The NSW Government is undertaking major reforms in regards to the funding of fire and emergency services. From 1 July 2017 the insurance-based Emergency Services Levy (ESL) will be replaced by an Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL) bringing NSW in line with all other mainland states.
The Government has advised the reforms will be a fairer way of raising the necessary funding that supports our fire and emergency services and volunteers. Previously only insured property owners contributed directly to the fire and emergency services. Under the ESPL, all property owners will contribute as the levy will be included in Council rate notices from 1 July 2017.
Council was also advised the reforms will also help reduce the high levels of underinsurance across the State which is particularly pertinent as NSW currently has the highest rate of non-insurance of all states. Removal of the old ESL from insurance policies will help make insurance more affordable, allowing people to protect their properties from fire, floods, storms and other natural disasters.
Revenue raised from the ESPL will go to the, Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and State Emergency Service. The proposed reforms will be budget neutral and will not adversely impact funding to these agencies. A vast majority of fully-insured residential property owners are expected to be better off under the proposed ESPL, with an average saving of more than $40 per year and discounts will be available for pensioners.
Further information in regards to the ESPL is available at: www.emergencyservicespropertylevy.nsw.gov.au
Construction of the new Grenfell Swimming Pool is continuing which is certainly causing a lot of excitement and anticipation.
The project has progressed significantly with the concrete pouring completed as well as the hydraulic testing of the 50m pool. The testing was carried out and revealed no issues requiring rectification. The balance tanks will now be treated and tiling of the 50m pool will commence on satisfactory inspection from the design architect and engineer. Formwork will commence on the program pool, splash pad and plantroom with several concrete pours scheduled in the coming weeks.
In regards to the construction of the amenities building Council re-submitted a grant funding application on the 10 February, 2017 under the ClubGrants Category 3 program.
As the grant is not retrospective Council cannot commence construction until the grant funding process is exhausted. This may require the installation of temporary facilities for the 2017/2018 swimming season with the construction then commencing in April 2018.
This will be confirmed in due course.
In regards to the construction of the new Grenfell Health Hub/Medical Centre Council re-submitted its grant funding application under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) yesterday Tuesday 28 February, 2017. The BBRF replaced the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) with the new funding programme restricted to Rural and Regional areas. Given this change Council is hopeful of a favourable response to our grant application and looks forward to the support of the federal government to deliver what is a vital project for the future of our community.
To assist Council in advocating to obtain grant funding for the construction of the new Medical Centre residents are encouraged to write to the Hon Michael McCormack MP, Senator the Hon Fiona Nash and the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP (details below) and advise how important the new Medical Centre is to the Weddin Shire.
The Hon Michael McCormack
Suite 2 11-15 Fitzmaurice St
WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
79 Main Street
YOUNG NSW 2594
The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP
140 Boorowa Street
YOUNG NSW 2594
Council has developed a Grenfell Medical Centre/Health hub fact sheet which will assist in your submission.
The documents are available on Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au or are available by emailing
Council is very grateful for your support and again implore you to take action to help us succeed in delivering what is a vital project for our community.
As previously advised the NSW Government has passed legislation on a landmark 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme.
By establishing an incentive for the return of empty drink containers, container deposit schemes may encourage consumers to hold on to containers and return them for a refund, or the value of the refund may provide an incentive for consumers to clean up beverage container litter.
Under the container deposit scheme:
Containers not eligible for the scheme are those generally consumed at home and not typically found in the litter stream. They include plain milk, wine, pure fruit juice (more than 1 litre), health tonics and large flavoured milk containers.
The scheme will now commence on 1 December 2017 instead of 1 July 2016 as previously advised.
The local government sector has backed this decision by Environment and Local Government Minister Gabrielle Upton to reschedule the introduction of a scheme which is expected to dramatically cut littering in NSW.
Minister Upton advised the extension of lead time would help ensure that the scheme has maximum statewide coverage from its first day of operation. The five month extension will also make it easier to ensure the supporting infrastructure and resources are in place before the scheme begins.
More information is available at: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm
The National’s Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack MP is inviting students from across the Riverina and Central West to participate in his popular ANZAC Day writing competition.
Mr McCormack said he believes ANZAC Day is the most important day in our national calendar, when our nation stops to remember the gallantry, service and sacrifice of men and women who have fought for peace and freedom in conflicts all over the world.
Each year Mr McCormack produces a commemorative booklet about ANZAC Day which also contains ANZAC service times for across the region and it is distributed to every household in the electorate.
Mc McCormack is encouraging students to contribute an imaginative and original piece on “ANZAC Day in the Riverina and Central West.” Two winners will be chosen from each quarter of the electorate.
This writing competition not only provides an opportunity for students to further their knowledge of our military history and develop their writing skills but also reflect on their personal experience of ANZAC Day and better appreciate the reasons why we live and enjoy the freedoms we do as Australians today.
For further information visit: http://www.michaelmccormack.com.au/Media-Releases/entries-open-for-mp-s-anzac-writing-competition.html
The 2017 Clean Up Australia Day event will be held this Sunday 5th March 2017. This year the site will be Company’s Dam, Newton Road between the hours 8am – 10.30am.
Other Clean Up Days are: Schools – Friday 3rd March 2017
Business – Tuesday 28th February 2017
Clean Up Australia Day is the perfect opportunity for everyone to come together and help clean up our local parks and waterways and think about how we can reduce our impact on the environment.
For further information please contact Pat Soley on Ph 6343 2462 or Isabel Holmes on Ph 6343 1212.
The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘Into the Forest’ which is a joint exhibition by locals Kathleen Scott-McCue and Anda-leigh Reilly and is on display until 17 April, 2017.
Kathleen Scott-McCue has been painting since a young child and after completing her Fine Art Certificate at Tafe became interested in sculpture. A love of native flora and fauna feature in both her chosen mediums and this exhibition will showcase her skills with the brush and the welder.
Anda-Leigh Reilly has always been fascinated by the beauty of nature's finer, more intricate details. This is strongly reflected in her macro photographs.
The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am - 2pm.
The next films to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “The Legend of Ben Hall” on 12th April at 2pm and the children’s movie “ Trolls” on 19th April at 2pm. Further details will be advertised in due course.
Dates to Note
10 March 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
13 March 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Friday 3 March 2017
Grenfell Hospital Auxiliary
Saturday 4 March 2017
PAH & I Assoc.
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
T4/2017 - KEEWONG CREEK CROSSING
Tenders are invited and will be received by the undersigned up until 10am, Wednesday 8 March, 2017 for the reconstruction of the Keewong Creek crossing on Yambira Road.
Enquiries should be directed to Amandeep Singh (Design Engineer) on 02 6343 1212 or .
The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.
PO Box 125 GLENN CARROLL
GRENFELL NSW 2810 GENERAL MANAGER