CABONNE Council mayor Ian Gosper will make funding for flood management levies for Eugowra and Molong his priority if he gets re-elected on Tuesday.
Cr Gosper looked back on his first 12 months in the top job with positivity, but said he would do no lobbying of fellow councillors to be re-elected as mayor.
“If they think I’ve done a good job they’ll put me back in,” he said.
When asked about his biggest achievements over the last year he said general beautification of villages throughout the shire had been one to remember.
He said council had paid particular attention to slashing and mowing of grass around roads.
“There’s a lot of wildlife on our roads and we need to protect them,” he said.
He was proud the funding for village improvements had been changed, meaning smaller projects like installing barbecues or putting up shade cloths could be done immediately, instead of having to wait 12 months for the annual budget.
The council’s Village Enhancement, Local Area Improvement and Community Improvement Programs have been overhauled, with two new funding streams created.
The changes will enable the council to target specific projects identified in its operational and delivery plans, while a new Community Facilitation Fund, to be allocated at the discretion of the mayor and general manager, has been created for smaller community projects not originally included in the council’s budget.
The new program will continue to be based on a 50 per cent contribution in cash or kind from the community, but will now be available to not-for-profit organisations for projects on all non-commercial community facilities.
Under the new guidelines, CAP funding will be open throughout the year and promoted to the community at various times.
“It’ll be more of the same [in the next 12 months], more of the same teamwork because you’ve got to have good teamwork between staff and councillors to get things done.”