Weddin Shire Council

Council News Wednesday 17 May 2017

The big news of the week was the announcement of the Federal Budget by the Hon Scott Morrison MP with the Federal Minister for Riverina and Minister for Small Business the Hon Michael McCormack MP describing the budget as fair and balanced and indicated it is set to benefit the residents, small businesses and communities of the Central West.

Mr McCormack advised the Budget handed down by the Treasurer ensures Australia lives within its means and at the same time continues to deliver increased funding for schools, infrastructure and regional communities.

Key Budget highlights that may have a direct impact on the Weddin Shire include:

  • Additional funding for the Roads to Recovery (R2R), Black Spots and the Bridges Renewal programs.

       - The R2R program has been extended to 2020-2021

       - Black Spots Funding received a net increase of $40 million to 2020/2021

       - Bridges Renewal Budget figures represent a net increase of $25 million to 2019/2020 with an extension of the program to 2020/2021.

  • A new Regional Growth Fund of $472.2 million over four years of which: $200 million will be added to the existing Building Better Regions program; $272.2 million will be made available in grants of $10 million or more for major transformational projects in regions undergoing structural adjustment.
  • $8.4 billion in new funding for the Australian Rail Track Corporation to deliver the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project.
  • Financial Assistance Grants (FAG’s) three-year indexation freeze will end with an advance payment of 5% of the next financial year Grant paid this financial year.

More information on the 2017 Budget can be found by visiting: www.budget.gov.au

The Grenfell Food Hall recently celebrated its first year of operation which is a great achievement.

Grenfell Food Hall was officially opened on Friday 6th May 2016 and was set up to cater specifically for our community needs. Run by volunteers, managed by Grenfell Uniting Church and operating out of the Anglican Church Hall in Middle Street every Friday 9.00 am to 11.00 am it continues 1 year on with great community support and attendance with over 160 customers.

As customers can buy some of their weekly groceries for $10 they have more money to spend in town on additional groceries and services. The Food Hall provides transport for those who may need assistance getting to the venue with an added transport bonus offered providing a shopping circuit to Main Street businesses encouraging everyone to “Shop Local”.

The Grenfell Food Hall is a fantastic project and it is a credit to the committee and all of the volunteers who all work tirelessly to make it such a great success. 

Congratulations to all involved!

The next business skills development workshop will be held in Grenfell on May 17th with the session presented by Simone Eyles from Working Spaces HQ in Wagga Wagga.  

The session titled ‘Let’s Get Digital’ will be held in the Community Hub from 6pm to 9pm on Wednesday May 17th. Participants will undertake the ‘Let’s Get Digital’ program which covers all the social media tools with discussion about what is best for your business. There will be discussions on how to use PR and the press. You will design your own marketing plan, then put it into action and measure the results. You will gain access to all of Simone’s secret hints and tips to make the internet work for you; now, in 3 months, 6 months and 12 months. A follow up ‘Let’s Get Digital’ workshop will be held a fortnight later on May 31st at 6pm in the Community Hub, where topics will be revisited to reaffirm participants progress.

All business owners are encouraged to attend. 

On May 25th another workshop will be conducted which will cover the ‘Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster’ in South Australia and will be presented by Peter Stock and Ann Aldersey from the Cluster. 

The half-day workshop will be held in the Community Hub from 11am to 2pm and participants will learn the value that clustering offers agriculture. A cluster case study will be presented to spark ideas on how to grow innovation, profitability, industry linkages, enhanced skills and a culture of collaboration. The case study is being presented with the intention that the Central West may consider developing a cluster to derive economic benefits for our region.

These workshops have been developed from the actions identified in the Economic Development Strategic Plan for Weddin Shire which was developed in late 2016.

The workshops are funded under the Murray Darling Energise Enterprise Program and the sessions are free. To RSVP please Ph 6343 2855 or email

National Families Week will be held from Monday 15 May, coinciding with the United Nations International Day of Families, and will continue throughout the week until Sunday 21 May, 2017.

The aim of National Families Week 2017 is to celebrate the vital role that families play in Australian society. The theme 'Stronger Families, Stronger Communities' has been embraced as an enduring theme for National Families Week as it encapsulates the important role families play as the central building blocks of our communities. Community wellbeing is enhanced by family wellbeing. National Families Week is a time to celebrate with your family, make contact with your extended family and friends, and share in the enjoyment of family activities within the wider community. Organisations, businesses and individuals are encouraged to celebrate National Families Week by planning and holding a National Families Week event. It can be a morning tea or something that is suitable.

Further information regarding the week is available on the following website: http://www.familiesaustralia.org.au/familiesweek/

To celebrate Westpac’s bicentenary year, Westpac have advised that are doubling their support for local community organisations across Australia that tirelessly focus on addressing the social disadvantage that exists in our communities.

In 2017, through the Westpac Foundation 200 Community Grants worth $2 million will be available. 200 Westpac Foundation Community Grants, worth $10,000 each will be awarded to local, grassroots not-for profit organisations with big (or small) ideas that are providing education opportunities, employment pathways or improvements in the quality of life of disadvantaged Australians in our local communities.  Applications for the 2017 Community Grants program opened on 1 May 2017.

For further information visit: www.westpac.com/grants

The Art Gallery’s current exhibition is 'Painting From Nature - The Central West' By John Sharman and is on display until 1 June, 2017.  There are 36 paintings all in water soluble oil paint on prepared particle board. All works are painted plenair in one sitting at sites in and around the Central West. The exhibition consists of a selection of works showing the diversity of the wide area using combined elements necessary to make a collection of sensitive and convincing images. This is a very high standard exhibition which is proving to be very popular with locals and visitors. 

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 “La La Land” at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017. Please see adjacent advertisement for further details.

Dates to Note

Friday 19 May 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell East)

Monday 22 May 2017 – Recycling Collection (Grenfell West)

Street Stalls

Fri 19 / Sat 20 May 2017 - Grenfell Preschool & Long Day Care Centre

 

ADVERTISEMENTS 

WEDDIN SHIRE COUNCIL

POSITION VACANT

LIBRARIAN

Applications are currently being invited for the position of Librarian on a Permanent/Fulltime basis.

The primary purpose of the position is to manage the efficient circulation of library stock, the quality of the library collection, provide effective reader and reference service assistance and promote the service to potential users.

Grenfell Library is a stand-alone library and this position provides a great opportunity for a branch library manager or departmental manager in a larger library to take the next step in their professional development.

Appointment to the position will be in accordance with the NSW Local Government (State) Award and Council’s salary structure.

An information package can be obtained by contacting Katherine or Kristie during business hours on Ph 63431212, email mail@weddin.nsw.gov.au or Council’s website www.weddin.nsw.gov.au

Applications for the position should address all Essential Skills and Knowledge criteria listed in the position description and should be forwarded to the undersigned at the address below, or emailed to mail@weddin.nsw.gov.au 

Applications close at 4.00pm Friday, 9 June 2017.

ROAD CLOSURE – MID-WESTERN HIGHWAY

Council plans to close the Mid-Western Highway at the Caragabal Rail Level Crossing from 5.00am, 17 May 2017 to 5.00pm, 18 May 2017 for the purpose of the removal and replacement of the rail track across the Highway by ARTC. A side track will be in place with an escort vehicle.

If you have any enquiries, please contact Council’s Director Engineering, Mr Bill Twohill on 0429 848 582.

Council apologises for any inconvenience caused.

RESEAL FORBES STREET

Due to the unavailability of the contractor, Council has been unable to reseal Forbes Street as previously planned.

Council now proposes to reseal Forbes Street, from Camp Street to Melyra Street, on Thursday 18 May 2017, subject to satisfactory weather conditions and the availability of the contractor.

Council apologise for any inconvenience caused.

GRENFELL CINEMA

Residents are hereby advised that the next films at the Grenfell Cinema will be shown as below:

“La La Land – Rated M – 2.00 pm on Wednesday 31st May 2017                                                                               

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.

AUTHORISED BY

GLENN CARROLL

GENERAL MANAGER