Western Division Conference at Bourke to highlight issues

The Western Division Conference at Bourke later this month has attracted a number of speakers with a wealth of knowledge on topical issues facing Local Government in NSW.

Representatives from sixteen councils from the NSW Western area and representatives of a number of state and federal agencies will be in Bourke on February 24, 25 and 26. 

Councils include member councils of Balranald, Bourke, Broken Hill, Central Darling, Cobar, Walgett and Wentworth together with Gilgandra, Warren, Carrathool, Bogan, Coonamble, Warrumbungle, Brewarrina, Moree Plains and Mid-Western Regional Council based in Mudgee.

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Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair will represent the Deputy Premier John Barilaro MP at the conference.

The conference will also be attended by the Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless, Minister for Early Childhood and Aboriginal Affairs Sarah Mitchell, Shadow Minister for Local Government Peter Primrose, Rob Borsak from the Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party and President of Local Government NSW Councillor Linda Scott.

The presence of the Mr Blair will create a lot of interest with water issues including the lack of flow in Barwon-Darling system, a cause of great concern to many of the councils attending. The lack of flow in the river system has meant that many towns within the region are having difficulties in maintaining normal water supplies.

Among the speakers will be the NSW Drought Coordinator Jock Laurie and the newly appointed Regional Town Water Supply Coordinator James McTavish.

As part of the conference, Bourke Shire Council will be hosting a Barwon candidates’ forum over breakfast on Tuesday 26 and at this stage three of the six candidates have indicated their attendance.

Each of the candidates will be given the opportunity to introduce themselves and detail their motivation for standing, and their priorities for the electorate of Barwon, followed by a Q&A.