Snowy Monaro Regional Council mayor's column

I would like to start by congratulating the Monaro High School girls who were involved in the Project O Colourathon event last week. Colourathon is an initiative of BighArt's Project O, a program that empowers young women in rural, remote and regional Australia to be forces of change in the small communities and towns they live in and love. 

The Cooma girls were joined by girls from across the nation who coloured in for 12-hours. Councillor Sue Haslingden joined council staff who supported the girls by colouring in for part of the day. 

Over the weekend, the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of the 3,500 riders who took part in the L’Etape cycling extravaganza. Although the course was shortened, locals still lined the roads to cheer the cyclists on.

SMRC mayor John Rooney.

SMRC mayor John Rooney.

The event once again attracted Tour de France champion Chris Froome who rode with the cyclists and provided much excitement for locals as he passed through the region.

This weekend another great annual event taking place is the Cooma Races. Locals and former Cooma/Snowy Monaro residents will come together to enjoy country racing. Hopefully the races is spared the weather that the Adaminaby Races received a few weeks ago.

I would like to provide you with a final reminder to nominate an individual or group for an Australia Day Award. We all know someone who contributes an enormous amount to the community and now is your chance to recognise them. 

To nominate, head along to council’s website.