At the Kempsey Shire Council meeting on Tuesday, councillors praised council's Manager Water and Sewer, Wes Trotter and his team for preserving the Macleay Valley's water supply during the drought and recent bushfires.
Council moved a recommendation that acknowledges the hard work conducted by council staff involved in the management of the local water supply. Council also moved to revise the Drought Management Plan in accordance with the recommendations put to councillors by council staff.
"We want to acknowledge and thank a job well done. Wes Trotter and his team worked to preserve water during the drought that we experienced and are still experiencing. They were able to manage the Steuart McIntyre Dam during this difficult time," Kempsey Shire mayor Liz Campbell said.
"They were able to ensure the quality of water was maintained and ensured we could manage the drought situation."
The Kempsey Shire Council Local Government Area had water restrictions in place across the entire shire for a total of 305 days. Level 3 was the highest restriction level initiated by council during this time and was in place for 85 days from December 2 2019 to February 24 2020.
"The efforts of Wes and his team have been instrumental to manage the drought in our shire," mayor Campbell said.
The Water Management team's important work during the 2019 bushfire season was also highlighted during the meeting.
"The team was critical during the bushfires and the drought. We were in trouble and they provided a critical service."
Councillors also commended the work conducted by council staff.
"It was an outstanding effort by the team during the drought," councillor Anna Shields said.
"We now have guidelines to move forward with if this should happen again," councillor Sue McGinn added.
Mr Trotter also spoke at the council meeting and thanked councillors for their support and kind words.