Gwydir Council bits and pieces

August 19, 2008

Provision for fluoridation of Bingara’s water supply will be made in the design specifications currently being drawn up for the new water treatment plant. This was decided on the motion of Councillors Wearne and Egan at the last Council meeting.

There was a discussion about the need for the Gwydir Shire Council to purchase an articulated mower so that angled road verges can be mowed. Kangaroos at present are a significant hazard to motorists, long grass at the sides of the road making them very hard to see. The mowed edges would make the kangaroos more visible to passing motorists. General Manager, Max Eastcott said he would see if the budget has room for such a purchase.

Cr Tremain expressed concern that the number of campers in the Warialda Caravan Park are down.  Director of Environmental Services, Mr Roger McGrath advised the meeting that according to the statistics, the numbers are consistent with last year’s figures for this time of year.  Mr McGrath also reported that the Warialda Caravan Park has been increased in size and that $100,000 has been budgeted for the building of a number of cabins. 

On the subject of caravan parks, Cr Egan reported talking to visitors staying at Bingara’s caravan park who said that the rates were very reasonable and quite comparable with other parks where they have stayed. 

Cr Rose reported that the Motorhome Rally coming to Bingara in October is shaping up to be a great success.  Twelve weeks out from the rally,700 registrations have been received and paid for, which is the most early registrations received in the history of the rallies.