Bourke wants community groups to help remove graffiti

Ross Earl, General Manager of the Bourke Shire Council, writes on Far West issues.

The 2017 Graffiti Removal Day in Bourke is scheduled for Sunday, October 29.

The Bourke Shire Council will be working with Bourke Rotary Club in the coordination of the day, which is a state wide initiative.

The initiativehas attracted a great deal of corporate sponsorship including the supply of graffiti removal kits free of charge so that all that is needed is manpower on the day.

The council will also dedicate resources to the day and in the week leading up to the day.

It is hoped that other groups will consider joining in to assist in ridding the town of this unsightly vandalism.

Any enquires can be directed to the council offices.

Congratulations.  Bourke Mayor Barry Hollman has written to the newly elected Mayor of Dubbo Regional Council, Councillor Ben Shields, and the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Anne Jones, congratulating them on their election to these important positions.

Dubbo Regional Council is by far the largest council in the OROC region and plays an important leadership role within the region.

The ongoing success of OROC has been greatly enhanced by that leadership and the advocacy role.

Tour de OROC. The 2017 Tour de OROC stayed overnight in Bourke on Thursday.

The riders were welcomed to the town with a function at the Port of Bourke Hotel involving music, raffles and auctions.

Mayor Barry Holman, was joined by the council’s Manager of Roads Mark Gordon and other local riders in accompanying the tour’s peloton into Bourke.

The Tour de OROC, which is staged every two years, was coordinated by the Rotary Club of South Dubbo.

The council and the Bourke Rotary Club assisted with coordination of the event in the town.

Funds raised will provide a benefit to all the people in the Western section of the state.

Bourke Rotary provided meals and accommodation for the group while they were in Bourke.