The 2014 National Polocrosse Championships kicked off this week. The weeklong event began on Monday morning with a spectacular opening ceremony at Freds Pass Sport and Recreation Reserve, home for the 2014 Nationals. It was impressive to see the NT Team alongside the other States and grades in the grand parade.

There’s still time to get down to Freds Pass Sport Recreation Reserve to catch some of the action, with games daily and Saturday is the start of the finals weekend, finishing on Sunday with the grand finale showcasing the best riders. Local band, Doctor Elephant will be on stage from 9pm till late; tickets available at the gate all week, adults $15, children and concessions $10.

Coolalinga Markets will be back on the 19th July after a few weeks break as the Reserve is being used for the Polocrosse Nationals.

All the horse action this month with the next Noonamah Rodeo on next weekend, Saturday 19th July, the tavern provides a free bus home service.

The 2014/2015 Draft Municipal Plan comments are now closed and Council will be making a decision at tomorrow’s Council meeting to adopt the plan for the financial year. The 2014/2015 budget is focused on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of our existing resources in the delivery of services to the community.

Our expenditure outlines pavement rehabilitation, road re-sheeting and road infrastructure.

We have a high number of road signs which are still being damaged; these signs cost money to replace, money which could be used for other services. Please report any suspicious activity to the police. A 2 seater Mechron Kioti red and black ATV was stolen from Litchfield Council offices located on Bees Creek Road between 10.00pm and 10.30pm on Wednesday 25th June. Litchfield Council has security cameras in operation inside and outside of the buildings. The thieves are seen removing the spraying equipment which was on the back of the ATV and later removing the Litchfield logo stickers. The ATV was then loaded onto the back of a vehicle near the offices on the Stuart Highway. Please report any activity you may have seen regarding this theft to the police.

The construction of the Darwin River Culvert Crossing is proceeding well. The culverts are installed, the concrete deck is finished and the road abutments are currently being constructed. The concrete approach slabs and concrete batter protection will be inserted in the next few weeks with guard rail and road sealing of the approaches to follow. Council appreciates resident’s patience with utilising the detour whilst these works are undertaken.

The footpath construction on Challoner Circuit commenced at the start of the current school holidays to minimise disruption. The work is approximately 50% complete. The path will use 360m3 of concrete and thereby is quite a sizeable project.

The new playground is finished at Howard Park Recreation Reserve ready for the school holidays.

Our next Micro-chipping day is Wednesday 30th July. There are plenty of spaces available; a one off payment of $30.00 can help us identify your pet, call Council on 8983 0600 to make a booking.

Till next time,

Allan McKay