President’s Monthly Musing

Published on Monday, 31 October 2022 at 1:42:56 PM

It’s been one year in the chair as President. As leaders must, it is time to reflect on the past months, take on some feedback, and adjust and focus on the future. I sincerely thank the current Councillors, shire staff, and community members for their support and contributions not only to myself but also to all mentioned before and to the wider community whom which we serve, represent, and give tirelessly. Better together they say, I couldn’t agree more. Recent successes have been possible thanks to a broad and diverse group of people working together for the greater good.

The greater good includes: improved roads, fiercely negotiated regional waste management agreement, advocated service delivery satisfactory to baseline needs and community expectation, repaired and enhanced community assets, social connectedness across community, leading disaster recovery, listening to community and integrating sentiment into the Shire’s Strategic Community Plan, broadening networks and partnerships across the region, working with minority groups, in particular first nations and indigenous people to better understand their needs and aspirations, and satisfying our fiduciary role and delivering for our community in an inflated economy and ever increasing cost supply chain with skilled labour shortages.

Though we celebrate the wins and achievements, there are challenges and areas of understanding to be attained. The horizon will be one of rapid change, with local government reform, Environmental Social Governance, cost of living, liveability of the regions, essential services provisions, preparedness for future natural disaster, community capacity, and decarbonisation of the economy to name a few. As a council along with staff, we are striving to engage with as many stakeholders, experts in their field, and levels of government to ensure our community is prepared to adapt to these changes, along with positioning our community in the best place possible to benefit from any opportunities.

I and councillors welcome your contributions and enjoy engaging with community. If you would like to chat about anything related to council, please give us a call, or send us an email. All our details are listed on the shire website, our online shop front to the world. The website is a great source of information open 24/7 that can provide one starting point to any shire enquiries. The shire Facebook page is also another excellent source of current shire activities, events, and communique.

Notable upcoming events:
Be Disaster Ready- 2nd November, 10.30-11.30am or 5.30-6.30pm BHP Community Centre
Be Disaster Ready- 8th November, 10.30-11.30am or 5.30-6.30pm Nabawa Lesser Hall
Shire November Ordinary Council meeting- 17th November 8.30am, Nabawa Council Chambers

Enjoy the month ahead. Stay safe and patient on the roads as heavy vehicle movements increase.

Love where you live…Love the rural life!

Cr. Kirrilee Warr
Shire of Chapman Valley President

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