Weddin Shire Council

Council News 1 November 2017

COUNCIL NEWS 1 NOVEMBER 2017

Today, Wednesday 1 November 2017 will be a significant day for sport in the Weddin Shire with the keys to the new Grenfell Aquatic Centre to be handed to Council. The facility will be open to the public this
Saturday 4 November 2017.

In the meantime construction at the pool continues with the following activities completed or in progress:

  • Completion of all concourses
  • Water connections
  • Shade Structures erected
  • Irrigation installed
  • Turfing
  • Pool filling
  • Amenities cladding
  • Internal tiling

The contractors ICON Building Group Pty Ltd have put in a monumental effort working seven days a week to ensure the facility is open in time for this years swimming season which is very much appreciated by Council.

While the facility will be open this Saturday it is anticipated the Official Opening will be held in February 2018.

In more exciting news site preparation works for the new Grenfell Medical Centre will begin in mid-November 2017.

As residents are aware a grant funding application under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) was successful which will facilitate the commencement of the works. The review of the plans and specifications has been completed and it is anticipated construction works will commence in February 2018 after the Christmas New Year period.

The new Medical Centre is a very exciting project which will not only assist the Weddin community in retaining our current medical practitioners, it will also assist in attracting and retaining health professionals in a variety of different fields in the future.

As residents are aware Council has received grant funding of $8.81m under the Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program to upgrade the Grenfell Sewerage Treatment Plant.

This approval was part of the NSW Government’s $110million Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program to ensure regional communities have the right infrastructure to build for the future.  The Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program enables the construction of modern water and sewerage infrastructure and associated works to provide safe, secure and reliable water and sewerage services to communities.

In regards to the status of the project Council has recently completed the investigation stage of the redevelopment and is currently undertaking the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF).

This is another exciting project Council is currently undertaking which will also upgrade our assets to ensure we remain ‘Fit for the Future’.

The launch of the original song ‘Sunshine on the Peaks’ was held at the Henry Lawson High School on Wednesday 25 October 2017 with Council represented by Mayor Mark Liebich and myself with Cr’s Diprose, Parlett and Brown also in attendance as part of the team that brought the project to fruition.

The song-writing for Wellbeing program aimed to increase connectedness between generations and focused on mental health wellbeing with the song-writing used as an outlet for participants to tell their stories.

Arts OutWest, the Grenfell Mens Shed, the Henry Lawson High School staff and students, Weddin Shire Councillors, members of the community and Abby Smith all worked together to produce the song. This is an excellent example of what can be achieved when everyone is working together in one direction for a common goal.

Congratulations and well done to all involved!

The National Parks and Wildlife Service have advised that from the 10 October, 2017 visitors to the National Parks and Nature Reserves within the Central West Area will not be able to light fires within these reserves including Weddin Mountains National Park.

A park fire ban is in place in these parks and remains in effect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited. Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:

  • They're under direct control of an adult;
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials; and
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket).

For further information visit:  http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/Weddin-Mountains-National-Park/Local-alerts (access for 2WD may be restricted into Ben Halls Camping Area). All national park alerts are posted online: http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/alerts/Alerts-list.

If you require any further information, please contact either the Bathurst NPWS office Ph 6332 7640 or Forbes Ph 6851 4429.

A reminder that the Mobile Blood Service will be visiting Grenfell on Thursday 9 November, 2017 and will be stationed at Vaughn Park. Blood donations will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service encourages anyone who wishes to make a blood donation to:

  • Drink up! – Have 3 or 4 glasses of water or juice in the hours before you donate.
  • Eat! – Have a good sized breakfast or lunch.
  • Bring photo I.D. with you.

Every blood donation saves three lives so by rolling up your sleeve and giving blood you are helping make a huge difference in the lives of many people.

To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au

The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Botanica Domestica" by Shani Nottingham which is on display from the 24th October – 3rd December 2017. Shani's photos, art and words have also been featured in many magazines, blogs and websites including: Inside Out magazine, Central West Lifestyle, Sunday Style/ Tickle the Imagination, Houzz, uppercase, Interiors Addict. Her art is represented in both private and public collections and is well worth a visit to the gallery to see.

The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Hacksaw Ridge” at 2.00pm 8 November, 2017.  Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

Friday 3 November 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 6 November 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West) 

 

Street Stalls

Friday 3 and Saturday 4 November 2017 - Grenfell Preschool & Long Day Care Centre

 

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

POSITIONS VACANT

Council is inviting applications from motivated and enthusiastic persons to fill the following positions:

  • Projects Engineer - Applications for this position close 4.00pm Friday, 17 November 2017
  • Grader Operator - Applications for this position close 4.00pm Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award.

Further information and a job description can be obtained by contacting Maegan during business hours on (02) 6343 1212, email or visit Council’s website at www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

Applications should be forwarded to the undersigned.

GRENFELL CINEMA

Residents are hereby advised that the next film at the Grenfell Cinema will be shown as below:

“Hacksaw Ridge” – Rated MA 15+ - Wednesday 8 November 2017 – 2.00pm                                     

Tickets are available from Louisa’s Locker with prices detailed below:-

            $20              Family                                           $8      Single

            $5                Pensioners                                     $5      Children (12 yrs.)

As there are limited tickets available residents are encouraged to book early.

 

NOVEMBER 2017 COUNCIL MEETING

Residents are hereby advised that due to extenuating circumstances the above meeting to be held on Thursday 16 November 2017 will commence at 8.00 am.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. 

 

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