COUNCIL NEWS 19 SEPTEMBER 2018
Residents may recall the Mid Lachlan Alliance Councils of Parkes, Forbes, Lachlan and Weddin previously established a Centroc Drought Sub-Committee chaired by Ex-Mayor Maurice Simpson and included Parkes Shire Councillor John Magill who with their committee were able to obtain assistance for many rural residents through the previous crippling drought.
The good news is the Drought Sub-Committee has been reactivated with Councils current Mayor Cr Mark Liebich together with other Central West Mayors as well as Maurice and John attending a Central NSW JO (Centroc) Drought Sub-Committee meeting in Parkes on Tuesday 14 August 2018 with the following discussed:
Summary of Potential Actions:
Summary of Immediate Actions:
It is really good that Maurice and John are attending the meetings as their experience and guidance will be invaluable for the committee.
Council at its August 2018 Council Meeting considered the above points and resolved to support the potential and immediate actions of the Central NSW JO (Centroc) Drought Sub-Committee.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke MP recently announced that farming communities facing pressure in the wake of severe drought conditions will have access to 20 new ‘farm gate’ counsellors and frontline mental health workers as part of a $6.3 million commitment from the NSW Government, with one counsellor to be based in Temora.
Ms Cooke announced that more people in drought-affected areas will now have access to additional mental health supports thanks to an injection of funding by the State Government. It is often difficult to seek help when living in remote and rural areas, and this new funding will link people struggling with their mental health into services appropriate to their needs.
The district was successful in receiving more than $700,000 over two years to fund three Farm Gate Support Clinicians in Murrumbidgee as part of the NSW Government’s Emergency Drought Relief Package.
These clinicians, who are sensitive to the local needs of the farming communities, will bring a ‘farm gate and kitchen table’ conversation approach to engaging with those whose mental health is at risk due to drought conditions.
The work of these clinicians will build on the other mental health support announced by the Government to help build stronger, healthier, interconnected and resilient communities. Minister for Mental Health the Hon Tanya Davies said the funding over the next two years will ensure individuals, families and businesses have access to 44,000 hours of crucial mental health support close to home.
For crisis support please phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. For more information on mental health services please contact the NSW Mental Health Line on 1800 011 511, or visit www.crrmh.com.au for rural mental health information.
A reminder to residents that the Rural Financial Counselling Service NSW Central Region have previously advised that Financial Counsellor, Peni Usumaki, visits Grenfell on a regular basis.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides free impartial and confidential services to farmers and small agricultural businesses. They also provide information and assistance with farm innovation funds, natural disaster assistance and can assist in helping clients with a better understanding of their financial position.
Appointments are necessary and can be made on Ph 1800 940 404 or mobile 0408 973 723.
The NSW Office for Veterans Affairs (OVA) have announced grant funding is available for war memorial conservation projects and projects that promote remembrance.
The Community War Memorials Fund provides grants of up to $10,000 for projects seeking to protect, conserve and repair local war memorials. The program aims to ensure that important places of remembrance retain their cultural significance and has funded a wide range of projects including condition assessments of war memorials, honour roll repair, arborist advice for war memorial avenues and conservation works to war memorial halls.
The Anzac Community Grants Program provides grants of up to $2,000 for a range of projects that commemorate and educate New South Wales communities about the service and sacrifices of current and former military servicemen and women. The program supports projects such as local community historical research, the preservation or display or war memorabilia and public commemorative events.
Applications will be accepted through its two grant programs until 5pm on Remembrance Day, 11 November 2018 and can be lodged online at veteransnsw.smartygrants.com.au.
You can contact the OVA by calling 1300 838 233 or (02) 8061 9288. Questions regarding the Community War Memorials Fund or the Anzac Community Grants program can also be emailed to
Nominations are now open for the NSW Children’s Week Awards 2018. The awards are designed to recognise the achievements and contributions of children and young people as well as the adults who make positive impacts on the lives of children and young people.
Any children, young people and adults can nominate an inspiring individual, group, service or project that falls within the below award categories.
Children and young people awards (Nominees must be children and young people under the age of 18)
Adult Awards (Nominees must be adults over the age of 18)
The award winners will receive their award and prize at a special award ceremony event which will celebrate their achievements.
Nominations for awards close on Sunday 7 October 2018. For more information and to submit a nomination visit https://www.nswchildrensweek.org.au.
As previously advised Round 2 grants were announced to assist sporting clubs across NSW to purchase and maintain Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) in NSW. The first eight minutes after a person has a cardiac arrest are the most critical and early access to CPR and defibrillation can increase the likelihood of survival by up to 75 per cent. More than 2500 AEDs will be rolled out over four years, under the Local Sports Defibrillation Program, which will also see community members trained in how to use them. Council has submitted an application to obtain an AED to be placed at Lawson Oval and is currently awaiting the outcome.
The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "The Call of the Wild" by a group of creators in NSW called the Wilderists which is on display until 14 October 2018.
"Wilderism" n. represents artists that go into the wilderness to seek inspiration and connection to 'place' through direct experience. These artists then create from their heart without regard for accepted ways of creating but rather seek to develop through loose and energetic techniques the raw forces seen in nature itself.
The Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am -2pm.
Dates to Note
Friday 21 September 2018 –Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
Monday 24 September 2018 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Friday 21 September 2018 – St Josephs P&F
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
Residents are advised that Weddin Shire Council will be carrying out heavy patching works on the Mid-Western Highway approximately 25km west of Grenfell and on the Newell Highway 50km south of Forbes between 18 - 25 September, 2018.
Council apologises for any inconvenience.
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979
Council has received an Application for a Single Storey Ambulance Station with 3 internal parking bays and internal facilities for administration, storage spaces and amenity facilities over LOT: 59 DP: 739569 21 Sullivan Street (Cowra Road) GRENFELL 2810.
Inspection: The application DA 49/2018 for a Single Storey Ambulance Station with 3 internal parking bays and internal facilities for administration, storage spaces and amenity facilities may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from 17 September 2018 and 8 October 2018 at the Council’s Office, Camp Street, Grenfell.
Submissions: Any person may make a submission in writing to the Consent Authority within the advertised period. Submissions objecting to the development are required to specify the grounds for objection.
Written submissions are to be received at Council by 4.00 pm on 8 October 2018
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
Council invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the following position: -
Please submit written applications with details of qualifications, drivers licence, WorkCover Certificates and work experience together with written references and/or the names of two people who may be contacted for work references.
Further information and a job description can be obtained by contacting Maegan Rassack or Katherine Baker during business hours on (02) 6343 1212.
Applications for the position should be sent to the General Manager, Weddin Shire Council at the address below and will close at 2 pm on Wednesday, 10 October 2018.
The Weddin Shire Council is an equal employment opportunity employer and provides a smoke free work environment.
PO BOX 125 AUTHORISED BY
GRENFELL GLENN CARROLL