Pathways for community feedback at the new Western Plains Regional Council

BY ADMINISTRATOR MICHAEL KNEIPP

With the formation of the Western Plains Regional Council, there has been a lot of interest in the community around the newly formed entity and feedback from the community is as important as ever and is most welcome.

There are plenty of opportunities to have your say, and I encourage people to take advantage of these when they arise.

For example, after last week’s ordinary meeting of Council, two draft documents were adopted and placed on public exhibition and submissions are invited.

The first one is the draft Local Purchasing Policy. Prior to the creation of Western Plains Regional Council, both former Council’s had adopted differing Local Purchasing Policies.

This draft policy provides a consistent policy for the new Western Plains Regional Council to apply to approved Local Suppliers.

The second is the Draft Route Plans of proposed pipeline from Burrendong Dam to Dubbo.

It outlines the route plans of a proposed future pipeline from Burrendong Dam to the John Gilbert Water Treatment Plant at Dubbo, via the Wellington Water Treatment Plant and Geurie, along the Macquarie River Valley.

Such a pipeline would significantly improve the drought security of Dubbo, Wellington and Geurie and can be included in the development of a new Integrated Water Cycle Management (IYCM) strategy for these localities.

Keep an eye out on the website (westernplains.nsw.gov.au), or pop into your local branch to view items that are on public exhibition, as it is a great opportunity to have your say on the decisions being made in your local government area.

Another hot topic in the community has been the naming of the merged area. Many people have strong feelings about the name Western Plains Regional Council and if there is a chance that it could be changed. Member for Dubbo and Deputy Premier Troy Grant has distributed a survey to residents of Dubbo and Wellington, asking for opinion on this very issue as well input regarding the Community Infrastructure grants. I encourage everyone to consider these issues and return the survey by the due date. This is your chance to let the State Government know your views.

And finally, there will be an extraordinary meeting of Council today at 12noon in the Wellington chambers with the adoption of the draft 2016/2017 Operational Plan and Budget on the agenda. This will enable the budget to kick off on 1st July with the new financial year.

Last Edited: 08 Sep 2016

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