Weddin Shire Council

Council News 21 March 2018


Common Thread Consulting Pty Ltd are continuing to undertake two projects under the Innovation Fund for the Mid Lachlan Alliance (MLA) Councils as part of a ‘Fitness Campaign’ to deliver a Fiscal Responsibility Action Plan (FRAP) and a Service Review Action Plan (SRAP).

The Fitness Campaign will strengthen the case for councils to remain independent with a focus on asset management, financial sustainability and improved service delivery.  It is founded upon simple documents (Service Dashboards) that will form part of each council’s integrated planning and reporting framework, helping us to better understand our business and that of our partners in the MLA.

Detailed reviews are currently being finalised in several areas including ICT (Information Communications and Technology), Civica Authority (corporate computer system), roads, parks and customer service. Higher level reviews are also being carried out of all services to identify areas to explore further. 

Where a potential opportunity for improvement is identified, a business case will be developed (either for our Council or for a number of Councils in the Alliance) that considers the costs, benefits and risks.  If the business case is positive, it will then be recommended to Council for approval.  A Program Management Office will be established in each Council to coordinate the development of business cases, develop project documentation and monitor the progress of each project.

A robust project management approach is an important part of the Fitness Campaign as this will help keep projects on track and ensure desired outcomes are realised. The result will be a sustainable Council with the capability and capacity to deliver better value for our local community.

Final reports with recommendations on each of the reviews are currently being finalised and it is anticipated they will be presented to the April 2018 Council Meeting.


A Connected Leadership Program was also undertaken as part of the Fitness Campaign. The Connected Leadership Program is an integral part of the Fitness Campaign because each Council has recognised that we need to think and work differently.

The program included a combination of one-on-one coaching and development as well as group workshops. The one-on-one sessions focussed on developing the behaviours of individual leaders to support a shift in organisational culture.  Group workshops focussed on developing a shared vision and purpose within each Council and across the MLA.  Lead Consultant Mr David Gourlay conducted the one-on-one coaching sessions and workshops with staff from the 14-21 February 2018 and Councillors on the 22-23 February 2018 prior to the Councillor workshop.

The one-on-one coaching sessions and workshops were excellent and designed to ensure that Weddin Shire Council has stronger social structures to support organisational change, support a cultural shift as well as strengthening the organisation’s understanding of the benefits and opportunities of the Mid Lachlan Alliance which will all result in increased performance right across the organisation.


Council has also received advice from Southern Phone Company that Council has received payment of our Southern Phone Company dividend in the amount of $11,927.11. This dividend represents 0.78% of the total dividend pool for this year of $1,000,000. The dividend calculation is based on 20% of the dividend pool being split equitably by the 35 shareholders, and 80% split based on the Southern Phone revenues generated in each Council’s area.  The number of Southern Phone customers in the Weddin Shire is increasing and if residents wish to switch to Southern Phone and assist the local community please call 1800 154 981 or 13 14 64.


The next meeting of the Lachlan Regional Transport Committee will be held at the Grenfell Bowling Club on the 19th May 2018 at 9.30am.

It has been quite a while since Grenfell has hosted a meeting. The last time everyone enjoyed the venue and the hospitality and are looking forward to holding the meeting in Grenfell once again.

Applications are now open for the Resilient Australia Awards and the NSW Get Ready Community Award.

The Resilient Australia Awards are a national program to recognise and promote initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience.

Applications are judged first at the state and territory level and winners become finalists for national judging and the chance to win a National Resilient Award.

All applications close 31 May 2018 at 3.00pm. For more information visit:


Congratulations to the Henry Lawson High School 2018 Science and Engineering team who have once again won the regional Science and Engineering challenge for the ninth straight year. This is an outstanding achievement and a credit to all involved.  The students are now off to Newcastle to compete at the next level of the challenge. Good luck!


Residents are reminded that the 2018 NSW Seniors Festival, formally known as Seniors Week, is being held from 4 – 15 April 2018. 

It is usually a great week for our seniors with our Librarian Erica Kearnes continuing the traditional morning tea this year which will be held prior to the Festival on Tuesday 27 March, 2018 from 10am at the Uniting Church hall.  Other events for the festival include:

- The Information and Neighbourhood Centre are holding a High Tea at the Community Hub on Tuesday 10 April, 2018 11am – 1pm. Gold coin donation. 

For more information and to RSVP Ph 6340 1100.


The new exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is " Woodland Plains " Nicole Berlach which was opened on Friday evening 2 March 2018 and is on display until 15 April 2018. Woodland Plains explores Australia’s native grassland communities through the delicate and multi-layered medium of watercolour on paper. Nicole has an extensive portfolio of work including children’s picture book illustrations, scientific illustration plates, field guides, interpretive signage, logo design, album covers, and private commissioned artworks. The exhibition is well worth a visit to the Art Gallery to see.

Dates to Note

Friday 23 March 2018 –Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 26 March 2018 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls

Thursday 22 March 2018 – Red Cross

Friday 23 March and Saturday 24 2018 – Grenfell & District Senior Citizen’s Welfare Committee Inc


Council offers for sale two (2) ex RFS Bushfire Troop Carriers as follows:

- 1985 Landcruiser Troop Carrier (Toyota) – 11 seats 6 cylinder orange/red colour diesel manual 142504 KM registration 18/3/2018

- 1990 Landcruiser Troop Carrier (Toyota) – 11 seats 6 cylinder orange/red colour diesel manual 203740 KM registration 18/03/2018 

Offers for these vehicles will be received by the General Manager up to 10.00am Friday, 6 April 2018.


Council’s draft Sport and Recreation Facilities Plan 2018-2022 will be on public exhibition for comment from Wednesday 7 March 2018 to Tuesday 3 April 2018.

This plan has been prepared to be used by Council to determine future short, medium and long term sport facilities priorities and the associated actions required to bring the projects to fruition.

Submissions will be received up until 4.00 pm on Tuesday 3 April 2018. The draft plan can be viewed at Council or on the website




Council has received an Application Change of Use (Bus Depot) & Extension of Shed over LOT: 1164 DP: 754578 5402 Mid Western Highway GRENFELL 2810.

Inspection: The application DA 17/2018 for Change of Use (Bus Depot) & Extension of Shed may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from 14 March 2018 and 4 April 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 4 April 2018.




Council seeks the services of an experienced Civil Engineer with demonstrated knowledge of Local Government Engineering.

The successful applicant will assist the Director Engineering in survey, design and construction, preparing estimates, quality assessment, liaising with ratepayers, grants submissions and Work Health & Safety and Risk Management.

An information package may be obtained by contacting Maegan on 02 63431212 or Enquiries should be directed to Mr Raju Ranjit.

Applications will be received up until 4.00 pm on Tuesday, 17 April 2018.




Council is inviting applications from motivated and enthusiastic persons to fill the position of Project Engineer in Council’s Organisation Structure.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award.

Further information and a job description can be obtained by contacting Maegan during business hours on (02) 6343 1212, email or visit Council’s website at

Applications for this position close Tuesday 17th April 2018 and should be forwarded to the undersigned.

PO BOX 125                                                                                              AUTHORISED BY

GRENFELL                                                                                                   GLENN CARROLL

                                                                                                                   GENERAL MANAGER