Rural Round Up

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/6″ offset=”vc_col-lg-1/5 vc_col-md-1/5 vc_col-xs-1/5″][us_image image=”78537″ size=”thumbnail” align=”left” style=”circle” has_ratio=”1″][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/12″ offset=”vc_col-lg-4/5 vc_col-md-4/5 vc_col-xs-4/5″][vc_column_text]By Warren Waddell[/vc_column_text][us_post_date][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Once again, our thoughts must go out to our river land communities. Another flood event, so close to the last one, has been devastating. The communities of Wiseman’s Ferry and surrounds have been truly challenged by rapidly rising flood water impacting on homes and businesses.

It’s important to recognise the work of the RFS, ADF, SES, community volunteers and Government contractors and employees in their efforts to get flood affected areas back on their feet.

As a community, I encourage people to consciously support the residents and the businesses impacted by this natural disaster. Once the conditions improve, consider a visit to the area in support of local commerce and available recreation.

I would also ask the broader community to be patient in respect to core Council services. Understandably, we will have to direct our roads team to the Wiseman’s Ferry, Laughtondale Gully area as a priority. Much of the road and drainage infrastructure has been damaged and will need immediate repairs. Urgent work elsewhere will continue but resources will be stretched for a few weeks.

On a brighter note, Council unanimously adopted my motion to investigate more sustainable long-term use of our asset in Johnson Rd Galston. In particular, the provision of service facilities that better meet community needs and expectations.

I am also gauging community support for an Active Transport project. As most rural residents are aware, it is a challenge to fund footpath infrastructure in much of our secondary locations. However, it has been proposed that completing a shared path between Galston and Dural would be significantly beneficial for the investment required. It would address verge maintenance issues, bus stop access, safety issues, promote walking and cycling, increase connectivity with Dural village and be a source of civic pride.

As always, if I may be any help with any other issues feel free to contact me on [email protected] or Ph: 0499 004 861[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][us_image image=”82856″ size=”full” align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row]