Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 23 November 2016

The Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Annual Conference was held in Wollongong from the 16 – 18 October 2016 and Council was represented by Cr Liebich, Cr Niven and myself.
The conference provided attendees the opportunity to discuss significant issues affecting the Local Government Sector.
Matters of significance that occurred or were raised at the conference were:
 The conference was officially opened by the president of LGNSW Cr Keith Rhodes.
 The Premier of NSW the Hon Mike Baird MP addressed the conference reviewing the Local Government reform process and advising of the many benefits the process is bringing to communities.
 Address by the Minister for Local Government the Hon Paul Toole MP with his main message being that reform in Local Government will continue in future years.
 Mr Peter McKinlay Executor Director, McKinlay Douglas Ltd addressed the conference in regards to re-thinking the role of Local Government.
 Tracey Spicer conducted a Local Government reform panel in regards to Local Government Reform challenges and achievements at various Councils.
 Kitty Chiller, Chef de Mission for Australian Olympic Team, Rio 2016 delivered a keynote presentation in regards to resilient leadership through cultural change in a challenging environment.
 Albury City Council won the A.R Bluett Award for the City and Regional Councils category while Parkes Shire Council won the award for the Rural Councils category.
 Various motions were considered and dealt with by the conference in the business sessions.
There was a big improvement at this year’s conference in regards to various procedural matters such as dealing with motions. The content of the conference was excellent and certainly well worth while attending.
Following Council being declared a natural disaster area, Council staff have carried out a detailed assessment of the repairs required to bring the local and regional roads back to the condition they were prior to the 5 months of rain and prior to the damage caused by the detours put in place when the Newell Highway was closed.
The Flood Damage Restoration Proposal has now been submitted to RMS for assessment. It is anticipated that the proposal will be finalised shortly so that Council can claim for repairs that have commenced as well as future repairs.
Representations have been made to the local State Member the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP to source additional funds for improvement works which other Shires have received. The extra funding will allow Council to carry out further upgrade works on our roads, culverts and causeways so as to withstand future flood events and make us more resilient.
There is an enormous amount of work to do and Councils resources are being reallocated to attend to the necessary works.
Council’s works program is continuing and the following works have been completed or are currently in progress:
 general Maintenance
 major heavy patching flood restoration works
 additional maintenance due to detoured traffic
 repaired Kangarooby and Yambira Roads
 conducted temporary repairs on many roads in the shire as a result flood damage
 repaired Adelargo Road and graded various Shire roads
 commenced Stage 2 of Greenethorpe-Bumbaldry Road
The majority of these works are flood restoration works and Council is very mindful that with harvest commencing the roads will need to be restored as quickly as possible.
In regards to events the coming year will continue to be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:
 Grenfell Community Arts & Craft Group - Gallery Exhibition 22 November 2016 -8 January 2017
 Breakfast Table Farmers Market- 27th November 2016
 Grenfell Kart Club Christmas Meet 3 December 2016
 Grenfell Music Club - Concert 17 December 2016
 'Indigo Blue' - Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition 10 January 2017 - Sunday, 19 February 2017
 Grenfell Rodeo 18th March 2017 (TBC)
 Grenfell Picnic Races 8th April 2017
 Grenfell Henry Lawson Festival 8-12th June 2017
 Henry Lawson Sesquicentenary June 2017
 Grenfell Show 1st September 2017
 Grenfell Jockey Club Races 16 September 2017
 Weddin Mountain Muster 24-29th September 2017
 Grenfell Active Festival November 18th & 19th 2017
There is certainly a lot happening in the next year which is excellent as these events are very important to the economic and social fabric of our Shire.
The final event of the 2016 Grenfell Sesquicentenary 150th anniversary celebrations the ‘Meet and Greek’ weekend was held on the 18 – 20 November 2016 and was an outstanding success.
The event formally recognised and celebrated the extraordinary contribution the Greek community has made to the development of Grenfell.
The weekend commenced with a Meet & Greek Dinner on Friday night at the Railway Hotel with the official welcome held 10.30am Saturday morning at the Visitor Information Centre. After the official opening there was a walk up the street with photos taken of the original Greek shop owners and the current shop owners in front of their businesses. The festivities continued with a Dinner Dance on Saturday night at the Grenfell Showground which was a fantastic night. There was a variety of Greek food, drink and music with the band ‘Paradise’ entertaining the crowd.
Congratulations and thankyou to Geoff and Margery Nicoll, Jan Parlett and all the volunteers who worked tirelessly to make the weekend a great success.
Essential Energy has advised that as their network covers most rural communities throughout NSW, safety on the land is something they always want to be mindful of. With the 2016 harvest fast approaching they are asking you to consider the part that you can play in ensuring that this season – and every season is safe and incident-free.
When it comes to the potential dangers of working around powerlines and other network infrastructure, there are some key safety messages to keep in mind. Take a moment to get to know these safety considerations as they could help to save a life – if not your own, someone who you care for – when working on the LAND.
 Look up and live. Overhead powerlines should be identified and marked at ground level.
 Always be aware. Before accessing paddocks and work areas, check the location and condition of poles and wires.
 Need to know. Know the height of farm machinery in raised and lowered positions so you can maintain safe clearance distances from powerlines.
 Don’t disembark. If your machinery comes into contact with overhead powerlines, stay in the vehicle, if safe to do so, and call Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80.
Essential Energy’s Powerline Hazard Assessment is available at: www.essentialenergy.com.au/content/agribusines and can help you identify and assess potential electrical hazards on your property and help you to stay safe this harvest.
With summer also fast approaching Council has recently been advised that community grants are now being offered for projects to reduce drowning and improve water safety in NSW.
The Water Safety Fund Community Grants Program provides $4.5 million over three years to not-for-profit and community groups with experience delivering water safety initiatives.
According to Royal Life Saving Society Australia, 96 people drowned in NSW waterways in 2015-16, the majority at beaches, followed by rivers, creeks and streams. The aim of the fund is to reduce drowning in NSW by supporting projects that increase water safety in high risk locations, population groups and activities.
Grants from $50,000 to $250,000 are available for projects starting in 2017, such as targeted education campaigns, signage and safety aids, and research.
To be eligible, proposals should address priority areas under the Australian Water Safety Strategy 2016-2020, particularly high risk locations and key causes of drowning.
Applications close on 2 December and successful applicants will be notified early next year.
To apply or for more information, go to: http://www.watersafety.nsw.gov.au/water-safety-fund/water-safety-fund.html 
Residents are reminded nominations for the annual Weddin Shire Australia Day Awards are being invited and interested persons and organisations are invited to make nominations for the 2017 Awards within the categories detailed below:-
- Citizen of the Year
- Senior Citizen of the Year
- Community Event/Organisation of the Year
- Community Achievement Awards in any category.
- Achievement Award – each secondary and primary school in the Shire.
- HSC Academic Award – Henry Lawson High School
Nominations forms are available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website:
www.weddin.nsw.gov.au and will be accepted up until Wednesday 30 November 2016.
Residents are encouraged to nominate community members who they think are deserving of an award in any of the categories.
The Art Gallery’s next exhibition will be Grenfell Community Arts & Craft Group from 22nd November -8th January 2017.
The Art Gallery Committee is very proud to showcase the recent works of our highly regarded local arts group. For many years they have been meeting at their Rose Street Rooms and enjoying friendship and art tuition with this collection showcasing their more recent works. These include still life, landscapes of local scenes in pastels, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Depending on the work in progress, there may also be some fine sketches and possibly charcoal works.
The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.
The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be advised in due course and if you would like to request a particular movie please contact Lisa at Council’s administration office. Ph 6343 1212.


Dates to Note
2 December 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
5 December 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls
25/26
Grenfell Lions Club


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AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 AWARDS
Interested persons and organisations are invited to make nominations for the Weddin Shire Australia Day 2017 Awards.
Categories are: - Citizen of the Year
- Senior Citizen of the Year
- Community Event/Organisation of the Year
- Community Achievement Awards in any category.
- Achievement Award – each secondary and primary school in the Shire.
- HSC Academic Award – Henry Lawson High School
Nominations forms are available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au and will be accepted up until 30 November 2016.


STREET STALLS 2017
Applications in writing may now be lodged with the undersigned for allocation of dates for street stalls during 2017. It is anticipated that an allocation of dates will take place in December 2016.
Applications close on Friday, 9 December 2016.


SALE OF EX-BUSHFIRE TANKERS
Council offers for sale six (6) ex RFS Bushfire tankers as follows:
 Isuzu NPS 300 4 x 4 Single Cab year 1993 4 Cylinder diesel 5 Speed Manual 65177 KM 1500 Litre water tank and Honda diesel pump ex Bimbi Rural fire service truck
 Isuzu NPS 300 4 x 4 Single Cab year 1993 4 Cylinder diesel 5 Speed Manual 99265 KM 1500 Litre water tank and Honda diesel pump ex Eualdrie Rural fire service truck
 Mitsubishi Canter 5.5T GVM 4x4 Single Cab year 1996 4 Cylinder diesel 5 Speed Manual 8436 KM 1300 Litre water tank and Honda diesel pump ex Warraderry Rural fire service truck
 Mitsubishi Canter 5.5T GVM 4x4 Single Cab year 1996 4 Cylinder diesel 5 Speed Manual 12620 KM 1300 Litre water tank and Honda diesel pump ex Glenelg Rural fire service truck
 Isuzu JCS 420 4 x 4 Crew Cab 1985 build 6 Cylinder diesel 5 speed manual 36723 km 3300 Litre water tank Ruggerini diesel pump ex Caragabal Rural fire service truck
 Isuzu FTS 700 4 x 4 Crew Cab 1993 build 6 Cylinder diesel 5 speed manual 27240 km 3300 Litre water tank Hatz diesel pump ex Greenethorpe Rural fire service truck.
Offers for these vehicles will be received by the General Manager up to 10.00am Wednesday, 30 November 2016.


PLANNING PROPOSAL TO AMEND WEDDIN LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2011 &
DRAFT RURAL SETTLEMENT PROJECT AND ADDENDUM
A Planning Proposal to Amend Weddin Local Environmental Plan 2011 (Amendment 2) to provide additional Zone R5 Large Lot Residential and Draft Rural Settlement Project and Addendum documentation has been developed by Council.
Council has continued its work in progressing its plans to provide the ability for more Large Lot Residential opportunities within Grenfell.
The process has progressed to a point where documentation has been approved by Planning NSW for Council to engage in public consultation.
To this effect, Council has placed these documents on public exhibition for 28 days seeking comments. The documents are available on the Council website or Administration Building for review.
In relation to the public exhibition of the documents submissions will be received up to 4pm 7th December 2016.


AUTHORISED BY
GLENN CARROLL
GENERAL MANAGER