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Cr. Humphries returned as Mayor, Cr. Smith announced as Deputy

Councillor Katrina Humphries has been re-elected to the office of Mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council, with Councillor Greg Smith elected to the office of Deputy Mayor.

During the Ordinary Council Meeting on 27 September 2018, there were two nominations for the office of Mayor, being Cr Katrina Humphries and Cr George Chiu. Following an ordinary secret ballot, Councillor Katrina Humphries received 5 votes to Councillor Chiu’s 4 votes, resulting in Councillor Humphries being announced as Mayor.

The office of Deputy Mayor received only one nomination, being Cr Greg Smith, who was appointed for a period of one year. Cr Smith replaces Cr Stephen Ritchie, who has held the office of Deputy Mayor for a period of two years.

Cr Humphries thanked Cr George Chiu for standing for the office of Mayor and Cr Greg Smith on his successful appointment to the office of Deputy Mayor. Cr Humphries also took the opportunity to acknowledge Cr Stephen Ritchie’s dedicated service to the community during the past two years while he has held the office of Deputy Mayor.

On accepting the Mayoral position, Councillor Humphries said “I am very proud and honoured to represent the Moree Plains community as Mayor and would like to thank my loyal supporters”.

The term of office for the Mayor will run until September 2020; at which time the next Local Government elections will be held and all Councillor positions become vacant.



Biniguy to be Connected to Town Water

Residents of the small village of Biniguy, 20 km east of Moree, will soon have a safe and reliable potable water supply connected to their homes, following the $3.96m Biniguy Potable Water Project being given the green light at a Council meeting on 23 August 2018.

The NSW Government has awarded Moree Plains Shire Council $3.96m to deliver the project under the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions program to connect the village to town water, which is expected to be completed early 2019.

Biniguy residents viewing and discussing project plans with MPSC DirectorThe project entails mains water being piped 11.5km from the Pallamallawa Water Supply to two 60kL reservoirs at Biniguy. A reticulation system will then be installed throughout the village of Biniguy, enabling residents to connect to a safe and reliable treated water supply.

Mayor Katrina Humphries explained that the decision by Council to proceed with delivering the project was undertaken following extensive community consultation with the residents of Biniguy, where the project received overwhelming support.

“Not only do the residents want a secure supply of water, but they need it urgently”, she said.

Council’s project team visited the community in August to host a Community Information Session where project plans were on display and residents could obtain answers first hand prior to completing a survey.

Cr Humphries remarked that this was an exciting time for the village of Biniguy, as for the first time in the village’s history, it will have a safe and secure water supply.

“There is literally no time like the present for Council to deliver this project; the 100% funding from the state government is unprecedented, and residents are seriously struggling with their current water supply due to drought conditions and poor quality bore water.”

“Without this funding, Council would never have been able to undertake a project of this magnitude”, she said.Biniguy resident Craig Moore with MPSC Director of Engineering Acting Graham Mcpherson 1

Council’s Director of Engineering (Acting) Graham Macpherson went on to explain that residents were excited about the opportunity to be connected to a treated water supply, as the bore water and rain water tanks were not currently satisfying their needs.

“Residents have been buying in bottled water for drinking and cooking and have been forced to replace appliances regularly due to corrosion. Some have even filled in swimming pools due to the poor quality of the bore water.” Mr Macpherson said.

“Once they are connected to the town water supply, residents will have the best of both worlds – a safe, treated supply for use inside the home, and the flexibility to be able to still utilise bore water elsewhere, including on gardens.”

The project will not only deliver a water supply for domestic use, but will also shore up the village’s fire-fighting abilities with hydrants installed throughout the village and a clean and reliable water supply provided to the Biniguy Rural Fire Station.

“This project has the ability to make a significant difference to the community of Biniguy, making residents’ lives a little easier and taking the stress out of property owners having to provide and maintain water infrastructure in drought times where water availability is at risk,” said Mr Macpherson.

The Biniguy Potable Water Project is set to be completed early 2019.



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