Friday 11 November, 2016 was a significant day for service provision in the Weddin Shire with Service NSW relocating to the Council administration Office.
Service NSW was advised by the NSW Attorney General’s Department that they had to relocate or transfer their services from the Grenfell Courthouse and requested the services be relocated to Council’s administration building. The Service could not be relocated or transferred to a private business as the services can only be provided in a Local Courthouse, Council or County Council. While the provision of services commenced last Friday there will be an Official Opening in due course.
Some of the services available will be: Renew rego Renew driver licence Reprint a NSW Driver Licence Receipt Auto-renew Pensioner rego Replace driver licence Apply Birth Certificate Apply NSW Seniors Card Book Licence Test Apply Marriage Certificate Apply Recreational Fishing Licence Check rego Check demerit points Submit notice of disposal Transfer rego Change details with RMS
The transfer of these services ensures the services remain in the Weddin Shire which is terrific. The services remaining in Grenfell at the Council Chambers will also enhance Council’s long term sustainability and assist us to become ‘Fit for the Future’ and remain as Weddin Shire Council in the long term.
The NSW Rural Doctors Network has released their quarterly bulletin which highlights a number of statistics in regards to vacancies by Local Heath Districts, as at 30 June 2016. In the Western area there are currently 337 GP’s with 27 vacancies (which is a ratio of 12.5). The comparative figures for NSW are 2,520 and 231 respectively (10.9).
When our ratio is compared to other specific areas of the state it is very interesting and examples of these are detailed below:
Murrumbidgee – 7.4
- Far West – 11.5
- Hunter New England – 10.4
- Western – 12.5
- Southern – 8.9
- Albury Wodonga – 37.5
- Illawarra – 13.4
The larger regional centres such as Albury Wodonga are obviously able to attract and retain doctors and the fact that there are only 2 vacancies is evidence of this. The Western area of which the Weddin Shire is part of is faring much better than similar areas. However, our area still has 27 vacancies and we are certainly aware of the difficulties experienced when there is a GP vacancy. The proposal to establish Rural Medical Schools to train doctors in country areas appears to be the answer. If these students are trained in rural areas they may be more inclined to practice in these areas when they graduate particularly if they originate from a rural area.
Council has recently received advice from member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP advising of the NSW Government’s landmark 10-cent Container Deposit Scheme legislation.
Community groups will be able to swap their cans and bottles for cash from 1 July 2017 following the successful passage of the legislation on Wednesday 19 October, 2016.
By establishing an incentive for the return of empty drink containers, container deposit schemes may encourage consumers to hold on to containers and return them for a refund, or the value of the refund may provide an incentive for consumers to clean up beverage container litter.
Under the container deposit scheme:
- People in NSW will be able to return empty prescribed beverage containers between 150 ml and three litres to collection points for a 10-cent refund.
- A single Scheme Coordinator will be responsible for the financial management of the scheme and for ensuring the scheme meets state-wide targets.
- Beverage suppliers will be responsible for covering the costs of refunds through agreements with the Scheme Coordinator.
- The Environment Minister Mark Speakman will appoint the co-ordinator in early 2017, as well as appointing Network Operators who will be responsible for the operation of the scheme.
Containers not eligible for the scheme are those generally consumed at home and not typically found in the litter stream. They include plain milk, wine, pure fruit juice (more than 1 litre), health tonics and large flavoured milk containers.
More information is available at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/container-deposit-scheme.htm
Council has recently been advised that the John Wallis Foundation Small Grants Program with a particular focus on rural, regional and remote communities has been announced.
This year the focus is on applications that assist people and communities to address disadvantage and inequality in rural, regional and remote areas of Australia. Projects need to demonstrate that they are addressing the relief of social and economic distress, and entrenched geographical disadvantage, through locally led action.
Grants guidelines and the 2017 application form documents are also available at:
There is also a link on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/The-John-Wallis-Foundation-929392617189908/
A citizenship ceremony for Mr Mylvaganam Nirupan, Mrs Kirushanthi Nirupan, and Mr Christian Moore was carried out by the Mayor in conjunction with myself on Wednesday, 28 September 2016.
The ceremony was attended by various family and friends and evoked a delighted response from the new citizens.
Residents are reminded the final event of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations will be the Meet & Greek this weekend the 18 - 20 November 2016.
The weekend will commence with a Meet & Greek Dinner on Friday night, 6.30pm at the Railway Hotel with the official welcome being held 10.30am Saturday morning at the Visitor Information Centre. After the official opening there will be a walk up the street with photos being taken of the original Greek shop owners and the current shop owners in front of their businesses. The festivities continue with a Dinner Dance on the Saturday night at the Grenfell Showground which should be a fantastic night. There will be a variety of Greek food, Greek drink and Greek music with the band ‘Paradise’ entertaining the crowd.
The Dinner Dance starts at 6.30pm and tickets are $45 which includes dinner and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased from Jan Parlett’s Exchange Hotel Ph 6343 1984 or by phoning Alison Rumps Ph 0402 732 255.
Council has also been advised that Arts OutWest and the State CASP Panel have approved a grant of $3,000 towards the project ‘Weddin Workshops Weekend’ – Celebrate Henry Lawson’s 150th Birthday.
This is great news and will certainly assist in conducting activities to celebrate Henry’s birthday.
The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘Shades of Light’ which is an eclectic collection of photographs, photographic art and digital illustrations by Roslyn Elms, and hand painted porcelain by Elaine Dowd. The exhibition is on display until 20 November, 2016.
The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.
The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “The Lady in the Van” at 2.00 pm, today Wednesday 16 November 2016.
With the weather warming up this is the perfect opportunity to arrange a day out with your friends and family and enjoy a great movie.
Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.
Dates to Note
17 November 2016 – Ordinary Council Meeting
18 November 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
21 November 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
St Joseph’s Catholic Church
AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 AWARDS
Interested persons and organisations are invited to make nominations for the Weddin Shire Australia Day 2017 Awards.
Categories are: - Citizen of the Year
- Senior Citizen of the Year
- Community Event/Organisation of the Year
- Community Achievement Awards in any category.
- Achievement Award – each secondary and primary school in the Shire.
- HSC Academic Award – Henry Lawson High School
Nominations forms are available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au and will be accepted up until 30 November 2016.
STREET STALLS 2017
Applications in writing may now be lodged with the undersigned for allocation of dates for street stalls during 2017. It is anticipated that an allocation of dates will take place in December 2016.
Applications close on Friday, 9 December 2016.
Residents are hereby advised that the next film at the Grenfell Cinema will be shown as below:
“The Lady in a Van” – 2.00 pm on Wednesday 16 November 2016
Tickets are available from Louisa’s Locker with prices detailed below:-
$20 Family $8 Single
$5 Pensioners $5 Children (12 yrs.)
As there are limited tickets available residents are encouraged to book early.
Council is inviting applications from motivated and enthusiastic persons to fill the following positions:
- Two Labourers
- Two Casual Labourers
Appointment to the positions will be in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award.
Further information and job descriptions can be obtained by contacting Katherine during business hours on (02) 6343 1212, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Council’s website at www.weddin.nsw.gov.au
Applications for this position close 10.00am Wednesday, 30 November 2016 and should be forwarded to the undersigned.
SALE OF EX-BUSHFIRE TANKERS
Council offers for sale six (6) ex RFS Bushfire tankers as follows:
Isuzu NPS 300 4 x 4 Single Cab year 1993 4 Cylinder diesel 5 Speed Manual 65177 KM 1500 Litre water tank and Honda diesel pump ex Bimbi Rural fire service truck
Isuzu NPS 300 4 x 4 Single Cab year 1993 4 Cylinder diesel 5 Speed Manual 99265 KM 1500 Litre water tank and Honda diesel pump ex Eualdrie Rural fire service truck
Mitsubishi Canter 5.5T GVM 4x4 Single Cab year 1996 4 Cylinder diesel 5 Speed Manual 8436 KM 1300 Litre water tank and Honda diesel pump ex Warraderry Rural fire service truck
Mitsubishi Canter 5.5T GVM 4x4 Single Cab year 1996 4 Cylinder diesel 5 Speed Manual 12620 KM 1300 Litre water tank and Honda diesel pump ex Glenelg Rural fire service truck
Isuzu JCS 420 4 x 4 Crew Cab 1985 build 6 Cylinder diesel 5 speed manual 36723 km 3300 Litre water tank Ruggerini diesel pump ex Caragabal Rural fire service truck
Isuzu FTS 700 4 x 4 Crew Cab 1993 build 6 Cylinder diesel 5 speed manual 27240 km 3300 Litre water tank Hatz diesel pump ex Greenethorpe Rural fire service truck.
Offers for these vehicles will be received by the General Manager up to 10.00am Wednesday, 30 November 2016.
PLANNING PROPOSAL TO AMEND WEDDIN LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2011 &
DRAFT RURAL SETTLEMENT PROJECT AND ADDENDUM
A Planning Proposal to Amend Weddin Local Environmental Plan 2011 (Amendment 2) to provide additional Zone R5 Large Lot Residential and Draft Rural Settlement Project and Addendum documentation has been developed by Council.
Council has continued its work in progressing its plans to provide the ability for more Large Lot Residential opportunities within Grenfell.
The process has progressed to a point where documentation has been approved by Planning NSW for Council to engage in public consultation.
To this effect, Council has placed these documents on public exhibition for 28 days seeking comments. The documents are available on the Council website or Administration Building for review.
In relation to the public exhibition of the documents submissions will be received up to 4pm 7th December 2016.