It was very pleasing to see so many locals attending and supporting the Red for Remembrance commemoration events on Saturday, not only to show their respect but to also acknowledge the sacrifices made by veterans and families during the Great War 1914-1918.
While at the time this was considered to be the war to end all wars, history sadly illustrates that this was not the case. With that in mind, it was also gratifying to see veterans from subsequent wars, conflicts and peace keeping missions as well as present day defence personnel recognised for their efforts that provide the freedoms enjoyed by all Australians.
Also, well done to all RSL sub-branches across the region for their on-going contribution in organising remembrance events each year.
To all veterans and current defence force personnel, can I say on behalf of our community - thank you for your service.
Following on from my column last week, Council now have a number of reports open for community feedback, which I encourage residents to go online and read. These include the Tourism Discussion Paper, the RV (Recreational Vehicle) Strategy, the Rural Values Survey and the Regional Facilities Plan for Noisy and Difficult to Locate Sports paper. Councillors are always open to hear your thoughts and feedback, however it is important to ensure you are a part of the ‘have your say’ process as constructive feedback will assist both staff and Councillors to plan for the future across each of these regional issues.
While you are visiting Council’s website, it’s time to nominate for the Australia Day awards. With so many community members being quiet achievers, this is our chance to celebrate the outstanding work many do to make our region the best place to be.
Mayor Mick Curran