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COUNCIL COLUMN – 12 October 2021 

Oct 13, 2021

For Immediate Release 12 October 2021 

Authorised by Mayor Brian Ingram 

It is very pleasing that we have not had any cases of COVID-19 in Hilltops in recent days. This indicates that we are now over the worst of the recent local outbreak, but we must continue to do everything we can to keep ourselves safe and prevent further cases. Please maintain social distancing and continue to be tested if you have even the slightest of symptoms. Vaccination remains our greatest defence, please consider getting vaccinated if you haven’t already.

As the current term of Council draws to a close I have been reflecting on our achievements over the past five years. While Hilltops Council still has a lot to achieve and many improvements to make, we must take time to celebrate what we have achieved. We have achieved a lot, especially the progression of many major projects and upgrades for the community. 

Throughout the term of Council we have worked hard to progress several projects that have resulted in new and improved infrastructure and facilities for our local community. Some of these projects include upgrades to the Young Aquatic Centre, Boorowa Showground, Boorowa Recreation Park , new skate parks in Boorowa and Harden, Roberts Park gym equipment, as well as an intensive road upgrade, renewal and repair program across the Local Government Area. 

We have focused on developing the Hilltops 2040 Local Strategic Planning Statement and worked on plans for the improvement of Council’s financial position.

As a Council we have collaborated closely with our key stakeholders, the state and federal government, business and industry, our neighbouring Councils and most importantly our residents. By working together we can continue to overcome the significant challenges we face, including most recently the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

We have advocated many issues with regional, state and national representatives during the term. These issues include drought assistance, bridges, local infrastructure and water security.

I thank residents for their significant contribution throughout this term of Council, especially our volunteers, community organisations, sporting groups and businesses who work tirelessly for the community. During the current term Council have provided $337,404 in financial assistance to support these groups to deliver infrastructure, programs and events. 

It has been an honour for me to represent and lead the Hilltops community and I look forward to the opportunity to be re-elected so that I can continue to play a part in achieving all that we can achieve to continue to make Hilltops a great place to live, work and play.

Mayor Brian Ingram