From the Walcha Mayor's desk

Walcha Council general manager Jack O'Hara with Aurora Reilly and Mary Hoare from Quota International and Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes on one of the new seats.
Walcha Council general manager Jack O'Hara with Aurora Reilly and Mary Hoare from Quota International and Walcha Mayor Eric Noakes on one of the new seats.

With Level 3 Water Restrictions being reintroduced in town recently it is a good time to update where the secure water study is up to.  While to those residents who look at their lawns and gardens wilting nothing seems to be improving in this area, rest assured that Council is constantly pursuing a much more secure water supply. 

We are currently unable to put enough water away for the dry times. This process moves slowly but very thoroughly, we don't want to be at a point where we have to go back and take another path.  To this end a much larger Off-River Storage is the best option, which would be complemented by a higher volume pumping station and supply pipeline.  This still leaves a Site Study and funding ahead of us, but so far we have ticked all the boxes.  With Walcha having one of the poorest water securities of any town in NSW we have a lot of leverage.

Sheree and I had the pleasure of attending the opening of the new Lions barbecue and shelter at Lion Park recently.  Besides the great company and welcome rain to be part of this opening was a privilege.  To raise money for any project is a tough gig, but as with a all that our service clubs do this is a great benefit to our town.  Whether cooking a barbecue or organising a wood raffle a lot of volunteer work goes into these projects.  

In his speech John Wark praised the local businesses and individuals who gave time, machinery and labour to bring this project to fruition.  From my travels it is obvious that Walcha bats well above its average in this arena.  Facilities like this gives travellers a reason to stop and spend in town and therefore benefit us all. 

Thanks Lions for your hard work.

While on the subject of service clubs and their contributions, thanks also to the Quota Club and their dedicated band of ladies for the provision of two strategically placed seats around town.  A great place to sit, socialise or just take in the view.  

One is outside the NAB, and the other at McHattan Park.  This is also of great benefit to our town.