From the mayor Graeme Miller

Youth Development Assistant Clarissa Stewart, Nin McKenzie, Socheata Mao, Councillor Michele Herbert and Navy Yem. Fifty-five people enjoyed a night of cooking demonstrations, dancing and singing.
Youth Development Assistant Clarissa Stewart, Nin McKenzie, Socheata Mao, Councillor Michele Herbert and Navy Yem. Fifty-five people enjoyed a night of cooking demonstrations, dancing and singing.

Earlier this week the general manager and myself attended the Australian Local Government Association National General Assembly of Local Government in Canberra. The theme of the event was Building Tomorrow’s Communities.

There was a presentation from the Sunshine Coast Council about their Smart City Centre at Maroochydore and their automated waste collection system and smart lighting. It was very interesting to hear about these ideas. 

Last Thursday was our June Council meeting and we presented the Scores on Doors certificates. This year we had 57 businesses participate and 30 were awarded five stars, which is an excellent result and shows the high standards of our food outlets. 

Just a reminder that the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) that was to commence from July 1 has been deferred by the NSW Government and is under review. The FESL will continue to be collected via insurance policies and not with rates notices until the policy review has been completed. 

Last Friday night, Council hosted a Cambodian Multicultural Dinner at the Forbes Golf and Sportsman’s Hotel. Councillors Michelle Herbert and Susan Chau attended and had a wonderful time. 

On Monday at 5.30pm there will be an Extraordinary Council Meeting to adopt the 2017-18 Operational Plan, Fees and Charges and Budget.

These documents are on public exhibition for comment until 5pm on Sunday and can be viewed at our Council offices, the Library or on our website www.forbes.nsw.gov.au