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Council encourages community to have their say

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Council released the following statement today regarding the Strategic Community Plan – urging the community to have their say.

‘As  part  of  the  development  of  the  Wattle  Range  Council’s  “2020  Vision”  Strategic Community  Plan,  residents  are  invited  to  have  input  in  the  future  of  their community through a recently released community survey.The survey encourages participants to share their thoughts on how Council should improve its services and facilities, as well as ideas and suggestions to develop the region and plan for the future. It covers issues such as Council’s current services and infrastructure, strengths and weaknesses, communication and consultation with the community and future initiatives for youth and aged services. 

Mayor Peter Gandolfi encouraged all residents to take the time to complete the survey.

“It is important for everyone to have an opportunity to have their say,” he said. “Council wants  to  keep  in  touch  with  the  aspirations  of  its  local  residents  and  determine  their priorities so that Council can make the best decisions possible on behalf of its community.

“It’s important that Council undertakes continuous review of the services it provides to the community to meet the needs of the ever changing environment in which we live in. We need to secure a sustainable economic, social, environmental and cultural future for our area.  The  need  to  plan  for  changes  in  population,  maintain  ageing  assets  and  balance community expectation on services and infrastructure provided with limited budgets is a challenge. The Strategic Community Plan is an important tool in ensuring the priorities and aspirations of the Community are considered in this process.”

When finalised, the 2020 Vision document will set out what Council aims to achieve over the next four year period and gives directions and targets in the future management of our region. This  plan, will act as the blueprint for Council’s operations, and guides its annual financial  and  operational  programming,  ensuring  that  Council’s  resources  are  used efficiently  to  deliver  initiatives  and  projects  that  are  important  to  the  Wattle  Range community.

Council  requests  that  its  residents  and  ratepayers  complete  the  community  survey  by Friday, 26 February 2016.

It is available to complete online at www.wattlerange.sa.gov.au or a hard copy is available from one of Council’s Offices, Visitor Information Centres or the Millicent Library.

Council will also host a community consultation forum providing further opportunity for comment, the date of which will be advertised early in March.

Following completion of the community survey and public meeting, Council will develop the Draft  2016‐2020  Strategic  Community  Plan,  which  will  be  available  to  the  public  for comment prior to its formal adoption by Council.’

Source: Wattle Range Council

New citizens welcomed by Mayor Gandolfi

new heaven naturalization

Above is a photograph of Mayor Gandolfi presenting the Dhaliwal family, Sukhchain, Kamaljit and their son Surkhab with their Australian Citizenship certificates at a ceremony held in the Millicent Library History Room on Friday, 8 January 2016. The Dhaliwal family reside in Millicent and are originally from India.

The young family opened the popular New Heaven Indian Restaurant in Millicent 2 years ago winning the MBCA Outstanding Business Awards 2 successive years and have just opened a second one in Mt Gambier.

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 Mayor Gandolfi presenting Mr John Cosgrove with his Australian Citizenship certificate at a ceremony held in the Millicent Library History Room on Thursday, 14 January 2016.  John, originally from the United Kingdom, now lives in Tantanoola. He was joined at his ceremony by his wife Cath.

Familiar face joins Millicent midwifery clinic

James and MandyMandy Westcombe and Dr James Bushell Medical Clinic Millicent

Midwife Mandy Westc0mbe is the new face at the Medical Clinic Millicent Midwifery Clinic. Mandy is a local girl who has spent 4 years as RN at the Millicent Hospital and has trained at both the Millicent and Mt Gambier Hospitals.

 Clinic partner Dr James Bushell said having worked with Mandy he was impressed with her abilities and as she recently completed her studies, her up to date knowledge and experience made her the obvious choice to step into the role previously held by Anna Wilson who is  on maternity leave.

 Mandy’s work at the Millicent Clinic and the Mt Gambier hospital will give many pregnant women the double experience of a familiar face at both places and provide a continuity of care.
“A familiar face is comforting to women when they arrive to give birth,” said Mandy.

Dr Bushell also works at the Millicent Clinic and Mt Gambier Hospital providing the same continuity of care.

Women will see the Midwife when attending the clinic but Dr Bushell is also available on clinic days to provide further assistance when required.

 There are plans to increase post natal and breast feeding care at the Midwifery Clinic to increase support for mothers. This service helps relieve some of the uncertainties in pregnancy and reduce anxiety before and after the birth. The fortnightly clinic is held on Thursdays and is attracting many bookings but could be moved to weekly if the need is there to support women.

 Some women birthing in Mt Gambier want to return to Millicent Hospital but this depends if midwives are available at the Millicent Hospital at the time.

 Midwifery is an aging population and historically once birthing is stopped at a centre, those once skilled as midwives end up as general nursing staff because they have no opportunity to maintain midwifery skills. Obstetrics services were removed from the Millicent Hospital by Country Health SA mid 2013 which saw some midwives transfer to Mt Gambier and some chose other career paths.

The Midwifery clinic is held on Thursdays and appointments can be made by calling the Medical Clinic on 8733 2200.