Weddin Shire Council

Council News 14 February 2018


Saturday 17 February 2018 will be a significant day for sport in the Weddin Shire with the Official Opening of the Grenfell Aquatic Centre.

The official opening will be conducted at 5.30pm in conjunction with the Business House Relays.

Arrangements are currently in progress with invitations sent out to approximately fifty (50) guests including various parliamentary representatives, surrounding Mayor’s and General Managers, Weddin Shire Councillors and Senior Staff. To date we have received 32 acceptances and 11 apologies. The Hon Stephanie Cooke MP will formally advise who will be attending the Official Opening in the next few days. Refreshments will be organized for the official guests after the official ceremony. The kerb and gutter works along Forbes Street have been completed with work on the footpath currently being completed. Line markings on the road and landscaping are to be completed.

The official opening will be the culmination of the construction of a magnificent state of the art facility that will serve residents of the Weddin Shire and surroundings areas for many years into the future.

It was great to start the New Year with the commencement of the new Grenfell Medical Centre. Site preparation works were completed early in the new year with construction commencing 1 February 2018.

As residents are aware a grant funding application under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) was successful which facilitated the commencement of the works. The Federal member for Riverina the Hon Michael McCormack MP attended Grenfell on Friday 9 February 2018 for the official ‘turning of the first sod’ for the project with Mr McCormack advising that the Liberal and National’s Government is making good on its commitment to provide better medical pathways for regional Australians.

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.

Australia Day celebrations were held on Friday, 26 January, 2018 at Taylor Park in glorious weather conditions with a very good crowd in attendance.

The Australia Day Special Guest Sandra Ireson was very well received by the crowd and MC Therese Clancy carried out her duties in a very articulate and efficient manner. Cr Carly Brown also sang the National Anthem with great enthusiasm and pride.

Winners of the main awards are detailed below:

  • Citizen of the Year - Peter Mitton
  • Senior Citizen of the Year - Meryl Hunter
  • Community Event/Organisation of the Year - The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival Committee
  • Community Achievement - Andrew Hooper

                                                             - Leann Logan

                                                             - Pene Starr

                                                             - John Hetherington

                                                             - Hugh Moffitt

                                                             - Bruce Robinson

Winners of the Greenethorpe awards were as follows:

  • Greenethorpe Citizen of the Year – Merle and Bob Bryer

Winners of the student awards were as follows:

  • Best pass in Higher School Certificate - Yongyan Xia
  • Henry Lawson High School - Marie Knight
  • St Joseph’s Primary School - Lila Yates
  • Grenfell Public School - Hayley Taylor
  • Quandialla Central School - Dana Yerbury
  • Caragabal Public School - Halle West

The award winner from Caragabal Halle West was presented with her award at the Caragabal ceremony.

It was wonderful to recognise, acknowledge and reward our residents who give freely of their time to volunteer in our community which is very much part of the Australian way of life.

All of the award winners were congratulated and thanked for their contribution to the Weddin Shire Community during 2017.

Member for Cootamundra the Hon Steph Cooke MP welcomed the announcement that more than one million school children across the state are now eligible for the NSW Government’s new annual $100 Active Kids voucher.

Through the Active Kids program, the NSW Government will provide a $100 voucher to parents/guardians/carers of school-enrolled children to use for registration and participation costs of sport and fitness activities.

The Active Kids program is a key initiative of the 2017-18 Budget to help NSW families meet the cost of getting their kids into sport and active fitness and recreation activities.

The program will not be means tested and one voucher will be available for each eligible child in the family annually.

Further information about Active Kids is available at For more information, you could also email or telephone Service NSW on 13 77 88.

Another recent announcement was the Cubbies award for sporting clubs which recognises dedication, integrity and sportsmanship and are not necessarily made to the club or coach with the most wins.

The Cubbies award offers $15,000 in awards across seven categories to sports clubs which is great news. For more information visit:

The Grenfell Swimming Club hosted the 7th Mountains and Plains Long Course Summer Championships on Saturday 10 February and Sunday 11 February 2018 which was an outstanding success.  A very large crowd attended the championships held in perfect weather conditions at the Grenfell Aquatic Centre.

There were 221 swimmers who entered in the carnival with 1298 entries and 18 clubs were represented mainly from the Central West area. There were many favourable comments from visitors advising they were very impressed with the new aquatic centre which was very pleasing.

Congratulations to the Grenfell Swimming Club members and the many volunteers who put in many hours of hard work prior to and on the days of the championships to ensure the outstanding success of the event.

The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is " Grenfell Community Arts & Craft Group" showcasing the recent works of our highly regarded local arts group.

This collection displays their more recent works including still life, landscapes of local scenes in pastels, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Depending on the work in progress, there may also be some fine sketches and possible charcoal works.

The exhibition is on display from the 16th January – 25th February 2018 and is well worth a visit to the Art Gallery to see.

The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be advised in due course and if you would like to request a particular movie please contact Lisa at Council’s administration office. Ph 6343 1212.



Dates to Note

Friday 23 February 2018 –Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 26 February 2018 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls

Friday 16 February 2018 – Grenfell Royal Far West

Saturday 17 February 2018 – Grenfell Senior Rugby League Club





Weddin Shire Council wishes to advise residents of Grenfell and Weddin Shire that the Grenfell Aquatic Centre will be closed for private Swimming Carnivals as below:


Friday 16 February 2018 - (HLHS carnival) Closed 9am till 3pm

Saturday 17 February 2018 – (Business House Relay) Closed 3pm onwards





Residents are hereby invited to the Official Opening of the Grenfell Aquatic Centre which will be held at 5.30pm Saturday 17 February 2018.

The Official Opening will be conducted in conjunction with the Business House Relays event.

Residents are encouraged to attend the opening which will be a significant day for sport in the Weddin Shire.





Tenders are invited and will be received by the undersigned up until 10am, Wednesday 23 February, 2018 for the winning and crushing of the Mattiske Pit (Lat. – 33.675748, Long. 147.664765) within the Weddin Shire.

Tender documents are available on the Council website or from the Council Office.

Enquiries should be directed to Sujan Dhital on 02 6343 1212 or .

The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.





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