Rain does not dampen councillor’s bushwalk

Rain could not dampen the spirits of seven intrepid walkers who set off into Wollondilly’s wilderness on Friday morning.

Mayor Judith Hannan and husband Neil, councillor Matt Gould and son James, councillor Blair Briggs and wife Jacqui and Wollondilly Council’s director of planning Chris Stewart left Warragamba at 7.30am.

The councillors will walk more than 50 kilometres across the shire over the weekend to raise awareness of Wollondilly as a bushwalking destination.

The group walked through easy undulating fire trails from Warragamba to Werombi where they stopped for morning tea.

After a quick refuel of tea and cake, they set off again to make their way towards Oakdale Workers Club where they will spend the night.

“The scenery was beautiful,” Cr Hannan said. “The bird song was loud and kookaburras were laughing at us.

“We saw kangaroos, different trees and some pretty flowers.”

Cr Matt Gould said he preferred the rain to the hot weather.

“There is no way I wasn’t coming on this trek,” he said.

“The rain has not damped any of our spirits.”

The group will walk 35 kilometres on Friday and were joined for part of the journey by councillor Matthew Deeth.

Hume MP Angus Taylor will join the group for their overnight stay and will walk with them for most of the morning on Saturday.

Councillors Robert Khan, Simon Landow and general manager Luke Johnson will join the group throughout the weekend.

On Saturday the group will visit Yerranderie and will finish on Sunday at Thirlmere Lakes.