Week Commencing Monday, 11 June 2019

On Friday, the Board of the Far North West Joint Organisation met to discuss the air services contract that will return flights to Bourke, Cobar and Walgett and/ or Lightening Ridge.

Further consideration of the airline carrier proposals is needed to determine the offering that will provide the best service to passengers and represents optimal value to taxpayers. Final contract negotiations will proceed with a view to a determination by the Board in the next 3 weeks.

The NSW Government has provided significant funding to see the return of air services to the far north west, as a Board and as a region, we are most appreciative of the Government’s commitment.
I would like people to not hold their breath as it could well take up to 6-8 weeks to finalise the negotiations.
On Saturday, Deputy Premier, John Barilaro and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet visited Cobar as part of an outback tour to make two funding announcements the first was $2 million for the Albert Priest Channel which took place in Drummond Park, which had a great crowd and the feedback on question time has been very positive.
Then we visited the Cobar Heritage Centre were they made a funding announcement of $1.43 million to undergo a historic makeover that will breathe new life into outdated displays and expand the range of items being exhibited as part of the Far North West Joint Organisation Tourism Fund. 
On the way to returning them to the airport we deliberately found our way around Ward Oval, we showed them how important this facility is to us and the Treasurer recommended that we send our master plan down immediately.
I would like to personally thank the community for attending the announcements on Saturday, it was short notice but a great crowd, it was great to see two grown men trying to out-do each other on the flying fox. If I had to give first place, it definitely went to the Treasurer.
On Tuesday, we held a Cobar Liquor Accord Meeting were we elected a new Deputy Chairperson after the position became vacant following the recent resignation of Cobar Bowling and Golf Club Manager, Demi Smith, we discussed putting in a grant under the NSW Government – Office of Responsible Gaming Fund and heard from the local premises on activities that have occurred over the past two months.
On Wednesday evening, we held our annual Public Budget Meeting further information to be provided next week.

Have a great week.

Lilliane Brady OAM