Weddin Shire Council

Council News 17 October 2018

COUNCIL NEWS 17 OCTOBER 2018

The construction of a new State-of-the-Art Grenfell Medical Centre/Health Hub is continuing and progressing well.

The construction which is one of a number of capital infrastructure projects Council has in progress will see a fit for purpose building including five consulting rooms, minor operations room, practice manager room, practice nurse room, medical meeting rooms, reception area, kitchen, storage facilities, office spaces and a dental services area with 2 consultation spaces developed. The Medical Centre will be of a very high standard and designed to serve the community well into the future. It will also include e-Health capacity with excellent digital integration facilitating collaboration and connectivity between the Health Hub, Grenfell MPS and the Orange Health Service.  This modern facility will be a ‘game changer’ in attracting and retaining General Practitioners (GPs) and facilitating the delivery of health services to the residents of the Weddin Shire for many years into the future.  

The operation of the centre is currently being considered and it is anticipated that a decision will be made by Council in the next few months.

 

As residents are aware Council has received grant funding of $8.81m under the Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program to upgrade the Grenfell Sewerage Treatment Plant.  This approval was part of the NSW Government’s $110million Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program to ensure regional communities have the right infrastructure to build for the future.  The Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program enables the construction of modern water and sewerage infrastructure and associated works to provide safe, secure and reliable water and sewerage services to communities. 

In regards to the status of the project the concept design and Review of Environmental Factors (REF) have been completed with the detailed design currently in progress.

This is another exciting project Council is currently undertaking which will also upgrade our assets to ensure we remain sustainable in the future and continue to provide quality services to our residents.

 

Service NSW agency in Council's administration building is approaching two years of operation and is an extremely valuable facility for residents of the Shire with the following services available:

  • 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 establishment of Service NSW is ensuring the services remain in the Weddin Shire which is terrific. The services remaining at the Council Chambers also enhances Council’s long term sustainability and will assist us to remain as Weddin Shire Council in the long term. If you require any of the services, please call in and see Lisa or Freuin who will be only too happy to assist.

  

Member for Cootamundra The Hon Steph Cooke MP has announced that around 170 tradies across the Cootamundra electorate will save $320,00 over 10 years by not having to renew their licenses every three years, as part of the NSW Government’s Better Business Reforms.

Ms Cooke advised it followed extensive public consultation with the renewal fees dropping from up to $605 every three years, to just a $51 processing fee for tradies to update their details every five years.

The licences that will become ongoing include decorating, painting, fencing, glazing, kitchen and bathroom benchtop installation, splashback installation, paving, shower screen installation, ducting/mechanical ventilation, shade sails and shade systems installation, dry plastering, wet plastering and minor maintenance/cleaning.

In May 2018, the Government consulted widely with industry and stakeholders, seeking ideas to remove unnecessary red tape and make it easier to start and stay in business in NSW. The outcome of this consultation will culminate in the Better Business Reforms – the biggest shakeup of NSW consumer law in more than three decades.

This is about getting back to basics, and putting money back in the hands of local businesses as when business is made easier, both traders and consumers are better off.

Minister for Better Regulation Matt Kean will introduce the Better Business Reforms, which also includes reforms to increase transparency for consumers, into Parliament later this month.

Work continues at Caragabal Park with the following now complete or in the final stages:

  • Concrete work for BBQ shelter and footpath have been completed
  • BBQ shelter has been constructed
  • Shade sails and poles have been installed
  • 2x Timber slatted picnic tables have been ordered and will arrive in the next 7 weeks to be installed immediately upon delivery.
  • Double burner BBQ will arrive in the next 2 weeks ready for installation.

This will be a fantastic facility and will be an area where families can meet and conduct social functions which will certainly strengthen the social fabric of the Caragabal community.

  

The Weddin Aquatic Centre opened on Monday 1 October for the 2018/2019 swimming season.

Council continues to focus on upgrading the pool at Quandialla with an upgrade of the filtration plant and sandblasting carried out in preparation for painting. It is envisaged that the Quandialla Pool will be open on 3 November 2018.

There has been a lot of work done recently in preparation for the opening of both pools which will certainly be appreciated by residents at both communities. As the weather warms up no doubt these venues will be very popular and it is hoped everyone has a very enjoyable and safe time in our pools this summer.

For opening hours please see the adjacent advertisement.

 

Last night saw the opening of the new exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery "Poppies for Remembrance" conducted by the Grenfell Garden Club. The exhibition will be on display until the 25th November, 2018.

The exhibition is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the first Armistice Day and the Flanders Poppy and includes a display of memorabilia, posters and photos from WW1, a large display of knitted & crochet poppies as well as an exhibition/competition of poppy art.

The Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am -2pm.

 

The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” rated G at 2pm Saturday 23rd October, 2018.  Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

 

Dates to Note

Friday 19 October 2018 –Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 22 October 2018 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

 

Street Stalls

Friday 19 October -  Grenfell Anglican Women’s Association

 

GRENFELL AQUATIC CENTRE

The Grenfell Aquatic Centre opened for the 2018/2019 swim season on Monday 1 October 2018 with hours being:

Monday to Thursday: 6.00am – 8.00am, 10.00am – 1.00pm, 3.00pm – 7.00pm

Friday: 6.00am – 8.00am, 10.00am – 1.00pm, 3.00pm – 6.00pm

Saturday: 6.00am – 8.00am, 10.00am – 7.00pm

Sunday:  11.00am – 7.00pm

Public Holidays: 11.00am – 7.00pm

 

 

 

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