As Mayor of the Light Regional Council I take pride in conducting my civic duties and in representing and raising the profile of the region. I strongly believe that people come first, and will always stand up for the rights and expectations of residents to ensure fairness and address concerns for all our citizens.
Whenever possible, I will continue to encourage Council to protect our heritage and lifestyle in all towns and villages in the region that make this a great place to live and do business....This remains my highest priority.
Residents have rights and expectations of Council services and regularly updated information on Council operations will be posted on this site.
Please note some sections of this website are continually under construction so please check regularly for information updates.
The following is a 'snapshot' of the direction and priorities for my second term as Mayor:
10/12/15 Christmas Luncheon Meals On Wheels Volunteers
10/12/15 Barossa Tourism Board Meeting - Tanunda
10/12/15 Community Meeting Pinery Bushfires - Wasleys
11/12/15 Kapunda Christmas Street Party
11/12/15 Greenock Christmas Market - Carnival - Greenock
12/12/15 Kapunda Village Square Concept - Community Site Meeting
13/12/15 Nine Lessons & Carols Reading ...Anglican Church
14/12/15 Pinery Bushfire Relief Concert Meeting - Kapunda
16/12/15 Bushfire Recovery Community Meeting - Freeling
17/12/15 Media Interview - Barossa Leader Newspaper
18/12/15 Freeling Christmas Street Party
21/12/15 Pinery Bush Fire Recovery - Public Meeting Wasleys
08/01/16 Media Interview Journalist Luke Griffiths - Advertiser
11/01/16 Media Interview Barossa Leader Journalist Emma Moreland - Kapunda
15/01/16 Economic Development Committee - Forum James Miller
16/01/16 State Government Fire Recovery Discussions Minister Leon Bignell & Others - Mallala
19/01/16 Pre Council Briefing Mayor, Deputy Mayor,CEO & GM's
19/01/16 Council Meeting
To clarify any concerns regarding current planning application fees and charges for those effected in the Light Regional Council area by the Pinery Bushfire a Council resolution reduced the lodgement and planning assessment fees to the minimum statutory fee.
Council's Chief Executive Officer, under delegation, has advised me that the minimum statutory fees will be waived on application for replacement of damaged or destroyed structures from within the fire affected area.
This approach effectively waives the Development Application fees – see attached Media Release.
The ill-informed views being expressed that the Council is "profiteering from victims" is WRONG and deliberately inciting unjustified community concern. This is irresponsible to a local community trying desperately to recover from the effects of the Pinery Fires.
Christmas is an important religious celebration. In Australia it is also a special time when families and friends gather together in a spirit of peace and goodwill to relax and enjoy each other's company. It is also a time when we can be grateful for what we have and reflect on the past year and plan for the future.
Unfortunately for so many, Christmas can be a very difficult time. It is sad to think that within our communities there are many folk who, for various reasons, are unable to enjoy all life has to offer. We should take a moment to think of those less fortunate and try and help where we can even in this busy time. A kind word or just an item placed in a charity basket can mean so much.
Christmas can also be a very lonely time for those who are marginalised, suffering ill health or depression. The homeless people and others left by themselves and those who have lost loved ones. My heartfelt thoughts are extended to all those affected. I appeal to everyone to think of those less fortunate and when you can, lend a hand, or offer a shoulder in the true "Aussie" tradition of mate-ship and a fair go.
Let's also spare a thought for those members of the Australian Armed Forces and others currently serving our nation overseas in the endeavour to bring peace and understanding in war torn countries who are separated from their families at this special time.
This year we should also include all those who have suffered as a result of the recent Pinery Bushfires. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers are extended to all those affected and please be assured Council will continue to do whatever is possible to assist in the recovery efforts. It brings a tear to your eye as we travel around our region and see the carnage created by which can only be described as catastrophic Pinery bushfires. With scorched earth where fields of ripening crops once stood proud and trees laying dead in the paddocks and on the sides of roads that were once the home for the birds, wildlife and other animals and little creatures. Over time our countryside and landscape will recover and I am confident that our communities and many individuals are doing everything humanly possible to restore order to our beautiful region.
The Pinery Bushfires have taken the lives of two outstanding citizens and damaged the lives of many others. Let's ensure we make every effort to ensure our friends and neighbours are safe and well even if they say they are this is not always the case particularly after the 'dust settles' and things get back to some normality...Please stay watchful.
I should also make an extra special mention of all our selfless and brave CFS & SES and others who tirelessly extinguished and contained these catastrophic fires........I would also take this opportunity pay a special tribute to all those wonderful community volunteers and organisations that commit themselves to helping others in a tireless and selfless manner and assisting in the recovery and in making our communities a better place.
Safety and wellbeing in our community is so important and therefore it would be remiss of me not to further highlight our Emergency Services ...CFS & SES, SA Ambulance and the SA Police. We should also recognise our wonderful medical facilities and the people who provide the services.
In the future I will continue my endeavour to lead our Council in a positive and respectful manner in meeting the many challenges ahead and ensuring all residents, farmers, and business and community organisations across the region are listened too and treated equitably and with respect in order that we can all enjoy our lifestyle and the exciting future ahead. To all the young people, please continue to engage with your Council where possible as your thoughts and ideas are highly valued. let's build our communities and take the journey into the future together.
On behalf of Council and staff I extend Christmas Greetings to all the residents across the region and trust the New Year will be one of prosperity and happiness for all......... Mayor Bill O'Brien
It is with great regret that the Kapunda Harness Racing Club Inc, The Kapunda Business Alliance Inc and the Pinery Bushfire Relief Concert Committee have to inform you that our exciting concert planned for this Saturday 19 Dec must be postponed. With a forecast of extreme weather conditions and the need for our emergency services personnel to be on high alert we could not risk public safety. Aside from the goal of fundraising for those affected by the fires we wanted to be able to say a huge thank you to our emergency services people who, given the predicted conditions may not be able to attend. It is our intention to reschedule the event at a later date.
It is vitally important that we do not have people driving to Kapunda to attend this concert on Saturday so we ask that you please SHARE THIS INFORMATION far and wide. Also, if you happen to walk into a business displaying our poster could you please ask the shop attendant to either remove the poster or (even better) post a note saying POSTPONED DUE TO EXTREME WEATHER FORECAST. There are so many posters out there that we really need your help with this!
We want to publicly thank all the musicians, stage and sound people, volunteers scheduled for the day who all put their hands up when we needed them. Also, all the wonderful businesses and organisations who pledged goods and services to help make this event a success. We hope to be able to call on you again because there are folks out there we can help with an event such as this.
Finally, thank you to all of you who planned to come. We hope to see you on the new date to be announced. Keep cool, keep safe, look after each other..........
Mayor Bill O'Brien
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