Congratulations to local boy Jack Hargreaves, son of Peter and Jenny, who is a member of the World Championship Fours Rowing Team that won the Gold Medal in Bulgaria recently. No doubt their eyes are now set on the Tokyo Olympics.
A bit of rain last week hopefully heralds better times ahead for the season. We all have a follow up fall ordered, however much heavier falls east of here should be starting to ease the situation for many producers. Some property owners around Girilambone that measured over 90mm must be smiling.
Congratulations to Councillor Glen Neill who was re-elected unopposed as Deputy Mayor for two years at last month’s Council Meeting.
With Daylight Savings around again it will be interesting to see if winding Daylight Saving back to four core months, or at least leaving out March, becomes a State Election issue again in March next year.
A number of candidates in the last State Election undertook to reduce Daylight Saving in their campaigns last time, and then nothing changed after the election returned the State Coalition. With a much closer State Election likely this time, candidates will win considerable electoral support if they stick to a commitment to exclude March.
Following a structural investigation into the Palais Theatre, and a report presented to last month’s Council Meeting, Council unanimously resolved to commission an Architect to develop options for the replacement or renovation of the Palais Theatre. The Architect carried out an inspection last Monday and reported to Council.
Our community will be kept well informed about the progress of these investigations and the estimated cost to repair the Theatre or replace it. We are well aware that many people have a very strong sentimental attachment to this building and want to see it retained.
Repairs to keep the building in a safe condition for occupancy will definitely be one of the options for consideration. However the cost of this option may well be millions of dollars.
Should this money be put towards a new Theatre? What will a new one cost? What chance do we have to obtain a grant funding for a new structure? What funds do Council have available?
Do we need a new Theatre with a Town Hall and High School gymnasium available for functions? These are all valid questions to be considered by our community and Councillors once more information is available.
Local State Member Kevin Humphries has advised that piping the Albert Priest Channel will not be funded. Council is now pushing to secure funding for constructing the second off weir storage now the first one is complete. These two off river storages provide the best option for the security of the Nyngan Cobar water supply.