Opinions sought over village’s future

The town's sign recalls how, before the bypass, it was basically a truck stop.
The town’s sign recalls how, before the bypass, it was basically a truck stop.

The passionate residents of Jugiong are like most residents from neighbouring towns, scathing at the proposed state shire amalgamations.

Village residents are continuing to speak out at the proposals and say with so much at stake they need to start strongly voicing their opinions.

Jugiong, who is part of the Harden Shire, are proposed to merge with the shires of Young and Boorowa, with residents all agreeing it would be to the detriment of their beautiful little village.

With so much on the line residents have organised their own public meeting set down for tomorrow night, Tuesday February 16 at the Jugiong Memorial Hall starting at 7pm.

Passionate and long term Jugiong resident Joy Coggan said the public meeting has been called to discuss the future of the village saying every person’s views count.

Mrs Coggan said at the meeting they plan to gauge the Jugiong community’s opinions on the proposed merger between the three shires.

“Jugiong has worked hard to achieve what it has and this is in jeopardy under a Boorowa, Young, Harden merger,” she said.

“I think primarily we are supporting the merger of Harden Shire Council in its entirety with Cootamundra, as originally planned by the two shires.

“Should the merger with Harden, Young and Boorowa proceed as planned and that of Cootamundra and Gundagai also proceed following the Boundary Commission Inquiry, Jugiong may possibly appeal to the state to adopt a boundary change allowing Jugiong to become part of the Cootamundra and Gundagai Shire in order to maintain the current level of service in the village.

“All this is on the agenda to be talked about tomorrow night, we really want to get the view of all Jugiong residents.”

Village residents believe if the merger between Harden, Boorowa and Young goes ahead it could affect the village’s funding.

“Jugiong will be the furthest from Young which could be detrimental for our village and we might lose all the wonderful services Harden Shire currently give us,” she said.

“Tourism could also be affected if maintenance of the village is not kept up.

“Much of what makes up the fabric of Jugiong, including the community pool, churches, park infrastructure, trees along Riverside Drive and golf club, has been funded, at least in part, by the community and a debt is owed to those who came before us to ensure it is maintained, which will be better done under a merged Harden and Cootamundra Shire than a merged Young, Boorowa and Harden Shire.”

All Jugiong and surrounding residents are being encouraged to attend tomorrow nights meeting to give your views on the proposed merger and what they think the future of their village should be.

 

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