The NSW Rural Doctors Network has released their quarterly bulletin which highlights a number of statistics in regards to vacancies by Local Heath Districts, as at 31 December 2016. In the Western area there are currently 336 GP’s with 29 vacancies (which is a ratio of 11.6). The comparative figures for NSW are 2,490 and 212 respectively (11.7). When our ratio is compared to other specific areas of the state it is very interesting and examples of these are detailed below:
Murrumbidgee – 7.5
Far West – 10.0
Hunter New England – 10.8
Western – 11.6
Southern – 10.7
Albury Wodonga – 36.5
Illawarra – 21.6
The larger regional centres such as Albury Wodonga are obviously able to attract and retain doctors and the fact that there are only 2 vacancies is evidence of this. The Western area of which the Weddin Shire is part of is faring better than similar areas. However, our area still has 29 vacancies and we are certainly aware of the difficulties experienced when there is a GP vacancy. The proposal to establish Rural Medical Schools to train doctors in country areas appears to be the answer. If these students are trained in rural areas they may be more inclined to practice in these areas when they graduate particularly if they originate from a rural area.
A reminder to residents if they wish to assist Council in advocating to obtain grant funding for the construction of the new Medical Centre they are encouraged to write to the Hon Michael McCormack MP and Senator the Hon Fiona Nash (details below) and advise how important the new Medical Centre is to the Weddin Shire.
The Hon Michael McCormack
Suite 2 11-15 Fitzmaurice St
WAGGA WAGGA NSW 2650
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
79 Main Street
YOUNG NSW 2594
Council has developed a Grenfell Medical Centre/Health hub fact sheet which will assist in your submission. The documents are available on Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au or are available by emailing email@example.com. Council is very grateful for your support and again implore you to take action to help us succeed in delivering what is a vital project for our community.
Also to assist Council in advocating to obtain grant funding for the construction of the amenities stage of the Grenfell Swimming Pool, residents are also reminded and encouraged to write to the Hon Paul Toole MP and the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP (details below) and advise how important the construction of the amenities at the pool is to the community.
The Hon Paul Toole MP The Hon Katrina Hodgkinson
MP Suites 1 & 2, 229 Howick Street 140 Boorowa Street
Bathurst NSW 2795 Young NSW 2594
PH: (02) 6332 1300 PH: 1800 002 580
FAX: (02) 6332 1900 FAX: (02) 6382 3144
EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org EMAIL: email@example.com
Council has developed a Grenfell Pool Amenities fact sheet which will assist in your submission. The documents are available on Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au or are available by emailing .
Council is very grateful for your support and again implore you to take action to help us succeed in delivering what is a vital amenity for our community.
Residents are also reminded the Rural Financial Counselling Service have advised Council they plan to visit Grenfell regularly as part of their outreach to the farming community and to offer free services to those needing assistance.
The Rural Financial Counselling Service provides free impartial and confidential financial counselling to assist farmers, fishers and agriculture dependent small businesses in their decision making. They also provide information on natural disaster assistance, farm innovation funds, income assistance for farmers and can assist in undertaking a financial health check. They are scheduled to visit Grenfell this Friday 7 April, 2017 at the Community Hub from 9am-4pm. To make an appointment Ph. 1800 940 404 or visit: http://www.rfcscr.com.au
The Rural Assistance Authority have advised that drought assistance concessional loans are now available. Loans of up to $1 million are available to eligible farm businesses for any combination of the following purposes:
Eligibility criteria, terms and conditions apply. Applications close 30 June 2017 or earlier if funding is exhausted. For more information on the loans and how to apply, visit www.raa.nsw.gov.au or phone 1800 678 593.
Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP is reminding elderly members of the community and their families to find out how they can prevent the risk of a fall in the lead up to this year’s April Falls Day.
Ninety thousand people in NSW were admitted to hospital last year for treatment of fall-related injuries, which can include concussion, spinal damage, broken limbs, and head and facial injuries.
This year’s April Falls Day, 3rd April 2017 is a state-wide initiative aimed at reducing the number of falls. The month of April is Falls Month, when best practice is promoted as part of the effort for falls prevention among health and residential aged care service providers and across the community.
A summary of state-wide initiatives, compiled in a NSW Falls Prevention Network April Falls Newsletter is available at www.fallsnetwork.neura.edu.au/news/
The NSW Rural Fire Service have recently advised that the Local Bush Fire Danger period has been revoked from the 1 April, 2017. Therefore permits are no longer required for the purposes of land clearance or fire breaks.
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.
Dates to Note
Friday 7 April 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
Monday 10 April 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Friday 7 April 2017 Grenfell Anglican Women’s Association
Saturday 8 April 2017 WIRES
APPROVED DEVELOPMENTS - MARCH 2017
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 2/2017 Applicant: Mr DN & Mrs MG Knapp, Property: LOT: 1291 DP: 754578, Star Street,
GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Extension/Additions to Dwelling
DA NO 3/2017 Applicant: Sumloe PL T/A Spanline, Property: LOT: 1262 DP: 754578, Gooloogong Road, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Glass Enclosed Patio
DA NO 4/2017 Applicant: Mr JW Gee, Property: LOT: 6 SEC: 32 DP: 758473, 2A Young Street,
GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Transportable Dwelling
DA NO 6/2017 Applicant: Mr DW & Mrs PM Frost, Property: LOT: 2 DP: 263310, 9-11 Makins Street, GRENFELL NSW 2810, Purpose: Extension/Additions to Dwelling
COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVES – BOGOLONG DAM SUB-COMMITTEES
Council is currently inviting nominations from community members for the three (3) Bogolong Dam sub-committees as detailed below:
Written nominations close on Friday 21 April, 2017. A form is available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au
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.