The long hot summer officially finishes in a fortnight, which will be a relief to crops, livestock and people.
Thankfully our district has been spared the massive bushfires such as the Dunedoo and Mudgee areas have experienced. However, Council has lost a grader and a water tanker in a small fire on the Buddabadah Road last week, with investigations ongoing as to the cause. Our Operations Manager, Dirk McCloskey is making arrangements to dry hire replacement plant items to ensure our works program can continue. The process of purchasing large items of plant such as graders and water tankers requires tendering in accordance with regulations, so will take some time to finalise.
The deadline for submissions on the Northern Basin Review of the Murray Darling Basin Authority’s Plan has been extended until February 24th, which gives all interest groups extra time to respond to this critical issue for all in our community.
The good news for last week was the presentation to Emily Glover for the Auscott Scholarship. Emily is to be congratulated for this significant achievement, which also reflects well on her family support and that of the Warren Central School staff.
Auscott is also to be acknowledged for this generous support of our young people, which has continued for 52 years in our Valley. Such support has now been extended to three (3) other Valleys, making it a very commendable and tangible vote of confidence in rural communities.
NRF (Rex) Wilson OAM
13th February 2017