Weddin Shire Council

Council News 20 December 2017


Council’s 2016/2017 Annual Report has been completed, adopted by Council and forwarded to the Division of Local Government.

The continuation of the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) process has seen Council take a more strategic approach to asset management and the provision of services to our residents.

The Annual Report also reviews Council’s performance in regards to works and projects undertaken as per the 2016/2017 Operational Plan. These works and projects were derived from the 2013-2017 Delivery Program and prioritised by Council accordingly. It is very pleasing to report Council completed and made significant progress in regards to a number of projects and activities some of which are highlighted below:

  • Avoided amalgamation and deemed “Fit for the Future”
  • Council instrumental as the lead Council in the Mid Lachlan Alliance (MLA) receiving $400k under the Innovation Fund.
  • Grenfell Health Hub/Medical Centre plans and specifications developed
  • Continued Grenfell Swimming Pool upgrade
  • SH17 and SH6 construction and maintenance
  • Regional Roads upgrades
  • Local roads construction/maintenance

The completion of these projects as well as others outlined in the Annual Report is a credit to Councillors and staff.

It is imperative that we continue to work as a team to achieve our strategic objectives that have been identified and prioritised as part of Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) process.

The supplementary State of Environment Report and the 2016/2017 Financial Statements have been prepared as an Appendix to the Annual Report. 

Copies of the Annual Report and the Annual Statements are available on Councils website:


A major or integral component of Council’s 2016/2017 Annual Report are the 2016/2017 Annual Financial Statements. 

Council’s external auditor Mr John O’Malley delivered a presentation in regards to the financial statements to Council and staff during the November Council meeting held on Thursday 16 November, 2017. 

Mr O’Malley confirmed that Council is in a very sound financial position and recognised that Council has undertaken various initiatives in regards to our financial resources to ensure Council is financially viable and sustainable in the long term.


The Grenfell Aquatic Centre which opened to the public on Saturday 4 November 2017 is proving to be very popular with residents particularly in the very hot weather we are currently experiencing.

Various works in relation to internal fencing, external footpaths, kerb and gutter and landscaping works will be completed in time for the official opening to be held on Saturday 17 February 2018.


As residents are aware a future capital works project is the construction of a new state-of-the-art Medical Centre/Health Hub in Grenfell scheduled to commence in February 2018.

The construction will see a fit for purpose building including six 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.


Christmas competitions are in progress in Grenfell, Caragabal, Greenethorpe and Quandialla with terrific Go Grenfell Card prizes on offer.

There will be a Christmas display competition in Grenfell, Caragabal has a Christmas Lights and Mailbox Competition, Quandialla has a Christmas Competition and Greenethorpe has a Christmas Gate Competition.

For more information or to nominate your home for judging contact Auburn Carr Ph 6343 2855.


Surveys of residents living in the Glenelg and Bumbaldry Mobile Black Sports are taking place. If you live in these localities and do not receive a letter in the mail relating to the survey, please contact Councils’ Economic Development Officer Auburn Carr Ph 6343 2855 or to arrange for one to be posted to you.

Council strongly encourages all residents of these black spots to participate. Assessment will be conducted on the survey responses and will be used to lobby Federal and State Governments and Mobile Network Operators for improved mobile services in the area.


While a number of major capital projects are in progress Council’s works program is continuing and the following works have been completed, are currently in progress or about to commence:

  • general maintenance
  • completed Keiths Lane widening and strengthening
  • completed Driftway Road shoulders rehabilitation
  • pipe culverts in Driftway Road replaced
  • Caragabal Pullabooka Road widening and strengthening
  • Piney Range Road shoulder works in progress
  • pipe culverts in Driftway Road replaced

These works are all part of Councils works programme and are vital to ensure our assets are upgraded and maintained to ensure we remain a sustainable Council in the long term.


The coming months will continue to be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:  

  • Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition – From Slate to Smart Board - 5 Dec - 14 Jan
  • Exhibition - Grenfell Community Arts & Craft Group – 16 Jan
  • Australia’s most famous babies visit Grenfell Public Library in travelling display – 19 Jan
  • Australia Day – 26 Jan

There is certainly a lot happening in the next month which is excellent as these events are very important to the economic and social fabric of our Shire.


The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is " From Slate to Smart Board" traces the development of Public Education in Grenfell from the "OLD BARK SCHOOL" (by Henry Lawson) and is on display from the 5th December – 14th January 2018. Built of bark and poles on the corner of Camp and Forbes St in 1867 up until 1871 when the brick and weatherboard school on the corner of Rose and Warraderry St was established, until now.


It is planned to screen a movie in the Christmas holiday period and further details will be available in due course. If you have a particular request for a movie please let Lisa at Council’s administration office know.  Ph 6343 1212. 


As this is the last column for 2017 I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of Councillors and staff to wish all our residents a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Dates to Note

Friday 29 December 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East/West)

Monday 1 January 2017 – No Recycling Collection (Grenfell West) 


Street Stalls

Friday 22 and Saturday 23 December 2017 – Grenfell Tennis Club





Greenethorpe residents, Grenfell residents and business houses are advised of the following arrangements for the collection of garbage and commercial waste over the Christmas/ New Year period.


Thursday 21 December 2017               - Normal garbage collection (Eastern run)


Friday 22 December 2017                    - No garbage collection


Monday 25 December 2017                 - No garbage collection


Tuesday 26 December 2017                 - No garbage collection


Wednesday 27 December 2017           - Garbage collection (Western Run) and Greenethorpe garbage collection


Thursday 28 December 2017               - Normal garbage collection (Eastern run)


Friday 29 December 2017                    - Recycling (Eastern and Western run)


Monday 1 January 2018                       - No garbage collection


Tuesday 2 January 2018                       - Normal garbage collection (Western run)


Wednesday 3 January 2018                 - Greenethorpe and Quandialla garbage collection





The facility will be open regular opening hours Tuesday 26th, Thursday 28th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st, and Tuesday 2nd January 2018.


PO BOX 125                                                                                                AUTHORISED BY

GRENFELL                                                                                                   GLENN CARROLL

                                                                                                                     GENERAL MANAGER