ONE year since the Orange City Council election, roads still remain councillors’ number one issue.
The Central Western Daily asked each councillor to list the council’s key achievements in the past year and their plans for the future.
Nine out of 12 councillors rated roads as a key area the council needed to focus its attention over the next 12 months, but five saw the council’s decision to pour in millions of extra dollars into maintenance as a key achievement.
An equal number cited the teamwork and cohesiveness between councillors as something to boast about, but one councillor felt it was something that also needed more work in the next year.
Cr Scott Munro rated it as the council’s number one achievement.
“Ratepayers in the past have been very upset by the bickering [on council],” he said. “There’s been a tiny bit this year, but it’s not as bad.”
Cr Jeff Whitton felt the same.
“There seems to be a good team moving in the same direction,” he said.
As did mayor John Davis who said “disunity and infighting” was the “downfall of local government”.
Several councillors spoke of the need to balance future developments to boost the economy with what the community wanted - a veiled reference to the north Orange McDonald’s saga.
Only Cr Kevin Duffy addressed north Orange directly, saying sorting out its long-term future was a priority.
“There are issues at that intersection, but there will be issues in 10 years’ time with William Maker Drive and Hill Street not lining up,” he said.
Seven councillors saw the long-awaited approval of the Macquarie pipeline as one of the council’s main achievements.
Four said securing $4 million in federal funding for the museum was a key accomplishment.