RE-ELECTED Greater Hume mayor Heather Wilton says Cleanaway might yet appeal the Southern Joint Regional Planning Panel’s refusal of a compost facility at Gerogery.
The compost waste issue was the biggest the current council had to deal with in its first year with Cr Wilton as mayor.
She was re-elected unopposed for the position on Wednesday night, as was deputy mayor, Doug Meyer.
In July, the council unanimously recommended the panel should reject the compost facility being built on farmland south-east of the Gerogery township.
In August the panel agreed to refuse consent after hearing from both Cleanaway and the project’s opponents.
Cleanaway hasn’t ruled out making an appeal to the NSW Land and Environment Court.
“They have got six months to appeal and that could happen,” Cr Wilton said.
“But I don’t think anyone knows at this stage.
“They may decide to pursue other opportunities elsewhere that might be a bit simpler.
“I don’t think there is any chink they can take heart from.”
The other major challenge in Greater Hume was the by-passing of Cr Wilton’s hometown, Holbrook.
The completed Holbrook bypass was “celebrated” by former prime minister Julia Gillard in June and it opened a few weeks later.
The town will hold a community celebration of the bypass opening on October 19 to 20.
“What happens in Holbrook does effect the whole council area for better or worse,” Cr Wilton said.
“It is a big challenge for the traders and businesses in the main street.
“They are rising to the challenge and the travelling public is supporting them, which is even better.”
Cr Wilton had a personal goal of improving medical services across the shire in the term of the current council.
“We’ve got to strive to get more GPs and therefore those GPs can have proper and adequate relief time,” she said.
Cr Wilton became mayor last year when she beat former mayor Denise Osborne for the position.
She is a past mayor of the former Holbrook shire and Berrigan shire.
“I am very pleased to have the confidence of my fellow councillors,” she said.