Weekly column by Snowy Monaro mayor John Rooney

While the rain has been well received across the region, it was lovely, not to mention timely, to see a break of sunshine over the weekend as thousands of cyclist arrived to test their stamina and determination over 170 kilometres of our regions terrain.

It was a pleasure to once again welcome riders and spectators to the third L’Étape Australia by le Tour de France last Friday in Jindabyne. Banjo Paterson Park was abuzz with riders eagerly registering for the event. Not to mention the excited spectators and locals out enjoying the spectacular weather and entertainment from local rock'n'roll revival band the Hip Replacements.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council mayor John Rooney.

Snowy Monaro Regional Council mayor John Rooney.

Congratulations to all the competitors, event organisers and the local community who once again provided the perfect backdrop for this world-class event. I was particularly impressed to hear that L’Étape Australia is the largest Tour de France event held outside of France. Providing amateur riders with an experience as close to the Tour de France as possible with our elevation gain of 3,000 metres, challenging mountainous climbs and community spirit.

Our region will come together to celebrate International Day of People with Disability, with the Celebrate Ability Festival on Friday from 2pm – 6pm in Cooma’s Centennial Park. Council encourages everyone, whether they have a disability or not, to come along and join in the fun.

Make sure you have your say on the Go Jindabyne Masterplan. Community consultation sessions have started in Jindabyne, along with a pop-up stall in Nuggets Crossing. Details are available on the Department of Planning’s website, planning.nsw.gov.au/Plans-for-your-area/Jindabyne  

I, along with a number of my fellow councillors and General Manager Peter Bascomb travelled to Cabramurra last week to meet with Snowy Valley Council for a progress update on Snowy 2.0 by Snowy Hydro. The project remains on track, with a final report planned to be presented to the board later this month.

Discussions also included a proposal from Snowy Valley’s mayor James Hayes for the NSW State Government to give a percentage of the sale of Snowy Hydro to both Snowy Valley’s and Snowy Monaro Regional Council. While I support this idea in principle, council will formally consider the proposal once a report is presented.