Gears and Beers, Wagga Wagga 2022
Wagga Wagga you did not disappoint. The first Gears and Beers festival I joined in October 2018 was in canola season, full of seas of yellow against a blue sky. This year the blue skies were out again no canola in March but the backdrop of the countryside was still just as stunning.
Saturday's mystery ride on that took us along the Wiradjuri walking track that is a 42 kilometre off road loop around the city. It is a walking trail that is open to bicycles. But warning that first climb can get your heart rate to 200 bpm (there is no shame in walking it). When you're not eating gravel you're on wide shared paths that connects you to the city.
I won't lie, I'm a bit disappointed Sunday's Filthy 50 didn't get me more filthy but it sure was pretty out there so #noregrets. The fresh air (read lots of head wind) after a month of rain in Sydney is just what was needed.
A few months back I wrote a letter of concern to the Sutherland council about the lack of business facilities in the area and how this was forcing my company to relocate to the big city with the other 100 million people already working there.
This lead to an email conversation with someone from the Economic Development unit in the shire who encouraged me to get involved with the council's community engagement program. 6 months later I received this letter from the council congratulating me for being selected for the Shire's economic development committee. I'm a bit sceptical of the process. Just seems like council are just ticking the box next to "community engagement" but it's better than nothing and if anything a way to gain insight into local government.