Cosying up to Bega Valley councillors

The first Bega Valley residents on the Comfy Couch for the day with (right) Cr Liz Seckold are (from left) David Warren, Nita Quinn and Leona Cairns.

The first Bega Valley residents on the Comfy Couch for the day with (right) Cr Liz Seckold are (from left) David Warren, Nita Quinn and Leona Cairns.

CITIZENS from the Bega Valley had the chance to get comfy with councillors recently.

As part of NSW Local Government Week, the Bega Valley Shire Council was holding a range of activities for residents of the community, including the return of the Comfy Couch.

On Wednesday afternoon in the Bega Library a few couches were lined up, tea and biscuits made available and people had the chance to talk to councillors about issues in the community and council business.

Cr Liz Seckold was first on the couch, followed by Cr Sharon Tapscott and Mayor Bill Taylor later in the afternoon. 

An issue that brought Nita Quinn out was that there is no shire name sign at the entrance to Wolumla.

She said she would also like to see a memorial park at the Wolumla War Memorial Gates and Cr Seckold agreed.

“It could be used just as a stopping area in the middle of the shire,” she said.

David Warren from South Coast Paintball in Wolumla came to the couch to discuss a road issue with Cr Seckold that has been in the pipeline for a long time – a DA to permit vehicular access to the paintball site via Old Mill Rd and Old Mill Lane. 

Leona Cairns brought up an issue with the new toilets at the Littleton Gardens car park - those with heart problems have trouble walking up the hill to them from the main street and the toilets operate on a timer.

Ms Cairns also said the Bega Valley Advocates for Timor Leste had been told a sign stating the connection between Bega and Natarbora would be installed once the bypass had been completed. 

The sign was to be on the community board near the Apex shelter at the entrance of the town, and she wanted to know the progress on it. 

Another initiative of Local Government Week in the Bega Valley is Mayor for a Minute. 

The BVSC is asking what would you do if in the mayor's shoes. Have your say below or share your thoughts via social media with the hashtag #mayorforaminute.

  • View a street poll on what people around the community would do if they were #mayorforaminute here
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