I want to start by saying thank you to my fellow councillors for giving me the chance to lead our wonderful council again. I think we have a great team and all of us are so passionate about getting things done for our amazing town.
I am sad to see Councillor Susan Chau stand down from Council, I have loved working with her over the last four years. I do understand the distance and the COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult for her to be a part of our council and appreciate her efforts in zooming-in each month.
I would also like to thank councillor Jenny Webb for her service as Deputy Mayor. Jenny had decided not to contest the position of Deputy this year with her work situation making it very difficult to stand in a position such as Deputy. She is continuing on Council but not in a leadership role.
Councillor Chris Roylance is now my deputy mayor, and I welcome Chris to the role. I think he will be great to work with and we have many projects we would like to see come to fruition this coming year, so it's going to be a busy one!
We are going to be opening the Forbes Pool next week and I would like to thank our wonderful staff for their efforts in making sure the pool is ready to open and a special thank you to our user groups for their cooperation in setting the boundaries for a safe and successful season.
With COVID-19 the rules are a little different and everyone will need to be patient when entering the Pool as there are new protocols in place.
Have you been down to Templar St recently? The works are progressing really well and I want to thank everyone for their patience while the work is being done. It is going to look so amazing when it is completed in December. The street will be on one level and to ensure the safety of pedestrians and alfresco diners 24 planter boxes will line the footpath with seasonal plantings. The street will easily be able to close off for events, bollards positioned at either end, and during normal times two way traffic will be flowing through and no parking positions will be lost.