OPINION

Striking a chord: Word in the Streets

No Irish Woolfest but we've still got the Woolfest quilt. Photo: John Snelling

No Irish Woolfest but we've still got the Woolfest quilt. Photo: John Snelling

For the last few weeks we've been acknowledging the fact that we are slowly returning to a semblance of normality.

This week's return of the Boorowa News adds to that feeling.

It was a pleasure to provide you with an extended online edition of 'Word in the Streets", and of course the printed edition put out through the newsagency.

I would like to express my thanks to our Boorowa Community Bank for undertaking the printing each week.

It's reassuring to know that your Community Bank is there when the community needs it.

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It's really heartening to learn that something you have written strikes a chord.

The story about Laurie Poole's rates notice demanding a balance of two cents after Laurie had earlier rounded the amount down when paying the amount in cash, as you do.

Council took this fact on board, discovering Laurie wasn't the only case of this occurring.

Council have taken steps to ensure this does not happen again.

There you are, a little bouquet for Council.

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Another bouquet for Council.

Last week I complained in the column of some dangerous pot holes on Brial Road.

The council employee who rang me to inform me of the rates predicament, after hearing of my concern about the pot holes suggested people with problems requiring Council attention ring Hilltops Council Customer Service Desk on 1300 445 586.

This desk is manned 8.30am to 5pm through the week, but your call could be answered from Young, Harden or Boorowa.

On Wednesday of last week I rang this number, put in my concerns to an employee situated in Young.

To my utter delight, the pot holes, all of them, were patched the next day.

Got a problem, love to hear about it, but better still ring that number 1300 445 586.

Now there you are, a second bouquet for Hilltops Council, and the chance for me to say a double "well done".

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The curtain has been pulled down on our Irish Woolfest for this year, also Harden's Kite Festival and Young's Cherry Festival.

Can only blame the pandemic.

It would be a nightmare for organisers trying to organise an event in a time of great uncertainty.

The businesses in the Hilltops region will miss the economic benefit of these events but I firmly believe vouncil had no alternative in the current situation.

Pleasingly, steps are being taken to stage an event or invitation attracting visitation to the region, maybe a back to Boorowa weekend or some such arrangement and the ball is being passed to the communities.

If you've got ideas, council would love to hear them and you can email ideas to vic@hilltops.nsw.gov.au.

There may be disappointment at the moment, but I'm sure planning is already underway for the 2021 events.

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Plans for Woolfest were well advanced by some from the quilting group and they have completed an absolutely beautiful quilt that was to have been displayed during Woolfest, a photograph of which is included with the column.

The quilt will be on display some time, but the quilters extraordinaire, namely Cheryl Mudford, Ann Cooper and Jenny Cooper deserve congratulations for producing such a wonderful quilt.

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We approach normality, the clubs, pubs and eateries can sense a return to usual operation, we can only hope the situation in Victoria stays in Victoria.