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Welcome to Georges River Council

In late August, Council was proud to launch its draft Economic Development Strategy, which takes a place-based approach that aims to build upon the existing world class health care facilities in our area, and capitalise and develop the area’s talented, skilled and culturally diverse workforce.

We are encouraging community feedback on the draft strategy which needs to be provided by Friday 26 October. This can be done through Your Say, on Council’s website. Your input can help inform the future direction of the community, so please take a look and get
involved.

Another important area of focus for Council over the coming months will be the development of a Cultural Strategy. We want you to help Create Georges River, so we’ve put together a discussion paper which can also be found on Your Say. This outlines our thinking and aims to stimulate discussion in relation to the Arts, festivals and major events, cultural industries, heritage, and community facilities and cultural infrastructure.
 
In other news, I’m extremely pleased to be able to share with you the success of the recently held inaugural Councillors’ Ball, which took place in July and raised $30,000 for the Rotary Club of Hurstville’s Kids at Play garden project.

300 guests attended, and their generosity and support was truly overwhelming and much appreciated. On behalf of all the Councillors, thank you to everyone who came along to enjoy what was a highly enjoyable and successful evening. The funds raised on the night will help refurbish the indoor and outdoor play areas at St George Hospital, and provide enjoyable and relaxing spaces for sick children and their families.

Moving into spring we experienced some welcome rainy days following a long dry spell. Living in the city, it can be easy to forget what an enormous impact the drought is having on our farmers. Council felt it was important to offer support to our farmers, and did so through a $50,000 donation to four charities, including Aussie Helpers, Rural Aid Buy a Bale, Drought Angels and the Lions Club’s Need for Feed. We hope it goes some way to easing the pressure during what must be an incredibly stressful time.

Springtime also marks the start of what is always a busy and exciting events season, so we encourage you to take a look at what’s coming soon.

I hope you enjoy this Spring edition of Community.


Kevin Greene
Mayor
Georges River Council