Weddin Shire Council

Council News 7 November 2018


Friday the 2 November 2018 was a significant day for sport in the Weddin Shire with the Member for Cootamundra the Hon Steph Cooke MP attending Lawson Oval and officially announcing that Council’s grant funding application under Round 2 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) was successful with Council and community groups to receive $1.537 million as follows:

Project Title

Grant Value

Lawson Park Amenities Renewal


Lawson Park Spectator facility


Lawson Park Fitness Circuit


Bogolong Dam site access and water access upgrade


Grenfell Squash Courts walls renew and upgrade


Rugby Union Upgrade and Renewal


Caragabal Country Club green and club house renewal


Quandialla Pool


Grenfell Tennis Courts Renewal


It was terrific that all the sporting clubs that received funding were represented at Lawson Oval wearing their club colours with representatives speaking on behalf of their sporting group and extending their appreciation and thanks to Steph and the State Government for the grant funding, as well as Council for their assistance with the grant funding application process.

This 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.


Weddin Shire Mayor Cr Mark Liebich on behalf of Council recently forwarded a letter to the member for Cootamundra the Hon Steph Cooke MP offering “in principle” support to Central Tablelands Water (CTW) County Council and the Caragabal community and district in advocating for funding to undertake a feasibility study to supply reliable potable water to Caragabal.

CTW currently provides quality potable water to 14 towns and villages servicing approximately 15,000 consumers in the local government areas of Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Bland and Weddin. CTW with financial support from the NSW Government commissioned a standalone potable water supply scheme at Quandialla in 2002.  This Quandialla bore supply system provides potable water to over 200 residents and bulk supply to Williams Crossing Joint Users Association (rural scheme 20 connections).

The Quandialla bore site is approximately 20kms from the township of Caragabal.  The current water licence held by CTW for the Quandialla bore has current spare capacity of approximately 200 megalitres per year.

The township of Caragabal which includes residents, a public school and businesses, relies on rainfall and an ageing non-potable water supply system operated and maintained by members of the Caragabal community.  This non-potable supply is resourced through a small communal dam.

Weddin Shire Council also acknowledges the farming community of the Caragabal district and the requirement for a reliable secure quality water supply for domestic and stock needs. With yet another drought currently challenging this community and district, it is vital that a long term reliable water security solution is found.

In securing a reliable and secure water supply for the Caragabal community and district, it is understood that a full feasibility study needs to be undertaken.  This will allow for all potential water supply options to the Caragabal area to be carefully considered.

Weddin Shire Council has urged the NSW Government to give favourable consideration to future funding of this important water security project.

In response to Councils letter the Member for Cootamundra the Hon Steph Cooke advised she recently met with the Minister for Regional Water, The Hon Nyall Blair MLC and understands that as a result of this meeting, the Minister’s Office has been in contact with CTW directly and it has been agreed that CTW will apply to the Safe and Secure Water Program for funding to undertake a feasibility study.


Riverina Nationals’ MP and Deputy Prime Minister the Hon Michael McCormack MP is urging community organisations in drought-affected regions to apply for funding through the Small Grants Program.

Mr McCormack advised the Liberal and Nationals’ Government is providing $15 million in the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program to support regional communities across Australia experiencing the devastating effects of the current drought.

Small grants will be available to not-for-profit community groups to deliver projects in drought-affected regions focusing on reducing social isolation, leadership development and skills training, social and educational participation, addressing disadvantage caused by the drought, reducing volunteer fatigue, building capacity and supporting local economic recovery or renewal.

This funding will support community-based activities to relieve current stressors and symptoms while also building capacity and resilience for the future.

The guidelines for the funding have been released with the first round of applications open on Friday 26 October, 2018.

The distribution of the $15 million grant will be managed by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Through the Tackling Tough Times Together program, the Foundation will operate a rolling small grants program to support drought affected regional communities. The Foundation will distribute the grants quickly across all states and territories to regions impacted by drought.

The Foundation will roadshow the Regional Drought Communities Small Grants Program through grant seeker workshops, regional meetings and discussions with community groups. 

Further information on the program and grant opportunities may be found on the Foundation’s website at or by visiting the Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities website at


Residents are reminded that Grenfell will host a two day Mental Health First Aid Course. Would you know how to help a person experiencing a mental health issue or crisis? Participants of the two day Mental Health First Aid Course leave with improved knowledge of mental illness and their treatments, knowledge of appropriate first aid strategies and will be confident in providing first aid to individuals with mental illness. 

The course will be held at the Grenfell Bowling Club, 9am to 4pm tomorrow Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November 2018.  For more information or to RSVP contact Chad White Ph. 0437 229 092 or email:


Nominations for the annual Weddin Shire Australia Day Awards are being invited this week and interested persons and organisations are invited to make nominations for the 2019 awards within the categories detailed below:- 

- Citizen of the Year  

- Senior Citizen of the Year 

- Community Event/Organisation of the Year  

- Community Achievement Awards in any category.  

Nominations forms are available at the Council Chambers or Council’s website: and will be accepted up until Friday 7 December 2018.  Residents are encouraged to nominate community members who they think are deserving of an award in any of the categories.


The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Poppies for Remembrance" conducted by the Grenfell Garden Club which will be on display until the 25th November, 2018.

The exhibition is celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the first Armistice Day and the Flanders Poppy and includes a display of memorabilia, posters and photos from WW1, a large display of knitted & crochet poppies as well as an exhibition/competition of poppy art.

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 “The Truman Show” rated PG at 6.45pm this Saturday 10 November, 2018.  Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.


Dates to Note

Friday 16 November 2018 –Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 19 November 2018 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)


Street Stalls

Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November - Grenfell RSL





DA 61/2018

Council has received an Application for a New Shed/Garage with amenities over LOT: 2 SEC: 33 DP: 758473 50 Brundah Street GRENFELL 2810.

Inspection:      The application DA 61/2018 for New Shed/Garage with amenities may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from 5 November 2018 and Wednesday 21 November 2018 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 21 November 2018.





Applications may now be lodged with the undersigned for allocation of dates for street stalls during 2019.  It is anticipated that an allocation of dates will take place in December 2018.

Applications close on Friday, 7 December 2018 and can be emailed to





Interested persons and organisations are invited to make nominations for the Weddin Shire Australia Day 2019 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 and will be accepted up until 30 November 2018.






Residents are hereby advised that due to extenuating circumstances the above meeting to be held on Thursday 15 November 2018 will commence at 8.00 am.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused. 



November Movies

Come and enjoy a movie or two

Free entry
FOGL will be running a candy bar.
No hot food allowed
Bring your own, bean bag or cushion


Family movie night Saturday 10 November

6.45pm for a 7pm start – The Truman Show


Family movie night Saturday 24 November

6.45pm for a 7pm start – Plane, Trains and Automobiles





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