As I sit here in my backyard in North Deniliquin where we’ve happily lived for the past seven years, watching the sun set on the Brick Kiln Creek and my granddaughter running under the sprinkler, I’m wondering what to say in my New Year’s message to you.
I was overwhelmed this year when you elected me a councillor of the Edward River Council, and even more humbled when my fellow councillors elected me mayor.
I still can’t thank you enough for this privilege and hope I’m doing you justice to date.
As 2017 comes to a close and we’ve celebrated Christmas, we look toward 2018.
It’s been a challenging year for the majority of people around the council area — for producers, for business operators and in general the community.
But we have come through it successfully despite the many issues, problems and third party influences, and everyone is to be commended as a result — both council staff and you as the community.
Over numerous years, rural Australia has had many influences on it, both positive and negative, and this in addition to difficult weather.
We have managed to survive the 10 year Millennium Drought and have come out in a positive manner.
There are a lot of initiatives that are being discussed at council at the moment that will affect all of you and hopefully deliver the much needed social and economic stimuli the region has long overdue deserved.
Thinking ahead for 2018, we must continue our positive outlook, be adaptive to change and be considerate of others.
As always, my door is open.
If you’d like to raise something or discuss something that’s happening in the community, please reach out to me or my fellow councillors via the Edward River Council website (www.edwardriver.nsw.gov.au or www.oursay.org/EdwardRiver) or my Facebook page.
On behalf of my fellow councillors, I wish you and yours a safe, happy and prosperous New Year and we all look forward to 2018.
Mayor Norm Brennan
Edward River Council