Weddin Shire Council

Council News 29 March 2017

Weddin Shire Council has received advice from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) that we have received grant funding for Restoration of Flood Damage for the 2016 event under the Regional Roads and Local Roads Project.

Council will receive the following:

  • $614,558 for Regional Roads and
  • $1,524,462 for Local Roads

An additional $1m has also been received to undertake preparation works on local roads as well as approximately $1.3M for restoration works on the State Highways.

The grant funding is tremendous and will certainly assist in restoring and repairing our road network which was damaged during one of the wettest winters in the last sixty years.


Council has also received advice from Southern Phone Company that Council has received payment of our Southern Phone Company dividend in the amount of $24,712.21. This dividend represents 1.24% of the total dividend pool for this year of $2,000,000.

The dividend calculation is based on 20% of the dividend pool being split equitably by the 35 shareholders, and 80% split based on the Southern Phone revenues generated in each Council’s area.

The number of Southern Phone customers in the Weddin Shire is increasing and if residents wish to switch to Southern Phone and assist the local community please call 1800 154 981 or 13 14 64.

StateCover, Council’s workers’ compensation insurer, is distributing a $6m Mutual Performance Rebate to Members during the financial year ending 30 June 2017.

The Mutual Performance Rebate is payable to Members which have Council Member status under the StateCover constitution, and which have renewed their 2016/2017 workers’ compensation policy with StateCover for a full 12 months.

The Rebate is 10% of a Member’s actual base tariff premium and for Weddin Shire Council, this is $11,951.54.

As a well-established and financially sound Mutual, it is very pleasing that StateCover are in a position to deliver this distribution to its Members.

StateCover also strongly promotes injury prevention through effective WHS practices and payment of an incentive is dependent on Council’s 2016/2017 premium renewal with SateCover and completion of three Key Performances Indicators (KPIs) as follows:

  1. Completion of the WHS Self Audit and action plan.
  2. Independent verification of Council’s answers to the Audit questions (if selected for verification).
  3. Receipt of completed wages declaration for the 2016/2017 premium period within 2 months from the renewal date.

Council has satisfactorily completed these KPIs and has received a payment of $13,822.15, which is great news and a credit to all staff.

Member for Cootamundra Katrina Hodgkinson has announced Grenfell is set to receive funding under the 2016 Community Building Partnerships (CBP) program as follows:

  • $7,128 for the construction of a shade structure at Railway Park.

The CBP program always generates a lot of interest and it is tremendous we were able to obtain funding for such a worthwhile project.

Young entrepreneurs wanting to start their own small business have been given another boost, as the Coalition Government has delivered even greater support to encourage jobseekers with a business idea to have a go.

The Government has expanded the New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) to add 2,300 places, alongside launching workshops and practical website support for young people who want to be their own boss.

These changes mean there are now 8,600 NEIS places across Australia each financial year. NEIS assistance to jobseekers starting their own business provides a number of incentives, including:

  • accredited small business training
  • help to develop a detailed business plan
  • ongoing business mentoring from local providers for the first year of business operation
  • up to 39 weeks of income support for jobseekers, plus rental assistance for up to 26 weeks (if eligible)

For more information on NEIS visit:

The Australian Sports Foundation have also announced grants under their Balls4all initiative. Balls4all is the biggest donation of free sporting goods to clubs, schools and organisations in Australian History, with almost 50,000 items available to clubs.

For more information visit the Australian Sports Foundation website:


Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has announced recipients of the 2017 NSW Seniors Local Achievement Awards with our Senior Citizen of the Year Mrs Jenny Hetherington a recipient.  

The awards are a way of saying ‘thank you’ to local seniors for their community spirit, their commitment and for setting a fine example for future generations of volunteers.

Jenny was selected for her tireless contribution to the Sesquicentenary Committee where she was instrumental together with Pene Starr and Hugh Moffitt in the development of the book “Historic Homes of the Weddin Shire”

On behalf of Council and the community I would like to congratulate Jenny on receiving the award and thank her for her outstanding contribution to the Sesquicentenary Committee.


The inaugural Grenfell Rodeo was held on Saturday 25 March 2017 at the Grenfell Showgrounds and was an outstanding success.

Congratulations to all of the organisers who worked very hard to produce a family friendly event that was enjoyed by a very big crowd.


The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘Into the Forest’ which is a joint exhibition by locals Kathleen Scott-McCue and Anda-leigh Reilly and is on display until 17 April, 2017.

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

The next films to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “The Legend of Ben Hall” on 12th April at 2pm and the children’s movie “Trolls” on 19th April at 2pm during the school holidays. Please see adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

Friday 7 April 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 10 April 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls

Fri 31 March / Sat 1 April 2017         Grenfell Rotary Club




Council has closed Forbes Street, between Melyra and North Streets until approximately 03.04.2017 to allow the construction of a drainage pipe from the new pool to Emu Creek.

Council apologises for any inconvenience.

Enquiries should be directed to Nirupan on 02 6343 1212.

GLENN CARROLL                                                                                                     


PO Box 125





Council is currently inviting nominations from community members for the three (3) Bogolong Dam sub-committees as detailed below:

  • Aquatic Club
  • Recreation Club
  • Environmental Group

Written nominations close on Friday 21 April, 2017. A form is available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website                                                                                                    

GLENN CARROLL                                                                                                     


PO Box 125



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

“The Legend of Ben Hall” – Rated M – 2.00 pm on Wednesday 12th April 2017

“Trolls” - Rated G – 2.00 pm on Wednesday 19th April 2017                                                                                 

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.