Council’s 2015/2016 Annual Report has been completed, adopted by Council and forwarded to the Division of Local Government.
The continuation of the Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) process has seen Council take a more strategic approach to asset management and the provision of services to our residents.
The Annual Report also reviews Council’s performance in regards to works and projects undertaken as per the 2015/2016 Operational Plan. These works and projects were derived from the 2013-2017 Delivery Program and prioritised by Council accordingly. It is very pleasing to report Council completed and made significant progress in regards to a number of activities some of which are highlighted below:
Grenfell Medical Centre plans and specifications
Commenced Grenfell Swimming Pool upgrade
Development of Visitor Information Centre (VIC) in the Grenfell Community Hub
SH17 and SH6 construction and maintenance
Regional Roads upgrades
Local roads construction/maintenance
The completion of these projects as well as others outlined in the Annual Report is a credit to Councillors and staff.
It is imperative that we continue to work as a team to achieve our strategic objectives that have been identified and prioritised as part of Council’s Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) process.
The supplementary State of Environment Report and the 2015/2016 Financial Statements have been prepared as an Appendix to the Annual Report.
Copies of the State of Environment Report and the Annual Statements are available on request.
A major or integral component of Council’s 2015/2016 Annual Report are the 2015/2016 Annual Financial Statements.
Council’s Director Corporate Services Mr Lachlan Gibson delivered a presentation in regards to the financial statements to Council, staff and members of the public during the November Council meeting held on Thursday 17 November, 2016.
Mr Gibson confirmed that Council is in a very sound financial position and recognised that Council will be undertaking various initiatives in regards to our financial resources to ensure Council is financially viable in the long term.
In regards to the new Doctor he has advised that due to him being required to stay in outback Queensland and provide locum services, as well as going overseas for Christmas he will be unable to commence until the 9th January 2017. He advised he is still very keen to come to Grenfell and will be right to go on the 9th. Initial appointments can be made by phoning the surgery on Friday 6 January, 2017 between 9am – 12 noon. Ph: 6343 2494
Council has been advised that the NSW Rural Fire Service is implementing a new system to improve the way bush fire risk mitigation activities are undertaken.
The new system is called Guardian and it will replace the bushfire risk information management system, the fire trails register and the risk register.
Guardian is designed to be used by all agencies throughout NSW that undertake bushfire risk mitigation activities, including Councils and is currently on track to go live in June 2017.
Guardian is being developed to cover five areas:
1. Pre-development applications, development applications and complying development certificates,
2 Permits and hazard complaints,
3. Activity management, including fuel assessment and site inspection activities,
4. Supporting the BFMC, including processes for community protection plans, fire trail management, the annual works plan and the BFRMP approval process, and
5. Grants, fire danger period and reporting.
Guardian will also include a public portal to help people analyse risk associated with their properties and identify actions that can be taken to mitigate risk.
With harvest in progress rural residents are reminded that the NSW Government instigated a Grain Harvest Management Scheme (GHMS) in response to industry needs for improved productivity and efficiency in grain transport. The GHMS was developed by the Freight and Regional Development Division of Transport for NSW in consultation with NSW grain industry stakeholders in order to:
Facilitate the movement of grain from farms to grain receivers during the peak harvest season
Improve the productivity of and efficiency in grain transport
Protect road and bridge infrastructure
Promote the safe movement of grain across the state
Recognise industry's higher productive needs
Support the competitiveness of the NSW grain industry in national and international markets.
Under the scheme, eligible heavy vehicles may exceed regulated total mass limits by up to 5% when delivering the following grains to participating grain receivers in participating Council areas:
Cereals that are wheat, barley, rice, oats, triticale, sorghum, maize or millets
Oilseeds that are canola, sunflowers, monola or safflower
Pulses that are chickpeas, faba beans, lupins, mung beans, field peas, soybeans, vetch, or lentils.
An independent review of the scheme found it was well received and should continue for future harvests.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) has worked with Transport for NSW, the Grain Harvest Management Scheme Consultative Committee and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator to further develop and extend the Scheme with the following changes:
The expiry of the Notice will be extended for 5 years with an expiry date of 30 June 2021
Schedule 1 has been removed and replaced with a link to the legally enforceable Scheme network published on the Roads and Maritime website
2 additional vehicle codes (reflecting 2 configurations) have been included in the eligible vehicle list:
o Code 4 – 5 axle Semitrailer
o Code 49 – 3 axle truck with 5 axle dog trailer and 4 axle dog trailer
Council at its June 2016 Council Meeting resolved to participate in the scheme up until 30 June 2021.
Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP has advised the NSW Government has launched the Regional Jobs Now package to fuel job creation across regional NSW by assisting local businesses.
Regional Jobs Now, an initiative of Jobs for NSW, offers products which will provide much-needed financial support to help companies accelerate their growth and create jobs.
The Regional Jobs Now initiative provides businesses in the Cootamundra electorate with options for funding at different stages of expansion. Businesses are invited to apply for the funding through Jobs for NSW who will then help them apply for the most suitable Regional Jobs Now product.
Applications will be assessed against all products so if a business is not eligible for one product it might be eligible for another.
Regional businesses are encouraged to tell us what they need and we help them apply for the most suitable Regional Jobs Now product.
This ‘concierge’ style approach is a key part of how this integrated package is being rolled out.
Applications will be assessed against all products so if a business is not eligible for one product it may be eligible for another.
Expressions of interest (EOI) for the Regional Solutions financial support product open today and close on 9 December 2016.
Further information is available at: https://www.jobsfornsw.com.au
Council has received advice that the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation helps develop local leaders through its Community Futures Grant Program is looking for people who have an idea or project they’d like to bring to life in their local community.
Grants of up to $25,000 are available for local projects that result in enhanced economic or social outcomes. Successful grants projects will foster community collaboration and deliver broad and sustainable community benefits.
For more information visit: http://www.rasnsw.com.au/foundation/scholarships-and-grants/community-futures-grant/
Council certainly appreciates the support and contribution provided by the Grenfell Art Gallery volunteers and to show Council’s appreciation a morning tea Christmas get together was held on Tuesday 22 November, 2016 as thanks for the contribution and assistance provided by the volunteers.
With the Art Gallery now open 7 days a week in conjunction with the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) the support of the volunteers is crucial in being able to maintain this wonderful attraction and the VIC service.
While Council certainly appreciates what the volunteers do it was very pleasing to see so many volunteers in attendance and to hear that the volunteers also enjoy their time at the Art Gallery particularly meeting visitors from many parts of Australia.
The Art Gallery’s next exhibition is the Grenfell Community Arts & Craft Group from 22nd November -8th January 2017 which was also launched last Tuesday 22 November, 2016.
The Art Gallery Committee is very proud to showcase the recent works of our highly regarded local arts group. For many years they have been meeting at their Rose Street Rooms and enjoying friendship and art tuition with this collection showcasing their more recent works. These include still life, landscapes of local scenes in pastels, watercolours, acrylics and oils. Depending on the work in progress, there may also be some fine sketches and possibly charcoal works.
The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & Sunday 10am to 2pm.
The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be advised in due course and if you would like to request a particular movie please contact Lisa at Council’s administration office. Ph 6343 1212.
Dates to Note
2 December 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
5 December 2016 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
2 and 3 December
Grenfell Red Cross
CHANGED TRAFFIC CONDITIONS – SULLIVAN STREET
Residents are hereby advised that Council proposes to relocate the existing loading zone at the Grenfell MPS, 13m northerly from the pedestrian ramp in Sullivan Street.
The existing loading zone will be converted to an ‘Emergency Vehicles Only’ zone, effective from Monday 5 December 2016.
AUSTRALIA DAY 2017 AWARDS
Interested persons and organisations are invited to make nominations for the Weddin Shire Australia Day 2017 Awards.
Categories are: - Citizen of the Year
- Senior Citizen of the Year
- Community Event/Organisation of the Year
- Community Achievement Awards in any category.
- Achievement Award – each secondary and primary school in the Shire.
- HSC Academic Award – Henry Lawson High School
Nominations forms are available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au and will be accepted up until 30 November 2016.
PLANNING PROPOSAL TO AMEND WEDDIN LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2011 &
DRAFT RURAL SETTLEMENT PROJECT AND ADDENDUM
A Planning Proposal to Amend Weddin Local Environmental Plan 2011 (Amendment 2) to provide additional Zone R5 Large Lot Residential and Draft Rural Settlement Project and Addendum documentation has been developed by Council.
Council has continued its work in progressing its plans to provide the ability for more Large Lot Residential opportunities within Grenfell.
The process has progressed to a point where documentation has been approved by Planning NSW for Council to engage in public consultation.
To this effect, Council has placed these documents on public exhibition for 28 days seeking comments. The documents are available on the Council website or Administration Building for review.
In relation to the public exhibition of the documents submissions will be received up to 4pm 7th December 2016.
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979
Council has received an Application DA 60/2016 for Shed (135m2) at Lot 388 in DP 754578, 15 Holy Camp Road, Grenfell.
Inspection: The application DA No. 60/2016 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Friday 25 November 2016 to Friday 9 December 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 9 December 2016.
APPROVED DEVELOPMENTS - NOVEMBER 2016
In accordance with Section 101 of Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, public notice is hereby given that Council, at its November 2016 meeting or by delegation, has approved the following Development Applications; and are advertised for public information:
DA NO 40/2016 Applicant: Steadfast Homes, Property: LOT: 132 DP: 1081488 (Proposed Lot 11 of new subdivision), Lynch’s Lane GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: New Dwelling
DA NO 42 Applicant: Mr MS & Mrs FA Aspin, Property: LOT: 394 DP: 754578, 35 Murrays Lane, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Swimming Pool and 160,000L Water tank
DA NO 44/2016 Applicant: Graincorp PL, Property: LOT: 10 DP: 819708, LOT: 20 DP: 1021581 & LOT: 2 DP: 875158, Quandialla – Bimbi Road, QUANDIALLA NSW 2721, Purpose: Site Upgrade, Relocate Weighbridge, Sample Stands, Extend Internal Roadways (+ stormwater)
DA NO 45/2016 Applicant: Ms KE Perrott, Property: LOT: 2 SEC: A DP: 6820, 39 South Street, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Garage
DA NO 46/2016 Applicant: Mittons Superannuations PL, Property: LOT: 185 DP: 752939
Holy Camp Road, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Subdivision
DA NO 47/2016 Applicant: Mr FL & Mrs JA Birch, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 1063500
25 Simpson Drive, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: New Dwelling
DA NO 51/2016 Applicant: Mr A Joyce, Property: LOT: 1 DP: 972564, 13 Tyagong Street, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Shed
DECEMBER 2016 COUNCIL MEETING
Residents are hereby advised that due to extenuating circumstances the above meeting to be held on Thursday 15 December 2016 will commence at 8.00 am.
Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.