I am very grateful for the support that I received leading up to the Council election, a lot of people were very generous with their time and energy on my behalf. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes  prior to and on polling day that I could not have hoped to have even ten percent of it done on my own. I want to thank those of you who trusted me with your vote, I will do my best not to let you down. It is a great honour to be a Councillor on the Warrumbungle Shire Council, and my pact with you is to work as hard as I can to make our shire a better place, but I can’t do it without your help. Our home number is in the purple book but if you want to contact me the best number to use is my mobile which is 0419695079. The reception is pretty good over most of Toorawandi, not as good at Cranbrook, but I will be sure to call you back if you leave me a message when I am out of range.  Alternatively an email can be sent to me at [email protected].
I am on the Rabobank Client Council, and in the coming days Lisa and I will be traveling to Sydney to attend the Paddock2Plate Conference, to be held on Cockatoo Island in Sydney Harbour. Rabobank was founded in The Netherlands as a farmer co-operative bank, and as they have expanded their business around the world their focus has remained on food production. There will be a range of very interesting speakers, with the keynote address to be given by His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands who will be attending, along with his wife Queen Maxima. I have a Dutch friend who is very jealous and wants me to smuggle her in, but the island setting makes that a bit tricky.
Last week Cooinda had its AGM, and we learned that it has now grown into an organisation that contributes over $100000 every week in wages into the community. There are plans to undertake a significant upgrade of the facility in the near future, but as in all things how big the project is going to be is dictated by what funding can be attracted.  At the meeting my very good friend, Phil Johnston was reelected as Chairman of the Board and he is just the man to steer this project through to a successful conclusion.  The meeting also marked the retirement of Cooinda’s long serving treasurer, Geoff Redman.  Geoff has volunteered his time and expertise for over thirty years and Cooinda’s sound financial position is due in no small part to his wisdom.


I have just completed a welding refresher course at TAFE and I can highly recommend the course to anyone who is interested.  Our instructors Greg and Richard were terrific and all attendees could not speak highly enough of them.  I learned to weld whilst attending St Lawrence’s some years ago, however technology changes and we can always learn something new.


I am find my role as councillor rewarding and interesting and there is plenty to do.  In the past month I have attended a health meeting at Dunedoo, an aerodrome meeting at Baradine, a hall meeting in Ulamambri and a Council meeting in Coolah.  I have attended the Rotary Police Awards night and heard of the outstanding work that our men and women in blue do not only to keep us safe but to improve the well-being of the community.  Inspector David Maher received the Community Service Award and I think we would all agree how lucky we are that he is part of our community.  Aaron Unicomb won the Police Service Award which no  doubt was a huge thrill for father, Mal, that his son not only followed him into the police force but is doing such a fine job.  I also attended the Warrumbungle Arts and Crafts Exhibition and was amazed at the level of talent on show.  Congratulations to Janet Smith, Sue Munoz and Carolyn O’Donnell for taking out the major awards.

That’s all for now


[editor’s note – apologies for the delay in getting this published. The dreaded Norovirus has laid me low for the last couple of weeks]



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