Does Cobar care about council’s budget and future plans?

Cobar Shire Council staff members were on hand to answer questions and explain council’s annual operating plan, budget and disability action plan at a public meeting last Thursday night. Pictured at the meeting were: interested local businessman John Dineen, Miranda Riley (staff), Julie Payne, Peter Abbott, Janine Lea-Barrett and Chris Lehmann (councillors) and council’s acting general manager Stephen Taylor.

There doesn’t appear to be a lot of interest from local residents as to how Cobar Shire Council plans to spend its revenue from ratepayers and grant funding next year, if the attendance at last week’s public meeting is anything to go by.

The meeting to outline council’s budget, it’s annual operating plan, proposed fees and charges and council’s disability action plan, only had two members of the public in attendance who joined four councillors and three staff members to hear what council’s future plans are.

Acting general manager Stephen Taylor provided an outline at the meeting of council’s future plans and he and his staff answered questions from the public and councillors on a range of matters.

Mr Taylor said it was disappointing there were not more people in attendance, especially as council had hoped to gain ideas for future budgets.

He does however hope that council will receive more feedback on the budget and annual operational plan and that ideas for projects to enhance the community will be submitted to council by the end of the month.