Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 28 September 2016


Council’s Mayor Cr Mark Liebich was re-elected unopposed at the Council meeting held on Thursday 22 September, 2016 for his fifth term.

Cr Paul Best was elected Deputy Mayor unopposed for his first term as Deputy.

Congratulations to Cr Liebich and Cr Best who are no doubt very keen to lead Council through the challenging times ahead as well as continuing various projects as detailed in Councils 2013-2017 Delivery Program.

As well as the Mayoral elections Council delegates were appointed to various organisations. Community representatives were also appointed to committees under Sec 355 of the Local Government Act 1993, as detailed below:

  • Heritage –John Hetherington, Denise Yates and Warwick Crampton
  • Tourism – Warwick Crampton and Cathie Logan
  • Art Gallery – Hugh Moffitt, Mary Moffitt and Warwick Crampton
  • Bogolong Dam – Darren Nealon, Robert Grimm and James Fennell

There is currently a vacancy on the Tourism Committee for a community representative which will be advertised in due course.

Congratulations to all appointees and thank you for giving your time so freely to assist the various committees achieve their objectives.

Similar to Weddin Shire the majority of Council’s are conducting their Mayoral elections during September.

Council has recently been advised of the following results of surrounding Councils which may be of interest to residents:

  • Orange City Council – Mayor John Davis, Deputy Mayor Jason Hamling
  • Bathurst Regional Council – Mayor Gary Rush, Deputy Mayor Ian North
  • Blayney Shire Council – Mayor Scott Ferguson, Deputy Mayor Allan Ewin
  • Parkes Shire Council – Mayor Ken Keith OAM, Deputy Mayor Barbara Newton

In the other big news of the week the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP was in Grenfell on Monday 26 September, 2016 to announce funding of $8.81m for Weddin Shire Council under the Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program to upgrade the Grenfell Sewerage Treatment Plant.

This approval is part of the NSW Government’s $110million Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program to ensure regional communities have the right infrastructure to build for the future.

The Regional Water and Waste Water Backlog Program enables the construction of modern water and sewerage infrastructure and associated works to provide safe, secure and reliable water and sewerage services to communities.

The grant funding is tremendous news as it will provide a state of the art sewerage treatment works facility as well as enabling Council to upgrade our assets during a time we are endeavouring to become and remain ‘Fit for the Future’.

The Grenfell Sesquicentenary 150th anniversary celebrations are on this weekend and the Committee led by Chairman Mr Peter Moffitt are looking forward to everyone ‘Coming Home to Grenfell’ for the celebrations.

The Sesquicentenary theme ‘Come Home to Grenfell’ has been incorporated into many of the events and activities held by various community groups throughout 2016 leading into the celebrations. The celebrations will culminate this weekend on 1 – 3 October, 2016 with an Official opening, a Grenfell art and photo exhibition, meet and greet bush dance, bus tour and many more activities planned on Sunday, 2 October 2016 in Taylor Park, which will be the main day of the celebrations.

There is a lot of excitement and anticipation building in the community and the theme of the Sesquicentenary event will hopefully encourage past and present residents to come together to celebrate the rich history of Grenfell.

The wet weather is certainly creating issues with our roads and drainage systems.

Council staff have been doing an excellent job in very difficult circumstances within the confines of Councils resources to monitor the situation and attend to issues as they arise.

Council is currently seeking a Natural Disaster Declaration and once declared will apply for flood damage grant funding.

On behalf of Councillors and staff I would like to thank residents for their understanding and patience during this very difficult time.

Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP is encouraging young people in the electorate to consider applying for a position on the 2017 NSW Youth Advisory Council and get involved in Government decision making.

Council members are sought to represent the diversity of young people living in NSW in terms of locality and gender, aboriginality, and cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

Members of the Council make an important and valuable contribution to the NSW Government’s work and the way they deliver services for young people in NSW.

One of the key roles of the Youth Advisory Council is to provide advice to the Minister responsible for Youth and the Advocate for Children and Young People.

Applications close at 5:00pm Friday 30 September 2016.

For more information and application forms please visit the Advocate for Children and Young People’s website or Ph (02) 9248 0970.

Residents are reminded the Small Biz Bus which transports experienced advisors all over NSW to give face-to-face, personalised advice to small businesses will be visiting Grenfell tomorrow, Thursday 29 September, 2016.

The Bus is part of the Small Biz Connect business advisory program, funded by the NSW Government. The Bus travels across NSW connecting small business owners with advisors and services in their local community.

The Small Biz Connect advisor you meet on the Bus will be experienced in small business and able to talk to you about the issues and questions that arise in small business. For example, you might be looking for guidance on your finances, staffing, expansion plans, starting a business, dealing with other businesses or levels of government, marketing or making the most of your opportunities online.

The Bus will be again located outside the NAB and will be operational from 9am – 3pm. The appointments will facilitate 45 minute business advisory sessions which are confidential and at no cost.

To make an appointment call 1300 134 359 or go to

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘Our Heritage, Our History’ which is being held to celebrate Grenfell’s rich history as part of this weekends Grenfell Sesquicentenary celebrations.  The exhibition is on display until the 9 October, 2016 and by all reports is well worth seeing.

The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.

The next films to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be the children’s movies “Zootopia” 1.30 pm today Wednesday 28th September 2016 and “The Good Dinosaur” 1.30 pm on Wednesday 5th October 2016.

Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

7 October 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

10 October 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

Street Stalls

Friday September 30

Saturday October 1

Arts and Crafts

Grenfell Leisure Group – Palliative Bed



Residents are advised that at the August 2016 Tourism Committee meeting, it was resolved to have the above mentioned document placed on exhibition for public comment.

The document can be viewed at the Council Administration building or on the website

Submissions will be received until 4.00 pm on Wednesday 12 October, 2016.



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

 “Zootopia” - Rated PG                                           1.30 pm on Wednesday 28th September 2016


“The Good Dinosaur” – Rated PG                     1.30 pm on Wednesday 5th October 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.



Council advises that Middle Street between Weddin Street and Church Street, and Church Street from Middle Street to the northern boundary of Taylor Park and the Post Office house, will be closed to traffic on Sunday 2 October 2016 from 8.00am to 4.00pm for the Grenfell Sesquicentenary celebrations.