Weddin Shire Council

Council News 22 May 2019


As previously advised the Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Member for Riverina the Hon Michael McCormack MP announced in Grenfell on 23 March 2019 that Weddin Shire has been granted $1m grant funding under the Federal, Liberal and National Governments Drought Communities Program (DCP).  

The funding will help to boost local employment opportunities, stimulate local spending and address social and community needs, help to ease pressures and share economic benefits for people living and working in these areas who have been facing tough times, due to drought. The DCP funding also enables eligible farmers, farm workers and suppliers/contractors in each Local Government area to apply for up to $3,000 per eligible drought affected household through the Drought Community Support Initiative. 

Project funding is intended to provide short-term support by boosting local employment and procurement, and addressing social and community needs. Council is required to complete the proposed local projects by 31 December 2019. 

At the May 2019 Council Meeting, Council resolved to adopt the following projects to receive funding under the Drought Communities Program.

Project Description

Ccl funds

Entry Signs On Main Roads into Grenfell


Company Dam Desilting


Quandialla Water Standpipe – Caragabal Water Scheme


Grenfell Water – Standpipe


Netball courts upgrade


Grenfell Country Club – Upgrade tennis courts and Clubhouse kitchen


Caragabal Village water security – repairs to water supply


Caragabal Memorial Hall upgrades


Quandialla Memorial Hall upgrades


Greenethorpe Memorial Hall upgrades


Grenfell Preschool and Long Day Care – Green Space Project


Weddin Mountain Muster – Stable project


Taylor Park toilets – disabled toilet


Grenfell Rugby Club – Replace light poles


Grenfell Soccer Club – Club House building extension


Grenfell Showground – 6 portable grand stands




A grant funding application will be required to be submitted to ensure the projects applied for meet the grant funding criteria. The grant funding deed will then be signed after approval. 

Council in conjunction with Community groups is required to complete the projects by 31 December 2019.


Councils Integrated Planning and Reporting Process is continuing with Council, at its May 2019 Council meeting, resolving to place the reviewed 2017/2021 Delivery Program and draft 2019/2020 Operational Plan on public display for comment.

There are a number of Capital Works Projects proposed for 2019/2020 which include the following:   

  • administration projects such as the internal auditor, Destination Management Plan (DMP), replacement of IT equipment, systems review,
  • organisational improvement detailed in Councils new Improvement Plan,
  • provision for floodplain maintenance from the Grenfell Flood Study,
  • Lawson Park amenities upgrade,
  • Sewerage Treatments Works upgrade,
  • maintenance and capital works on Council road network,
  • Grenfell Waste Facility Works upgrades and provision of funds for the future Taylor Park toilet upgrade,
  • continuation of strong support for the Henry Lawson Festival as well as other events,
  • Bimbi Flood study.

The Integrated Planning documents are now on public exhibition for comment before being resubmitted to the June 2019 Council meeting for formal adoption.


As winter approaches Fire and Rescue NSW are urging all NSW residents to replace their smoke alarms and check that their friends and family do so too. Fire and Rescue NSW recommends that every house in NSW be fitted with the latest photoelectric smoke alarm. 

It’s been a decade since NSW mandatory smoke alarm legislation was passed, which means millions of smoke alarms across NSW are now reaching their ‘best before’ date and are due to be replaced. 

As part of Fire and Rescue NSW’s ‘ReAlarm your home against fire’ awareness campaign, throughout the month of May NSW Fire and Rescue is asking all NSW residents to replace their smoke alarms, and take the time to check in on 10 friends or family members to ensure they update their smoke alarms too. 

For more information, visit


Council was requested to express an interest in being part of the Central NSW electric vehicle fast charging network, partnering with NRMA to install a fast charging station in the Weddin Shire.

The commitment to this process will be:

  • Provision of and civil works on a suitable site once it has been identified on Council-owned land,


  • Project management support

Council is a member of the Central NSW Joint Organisation (CNSWJO), who have been working from their renewable energy Innovation Plan on an electric vehicle charging station project which would have benefits for the Weddin Shire from a tourism perspective.

An expression of interest (EOI) application to NRMA has been forwarded on Councils behalf.


A reminder to residents the Stan McCabe ‘Good Sports Night’ will be held this Friday, 24 May 2019 at the Grenfell Showground.  The fundraiser is paying homage to local cricketer Stan McCabe and will feature guest speakers Doug Walters and John Benaud. Admission is $70 for families, $50 for singles, $25 for pensioners and $10 for solo teens. All funds raised will go to the Black Dog Institute, Drought Relief Fund and the Grenfell Showground Trust. 

For more information please contact Bob McMillan on Ph 0409 840 567.

A reminder to residents that applications for the NSW Family Energy rebate are now open. NSW Families with dependent children who may be eligible are encouraged to apply for 2018-2019 Family Energy Rebate of up to $180.  The Family Energy Rebate is one of a number of NSW Government energy assistance programs to help eligible households reduce the impact of energy costs.  For more information visit or to fill out an application form visit

Applications close Thursday 20 June 2019. 


The new exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Landscape Shadows" by Cathie Coleman and is on display from 16 April to 30 May 2019. Cathie has lived, taught and made art at her Bittern studio on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria for many years. Her recent paintings encompass a play of light and dark within the landscape which creates an emotive response. Cathie's paintings emerge from her observation and interest in the breadth of the land around her, through a realist beginning to a landscape painting rich in feelings, secrets, shapes, patterns and colours. Cathie also designs one off jewellery pieces which will be featured in her exhibition - including sterling silver rings, neck pieces with silver, leather, silver chain of varying links and semi precious and collected beads.  The Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am -2pm.


The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be after the Henry Lawson Festival.  


Dates to Note

Friday 31 May 2019 - Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 3 June 2019 - Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls

Thursday 23 May 2019 – The Salvation Army

Friday 24 and Saturday 25 May 2019 – Henry Lawson Festival Committee

Sunday 26 May 2019 – The Salvation Army





Tenders are invited and will be received by the undersigned up until 5pm, Friday 7th June, 2019 for Plant Hire on Casual Basis for various types of works within the Weddin Shire for the 2019/2020 financial year.

Tender documents are available on the Council website or from the Council administration office.

Enquiries should be directed to Jaymes Rath, Acting Director of Engineering on (02) 6343 1212 or .

The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted.





Council is seeking Expressions of Interest for the purchase of three (3) Ex-Rural Fire Service Trucks as follows:

  • 1993 Isuzu FTS 700 4x4 Service Vehicle truck, 6 cylinder, orange colour, diesel manual, 60755 kms, 1130 pump hrs.
  • 1993 Isuzu FTS 700 4x4 Service Vehicle truck, 6 cylinder, orange colour, diesel manual, 44152 kms, 738 pump hrs.
  • 1997 Mitsubishi Canter 500/600 4x4 Service Vehicle truck, 4 cylinder, orange colour, diesel manual, 16753 kms.

Enquiries should be directed to Jaymes Rath, Acting Director of Engineering on (02) 6343 1212 or .

Expressions of Interest for these vehicles will be received by the undersigned until 5pm Friday, 7th June 2019.






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