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Darcy Lound wants council to help residents doing it tough

Councillor Darcy Lound says some local residents are doing it tough and council should look at ways of helping them.

The Labor leader on Campbelltown Council has tabled a notice of motion for next Tuesday’s meeting, calling for action on this front.

 He wants council to acknowledge that local residents are “facing significant pressures in terms of the rising cost of living’’ and that household budgets are under significant strain, with real wages going backwards compared to inflation.

Cr Darcy, pictured outside the council building in Queen Street, will be seeking support from other councillors to investigates these issues and provide a report on what steps council is presently taking to mitigate pressures on local residents and ratepayers.

He wants the investigation to look at what further actions Campbelltown Council can take to assist ratepayers in dealing with the rising cost of living.

Another Labor councillor, veteran Meg Oates, will be looking for support next Tuesday night for her idea to create a Scenic Hills walking and cycling trail.

Cr Oates says she would like to see such a trail connect Campbelltown’s Scenic Hills to the existing walking and cycling networks in the adjacent Western Sydney Parklands.

In a second notice of motion, Cr Oates is calling for a report on the feasibility of developing a women’s shed pilot program to complement council’s focus on community resilience and sustainability.

In his now famous mayoral minute, Campbelltown Mayor George Greiss devotes a fair bit of this one to the Appin Massacre of April 17, 1816.

A council Appin Massacre flag ceremony in 2018.

“As we move forward together it is essential to acknowledge our history and learn from our past mistakes, and in April, we must also remember the Appin Massacre,’’ he writes in the business paper for the meeting of April 12, 2022.

“Since 2000 the Appin Massacre has been commemorated annually at a memorial service at Cataract Dam and council has recognised this important date in our history with a commemorative flag raising held each year in the council forecourt where there is also a plaque marking this tragic chapter in our region’s history,’’ he writes.

Cr Greiss also includes an update on his request to the general manager for an “urgent review of our public space infrastructure and develop an actionable plan that ensures our public spaces are always well maintained and plan a continuous city beautification program for cleaning and maintaining our assets for the enjoyment of all our residents’’.

“I am pleased to advise that the planning for the program has begun, and councillors have been briefed. The program is subject to budget approval, and I am sure all the councillors will join me in supporting the required investment to deliver on this plan for our city. I will detail how we will start on this journey of cleaning, maintaining and city beautification as part of my future Mayoral Minutes relating to the budget.’’

  • The council meeting next Tuesday will start from 6.30pm. Residents can attend in person or view watch via a livestream through council’s website.

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