Weddin Shire Council

Council News 12 June 2019


The 62nd annual Henry Lawson Festival was held from 6-10 June 2019 and was an outstanding success.   The festival was held in cloudy weather conditions which didn’t deter the massive crowd to enjoy the many events and activities that were on offer.  The Verse and Short Story competitions, Art and Porcelain exhibition, the street procession, concert, poetry recitals, the fun run and street activities were just some of the events and activities that were held over the weekend.  Saturday concluded with the Awards presentation at the Grenfell Bowling Club which was very well attended and featured our special guest Inga Simpson who was very impressive and popular with all attendees.  The Grenfell Car Club car show on Sunday was also very impressive and appears to be getting bigger every year. In fact, there were a lot of people around on Sunday many of whom continued to enjoy the many activities on offer.   

The 2019 Henry Lawson Festival was a fantastic event and it is a credit to the Festival Executive, the committee, co-ordinators and all of the volunteers who all worked tirelessly to make it such a great success.  Thank you and congratulations to everyone involved in making the 62nd Henry Lawson Festival one of the best ever. 


The Awards presentation on Saturday evening was also an excellent night with a very large crowd in attendance. MC Danny Joyce once again did a fantastic job keeping the evening running smoothly as well as keeping the crowd amused with his quick wit creating a lot of entertainment and humour on the night.

Various awards were presented as well as the Festival King/Queen and Charity King/Queen being announced. Congratulations to Chad White who was crowned Festival King and Tara Anderson who was announced as the Festival Charity Queen.  Well done to all involved who collectively raised approximately $17,000 which is a tremendous effort.   The entrants are a credit not only to themselves but to their families who are no doubt very proud of their achievements.  


While there were many exhibitions, events and entertainment on offer for everyone once again one of the biggest attractions again proved to be the Henry Lawson Statue.  There was barely a moment were someone wasn’t standing or sitting beside ‘our Henry’ getting their photo taken. The general consensus was that the Statue is magnificent and is a great tourist attraction for our Shire.


As winter is here Fire and Rescue NSW are urging all NSW residents to replace their smoke alarms and check that their friends and family do so too. Fire and Rescue NSW recommends that every house in NSW be fitted with the latest photoelectric smoke alarm.   It’s been a decade since NSW mandatory smoke alarm legislation was passed, which means millions of smoke alarms across NSW are now reaching their ‘best before’ date and are due to be replaced.   As part of Fire and Rescue NSW’s ‘ReAlarm your home against fire’ awareness campaign, throughout the month of May NSW Fire and Rescue is asking all NSW residents to replace their smoke alarms, and take the time to check in on 10 friends or family members to ensure they update their smoke alarms too.  For more information, visit   


A reminder that applications for the NSW Family Energy rebate are now open. NSW Families with dependent children who may be eligible are encouraged to apply for 2018-2019 Family Energy Rebate of up to $180.  The Family Energy Rebate is one of a number of NSW Government energy assistance programs to help eligible households reduce the impact of energy costs.   

For more information visit: or to fill out an application form go online to         

Applications close Thursday 20 June 2019.


A Single Touch Payroll Workshop will be held at the Grenfell Bowling Club on Tuesday 18th June, 2019.  Businesses with 1-19 employees will need to report to the ATO using Single Touch Payroll from July 1st 2019. Details regarding the workshop are as follows:

  • Free Workshops are being held to help you prepare.
  • Workshops are customized to suit the software you work with.
  • Free and low-cost alternatives will also be discussed.
  • The workshop will be held Tuesday 18th June 2019, 6pm at the Grenfell Bowling Club

To make a booking Ph: 1300 232 249 or email


The new exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is the “Art of Aging” exhibition which will be on display from the 12 June - 28 July, 2019.

The Art of Ageing is an initiative under the NSW Ageing Strategy 2016-2020 which celebrates the rich and diverse lives of older people living in NSW.

The Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am -2pm.


With the Henry Lawson Festival over for another year the next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will now be arranged.



Dates to Note

Friday 14 June 2019 - Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 17 June 2019 - Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls

Friday 14 June – Grenfell Mens Shed


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