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Councils from both sides of the border meet in Bre

At the BROC meeting in Brewarrina last Thursday – Councillor Andrew Gale and Melinda Gale from Warwick, Lisa Atkins from Moree, Councillor Kate Dight from Inverell, Councillor, David Coulton from Gwydir Shire, Councillor Vivian Slack-Smith from Brewarrina, Councillor Rob McKenzie from Goondiwindi, BROC Administrator – Sharon Stafford from Inverell, Leonie Brown from Bourke, Councillor Barry Hollman from Bourke and Kelvin Tytherleigh from Moree. Photo TWH

Fire ants and ambulances were just two things on the agenda at the quarterly meeting of the Border Regional Organisation of Councils (BROC) which was hosted by Brewarrina Shire last Thursday and Friday.

Brewarrina Shire Mayor, Vivian Slack-Smith said it was fabulous to have representatives from these councils at Brewarrina for the meeting and a dinner on the night before.

“It was great because there was such a diverse group of councils attending from Inverell through to Bourke, and while not every council was personally in attendance, most were present on Zoom,” Councillor Slack-Smith said. “We had dinner on the Thursday and we were pleased to see the Bourke Council come across and join us as NSW representatives.”

The aim of the meetings is to provide a forum for member councils to consider and discuss matters affecting the region as well as advocate for the best outcomes for the region at a state and federal government level.

“We came to realise that we have many of the same issues, despite the fact that we are in different states,” Councillor Slack-Smith said.

Guest speakers are often a feature at meetings with a presenter from Department of Primary Industries (DPI) coming to Brewarrina to speak about fire ants. […]

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