COUNCIL NEWS 14 MARCH 2018
The Local Government Amendment (Regional Joint Organisations) Act 2017 commenced on 15 December 2017 allowing Councils to voluntarily join new Joint Organisations (JOs) in their planning region.
Joint Organisations (JOs) are a key component of the local government reform process and have the intention to transform the way in which the State Government and local government collaborates and sets regional priorities to support local communities. Centroc was selected as one of 5 Pilot JOs.
Joint Organisations can be formed within a minimum of 3 Councils which must lie within a State Planning Region as shown on the map below. According to the advice from the Office of Local Government, Joint Organisation boundaries should:
While the choice to join and composition of a Joint Organisation is voluntary, the NSW
Government will only support the creation of Joint Organisations within existing State planning regions and in regional NSW. For Council this means membership within the Central West/Orana Planning area.
In this regard Council in accordance with Part 7 Chapter 12 of the Local Government Act, 1993 resolved at the February 2018 Council meeting to join the Central West JO to include the following Councils: Bathurst Regional Council, Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Council, Cowra Shire Council, Forbes Shire Council, Lachlan Shire Council, Lithgow City Council, Oberon Council, Orange City Council and Parkes Shire Council.
Discussion in the region is generally positive, with Centroc members being encouraged to take up this offer to enable the JO’s to commence on the 1 July, 2018.
The 2018/2019 Operational Plan process will commence on Thursday, 29 March 2018 with a workshop to be held at the Council Chambers to consider and discuss the list of projects that have been proposed. In accordance with the Division of Local Governments Meeting Practice Note No. 16, the workshop will be an informal meeting conducted by staff to enable Councillors to discuss and ask questions about the list of possible works and projects for 2018/2019. The workshop cannot make decisions or determine priorities. The Extra Ordinary estimates meeting has been scheduled for Thursday 12 April, 2018 at the Council Chambers and this is the meeting where the priorities and funding will be determined.
Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) has announced a 2.3% rate pegging limit for Councils for the 2018/2019 financial year.
The rate peg is determined by IPART using the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI) with the main contributors to LGCI over the year ending September 2017 being:
The rate pegging limit of 2.3% is up from 1.5% for the 2017/2018 financial year which reflects the increase in the LGCI.
It needs to be noted that the LGCI only reflects movements in underlying costs. It does not reflect increased costs arising from the need to expand services to meet growing demands or the need to increase infrastructure spending to address backlogs or growth. These needs are to be met by way of special rate variations which Council has previously applied for and received.
From Councils perspective the rate pegging limit of 2.3% is satisfactory as it reflects the real cost pressures facing NSW Councils, particularly when Councils are endeavouring to remain financially sustainable and independent in the long term.
The NSW Government’s Business Bus will visit the Cootamundra electorate today to provide specialist advice to small business owners looking to become more productive and profitable.
The bus is driving experienced, independent business advisors to Grenfell with all interested local business people invited to climb aboard.
The Business Bus is part of the NSW Government’s multi-million dollar Business Connect program which supports small businesses to thrive in metropolitan and regional economies.
The Business Bus will visit the following locations between 9am and 3pm:
To find out more about the Business Bus or to speak to your local Business Connect advisor, call 1300 134 359 or visit www.industry.nsw.gov.au/businessconnect
Creative businesses and individuals are being urged to nominate for the 2018 NSW Creative Achievement Awards.
There are three award categories for those bringing recognition to creative industries:
The NSW Creative Achievement Award winners will be announced in June at the Museum of Contemporary Art during Vivid Sydney 2018. The NSW Creative Laureate recognises a candidate that has made a significant contribution to increase the industry’s global profile with the winner to be an ambassador for the year.
The NSW Emerging Creative Talent Awards offers a $15,000 prize and recognises an individual, team or organisation that has shown originality and innovation while contributing to raising the global profile of NSW creative industries.
Nominations can be made until Friday, March 16 at: http://nswciawards.com.au
The Grants Hub has announced a Volunteer Support Grant to the value of $500 available to a person acting in a regular volunteering role for a period of 6 months or more.
The purpose of the grant is to provide support and recognition to volunteer work, encourage volunteering and provide access to resources to support the role of volunteers.
The Grants Hub Volunteer Support Grant will provide $500 to a volunteer to fund any of the following items:
Applications close Thursday 15 March 2018. Please visit https://www.thegrantshub.com.au/giving/ for further details.
The new exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is " Woodland Plains " Nicole Berlach was opened on Friday evening 2 March 2018 and is on display until 15 April 2018. Woodland Plains explores Australia’s native grassland communities through the delicate and multi-layered medium of watercolour on paper. Nicole has an extensive portfolio of work including children’s picture book illustrations, scientific illustration plates, field guides, interpretive signage, logo design, album covers, and private commissioned artworks. The exhibition is well worth a visit to the Art Gallery to see.
Dates to Note
Friday 23 March 2018 –Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
Monday 26 March 2018 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Thursday 15 March 2018 – Red Cross
Friday 16 March and Saturday 17 2018 – St Joseph’s Parish
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
SALE OF EX-BUSHFIRE TROOP CARRIERS
Council offers for sale two (2) ex RFS Bushfire Troop Carriers as follows:
Offers for these vehicles will be received by the General Manager up to 10.00am Friday, 6 April 2018.
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
DRAFT SPORT AND RECREATION FACILITIES PLAN 2018-2022
Council’s draft Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2018-2022 will be on public exhibition for comment from Wednesday 7 March 2018 to Tuesday 3 April 2018.
This plan has been prepared to be used by Council to determine future short, medium and long term sport facilities priorities and the associated actions required to bring the projects to fruition.
Submissions will be received up until 4.00 pm on Tuesday 3 April 2018. The draft plan can be viewed at Council or on the website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979
Council has received an Application DA 9/2018 for Alteration/Additions to Dwelling and new Shed at Lot 4 Sec 4 in DP 758473, 47 Camp Street, Grenfell.
Inspection: The application DA No. 9/2018 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Monday 5 March 2018 to Wednesday 21 March 2018 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 Wednesday 21 March 2018.
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GRENFELL GLENN CARROLL