SMRC Administrators column

SMRC administrator, Dean Lynch.

SMRC administrator, Dean Lynch.

Nominations opened on Monday for locals to register as a candidate in the upcoming Snowy Monaro Regional Council elections. You have until  Wednesday, August 9 to nominate, and if you are considering running for council I encourage you to nominate has early as possible. There seems to be a lot of optimism and enthusiasm across the region, and I really hope this feeds into the new council.

Our region is on the verge of great prosperity. We have a council committed to ensuring the entire region is ready to take advantage of increased levels of investment and confidence. In the coming weeks I’ll be visiting the many Chambers of Commerce and Progress Associations in the Snowy Monaro. This will be a great opportunity to touch base with locals and see how their respective communities are travelling.

These discussions will focus on council’s delivery of the major projects that have been made possible through the Stronger Communities Fund. There are 100 exciting and important major projects that will be delivered with our towns/villages to reap the benefits.

Council is in talks with TAFE NSW and the state government to secure the future of the old Bombala Infants School building. This building has great historical significance to the Bombala community and I hope we ensure it becomes a viable community asset.

At this stage it’s hoped the building can be given back to the community – perhaps as an arts/cultural hub. I thank the Member for Monaro, John Barilaro, for intervening and preventing the building from going to auction some weeks back.

As you know the Snowy Monaro is blessed with an abundance of natural beauty. From the snow-capped peaks to the rolling plains, the region lends itself to budding photographers.

Council’s Your Say Snowy Monaro photo competition has produced some quality images, and voting is now open to decide the finalists. Head along to our Facebook page to vote (click like) for your favourite images.