Weddin Shire Council

Council News 24 October 2018

COUNCIL NEWS 24 OCTOBER 2018

Council has recently been advised that the Grenfell Record Office will be closed and abandoned which could have disastrous consequences for the town with another business closing and the possible loss of jobs in the future.

The Grenfell Record staff were advised of the situation on Tuesday 18 October 2018 with the staff expected to work from home with office availability in Cowra one day per week. This will be a great inconvenience to advertisers, contributors, employees and local residents and is obviously not an ideal situation.

It is a serious concern as if the closure goes ahead it will see another business leave the Main Street and again it could also lead to the paper being published in Cowra full time which could ultimately lead to job losses locally which would not be good for the town or the employees involved.

Council considered the proposed closure at its October Council meeting whereby Council resolved as follows:

that Council:

  1. vehemently object to Fairfax Media regarding the proposed closure of the Grenfell Record Office,
  2. endeavour to arrange a meeting with Fairfax representatives with the Mayor Cr Liebich and Cr Diprose as Council representatives,
  • arrange a public meeting outside the Grenfell Record office building on Friday 26 October, 2018 at 11.00am protesting the proposed closure,
  1. encourage local residents to write to Fairfax Media protesting the proposed decision.

The public meeting will be an opportunity for local residents to demonstrate that if the closure goes ahead it could have dire consequences for the business sector in Grenfell and Grenfell Record staff in the future.

 

As residents are aware a report on the Main Street Renewal project was submitted to the September Council meeting whereby Council resolved to refer the centre/parallel parking proposal to the Traffic Committee who subsequently resolved to recommend to Council that the proposal not be approved for the following reasons:

  • Does not meet minimum width requirements
  • Central road parking should be considered only in streets with little through movement and where all traffic moves slowly.
  • 40kmph is considered too fast for central road parking in the Central Business District (CBD). Current speed zone is 50 kmph
  • 10 kmph is not an option.

Council at its Planning and Development Committee Meeting held on the 15 October 2018 requested that a late report be submitted to Council on the options now available to Council. The report was submitted to the Council meeting on Thursday 18 October 2018 and indicated that pursuing refinements to the existing practice is financially, socially and economically not recommended.

The consultants then recommended that the centre/parallel parking option they recommended at the September Council Meeting be trialled as previously suggested. Council then considered the options available and resolved as follows:

“that Council:

  1. proceed with the on-street trials and community consultation, as previously determined,
  2. engage the Consultant team to work with Council staff and the Weddin Local Traffic Committee to incorporate community feedback and current design precedent successes elsewhere to finalise a concept for Grenfell.”

The trial period for the centre/parallel parking will commence in the near future together with community consultation to enable Council to receive feedback from the community in regards to the proposed parking which is part of the Main Street renewal project.

 

Residents are advised that a Mobile Service Centre will be visiting the Riverina and Central West this week and next which can help drought affected farmers complete the Farm Household Allowance claim form and assist with access to other Federal Government services.

Nick-named Golden Wattle, the bus provides critical information, assistance and support to rural and regional Australians.

 A Farm Household Case Officer will be on board the bus to assist with claims and answer any questions relating to the Farm Household Allowance. There will also be a social worker on board and Central West farmers and their families who need assistance are encouraged to visit the bus for specialist support or advice.

Golden Wattle staff can also help with Centrelink claims, Medicare registrations and online services.  

Mobile Service Centres provide Australians living in remote and regional communities with face-to-face access to customer service agents who can help them apply for benefits or resolve any claim issues over the counter. 

You don’t need an appointment, and it’s a free service – so if you have a question or need assistance, make sure you come down and visit the team aboard Golden Wattle.

The Mobile Service Centre location:

Grenfell -  Thursday 25 October, 2018

9:30 am to 3:30 pm Opposite the Library, Main Street.

For more information visit www.humanservices.gov.au/mobileoffice or Ph. 132 316.

 

Council’s works program is continuing and the following works have been completed, are currently in progress or about to commence: 

  • New Forbes Road strengthening and widening
  • grading of Boundary, Gap, Bald Hills Roads, Watts, Adams, Roberts, Browns, and Beazleys Lanes
  • Emu Creek rehabilitation continuing
  • Industrial area subdivision electrical services commenced
  • Industrial area subdivision communication conduit installed
  • Roadside spraying program continuing
  • Quandialla footpath construction completed
  • Quandialla drainage works continuing
  • Caragabal Park upgrade works continuing

These works are all part of Councils works programme and are vital to ensure our assets are upgraded and maintained for the benefit of our residents.

 

The coming months will continue to be very busy with a number of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:

  • Poppies for Remembrance – Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition 16th Oct to 25th Nov
  • Adults Only Halloween Karaoke Night, Grenfell Bowling Club – 27th Oct
  • Japanese Shibori Indigo Dyeing Workshop – 27th Oct
  • Japanese Itajime Shibori (Clamping & Board Binding) Workshop – 28th Oct
  • Western NSW Integrated Care Meeting – 30th Oct
  • Craft Workshop – 7th Nov
  • Millinery Workshop – 10th Nov
  • Grenfell Rotary Markets – 11th Nov
  • SEWN-A Textile Journey - Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition – 27th Nov to 6th Jan
  • Western NSW Integrated Care Meeting – 27th Nov

There is certainly a lot happening in the next month which is excellent as these events are very important to the economic and social fabric of our Shire.

 

The Henry Lawson Festival Committee held their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 16 October 2018 with the new executive elected as follows:  

President – Alan Griffiths  

Vice President - Glenn Carroll  

Secretary - Auburn Carr/Claire McCann

Assistant Secretary – Pam Livingstone  

Treasurer – Penny Starr  

Assistant Treasurer – Danni Millyn  

All of the co-ordinators positions were nearly filled and there is a strong possibility these vacancies will be filled in the near future which is a fantastic result.  Congratulations to the other members of the executive and to the co-ordinators on your election. 

Thank you very much for giving freely of your time to undertake your respective portfolios and all the very best for the 2019 Henry Lawson Festival.

 

Residents are advised that Grenfell will host a two day Metal Health First Aid Course. Would you know how to help a person experiencing a mental health issue or crisis? Participants of the two day Mental Health First Aid Course leave with improved knowledge of mental illness and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies and confident in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness.

The course will be held at the Grenfell Bowling Club, 9am to 4pm Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2018.

For more information or to RSVP contact Chad White Ph. 0437 229 092 or email:

 

The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Poppies for Remembrance" conducted by the Grenfell Garden Club which officially opened on Tuesday 16 October 2018. The exhibition will be on display until the 25th November, 2018.

The exhibition is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the first Armistice Day and the Flanders Poppy and includes a display of memorabilia, posters and photos from WW1, a large display of knitted & crochet poppies as well as an exhibition/competition of poppy art.

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 “Singin’ in the rain” rated G at 10am Tuesday 6 November, 2018.  Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

 

Dates to Note

Friday 2 November 2018 –Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 5 November 2018 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

 

Street Stalls

Friday 26 October - Bible Society and Christian Book Shop

 

 

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

PUBLIC MEETING

PROPOSED CLOSURE OF THE GRENFELL RECORD OFFICE

A public meeting will be held outside the Grenfell Record office building on Friday 26 October, 2018 at 11.00am protesting the proposed closure of the Grenfell Record Office.

Residents are encouraged to attend.

 

 

APPROVED DEVELOPMENTS – OCTOBER 2018

In accordance with Section 101 of Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, public notice is hereby given that Council, at its October 2018 meeting or by delegation, has approved the following Development Applications; and are advertised for public information: 

DA NO 47/2018 Applicant: Mr ID & Mrs RA McKellar, Property: LOT: B DP: 378934, 33 Rose Street,

GRENFELL  NSW  2810, Purpose: Demolition of existing Dwelling

DA NO 48/2018 Applicant: Grenfell Bowling Club, Property: LOT: 1 DP: 612678, 7-11 Cross Street

GRENFELL  NSW  2810, Purpose: Alts to verandah to create storeroom

DA NO 51/2018 Applicant: Mr JP Murphy, Property: LOT: 1 DP: 234777, Edward Square GREENETHORPE  2809, Purpose: Garage

DA NO 52/2018 Applicant: Mr GJ Hunter, Property: LOT: 3 DP: 832349, 1G North Street GRENFELL  NSW  2810 Purpose: Garage & Carport

    

 

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GRENFELL                                                                                                   GLENN CARROLL

                                                                                                                    GENERAL MANAGER