Far West conference

Ross Earl, general manager of the Bourke Shire Council, writes on issues in the Far West.

NSW Deputy Premier and Ministerfor Regional Development, Skills and Small BusinessJohn Barilaro will be the key-note speaker at the Western Division Shire Conference at Wentworth from Sunday to Tuesday February 28.

Murray MP Adrian Piccoli and the Parliamentary Secretary for Western Division, Rick Colless MLC, will also attend.

Mr Barilaro will attend the conference all day on Monday and join delegates for the conference dinner that night.

One of the questions that will, no doubt, be asked of Mr Barilaro will be the future of the Far West Initiative (FWI) and if it is to continue, what form it will take and how it will be funded.

Mayor Barry Hollman, Deputy Mayor Lachlan Ford and I will attend and will be interested to hear hisaddress and comments.

Bourke Shire Council has lodged a number of motions to the conference, some of which are designed to reinforce the existing policy of the Local Government Association of New South Wales while others deal with contemporary issues within local government.

Tourism. At the conference I intend catching up with the Cross Border CommissionerJames McTavish to progress the concept of the cross-border promotion of Southwest Queensland and Northwest NSWWales from a tourism perspective.

The area has a lot to offer and if we can encourage visiting the area, each of the towns can promote the attractions of the neighbouring towns no matter which side of the border they are located.

Algae.The “red alert” for blue green algae at Louth remains in place and the issue of amber alerts for a number of other locations, including Bourke, is a reminder to all residents to exercise caution in those parts of the river.

If we continue to get hot weather and low river flows there will be an increased probability of getting further outbreaks along the river system.

Full details in relation to what the alerts mean for domestic, recreational and stock use is contained on the NSWDepartment of Water website 苏州美甲美睫培训dpi.nsw.gov419论坛

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