Mayoral Minute with Cr Bob Kirk | Looking forward to 2018

Welcome to 2018; a New Year and fresh start. I hope you had a break from regular work at some stage over the last few weeks, and took the chance to recharge.

As we enter 2018 we set new goals for the year, and at the council we have a number of exciting projects we hope to complete this year. We will be completing the Wastewater Treatment Plant upgrade and the Adventure Playground in the next few months, as well as going out for tender for the Performing Arts Centre. 

The Draft Concept CBD Masterplan is on exhibition at the moment and we are receiving plenty of feedback – you have the chance to have your say up until February 28. Work will also continue on the detailed design of the Aquatic Centre upgrade; we hope to advertise tenders for construction later this year. 

We will also continue to focus on essential infrastructure and services with Nadgigomar Creek Bridge to be constructed and the rural reseal program for this financial year to be completed. I’m also excited to let you know about a successful grant application which will allow us to significantly improve our organic waste collection program – keep an ear out for further details on this in the near future. 

UPGRADE: The Nadgigomar Creek Bridge under water. A new bridge is one of the priorities on the council's agenda for this year. Photo: supplied.

UPGRADE: The Nadgigomar Creek Bridge under water. A new bridge is one of the priorities on the council's agenda for this year. Photo: supplied.

Australia Day award nominees

Presenting the Australia Day Awards each year is one of the highlights of the day, and I would like to congratulate our nominees for 2018 who have all contributed to our community in an immense way:

Citizen of the Year – 

Mr Chrisjohn Hancock for his work with Lieder Theatre and his contribution to, and advocacy for, the Performing Arts in Goulburn. 

Ms Allison Fleming for her significant contribution to the Goulburn Soldiers Club Pipes & Drums over 32 years.

Mr Desmond Rowley for contributions to the region through the Lions Club, sport, the Cancer Council, City Council and his church.

Mr Tony Kranitis for his significant contribution to the Goulburn Speedway Club dating back to 1971 when he was part of the initial group that founded the club. 

Youth Citizen of the Year – 

Ms Margaret Hargan for her contributions to charity through the SRC at Goulburn High School and her work with Be Seen Be Heard and the Windellama Rural Fire Service. 

Event of the Year – 

Goulburn Show for its successful return following a year off, providing a great community event for all.

Tallong Apple Day Festival for its continuing development as a great community event, this year welcoming over 9,000 people to Tallong.

Goulburn Multicultural Festival for highlighting the number of different cultures residing, working and being educated in our local community.