Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick believes 2014 will be a positive year for the town.TYLA HARRINGTON December 18, 2013 4:45am
Deniliquin Mayor Lindsay Renwick believes the new year is shaping as a prosperous one for the local community.
According to Cr Renwick, Deniliquin is as ‘‘close as it has ever been’’ to obtaining a natural gas connection.
He said with a gas pipeline, a $90 million ethanol plant and the re-opening of the local abattoir all on the cards, Deniliquin is in a sound position.
However, Cr Renwick said the town’s prosperity would be dependent on these projects coming to fruition.
‘‘I’m looking forward to Deniliquin’s future, it’s very exciting,’’ he said.
‘‘I think we’ve had a positive year, and with the potential of a couple of projects it looks as though it will continue to be positive.
‘‘It’s the potential for the large industries to employ local people that’s shaping the positive future.
‘‘The town is turning around – it was doom and gloom there for a while. We’ve come through the tough times.’’
Cr Renwick said the town was still on a high after the recent state award wins — the Deniliquin Blues & Roots Festival was the winner of the Festival and Events category at the NSW Tourism Awards and the Deniliquin Business Chamber was named the 2013 Local Chamber of the Year at the NSW Business Chamber Awards last month.
On top of this, Cr Renwick said the Deniliquin Medical Centre was ‘‘working well’’ and that ‘‘everyone is getting behind the town’’.
He said Saturday’s Naponda Community Farmers Market was also the biggest he had seen.
‘‘The town has a spring in its step,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s all with thanks to hard work, generally from a lot of people and organisations in Deni and council staff.’’
Cr Renwick said council’s ‘‘several tough decisions’’, particularly relating to staff cuts, would also deliver positive changes for the community.
‘‘People have been critical of council staffing but we had to take a hard look in a few areas,’’ he said.
‘‘It might be tough in the short term but in the long term it’s a benefit to the ratepayer.’’
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