Weddin Shire Council

Council News 13 November 2019

Thursday, 21 November 2019 will see Council take a significant step into the technological world with Council’s Monthly meeting being webcast on Council’s website for the first time. 

The Model Meeting Code of Practice provides that all meetings of Councils and Committees whose membership comprises only of Councillors should be webcast to increase the transparency of council decision making and to allow access to those who may not be physically able to attend meetings.  This does not apply to parts of meetings that have been closed to the public under section 10A of the Act.  The live streaming and subsequent uploading to Council’s website of our Council Meetings is very exciting and a major step in Council becoming a more modern and progressive organisation.

Residents are able to view the Council meeting on-line at www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

As residents are aware Council has been granted $1m under the Drought Community Program (DCP)and the projects are progressing very well.  Listed below is an update of current projects:

Project Description

Ccl funds

Projects Update

Weddin Mountain Muster – Stable project

$81,769.09

Starting work shortly with anticipated finish date 15/12/19.

Taylor Park toilets – disabled toilet

$200,000

To commence this week.

Grenfell Showground – 6 portable grand stands

$30,000

Materials ordered with completion in November.

Netball courts upgrade

$113,045.50

Installation of courts commenced. Completion date 31/12/19.

Grenfell Country Club – Upgrade tennis courts

$80,806.91

Synthetic grass is ordered and will be completed by mid December.

Greenethorpe Memorial Hall upgrades

$50,648.55

Works in progress. Current anticipated completion date 31/12/19.

Caragabal Memorial Hall upgrades

$52,355.50

Work in progress.  Anticipated completion date 31/12/2019.

Quandialla Memorial Hall upgrades

$59,000.82

Work in progress.  Anticipated completion date 31/12/2019.

Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care – Green Space Project

$31,146.64

Earthworks commenced.  Completion date to be late November.

Grenfell Rugby Club – Replace light poles

$44,740.00

Light poles have been ordered.  Work in progress.  Anticipated completion date 31/12/2019.

Grenfell Soccer Club – Club House building extension

$40,000

Building to start in the next fortnight.  Anticipated finish date late December.  

Bembrick Oval Watering System

$82,463.59

Planning in Progress.

Quandialla Water - Highflow Standpipe

$52,011.70

Planning in Progress.

Grenfell Water – Standpipe

$52,011.70

Planning in Progress.

Caragabal Village water security – repairs to water supply

$30,000

Work in progress.  Anticipated finish date 31/12/19 .

Total

$1,000,000

 

As can be seen from the table the majority of projects are in progress which should see the projects completed by the required time frame of 31 December 2019.

The 2020 Henry Lawson Festival (HLF) will be held from the 4 – 8 June 2020 and planning is underway with the Festival Annual General Meeting (AGM) being held Tuesday 29 October, 2019. 

While all of the executive positions were not filled a number of the co-ordinator positions were which was very encouraging.  The next HLF Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, 26 November, 2019 and residents are encouraged to attend the meeting and consider taking on an executive or co-ordinator role to assist in conducting the 2020 festival.

Regional Digital Connectivity Program Community Consultation sessions were conducted in Grenfell on 5/6 November 2019 and were very informative and very well attended. 

The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is investing $400 million through the Snowy Hydro Legacy Fund to address poor internet and mobile coverage for people living in regional NSW and these sessions afforded the convenors the opportunity to obtain feedback from residents on where and how these funds could be allocated.  Residents were able to advise the convenors of connectivity issues they were experiencing in regards to internet and mobile coverage particularly in rural areas of the Shire.  Residents are encouraged to have a further say by completing a survey at https://tinyurl.com/ConnectRegional Hard copy surveys are available by visiting www.nsw.gov.au/connectregionalnsw or by contacting Council’s Economic Development Officer Auburn Carr Email or Ph: 6343 2855.

Representatives from the Western NSW Local Health District inspected the Grenfell Aquatic Centre on the 28th October, 2019.  The inspection revealed that the pool was being operated in accordance with the NSW Public Health Regulation 2012, which is tremendous and a real credit to all the staff concerned.

 

Residents may be aware that Council submitted an entry in the LGNSW AR Bluett Memorial Award in July 2019 however, unfortunately we were unsuccessful. 

This year’s successful Regional Council was Shellharbour City Council, while Bourke Shire Council was the winner of the Rural Category.

Council at its October 2019 meeting resolved to submit an entry for the 2020 Award.

 

Residents are advised that the Community Hub toilets will be painted this week.  This will happen after hours to allow the toilets to be used during the daytime.  Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

 

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSWRFS) is reminding residents within the Forbes, Lachlan, Condobolin and Weddin Local Government Areas (LGA’s) that permits are required during the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period, which officially began on 1 October 2019.

From now until the end of the Bush Fire Danger Period, people wishing to light a fire in the open will require a permit, which are free and can be obtained from your local fire station or Fire Control Centre.  When conditions are particularly bad, such as on days of Very High Fire Danger and above, the NSW RFS may declare a Total Fire Ban, prohibiting the lighting of any fire in the open, even if you have a fire permit.

Further information is available at www.rfs.nsw.gov.au  Locals can also call the Mid Lachlan Valley Fire Control Centre on (02) 6851 1541 or the Bushfire Information Line on 1800 NSW RFS (1800 679 737)

As previously advised Arts Outwest Mobile Office will be in Grenfell on Monday 2 December, 2019 at the Grenfell Community Hub.

Arts OutWest are taking the office on the road and residents will be able to book a time to chat with the executive director Tracey Callinan about your project, funding questions, professional development needs or something else arts related. 

Residents are encouraged to come by to update Tracey on your or your group's latest arts activities.

Book for spots in Grenfell at: https://calendly.com/artsoutwest The Facebook event link is https://www.facebook.com/events/490100014878102/

Limited places available and it's FREE.

 

The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is “Earth and Water” by Annie Joseph and Graham Watt and is on display until 1 December, 2019.

Annie Joseph’s art is in watercolour, charcoal, pen and wash, and acrylics. She mostly draws inspiration from the landscape around her whether in her heartland of the Central West of NSW or further afield in Portugal, France, Ireland or Scotland!

Graham Watt’s pots are hand formed using pinching and coiling techniques. They are then pit fired using a combination of cyprus pine, kurrajong, sawdust, cow dung, copper sulphate and seaweed. His pots are made from commercial and locally sourced clay.

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

The next movies at the Cinema will be held in December and arrangements are in progress.

Dates to Note

Friday 15 November 2019 - Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 18 November 2019 - Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

 

Street Stalls

15/16 November, 2019 – St Joseph’s Catholic Church

 

 

AUSTRALIA DAY 2020 AWARDS

 

Interested persons and organisations are invited to make nominations for the Weddin Shire Australia Day 2020 Awards.

 

Categories are:       -      Citizen of the Year

                               -      Senior Citizen of the Year

                               -      Community Event/Organisation of the Year

                               -      Community Achievement Awards in any category.

                               -      Achievement Award – each secondary and primary school in the Shire.

                               -      HSC Academic Award – Henry Lawson High School

 

Nominations forms are available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au and will be accepted up until Friday, 6 December 2019.

 

 

STREET STALLS 2020

 

Applications may now be lodged with the undersigned for allocation of dates for street stalls during 2020.  It is anticipated that an allocation of dates will take place in December 2019.

 

Applications close on Friday, 6 December 2019 and can be emailed to

 

 

AQUA FITNESS- GRENFELL AQUATIC CENTRE

 

Wednesday 5.45pm and Saturday 10.00am

 

$10 pp, $7 aged pensioner + pool entry.

 

Please bring water, towel, sunglasses, hat and sunscreen!  For more information or questions please call Kim Broomby 0427472152

 

SWIMMING LESSON AT THE GRENFELL AQUATIC CENTRE

 

Swimming lessons will be $15 for a private swimming lesson for 30 minutes. We teach your children water confidence, teach strokes, stroke correction and survival techniques.  For ages- 6 months up to high school aged children.

 

Book in with one of our four Austswim qualified Swimming Instructors.

 

Contact the Aquatic Centre to book in with one of our instructors today!

 

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979

DA 44/2019

 

Council has received an Application for an Industrial Building used for Metal Fabrication over LOT: 22 DP: 1224552 8 Phil Aston Place GRENFELL 2810.

 

Inspection:      The application DA 44/2019 for Industrial Building used for Metal Fabrication may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from 31 October 2019 and 21 November 2019 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 21 November 2019.

 

 

PO BOX 125                                                                                       AUTHORISED BY

GRENFELL                                                                                       GLENN CARROLL

                                                                                                            GENERAL MANAGER