From the Mayor's Desk

Most of us are probably wondering where the year has gone, however with the arrival of December, the local calendar gets pretty busy. Many organisations have their Christmas parties, all local schools have their presentation nights, and a number of community events are held. Two worthy of note are the Garden Club’s Christmas Markets in the Flood Memorial Car Park this Saturday evening (8th) commencing at 6pm, and the Nyngan Community Carols in Davidson Park the following Sunday (16th) at 7.30pm. We look forward to another top display of Christmas lights in town which has become one of the main features of our local celebrations along with local rural mail boxes getting a sparkle.

It’s good to hear our local International Rower Champion Jack Hargreaves and his team mates are getting some more national recognition as World Champions.   Hopefully he can get some time off to come home for Christmas.   Out local High School delegation to No. 15 Middle School are currently in China. We hope they are having a tremendous time and we wish them a safe return. The cost of these trips to China has increased to over $32,000 for eight students and two teachers. With Council contributing over 40 per cent if this cost, the delegation is to be congratulated for the amount of fundraising they did for their trip.

Council’s concern about the speed of ore trains through Nyngan continues and was again discussed at last month’s Council Meeting. An inadequate and very out of date letter was tabled at the meeting from the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister in response to our letter of concern sent some five months ago. They consider the Hoskins Street crossing meets engineering standards, no mention of safety. His letter advised that trains could travel through Nyngan at 80kms per hour, subsequent advice from John Holland Rail has told us the average speed will only be 40kms per hour. Pity they cannot be on the same page! We intend to start a petition demanding flashing lights be installed at the Hoskins Street level crossing, and trains not exceed 40 km per hour ( as they continue to do so).   We also want TV Coverage of a road train or B Triple Truck crossing the line to enter the grain silo, and the danger this creates for a train speeding from the east.

The Palais Theatre Survey Flyer was sent out to 1286 residents with a somewhat disappointing response of only 10% (135). Eighty responses preferred reconstruction on the current site with 32 of these suggesting a new façade.   51 preferred reconstruction on another site. As a result of this response, Council has request our architect to draw up plans for a similar theatre to the Palais with similar amenities that could be located behind the Town Hall. Any future work will have to depend entirely on grant funding once we have these plans costed. Loads of donated hay from the Lions Clubs arrived in town last week and was distributed to 16 farmers with much appreciation.