Weddin Shire Council

Council News 11 October 2017

COUNCIL NEWS 11 OCTOBER 2017

The big news of the week was the Assistant Minister for Skills the Hon Adam Marshall MP visiting Grenfell on Wednesday 4 October 2017 and announcing plans for Grenfell to have a new, modern vocational education campus, called a Connected Learning Centre (CLC).

Mr Marshall advised work is nearly complete on the state’s first four CLCs that will ensure high quality training and services continue to be accessible to allow students to obtain the skills to get the jobs they want. The announcement that the NSW Government is committed to delivering one of these innovative, next generation learning environments in Grenfell is absolutely terrific. TAFE NSW will continue to deliver its current program of education and training services from the Rose Street site right up until the new Grenfell Connected Learning Centre is completed which is expected to be December 2018.  Students will experience digitally enabled facilities capable of reflecting real-world work and social environments. Students will also have access to a flexible learning and assessment model that will provide personalised and connected learning experiences, better access to teachers both on and off site, and the skills they need for real life jobs in regional communities.  In addition to providing local students with access to a greater range of learning and course options, the CLCs are designed to be easily reorganised to suit a variety of community needs. This approach, supported by the NSW Government, will allow TAFE NSW to significantly enhance its service and presence across regional NSW, with a focus on communities where TAFE NSW doesn’t already have a presence or where out-dated facilities are not meeting the needs of students, employers and local communities.

In other great news it was also announced on the day that the Grenfell Native Nursery will be able to remain on their current site and will be able to purchase the site in the future which will give the hard working nursery volunteers’ surety and peace of mind knowing they will be able to stay at their current location.

Amalgamated Councils and Councils who had their elections deferred conducted their Mayoral elections during September.  Council has recently been advised of the following results of surrounding Councils which may be of interest to residents:

Bathurst Shire Council – Mayor Cr Graeme Hanger OAM, Deputy Mayor Cr Robert (Bobby) Bourke

Blayney Shire Council – Mayor Cr Scott Ferguson, Deputy Mayor Cr David Kingham

Cabonne Council – Mayor Cr Kevin Beatty, Deputy Mayor Cr Anthony Durkin

Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council - Mayor Cr Abb McAlister, Deputy Mayor Cr Dennis Palmer

Forbes Shire Council- Deputy Mayor Cr Jenny Webb

Hilltops Council – Mayor Cr Brian Ingram, Deputy Mayor Cr Tony Wallace

Lachlan Shire Council – Deputy Mayor Cr Paul Phillips

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

  • general maintenance
  • flood damage restoration works in various locations in progress ie Wheatleys Road, McDonald’s Lane
  • widening works on Keiths Lane in progress
  • patch gravelled Hardman’s Lane, Simpson’s Drive and Clayneys Road
  • Pinnacle Road shoulders rehabilitation - stage 1 completed and stage 2 in progress
  • Keewong Creek Crossing works on Yambira Road in progress
  • maintenance graded Barrs Lane and Adelargo Road
  • Quandialla Drainage works in Second Street nearing completion
  • commenced heavy patching on rural local roads

These works are all part of Councils works programme and are vital to ensure our assets are upgraded and maintained to ensure we remain ‘Fit for the Future’.

One of the projects listed above is the upgrade of the Keewong Creek Crossing on Yambira Road which is currently in progress and pictured below: 

The project is expected to be completed in the near future which is very good news for the property owners in the area as it will give them much improved access to their properties particularly in wet weather.

The coming months will continue to be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:  

  • Grenfell Public School 150th Celebrations 14th October
  • Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition - Through Different Eyes - 12 Sep - 22 Oct
  • Grenfell Garden Club Open Gardens - 14 - 15 October
  • Grenfell Kart Club - Southern Star Series – 28th-29th October

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

Council has recently been advised that the next Level (AQF) 3 SpraySMART Chemical (Pesticide) Accreditation training program will be held in Grenfell as follows:

Date: Thursday 12 October 2017

Location: Grenfell Bowling Club, Cross Street, Grenfell

Room: Panther Pit

Times: Initial Accreditation – 8:30am to 4:00pm

Re-Accreditation – 8:30am to 1:00pm

Cost: Initial Accreditation - $340.00 per person (GST exempt)

Re-Accreditation - $250.00 per person (GST exempt)

Units covered:

Prepare and apply chemicals

Transport, handle & store chemicals

The SpraySMART Chemical Accreditation Course is presented to the nationally accredited Level (AQF) 3 level and is equivalent to ChemCert, SMARTtrain and any other course delivered to AQF 3 level. Therefore, the SpraySMART card and Certificate of Attainment are both as equally recognised within the industry as any other qualification.

If you would like to book or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Genene Reardon on the free call number Ph 1800 872 462 or direct on Ph 68952102.

Shoosh for Kids awareness week will run 23 – 29 October, where there will be a focus on encouraging positive behaviour at sport throughout the whole summer season.

The purpose of the Shoosh for Kids campaign is to address issues such as:

  • Abuse of officials
  • Reduced volunteer numbers
  • Reduced participation rates (due to poor experiences/non-enjoyment/too competitive)

A range of resources including social media content, media announcements, images, web banners, ground announcements and more can be accessed by registering as a supporter via sport.nsw.gov.au/shooshforkids

Applications for Round Three of the Liveable Communities grants program are now open. The Liveable Communities Grants program has $1.3 million in grants available to fund innovative and strategic projects that aim to make local communities more responsive and inclusive of the needs of older people.

Round Three of the program has a total of $1.3m in funding available across three categories:

  • explore and scope: up to $30,000
  • test and grow: up to $60,000
  • replication & sustainability: up to $100,000

Grant applications close at 2pm, Monday 20 November 2017.

For more information about the program, including the Round Three program timeline and previous grant recipients, please visit the Liveable Communities Grants webpage: https://www.business.gov.au/assistance/liveable-communities-grants-program

The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Through Different Eyes" by Louise Adams and Ann Gilbert which is on display from the 12th September – 22nd October 2017.  The works Louise creates are boldly creative, whereby the undertaking itself takes over and leads her to the creation of interesting, modern and innovative works. Ann’s works involve planning through to the perceived finished work before ever lifting a brush. Her works lean towards realism yet many have an underlying abstract component.

The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am - 2pm.

 

It is planned to reactivate the movies in the near future and further details will be available in due course. If you have a particular request for a movie, please let Lisa at Council’s administration office know.  Ph 6343 1212.

Dates to Note

Friday 20 October 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 23 October 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West) 

 

 

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

 

DRAFT PROVISION OF COMMUNITY PROJECT SUPPORT POLICY

 

Weddin Shire Council at its Ordinary meeting held 21 September 2017 resolved to place the Draft Policy Provision of Community Project Support on public exhibition for comment. 

 

This policy has been prepared to establish a framework for Council to consider, assess and determine the provision of Community Support.

 

Submissions will be accepted until 4.00 pm on Wednesday 8 November 2017. The draft policy can be viewed at Council or on the website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

 

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GRENFELL                                                                                                         GLENN CARROLL

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