Kempsey locals in Queen’s relay pick

It’s wonderful news that Kempsey has been chosen as one of the legs in the Queen’s Baton Relay for next year’s Commonwealth Games. Amongst the 18 people who will join the Kempsey section of the 40,000km Australia-wide trek are three outstanding local residents Mark Morrison, Drew Walsh, Paul Phillips and former Crescent Head resident Leith Brody. Everyone in the community is welcome to show their support when the Baton Relay comes through town on February 2. 

There will be further details provided in the coming months on the route the baton bearers will take, and the best vantage points to cheer them on. 

It is an opportunity to showcase our fabulous new town centre through the publicity we’ll receive as one of the locations for the Baton Relay in the Commonwealth’s most prestigious sporting event.

Catch-up at Stuarts Point

PASSING THE BATON: Council’s Graffiti Blasters group volunteer co-ordinator Paul Phillips will carry a baton.

PASSING THE BATON: Council’s Graffiti Blasters group volunteer co-ordinator Paul Phillips will carry a baton.

My fellow Councillors and I, along with senior staff, will be at the Stuarts Point Hall from 5pm today (25th) for the first Stuarts Point Community Catch-up. We will chat about projects and priorities specific to their corner of the Macleay. With our new four-year delivery plan now in place, it’s important that we continually update residents about what is happening in the Macleay; provide information about future plans and progress being made on key infrastructure projects; and we gain your feedback on what you see as priorities for our valley. 

At last week’s Council meeting, we adopted a schedule to hold Community Catch-ups in a different location each quarter over the next two years in the following villages: Frederickton, South West Rocks, Gladstone/Smithtown, Willawarrin, Hat Head, Kundabung, Crescent Head and Bellbrook. Kempsey residents will not be left out, with a Community Catch-up being held in the town once a year. For information on catch-up in your area, visit the Your Say Macleay website or phone the Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200.