May Mayors Message

Published on 24 May 2023

Cr. Matthew Hannan1

I was shocked and disappointed to be informed by the newly elected NSW government about the removal of the Emergency Services Levy subsidy for 2023/24. This exercise in cost-shifting from state government to local government, made without consultation with local councils, is a hidden tax applied to each and every ratepayer. Over $100,000 in rates levied by Council to deliver local services will now instead be siphoned off by the NSW Government. I am working with my fellow Mayors to have this grossly unfair decision reviewed.

I was excited to attend the official opening of the new Barooga netball court last month. This is the first project to be rolled out from the Barooga Recreation Reserve masterplan. Very shortly two more projects at Barooga Recreation Reserve will be rolled out – resurfacing of three tennis courts and replacement of the cricket nets

Graeme Hosken, a past head teacher of Finley High School, was back in town recently to launch his book about the Finley and the Great War. I was lucky to be able to attend and watch an old school friend Sergeant Tim Braybon conduct the launch in front of an appreciative audience. Well done Graeme for all your research and dedication.

I attended the ANZAC dawn and day service in Finley. The dawn service continues to grow year on year, allowing all to pay respect and acknowledge the ANZAC spirit.

Across the shire, Councillors made themselves available for listening posts. This was a great opportunity for residents to engage with their elected representatives to discuss issues and opportunities.

 It was a pleasure once again to host the PGA Australia – Victoria and Tasmania Associate Championships. With 144 golfers participating over a week, great golf was played and thanks to all those who were able to make this one of our signature events.

Berrigan Shire hosted Riverina and Murray Joint Organisation (RAMJO ) in Tocumwal earlier this month. Issues with identified regional impact were discussed among the 11 member councils, working on our strategic pillars of Water, Digital Connectivity, Energy, Transport, Health and Housing.  These meetings are shared around the RAMJO region to expose all the region has to offer.

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