The Year Ahead Looks Bright

Published on Saturday, 8 January 2022 at 8:00:00 AM

As some normality returned this week, one gets a feeling it may be brief… I feel the mass Esperance exodus is shortening and we are back at work sooner. A trip down Hannan street this week has confirmed this. While my social feeds were full of beach pics and Metro temperature whingers over the Christmas New Year break, oh they love a heatwave on the Coastal plain. One feels the long break that we have traditionally had in Kalgoorlie Boulder to reset, is of the past. It is a good feeling heading into 2022 with a positive run.

As we launch into the year, the City events and happenings are building. Starting this coming Friday with the Eastern Goldfields Little Athletics Club hosting the Country Championships, bringing hundreds to our community. The club are chasing any assistance with shade as well if you can assist, contact the EGLAC.

The Australia Day events with the Citizenship Ceremony moving back to the breakfast is slated. So too the Sunsets at the Soundshell series featuring one of my favourite bands – Eskimo Joe. The Goldfields Children Charity Ball, The Kalgoorlie Boulder Community Fair, Variety Golf Day, and Explore the Goldfields community expo. That is all within the first three months!

Tie those events and heaps more with a lovely golden bow from the 125th Anniversary of Boulder and we have a huge year pending.

Despite the best laid plans and the best events going around, the mess COVID could get us in has to be a dull ache at the back of our plans. If you are vaccinated, get the requirements to ensure events can take place. As we have seen from hospitality venues and other locations recently, be respectful and be diligent. If you have chosen not to vaccinate for a range of reasons that’s your own choice. However, chances are you will not be allowed at some events due to State Government directives. There is no need to disrupt those who have chosen otherwise.  

The City is assisting with providing Ray Finlayson Sporting Complex as a vaccination centre. If you are after a booster or vaccine, I encourage you to attend. When it comes to rules and regulations around COVID, The City takes its guidance from the State Government. Yesterday, local emergency management agencies combined to communicate about the processes and procedures in the event of an outbreak in our City when the borders open. Rest assured, our Police, Health, Communities and other critical agencies are doing their best to prepare, but the onus does come on everyone to do the right thing.

The Mayor is taking a leave of absence at this time.

- Acting Mayor Glenn Wilson

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