Weddin Shire Council

Council News 8 November 2017

COUNCIL NEWS 8 NOVEMBER 2017

ICON Building Group Pty Ltd officially handed the keys to the new Grenfell Aquatic Centre to Council on Wednesday 1 November 2017 which was a great day for sport in the Weddin Shire.

The facility opened to the public at 6.00am on Saturday 4 November 2017 with a number of very keen swimmers attending the pool to have a swim in this magnificent new facility. Roma Sinclair, Frank Freudenstein and Mayor Mark Liebich had the honour of swimming the first lap and were quickly followed by members of the public.

The construction of the State-of-the-Art facility has been a tremendous team effort with ICON, local contractors, the Grenfell Swimming Club, the Weddin Community, Councillors and staff all working together in one direction to achieve our objective of building this great facility.

      

Photos courtesy of Cr Carly Brown

While a number of major capital projects are in progress Council’s works program is continuing and the following works have been completed, are currently in progress or about to commence:    

  • general maintenance
  • Keiths Lane widening and strengthening
  • Driftway Road shoulders rehabilitation
  • Pinnicle Road shoulders rehabilitation – stage 1 and 2 completed
  • to commence Baldhills Road (patch gravelling)
  • to commence Nowlans Road (flood damage)
  • continue flood damage restoration works on various roads

These works are all part of Councils works programme and are vital to ensure our assets are upgraded and maintained to ensure we remain ‘Fit for the Future’.

The coming months will continue to be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:   

  • Grenfell Art Gallery Exhibition – Botanica Domestica - 24 Oct - 3 Dec
  • Remembrance Day Dining in Night with the Grenfell RSL Sub-Branch – 11 Nov
  • Community Music Event – 11 Nov
  • Meet and Greek Weekend – Dinner – 18 Nov
  • Watercolour and Inks – 18 Nov
  • Grenfell Main Street History Week Walk – 25 Nov

There is certainly a lot happening in the next month which is excellent as these events are very important to the economic and social fabric of our Shire.

Essential Energy has advised that as their network covers most rural communities throughout NSW, safety on the land is something they always want to be mindful of. With the 2017 harvest fast approaching they are asking you to consider the part that you can play in ensuring that this season – and every season is safe and incident-free.  When it comes to the potential dangers of working around powerlines and other network infrastructure, there are some key safety messages to keep in mind. Take a moment to get to know these safety considerations as they could help to save a life – if not your own, someone who you care for – when working on the LAND. 

  • Look up and live. Overhead powerlines should be identified and marked at ground level.
  • Always be aware. Before accessing paddocks and work areas, check the location and condition of poles and wires.
  • Need to know. Know the height of farm machinery in raised and lowered positions so you can maintain safe clearance distances from powerlines.
  • Don’t disembark. If your machinery comes into contact with overhead powerlines, stay in the vehicle, if safe to do so, and call Essential Energy immediately on 13 20 80.

Essential Energy’s Powerline Hazard Assessment is available at: www.essentialenergy.com.au/content/agribusines and can help you identify and assess potential electrical hazards on your property and help you to stay safe this harvest.

The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program allocates $4 million over four years to assist sporting clubs across NSW in the purchase and maintenance of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs).

An AED is a life saving device which delivers a controlled shock to an individual experiencing cardiac arrest, increasing their chances of survival. The Local Sport Defibrillator Grant Program provides NSW sport clubs the opportunity to acquire an AED package for their club or sports facility at a reduced cost.

Applications close 20 December 2017. For more information, including guidelines and how to apply, visit the www.sport.nsw.gov.au website.

With the swimming season fast approaching the Quandialla Pool Committee recently held their Annual General Meeting and advised Council of their appointed executive which is as follows: - 

President: Mrs Jennifer Kelly

Vice President: Mrs Kim Broomby

Secretary: Mrs Bronwyn Morley 

Treasurer: Mrs Francesca Taylor

Apart from a Council subsidy the pool is operated from funds raised solely by the committee. To be able to provide an excellent recreation facility for our Quandialla and Caragabal residents in this manner is a remarkable achievement and the committee should be congratulated.

Residents are reminded nominations for the annual Weddin Shire Australia Day Awards are currently being invited and interested persons and organisations are invited to make nominations for the 2018 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:  www.weddin.nsw.gov.au and will be accepted up until Friday 1 December 2017. 

Residents are encouraged to nominate community members who they think are deserving of an award in any of the categories.

A reminder that the Mobile Blood Service will be visiting Grenfell tomorrow and will be stationed at Vaughn Park. Blood donations will be accepted from 10:00 am to 2:30 pm. The Australian Red Cross Blood Service encourages anyone who wishes to make a blood donation to:

  • Drink up! – Have 3 or 4 glasses of water or juice in the hours before you donate.
  • Eat! – Have a good sized breakfast or lunch.
  • Bring photo I.D. with you.

Every blood donation saves three lives so by rolling up your sleeve and giving blood you are helping make a huge difference in the lives of many people.

To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au

The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Botanica Domestica" by Shani Nottingham which is on display from the 24th October – 3rd December 2017. Shani's photos, art and words have also been featured in many magazines, blogs and websites including: Inside Out magazine, Central West Lifestyle, Sunday Style/ Tickle the Imagination, Houzz, uppercase, Interiors Addict. Her art is represented in both private and public collections and is well worth a visit to the gallery to see.

The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Hacksaw Ridge” at 2.00pm today.  Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

Friday 17 November 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 20 November 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West) 

Street Stalls

Friday 10 and Saturday 11 November 2017 - Grenfell RSL

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

STREET STALLS 2018

Applications in writing may now be lodged with the undersigned for allocation of dates for street stalls during 2018.  It is anticipated that an allocation of dates will take place in December 2017.

Applications close on Friday, 1 December 2017.

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

DEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979

DA 31/2017

Council has received an Application DA 31/2017 for a Pergola over Lot 131 DP 1081488 1 Huckel Close, Grenfell.

Inspection:      The application DA No. 31/2017 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Friday 27 October 2017 to Friday 10 November 2017 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 10 November 2017.

 WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

TRAINEE ENGINEER

Council is seeking to employ a Trainee Engineer. This role will provide Technical and Administrative support to Council’s Engineering Department with the successful applicant receiving invaluable on the job training, experience and assistance with study expenses to complete an Engineering degree.

Applications for the Traineeship close 5.00pm Friday, 1 December 2017. Further information and job descriptions can be obtained by contacting Maegan during business hours on (02) 6343 1212, email or visit Council’s website at www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

 

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GRENFELL                                                                                                   GLENN CARROLL

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