Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from The Chief

Published: Wednesday, 18 December 2019 at 9:02:51 AM

On behalf of Council and Staff, I would like to wish you and your family a wonderful festive season and a Happy New Year.

As I look back over the year, I will reflect on some of the more exciting projects that are helping our community to “grow” including: the completion of the Narembeen Community Precinct - a wonderfully refurbished building for our Medical Centre, Fencepost and CRC, installation of CCTV - with a plan to keep us safer in our community, the Lesser Hall Precinct & Interpretation area - a lovely place for our community to gather and learn about our history, Emu Hill Public Cemetery upgrade which included new fencing, a new niche wall, paving, landscaping and the renovation of the Narembeen Road Board Building - this is a magnificent building and will soon again (once completed) house our Historical Society museum.

Our roadworks program continued with a number of major roadworks being undertaken including the completion of the Fricker Road Bypass, Bruce Rock-Narembeen Road second coat seal, reconstruction and widening of a section of the Cramphorne Road, reconstruction and widening of the Narembeen South Road and finally our WANDRRA works were completed (this has been a long journey).

2019 hasn’t been the best year for our farmers, with a lack of rainfall and again some frost events.  This lead to a very early start to harvest and unfortunately low yields, thank fully the prices are still moderate. Our community continues to be resilient when faced with the varying challenges the seasons can bring and you are to be commended on this.

We continue to keep the community updated via social media including Facebook and Twitter, a cost efficient, more personal marketing medium.  The Shire website is updated regularly and we hope that you are continuing to enjoy “The Chief” in the Narembeen Fencepost which aims to continue to keep you updated.

During the year we received notification of successful funding for a variety of projects including the Narembeen Lesser Hall Precinct (Lotterywest), the Narembeen Airport Upgrade (Regional Airports Development Scheme), Re-alignment of the intersection of Currall St, Latham Rd & Churchill St as well as Latham Rd & Longhurst St (Black Spot Funding).  We have applications pending for a new shared pathway along Currall Street (WA Bicycle Network Program) and the Narembeen Industrial Land Project (Regional Economic Development Fund).  We look forward to hearing some good news in relation to these grants in the coming months.

Projects that will be in full swing in 2020 include: upgrade of the Caravan Park roadways and surrounds, Apex Park toilet block replacement, Stage 2 of the Cemetery (re-seal of roadways, landscaping, signage), Churchill Street Carpark (near IGA), Airport upgrade/repairs and the two town intersection re-alignments.

October saw the Local Government Elections and with four positions vacant, we received two nominations.  Congratulations to Cr Kellie Mortimore and Cr Amy Hardham who were re-elected unopposed until 2023.

With two vacancies remaining, the Shire held an Extraordinary Election in November 2019, congratulations to Gina DeLuis and Warren Milner who were elected unopposed. 

At the November 2019 Council Meeting, nominations were put forward for Shire President and Deputy Shire President, congratulations to Cr Rhonda Cole who was -relected as Shire President and Cr Kellie Mortimore who was re-elected as Deputy Shire President, both unopposed. 

2019 saw the retirement of two Councillors - Cr Bevan Thomas and Cr Bill Cowan both having served for 8 consecutive years.  They are to be commended on their dedicated service to the Narembeen community.

Congratulations to the many men and women who generously volunteer their time and skills to make the Narembeen community a great place to live.  As always the Shire looks forward to working closely with every group in the community - a couple of highlights from this year include the Narembeen Golf Club’s hosting of the Aglime State Sand Green Championships - the Golf Club should be proud for hosting a State event which attracted 150-200 competitors to Narembeen and I would like to acknowledge the Mt Walker Sports Club in securing Federal funding for their tennis court resurfacing project - you never gave up and you are to be commended on your efforts in making this project possible. 

The Shire of Narembeen has worked very closely in partnership with Go Narembeen this year, given the common goals between both parties, an alliance agreement was agreed upon to encourage joint planning and development of initiatives that bring value, populations and quality of life to the district.  Congratulations to the Go Narembeen team and I look forward to working with you on a number of exciting projects next year.

The Shire worked closely with number of key stakeholders to produce a Community Wellbeing Plan.  This plan was developed in order to bring positive change to our community in relation to alcohol and drugs,, it aims to strengthen the collaboration between a number of key agencies in the community to improve health and wellbeing.  The Shire and CRC have been working tirelessly on a number of events and initiatives this year and we will continue to do so next year.

At the beginning of the year, we held our annual Australia Day Breakfast and Awards Ceremony - we celebrated with Citizen of the Year Caroline Robinson, Senior Citizen of the Year Eddie Dixon and Active Citizenship recipient Dorcas Clothing.  It is people such as these that are making a difference in our community. Please remember our Australia Day Breakfast & Awards Ceremony which is held on Australia Day—26th January, this is an event where we get to honour and pay tribute to those who have dedicated their time for the betterment of our community.

As we reflect upon the achievements of this year and look forward to the challenges and opportunities that next year holds, I would like to thank the Shire of Narembeen team (Councillors and Staff) for their  hard work and commitment in making Narembeen a great place to live and “Together we Grow”!

Chris Jackson
ChiefSnapshot 2019 Executive Officer

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