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]I hope everyone enjoyed the Christmas holiday period and is now preparing for a prosperous 2023.

I thought this might be an ideal time to look to the year ahead and provide some updates.

  • The Galston Aquatic Centre experienced a number of setbacks, including supply issues. Work has now resumed, and the primary roof structure should arrive later this month. All going well the completion date should be the end of June.
  • The recent State Government announcement to top-up Local Government funds for road repairs is a welcome one. The extent of damage to our road infrastructure has been so great and so sustained, that our regular budget could not keep up. The State Government recognised this and honoured a request to cover our list of flood related damage.
  • Funding for the Galston Village Public Domain project will take effect from July this year. It is very important that detailed design and public consultation begins to take shape in the lead up to that time. The improvements to drainage, curbing, paving, street furniture, way signage, traffic harmonisation, landscaping and overall amenity is long overdue.
  • Under the State Government “Active Transport” concept an opportunity exists to provide a staged shared pathway from Galston to Dural. Besides the obvious benefits of cycling and walking, an Active Transport corridor would provide for all age groups from all over the local area, accommodate various modes of transport, provide safe access to bus stops and improve vegetation maintenance along this main artery. I would appreciate any community feedback on this potential proposal.
  • My quest to identify and recycle assets needed to provide funding for a new rural Library and Customer Service facility continues. I will provide details of this proposal in the early part of this year.
  • Finally, the verge slashing schedule has been released and it appears most of the activity will start in and around Arcadia and Berrilee. Followed by Wisemans working back towards Glenorie.

As always, happy to be contacted on [email protected] or 0499 004 861.