Great work to complete bitumen road seal

Finally, we are pleased to say the Kyancutta to Mt Wedge Road is sealed and we have a bitumen road through to Elliston.

It was a great achievement from Elliston and Wudinna District Council work's teams - thanks all for your work.

We are now in discussion with Elliston regarding an official opening date.

With Anzac Day fast approaching we encourage all in the district to attend the dawn service being held at Standley Park at Wudinna next Thursday, followed by breakfast at the Community Club.

Visitors are most welcome to come along.

Deputy mayor Ned Luscombe, chief executive officer Alan McGuire and myself attended the SA Local Government Association showcase and general meeting, along with representatives from most councils.

I attended the waste and recycling sessions.

Messages that gelled with me included; 'if councils are not purchasing back recycled products - we are not achieving the goal of recycling'.

Great examples of this include use of recycled bitumen (containing old tyres, glass and plastics) which lasts longer than bitumen. The lighter the colour means the surface temperature of the road is cooler, which is great for resurfacing and fixing damaged bitumen.

The use of food and green waste to build soil health can take nearly half the waste out of landfill and well-established businesses are already doing this. We can investigate to change council procurement policy to use recycled products and reduce single use products at events.

The Friday meeting dealt with issues affecting Eyre Peninsula councils, including a motion passed to lobby to safeguard the future of South Australian jetties without creating a financial burden on ratepayers, especially rural and regional councils.

A motion was passed to request the LGA lobby state and Commonwealth governments for the provision of improved health services in regional and rural Australia.

Another motion passed requesting guidelines to assist councils develop rates hardship policies.

The meetings provide an opportunity for councils to work together to be heard at state and national levels.

I wish you all a happy and safe Easter weekend.

ELEANOR SCHOLZ

Wudinna District Council mayor