From the mayor's desk | Ray Donald

Council has completed a major reconstruction of the area around the Town Centenary Fountain and the Fountain itself.  

A significant leak from the Fountain was effecting the foundations of the building next to it, which triggered the alterations.  

The new cement path, new seats, trees, lawn and flower garden in the area previously holding the water, plus a new centre piece for the Fountain with water all provide a very attractive entrance to the main street.  

At its meeting last month, Council commended the work done by our Parks and Gardens team whose efforts consistently promote the town’s attractive appearance.

Last Wednesday and Thursday at Khan’s Supa IGA people passing through their doors may have been surveyed by the consultants assisting the State Government to gauge community support for the three projects Council identified as preferred ones for the Stronger Country Communities Fund.  

These were Sports Flood Lights at Larkin Oval, improvements to the irrigation system at the Nyngan Golf Club and improvements to two of our playground parks.  

Hopefully support from residents to these consultants will ensure that funding gets approved and the three projects can eventuate.

Our Library continues to provide a wide range of extra services to members and residents with Council receiving regular reports to our meetings.  

Some highlights during the last quarter included the Naidoc Poster morning and two holiday craft mornings. Readers and age group winners received certificates and prizes for participation in the Book Link Reading Program.  

Nepal was the CWA’s International Country of Study this year, with the Library displaying Year 5/6 posters from St Joseph’s and power point presentations from Nyngan Public School, all of a very high standard.

The Library hosted story time for the Nyngan Pre School during Children’s Book Week and often hosts visiting authors.  

Librarian Maria Kinsey and her staff provide a friendly welcome and a very high standard of assistance to all who come through their door.

The first quarter budget review for 2017/2018 was presented to last month’s Council Meeting.  

After a number of adjustments Council’s overall budget remains on track with a surplus across all funds of $20,881, down $4,400 on predictions.

Council is currently reviewing its Keeping of Animals Policy and welcomes comment from residents.  

It particularly looks at the number of dogs, cats and poultry for residential areas. (Page 8 of the Policy)   

Please contact your Councillors or the General Manager with any comment, or make a submission.   Copies of the Policy are available at the Council Chambers and on Council’s Web site.