I hope everyone had an enjoyable and safe Easter it was great to see so many visitors around the Shire, I believe there were quite a few visitors to the VIC and museum over the break. All caravan camping areas were well and truly utilised with plenty of positive feedback about the appearance of the town and surrounding districts.
I would like to congratulate all those involved in the running of the Hermidale Gymkhana which attracted quite a number of horses and riders to compete, also a large number spectators in the activities for the day. I’m sure this will continue to be crowd drawer for years to come with the enjoyable fun atmosphere it creates for the community.
On the Tuesday night April 19th Councillors attended a workshop to discuss the Community Strategic Plan document and draft budget for the upcoming year. I would like to thank all who have had input into this, there were some interesting comments from all the schools on what our town should have, moving forward, for the future development.
Anzac Day was a huge success with a crowd of around 180 at the dawn service to pay their respects. The march was again well supported by diggers and families of those who had passed, all shire schools, our local Fire and Rescue, Ambulance and the RFS. The march was led by a Horseless rider, a mounted rider in a soldier’s uniform, Army Jeeps, Bren Gun Carrier and an Army truck and all schools and community services marched behind. My sincere thanks to the RSL sub Branch for their organisation of the day and to those who contributed in any way and to all the council staff for their help and ongoing commitment to making sure the day is successful. The Anzac Day races returned to Nyngan this year after the Covid interruptions for the previous two years. The event was a great success and congratulations to all involved, it is another great drawcard to our little town.
Around the Shire, maintenance grading and flood repairs are continuing. 3.8kms of road shoulders have been completed and on the 12km section of work in Byrock. A 1km section of the road construction on the Colane Rd is progressing well in preparation for bitumen sealing. Footpath replacement in Nymagee Street opposite Flood Memorial Park is 80% completed and asphalt for the main street will commence the 2nd May, this will be a night shift operation to minimise disruptions to the area during the day, the inconvenience will be well worth the wait.
The Federal member for Parkes Mark Coulton will be in Nyngan on the 4th of May at 11am, to officially open the Bogan Shire Medical Centre extensions, this will allow us to add other services at the facility. Councillors will have the opportunity to have a discussion with Mr Coulton before the opening, no doubt a very opportune time with an election around the corner.
Council organised youth workshops over the last month. There was silver and copper workshops in early April, followed by a Resin workshop, and last week a leathercraft day. All events were well attended and appreciated by all.
Mayor, Bogan Shire Council