26 September 2019

Snowy Monaro Mayor signals priorities in the run up to 2020 election

| Ian Campbell
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Snowy Monaro Mayor Peter Beer in Cooma. Photo: Ian Campbell.

Snowy Monaro Mayor Peter Beer in Cooma. Photo: Ian Campbell.

Local councils across Southern New South Wales are heading into their final 12 months. Voters will go to the polls to elect new councillors in September 2020.

Campaigning will build and platforms develop with each council meeting between now and polling day.

Twelve months out, Snowy Monaro Regional Council has opted for a fresh face as Mayor. While Michelago’s John Rooney who held the position for the two previous years didn’t contest the vote of his peers, the writing was perhaps already on the wall.

A no-confidence motion passed in April this year was the beginning of the end of Cr Rooney’s leadership as the first Mayor of the merged Cooma-Monaro, Snowy River and Bombala councils.

New Mayor Peter Beer chaired his first council meeting as Mayor last week in Bombala, speaking to Region Media Cr Beer says he feels the group of men and women around the table are “getting happier”.

“It will be my aim to get them working together, let’s see the results and people will judge then,” Cr Beer says.

As an organisation Snowy Monaro Regional Council is embarking on a restructure of staff positions, signaling more change for the merged entity.

“Our main priority at the moment is trying to reorganise the council in a way that means we can be more effective over this area,” Cr Beer says.

“We are trying to work out the best way to deliver services with the staff we’ve got.

“Most councils have a general manager with three or four directors to carry out the services, but this area is so large that council has decided that we will look at a restructure.”

The Jindabyne based former Snowy River Shire Councillor says the detail is still with the General Manager for staff consultation. Cr Beer is hoping the new structure will not only serve the three old council areas better but also key local interests – tourism, government services, timber, rural issues and primary production, fishing, and connections to Canberra.

“All those communities have different desires, different aims – we have to try and accommodate them all,” he says.

Snowy 2.0, the Jindabyne Masterplan, and the Bombala timber processing mill are three key opportunities Cr Beer says he would like to see Council make the most of.

“We still don’t know what the impact of Snowy 2 will be – that will be an immense project. We are waiting for our briefing on that – how will our services cope? Its something we’ll have to work with the powers that be on.”

Snowy Monaro Regional Council next meets on October 17 in Cooma. The NSW Local Government Election will be held on September 12, 2020.

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Brian Curzon10:46 pm 10 Oct 19

I have spoken to Peter about the letter I received from Snowy Hydro in relation to Mittagang road, which I live on, between Cooma CBD and the Murrumbidgee river being considered as a road the contractors will be using as part of transporting the cement tunnel segments from Polo Flat Cooma to Adaminaby
Mittagang road is a 90 Km speed from Yallakool road to the Bidgie. It was rural now we are classified residential
Peter tells me he has spoken to the Police authorities regarding lowering the speed to 60 KM and they seem supportive.
This what I did at a Presentation to the Council last year about. Lowering the speed and building two shelter sheds for the 10 + kids thaT USE THE BUS FROM MY STREET AND THE sNOWY RIVER ESTATE JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM RYDAL ROAD WHERE I LIVE.
What was the result, nil. Excuse it was up to the Maritime and RTA to agree to the lowering of the speed
I have witnessed more than once the bus stationary, unloading the kids, in front of my home and the bus unable to get right of the road, with flashing lights and cars overtaking across a single white line
The latest I have heard right up to today is that the Contractors have already decided what roads that THEY will use ( Care of Dean Lynch)
and a local business man told me the trucks will take the concrete segments from the proposed cement factory at Polo Flat, UP Sharp street and out to Adaminaby and return empty via Shannons Flat the Murrumbidgee bridge ( a 1 LANE BRIDGE) and up Mittagang road into Yallakool road and back to the cement factory at Polo Flat

I have suggested to Peter Beer that a alternative would be,
Polo Flat onto the Monaro Highway,turn Left Onto an existing bad road called Billilingra road UP GRADED to a CLASSIFIED ROAD to be announced by our Deputy Premier and local member John Barilaro MP
This New Classified road would be a 2nd bypass when there is an accident between Bredbo and Cooma. The Bredbo bypass runs all the way through the NUMERALLA REGION and comes through the Numeralla Village and onto Cooma
Billilingra road is strictly rural and goes between the Monaro Highway and Shannons Flat road, you can then travel onto Adaminaby
Can you imagine what the locals will say with existing Pantex, timber lorries, Stock trucks, Cement trucks, Caravans double bogy trucks and all the tourists OVER million 2 years ago, and 5.0 million cars and heavy vehicles over the MONARO, I have the figures.

The roundabouts and possibly the flower beds will have to come down and I am TOLD !!!!!! Snowy Hydro will pay.
Richard Mackie on the corner of Sharp Street and Bombala street knows the number of trucks that Snowy Hydro will send up Sharp street
Just a point of interest if you wish to follow it up

I have photos of Pantex in Sharp Street Caravans and trucks. Also of the bus on Mittagang road

I note that Mayor Beer does not consider a proposed major expansion of Michelago as important.
There is a strong desire for those working in Canberra to live in a rural environment and it will be sated one way or another.
Every time there is land released as rural residential south of Canberra it is quickly snapped up.
I hope the Mayor will not be one that considers any development north of Cooma along the Monaro Hwy a distraction to development in Bombala and Jindabyne

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