As we start off the new financial year, it's very much a busy time here at council.
We're in the midst of preparing the most important document for any council, its long term strategic plan. The purpose of the plan is to act as a roadmap for council providing direction for the future.
Following a series of meetings and a review of the community survey, the next stage is public consultation.
This includes community meetings via an upcoming community forum in Gladstone at the Memorial Hall on July 30, with a further meeting on July 31 in the council chambers in Jamestown.
We encourage as many residents as possible to come along and have their say.
From an infrastructure perspective; after many years we're now in to the final stretch of the long-term upgrade of the streetscape in Herbert Street at Laura.
Work has commenced on the fifth and final stage of the upgrade, which will see completion to the eastern side of Herbert St, similar to what has already been completed on the western side.
It has been a lengthy process, but through much planning and consultation and shared investment from council with matching grant funding from the South Australian Government via the Places for People Program, it will be pleasing to see the project completed.
It's also been pleasing to see some key community projects recently completed via the Federal Government's Drought Communities Program which allocated $1 million to council.
Projects recently completed included upgrades to the female changing rooms at the Gladstone and Spalding swimming pools, stormwater catchment to supplement irrigation at Ewart Oval, at Gladstone, new toilets and facilities at the Laura Civic Centre, additional street lighting and an upgrade of existing lighting across the council area and upgrades to several of the traffic bridges as well.
From a business perspective it was quite reassuring to see over 30 people in attendance at the recent Jamestown business traders meeting, which was hosted by Regional Development Australia Yorke and Mid North.
It will be good to see this progress over the coming months and hopefully help business owners with increasing trade, keeping the shop doors open and people employed in the local region.