Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 21 September 2016

The 2016 Local Government Election was held on Saturday 10 September 2016 with the successful candidates listed below:

  • Mark Liebich
  • Paul Best
  • Craig Bembrick
  • Stephen O’Byrne
  • Stuart McKellar
  • Carly Brown
  • Jan Parlett
  • Phillip Diprose
  • John Niven

The administration of the election was conducted with a number of Council staff directly involved in the process and was conducted in an excellent manner.

The first Council meeting with the newly elected Councillors is to be held on Thursday, 22 September 2016. The September meeting will also see the election of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, various Council delegates and committee members.

Congratulations to the successful candidates and all the very best in your endeavours during the next four years.

Two previous Councillors who were not elected in the election were Nevin Hughes and Alan Griffiths.

Both Nevin and Alan contributed enormously to the Shire during the time they served on Council particularly in regards to Local Government Reform, Provision of health services, Roads construction and maintenance, the New depot, Community Hub Project, Grenfell swimming pool upgrade, Weddin Health Hub, Visitor Information Centre (VIC) and the Arts, Heritage and Tourism.

Nevin and Alan should be very proud of their achievements and on behalf of Council and staff I would like to thank them very much for their contribution to the Weddin Shire and wish them all the very best for the future.

The NSW Parliament has passed amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 (the LGA) known as the Phase 1 reforms, focussing mainly on improving Council governance and strategic business planning. 

Some of the amendments are now in force and are detailed below:

  • The term of office for a mayor elected by Councillors will be increased to two years (section 230(1) LGA).
  • All Councillors, including mayors, are required to take an oath or affirmation of office before they can perform their functions and duties (section 233A LGA).
  • Determination of the organisation structure of a Council is by the governing body of the Council, in consultation with the general manager for senior staff positions and by the general manager for the remainder of the structure 
  • Expenses and facilities policies are to be adopted by a council within 12 months of the term of a new Council and policy amendments are no longer required to be specifically notified to the Office of Local Government. 
  • Countback provisions will not be available to fill casual vacancies occurring in the office of a Councillor following the 2016 ordinary elections.
  • Further Phase 1 amendments will be put in place over time.

If you would like any further information please contact the Council Governance Team at the Office of Local Government Ph 02 4228 4100.

Council recently received correspondence from the Grenfell Sesquicentenary Committee requesting that Council consider running a Red Carpet Open Day, to be held in the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) on the October long weekend as part of the Sesquicentenary Celebrations.

The Sesquicentenary committee’s ‘Come Home to Grenfell’ target audience is Weddin Shire residents, visiting friends and relatives and other visitors to the shire, which would be the perfect market to showcase the new VIC.

The committee also believe the VIC would be the best starting point for visitors to obtain information and be tailor made for the best possible experience for the Sesquicentenary visitors.

Council subsequently resolved at the August Council Meeting that Council hold a Red Carpet Open Day in the Visitor Information Centre on the October 2016 long weekend which should be a perfect welcome to all visitors on the long weekend and also be a great opportunity to showcase our excellent tourism facilities.

Council has been given approval to dispose of the following Rural Fire Service tankers:-

  • BF07343 Glenelg 7
  • BF07344 Warraderry 7
  • BF04400 Bimbi 7
  • BF04412 Eualdrie 7
  • BF00274 Caragabal 1
  • BF00882 Greenethorpe

It is proposed to advertise the vehicles locally and in the Western and Southern Magazine for sale, so if you would like to purchase a vehicle keep your eye out for the advertisements in the above mentioned newspapers.

Council has received advice from Keep NSW Beautiful that funding for community groups and volunteers in the Weddin Shire is now available.

Grants of up to $5,000 are available for community groups who are keen to tackle litter in their area and have the local knowledge to make a difference.

Any community group can apply for a litter grant: youth groups, scouts and guides, pony clubs which is great news for our community groups and the environment.

For more information visit

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘Our Heritage, Our History’ which is being held to celebrate Grenfell’s rich history as part of the Grenfell Sesquicentenary celebrations. The exhibition is on display until the 9 October, 2016 and by all reports is well worth seeing.

The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.

The next films to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be the children’s movies “Zootopia” 1.30 pm on Wednesday 28th September 2016 and “The Good Dinosaur” 1.30 pm on Wednesday 5th October 2016.

Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

22 September 2016 – Ordinary Council Meeting, 5.00 pm

23 September 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

26 September 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls


23/24 September

Grenfell Anglican Women’s Association





 Residents are advised that at the August 2016 Tourism Committee meeting, it was resolved to have the above mentioned document placed on exhibition for public comment.

 The document can be viewed at the Council Administration building or on the website

 Submissions will be received until 4.00 pm on Wednesday 12 October, 2016.




Residents are hereby advised that the next films at the Grenfell Cinema will be shown as below:


“Zootopia” - Rated PG                                           1.30 pm on Wednesday 28th September 2016


“The Good Dinosaur” – Rated PG                     1.30 pm on Wednesday 5th October 2016


Tickets are available from Louisa’s Locker with prices detailed below:-


            $20              Family                                           $8      Single

            $5                Pensioners                                     $5      Children (12 yrs.)


As there are limited tickets available residents are encouraged to book early.




Council advises that Middle Street between Weddin Street and Church Street, and Church Street from Middle Street to the northern boundary of Taylor Park and the Post Office house, will be closed to traffic on Sunday 2 October 2016 from 8.00am to 4.00pm for the Grenfell Sesquicentenary celebrations.




Tenders are invited for the operation and maintenance of the public areas of the Grenfell Waste Disposal Depot, for a three year period commencing in November 2016.

 To obtain a copy of tender documentation, please contact Council’s Environmental Services Section on 02 6343 1212 or collect from the Council’s Offices in Camp Street, Grenfell.

 Tenders will be received until 4.00 pm on Friday 7th October 2016.