Councillors take off on a bus tour to check out their new shire

February 10, 2018

MURRAY River councillors have taken a two-day bus tour of the region this week.

And the mayor, Chris Bilkey, has hailed it a success.

‘‘I think all the councillors are pleased we’ve done it,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s opened our eyes to lots of those things we didn’t know.

‘‘One of the highlights for me was understanding how the almond industry is rapidly growing on our Murray boundary and the opportunities that represents for the communities and the council as a whole.

‘‘I think the whole exercise was well worth it. We have a better understanding of what it is we are actually managing.’’

Cr Bilkey said the intention was to get a ‘‘feel for the whole area’’ and to understand what assets are across the shire and the challenges council has in maintaining those assets.

‘‘We wanted to get an idea of what decisions we need to be making to ensure those assets continue to serve the purpose they were intended for,’’ Cr Bilkey said.

‘‘We also spoke to locals to understand what the issues are.’’

Seven councillors, general manager Des Bilske and three council directors went on the tour which started in Moama.

‘‘From Moama we went out to Mathoura and Picnic Point, up to Barham and on to Murray Downs near Swan Hill,’’ Cr Bilkey said.

‘‘We stayed the night at Murray Downs and on Wednesday we went up to Tooleybuc, Goodnight and Koraleigh.’’

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