Weddin Shire Council

Council News 26 July 2017

The big news of the week was the Deputy Premier the Hon John Barilaro MP and the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP attending Grenfell on Tuesday 18 July, 2017 to announce that the NSW Government have approved funding of $950,000 through the NSW Government's Sport & Recreation Infrastructure ClubGrants Program for the construction of the amenities with disability access at the Grenfell Aquatic Centre.

The grant funding which is absolutely fantastic and very much appreciated will go towards building a new kiosk, change rooms, toilets, meeting rooms, office area and first aid room which will ensure Weddin Shire has a modern aquatic and fitness centre for the whole community to enjoy. The support of our local state member the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP in achieving this great news has been terrific. Katrina has worked tirelessly and advocated on our behalf to obtain this much needed grant funding.

The successful grant funding application is also a credit to the Community, Council, staff and Mr Stephen Sykes who all persevered to ensure we received the funding to assist in the construction of this magnificent sporting infrastructure. 

As reported last week Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has called on local councils, businesses and community groups to help fulfil their infrastructure wish lists following the launch of the “once-in-a-generation” Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The fund will support projects valued between $100,000 and $1 million, or even higher with financial co-contribution. Applications are now open for the first stage of the fund with Weddin Shire included in this round. The marks an historic opportunity for locals to share in millions of dollars and make local towns and villages more vibrant places to live and work. The Stronger Country Communities Fund is a once in a generation opportunity to build new parks, playgrounds and pathways and refurbish local schools, health facilities, community centres, libraries and local parks for rural and regional communities. Advice has been received that $768k is available in grant funding for the Weddin Shire for two (2) years under this fund.

Council is currently considering its options as well as various projects in regards to the grant funding and once these projects are determined a grant funding application will be submitted to the State Government for consideration.

The Regional Cultural Fund like the Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund and is currently open for Expressions of Interest from the 17 July 2017 with successful applicants to be then invited to provide additional information.

The grant funding will be available for the Building and upgrading of arts and cultural venues including art galleries, libraries, performance spaces and cultural centres. The fund will encourage the rich diversity of the region, build tourism potential and support the young people of the Shire with up to $25m available in the first round of funding.

For further information visit www.create.nsw.gov.au

Blacks Bridge was officially opened on Monday 24 July 2017 by the Member for Riverina the Hon Michael McCormack MP who also addressed the crowd.

Council Mayor Cr Mark Liebich formally welcomed everyone and presented an overview of the project which was funded under Round Two of the Australian Government’s Bridges Renewal Programme with 50% funding from the Federal Government and 50% funding from Council.

Murray Constructions were engaged in September 2016 to remove the old timber bridge and design and construct the new reinforced concrete bridge. Bridge works Commenced on 18 January 2017 and were completed on 7 April 2017 on time and within budget with the approach road works and guard railing works completed on 12 May 2017.

Community Representative Jack Chapple addressed the crowd in regard to the history of the bridge while ex Director of Engineering Bill Twohill also addressed the crowd in regards to the construction of the bridge before the Official opening by Mr McCormack.

This is a terrific outcome for residents along the Gambarra Road as this particular bridge has long been an issue for local residents as well as there being issues with freight logistics for local primary producers. The grant has also assisted in upgrading our assets to assist council to remain “Fit for the Future” as well as ensuring local property owners have access to a state of the art bridge that will service local residents for many years to come.

Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has announced community sports clubs across the electorate will be eligible to apply for a 50 per cent co-funding contribution for a lifesaving defibrillator which is great news for these local clubs.

As part of the 2017-2018 Budget, $4 million would be allocated over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW purchase and maintain Automatic External Defibrillators (AED). The first eight minutes after a person has a cardiac arrest are the most critical and early access to CPR and defibrillation can increase the likelihood of survival by up to 75 per cent.

More than 2500 AEDs will be rolled out over the next four years, under the Local Sports Defibrillation Program, which will also see community members trained in how to use them.

With thousands of spectators and players attending sporting events around the state every week, having AEDs at those venues will save lives.

Applications from clubs will be invited from October this year through the Office of Sport website: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/clubs/grants/defibrillator

The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs to collect over 27,000 blood donations every week and you can help support this life-saving service by rolling up your sleeve and giving blood. The Mobile Blood Service will be visiting Grenfell on Thursday 10 August, 2017 and will be stationed at Vaughn Park. Blood donations will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service encourages anyone who wishes to make a blood donation to:

  • Drink up! – Have 3 or 4 glasses of water or juice in the hours before you donate.
  • Eat! – Have a good sized breakfast or lunch.
  • Bring photo I.D. with you.

Every blood donation saves three lives so by rolling up your sleeve and giving blood you are helping make a huge difference in the lives of many people.

To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is “Reflections” which will be on display until the 30 July, 2017.  Reflections is an exhibition showcasing Aboriginal artists from Central Western New South Wales. Comprising of installations, paintings, weaving and sculpture the artists have created works which reflect on the past and present and contemplate what the future holds from their perspectives as regional Aboriginal artists.

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 “Red Dog – True Blue” at 2.00pm 23 August, 2017.

Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

Friday 28 July 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 31 July 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

Street Stalls

Fri 28/Sat 29 July 2017-  Grace Inc

 

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 DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979

DA 36/2017

 

Council has received an Application DA 36/2017 for construction of Shed/Carport and separate Carport at Lot 11 in DP 1212714, Manganese Road, Grenfell.

 

Inspection:      The application DA No. 36/2017 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Wednesday 26 July 2017 to Wednesday 9 August 2017 at the Council’s Office, Camp Street, Grenfell.

 

Submissions:   Any person may make a submission in writing to the Consent Authority within the advertised period.  Submissions objecting to the development are required to specify the grounds for objection.

 

Written submissions are to be received at Council by 4.00 pm on Wednesday 9 August 2017.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979

DA 30/2010 (Modification)

 

Council has received an Application DA 30/2010 (Modification) to Relocate 2 silos, new Shed Structure and Seed Cleaning Unit at Lots 461 & 462 in DP 754578, Grafton Street, Grenfell.

 

Inspection:      The application DA No. 30/2010 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Friday 21 July 2017 to Friday 11 August 2017 at the Council’s Office, Camp Street, Grenfell.

 

Submissions:   Any person may make a submission in writing to the Consent Authority within the advertised period.  Submissions objecting to the development are required to specify the grounds for objection.

 

Written submissions are to be received at Council by 4.00 pm on Friday 11 August 2017.

 

GRENFELL CINEMA

 

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

 

“Red Dog – True Blue” –  Rated PG - Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – 2.00pm

                                          

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.

 

 

AUTHORISED BY

GLENN CARROLL

GENERAL MANAGER