Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 27 July 2016

As previously reported Council will have to re-submit our ‘Fit for the Future’ (FFTF) proposal to the Office of Local Government by Friday, 29 July 2016 with Council being advised of the outcome of the re-assessment by 30 September 2016.

A workshop was conducted prior to the July Council Meeting to review the proposal and afford Councillors the opportunity to ask questions in relation to the proposal.

In resubmitting our ‘Fit for the Future’ proposal it will be very important to be able to demonstrate that we have commenced instigating various actions detailed in our action plan (eg SRV, use of debt) and have dates determined when other actions will be instigated. eg service and organisational reviews, review of Asset Management Plans.

Council subsequently resolved to endorse the revised proposal which will hopefully see Council ‘Fit for the Future’.

Council has recently been advised that its joint grant funding application for $400,000 under the NSW Government’s $4m Innovation Fund with Mid Lachlan Alliance Councils Parkes, Forbes and Lachlan was successful which is great news.

The grant funding will allow the Councils to work together in a collaborative manner to obtain efficiencies and savings. To initiate the project a brief together with an advertisement has been developed in draft form to appoint a project agent who’s role will be to facilitate the tender/quotation process to engage consultants to conduct efficiency/service/organisational reviews and develop and implement policies and procedures to enable Councils to become fiscally responsible.

The grant funding is tremendous as it will provide Councils with the resources required to initiate the reform process which will see real change implemented. This will assist Council to become financially sustainable, improve our performance, systems and governance which will assist us to become and remain ‘Fit for the Future’.

A Joint Organisation (JO) workshop was held in Orange on Thursday, 7 July 2016 to update Councils in regards to the current status of JO’s with Council represented by the Mayor and myself.

As previously advised five Joint Organisation (JO) pilots were trialled across New South Wales, as part of the NSW Government’s “Fit for the Future” reform package. Centroc was selected as one of the successful JO pilots and the trial period is now finalised.   The final model will be decided in late 2016 and legislative work will commence to facilitate the establishment and implementation of JO’s in 2017.

The JO’s will strengthen the system of Local Government and assist in ensuring the State Governments regional priorities are aligned with Local Governments regional priorities eg Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), Regional Strategic Planning which will be very beneficial.

With the NSW Local Government Elections being held 10 September 2016, nominations open next Monday 1 August, 2016.

Briefing sessions will be held today in conjunction with Cowra and Bland Shire Council’s at the Community Hub at the following times: 10.00am – 1.00pm and 6.00pm – 9.00pm. The NSWEC will also be pre-recording Candidate Briefing sessions and loading them onto their website later this month.

Further information regarding the election will be provided in the weeks leading up to the election.

The new online Pet Registry at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au was released on Monday 18 July 2016.

In accordance with the NSW Government’s election commitment, the companion animals register is being redeveloped to provide a simpler one-step online registration process, and enhanced monitoring and enforcement.

This means that from July 2016:

  • Pet owners and breeders can create an online profile, update their details, notify their dog or cat as missing, register ownership changes, and pay registration fees from the convenience of their personal computers or mobile devices.
  • Vets and other authorised identifiers will enter microchip implantation information for cats and dogs directly onto the register.
  • Cats will need to be desexed by four months of age to receive the discounted lifetime registration fee. The discounted lifetime registration fee will continue to apply to dogs desexed by six months of age.
  • Breeders will be given a Breeder ID Number, creating efficiencies in recording owner and animal information on the register and to help track litters over time.

Updated Guidelines on the Exercise of Functions under the Companion Animals Act 1998, Guidelines for Authorised Identifiers and various Register User Guides and information will soon be published on the Office of Local Government website at www.olg.nsw.gov.au

 

The Civic Reception held prior to the July 2016 Council meeting for Miss Grace Eppelstun to honour, recognise and celebrate her achievements in being crowned The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl for 2016 was excellent.

Council’s Mayor Mark Liebich formally welcomed the guests and highlighted Grace’s achievements before presenting Grace with a certificate and small gift in acknowledgment of those achievements.

Grace’s family is certainly very proud of her, as is Council, and no doubt the local community is as well. I am sure Grace will continue to make Grenfell proud and we wish her all the very best for the future.

Residents are advised that Planet Ark’s National Tree Day, the country’s largest tree planting and nature-care event is fast approaching.

National Tree Day aims to revegetate the Australian landscape with native plants and to encourage Australians to re-connect with the environment and their community. Over 3.5 million participants have planted 23 million trees and shrubs in schools, parks and reserves right across the country for the last 21 years.

Schools Tree Day is Friday 29th July and National Tree Day is Sunday 31st July, 2016.

For further information visit: http://treeday.planetark.org/

Residents are strongly encouraged to participate in the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census on Tuesday 9 August, 2016.

The data collected through the Census is the source of information used by the Government for population forecasts which determine distribution of services including housing, transport, education and hospitals. Council encourages all residents to do there bit to ensure Weddin’s data is as accurate as possible. 2016 will be Australia’s first predominantly digital Census. From 1 August 2016, households will receive a letter with a unique Census Login. Every household must use it to complete the Census online, or follow the directions to order a paper form. Some households may receive a paper form with the option to complete it online.

Council wants to ensure all residents realise that if you would prefer to complete a paper copy, you will need to request that one is sent to you, and you can only make this request via the ABS website. Alternatively, Josh Dawes at the Grenfell Internet Centre is able to help people request a paper form.

Nominations for community members to nominate or renominate for Council committees such as Heritage, Tourism, Art Gallery and the Cinema will be invited in early August.

Council certainly values the contribution the current community members make to our committees. These members are all volunteers who give freely of their time which is much appreciated by Council.

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘Kate Kelly: Sister of an Outlaw’ by Rebecca Wilson which will be on display from the 17th June – 31st July, 2016. The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.

It is planned to reactivate the movies when the weather warms up and further details will be available in due course. If you have a particular request for a movie please let Lisa at Council’s administration office know. Ph 6343 1212.

Finally, thank you to Council staff, the SES and local farmers who all assisted and gave freely of their time and machinery during Friday evening’s massive storm.

The major concern was that there were a lot of fallen trees on various Shire roads, however with the assistance of the above groups traffic was able to flow freely and safely after a short period of time.

Once again thank you to everybody who provided assistance during the evening and on the weekend which was very much appreciated by Council.

Dates to Note

 

29 July 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

1 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

 

Street Stalls

 

29/30 July

Grenfell Mens Shed

 

 

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CHILD RESTRAINT CHECKING DAY – GRENFELL

Council hereby advises that there will be a Free Child Car Seat Checking Day on Monday, 1 August 2016 between 9.00 am and 12.00 pm at the Grenfell Public School Hall, Sullivan Street, Grenfell.

 Please contact Roads and Maritime Services on 6861 1681 or 6861 1487 as bookings are essential to secure a place.

 

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL - DA 33/2016

 Council has received an Application DA 33/2016 to Demolish Existing Dwelling, 5 x Multi Dwelling Housing and 5 Lot Subdivision at Lot 10 in DP 870230, 44/46 Warraderry Street, Grenfell.

 Inspection:      The application DA No. 33/2016 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Friday 22 July 2016 to Friday 12 August 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 Friday 12 August 2016.

  

AUTHORISED BY

 

GLENN CARROLL

GENERAL MANAGER