Gunning News | Sad loss for Gunning community

Tragic Loss for Hillier family

Another tragic loss for the Gunning community occurred with the sudden passing of Bruce Hillier on a local property. The exact details are not still clear with all indications pointing to a tragic accident.

SAD NEWS: Well-known Gunning resident Bruce Hillier passed away suddenly this week.

SAD NEWS: Well-known Gunning resident Bruce Hillier passed away suddenly this week.

Bruce, who retired in 2011 from the Upper Lachlan Shire Council to care for his wife Wendy during her cancer treatment, was a well known and respected member of the community, having been a long serving member of the Gunning Shire Council prior to the shire merger.

At the time of writing, funeral details are not yet known. It is expected a date will be set later this week.

Our thoughts are with his wife Wendy and the Hillier family at this sad time and we offer our deepest condolences. 

Checking the Count

The are two signs on entry to the Gunning village stating that it has 530 residents. These differ from the Hume Highway sign which indicates 1000. 

NUMBERS GAME: What's behind the contradictory population numbers on signs for Gunning?

NUMBERS GAME: What's behind the contradictory population numbers on signs for Gunning?

I am often asked by visitors which is correct count. The highway sign relates more to the district and reflects numbers when the by-pass was opened. The others refer directly to inhabitants of the village and requires more investigation.

With continuing low housing interest rates and a push from Canberran’s for a tree change, you would expect that villages numbers would differ from these signs.

A quick check of the 2016 census), at http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/quickstat/ reveals two figures.

One is for the Gunning urban centre which reflects the town boundaries and has the count at 543 which is very close to the signed 530. The other is a total of 659 for the Gunning district.

With the addition of small acreages close to the town boundaries, a few more could be added to the village numbers with still more houses to be completed. 

Have Your Say About Rail Trail

While Gunning is not directly connected to the proposed Goulburn to Crookwell Rail Trail, its creation offers tourism and economic development opportunities to the whole region.

As numbers are limited for attendance to the briefing on Monday 19, from 4-7pm at the Goulburn Workers Club, you are able to send a formal submission to regionalnsw.business@dpc.nsw.gov.au by March 2 for your comments and feedback to be included in the formal consultation process.

Should you decide to attend, as bookings are essential, RSVP by Monday, February 12, 2018 by emailing regionalnsw.engagement@dpc.nsw.gov.au or phone (02) 9228 5188.

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