Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 14 September 2016

The 2016 Local Government Elections were held on Saturday, 10 September 2016 and we are currently awaiting the distribution of preferences and the finalisation of the count.

It is expected that this will occur this week which will allow the first Council meeting to be held on Thursday, 22 September 2016.

The September meeting will also see the election of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, various Council delegates and committee members.

As previously advised there were two Councillors who elected not to re-nominate for Council which effectively saw them finish their time on Council on Saturday, 10 September 2016.

To formally recognise the contributions of Councillors Geoff McClelland and Graeme Halls for their many years of service to the Weddin Shire, an appreciation dinner was held at the Railway Hotel on Friday, 9 September 2016.

Cr McClelland and Cr Halls have served Council for 33 and 21 years respectively with both Councillors carrying out their duties with distinction which was recognised on Friday evening.

While Councillor McClelland and Halls can be justifiably proud of their remarkable achievements they can be particularly proud of being part of a team that has seen Weddin Shire develop and grow into the vibrant, progressive shire it is today.

Member for Cootamundra, the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP together with her Federal parliamentary colleagues the Hon Fiona Nash and the Hon Michael McCormack MP, has officially opened her new electorate office in Young. The official opening was conducted on Tuesday, 7 September 2016 with Council represented by Mayor Mark Liebich and Director Corporate Services Mr Lachlan Gibson. The new office is located at 140 Boorowa Street and Katrina advises that from this new location she will continue to work-hard for the Cootamundra electorate. Katrina encouraged constituents, community groups and small businesses to keep in touch with her on the issues that are important to them, and the future of their communities.

Katrina’s electorate office can be contacted by post, PO Box 350 Young NSW 2594, email cootamundra@parliament.nsw.gov.au, or Ph 1800 002 580 (Toll-free).

NSW Health has announced changes to the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2007, which was repealed on 1 September 2016.

The object of this regulation is to remake, with minor changes, the Smoke-free Environment Regulation 2007.

This regulation makes provision with respect to the following:

  • smoke-free areas in respect of courtyards and gardens that adjoin buildings
  • the signs that occupiers of smoke-free areas are required to display under section 9 (1) of the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 (the Act), and the manner in which such signs are required to be displayed
  • the exemption of certain public places from the requirements relating to the display of such signs (exempt places are public places where persons would reasonably be expected to know that smoking is not permitted and in which persons do not usually smoke)
  • guidelines for determining what is an enclosed public place and when a covered outside area is considered to be substantially enclosed for the purposes of the Act
  • prescribing the offence of smoking in a smoke-free area as an offence for which a penalty notice may be given.

This Regulation is made under the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000.

Council’s works program is continuing and the following works have been completed or are currently in progress:

  • General Maintenance
  • Driftway Road widening continuing
  • Ballendene Road widening continuing
  • Rehabilitation on MR239
  • continuing new toilet block construction at Henry Lawson Oval
  • completing heavy patching on Newell Highway
  • continue Young Road rehabilitation between Martins Lane and Tyagong Hall Road
  • commencing Greenethorpe – Bumbaldry Road upgrade – Stage 2
  • continuing Quandialla drainage construction
  • Forbes Street upgrade in progress
  • Taxi rank in Main Street constructed
  • Grenfell Sesquicentenary – preparing tree planting and surround for time capsule
  • Completing Alexandra Street works

These works are all part of Councils 2016/2017 works programme.

The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) have forwarded a copy of Council’s Contractor Performance Report for the four monthly period ending 1 April 2016.

This report is part of requirements of the Road Maintenance Council Contract (RMCC) for works on roads and bridges on State Roads. Council was rated as good in 4 categories, acceptable in 8 with overall performance rated acceptable and deemed suitable for further work.

This is a terrific result as it is imperative that we are able to maintain the State Highway Contract to assist Council to become and remain ‘Fit for the Future’.

In regards to events the coming year will be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:

  • Jockey Club Races 17th September
  • Weddin Wanderers Sesquicentenary Walk 18th September
  • Tour de Greenethorpe 25th September
  • Grenfell’s Sesquicentenary 1st-3rd October
  • Historic Open Gardens 1-2nd October
  • Rural Youth/ Young Farmer reunion 8th October
  • Lions Market day 23rd October
  • Go Kart Club Meet 23rd October
  • Go Kart Christmas Meet 3rd December
  • Henry Lawson Sesquicentenary June 2017

There is certainly a lot happening in the next year which is excellent as these events are very important to the economic and social fabric of our Shire.

Unfortunately, due to extreme wet weather events of the past few months, the 2016 Weddin Mountain Muster has been cancelled due to safety concerns for the riders and their horses.

The Committee are looking forward to preparing next years Ride, which is booked in for Sunday 24th to Friday 29th September, 2017.

With the swimming season fast approaching the Quandialla Pool Committee recently held their Annual General Meeting and advised Council of their appointed executive which is as follows:-

President: Mr Steven Doney

Vice President: Mrs Kim Broomby

Secretary: Mrs Bronwyn Morley

Treasurer: Mrs Jennifer Kelly

Apart from a Council subsidy the pool is operated from funds raised solely by the committee. To be able to provide an excellent recreation facility for our Quandialla and Caragabal residents in this manner is a remarkable achievement and the committee should be congratulated.

The Art Gallery’s next exhibition will be ‘Our Heritage, Our History’ which is being held to celebrate Grenfell’s rich history as part of the Grenfell Sesquicentenary celebrations. The exhibition is on display from the 14 September – 9 October, 2016. The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.

It is planned to reactivate the movies in the coming months when the weather warms up and details will be available in due course. If you have a particular request for a movie please let Nicole or Casey at Council’s administration office know. Ph 6343 1212.

 

Dates to Note

22 September 2016 – Ordinary Council Meeting, 5.00 pm

23 September 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

26 September 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

 

Street Stalls

 

9/10 September 2016

Grenfell Royal Far West

 

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 REMINDER TO COMPLETE COMMUNITY SURVEY

 Council is conducting a community survey to inform the development of a new economic development strategy and also for our broader planning, to inform the new Council of community needs and we would welcome comment from all residents. As a member of the Weddin Shire Community, we value your contributions to making better decisions about the services Council provides. In particular we encourage 20 – 35 year olds to complete the survey. It is important to note that this is an individual survey not a household survey, so all household members on the electoral role can respond individually. There is a special request for males to complete the survey as to date only 30% of survey responses have been from males.

In deciding what services are important and valuable, the survey will help us set priorities and understand what resources are needed. This Survey follows the format of the 2014 Survey.

 The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/weddinsurvey16 or follow the links on Council’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Weddin-Shire-Council-372860472912027/?fref=ts  or Council web page - http://www.weddin.nsw.gov.au 

 For those that don’t have internet access, paper copies are available at Council Offices and Grenfell Community Hub.   The survey needs to be completed online or returned to Council Offices by 16 September 2016.

 It would be much appreciated if you could take the time to complete the survey.

 Thanking you in anticipation.  

 

 TENDER FOR THE OPERATION OF COUNCIL’S - WASTE DISPOSAL DEPOT AT GRENFELL

 

Tenders are invited for the operation and maintenance of the public areas of the Grenfell Waste Disposal Depot, for a three year period commencing in November 2016.

 To obtain a copy of tender documentation, please contact Council’s Environmental Services Section on 02 6343 1212 or collect from the Council’s Offices in Camp Street, Grenfell.

 Tenders will be received until 4.00 pm on Friday 7th October 2016.

 

 

AUTHORISED BY

 

GLENN CARROLL

GENERAL MANAGER