Although Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council has a Local Representative Committee made up primarily of former Cootamundra and Gundagai Shire councillors, residents are increasingly taking the opportunity to bypass this committee to speak directly to the administrator during monthly open forum meetings.
When the two shires amalgamated last year, administrator Christine Ferguson committed to keeping the lines of communication with residents open by hosting an open forum prior to each month’s regular meeting.
These forums have resulted in meetings being better attended than ever before.
On Monday night, regular council attendee Betty Brown questioned why work has not been completed on Rosehill Road.
Sixty km/h speed restricted areas have existed on the road, which leads to Jugiong, for months following an extremely wet winter last year.
Mrs Brown said she drove on the road months ago and was shocked recently to find it in much the same, if not worse, condition than at that time.
“I thought I’d lose a wheel on it the other day,” she said.
She also questioned what council was doing in relation to keeping the main street tidy, referencing the vacant shop next to the Red Cross and the former Cootamundra Development Corporation building.
While conceding these buildings were private property, Mrs Brown said council needs to take some responsibility in order to maintain a tidy street.
Furthermore she questioned whether the amenities block at Wallendbeen was being cleaned regularly enough and when the footbridge over Thompson Street would be fixed after it was damaged during a flood last year.
Mrs Brown’s concerns were taken on notice by Mrs Ferguson for an answer in the future, however council General Manager Ken Trethewey was able to advise that the footbridge is waiting on assessment by Roads and Maritime Services before work can begin.