According to LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, Local Government Week promotes the importance of the sector to the community and the 2017 theme Discovery, Diversity, Democracy underpins the very essence of what the third and grass roots tier of Government is about for the community.
“Discovery is about people connecting with their Council, it’s about transparency. Diversity, is much more than rates, roads and rubbish, it’s about discovering and utilising the many other servives Council provides. Democracy takes us back to transparency, community awareness, consultation and working together,” Councillor Hope said.
To celebrate Local Government Week LPSC is holding two discovery events;
- On Friday 28 July, from 5.30pm, Council is inviting community members 18+ to attend a free movie and dinner at the Recreation Centre. The movie is Table 19 and Zest Café and Catering is supplying the dinner. A bar will be operational. To book a place call Annah at the REC on 0400 021 088.
- On Wednesday 2 August, Willow Tree Public School will visit the Council Chambers, undertaking their own “Council Meeting”, inspecting the Administration Centre and undertaking an exercise class at the Recreation Centre.
“There’s a cordial invitation for community members to come along to the event at the Recreation Centre. The Centre is one of those ‘other’ services LPSC delivers. This Local Government Week we’d like more of the community to discover what the Recreation Centre offers by way of fitness and fun for all ages and abilities. Council considers it is important that such facilities are available to Shire residents but they are a significant cost on the budget bottom line, along with other important community amenities like swimming pools and libaries. The more people who discover what the Centre can offer them and utilise it, the more we can attempt to offer and the more sustainable the facility becomes,” Councillor Hope said.
“Council is looking forward to hosting Willow Tree Public School and the opportunity for potential future community leaders to discover what local government is about and how it functions. You’re never too young to take an interest in your community,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said his role as Chair of the Namoi Joint Organisation (JO) of Councils had strengthened his belief about the vital responsibilties Local Government has in maintaining existing, and delivering new infrastructure, efficiently providing services and driving local economic development. He said there are major benefits that can accrue from the region’s Councils partnering together on many issues and projects.
“From me personally, and on behalf of my fellow Councillors, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all Council staff, the General Manager and Directors for the professional manner they deliver for the community. Day-in and day-out they provide invaluable services,” he said.
“I urge everyone to discover how they can benefit from a wide variety of Council programs, services and activities. It is your Council, so be part of our consultative processes, utilise our local assets and remember the importance of Discovery, Diversity, Democracy, Councillor Hope concluded.