Weddin Shire Council

Council News 3 May 2017

The 2017 ANZAC commemoration was held in a very dignified and respectful manner at Memorial Park on Tuesday, 25th April 2017 with a very large crowd in attendance despite the wet weather. 

RSL Special Guest Howie Campbell spoke at both the ANZAC Service and official luncheon, delivering very enlightening and informative addresses. Mr Campbell also attended the Dawn Service and the service at Caragabal.

It was a very good day which afforded residents and visitors the opportunity to remember and honour the service and sacrifice of many Australians who lost their lives in the conflicts. 

Mr Bruce Robinson and Ms Margaret Nowlan-Jones previously secured a grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs that enabled them to write and publish the book ‘BIMBI AND DISTRICT ANZACS’.

The book was launched at the Bimbi Anzac Day commemorations, following the usual Anzac Day Service by the Hon. Michael McCormack MP, Federal Member for Riverina, and Minister for Small Business, who also wrote the Foreword for the book.

The book not only contains a history of all the soldiers who served overseas in 1914-18 and their families, but features a full account of the members of the Bimbi Red Cross and the other women who supported them throughout the war and importantly after the war, when many men returned with life changing disabilities. The book contains photos of most of the soldiers and many of the Red Cross women, and dozens of letters written between soldiers and their families.

A barbecue and afternoon tea was held after the launch with Council represented by the Mayor Cr Mark Liebich and Councillor John Niven.

Council has recently received advice from the Hon David Elliott MP that we have been successful in obtaining an Anzac Community Grant of $2,000 to put towards improvements to the quality and safety of the Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun Mark II displayed in Vaughn Park.

The project will play an important role in commemorating and educating locals and visitors in regards to the service and sacrifice made by Australian military personnel.

The official launch of the Grenfell Sporting Hall of Fame was held last Saturday evening at the Grenfell Bowling Club and what a great night it was!

A massive crowd of over two hundred people witnessed twenty three local sporting icons inducted into the Grenfell Sporting Hall of Fame. To have one person represent Australia in their chosen sport is a great achievement but to have twenty three is truly remarkable. Congratulations and well done to all the inductees who are a real inspiration to other young local people endeavouring to realise their dreams.

It was an excellent evening and a credit to Mr Nevin Hughes and his wife Verona; Mr Skippy Mitton and his wife Barbara and various community members who assisted and worked tirelessly to bring this tremendous initiative to fruition.

A further meeting of the Bogolong Dam Committee was held last Thursday 27 April, 2017. In attendance were community representative committee members Robert Grimm, Darren Nealon and James Fennell together with Council representatives Crs Liebich and O’Byrne as well as staff members Bill Twohill and myself. 

Preliminary works have commenced utilising Landcare funding to undertake various works such as fencing and clean up works. These works are being undertaken in conjunction with Council works which will assist in the overall development of the Dam. Two access roads will be constructed and grant funding applications will also be submitted for a boat ramp and a walking/cycling track.

To assist the committee a fencing drive was undertaken with nearly all the materials donated by community members which is a great result and very much appreciated. Further enquiries can be directed to Robert Grimm who organised the drive on the committees’ behalf.  

To also assist with the operation of the dam, Council advertised for residents to join three sub-committees with the committee accepting the nominations detailed below:

Aquatic Club

Matthew McCann

Keryl McCann

Ben Armstrong

Sarah Armstrong

Arthur Richardson

Anthony Wilson

Recreation Club

Belinda Wilson

Farran Stevens

Environmental Club

Harvey Matthews

Graeme Taylor

Keith Starr

Mikla Lewis

Alan Griffiths

While this is a great initial response further nominations will be accepted. Nominations forms are available from Council’s administration building, on Council’s website or by emailing

As previously advised the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP announced 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 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’.

In regards to the status of the project, Council has progressed to the investigation stage with the initial project plan and risk assessment being prepared. This has been carried out in conjunction with Mott MacDonald, Project Manager and Council Officers.

Additional data is being obtained relating to inflows to assist with recommendations for design and type of plant. Survey works have also been completed with a meeting set down for early June with consultants and staff to further progress the project.

Applications are now open for the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal (FRRR) ABC Heywire Youth Innovation Grants.

Heywire invites communities who are interested in issues including youth justice, substance abuse, careers in farming and multiculturalism to apply for a share in $100,000 in grants.

Each year, the Heywire Competition winners attend the Heywire Regional Youth Summit in Canberra to develop ideas to improve regional Australia for young people. Community organisations are invited to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to make these ideas a reality.

For more information or to apply online visit

In 2017, the SUEZ Community Grants program will provide individual grants of between $1,000 and $15,000 each to community groups, funding social and environmental projects that contribute to a stronger community and healthier environment.

Applications are open and close 19 May 2017. For more information visit:

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is 'Painting From Nature - The Central West' By John Sharman and is on display until 1 June, 2017.

There are 36 paintings all in water soluble oil paint on prepared particle board. All works are painted plen-air in one sitting at sites in and around the Central West. The exhibition consists of a selection of works showing the diversity of the wide area using combined elements necessary to make a collection of sensitive and convincing images. This is a very high standard exhibition which is proving to be very popular with locals and visitors.

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” at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 10th May 2017 and “La La Land” at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017. Please see adjacent advertisement for further details.


Dates to Note

Friday 5 May 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 8 May 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls

Fri 5 / Sat 6 May 2017 - Grenfell Show Ladies Auxiliary



HIRE OF PLANT 2017/2018


Endorsed tenders will be received by the undersigned up until 10 am Friday, 26 May 2017 for the hire of plant from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.

Tenders should be lodged on the forms provided with the Standard Conditions of Plant Hire, including insurance details. Please contact Mr Aaron Heatley for details on (02) 6343 1212.

The lowest or any tender not necessary accepted.


Endorsed tenders will be received by the undersigned up until 10 am Friday, 26 May 2017 for maintenance grading on various roads within the Weddin Shire.

Tenders should be lodged on the form provided with the Maintenance Grading Specification, including insurance details. Please contact Mr Aaron Heatley for details on (02) 6343 1212

The lowest or any tender not necessary accepted.


Council proposes to reseal Forbes Street from Camp Street to Melyra Street on Saturday 6 May 2017 subject to weather.

Council apologise for any inconvenience caused.



In accordance with Section 101 of Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, public notice is hereby given that Council, at its March 2017 meeting or by delegation, has approved the following Development Applications; and are advertised for public information:    


DA NO 5/2017 – Applicant: Mr CP & Mrs M Moore, Property: LOT: 2 SEC: 4 DP: 758473, 43 Camp Street GRENFELL NSW  2810, Purpose: Change of Use – Café

DA NO 7/2017 – Applicant: Mrs VJ Hazelton, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 754578, Manganese Road GRENFELL  NSW 2810, Purpose: Subdivision

DA NO 8/2017 – Applicant: Ms K Burn, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 520994, 24 Warraderry Street GRENFELL NSW  2810, Purpose: Shed

DA NO 10/2017 – Applicant: Ms TK Smith, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 1200092, 212 Gooloogong Road GRENFELL NSW  2810, Purpose: Earthworks

DA NO 11/2017 – Applicant: Mr MR Abbott, Property: LOT: 338 DP: 754578, 106 Berry’s Lane GRENFELL NSW  2810, Purpose: Shed

DA NO 12/2017 – Applicant: Andys Design & Drafting, Property: LOT: 3 DP: 1108721, Henry Lawson Way GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: New Dwelling

DA NO 13/2017 – Applicant: Mrs LC Roberts, Property: LOT: 1076 DP: 754578, 76 Gooloogong Road GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Double Garage with Awning.

The undermentioned application was received and determined as Complying Development subject to standard conditions:

CA NO 1/2017 – Applicant: Mr AJ & Mrs JD Green, Property: Lot: 2 DP: 103070, 17 Parkes Street GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Swimming Pool



 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 10th May 2017

“La La Land – Rated M – 2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st May 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.