Warren has recently joined an organisation known as the Country Mayors Association of NSW, which meets quarterly to discuss Local Government issues especially relevant to rural Councils.
The meetings are held in Parliament House in Macquarie Street Sydney, which provides opportunities to meet with politicians from both sides and is a convenient location for invited guest speakers.
Deputy Police Commissioner Regional NSW Field Operations, Gary Worboys, was the first presenter at last Friday’s meeting. Without so much as a note in front of him, he outlined how the new arrangement concerning the administration of Country Policing were working. This involves Warren as we are now under the Dubbo/Mudgee Command, based in Dubbo rather than the Darling River Command based in Bourke. These changes have seen a 34% drop in crime and are supporting young people to break the cycle of anti-social behaviour as well as targeting domestic violence.
Peter Primrose, Shadow Minister for Local Government and Michael Daley, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Shadow Minister for Gaming and Racing made a joint presentation, which featured many questions and answers dealing with the contentious issues facing Local Government such as; the proposed Joint Organisations.
Michael Daley will be remembered by many in Warren for his visits to our Races while Deputy Mayor of Randwick, when we had a “sister city” arrangement with Randwick.
Also of interest was an address from Acting Consul General Linda Daetwyler, US Consul General, Sydney. She and her husband have visited many rural areas on their Harley Davidson motorcycles and these experiences are highlights of her time in the role.
The final presentation was from Lindsay Cane, CEO Royal Far West. This fantastic organisation is not a Government Agency and must raise the bulk of its funding from the community to improve the health and wellbeing of country kids.
Royal Far West employs 150 staff with 65 clinical specialists who support the full range of children’s services at their headquarters in Manly. Some of these services are now provided on line via Telecare and the push is to invest in child vulnerability areas to improve long term adult outcomes.
In conclusion, Country Mayors does seem a worthwhile organisation to be part of especially given membership is only a few hundred dollars per year and has the potential to keep rural matters on the agenda of city based politicians.
NRF (Rex) Wilson OAM
6th March 2018