Welcome back and it’s great to start 2017 with the news that Weddin Shire will remain as a stand-alone ‘Fit for the Future’ independent Council.
As previously reported Council received advice from the previous Minister for Local Government the Hon Paul Toole MP that Councils ‘Fit for the Future’ (FFTF) proposal was assessed against the financial sustainability criteria and associated bench marks and we were found to be ‘fit’ which is great news.
Council implemented a number of strategies to ensure we would be financially sustainable such as the implementation of a Special Rate Variation (SRV), revaluation and review of our road assets and in particular their useful lives which effectively resulted in a reduction in our depreciation expense as well as implementing other strategies to increase income and reduce expenditure. Council was also instrumental in the Mid Lachlan Alliance receiving $400k under the Innovation Fund to enable us to become fiscally responsible and undertake two service reviews.
The result is a tremendous achievement and is a credit to Council, staff and in particular Mr Stephen Sykes who has provided advice, expertise and direction to Council during this very challenging and difficult time.
While we have avoided amalgamation and are now deemed ‘Fit for the Future’ we are under no illusions that we are immune from the reform process as the process is ongoing. We will have to embrace change to remain financially sustainable in the future and remain as an independent Council.
Local Government NSW (LGNSW) have recently advised they have welcomed reports regarding the Berejiklian/Barilaro Government possibly changing direction on Council amalgamations.
Reportedly the Government is preparing to announce that Councils for which forced mergers were still pending would be allowed to stand alone, while rate payers of already merged Councils would be given an opportunity to vote by way of a plebiscite on whether they wanted to de-amalgamate.
While the advice from LGNSW is very encouraging at this stage the new Premier the Hon Gladys Berejiklian MP had not yet announced if there will be any changes to the government direction in regards to Local Government reform.
Australia Day celebrations were held on Thursday, 26 January 2017 at Taylor Park in glorious weather conditions with a very good crowd in attendance.
The Australia Day Ambassador Mr Luke Adams was very well received by the crowd and MC Andrew Hooper carried out his duties in a very articulate and efficient manner.
Winners of the main awards are detailed below:
Citizen of the Year - John Hunter
Senior Citizen of the Year - Jenny Hetherington
Community Event/Organisation of the Year - The Grenfell Sesquicentenary Committee
Winners of the student awards were as follows:
Best pass in Higher School Certificate - Clare Hunt
- Henry Lawson High School - Clare Hunt
- St Joseph’s Primary School - Lily Holmes
- Grenfell Public School - Niamh Mitton
- Quandialla Central School - Lucas McAlister
- Caragabal Public School - Polly Napier
- Greenethorpe Public School - Anthony Moore
The winner of the Greenethorpe Citizen of the Year - David Watt
Australia Day Ceremonies were also held in Caragabal, Quandialla and Greenethorpe with Australia Day Awards presented at each 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.
Congratulations to all of the award winners and thankyou to everyone that contributed to the Weddin Shire Community during 2016.
Council has received advice from Sydney Water that they will be holding a Biosolids Information Workshop in Grenfell to discuss the benefits of biosolids along with information on new contracts for the collection, transportation and use of biosolids on farms.
The information session will be held in the following location:
- Grenfell Bowling Club
Tuesday 21 February, 2017 from 1pm to 4pm
Please RSVP via the Eventbrite link: https://biosolidsinfo.eventbrite.com.au
Alternatively you can contact the project’s community relations team on Ph 8849 5714 or email: Fiona.email@example.com
The Weddin Shire Visitors Guide is about to undertake a complete redesign and reprint and all businesses and organisations wishing to advertise in the only brochure dedicated to the Weddin Shire, are encouraged to complete a booking form by Friday 17th February, 2017.
20,000 copies will be printed, enough to last 2 years, which means this document will give you very good value for money. The new visitor guide will be designed as a directory of the goods and services available in Grenfell and the Weddin Shire. If your business serves the needs and wants of visitors, this is a great opportunity for you.
If your business or organisation would like to advertise in the brochure, contact Auburn Carr
Ph 6343 2855 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday February 17th, 2017.
Congratulations and thankyou to the organisers of the Twilight Ball held in Taylor Park on Saturday, 4 February 2017.
It was a terrific night with great music, food and company as well as the evening weather being perfect for an outdoor event. Events like these take a tremendous amount of organising however it is certainly worthwhile when they are a great success. These events also strengthen the social and economic fabric of our community which is also very important.
Well done to all involved!
The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘Indigo Blue' By Maureen Locke-Maclean which will be on display until 26th February, 2017.
This exhibition comprises of works using the Japanese hand stitching and dyeing in Natural Indigo known as "Shibori" which roughly translated is putting memory into cloth. The design is hand stitched, compressed by drawing the stitches together and then dyeing in an Indigo Vat. Indigo is a natural plant dye i.e., Indigofera. Garments have been dyed in Indigo throughout Asia, India, Far East Africa, Europe for many centuries and Indigo was also used as currency for trading.
The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am - 2pm.
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
24 February 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
27 February 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Friday 24 February, 2017
Grenfell Presbyterian Women’s Association
Saturday 25 February, 2017
Grenfell Girl Guides