Council comment: $22m in development shows Forbes is open for business

We continue to see encouraging news in our efforts to build the Forbes economy. In September almost $22 million worth of development applications were lodged with Council. The average yearly value of DAs over the last 10 years was $23.3 million so this really is an amazing result. It shows that the Forbes Shire is strategically placed for investors to start a business and reflects the confidence in our community.

Forbes Mayor Graeme Miller.

Forbes Mayor Graeme Miller.

Our search for a new General Manager continues. Max Kershaw is proving an able interim General Manager but we have made significant headway in finding a permanent replacement. Yesterday we had the second round of interviews which involved applicants making a presentation in front of the full Council. The decision on a new General Manager is absolutely vital but we’re confident of appointing a person who will help us drive this Shire forward. We should know more next week.

I attended the Teddy Bears Picnic last Saturday. It was wonderful to see so many children and young people coming together and enjoying themselves. I’d like to congratulate the organisers. As a Council we are proud to be a part of a family friendly community event.

At last week’s Council meeting we elected to form a number of community 355 committees. The reformed 355 committees will include the Aerodrome Committee, Community Garden Committee and Heritage Committee. Council will be finalising its exact committee structure in November so stay tuned.

Finally congratulations to those locals who will carry the Queens Baton as part the lead up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Wendy Green, Taylah Hemming, Denise Jelbart, Robyn Kenny, Robin Lyell, Ethan Markwort, Peter Moore, Chris Roylance, Yvonne Shaw, Rob Willis and Lauren Neilsen will carry the baton and represent our community. We’re very excited to see Forbes named as a Queen’s Baton Relay celebration town and we’ll announce more details as the event draws closer.