Weddin Shire Council

Council News 24 May 2017

Councils Integrated Planning and Reporting Process is continuing with Council, at its May 2017 Council meeting, resolving to place the draft Community Strategic Plan - Weddin 2026, draft 2017/2021 Delivery Program, draft 2017/2018 Operational Plan and draft Resourcing Strategy on public display for comment.  There are a number of Capital Works Projects proposed for 2017/2018 which include the following: 

  • Grenfell Medical Centre Development
  • Continuation of Grenfell Swimming Pool Development
  • Quandialla Pool Upgrades
  • Grenfell Sewer Mains relining
  • SH17 and SH6 construction and maintenance
  • Regional and Local Roads construction and maintenance
  • Plant replacement

The Integrated Planning documents are now on public exhibition for comment before being resubmitted to the June 2017 Council meeting for formal adoption.

Weddin Shire’s biggest event of the year is fast approaching! The 60th Henry Lawson Festival, which attracts many visitors to Grenfell every year to enjoy an entertaining long weekend with family and friends, will be held this year from 9th – 12th June, 2017. The lead-up to the weekend is well underway with many fundraising events taking place for this year’s five Festival Queen entrants, the Grenfell Dramatic Society rehearsals in preparation for its Lawson Festival Play ‘Crazy Ladies’, and local schools practicing hard for their Festival Concert performances. These events leading up to the Festival are critical as they assist in generating a tremendous amount of interest and momentum leading into the Festival which in turn assists in ensuring it will be another outstanding success.

In this regard, the festival themed banners have been erected along Grenfell’s Main Street. Thank you Council staff for erecting the banners which will certainly assist in getting everyone into the festival spirit.

Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has congratulated Grace Kelly who has been recognised under the Regional Sporting Spirit Volunteer Awards program for the Central West region.

Grace has dedicated many hours to coordinate the Learn to Swim program at Quandialla over the last two seasons, and has also supported children from Grenfell to continue swimming lessons at Quandialla while the Grenfell Swimming Pool is being redeveloped. Grace has displayed great professionalism and dedication in her role.

Award recipients received a certificate and a voucher for $250 to spend on sports development programs provided or endorsed by the Office of Sport.

The awards recognise the hard work and dedication of the region’s sport volunteers in conjunction with National Volunteers Week 8 – 14 May, 2017.

Congratulations Grace!

The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has also advised farmers now have the opportunity to receive quad bike training in a major boost to the safety improvement program aimed at significantly reducing the number of deaths on rural properties across NSW.

Eligible farmers and their workers who complete an approved training course will also receive a free helmet worth around $120, suitable for use while they are riding their quad bikes. These changes announced represent a further saving to farmers of up to $230.

In March the Government doubled the rebates to $1,000 for the purchase of a side-by-side vehicle, $500 for the retrofitting of an operator protective device to an existing quad bike and $90 for the purchase of an approved helmet.

Farmers can apply for two rebates, up to the value of $2,000, recognising that farmers often have more than one quad bike.

For more information about training opportunities currently available please contact Tocal Collage Skills Training Department of Primary Industries on Ph 1800 025 520 or at

Residents are reminded that on May 25th another workshop will be conducted which will cover the ‘Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster’ in South Australia and will be presented by Peter Stock and Ann Aldersey from the Cluster.   The half-day workshop will be held in the Community Hub from 11am to 2pm and participants will learn the value that clustering offers agriculture. A cluster case study will be presented to spark ideas on how to grow innovation, profitability, industry linkages, enhanced skills and a culture of collaboration. The case study is being presented with the intention that the Central West may consider developing a cluster to derive economic benefits for our region. These workshops have been developed from the actions identified in the Economic Development Strategic Plan for Weddin Shire which was developed in late 2016. The workshops are funded under the Murray Darling Energise Enterprise Program and the sessions are free. To RSVP please Ph 6343 2855 or email

The NSW Police Force have advised they have introduced a new and modern customer service enhancement for our community.

The NSW Police Force Community Portal is an online reporting system which is easy to use, confidential and always secure.

The portal provides an opportunity for the local community to create Non-Emergency Police Reports online. Where no emergency exists and immediate investigation by a Police officer is not necessary, members of the community can create online police reports such as lost property, intentional damage or graffiti and theft.

If you wish to seek further information visit the website:

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is 'Painting From Nature - The Central West' by John Sharman and is on display until 1 June, 2017.  There are 36 paintings all in water soluble oil paint on prepared particle board. All works are painted plenair in one sitting at sites in and around the Central West. The exhibition consists of a selection of works showing the diversity of the wide area using combined elements necessary to make a collection of sensitive and convincing images. This is a very high standard exhibition which is proving to be very popular with locals and visitors. 

The Gallery’s 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 “La La Land” at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017. Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

Friday 2 June 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 5 June 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls

Fri 26 / Sat 27 May 2017 - Henry Lawson Festival





Applications are currently being invited for the position of Librarian on a Permanent/Fulltime basis.

The primary purpose of the position is to manage the efficient circulation of library stock, the quality of the library collection, provide effective reader and reference service assistance and promote the service to potential users.

Grenfell Library is a stand-alone library and this position provides a great opportunity for a branch library manager or departmental manager in a larger library to take the next step in their professional development.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the NSW Local Government (State) Award and Council’s salary structure.

An information package can be obtained by contacting Katherine or Kristie during business hours on Ph 63431212, email or Council’s website

Applications for the position should address all Essential Skills and Knowledge criteria listed in the position description and should be forwarded to the undersigned at the address below, or emailed to 

Applications close at 4.00pm Friday, 9 June 2017.





In accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, Council has prepared the following draft documents for the 2017/2018 financial year and beyond:

  • Draft Community Strategic Plan Weddin 2026
  • Draft Delivery Program 2017/2021
  • Draft Operational Plan 2017/2018

The draft Community Strategic Plan (Weddin 2026) sets out the community’s vision for the future in the form of six strategic objectives.

The draft Delivery Program is drawn from the Community Strategic Plan and sets out the principal activities to be undertaken during the four year period 2017/2021.

The draft Operational Plan sets out the specific actions to be undertaken during the 2017/2018 financial year, and includes:-

  • a listing of the specific tasks for the year under each of the Community Plan’s six main themes,
  • the revenue policy including rates and charges, licence fees and charges, and an income and expenditure statement
  • the detailed budget,
  • a schedule of road and street programmes.

Copies of these documents are available for public inspection at the Council Chambers, Grenfell Library and the village Post Offices.  They are also available on Council’s website

Written submissions are invited and will be accepted up until 4.00 pm on Thursday, 15 June 2017, for consideration at the June 2017 Council Meeting.


In accordance with the Local Government Act 1993, Council has revised the draft Resourcing Strategy for the ten year period 2017/2026.

The components of the draft Resourcing Strategy are:-

  • Asset Management Strategy
  • Asset Management Plans for
  • Drainage
  • Parks and Gardens
  • Sewer
  • Building
  • Roads and Transport
  • Waste
  • Plant and Equipment
  • Workforce Management Plan
  • Long Term Financial Management Plan

Copies of the draft Resourcing Strategy components are available for public inspection at the Council Chambers, or they are also available on Council’s website

Written submissions are invited and will be accepted up until 4.00 pm on Thursday, 15 June 2017, for consideration at the June 2017 Council Meeting.



Notice is hereby given of Council’s intention to adopt a policy for fees, expenses and facilities for Councillors in 2017/2018.

The draft policy is available for inspection at the Council Chambers and on Council’s website.

Written submissions are invited from the public and will be received up until 4.00 pm on Thursday 15 June, 2017.



The NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014 requires Council to develop a Disability Inclusion Action Plan to help remove barriers and enable people with a disability to participate fully in their communities.

This Disability Inclusion Action Plan has been developed through a community consultation and research process.

Copies of the draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan are available for public inspection at the Council Chambers, or on Council’s website

Written submissions are invited and will be accepted up until 4.00 pm on Thursday, 15 June 2017, for consideration at the June 2017 Council Meeting.


Council proposes to create centre parking in Short Street, including two (2) disabled spaces, and parallel parking as per the following plan, for future parking for the Medical Centre.

Comments will be received up to 10am on 16 June, 2017 in relation to the proposal at the address below.



In accordance with Section 101 of Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, public notice is hereby given that Council, at its May 2017 meeting or by delegation, has approved the following Development Applications; and are advertised for public information:    

DA NO 39/2016 – Applicant: Mr GD & Mrs L Sinclair, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 1142374, 164 Quondong Road GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Modification – Change Build Site

DA NO 9/2017 – Applicant: Mrs JM Hetherington, Property: LOT: 10 SEC: 7 DP: 758473, 18 Young Street GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Demolition of old Garage and Carport & replace with new Shed and Workshop

DA NO 14/2017 – Applicant: Mr GT & Mrs SJ Quarm, Property: LOT: 1 DP: 874404, 686 Major West Road BUMBALDRY NSW 2794, Purpose: Change of Use – Shed to Dwelling

DA NO 15/2017 – Applicant: Mr RP Silburn & Ms VJ Bell, Property: LOT: 41 DP: 793922, O’Brien Street GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Transportable Dwelling 

DA NO 16/2017 – Applicant: Mr M Neil , Property: LOT: 29 DP: 1063500, 122 Simpson Drive GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Deck & Verandah 

DA NO 17/2017 – Applicant: Andys Design & Drafting, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 383023, 29 Brundah Street GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Addition to Verandah and Proposed Carport    

DA NO 18/2017 – Applicant: Cunningham Homes PL, Property: LOT: 44 DP: 750582, 1068 Back Piney Range Road GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Transportable Dwelling    

DA NO 19/2017 – Applicant: Mr BC & Mrs CI Crossingham, Property: LOT: 11 DP: 1186800, 35 Grimshaw Lane GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: New Dwelling

DA NO 20/2017 – Applicant: Mr LS & Mrs ML Smith, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 1200092, 212 Gooloogong Road GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Shed

DA NO 22/2017 – Applicant: Mr IA Walker, Property: LOT: 1296 DP: 754578, 224 Adelargo Road GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Shed

The undermentioned application was received and determined as Complying Development subject to standard conditions.

CD NO 2/2017 – Applicant: Mr TJ & Mrs BL McCann, Property: LOT: 4 DP: 872222, 3650 Henry Lawson Way GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Swimming Pool                


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

“La La Land – Rated M – 2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017

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.