Tuesday’s council meeting is set to be a full one, with Councillor Paul Snaidero coming to the fore bringing health, water and business motions to the table.
After the war of words between Mayor John Dal Broi and Shooters, Fishers and Farmers candidate Helen Dalton last week over the lack of orthopaedic services in Griffith, Cr Snaidero wants action, not words.
“I think the important one is given the fact the mayor had to do a back flip on the status of the orthopaedic surgeon, at the moment the MLHD have now come out and said they have only just commenced initial discussions,” Cr Snaidero said.
“People need to come clean and give Griffith what we need - and it’s not negotiable - we need two orthopaedic surgeons. With the elections coming up, we have to be on the front foot and be more assertive.”
His second motion asks council to conduct a workshop with representatives from business, major employers and neighbouring Local Government Areas (LGAs).
The aim will be to “demand” the state and national government for project funding to continue sustainable business and new business opportunities.
“I want to get this task force to sit down and identify what we need to continue sustainable business, looking at health, education and other areas in order to create the incentive for people to come to our community.
“Whether this will be tax incentives, relocation bonuses or something else… we have to get people out of the cities - and Griffith needs to be in a position to capitalise on this.”
And finally, Cr Snaidero will ask council to enable a joint venture with a local agricultural service provider, a local haymaking contractor and a local farmer to grow 40 hectares of speed feed fodder.
“This will produce approximately 500 tons of fresh hay to be supplied to the drought ravaged stock producers to maintain their breeding stock,” Cr Snaidero said.
He will ask Council to contribute water of approximately 280 ML for the venture.
“Why don’t we grow our own if we have the ability? The townsfolk of Griffith would be more than willing to help out our farmers in the drought. If we lose those breeders, it will take a long time to recover.”
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