The Australian Local Government Womens Association NSW held its first meeting in 2022 in Muswellbrook. | Lithgow Mercury

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The NSW branch of the Australian Local Government Women’s Association (ALGWA) held its first meeting for 2022 in Muswellbrook. Deputy Mayor of Lithgow City Council and ALGWA NSW Chairman Cass Coleman met with Muswellbrook Mayor Steve Reynolds, Council Chief Executive Fiona Plesman and Deputy Mayor and ALGWA NSW Board Member Jennifer Lecky to discuss the council’s plans for the future of the County. Councilor Coleman said the group had discussed the council’s plans to diversify the future economy of Muswellbrook, primarily known for coal mining and horse farming, following AGL’s decision to close Liddell Power Station in 2023 as well as its recent announcement that Bayswater Power Station could close as soon as 2030. Ms Plesman explained that Muswellbrook Council is positioning itself to ensure a smooth transition to diversify the local economy after coal through the use of a future fund that will invest in a variety of programs. Cr Coleman said she enjoyed her time at Muswellbrook and found the philosophy of Muswellbrook Council “very inspiring, recognizing the crucial role councils play in the economic future of rural and regional New Wales du South”. “It was like looking into a mirror; a sister city,” Cr Coleman said of the similarities between Lithgow and Muswellbrook. “I enjoyed the opportunity to learn a lot from Muswellbrook Shire Council. “I also look forward to reuniting with Mayor Steve Reynolds and Chief Executive Fiona Plesman at the next NSW Local Government Conference.” Our journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:

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