Boorowa Business Chamber expresses concern over Hilltops Council's financial position

Angus Mitchell was returned as President of Boorowa Business Chamber.
Angus Mitchell was returned as President of Boorowa Business Chamber.

The Boorowa Business Chamber (BBC) has raised concerns about Hilltops Council's financial situation following their annual general meeting on Monday night.

With council discussing its 'projected financial sustainability' and the 'requirements needed to achieve stability' at Wednesday night's meeting, BBC President Angus Mitchell said the chamber would be looking into any impact on the Boorowa community.

"I think the recent events with council going into a state of recovery financially will cause a few concerns for everybody," he said.

"Especially given the possible selling of assets, raising rates and council staff losing jobs... It has been an issue for a lot of businesses and residents within the community and it's pleasing they now recognise they are in a bad position and doing something about it."

Mr Mitchell said the upcoming local government elections and what a new look council might offer would also be on the chamber's agenda.

"It's good to see we have two candidates putting their hands up from Boorowa," he said.

"Jo Mackey and John Piper, they both had a little while to tell us about themselves and fielded some questions [at the meeting] and we're hoping they get in.

"With the council elections it would be good to see some fresh blood in there and I understand there a quite a few new candidates popping up, even from Young and Harden.

"They also popped into the meeting, Alison Forman from Young, Mary Dodd from Young, Councillor Marg Roles and Patrick Fitzgerald from Harden.

"It would be good to see them get into the council and provide a fresh approach, a focus on the future and getting us out of debt."

Mr Mitchell was returned as President at Monday's AGM, as was most of the previous committee.

"There were 30 plus at the AGM, which was a good attendance considering it was an AGM and general meeting," he said.

"The committee were all returned to their positions, I was returned as president which I'm pleased about, Garrett Robinson is now the vice president, Kerry Dansy is the Treasurer and Lyn Diskon is Secretary and we've got a few committee members, Lauren from Peppers, Daryl Hands, Cathy Walsh and Phil Coggins."

He said their focus in the coming months would be on what businesses needed to attract people to the area both to live and work, as well as visit.

"Boorowa is very much a place people want to move to, more so since COVID," he said.

"We've had a lot of Canberra people moving out this way, a lot of Wollongong people that have properties out at Frogmore and Rye Park, so we are looking at expanding on that.

"There's a couple of developers looking at developing residential land, so it all comes back to how do we get the infrastructure in place.

"There are a whole range of things we'll be looking at, we do get a fair amount of assistance from council but I think we have to look after ourselves a bit and not always approach them, but go elsewhere for advice."

He said overall it was a good time for businesses and the community of Boorowa.

"With COVID coming to an end in effect, as far as lockdowns, it will be exciting for some businesses and it's starting to pick up," he said.

"Hopefully that will continue up to the Christmas period, but I think pursuing opportunities for people to come here to live and visit will be important.

"We have a new motel going in behind the Courthouse Hotel, we have a new wind farm starting over at Rye Park, so that will bring people to town.

"So we are looking good."


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