The Integrated Planning and Reporting (IPR) process recently commenced with a workshop held at the Council Chambers on 3 February 2017 to initiate the review of the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) and the development of the 2017-2021 Delivery Plan (DP). The workshop was facilitated by Council’s consultant Stephen Sykes with a summary of the workshop detailed below: The CSP for 2013/2023 is required to be reviewed with the 2017/2027 CSP developed and endorsed by Council. The existing priorities were confirmed with additional ideas raised. A score analysis was conducted which is used to identify a range of opportunities and constraints in preparing the ten year CSP taking into consideration strengths, constraints, opportunities, risks and expectations. Community consultation will be conducted by way of a digital workshop which is a new way of consulting with our community. Information from this digital workshop will be provided to Councillors for comment before being included in a survey seeking community input by way of a Community Panel. The Community Panel is currently being established based on a sample that is most representative of the Weddin community. The issues that will be included in the community panel survey will relate to broad areas, but include questions and explanations of – effective customer service levels as well as addressing possible efficiencies. The survey results will be utilised to review the Community Strategic Plan (CSP) before it is placed on public exhibition for comment. Various community workshops/meetings have also been held in Caragabal and Quandialla and a meeting will also be held in Greenethorpe in the near future. The villages priorities emanating from these meetings have been forwarded to Council for consideration as part of the IPR process. Members of the villages have or are also currently nominating members to be on the community panel. The workshop also initiated the development of the 2017/2021 Delivery Plan which will need to be adopted by Council. A summary of the main points discussed were as follows: The existing priorities were confirmed with additional ideas raised ‘Fit for the Future’ (FFTF) actions will have to be incorporated into Council’s IPR process The survey results will assist in informing the development of the draft Delivery Plan before it is placed on public exhibition for comment prior to it being adopted by Council. The 2017/2018 Operational Plan process will commence on Thursday, 30 March 2017 with a workshop to be held at the Council Chambers to consider and discuss the list of projects that have been proposed. In accordance with the Division of Local Governments Meeting Practice Note No. 16, the workshop will be an informal meeting conducted by staff to enable Councillors to discuss and ask questions about the list of possible works and projects for 2017/2018. The workshop cannot make decisions or determine priorities. The Extra Ordinary estimates meeting has been scheduled for Monday 10 April, 2017 at the Council Chambers and this is the meeting where the priorities and funding will be determined. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW (IPART) has announced a 1.5% rate pegging limit for Councils for the 2017/2018 financial year. The rate peg is determined by IPART using the Local Government Cost Index (LGCI) with the main contributors to LGCI over the year ending September 2016 being: An increase of 2.3% in employee benefits and on-costs An increase of 1.9% in other business services costs (e.g materials and contracts such as other operating leases, contractor and consultancy costs) An increase of 2.7% in buildings – non-dwelling costs, measured by the ABS producer price index for non-residential building construction An increase of 0.6% in construction works – roads, drains, footpaths, kerbing and bridges costs. Partly offsetting these impacts were decreases in automotive fuels (10.5%), gas (10.4%) and telecommunications and internet services (7.1%). The rate pegging limit of 1.5% is down from 1.8% for the financial year 2016/2017. The increase is slightly smaller than the consumer price index. It needs to be noted that the LGCI only reflects movements in underlying costs. It does not reflect increased costs arising from the need to expand services to meet growing demands or the need to increase infrastructure spending to address backlogs or growth. These needs are to be met by way of special rate variations which Council has applied for and received. While this is good news for ratepayers from Councils perspective the rate pegging limit of 1.5% is unrealistically low and does not reflect the real cost pressures facing NSW Councils, particularly when Councils are endeavouring to remain financially sustainable and ‘Fit for the Future’.
Residents are advised the Small Biz Bus which transports experienced advisors all over NSW to give face-toface, personalised advice to small businesses will be visiting Grenfell Monday, 13 March 2017. The Bus is part of the Small Biz Connect business advisory program, funded by the NSW Government. The Bus travels across NSW connecting small business owners with advisors and services in their local community. The Small Biz Connect advisor you meet on the Bus will be experienced in small business and able to talk to you about the issues and questions that arise in small business. For example, you might be looking for guidance on your finances, staffing, expansion plans, starting a business, dealing with other businesses or levels of government, marketing or making the most of your opportunities online. The Bus will be again located outside the NAB and will be operational from 9am – 3pm. The appointments will facilitate 45 minute business advisory sessions which are confidential and at no cost. To make an appointment call 1300 134 359 or go to www.smallbusiness.nsw.gov.au/hop-on-the-small-biz-bus Residents are reminded that the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival, formally known as Seniors Week, is being held from 3 – 12 March 2017. It is usually a great week for our seniors with our Librarian Anne Gault’s traditional morning tea which was held yesterday at the Uniting Church hall. Other events for the festival include: - The Information and Neighbourhood Centre are holding a High Tea at the Community Hub on Thursday 9 March, 2017 11am – 1pm. Gold coin donation. - Weddin Day Therapy has commenced a 4 week art program for community members over 65. You can still book in for March 15 and 22, $5.00 per week, instructor Kathleen MCue. For further information please call Community Health Ph. 6349 1777. Council has received advice from the Hon Michael McCormack MP that community groups are being encouraged to apply for Australian Government grants to support projects honouring Australia’s Military history and personnel. Any group can apply for grant funding towards activities that assist the health and quality of life of our veterans or commemorative projects that honour our military history. Further funding is available for ex-service organisations (ESOs) to improve their capacity and to assist in supporting compensation and welfare assistance to veterans and their dependants. There are a number of grants available and for further information on each of the grant programs visit: www.dva.gov.au/consultation-and-grants/grants or contact the Wagga Wagga electorate office on Ph. 6921 4600. Between March and May Weddin Shire Council is hosting a series of business workshops that follow on from the Economic Development Strategic Plan prepared in 2016. The first session will be held tonight Wednesday, 8th March and is titled ‘How to build a heathy retail future in Grenfell?’ The session will run from 6pm to 8pm and will be held in the Community Hub. The guest speaker is Gary Cattran from Main Street Australia and the session will cover the organisation Main Street Australia, which provides a collaborative force and voice for traditional retail strips- main streets. Main Street success relies on a complex range of economic, cultural, social and environmental factors. Retailing in Australia is undergoing one of the most profound periods of change in many decades and the impacts of the change will resonate throughout the community. To attend please RSVP to Auburn Car by emailing email@example.com or Ph. 6343 2855. This project is funded by the Murray-Darling Basin Regional Economic Diversification Programme. 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. Kathleen Scott-McCue has been painting since a young child and after completing her Fine Art Certificate at Tafe became interested in sculpture. A love of native flora and fauna feature in both her chosen mediums and this exhibition will showcase her skills with the brush and the welder. Anda-Leigh Reilly has always been fascinated by the beauty of nature's finer, more intricate details. This is strongly reflected in her macro photographs. 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” on 12th April at 2pm and the children’s movie “ Trolls” on 19th April at 2pm. Further details will be advertised in due course.
Dates to Note
10 March 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
13 March 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Fri 10 Henry Lawson High School P&C
Sat 11 Grenfell Royal Far West