Weddin Shire Council

Council News 24 August 2016

As previously advised nominations for the 2016 Local Government Elections closed at 12 noon on Wednesday 10 August, 2016 with fourteen (14) nominations received.

The list of candidates whose nominations have been received and accepted can be found by clicking on the ‘Nominated Candidates’ link which appears on the www.votensw.info website.

Electors are now able to apply for a postal vote either online, over the phone or download a postal vote application form from www.votensw.info under the ‘Early Voting Options’ link.

Applications for a postal vote must be received by the NSW Electoral Commission no later than 5.00pm on Monday 5 September 2016.

Other information is detailed below:

  • Pre-poll voting will be conducted at the Council Chambers from Monday 29 August, 2016 to 6.00pm on Friday 9 September 2016.
  • Postal vote applications close on Monday 5 September, 2016.
  • Election Day – Saturday 10 September, 2016.Further information is available on the above website.
  • In regards to voting on Election Day and filling out the ballot paper, place the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the squares next to the 5 candidates in order of your preferences for them. If you wish to vote for any more candidates, place consecutive numbers starting with 6 in the squares next to those candidates in order of your preferences for them.

Weddin Shire Council residents who have access to social media are reminded they are able to access the latest posts from the NSWEC, regarding the elections by visiting: https://www.facebook.com/NSWElections/

The NSWEC can also be followed on Twitter on https://twitter.com/NSWElectoralCom

Councillors McClelland and Halls have elected not to re-nominate for Council which will effectively see them finish their time on Council on Saturday 10 September, 2016.

Cr McClelland and Cr Halls have served Council for 33 and 21 years respectively with both Councillors carrying out their duties with distinction.

Both Councillors have been involved with many major projects some of which are detailed below:

  • Local Government Reform – assisting Council to remain as a stand-alone independent Council
  • Community Hub Development – Art Gallery, Library, Conference Room and IT Centre
  • Grenfell Visitor Information Centre (VIC) Development and accreditation
  • New Depot
  • Road construction
  • Kerb and Guttering and Footpath construction
  • Industrial Land Development
  • Grenfell Swimming Pool Redevelopment
  • Weddin Health Hub Development

While Councillor McClelland and Halls can be justifiably proud of their remarkable achievements they can be particularly proud of being part of a team that has seen Weddin Shire develop and grow into the vibrant, progressive shire it is today.

As residents may be aware Essential Energy has a regular vegetation management program whereby powerlines are visually inspected and nearby vegetation is trimmed to improve power supply reliability and maintain fire safety clearances.

In addition to this program, Essential Energy utilises Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR, technology, to achieve more precise and detailed identification of both vegetation and network defects.

Following recent LiDAR patrols of powerlines in the Weddin Shire Local Government Area, Essential Energy have engaged a vegetation management contractor to rectify all LiDAR-identified vegetation encroachment issues during the next 4 months.

Prior to this program of work commencing, the contractor will arrange meetings with Council to discuss any specific requirements Council may have, and note areas of particular concern, sensitivity or significance. These may include:

  • local Roadside Vegetation Management Plans
  • Council Tree Preservation Orders
  • any Heritage listed items
  • threatened species
  • trees with community significance
  • Community events of significance that may clash with the planned work.

A full copy of the vegetation management plan and further information about the vegetation management operations can be found on the following web site: www.essentialenergy.com.au/councils

Council is currently conducting a community survey to inform the development of a new economic development strategy as well as for our broader planning, to inform the new Council of community needs and we would welcome comment from all residents.

Council certainly values the contribution of the community to assist in making better decisions regarding the services Council provides. In deciding what services are important and valuable, the survey will help us set priorities and understand what resources are needed. This survey follows the format of the 2014 survey with some new questions being added.

The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/weddinsurvey16 or follow the links on Council’s Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Weddin-Shire-Council-372860472912027/?fref=ts or Council web page http://www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

For those that do not have internet access, paper copies are available at the Council Office and the Community Hub. The survey needs to be completed online or returned to Council’s Office by 31st August 2016.

It would be very much appreciated if you could take the time to complete the survey.

The Tromoy Quilt Project Interpretive Display story board and brochure was launched on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 at the Grenfell Art Gallery.

The Tromoy Quilt project was initiated by the local quilting group as part of the Henry Lawson Festivals 50th year celebrations. The local group began a cultural exchange with a Norwegian base quilting group to recognise Henry Lawson Norwegian heritage.

The quilt was framed and gifted to Council several years ago and has been on display in the Hub for several years now. The new storyboard and flyer project was initiated by the Grenfell Art Gallery Committee to assist the art gallery volunteers when speaking to visitors in regards to the quilt. The storyboard and flyer explain the story of the Tromoy Quilt project and why a quilt from Norway is hanging in the Grenfell Art Gallery. It is a great way to represent Grenfell’s connection to Norway via Henry Lawson.

There was an excellent crowd in attendance and it was great to see a number of members from the original quilting group present as well as Gai Lander and members of the Grenfell Art Gallery Committee, whose drive and determination ensured this fantastic project has been brought to fruition.

Thank you to everyone involved in the project which is certainly a wonderful addition to the Grenfell Art Gallery.

Residents are reminded that Council appoints community representatives to a number of its committees each year and these representatives are due to be appointed at Council’s September Meeting for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Accordingly nominations are currently being invited for the following committees:

Heritage - 3 positions

Tourism - 3 positions plus 1 village representative

Art Gallery - 3 positions

Cinema - up to 4 positions

Written nominations close this Friday 26 August, 2016. A form is available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘When Two Worlds Meet” by Kim Heath and Kim Bagot – Hiller which is on display from the 2 August – 11 September, 2016. The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.

The next movie to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Joy”, on Wednesday 31 August, 2016 at 2.00 pm. Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

 

Dates to Note

 

26 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

29 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

 

Street Stalls

 

Friday, 26 August

Weddin Community Nursery

Saturday, 27 August

Grenfell Eels Jnr Cricket Registrations

 

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COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES FOR COMMITTEES

 

Council appoints community representatives to a number of its committees.

 Council’s committees are due to be reappointed at its September Meeting for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Accordingly nominations are invited for these committees, being:

 Heritage               - 3 positions

Tourism               - 3 positions plus 1 village representative

Art Gallery          - 3 positions

Bogolong Dam    - 3 positions

Cinema                - up to 4 positions

Written nominations close on 26 August 2016. A form is available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

 

GRENFELL CINEMA

 

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

 

“JOY” - Rated M

 

     2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st August 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.

 

 

SUPPORT COUNCIL IN MAKING DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY SURVEY

 Council is conducting a community survey to inform the development of a new economic development strategy and also for our broader planning, to inform the new Council of community needs and we would welcome comment from all residents. As a member of the Weddin Shire Community, we value your contributions to making better decisions about the services Council provides. In deciding what services are important and valuable, the following survey will help us set priorities and understand what resources are needed. This Survey follows the format of the 2014 Survey. Some new questions have been added.

The survey can be completed online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/weddinsurvey16 or follow the links on Council’s Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Weddin-Shire-Council-372860472912027/?fref=ts  or Council web page - http://www.weddin.nsw.gov.au 

For those that don’t have internet access, paper copies are available at Council Offices and Grenfell Community Hub.   The survey needs to be completed online or returned to Council Offices by 31st August 2016.

It would be much appreciated if you could take the time to complete the survey.

Thanking you in anticipation.  

CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS

 Residents are advised the Taxi Rank in Main Street will be relocated from near the Community Hub to outside IGA as from Monday, 29 August 2016.

 The relocation will enable the taxi to be much more accessible to residents.

 

  

AUTHORISED BY

 

GLENN CARROLL

GENERAL MANAGER