As Hilltops Council welcomes Edwina Marks as General Manager it is timely to reflect on our first 12 months as a merged council. There is an old saying "Farming looks mighty easy when your plough is a pencil and you are a thousand kilometres from the wheat field.” An appropriate reflection on the first anniversary of the merging of Young, Harden and Boorowa councils into Hilltops Council.
Good or bad, I see the political decisions made without understanding the practical application, have us still preparing the seed bed of that field.
It was satisfying to be part of the Integrated Water Cycle Management Project Reference Group and to sit around the table with other levels of government analysing data to plan the future needs for replacement, growth and funding programs.
Several infrastructure audits have been carried out to meet the needs of not only the replacement of ageing facilities, but also for renewal and expansion for potential growth.
I would also like to reflect on our local heritage which to me is equally significant. As Chair of Hilltops Council's 355 Young Town Committee I am pleased to acknowledge the Young Town Band as one of the longest continual playing bands in Australia and part of our history. You can see listed on the memorial gates to Carrington Park the names of band members who served their country during World War I. Even more significant is the fact that The Town Band was in existence during the reading of the riot act of the 1860s and it is the same attitude from dedicated volunteers that allows us to share in the same enjoyment of community inspired music today.
May we all continue to grow on the foundations of this proud heritage.