Balonne Shire Councillors get in the festive spirit to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Councillora Scott Scriven, Fiona Gaske, Richard Marsh, Robyn Fuhrmeister and Ian Todd
Balonne Shire Councillors get in the festive spirit to wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year! Councillora Scott Scriven, Fiona Gaske, Richard Marsh, Robyn Fuhrmeister and Ian Todd Ellen Ransley

Community catch ups, new pet laws part of a successful year

CHRISTMAS is almost here, and with the end of the year comes much reflection, at least for Balonne Shire Mayor Richard Marsh.

The finalisation of the review of the Murray Darling Basin discussions was a standout for the council this year, knowing that buy backs have been reduced, thus meaning more certainty for locals moving forward.

"They have more security now of what water is available going forward,” he said. "There's a lot of relief from the locals.

"We are still waiting on federal funding which will enable us to move on and do more.”

St George and Dirranbandi have been two of the most affected towns, and Cr Marsh said the work on multiple fields of government to ensure a sustainable future was a true feat.

On a more local level, the council has been involved in improvements and maintenance around town, including the river foreshore, installing air conditioning in some buildings and general infrastructure works.

Cr Marsh said he was also proud of the community catch up days the council had started, allowing locals the chance to talk with councillors about concerns.

The shire has also worked on introducing new local laws which will come into effect on July 1 next year.

"In the short term, it's a matter of getting people to know what they mean.”

Some changes around domestic pet laws will be enforced.

"People are very attached to their animals, and it's something we treat seriously.”


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