TOUR GROUP: Committee members attached to Gundagai Council join with council staff to tour Cootamundra last Wednesday as part of a familiarisation project. Picture: Nick Schuller Last Wednesday, members of the Gundagai Council‘Implementation Advisory Group’ and‘Local Representation Committee’ visited Cootamundra to familiarise themselves with the town.

The two committees are comprised of former councillors and community members from both Cootamundra and Gundagai.

They were created following the amalgamation of Cootamundra and Gundagai Shire Councils as a tool of communication between administrator Christine Ferguson and the broader community.

While in Cootamundra, the Gundagai visitors were show council owned facilities including the pool, dogpound, waste depot, sewerage treatment plant andtown streets.

Trips to the villages ofWallendbeen and Stockinbingal capped off the tour.

Gundagai Council public relations coordinator Linda Wiles reported the tour was well received by theGundagai guests, who commentedon the high standard of facilities Cootamundra has to offer.

She said the heated pool, which Gundagai does not have, was a highlight as well as the new public amenities block on the corner of Murray and Bourke Streets.

Meanwhile,Gundagai committee member Penny Nicholson said that she was very impressed with the tour and the facilities that Cootamundra had to offer.

Two weeks ago, an equally well received tour was carried out in Gundagai for Cootamundra committee members.

Given the success of these tours, an additional combined tour of further areas in the merged council area is planned for the near future.

Mrs Ferguson commented that both tours have been a great way for committee members from both towns to become acquainted with each other and draw from each other’s knowledge.

Implementation Action Group members includeCarla Barton,Paul Braybrooks,Rod Chalmers,David Graham,Abb McAlister andDoug Phillips.

Sitting on theLocal Representation Committee arePeter Batey,Stephen Doidge,Mary Donnelly,Michael Kingwill,Mike Kingwill,Ron Magnone,Penny Nicholson,Dennis Palmer,Jim Slattery,Craig Stewart andRosalind Wight.

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