With my tenure as Administrator of Edward River Council officially ending last night prior to the post-election Council meeting, I want to take this opportunity to thank the Edward River community for its support over the past 16 months.
When appointed Administrator by the NSW Government on 12 May 2016, I made clear that the administration period and transition to an elected Council would be a challenging time for our community.
I also said that the merger of the former Conargo Shire and Deniliquin councils would provide our community with a stronger, more effective local government that is better equipped to deliver results for our region and its residents. I believe I was right on both counts.
The sheer effort which has gone into merging two organisations into one has been extraordinary, and I want to acknowledge the important work undertaken by Council’s staff throughout this process.
The role of Administrator has not been an easy one, and I am grateful for the assistance provided by our staff, as well as the invaluable advice and counsel of the former Conargo and Deniliquin councillors in their capacity as members of the Local Advisory Committee, which played an integral role in making the tough decisions required to implement the new Edward River Council.
While I am proud of everything Edward River Council and its staff have achieved to date, I am equally as proud of what the former Deniliquin Council achieved in its final four years prior to the amalgamation.
While my former fellow Deniliquin councillors Peter Connell, Andrew Howley, Lindsay Renwick, Jeff Shand and Sue Taylor will not be joining Pat Fogarty and I on the inaugural Edward River Council, I want to thank them for contributing so much to our community over recent years.
All Administrators of merged councils have been requested by the NSW Government to prepare reports to their communities summarising their council’s progress to date.
My report was presented to the incoming Council yesterday evening, and I encourage all residents interested in learning more about our progress over the past 16 months, as well as the organisation’s priorities for the months ahead, to view the report, which is available from Council’s website at www.edwardriver.nsw.gov.au.
The Edward River region has a proud past and an exciting future, and I am just as convinced now as I was when I was appointed Administrator that our best days are ahead of us.
I look forward to continuing to serve our community as a Councillor on a strong and united Edward River Council.