Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 17 August 2016

The big news of the week was the announcement by The Hon Duncan Gay MP of $6.5 million in funding for two projects in the Cootamundra electorate as part of the State Government’s $15 million Fixing Country Rail pilot program.

The announcement was made at the Young Railway Station on Monday 8 August, 2016 with Council represented by the Deputy Mayor Cr John Niven and myself. It was revealed that $5 million has been granted towards the reinstatement of the Maimuru to Demondrille railway line, a 56 kilometre section of the Cowra lines network, which will provide a much-needed connection to the Main South Line.

A total of 10 projects across NSW will receive a share of $15 million under the Fixing Country Rail pilot program in addition to the $400 million to be invested into the program. The first full round of Fixing Country Rail funding will open later this year. Regional Councils, producers, rail operators and other businesses are encouraged to work together and apply for funding under the program. More information can be found at:

The freight transport network is vital to Regional NSW and we need to improve its efficiency to take more freight off our roads and on to rail which will also assist in improving motorists safety.

The Cowra Rail Lines Councils of Cowra, Young, Blayney, Harden and Weddin have put in a tremendous amount of work to have the lines reopened and their perseverance and persistence is a real credit to all Councils.

The commencement of this exciting project will be a tremendous step in the right direction and further work will now be required to have the full length of the line re-opened.

Nominations for the 2016 Local Government Elections closed at 12 noon on Wednesday 10 August, 2016 with fourteen (14) nominations received.

The ballot was officially conducted that afternoon with a list of candidates in ballot paper order then placed on the following website

Other information is detailed below:

  • Pre-poll voting will be conducted at the Council Chambers from Monday 29 August, 2016 to 6.00pm on Friday 9 September 2016.
  • Postal vote applications close on Monday 5 September, 2016.

Further information is available on the above website.

Weddin Shire Council residents who have access to social media are able to access the latest posts from the NSWEC, regarding the elections by visiting

The NSWEC can also be followed on Twitter on

Council has received advice from Families and Community Services that the Youth Week 2017 NSW Design Competition is now open.

Youth Week are looking for aspiring young designers to help create the look for the Youth Week 2017 NSW website, posters and other promotional materials. Youth Week is the NSW Government’s major youth participation initiative. In 2016, the NSW Government supported Local Councils across NSW to run more than 890 Youth Week activities and events. More than 82,000 young people participated in these activities and events.

The Youth Week Design Competition provides young people with the opportunity to showcase their talent as a designer and to win $1,000.  The winning poster design will be used to promote Youth Week 2017 throughout NSW in April 2017.

Entries should be innovative, creative, and help spread the word about Youth Week.

Entries close Friday 2 September, 2016. For the full terms and conditions and more information:

  • Visit the Youth Week in NSW website at
  • Or contact the NSW Youth Week Coordinator at

Member for Cootamundra, The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP encourages local organisations and groups to apply for grants of up to $5,000 to host events during 2017 NSW Seniors Festival.

The NSW Seniors Festival will be held from Friday 3 March to Sunday 12 March, 2017 and the grants help local Councils and groups host events in their local communities during the Festival. The NSW Seniors Festival is about recognition and celebration. It is a time when the community recognises and celebrates the incredible contribution older people make to our community.

This grant funding will help local organisations arrange local events for older people in the Cootamundra electorate. Hosting an event is a great way to show appreciation, as well as helping older people stay active.

Community groups can apply for up to $1,000 to deliver local events or activities and larger community organisations can apply for grants ranging from $1,001 to $5,000 for bigger events or activities.

The 2017 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program will focus on events that are public, held in regional or remote areas, tailored to culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal communities, and offer unique and engaging intergenerational activities.

Applications for the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival Grants Program are now open and close on Friday 2 September, 2016.

For more information or to submit an application, go to

Access Point Services will continue to be provided at the Grenfell Internet Centre after the extension of the agreement.

Access Points provide free self service facilities for customers to conduct their business with the Department of Human Services (Centrelink/Medicare/Childsupport). There is a dedicated internet enabled computer (provided and maintained by Human Services) for customers to access these digital services.

The Department of Human Services has invited the Grenfell Internet Centre to again provide these services for the 2016- 2017 financial year which is great news for residents of the Weddin Shire.

Residents are reminded that Council appoints community representatives to a number of its committees each year and these representatives are due to be appointed at Council’s September Meeting for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Accordingly nominations are currently being invited for the following committees:

Heritage - 3 positions

Tourism - 3 positions plus 1 village representative

Art Gallery - 3 positions

Cinema - up to 4 positions

Written nominations close on Friday 26 August, 2016. A form is available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘When Two Worlds Meet” by Kim Heath and Kim Bagot – Hiller which is on display from the 2 August – 11 September, 2016. The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.

The next movie to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Joy”, on Wednesday 31 August, 2016 at 2.00 pm. Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.


Dates to Note


18 August 2016 – Ordinary Council Meeting, 5.00 pm

26 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

29 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls


Friday, 19 August

St Joseph’s P & F

Saturday, 20 August

Grenfell Girl Guides





Residents are hereby advised that the next film at the Grenfell Cinema will be shown as below:


“JOY” - Rated M


     2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st August 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 seeking expressions of interest from owners of property who may wish to undertake conservation works on structures that could be classed as having historic or heritage value. Conservation work includes repairs, replacement, painting or removal of inappropriate alterations additions.

 Each application will be treated on its merit and all ratepayers are eligible to apply.

 Applications need to be returned to Council by the 9 September 2016.

 Application forms may be obtained from the Shire Office, website or by telephoning the Office on 63431212 or emailed if requested.



 Council resolved at its Ordinary July Council meeting to commence public consultation to seek community opinion regarding designating the below described areas as “Off Leash” areas under the Companion Animals Act 1998.

 Lot 133 DP 1081488 at the end of Stan McCabe Drive, bounded by public land to the north, rail corridor to the east and private land to south and west.

 Lot 1 DP 126544 on the corner of West Street and South Street, bounded by Council Depot to the West and private land to the South.

 Council advises that these areas, should they be declared will be conditional that it is the responsibility of the person who is in charge of the animal to ensure that the animal remains wholly within the described area, does not harass, attack or charge at other animals or persons and that if the animal defecates the faeces is collected and disposed of in the appropriate manner. On the spot Penalty Notices for failure to comply with the usage of these areas start at $110.

The Community are invited to submit any comments as to whether this area should be made a permanent off-leash area. Your comments are to be addressed to the Director Environmental Services before Friday 26 August 2016.