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A Message from the Mayor

Councillor Mayor Katrina HumphriesWelcome.

It’s an honour to represent the people of Moree Plains Shire as your Mayor.

Moree Plains Shire Council acknowledges and pays respect to the Kamilaroi people and their Elders, both past and present, as the traditional custodians of this land.

Our team know what a great place the Moree Plains Shire is today and the pride and passion we all feel in being part of this community. We want to make the most of Moree Plains now and for our future.

What an interesting time the last 12 months have been, but we are ever so blessed to be living in the Moree Plains Shire during these times. I extend my most sincere thanks to our community who continue to look out for each and keep each other safe.

Council continues to be guided by our Community Strategic Plan – Moree Plains 2027 – Your Shire. The Plan. Our Future which was developed in close collaboration with our local community.
I would like to sincerely thank all members of the community who have continued to attend Council led forums and sessions. Council also held a Contractor Information session to assist in the community’s ability to seek employment and meaningful work with Council. We appreciate your time and hope to run more supportive programs, especially with the Narrabri to North Star section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project commencing construction shortly and Moree Special Activation Precinct, in the future.

I am so pleased for the with the announcement that the Moree Special Activation Precinct (SAP) will be investigated to create a thriving business hub that will take advantage of its location in the middle of the most productive grain region in Australia, leveraging the Inland Rail route and Newell Highway. The Precinct would create a new business hub that specialises in agribusiness, logistics and food processing industries.

In addition to the announcement of the SAP, the Moree Intermodal Interchange road components, including the North-South Link will be funded through will be funded through the Growing Local Economies Fund which is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund, designed to support long-term economic growth and create jobs in regional New South Wales.  I am proud as punch that the North-South Link is the culmination of a great working relationship between Council and the Moree Local Aboriginal Lands Council. I cannot tell you how supportive Tom, Lloyd and the Lands Council more generally have been in the process. The North-South Link will long be remembered as a great example of what can be achieved when state and local government work with the aboriginal community and industry.

Although 2020 has come with its challenges, it has also blessed us with nearly 400mm of rain in the first six months. I look forward to the prosperity that this rain brings.

We’re committed to building our local economy, creating new jobs, making our community more safe and liveable and balancing the budget while working hard to capitalise on our position as an inland transport hub. You’ll find information on our activities and projects here on Council’s website.

Thank you for taking the time to visit.

Mayor Cr
Katrina Humphries