Councillor's Comment

2016/2017 Mayor's Comment from the Annual Report

Celebrating Centenaries continues across our district. We had Minnipa in 2015, Wudinna 2016 and Warramboo in 2017. Thank you to all who have and are contributing to make these a real celebration for all of us and the many visitors, family and friends who travelled back to attend.

Council had the opportunity to participate in producing a promotional 90 second film clip which depicts our district as a great place to live or visit. We invite any business/organisation who would like to use it to encourage visitors or new employees to the district to make use of it.

Over the past years we have had some great joint Health/Council Youth Activities. Health and wellbeing for all ages in our district must remain an important goal in our Community Plan. Our Council driven projects to establish open space, accessible active areas for all age groups (residents and visitors) like our Apex Park Development Plan contributes to a healthy active community. New developments like our proposed skate/spray park are worth pursuing.

Well done to the Wudinna & Districts Men's Shed Group in securing and setting up the Men's Shed. If there are men in the district who haven't called in, the group would welcome you.

Ongoing is the Central Eyre Iron Project, thank you to those who participated in the Iron Road Community Consultative Committee over the past couple of years. The work of this Committee came to a close as Iron Road submitted their Application for a Mining Lease. The next stage for our Council and community will be preparation for when Iron Road receive State & Commonwealth Government Approvals to commence along with Iron Road securing finance for the project. Our focus is to secure best outcomes and services for our district and the wider Eyre Peninsula should the development go ahead.

For some time now, we have had vacant Aged Home Units in Wudinna. This can be seen as a good trend as it reflects more people being able to stay in their own homes longer in their later years. The Units are available if you do have family or friends that are in need of downsizing into Unit style accommodation. Enquiries and further information can be followed up with Council.

It's good to see the Special Local Roads funding for the sealing of the Kyancutta/Mt Wedge Road continue. It's a big chunk of roadworks time committed to see the project through but the benefits are being seen already with increased links between the coast roads and our inland towns. Thanks to Neil, Kelsey and the Works Team for balancing this and the wider needs of our district roads.

Our Annual Report provides rate payers and all community members an opportunity to keep up to date with your Council activities. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Council for clarifications.

A reminder that South Australian Local Government Elections are due later in 2018, getting familiar with our Annual Report could be a good first step in considering if you would be willing to stand for election. It is surprising how quickly 4 years passes in Local Government.

To date, this year has been much drier for all across our district, even though we recognise and are thankful for the good years we have had, it's always a concern when the drier times come. I hope our farmers do have a more favourable finish than it currently appears.

I'd like to acknowledge and thank fellow Councillors for the time and commitment they give for our district. We have a great team that strive for the best for our district. Thank you to our community members who take the time to advise of any areas that need attention or who contribute to consultation/feedback processes, your input is appreciated. This, with the support of Alan our CEO and Staff in the Office and Works Team, makes it a pleasure to work for our District.

Eleanor Scholz