Weddin Shire Council

Council News 7 August 2019

COUNCIL NEWS 7 AUGUST 2019

Council’s grant funding application under Round 1 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) which is part of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund was successful with Council to receive $768,982 to undertake the Main Street infrastructure project. The project will involve upgrading drainage and guttering infrastructure in the Main Street as well as improving Main Street amenity.

Planning for the Main Street upgrade is underway with the draft plans finalised by Council’s consultant and approved by Council for public exhibition. The draft plans have been submitted to the RMS for comment prior to being placed on public exhibition.

Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment on the plans prior to them being resubmitted to Council for formal adoption. It is envisaged works will commence immediately thereafter.

 

Council’s grant funding application under Round 2 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) was also successful with Council and community groups to receive $1.537 million as follows:

Project Title

Grant Value

·           Lawson Park Amenities Renewal

$820,000

·           Lawson Park Spectator facility

$110,000

·           Lawson Park Fitness Circuit

$50,000

·           Bogolong Dam site access and water access upgrade

$110,000

·           Grenfell Squash Courts walls renew and upgrade

$62,500

·           Rugby Union Upgrade and Renewal

$101,040

·           Caragabal Country Club green and club house renewal

$150,000

·           Quandialla Pool

$84,000

·           Grenfell Tennis Courts Renewal

$50,424

Mrs Karen Pollock is currently engaged as a project officer to liaise between the State Government, the local community groups and Council. Karen is currently ensuring the projects are completed and will also ensure the grant funding is acquitted in the required time frames.

 

In regards to the first 3 dot points listed above plans for the amenities renewal and covered seating at Lawson Park have been finalised with the preparation of the specifications and engineering details in progress.

The demolition of the existing facility and the construction of the new facility is anticipated to commence in August 2019.  

The SCCF funding will be a real ‘game changer’ for sport in the Weddin Shire as it will enable us to upgrade our sports facilities to give every person in the Weddin Shire access to ‘State of the Art’ sporting facilities which will assist them in reaching their full potential in their chosen sport. 

 

 

As previously advised the Hon Steph Cooke MP has advised that residents can choose what community projects they would like funded thanks to the NSW Government’s My Community Project program, and residents are encouraged to have their say. 

Successful projects will be announced from September 2019. $24.4 million is available for eligible projects, with up to $260,000 available for the Cootamundra electorate.  The projects listed for the Weddin Shire are:

The Grenfell Picnic Race Club Inc

 

Grenfell

Racecourse

Kitchen

To upgrade and modernize the food preparation and sales areas at the Grenfell Racecourse.

$21,500

The Grenfell Picnic Race Club Inc

Grenfell Racecourse Covered Hospitality Area

 

To construct a covered area (shed) that is multi-use including availability for functions and hospitality area for whole community.

 

$30,000

 

The Grenfell Picnic Race Club Inc

Grenfell Racecourse Irrigation

 

To connect an existing water storage dam to the race track via a pump and irrigation system.

 

$20,000

 

Grenfell PAH&I Association Inc

 

Portable Grandstand Seating

 

To provide portable seating at the Grenfell Showground for a variety of events

 

$25,000

 

For more information about My Community Project and program guidelines visit: www.nswgov.au/mycommunityproject. Residents are encouraged to vote for our local projects listed above to ensure the projects receive the required funding.

 

Weddin Shire Council is inviting members of the community, including the business community, village residents and tourism operators to attend a community consultation session in regards to the shires tourism signage to be held at the Grenfell Bowling Club on August 13th at 6pm. 

Consultants have been engaged to undertake a tourism signage audit and develop a tourism signage strategy incorporating concept plans. The purpose of the August 13th session is for consultants to listen to anecdotes that have shaped the Weddin community, revealing the shire’s cultural values and to hear the community’s desires and vision for the future.

Please RSVP to or 6343 2855 by August 9th for catering purposes. If you have any questions or concerns about the project, please contact Council’s Tourism Officer Ms Auburn Carr on Ph 6343 2855.

 

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke is encouraging residents to highlight the brilliant women in their personal and professional lives, with nominations now open for the 2020 NSW Women of the Year Awards.

Minister for Women Bronwyn Taylor said the Awards, which will celebrate their ninth year in 2020, recognise women who have demonstrated excellence in business and society or made outstanding contributions to their community.

Women can be nominated in seven award categories:

  • NSW Premier’s Award Woman of the Year
  • NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year
  • Community Hero Award
  • Rex Airlines Regional Woman of the Year Award
  • Harvey Normal Young Woman of the Year Award
  • NSW Business Woman of the Year Award
  • First State Super Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations for 2020 close on Friday October 25, 2019. For further information or to submit a nomination please visit: www.women.nsw.gov.au

Winners will be announced at an Awards ceremony at the International Convention Centre Sydney on Thursday March 5, 2020, ahead of International Women’s Day.

 

Residents are invited to attend the 2019 Be Road Ready for Harvest Field Day.

When: 7:30am – 12:00pm, Thursday 15 August 2019

Where: Forbes Central West Livestock Exchange

What: Hear from a range of industry experts as they discuss the new National Class 1 Agricultural Vehicle and Combination Notice as well as guidance when applying for your online permit application. Receive up to date information on pilot and escort laws and gain accurate advice from the experts during the interactive machinery inspection.

Who should attend: Farmers, contract harvesters, pilot drivers and machinery retailers.

Register: Don’t miss out of this free event, visit the following to register:

www.eventbrite.comau/e/be-road-ready-forharvest-field-day-tickets-64953142598

 

The new exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is the “Place” exhibition which will be on display until 8 September, 2019.

‘Place’ is an exhibition of Artists’ Books and the works in this exhibition vary in technique, content and materials used, so it offers many different experiences for viewers, from children to adults, drawers to printmakers, artists who love making constructed works and the general public.

The Art Gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am - 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am -2pm.

 

The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Dumbo” this Saturday 10 August, 2019 at 4pm.  Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.   

 
Dates to Note

Friday 9 August 2019 - Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 12 August 2019 - Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

  

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

POSITIONS VACANT

Council is inviting applications from motivated and enthusiastic persons to fill the positions of:

  • Projects Engineer
  • Apprentice Mechanic

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the Local Government (State) Award.

Further information and job descriptions can be obtained by contacting Katherine or Maegan during business hours on (02) 6343 1212, email or visit Council’s website at www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

Applications for the positions close 4 pm Friday 23 August, 2019 and should be forwarded to the undersigned.

   

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

STRONGER COUNTRY COMMUNITIES FUND (SCCF) ROUND THREE

Round Three of the NSW Government’s SCCF is now open and will provide an additional $100 million for community projects in regional NSW.

In 2019 there will be an increased focus on young people aged 12-24 and a broader scope of eligible projects including programs as well as local infrastructure.

Funding will be allocated to projects that clearly demonstrate community support for projects and align with the program objectives. The funding available for projects in the Weddin Shire is $766,618.

The Program Guidelines are available with other information and resources on the SCCF website: www.nsw.gov.au/strongercountrycommunities.

Applications close 5pm Friday 27 September, 2019 with successful projects expected to be announced from January 2020.

  

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

DRAFT COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PLAN

Community Participation Plans (CPPs) are a new requirement under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (the Act). A CPP will outline how and when planning authorities engage the community across their planning functions.

The purpose of a CPP is to provide a single document that clearly states how the community can participate in planning matters. It will combine council’s existing community engagement approach and the minimum public exhibition timeframes of the legislation for planning functions.  Section 2.23(4) of the Act gives councils the option to prepare a standalone CPP or include the requirements in a community engagement plan/strategy prepared under section 402 of the Local Government Act 1993.

A council’s CPP is required to set out mandatory requirements for community participation by councils for the exercise of their planning functions. The mandatory community participation requirements include minimum public exhibition timeframes relating to planning functions where council is the consent authority, and these are listed in Schedule 1 of the Act. The exhibition period is described as a notification or advertising period.

The process has progressed to a point where draft documentation has been adopted by 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, 30th August 2019.

  

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

DRAFT GRENFELL (LAND USE/SETTLEMENT) STRATEGY

Weddin Shire Council has resolved to prepare a Land Use Strategy for the Town of Grenfell.  The Grenfell (Land Use) Settlement Strategy ('Strategy') aims to guide future growth and appropriate land use controls to facilitate the desired types and form of development across the town.  

Grenfell does not currently have an integrated land use strategy yet it has the greatest potential for growth and change in the Shire.  Responding and adapting to this change requires a clear vision and objectives to maximise opportunities and address challenges, supported by clear consultation with stakeholders and the community.  

The process has progressed to a point where draft documentation has been adopted by 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, 30th August 2019.

  

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

LAWSON PARK REDEVELOPMENT

Council received grant funding through the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) Round 2 for the Lawson Park Amenities and Spectator (covered seating).

The proposed Amenities Renewal/Spectator Facility incorporates 4 Dressing rooms, canteen, referees room, multi-purpose room, accessible toilet and undercover seating with accessibility ramp and accessible viewing areas.  It will be constructed on an elevated pad to provide enhanced viewing for the activities being carried out on the oval.

The amenities block and seating is proposed to be located forward of the existing grandstand with a realignment of the fencing required.  Due to the poor structural and dangerous state of the existing grandstand, the inappropriate standard and number of change facilities and inability to provide access for disabled, Council has approved the demolition of the structure. 

The demolition will commence late August to early September with construction to be completed by 1 March 2020.

 

August Movie

Come and enjoy Dumbo.

Free entry. Booking of seats is preferred.

FOGL will be running a candy bar.

No hot food or alcohol allowed.

Bring your own bean bag or cushion for comfort. Chairs are provided.

Session

Saturday 10 August 3.45pm for a 4pm start

 

   

 

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GRENFELL                                                                                                   GLENN CARROLL

                                                                                                                     GENERAL MANAGER