Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 26 October 2016

The Minister for Justice the Hon Michael Keenan MP and NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Justice and Police the Hon Troy Grant MP have announced that disaster assistance has been made available for seven additional flood affected communities across NSW including the Weddin Shire which is great news.

Under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA) a range of assistance is available to help flood affected individuals, small businesses, primary producers and local Councils with their recovery including:

  • Help for eligible people whose homes or belongings have been damaged
  • Support for affected local Councils to help with the costs of cleaning up and restoring damaged essential public assets
  • Concessional interest rate loans for small businesses, primary producers and not-for-profit organisations
  • Freight subsidies for primary producers
  • Grants to not-for-profit organisations

Council is currently assessing the damage and will submit an estimate to fix our roads network and other assets that have been impaired. The flood damage repairs will then commence once the estimate is approved.

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line Ph 1800 018 444. To apply for a concessional loan, grant or freight subsidy, contact the NSW Rural Assistance Authority Ph 1800 678 593 or visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au

Further information on disaster assistance is available at www.disasterassist.gov.au and www.emergency.nsw.gov.au

Council has recently been advised that our application for funding under Round Three of the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) was unsuccessful which is very disappointing.

The funding was being sourced to assist in facilitating the construction of the new Weddin Regional Health Hub which will assist in attracting and retaining medical practitioners to the Weddin Shire in the future.

The Australian Government recently announced the new Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) to replace the (NSRF) to support infrastructure projects and community investments in areas outside of major capital cities. In this regard it was subsequently resolved by Council at the October 2016 Council Meeting to resubmit the grant funding application under the (BBRF). While this will defer the commencement of construction it was a very responsible decision as the opportunity to be granted approximately $1 million is one Council could not afford to miss. As the grant funding is not retrospective construction cannot commence until the grant funding outcome is known.

Residents can be assured Council is very committed to the project and determined to bring it to fruition.

Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has welcomed the announcement of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship.

Local high schools are encouraged to get involved to give students the opportunity to represent their community on a tour of important First World War sites in Europe. The tour is a unique opportunity for students, one that offers scholars a special insight into Australia’s involvement in the First World War and the birth of the Anzac legend. Government, Catholic and independent schools that submit an expression of interest will go into a ballot that will be drawn on 21 November, 2016. The scholarship is available to Year 10 and 11 students with a keen interest in history and it is hoped schools will take up the opportunity to be a part of the program. 

The 20 schools selected in the ballot will nominate one student each to take part in the 2017 tour.

Expressions of interest can be lodged online until 5pm Monday 14 November, 2016 at: http://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/education/premiers-anzac-memorial-scholarship-tour/

Council in conjunction with the Grenfell RSL is planning to submit a grant funding application under the Community War Memorials Fund and the Anzac Community Grants Programme to:

(i)  provide three (3) plaques and extra lighting in Memorial Park for the Dawn Service and other  services.

(ii) upgrade the Bofors Gun and provide safety fencing

If the grants are successful the proposal will be referred to Elena Grimm who was the original designer of Memorial Park for her comments on the proposed Memorial Park works.

With the extensive wet weather period and the presence of water pooling, mosquitoes have become very prevalent.

The following guidelines are recommended to assist in control and personal protection:

  • Use a repellent

            The key time to take special care against mosquito bites is just prior to and for two hours after dusk

  • Cover up and Take Care

            Ensure you cover all windows, doors, chimneys, vents and other entrances with insect screens that are in good condition.

            Cover up as much as possible and wear light coloured, loose fitting clothing and sensible   footwear.

  • Creating a Mosquito Free Zone

            Mosquitoes breed in still or stagnant water.  Their breeding sites include swamps, ground pools, gutters and containers.  Clean up your yard and remove all water-holding rubbish, regularly flush out potplant bases, keep house guttering clear and make sure                     openings of septic tanks and water  tanks are covered and screened securely.

These guidelines should assist in ensuring you are protected from mosquitos in the summer months ahead.

Council has been working with the Quandialla Swimming Pool Committee in making alterations to the pool in preparation for the 2016/2017 season.

This work involved re-grouting of tiles, chemical bunding areas, removal and replacement of starting blocks and concreting around the concourse areas.

The pool opened last Thursday 20 October 2016 and with the redevelopment of the Grenfell Pool, it is envisaged that the Quandialla Pool will be used as an alternative facility.  School programs have already been booked for this year. With this increased activity the opening hours have been extended to 7 days a week 10am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 7.30pm Saturday and Sunday.

As the weather warms up no doubt the Quandialla pool will be very popular and it is hoped everyone has a very enjoyable and safe time in the pool this summer.

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘Shades of Light’ which is an eclectic collection of photographs, photographic art and digital illustrations by Roslyn Elms, and hand painted porcelain by Elaine Dowd. The exhibition is on display until 20 November, 2016.

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 “The Lady in the Van” at 2.00 pm, 16 November 2016.

Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

4 November 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

7 November 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

Street Stalls

Friday, 28        Grenfell Bible Society

Saturday, 29    WIRES – Grenfell Branch

 

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GRENFELL CINEMA

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

“The Lady in a Van” – 2.00 pm on Wednesday 16 November 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.

 

NAMING OF ROAD – BOGOLONG DAM

Council proposes to name the access road to Bogolong Dam as Bogolong Dam Road.

Comments on the proposed naming of the road will be received in writing to the General Manager up until 2 November, 201

 

POSITIONS VACANT

Council is inviting applications from motivated and enthusiastic persons to fill the following positions:

  • Grader Operator
  • Water Cart Operator
  • Self-Propelled Roller Operator

Appointment to the positions will be in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award.

Further information and job descriptions can be obtained by contacting Katherine during business hours on (02) 6343 1212, email or visit Council’s website at www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

Applications for this position close 10.00am Wednesday, 2 November 2016 and should be forwarded to the undersigned.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979

DA 48/2016

Council has received an Application DA 48/2016 for Shed with Lean-to at Lot 4 Sec 9 in DP 758473, 30 West Street, Grenfell.

Inspection:      The application DA No. 48/2016 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Wednesday 19 October to Wednesday 2 November 2016 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 2 November 2016.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979

DA 49/2016

Council has received an Application DA 49/2016 for Shed/Vet Practice/Animal Boarding Facility at Lot 1 in DP 1155022, Memory Street, Grenfell (Industrial Site - proposed Lot 20, 2 Phil Aston Place, Grenfell).

Inspection:      The application DA No. 49/2016 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Wednesday 19 October to Wednesday 9 November 2016 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 November 2016.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979

DA 50/2016

Council has received an Application DA 50/2016 for Shed at Lot 11 in DP 1186800, 35 Grimshaw Lane, Grenfell.

Inspection:      The application DA No. 50/2016 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Wednesday 19 October to Wednesday 2 November 2016 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 2 November 2016.

 

AUTHORISED BY

GLENN CARROLL

GENERAL MANAGER