Last Thursday we had our first meeting with the newly elected Council and our Mayoral Election. I am very privileged to be your Mayor and I look forward to working with the Councillors, Council staff and the community for the next two years. Our first Council meeting was very productive and we had good discussions surrounding our Section 355 Committees. All Councillors contributed, which was very pleasing to see. We also had a briefing on
some exciting development potential for the town.
On Sunday morning, the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Grant Clifton and I inspected the floodwaters in the Forbes Shire. There is still a lot of water flowing and from the air we could see a lot of crop damage. We really feel for the farming community and the losses they have experienced. All of the agencies involved with the flood response and recovery are working tirelessly to respond to the needs of the community and are doing a wonderful job.
Information on the assistance available in response to this disaster is available at disasterassist.gov.au and emergency.nsw.gov.au.
On Tuesday, Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, the Hon Duncan Gay MLC visited Forbes to inspect our roads, including sections of the Newell Highway that have been affected by floodwater. Once the water recedes, we will know exactly how much damage has been done. I know some of our roads have been closed for quite some
time and we appreciate your patience as we wait for the water to recede.