President’s January Monthly Musing

Published on Tuesday, 11 January 2022 at 10:37:36 AM

Happy New Year. Here is to a prosperous one for you and the Chapman Valley community. My wish for you in 2022, is a year of humility, health, happiness, generosity, and shared knowledge. Embrace the optimism that lies ahead.

The horizon is set for renewal and rejuvenation, consolidating on the previous great work achieved by shire staff, councillors, community members, and businesses. Thank you to all that pave a legacy for our community. Your ongoing dedication and commitment to the shire and community is deeply appreciated. 2021 demonstrated that together we are stronger and more resilient.

A community breakfast will be hosted by the Shire at Coronation Beach on the morning of Wednesday 26th January 2022 to honour our community and recognise individuals and groups who have contributed throughout 2021. Everyone is welcome, and I look forward to seeing you.

The Shire welcomes Mr Jamie Criddle as new CEO in late January, and we bid farewell to long standing CEO Maurice Battilana. Please take a moment, if you can, to say goodbye to Maurice and welcome Jamie in the coming weeks.

Over the Christmas break our community experienced several rolling power outages across the Western Power network, resultant in Telstra towers outages. The outages are most frustrating and a significant inconvenience during this hot summertime. I wish to let you know that the council for the past 18 months has had ongoing discussions with Western Power, Telstra, neighbouring LGAs, state and federal politicians and WALGA’s Northern Country Zone to work on solutions with these stakeholders. Again, at the December Ordinary Council meeting, council discussed how best we can continue advocating for you and the community, to hopefully lead to a workable on ground solution that will improve reliability and connectivity of infrastructure across the region. The recent outrages have led to heightened and escalated feedback to these stakeholders and others of influence. More needs to be done, and I hope I can report back to the community with some outcomes on this issue in the coming weeks.

Also, mark your diary as opportunities are available in February to voice ideas when the council consults on the strategic community plan. Information about the workshops and plan can be found on the Shire website, Shire Facebook page, or by contacting a councillor or staff.

 Kirrilee Warr

Shire President

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