The current council is about to roll into the final year of their council term, and during the first week of November West Wimmera Shire Council held its Annual Statutory Meeting, where councillors elected the mayor of the council for the next 12 months.
Congratulations to Cr Bruce Meyer on his election on November 6.
For my part, it has been a privilege to serve West Wimmera for two consecutive terms as mayor.
In October next year council elections are due to be held again, giving anyone who might be considering becoming a councillor an opportunity to nominate.
Recently Cr Domaschenz, CEO David Leahy and I spent several days in Melbourne attending the Rural Councils Victoria AGM, the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) Annual Conference, the MAV Awards Dinner, and the MAV State Council Meeting.
While there were motions at state council covering a range of topics - many of which don't really have an effect on West Wimmera - there were a few that do, and I came away particularly concerned about the ability for small rural shires to be heard.
Together with our neighbouring rural shires we are now looking into the process of how the MAV State Council voting is weighted, to ensure we all get a fair say.
Congratulations to Mr Lachlan Turner of Harrow who was recently awarded West Wimmera Shire Council Senior Citizen of the Year for 2019. The council received a variety of nominations this year.
Lachie has been a long standing contributor in the Harrow community, and was presented with this award at the Annual Seniors Concert in Goroke.
Nominations for the council's Australia Day Awards 2020 have now opened, and there are four different categories available including Citizen of the Year, Community Event of the Year, Young Citizen of the Year, and Community Group of the Year. Nomination forms for these awards can be found on our website, and at the front counter of the Edenhope and Kaniva offices.
The spring months are always busy in our little communities. Recently Goroke and Kaniva held their annual Pastoral and Agricultural Society Shows, both of which were very well supported.
The Edenhope community also has a busy time with the Swap Meet this weekend, and their Show Day on November 16.
Finally, it is exciting to see the new Edenhope and District Community Centre Redevelopment Project progress. We look forward to the completed project.