The big news of the week was the Member for Riverina the Hon Michael McCormack MP attending Grenfell on Saturday 5 August, 2017 to announce that the Federal Government has approved funding of $950,000 through the Building Better Regions Fund (BBRF) for the construction of the new Grenfell Medical Centre.
The announcement of the grant funding is great news as it will ensure the Weddin Shire Community now has a state-of-the-art Medical Centre that will provide quality medical services to our residents as well as assisting us to attract and retain Medical Practitioners in the future.
The support of our Member for Riverina the Hon Michael McCormack in achieving this great news has been terrific. Michael has worked tirelessly and advocated on our behalf to obtain this much needed grant funding.
The successful grant funding application was a real team effort and is a credit to the Community, Council, staff and Mr Stephen Sykes who all persevered to ensure we received the funding to assist in the construction of this vital infrastructure.
The other big news of the week was the retirement of our Local State Member for Cootamundra the Hon Katrina Hodgkinson MP which was a bit of a surprise.
After eighteen and a half years representing the electorates of Burrinjuck and Cootamundra, Katrina advised her decision was a ‘length of service’ decision and it was time to move on to something new.
Katrina has been absolutely terrific for the Weddin Shire particularly in recent years where she successfully advocated on Council’s behalf in regards to Local Government Reform and Council receiving funding for the Grenfell Swimming Pool redevelopment. Katrina was also involved in the recently announced $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund which is going to assist Regional and Rural Shires like Weddin enormously in the future.
On behalf of Council I would like to congratulate Katrina on her outstanding political career and thank her for the assistance provided to Council over many years.
If you would like to send Katrina a message wishing her all the best in her retirement you can do so by E-mail:
Council has been advised that we have again been invited to be a provider of the Department of Human Services Access Point Services via the Community Technology Centre for the period commencing 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018.
The provision of this service has been operating well and is another example how our Council is proactively collaborating with other levels of government to ensure access to and the continuation of services within the Weddin Shire.
The coming months will continue to be very busy with a plethora of events taking place, detailed in the updated events schedule below:
There is certainly a lot happening in the next few months which is excellent as these events are very important to the economic and social fabric of our Shire.
Council’s works program is continuing and the following works have been completed or are currently in progress:
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’.
Residents are reminded that the Australian Red Cross Blood Service will be visiting Grenfell on Thursday 10 August, 2017 and will be located at Vaughn Park, Cross Street from 10am -2.30pm.
The Australian Red Cross Blood Service needs to collect over 25,000 blood donations every week. Every blood donation can help save three lives, so to help make a huge difference in the lives of many make an appointment today.
To make an appointment call 13 14 95 or visit www.donateblood.com.au
Council has also received advice from the Heart Foundation that the Big Heart Doorknock Appeal is being conducted Australia wide during September and will be held in Grenfell between Friday 1 September and Saturday 30 September, 2017.
This will involve 4,800 volunteer collectors knocking on doors to collect vital funds for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving research and health programs. Donations collected during the Big Heart Appeal will fund lifesaving research into cardiovascular disease, community education programs, and services to patients to keep Australian hearts healthy.
The current exhibition at the Grenfell Art Gallery is "Kangaroo Valley Artists" by Dawn Daly, Larraine Hahlos and Lance Brown which is on display until 10th September 2017 and was officially opened on Friday evening 4th August 2017.
The exhibition was opened by Mayor Mark Liebich with Councillors, Niven, Parlett and Brown and over forty guests in attendance. It was a great evening particularly as numerous sales were also made.
The exhibition is comprised of artworks from the three artists based in Kangaroo Valley NSW, all with very different styles, with each one being inspired by the tranquillity and magic of the picturesque landscape. The official opening held at the Grenfell Art Gallery was not only a triumph for the Artists, it was also a positive outcome for the community of the Weddin Shire and the dedicated Grenfell Art Gallery volunteers.
This occasion was the perfect opportunity to trial evening openings and to showcase the new lighting which totally enhanced the artists works to perfection. The new lighting was funded by a donation by Jan Wallace and her late husband Len on the sale of his Eagle Sculpture which is very much appreciated.
The Gallery’s opening hours are Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm, Saturday 10am - 3pm & Sunday 10am - 2pm.
The next film to be screened at the Grenfell Cinema will be “Red Dog – True Blue” at 2.00pm 23 August, 2017. Please see the adjacent advertisement for further details.
Dates to Note
Friday 11 August 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)
Monday 14 August July 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)
Friday 11 and Saturday 12 - Grenfell Hospital Auxiliary
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979
DA 30/2010 (Modification)
Council has received an Application DA 30/2010 (Modification) to Relocate 2 silos, new Shed Structure and Seed Cleaning Unit at Lots 461 & 462 in DP 754578, Grafton Street, Grenfell.
Inspection: The application DA No. 30/2010 may be viewed between the hours of 9.00 am to 4.00 pm from Friday 21 July 2017 to Friday 11 August 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 11 August 2017.
Residents are hereby advised that the next film at the Grenfell Cinema will be shown as below:
“Red Dog – True Blue” – Rated PG - Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – 2.00pm
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.
WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL
GRENFELL TAXI SERVICE
Residents are hereby advised that due to unforeseen circumstances Grenfell’s Taxi Service will not be operating for the night/evening shift and on weekends for the next 6 – 8 weeks.
The weekday daytime service will continue to operate as normal subject to relief driver staffing arrangements.
PO BOX 125 AUTHORISED BY
GRENFELL GLENN CARROLL