COUNCIL NEWS 28 MARCH 2018
The big news of the week was the announcement by the member for Cootamundra the Hon Steph Cooke MP that Council’s grant funding application under the “once-in-a-generation” Stronger Country Communities Fund which is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund was successful with Council to receive $768,982.
The grant funding will be utilized to undertake the Main Street infrastructure project which will assist in revitalizing the Main Street and the business sector. The project will involve upgrading drainage and guttering infrastructure in the Main Street as well as improving Main Street amenities.
Council is also currently applying for Federal Government grant funding under the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) and State Government grant funding under the Regional Growth Funds, Growing Local Economies Fund to be allocated to the Main Street project to facilitate the commencement of the project. If the grant funding applications are successful, then the $1.537m under Round 2 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund will be able to be allocated to local sports and amenity projects.
The Main Street project is a high priority in our Community Strategic Plan (CSP) and its commencement will see another major infrastructure project being undertaken which is also very significant for the business sector in Grenfell.
Residents are reminded that the Service NSW agency continues to be hosted in Council's administration building with the following services available:
The establishment of Service NSW is ensuring the services remain in the Weddin Shire which is terrific. The services remaining at the Council Chambers also enhances Council’s long term sustainability and will assist us to remain as Weddin Shire Council in the long term.
If you require any of the services, please call in and see Lisa or Freuin who will be only too happy to assist.
It was recently reported over 2LF radio and Prime TV News that the Grenfell Branch of the NAB Bank will be closing which is very disappointing.
NAB have been undertaking staff consultation and it is understood customers have been receiving letters advising the branch will be closing on Thursday 21 June 2018.
Council at its March 2018 meeting resolved that the Mayor Cr Liebich, Cr Diprose and Mr Peter Moffitt, Chair of the Weddin Development Committee, be authorised to make representations to NAB to endeavour to maintain a shop front presence in Grenfell. Council also resolved to write a letter to the banking royal commission to advise of Grenfell’s situation.
While a number of major capital projects are in progress Council’s works program is continuing and the following works have been completed, are currently in progress or about to commence:
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.
Council has recently received our Contractor Performance Report for the period September – December 2017 from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
The report is part of the requirements of the Road Maintenance Council Contract (RMCC) for works on roads and bridges on State Roads. Council was rated acceptable in 7 categories, good in 3 categories and marginal in 2 categories with overall performance acceptable and Council deemed suitable for further work. The two categories rated marginal were Quality and Traffic Management with the issue in both areas now addressed.
This is a very good result and a credit to Council and all staff involved, particularly as it is critical that we maintain the SH contract to assist us to remain financially sustainable in the future.
The coming months will continue to be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:
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.
Local first-year apprentices who are experiencing financial or other personal hardship and who have and will start their training between March 1, 2017 and May 30, 2018 are eligible to apply for a $15,000 Bert Evans Scholarship.
A Bert Evans scholarship is one of the most significant ways an apprentice or trainee can secure $15,000 to make sure they have everything they need to finish their training. The scholarships help apprentices in financial or personal hardship to buy new tools, cover fuel and car maintenance costs, pay for extra training courses or cover the cost of living which is terrific.
Apprentices may be living away from home without any support and struggling to meet living and training costs, have a disability, or may come from difficult family situations.
For more information visit: www.training.nsw.gov.au/bert_evans_scholarships or Ph 13 28 11.
In more good news, new technology has been announced that will provide faster and more detailed seasonal conditions information and enable our farmers to make better-informed farm and stock management decisions.
The new Enhanced Drought Indicator System (EDIS) draws on the latest remote sensing, satellite and climate data to provide a more detailed assessment of seasonal conditions.
EDIS is powered by a new machine-learning platform, built by NSW DPI scientists, which combines many types of data gathered in overlapping timeframes to provide a more accurate picture of seasonal trends.
EDIS is the backbone of the NSW Government’s new State Seasonal Update (SSU), released in prototype, which replaces the previous seasonal conditions reports with a more detailed analysis of conditions across the State.
The app will, for the first time, allow farming communities and agronomists to verify the state data. That information will automatically sync with EDIS, providing the most up-to-date information ever able to be circulated.
For further information on the EDIS visit: https://edis.dpi.nsw.gov.au/
The new exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is " Woodland Plains " Nicole Berlach which was opened on Friday evening 2 March 2018 and is on display until 15 April 2018. Woodland Plains explores Australia’s native grassland communities through the delicate and multi-layered medium of watercolour on paper. Nicole has an extensive portfolio of work including children’s picture book illustrations, scientific illustration plates, field guides, interpretive signage, logo design, album covers, and private commissioned artworks. The exhibition is well worth a visit to the Art Gallery to see.
Dates to Note
Friday 6 April 2018 –Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
Monday 9 April 2018 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Thursday 29 March 2018 – Grenfell Uniting Church Ladies Fellowship
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
SALE OF EX-BUSHFIRE TROOP CARRIERS
Council offers for sale two (2) ex RFS Bushfire Troop Carriers as follows:
Offers for these vehicles will be received by the General Manager up to 10.00am Friday, 6 April 2018.
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979
Council has received an Application Change of Use (Bus Depot) & Extension of Shed over LOT: 1164 DP: 754578 5402 Mid Western Highway GRENFELL 2810.
Inspection: The application DA 17/2018 for Change of Use (Bus Depot) & Extension of Shed may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from 14 March 2018 and 4 April 2018 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 4 April 2018.
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
Council invites applications from suitably qualified and experienced persons for the following position:-
Please submit written applications with details of qualifications, drivers licence, Forklift Compentency and work experience together with written references and/or the names of two people who may be contacted for work references.
Further information and a job description can be obtained by contacting Maegan during business hours on Ph 6343 1212, email or visit Council’s website at www.weddin.nsw.gov.au
Applications for the position will close at 2 pm on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 and should be sent to the undersigned at the address below or email .
PO BOX 125 AUTHORISED BY
GRENFELL GLENN CARROLL