Meeting to address Mathoura’s matters

May 31, 2018

Murray River Council councillor Tom Weyrich talks to about 40 people at the first public meeting in Mathoura on Wednesday night.

The Mathoura community will again hold a public meeting in an effort to have its concerns heard.

The meeting has been called by Mathoura resident Tom Weyrich, who stressed his involvement is separate to his role as a Murray River councillor.

He said in addition to ongoing concerns about dangerous kangaroo numbers in the local area, the meeting would also discuss the inaction to manage weeds and bindiis in the town and the potential opening of a pharmacy in Mathoura.

Mr Weyrich said the pharmacy proposal had the potential to threaten the viability of an existing business in the town, and the majority of the Mathoura community was against it.

The application to change a use of a building in Mathoura to make way for the pharmacy is expected to go to council on June 26.

‘‘We have a health and beauty store in Mathoura which has been in town for about 30 years ... it has a limited licence where it can dispense some medications,’’ Mr Weyrich said.

‘‘Five years ago someone wanted to start a full-blown chemist which would mean that would close. At the time the (former Murray Shire) council voted it down.

‘‘We are frightfully concerned that if a full-blown pharmacy comes to town we will lose what we have.’’

In regards to the high kangaroo numbers on the Cobb Hwy between Moama and Deniliquin, Mr Weyrich said the community ‘‘wants some assurance something is going to happen’’.

In December last year, Mr Weyrich moved a motion at the Local Government NSW conference to have numbers investigated across south and south west NSW.

The aim was to identify hot spots for selective culls.

Despite being carried and passed on to the NSW Government to be enacted, Mr Weyrich said he’s been unable to get confirmation anything has been done to progress the motion.

‘‘There’s no question; they (kangaroo populations) are increasing at an alarming rate, and we are just gobsmacked.

‘‘We have not had one piece of correspondence from the government.

‘‘Council is contemplating taking it to the conference again this year which is in Albury in October to find out what the hell is going on.

‘‘The government is big on road safety so what do they call this?’’

Mr Weyrich said the meeting will also discuss the lack of funding in the Murray River Council budget for bindii control in Mathoura.

The meeting will be held at Mathoura Bowling Club on Monday, June 18 at 7pm.

‘‘Anybody and everybody is welcome, I just want these problems to be addressed,’’ Mr Weyrich said.

‘‘I am transparent and open and I am willing to listen.’’

Next month’s meeting follows the first public meeting in Mathoura in November.

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