Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 10 August 2016

Councillor nominations for the 2016 Local Government Elections opened on Monday 1 August, 2016 with seven (7) nominations received to date.

If you are intending to nominate to be a Councillor residents are reminded nominations close today, 10 August 2016 at 12 noon.

This information is available on the NSW Electoral Commission website www.votensw.info

As residents are aware Council is currently awaiting the outcome of our grant funding application under the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) prior to commencing the Grenfell Medical Centre development.

To assist with security and environmental control while awaiting the redevelopment of the site, Council has erected a site building screen. It is a regular occurrence when a building site is developed that this form of screening is provided. It has also afforded Council the opportunity to further inform the community of the proposed design and finish the new facility will have and how it will address the streetscape.

Apart from looking great it is a positive way for Council to communicate to the community its ongoing commitment and determination to bring the project to fruition.

In regards to events the coming year will be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:

  • Go Kart Club Meet 14th August
  • Grenfell Show 2-3rd September
  • Caragabal Sheep Races 10th September
  • Jockey Club Races 17th September
  • Weddin Wanderers Sesquicentenary Walk 18th September
  • Tour de Greenethorpe 25th September
  • Weddin Mountain Muster 25-30th September
  • Grenfell’s Sesquicentenary 1st-3rd October
  • Historic Open Gardens 1-2nd October
  • Rural Youth/ Young Farmer reunion 8th October
  • Lions Market day 23rd October
  • Go Kart Club Meet 23rd October
  • Go Kart Christmas Meet 3rd December
  • Henry Lawson Sesquicentenary June 2017

There is certainly a lot happening in the next year which is excellent as these events are very important to the economic and social fabric of our Shire.

Council’s works program is continuing and the following works have been completed or are currently in progress:

  • General Maintenance
  • Driftway Road widening continuing
  • Ballendene Road widening continuing
  • Rehabilitation on MR239
  • Repaired washouts Holy Camp Road, Ballendene Road and Pinnacle Road
  • Gravel patched Lewis Lane, Heathcotes Lane and Wards Lane
  • Constructed median in Alexandra Street and widened east shoulder
  • Commenced Quandialla drainage scheme
  • continuing new toilet block construction at Henry Lawson Oval

These works are all part of Councils 2016/2017 works programme.

Council has recently received our Contractor Performance Report for the four monthly period ending 1 April 2016 from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

The report is part of the requirements of the Road Maintenance Council Contract (RMCC) for works on roads and bridges on State Roads.

Council was rated as good in four categories, acceptable in eight with our overall performance rated acceptable and deemed suitable for further works.

This is a very good result and a credit to Council and all staff involved, particularly as it is critical that we maintain the SH contract to assist us to remain financially sustainable in the future.

Council has recently received advice from the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in regards to the new Lead Safety in program.

While lead has been removed from many industrial and consumer products it still exists in the environment in many forms, including old lead paint and lead dust from historical petrol emissions.

Exposure to lead is known to cause a range of health problems, even at low levels. This is a concern where younger children and pregnant or breastfeeding women are exposed to lead, and for adults who may be exposed to lead while working in lead industries or renovating, especially older homes.

The EPA has updated a series of fact sheets to inform home renovators, child care workers, parents, industrial users and the general public about the dangers of lead and how to work safely with it.

More information can be found via the EPA’s website www.epa.nsw.gov.au/lead

Member for Cootamundra, The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP is encouraging local organisations to celebrate the valuable contribution grandparents make in the Cootamundra electorate community by applying for $100,000 in funding available under the NSW Grandparents Day Community event grants program.

The NSW Government has allocated $100,000 in funding for community groups, volunteer organisations and local councils to host events on NSW Grandparents Day Sunday 30 October, 2016.

Applications for the NSW Grandparents Day Community event grants program are now open and close this Friday, 12 August 2016.

For more information visit www.ageing.nsw.gov.au

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘When Two Worlds Meet” by Kim Heath and Kim Bagot – Hiller which is on display from the 2 August – 11 September, 2016. The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.

The Tromoy Quilt Project Interpretive Display story board and brochure will be launched at 10.00 am on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at the Art Gallery.

As a morning tea will be held it would be appreciated if you could RSVP to Claire on Email or Ph 6343 2059 by Monday, 15 August 2016.

The next movie to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Joy”, on Wednesday 31 August, 2016 at 2.00 pm. Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

 

Dates to Note

 

12 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

15 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

18 August 2016 – Ordinary Council Meeting, 5.00 pm

 

Street Stalls

 

12/13 August

The Henry Lawson High School P & C

 

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COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES FOR COMMITTEES

 

Council appoints community representatives to a number of its committees.

 

Council’s committees are due to be reappointed at its September Meeting for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Accordingly nominations are invited for these committees, being:

 

Heritage               - 3 positions

Tourism               - 3 positions plus 1 village representative

Art Gallery          - 3 positions

Bogolong Dam    - 3 positions

Cinema                - up to 4 positions

 

Written nominations close on 26 August 2016. A form is available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

 

GRENFELL CINEMA

 

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

 

“JOY” - Rated M

 

     2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st August 2016

                                          

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.

 

WEDDIN LOCAL HERITAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

Council is seeking expressions of interest from owners of property who may wish to undertake conservation works on structures that could be classed as having historic or heritage value. Conservation work includes repairs, replacement, painting or removal of inappropriate alterations additions.

 

Each application will be treated on its merit and all ratepayers are eligible to apply.

 

Applications need to be returned to Council by the 9 September 2016.

 

Application forms may be obtained from the Shire Office, website or by telephoning the Office on 63431212 or emailed if requested.


 

OFF LEASH AREAS

 

Council resolved at its Ordinary July Council meeting to commence public consultation to seek community opinion regarding designating the below described areas as “Off Leash” areas under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

 

Lot 133 DP 1081488 at the end of Stan McCabe Drive, bounded by public land to the north, rail corridor to the east and private land to south and west.

 

Lot 1 DP 126544 on the corner of West Street and South Street, bounded by Council Depot to the West and private land to the South.

 

Council advises that these areas, should they be declared will be conditional that it is the responsibility of the person who is in charge of the animal to ensure that the animal remains wholly within the described area, does not harass, attack or charge at other animals or persons and that if the animal defecates the faeces is collected and disposed of in the appropriate manner. On the spot Penalty Notices for failure to comply with the usage of these areas start at $110.

 

The Community are invited to submit any comments as to whether this area should be made a permanent off-leash area. Your comments are to be addressed to the Director Environmental Services before Friday 26 August 2016.

 

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL - ON BEHALF OF MID LACHLAN ALLIANCE COUNCILS

 Expressions of Interest for Project Agent

 Description: The Mid Lachlan Alliance Council’s (Parkes, Forbes Lachlan and Weddin) invite Expressions of Interest (EOI) from suitably qualified and experienced consultants to act as the Project Agent for their Innovation Fund Project. The Project Agent will manage two separate but complimentary Projects. The first involves the identification and analysis of gaps in the Financial Systems (Including IT) of the Alliance Councils. The second involves an examination of service levels and expenditure efficiencies by the Councils on the maintenance of Roads, Parks, Reserves and Gardens infrastructure. The second project involves the completion of two comprehensive efficiency and service reviews on two of the Alliance Councils’ largest recurrent operational expenditure programs being Roads Infrastructure and Parks, reserves and Gardens infrastructure.

 Obtaining Documentation: Expression of Interest documents may be obtained by contacting Nichola or Katherine, Weddin Shire Council on 02 6343 1212 or by collecting the documentation from the Weddin Shire Council administration desk – Camp Street Grenfell, or Council’s electronic tendering website www.tenderlink.com/weddin

 Requests for Information - are to be made through the Tenderlink site. Contact directly with any of the alliance Council’s with a view to lobbying may lead to disqualification.

 Deadline: EOIs close on Friday 19 August 2016 at 3.00 pm (Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time)

 Lodgment: EOIs may be lodged by hand or by post to Tender Box Weddin Shire Council, PO Box 125, Grenfell NSW 2810 or through Council’s electronic tendering website www.tenderlink.com/weddin EOIs submitted by facsimile will not be accepted.

 EOIs must be lodged in accordance with the requirements detailed in the EOI documents.

The Principal shall not be bound to accept any EOI.

 Canvassing of any Alliance Council members or officers will disqualify tenderers from the tender process.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL - DA 33/2016

 Council has received an Application DA 33/2016 to Demolish Existing Dwelling, 5 x Multi Dwelling Housing and 5 Lot Subdivision at Lot 10 in DP 870230, 44/46 Warraderry Street, Grenfell.

 Inspection:      The application DA No. 33/2016 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Friday 22 July 2016 to Friday 12 August 2016 at the Council’s Office, Camp Street, Grenfell.

 Submissions:   Any person may make a submission in writing to the Consent Authority within the advertised period.  Submissions objecting to the development are required to specify the grounds for objection.

 Written submissions are to be received at Council by 4.00 pm on Friday 12 August 2016.

 

 

AUTHORISED BY

 

GLENN CARROLL

GENERAL MANAGER