Hot, Dry Weather Leads to High Water Consumption for Moree Residents
Extreme temperatures and minimal rainfall have led to Moree’s highest water consumption for the summer quarter, in the past five years.
The increased water usage from householders – trying to keep cool and ensure their gardens survive – has seen a considerable increase in many residents’ water readings for the third quarter.
Moree Plains Shire Council Acting Water Group Manager, Mr Roland Heatley urged residents to take this into consideration on receiving their next water account.
“Before making contact with Council regarding an increase in your bill please consider that Moree has registered very minimal rainfall over the last three months and whether this may have impacted on your domestic water use,” explained Mr Heatley.
“We also ask that residents check for leaks in and around the home and verify the reading on the water bill corresponds to the meter reading”.
Additionally, Mr Heatley has requested residents inspect household meters to ensure they are free from overgrown bushes, long grass or debris, and to consider adding clearing around the meter to your Autumn ‘to do’ list if it cannot see the light of day.
Mr Heatley said over 4700 water meters were read by his team this quarter, with many unable to take readings due to obstructed meters.
“We read household water meters every three months and overgrown bushes, hedges and long grass are the most common obstructions that can prevent us from taking a reading.
“To read your water meter, it needs to be unobstructed and accessible - with a clear space of at least 1 metre around the meter at all times - if it’s covered up by long grass or hedges, we can’t read it, it makes it difficult and unsafe for our water meter readers,” Mr Heatley explained.
Mr Heatley added that Council relied on resident’s cooperation in maintaining access to water meters to ensure accurate and timely meter readings and to make certain residents are billed correctly for their water use.
Moree Plains Shire resident third quarter water accounts will be delivered within the next week.
Heber and Auburn Street Roundabout Completion
Moree Plains Shire Council will be completing its works at the new Heber-Auburn St roundabout between 6am and 5pm on Saturday, 23 and Sunday 24 March 2019 (weather permitting). The roadworks will result in lane closures and traffic control in place across the entire intersection.
Moree Plains Shire Council would like to encourage road users to avoid the Heber-Auburn Street intersection where practical this weekend. We recommend that road users approaching from the northern end of Auburn Street, from the Coles/Centrelink area, and who want to access the main street or south Moree; to use Roslyn Lane that runs behind the Harvey Norman carpark.
These works will contribute to significant safety and traffic management improvement at this intersection. Council appreciates the cooperation of the public during this time. If there are any queries, please contact Council’s Engineering Department.
Council Backs Classic Wallabies Match
Residents of the Moree Plains and the North West are in for a treat on Saturday, 23 March as the Moree Rugby Union Club welcomes former Wallabies to Moree for a Wallabies Classic Match, thanks to a $2000 donation from Moree Plains Shire Council.
The donation – which was awarded through Council’s Public Donations financial assistance program - will contribute directly to the cost of hosting the Wallabies Classic Match which is expected to draw huge crowds to the region.
Moree Rugby Union Club President, Paul King thanked the Council for its donation, "this is a great event for our town and a fantastic opportunity to watch and meet some well-known former Wallabies”.
“With up to 3000 people predicted to attend, we are hoping that the influx of people will also help out local business in this difficult, dry time,” said Mr King.
The Classic Wallabies will take on the Central North over 35’s Barbarian team, made up of an invitational side from Moree and some of the region’s best representative players. The afternoon will include a host of curtain raiser matches featuring local clubs and players of all ages ahead of the main game.
In addition to the Match, the Classic Wallabies team will be holding a coaching clinic for Junior Clubs across the Central North zone and will be visiting local schools to teach the students the fundamentals of rugby.
Mr King remarked “these junior skills development clinics, fundraising events and exhibition matches are vital in supporting the ongoing growth and development of grassroots rugby in towns like Moree”.
Tickets are available pre-sale on-line .
If your community, sporting or educational group wishes to apply for financial assistance for a local event, function or sponsorship, applications for the period from July - September 2019 are due 14 June 2019. Copies of the Public Donations Policy and Application Form are available HERE or at Council’s customer service centres at the Max Centre, Mungindi and Boggabilla, and also at the Moree Community Library.
Moree Celebrates the Art of Ageing
In the lead up to Seniors Week, Moree residents are encouraged to challenge their views on older people by visiting the 2018 Art of Ageing Exhibition in the Moree Community Library on display from 6 March until 21 March 2019.
The Art of Ageing is a photography exhibition that celebrates the experience and contributions of older people in NSW, with thirty images and stories that challenge out-dated perceptions of ageing.
The NSW Government commissioned the exhibition to highlight the incredible lives of seniors and promote inclusive communities for all generations.
Moree Community Library Coordinator, Mrs Samantha Geatches explains how the exhibition celebrates the colourful lives of older people living in regional NSW.
“A learner driver, gymnast and ukulele player is among the extraordinary older people who feature in the 2018 exhibition.”
Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said the exhibition aims to challenge perceptions of ageing and demonstrate the diversity and experiences of older people across the state.
“Misconceptions about the lives of older people are prevalent in our community, but the experience of ageing is unique. Many older people are artists, athletes, business owners, farmers and volunteers, and this Exhibition challenges people's perceptions."
The exhibition will travel to 21 locations to July 2019, and comprises the work of five photographers from Wagga Wagga, Taree, Molong, Mudgee, and Goulburn. The exhibition artworks, stories and photographer biographies can be viewed online at the Department of Family & Community Services website.
Photograph: The Art of Ageing Exhibition at the Moree Community Library. ‘Benny’ – Photographer – Kerri Ambler