will be stored at the new Youth and Community Centre for lots of future fun events.
Following our Australia Day awards our ambassador Patricia Garcia was given a tour of our museum and was pleasantly surprised at the history recorded and the way the information was so well presented for such a small town. Following the museum tour I then took Patricia and her sister for a drive to our shire small villages, across to Tritton and Murrawombie mines, the weir, as well as through Nyngan and to the showground and race course. Both Patricia and her sister complemented us on our town’s presentations and surrounding districts. They were both very impressed by what Nyngan had to offer from the Early Learning Centre to the village’s small schools, the Riverside caravan park, the weir with new camping area, the pool upgrades and many more. They had asked me to convey their appreciation for the communities’ efforts in their presentation of representing a small town so well.
While Derek Francis has had a well-deserved break, Ross Earl has been acting General Manager. I would like to thank Ross for his time here on a personal level and on behalf of the Bogan Shire. His presence and professional manner was greatly appreciated and didn’t go unnoticed.
I would also like to thank Cathy Ellison who filled in whilst Melisa Salter was on leave. It was obvious from the smile on Cathy’s face she was enjoying her short stint out of retirement as much as the Council staff enjoyed her being there.
The first ordinary meeting for the newly elected Council will be held on the 24th of February at 5:30pm. I’m sure all Councilors are excited and looking forward to commencing business for the year ahead 2022.
Mayor, Bogan Shire Council