Council elections are probably the most important ones we do, as we can select local people who we know and their policies affect us the most directly.
So it is extremely disappointing that our rights to this democratic process have been taken away by a decision of the state government to please their "special friends".
Very expensive enquiries and investigations have come up with no reason why the council was removed.
Development has flourished uninhibited and unregulated while vital infrastructure has largely been ignored.
Our own "Wingecarribee 2031" community and council plan has also been ignored.
Looking around our Shire now, we can see just how effective this government administrator has been.
Living in Applegate Close for 50 years we have loved looking up the unspoiled hill of Hillview Farm. Our land adjoins the section of the Joadja and Boxvale tracks that goes from Mittagong to the overpass bridge near the start of the walking track.
Recently we became aware of Development Application for Hillview Farm with the published plan showing this section of the track being developed into small residential blocks.
Hopefully the council will not allow this development to destroy the future opportunity to connect the walking track all the way to Mittagong.
I am excited to announce Stroke Foundation's annual physical activity fundraiser Stride4Stroke has raised a record of more than $453,000 this year.
I wish to thank the 1,393 participants from right around Australia for this incredible achievement. Every step, every minute of activity and every dollar raised will make a difference to survivors of stroke and their families.
By getting involved in Stride4Stroke, our 'Striders' also helped raise awareness of stroke in their local communities and took steps towards reducing their own stroke risk by being active. Together, they clocked up almost 1million moving minutes.
I also wish to thank the people who supported Striders with well-wishes, encouragement, and generous donations. We are truly grateful.
Stride4Stroke's beauty is its flexibility. You choose your own physical activity and set a personal movement goal to complete anytime during November. I have loved seeing the images of participants on social media running, walking, doing yoga and all sorts of other activities while proudly wearing their green Stride4Stroke tank tops. Although it is a virtual campaign, the passion and dedication displayed was an incredibly united effort.
Stroke strikes the brain. It is one of Australia's biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. It's estimated more than 27,400 people will have a stroke for the first time this year, including children, young adults and seniors.
Every dollar raised through Stride4Stroke will help Stroke Foundation prevent stroke, fund research and support survivors and their families at all stages of the recovery journey. This includes the operation of Stroke Foundation's free telephone service StrokeLine (1800 787 653).
There's no doubt 2021 has been another challenging year for so many people in our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's never too late to focus on your health. When you get active, like our Striders, you will feel the physical and mental benefits. I look forward to welcoming everyone to join in the fun of Stride4Stroke in 2022!
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