Centroc meets in Condobolin

By Dominic Geiger

Central NSW Councils (Centroc) held a planning session meeting at the Lachlan Shire Council Chambers in Condobolin last Thursday.
Centroc is an organisation designed to provide greater lobbying power for the individual councils within the Central West region of NSW.
Chair of Centroc, Phyllis Miller, said the aim of the meeting was to discuss where the organisation was at as far as setting priorities for the coming year.
Topics which took prominence at the meeting included local tourism, health and water security.
“The Mayor of Lachlan Shire, Des Manwaring, was concerned about the lack of ‘in river’ water storage in times of drought,” Councillor Miller said.
“The Condobolin west weir project was discussed and we will be trying to assist Councillor Manwaring in achieving (the project).”
Councillor Miller said Centroc had discussed Tourism NSW’s decision to amalgamate the regions of Central West, New England and part of Western NSW into one singular tourist region, called ‘Country NSW’.
“Centroc is not of the view there will be benefits from this,” she said.
“We were also concerned about the rushed timelines (associated with the decision).”
Councillor Miller also said Centroc was concerned about the recently establish Western NSW Medicare Local.
“The area is far too big, so Centroc has made representation to have that area brought down by a bit,” she said.
“The local has been taken out by the enormity of the region’s size.
“Greater Western Area Health couldn’t work, so why would this work?”
Councillor Miller said the Mayor of the Weddin Shire, Maurice Simpson, had been particularly concerned about the lack of a doctor in Grenfell.
“He has said there is a real opportunity for a doctor (in the town),” she said.
“Centroc will aide him to find a doctor in any way we can.”

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