Weddin Shire Council

Council News 14 June 2017

Councillors and Staff were saddened to hear that former Shire President and Mayor Doug Freudenstein passed away on Thursday 8 June, 2017.

Doug was elected as a Councillor in 1966, was Deputy Shire President during the years 1969, 1970, 1976 – 1979, Shire President from 1980 – 1993 and was the first Mayor of the Weddin Shire to be elected in 1993 under the new Local Governments Act, 1993 until 1995.

Doug was a real gentleman and while he was very diplomatic he was very determined and diligent in his role as a Councillor, Deputy Shire President, Shire President and Mayor.

Doug will certainly be missed and on behalf of Council and Staff I would like to offer our sincere condolences to the Freudenstein family and advise we are thinking of them in this very sad time.

The 60th annual Henry Lawson Festival was held from 8-12 June 2017 and was an outstanding success.  The festival commenced in cloudy weather conditions however during the official opening and procession the skies opened up which allowed the very good crowd the opportunity 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 Tara Moss 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 2017 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 60th Henry Lawson Festival one of the best ever.

The Awards presentation on Saturday evening was an excellent night with various awards being presented, the Festival Queen and Charity Queen being announced.

Congratulations to Francesca Nolan who was crowned Festival Queen and Grace Kelly who was announced as the Festival Charity Queen.  Well done to all the ladies involved who collectively raised approximately $31,000 which is a tremendous effort.

The ladies 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 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.

With the Festival over for another year the coming months will continue to be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:

  • Weddin Workshop Weekend 17th June
  • Reflections - Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition 20th June – 30th July
  • Weddin Mountain Performance Horse Club Team Sorting 24-25 June
  • Grenfell Rugby Club's 50th Anniversary Celebrations 8th July
  • Grenfell Kart Club Bob Hinde Memorial Festival of Kids 15th- 17th July
  • Caragabal Christmas in July Family Ball 29th July
  • Kangaroo Valley - Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition 1st August – 10th September
  • Grenfell Kart Club August Club Race Day 13th August
  • Grenfell Show 1st -2nd September
  • Caragabal Sheep Races 9th September
  • Through Different Eyes - Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition 12 Sep - 22 Oct
  • Grenfell Jockey Club Races 23rd September
  • Weddin Mountain Muster 24th-29th September
  • Business Under The Stars 7th October
  • Grenfell Public School 150th Celebrations 14th October

There is certainly a lot happening in the next few months 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
  • flood damage repair works
  • continue Greenethorpe-Bumbaldry Road Rehabilitation
  • continued Keiths Lane widening and sealing
  • repaired damaged culvert floor on Caragabal-Quandialla Road
  • completed Blacks Bridge upgrade

These works are all part of Councils 2015/2016 works programme.

One of the projects listed above is the upgrade of Blacks Bridge which was recently completed with an official opening currently being organised.  The upgrade of the bridge will assist in the upgrade of our assets which will enable Council to provide quality services to our ratepayers in a time we are endeavouring to remain ‘Fit for the Future’.

Council has recently received our Contractor Performance Report for the four monthly period ending 1 April 2017 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 acceptable in 5 categories, good in 6 categories with overall performance rated good and Council deemed suitable for further work.

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.

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is The Henry Lawson Festival of Arts exhibition which will be on display until the 18th June, 2017. 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 16 June 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 19 June 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls 

Fri 16 June -  Grenfell Red Cross







Council proposes to create centre parking in Short Street, including two (2) disabled spaces, and parallel parking as per the following plan, for future parking for the Medical Centre.

Comments will be received up to 10am on 16 June, 2017 in relation to the proposal at the address below.

To view the parking plan click here.