Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Gunnedah gears up for Local Government Week

Gunnedah Shire Council is marking the start of NSW Local Government Week with a series of events at local facilities in the north-eastern NSW town.

Local Government Week runs from August 1 to August 7, and is designed to showcase the wide variety of work councils do and the ways they support their local communities.

Gunnedah has rolled out a series of events, with everything from kids theatre to free breakfasts served up by the town’s Councillors.

Mayor, Jamie Chaffey said that it is great news that Local Government Week events could go ahead after a hiatus last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“I am proud of the critical work that our Council staff does in Gunnedah and our great villages,” Mayor Chaffey said.

“I would like to thank our staff who work tirelessly to support these places, this work has allowed our community to continue to grow and flourish.

“Council is certainly not just about roads, rates and rubbish; we have a number of significant capital works projects in the pipeline including the $14 million Saleyards Precinct Upgrade, the $8 million Water Treatment Plant and the $12 million Koala Sanctuary.

“The 2022‐23 financial year sees the continuation of the substantial and accelerated delivery of capital works totalling $13.8 million, ($47.2 million for 2021-22). The capital expenditure over the next 10 years, by comparison, is estimated at $100 million for the entire 10-year period.

“Our community can also look forward to even bigger and better events in the next year with increased funding for NightQuip, Harvest Festival, Weeks of Speed Street parade, Christmas celebrations and more. Council have been involved in running events such as these to increase community connection and in turn allow our economy to benefit.

“I would like to thank again the staff under the direction of the General Manager for the great work that they have achieved in the past year, your resilience has been incredible facing not only COVID restrictions but also record floods.”

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