WATER security for the Bathurst region has to be our number one ongoing priority to grow this region into the future.
Not an unfunded go-kart track or unfunded second track without a business case that stacks up to the hard-pressed ratepayer.
South Australia has cancelled the Adelaide 500 Supercars race as declining interest and attendance mean a sinkhole of public funds. A warning sign to Bathurst.
Burning rubber on bitumen is not the future for Bathurst.
Our vision should be expanded hospitality, post-pandemic relocations, retirees wanting to live here, age industries, opportunities for niche manufacturing and education with technology so mobile, health services, and the arts.
We need to be known as a forward-looking city, not just a racetrack.
For this to happen, water security underpins our future.
Our forefathers had the vision and good sense to build dams. We stopped building years ago.
One minister and other public figures have stated there is no point in building dams as they will never fill up again.
Tell that to the people of Bathurst who enjoy a full dam delivered by the natural world this year, not council.
We know droughts and dry times will come around again.
The mayor is content with his short-term water measures, in particular, stormwater harvesting still to be an approved project.
Orange has had stormwater harvesting for years locked in with water restrictions.
By now, with a full dam, no water restrictions should be in place and the irrigators should be on full allocation to restore their businesses.
The mayor has no confidence in his own water policies. He says listen to the engineers. We elect councillors to have vision and make decisions, not bureaucrats.
Begging the public to restrict water usage is not a policy.
Timing is everything in politics. There is now an appetite in both federal and state governments for serious water infrastructure, including dam storage after the recent major drought.
Unfortunately, we were not ready to chase down a share of the Snowy $4.2 billion fund and the $1.8 billion in the recent federal budget, and the $100 billion allocated over 10 years for infrastructure.
The area of the redundant second track should be the location for a go-kart track when, at a future point in time, all funding is secured.
Taking a chunk of a public tranquil park is a decision that will live in historic Bathurst infamy around this council forever.
The good thing about democracy is that it's like a wheel - it goes around and around.
Next year the hard-pressed ratepayer gets to shunt most of this lot out and restore fresh thinking to a council that badly needs renewal.