From the Mayor's Desk | The switching on of the flood lights at Larkin Oval last Wednesday

2016 Flashback: Nyngan Senior Rugby League with Cooper Barrow and Janelle Jeffery at Larkin Oval. A great community resource.
2016 Flashback: Nyngan Senior Rugby League with Cooper Barrow and Janelle Jeffery at Larkin Oval. A great community resource.

The switching on of the flood lights at Larkin Oval last Wednesday evening was an historic event for Nyngan and tribute must be paid to all those individuals and organisations who over many year had carried out the arduous time consuming process of putting in applications for funding the lights, only to be told they were unsuccessful. The $500,000 needed to install the lights, and also lights for the netball courts, came from the State Government’s First Round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

Local State Member Kevin Humphries invited Mr Keith White to jointly turn the lights on. Keith’s family Electoral Company, Stan White and Sons, had installed the original lights at Larkin Oval in 1958. A very different process to the way the new ones were installed with Keith remembering some of the original installations that would cause any current Occupational Health and Safety Officers to pass out. Thank you to those from the Shire who organised the event, and those who cooked the barbeque. Speakers from the local sporting organisations expressed appreciation as the new lights will ensure Larkin Oval can be used twelve months of the year, day and night.

It seems a number of families from other Shires in NSW will be joining Bogan Shire Council in expressing serious concern about the long delays for Coronial Post Mortems to be carried out in NSW as the system has been centralised in Newcastle for rural and regional NSW. Wagga Wagga’s newly elected Independent MP, Dr Joe McGirr, has requested a full investigation by NSW Health Pathology into the delays that causes much extra stress for families.

Reports indicate that Mrs Joan Jeffery may be shutting the driver’s door on the Hermidale School bus that she has driven for the last 40 years. Congratulations Joan on an amazing service you have provided all these years. You join Diana and Button Powell who I believe have recently sold their bus runs for many years safely transporting children to and from school.

Both the major State Political Parties launched their election campaigns last Sunday with their cheque books open. A very close result is predicted, however irrespective of who gains power, hopefully more funding will come to rural and regional communities for infrastructure, schools, hospitals, libraries and water storage. One promise made by the Coalition if elected, would be to convert a number of Council owned local roads to regional roads. This would mean the Colane Road, a former regional road, and one very expensive for Council to maintain, should become a regional road funded by the State Government’s Block Grants.

Council sent a ‘wish list’ to the candidates for the three main parties standing for Barwon, but have yet to get any response. One issue was their policy on winding back daylight saving to exclude March which I believe would attract a lot of voter support.