Greater Hume Shire mayor, Heather Wilton’s report, June 14, 2017

THERE were several items discussed at council’s May meeting held in Holbrook to which I would like to draw to your attention.

Disability Inclusion: Following extensive consultation with focus groups and people with disabilities and their carers, a Disability Inclusion Action Plan has been developed, which will require upgrades and improvements to accessibility of all of council’s properties and infrastructure. Staff were consulted both by survey and at an All Staff Day presentation on May 4. A draft policy has been adopted and will be on exhibition for 28 days, and comments can be forwarded to council prior to the June meeting. I encourage all residents to read and make comment on this very vital plan for our shire. Accessibility is something which affects us all, if not now it will in the future as we all age.

Hueske Road Reconstruction: The long awaited upgrade to Hueske Road will begin later this year and be a great benefit to many in the Jindera area. The works will include widening of the road pavement and reconstruction of the section from the brickworks to Urana Road, and will take 22 weeks to complete, allowing for weather delays.

Flood Study: The completion of the flood study for Walla Walla, now gives council, a better understanding of the towns flood issues and allows for future planning and implementation of a Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan to be undertaken. All five major towns in the GHSC have now completed flood studies to assist in the future planning for developments across the shire. 

Holbrook Works Depot: Council accepted the tender for a new works depot at Holbrook. The new works depot will replace that which was acquired by the RMS for the bypass of Holbrook. It will be built close to the Central Brigade Fire shed in the industrial subdivision of Holbrook.

Wood Permits: Just a reminder; that permits for the gathering of wood within the GHSC, are only to be issued to residents of the shire.