Weddin Shire Council

Council News 23 August 2017

COUNCIL NEWS 23 AUGUST 2017

As residents are aware Common Thread Consulting Pty Ltd are currently undertaking two projects under the Innovation Fund for the Mid Lachlan Alliance Councils of Parkes, Forbes, Lachlan and Weddin as follows:

  1. To deliver a Fiscal Responsibility Action Plan (FRAP) ensuring that each of the Councils adopt sound financial principles, are fiscally responsible and meet the NSW Governments Financially sustainable requirements, particularly in regard to submitted FFTF proposals and the new legislation set out in the recent Local Government Act, 1993 amendments. The outcome of this will assist the Government in determining challenges and opportunities for smaller Councils that are capable of being implemented in other organisations.
  2. Complete two comprehensive efficiency and service reviews on two of the Councils largest recurrent operational programmes being Roads Infrastructure Maintenance and Parks and Gardens Infrastructure Maintenance.

Representatives from Common Thread Consulting Pty Ltd attended Council on Thursday 17 August, 2017 to:

  • discuss with senior management their views on the current situation in regards to Council services and opportunities for improvement
  • review and discuss the draft service dashboards, financial situation, infrastructure asset management and an organisational improvement program
  • discuss the format of the fiscal responsibility program 
  • outline the intent of the leadership development program 

The consultants will revisit Council in the next few months to address Council and submit the results of their reviews.

Council is also currently awaiting the outcome of a grant funding application submitted under the Smart Cities and Suburbs program for $475,000 on behalf of the Alliance Councils to assist in ensuring we are able to access and use smart technology to enable us to become more productive and sustainable as well as being able to deliver services in a more efficient and effective manner in the future.

The NSW Governments $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund (RGF) is aimed at supporting projects valued between $100,000 and $1 million, or even higher with financial co-contribution. The current status of the funds within the RGF is detailed below:

Stronger Country Community Fund

Council at its August 2017 meeting resolved to utilise the grant funding under this fund to undertake the Main Street improvement project. A consultant will be engaged to develop a draft concept design and undertake an estimate of the total cost. It is envisaged the project will be undertaken in stages and community consultation will be conducted at the appropriate time.

As Council is currently constructing a new swimming pool, about to commence site preparation works for a new Medical Centre, is currently in the process of constructing a new sewerage treatment plant as well as undertaking various roadworks which includes flood damage works of approximately $4m, Council requested to be moved into Tranche C which was subsequently approved.

Tranche C opens on 20 September and closes on 18 October 2017 and the application will be submitted by this date.

Regional Cultural Fund

Expressions of Interest (EOI's) for the Regional Cultural Fund are open from the 17th July 2017 - 4th September 2017 with up to $25m available this round.

At this stage the Grenfell Dramatic Society has indicated they would like to apply for funding to upgrade the Grenfell Community Arts Centre, the Grenfell Community Health Service are advocating for the O'Briens Hill redevelopment while the Grenfell Art Gallery Committee have resolved that funding be sourced from the small scale Regional Cultural fund to install solar power for the community hub building and temperature control for the Art Gallery.

An Expression of Interest for the three projects will be submitted.

Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund

Expressions of Interest (EOI's) for the Regional Sports Infrastructure Fund are open all year round with the fund targeting investments over $1m.

If applicants are short listed they will be then required to develop a business case for assessment for final funding decisions. Applicants are also encouraged to make a significant financial or in-kind contribution towards the project cost. Organisations can make a joint application with project nominations involving partnerships of eligible groups encouraged.

In this regard it is proposed to submit an EOI titled Weddin Shire Sporting Infrastructure Upgrades for the upgrade of the Henry Lawson Oval grandstand/amenities/change rooms in a joint application with other local sporting clubs who wish to express an interest to obtain funding to undertake major upgrades of their sporting infrastructure.

The Growing Local Economies Fund

The Growing Local Economies Fund, which is also part of the $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund will ensure regional NSW has the infrastructure it needs to allow local businesses to grow and thrive.

The fund which has just opened for funding applications will invest half a billion dollars in business-boosting infrastructure in regional NSW identify the economic strengths of individual regions across NSW and invest in supporting infrastructure that best suits the needs of each regions local industries.

Of the six funds that make up the $1.3b Regional Growth Fund, the Growing Local Economies Fund is the biggest, and will remain open for submissions for the next four years.

For more information on how to apply visit www.nsw.gov.au/growinglocaleconomies

Central Tablelands Water (CTW) are continuing works on the Trunk Main "K" Replacement Pipeline Project which is the pipe that supplies Grenfell with water from the (CTW) system. Built in 1946, Trunk Main K stretches across 34 kilometres from Gooloogong to Grenfell.

The pipeline is cast iron, and while the main has reliably delivered water to the town of Grenfell for the last 70 years, there are some areas of the pipeline that are beginning to fail. Stage 1 pipeline construction extended a 12km distance from McDonalds Lane to the North Grenfell reservoir, and is mostly complete.

Stage 2 will commence in late August early September and will look to construct the remainder of the pipeline from the Trunk Main K takeoff, close to Gooloogong through to McDonalds Lane near Grenfell. CTW is committed to working with landholders affected by the construction of Trunk Main K with all affected landholders continuing to be consulted. In particular, CTW wants to ensure the least interruption to landholders as possible, so will continue to work with landholders to discuss issues such as cropping, construction timing and access.

The capital works budget for the Trunk Main K Project is $6.2m.

The Western Region Winter Volunteer Sporting Spirit Award is an opportunity to recognise volunteers who are the lifeblood of grassroots sport in country NSW.

Sporting clubs and association members are invited to nominate individual volunteer(s) or youth (25 years and under) who would be deserving of such an award. To be eligible for the winter award the nominee must have been a volunteer with the club or association during the period from April to September 2017.

To nominate your volunteer, describe in 150 words or less why your nominee is the most deserving volunteer. This might include the:

- Time they dedicate to the club, association or committee

- Positive attitude they demonstrate while volunteering

- Positive role model they provide to younger, and other club members

- Expertise and knowledge they bring to volunteering

- Encouragement they give to others in the club, association or committee.

Submit nominations online at www.sport.nsw.gov.au/award. Nominations close on Friday 13 October 2017.

Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP is encouraging community groups, local Councils and individuals to apply for funding to improve local fish habitats through the NSW Governments Habitat Action Grants Program.

Small grants of up to $2,000 and large grants up to $40,000 are now available for community groups, Council and individuals.

The NSW Government is investing over half a million dollars in funding from recreational fishing fees to improve creeks, rivers, estuaries and surrounding areas across the state.

Applications for Habitat Action Grants opened on Monday, 31 July and close on Monday, 18 September 2017.

For more information visit: www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/hag

The Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival has been held continuously for 60 years.

This is a terrific achievement for our town and the small committee of hard working volunteers are to be commended. However, a number of committee members have used this milestone to step back and pass responsibility to the next generation. 

A meeting was held on Tuesday 15 August 2017 at the Community Hub where it was revealed that there will be a number of vacancies including the President, Vice President, Art, Verse and Short Story, Street Entertainment, Busking, Awards Reception, Street Stalls and Queens/ Kings.

If you are interested in filling on of these positions, please contact the committee's secretary Auburn on Ph. 6343 2855 or Email to obtain a position description.

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Tuesday 17 October 2017 and it would be great if people could attend this meeting and submit their nomination to undertake one of the roles.

The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Kangaroo Valley Artists" by Dawn Daly, Larraine Hahlos and Lance Brown which is on display until 10th September 2017.

The exhibition is comprised of artworks from the three artists based in Kangaroo Valley NSW, all with very different styles, with each one being inspired by the tranquillity and magic of the picturesque landscape.

The Gallerys opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am - 2pm. 

The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Red Dog – True Blue” at 2.00pm today, 23 August, 2017.  Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.


 

 

Street Stalls

Friday 25 - St Josephs School Parents and Friends

Saturday 26 - Grenfell Pony Club

 

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

 

POSITIONS VACANT 

Council is inviting applications from motivated and enthusiastic persons to fill the following positions:

  • Truck Driver
  • Patch Truck Labourer
  • Roller Operator (2 positions)
  • Labourer

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

Further information and job descriptions can be obtained by contacting Katherine or Maegan during business hours on (02) 6343 1212, email or visit Council’s website at www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

Applications for this position close 4 pm Wednesday, 6 September 2017 and should be forwarded to the undersigned.

 

 

 

GRENFELL AGENCY

 Revised Hours of Operation Due to Staff Shortages

Effective From

Monday 21st August 2017 to Friday 15th September 2017

Monday              8.30 am to 4.00 pm

Closed               12.00 pm to 1.00 pm

Closed               Monday 28th August 2017

Closed               Monday 11th September 2017

Tuesday             Closed

Wednesday        8.330 am to 4.00 pm

Thursday           8.30 am to 4.00 pm

Friday               8.30 am to 4.00 pm

Hours of Operation will return to Normal from Monday 18th September.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during this period.

 

 

 

PO BOX 125           AUTHORISED BY

GRENFELL              GLENN CARROLL

                             GENERAL MANAGER