Weddin Shire Council

Council News - 3 August 2016

Councils ‘Fit for the Future’ (FFTF) proposal was resubmitted to the Office of Local Government by the due date of Friday, 29 July 2016.

The proposal was endorsed by Council at the July 2016 Council meeting prior to its submission. It is anticipated Council will be advised of the outcome of the reassessment by 30 September 2016.

A copy of the resubmission is available on Council’s website:

Council recently received some great news with the Minister for Roads and Freight the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC advising Council that under the Fixing Country Roads programme Round Two, Weddin Shire will receive NSW Government funding in conjunction with Forbes Shire as detailed below:


Project name

Total Project cost ($’000)

FCR Funding ($’000)

Council ($’000)

Federal ($’000)

Forbes Shire Council and Weddin Shire Councils

Newell Highway to Wirrinya Heavy Vehicle Route Upgrade





Fixing Country Roads was introduced by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government to ensure our local and regional road network supports regional producers, growers and businesses.

Round Two of Fixing Country Roads entails a $50 million investment and is ‘on top’ of the $43 million commitment in Round One.  Council also received funding in Round 1 for the Greenethorpe – Bumbaldry road with the works currently being undertaken.

Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay has advised that there is no other program in the history of the state that delivers benefits to councils, local businesses, communities and regional industries quite like Fixing Country Roads.

This grant will certainly assist in the upgrade of our road assets particularly in an environment where we are endeavouring to upgrade our assets and become ‘Fit for the Future’.

Council has also received Grant Funding of $425,000 for the Blacks Bridge Renewal under the Bridges Renewal Program Round Two.

It is proposed to call tenders for the design and construction of the new bridge with the tenders to be considered by Council at the September 2016 Council Meeting.

The design and construction will commence in October 2016, with the bridge to be completed in February 2017.

In the interim, an alternative route is being investigated for grain haulage for the 2016 harvest season.

Council has also recently been advised that we have been successful with our grant funding application under the Energise Enterprise Fund (EEF), receiving a grant of $25,000 for the Economic Development Strategic Plan project.

The development of the Strategic Plan will assist in the attraction of new businesses to the Shire as well as the retention of existing businesses.

The project demonstrates a commitment to economic development and diversification that will support our local community and provide stability to the local business sector into the future.

Councils Art Gallery Committee has also recently received a grant of $3,220.00 from the Department of Social Services, under the Strengthening Communities Fund.

The funding was used to engage Mr Bruce Buchanan from the Orange BEC to undertake training for our volunteers which will certainly be very beneficial to the volunteers and the Art Gallery in the future.

Council’s Workers Compensation insurer StateCover has issued Council with an incentive payment of $10,334.50 (GST Inc.) which was dependent on the completion of various performance indicators (KPI’s).

As Council has satisfactorily completed these KPI’s we qualified for the payment which will assist in further promoting effective WHS practices.

The incentive payment is a credit to all staff who are very diligent in carrying out their duties and ensuring they are adhering to proper Work Health and Safety (WHS) practices.

Member for Cootamundra, The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP also announced that rural workplaces across the electorate can apply for a rebate of up to $500 to implement safety measures aimed at reducing quad bike tragedies and injuries on farms.

The rebate was announced at the NSW Farmers Conference in Sydney as part of a push to encourage and support land managers to adopt a range of harm prevention strategies to protect their workers, family members and themselves. Quad bikes are currently a leading cause of death on Australian properties with 220 deaths in the past 16 years and thousands more people seriously injured. The $2 million Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program is a step forward to protecting people who work on farms in our region.

The $500 rebate can go towards the purchase of compliant helmets, Operator Protector Devices including rollover bars, the purchase of a safer vehicle such as a side-by-side vehicle, and training courses tailored to farmers.

Tocal College has also been awarded the contract to deliver 100 quad bike-training courses across NSW as part of the SafeWork NSW Quad Bike Safety Improvement Program.

The rebate will be available until 30 June 2017. Further information is available at

The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has also advised that the NSW Government’s Opportunity Development Grants Program is now open. Musicians in the Cootamundra electorate wanting to promote and showcase their talents to overseas producers or develop contacts that could open the door to an international music career are invited to apply for the Funding.

Musicians can apply for up to $850 for each person named in an application, to a maximum total of $5,500 per group.

Round 2 applications opened on Monday 18 July and close Tuesday 6 September 2016.

Full application details are available at

Council appoints community representatives to a number of its committees each year and these representatives are due to be appointed at Council’s September Meeting for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Accordingly nominations are currently being invited for the following committees:

Heritage - 3 positions

Tourism - 3 positions plus 1 village representative

Art Gallery - 3 positions

Cinema - up to 4 positions

Written nominations close on Friday 26 August, 2016. A form is available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website

A reminder Councillor nominations for the 2016 Local Government Elections are now open and close at 12 noon 10 August, 2016.

Further information for candidates can be found on the NSW Electoral Commission (NSWEC) website or via their call centre on Ph 1300 135 736.

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is ‘When Two Worlds Meet” by Kim Heath and Kim Bagot – Hiller which is on display from the 2 August – 11 September, 2016. The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.

As previously advised 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.


Dates to Note


12 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

15 August 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

18 August 2016 – Ordinary Council Meeting, 5.00 pm


Street Stalls


Friday, 5 August

Grenfell Leisure Group – Palliative Bed

Saturday, 6 August

Presbyterian Youth Group






Council seeks the services of a qualified Civil Engineer with demonstrated experience in Local Government Engineering.


The successful applicant will assist the Director Engineering in survey, design and construction, preparing estimates, quality assessment, liaising with ratepayers, grants submissions and Work Health & Safety and Risk Management.


Weddin Shire Council is a ‘stand alone’ Council and is financially sustainable with a committed workforce.


An information package may be obtained by contacting Katherine or Nichola on 02 63431212 or . Enquiries should be directed to Mr Bill Twohill.


Applications will be received up until 2.00 pm on Monday, 8 August 2016.




Council appoints community representatives to a number of its committees.


Council’s committees are due to be reappointed at its September Meeting for the period 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2017. Accordingly nominations are invited for these committees, being:


Heritage               - 3 positions

Tourism               - 3 positions plus 1 village representative

Art Gallery          - 3 positions

Bogolong Dam    - 3 positions

Cinema                - up to 4 positions


Written nominations close on 26 August 2016. A form is available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website




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.




In accordance with Section 101 of Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, public notice is hereby given that Council, at its July 2016 meeting or by delegation, has approved the following Development Applications; and are advertised for public information:


DA NO 24/2016 Applicant: Mr JO McClelland, Property: 1 Sec: A DP: 6820, 37 South Street, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Shed

DA NO 25/2016 Applicant: Mr AS Noble, Property: Lot: 337 DP: 754578, 94 Berrys Road, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Shed

DA NO 26/2016 Applicant: Mr BM Abbott, Property: Lot: 110 DP: 1081488, 30 Stan McCabe Drive, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Shed

DA NO 27/2016 Applicant: Mr MJ Dunlop, Property: Lot: 16 Sec: 32 DP: 758473, 35 Tyagong Street, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: 2 Bay Garage