The Mayor Cr Mark Liebich and I recently attended the Centroc Board meeting at Parliament House Sydney held on 25 May 2017.
Member for Bathurst, the Hon Paul Toole, Minister for Lands and Forestry and Minister for Racing and his office staff assisted with organising the meeting in Parliament House.
The Board were fortunate to have the Premier, Deputy Premier and the following Ministers address the Board. All Minsters expressed their appreciation for the region taking the time to come and meet with them in Sydney.
Cr John Medcalf, Mayor of Lachlan Shire Council was elected as Chair of Centroc unopposed. He has been acting in this role since late February.
Various portfolios were also discussed as follows:
Cr Ken Keith, Portfolio Mayor, updated the Board on the recent Strategic Roads Group meeting, which will now be called the Centroc Transport Group. The recent Federal Government announcement of Inland Rail is a great opportunity for this region and work will be undertaken to optimise outcomes for our communities leveraging this new transport link.
The issue of the Bells Line was raised with further advocacy to be undertaken.
Cr D Somervaille, Portfolio Chair updated the Board on the advocacy currently taking place in the portfolio, including the visit to the Region from the Chair of General Purpose Standing Committee No 5, the Hon Robert Brown for the Inquiry into the augmentation of water storages.
A meeting was held with Minister Niall Blair the day before regarding the Lachlan Valley water security project - Phase 2 progress and the NSW DPI water regulatory framework that has seen escalating costs for Councils as they attempt to resource the increasing complexity of the compliance framework for Best Practice.
All Councils have signed up to the Beyond the Range program again. This program encourages health professionals to see the benefits of relocating to rural areas where work/life balance, exciting career opportunities and supportive vibrant, creative communities can be found.
A meeting with the Rural Doctor’s Network is being co-ordinated, to discuss the progressing of a methodology on the economic and social impacts of a Rural Town not having a doctor.
The Murray Darling Medical School was not in the Federal Budget for next year. Further advocacy work at the request of Member for Calare, Andrew Gee MP will be undertaken.
The revised MOU between Centroc and RDACW the only one that exists in Australia was signed and witnesses by the Hon. John Barilaro, Deputy Premier, Minister for Regional NSW, Minister for Skills and Small Business.
Substantial work across the regional has been undertaken with the Review of the Regional Infrastructure, Co-ordinator Ken Gillespie and Executive Officer Don Murray.
The Chair and CEO met with the Minister for Local Government on the 6th of April to seek progression of the Joint Organisations. From this meeting Centroc was asked to provide a brief on the JO reform to inform Ministerial deliberations. This was raised with the Minister for Local Government at the Board meeting, where the Minister committed to providing direction on Joint Organisations within a fortnight.
Advice from CNSWT, states it will wind up CNSWT and are seeking Centrocs support for the regional function.
The Centroc Board has agreed to support the function of Tourism in line with the report provided by Central NSW Tourism. A meeting of Tourism Managers is being arranged to give consideration to the next steps and Council will receive a report in due course.
Negations with the Southern NSW ROCS for the roll out of LED Streetlighting and smart controls still continue. A one-page advocacy brief has been developed with a more developed business case to be circulated to members in due course.
Centroc is a very good example of how Councils can work together collaboratively to obtain efficiencies and savings which assists Councils to remain financially sustainable and independent in the long term.
Last Saturday the 17th June was the 150th birthday of Henry Lawson and the festival committee celebrated the historic event at the Community Hub.
The informal evening was attended by the Mayor, Councillors, Henry Lawson Festival committee members, Festival Patron Kathleen Smith OAM and members of the community.
Guests also enjoyed the final look at the Henry Lawson Festival Art & Porcelain exhibition. Mayor Mark Liebich surprised the audience by reciting a poem by Henry Lawson and John Hetherington also recited Henry Lawson’s poem ‘Said Grenfell to my Spirit’. Patron Kathleen Smith also delivered a short speech about the Festival and congratulated everyone on a wonderful Festival.
The attendees sang Happy Birthday to Henry accompanied by Brent Cartwright, who provided the evening’s entertainment and Kathleen then cut the birthday cake.
It was an excellent evening and a great way to celebrate the birthday of Grenfell’s favourite son.
As reported last week, the Henry Lawson Festival is over for another year and the general consensus is that the festival was one of the best ever with approximately 7,000 people attending which was absolutely magnificent. The festival executive, committee, coordinators and all of the volunteers should be justifiably proud of their efforts and ultimate achievement of making the festival a great success. A thank you dinner is currently being organised and a debrief session was held last night.
A full review of the festival was undertaken to ensure the 2018 festival will be even bigger and better. The committee will now have a well earned break for a few months before the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 17 October, 2017.
Small Business Minister the Hon Michael McCormack MP has advised Australia’s 3.2 million small businesses can continue to purchase equipment up to $20,000 and write it off immediately thanks to legislation passed by the Senate recently.
Recent tax cuts for small business which delivered a 27.5 per cent tax rate also redefined ‘small business’, meaning more Australian businesses are now eligible for the instant asset write-off. This means thousands more small businesses are now eligible for the write-off, as well as paying less tax.
For more information on support for small business please visit: www.business.gov.au/smallbusiness
Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has recently announced that families in Grenfell and district will benefit from a $39,990 investment at Grenfell Preschool & Long Day Care Centre Inc, as part of the NSW Government’s Capital Works program.
The Grenfell Preschool community is supported by the NSW Government through this program, enabling the purchase of a new vehicle for their existing mobile preschool service.
Research demonstrates that children benefit socially, emotionally and cognitively from access to quality early childhood education. The Capital Works program will have a real benefit for families with young children in the Grenfell district.
The NSW government is fully committed to supporting providers to deliver quality care that working parents and carers can rely on.
Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has also announced that local road safety initiatives have the opportunity to receive a welcome boost with applications now open for the third round of the NSW Government’s Community Road Safety Grants program.
The Community Road Safety Grants program supports community organisations to work with their local communities to improve road safety in their areas.
Some of the successful applicants last year included projects to raise awareness around pedestrian and motorcycle safety, road rules awareness workshops for culturally and linguistically diverse groups as well as people with intellectual disabilities.
Two categories of grants are available: one for smaller projects with up to $5,000 available for each idea and another for more substantial projects, worth up to $30,000. Community groups are invited to submit their local road safety projects by 5pm on Sunday 23 July, 2017.
Community-based organisations can get more information about the grants and submit their application by visiting: http://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/aboutthecentre/communitygrants
Service NSW have advised Council of the renewal of our Service NSW Agency Agreement for the period of one year commencing 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
Service NSW also acknowledged Councils support in the delivery of essential state government services to our local community and advised they look forward to continuing the partnership.
The Service NSW agency arrangement is a good example of a collaborative service delivery arrangement that provides many positive benefits to our community and is a credit to the staff involved in its delivery.
Statecover, Council’s workers compensation insurer have advised they are distributing a $6 million Mutual Performance Rebate to Members during the financial year ending 30 June 2017.
The Mutual Performance Rebate is payable to Members which have Council Member status under the Statecover constitution. The Rebate is 10% of Member’s actual base tariff premium for 2015/2016 and for Weddin Shire Council this is $11,951.54.
This is also a very good result and a credit to all the staff involved.
The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is “Reflections” which will be on display until the 30 July, 2017. Reflections is an exhibition showcasing Aboriginal artists from Central Western New South Wales.
Comprising of installations, paintings, weaving and sculpture the artists have created works which reflect on the past and present and contemplate what the future holds from their perspectives as regional Aboriginal artists.
The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am - 2pm.
It is planned to reactivate the movies in the near future 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.
Dates to Note
Friday 30 June 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
Monday 3 July 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Fri 23 June - Mens Shed
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
APPROVED DEVELOPMENTS - JUNE 2017
In accordance with Section 101 of Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, public notice is hereby given that Council, at its June 2017 meeting or by delegation, has approved the following Development Applications; and are advertised for public information:
DA NO 20/2015 Applicant: Mr DR Relyea, Property: LOT: 132 DP: 754592, 179 Wirrimah Road, WIRRIMAH NSW 2803, Purpose: Change of Use – Increase Chickens on site
DO NO 39/2016 Applicant: Mr GD & Mrs L Sinclair, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 1142374, 164 Quondong Road, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: New Dwelling & Bus Depot (Home Industry) (3 buses, 2 operational)
DA NO 12/2017 Modified Applicant: Andys Design & Drafting, Property: LOT: 3 DP: 1108721, Henry Lawson Way, GRENFELL NSW 2810, New Dwelling
DA NO 21/2017 Applicant: PB Amezdroz & BC Cogan, Property: LOTS: 6 & 7 SEC: A DP: 6279, 16-18 Chapple Street, GREENETHORPE 2809, Purpose: New Barn Style Shed Dwelling with Verandah, Garage with Awning & Bali Hut,
DA NO 23/2017 Applicant: Mr TP West, Property: LOT: 51 DP: 750590, 711 Gibraltar Rocks ROAD CARGAGABAL 2810, Purpose: New Dwelling & Demolish existing Dwelling
DA NO 24/2017 Applicant: Steadfast Homes, Property: LOT: 1 DP: 1229401, 19 Huckel Close, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: New Dwelling
DA NO 26/2017 Applicant: Ms AC Carr, Property: LOT: 121 DP: 752929, Henry Lawson Way, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Dwelling Alterations & Additions
DA NO 27/2017 Applicant: Mr WJ Chapman, Property: LOT: 1212 DP: 754578, Star Street, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Shed
DA NO 28/2017 Applicant: LS & ML Smith, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 1200092, 210 Gooloogong Road GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: New Dwelling with attached Garage
DA NO 29/2017 Applicant: Ms JL Crutcher, Property: LOT: 11 DP: 1229401, 19 Walshs Lane, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: New Shed