Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Invitation to the launch of the Bingara Soundtrails

soundtrails-invite webI'm proud to announce the launch of the Bingara Soundtrail on Saturday the 27th June and invite you to come out to north west NSW to Bingara for a great day. The Bingara Soundtrails is launching on the main stage at 12.15pm as part of the annual Orange Festival so there will be much happening for young and old. Shortly after the launch of the Bingara Soundtrails there will be a Soundtrails Q&A upstairs in the grand old Roxy Theatre.

The Bingara Soundtrail will be available to download next week (on IOS and Android) and comes 11 months after Soundtrails launched last year. Bingara is our latest and most impressive Soundtrail to date; a fascinating insight into the people of Bingara, the community and their collective songs, stories and history. The Bingara Soundtrail is now the third Soundtrail in the sparsely populated Gwydir Shire so this small town is punching way above it's weight. So if you can make it on the day, please come along. Bring friends and family and don't forget your smartphone and headphones!

Hope to see there, Hamish Sewell (

Bingara Orange Festival

anzac-OF-posterThe Bingara Orange Festival will be held on Saturday 27th June.

Click on the image to read the days program.

Roxy Greek Museum Wins Museums and Galleries National Award

museumThe Roxy Greek Museum housed in the Roxy Theatre, Bingara, recently took out top prize at the Museums and Galleries National Award ceremony in Sydney.

The museum, which is dedicated to Greek immigration and their involvement in cafes and theatres throughout NSW and Queensland, was awarded first prize in the Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fit-out category for projects under $150,000. Other entries in the Permanent Exhibition or Gallery Fit-out category included the Royal Australian Mint, The Australian War Memorial and Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre.


GLR Learner Driver School Launched

GLR-driver-trainingLEARNING to drive has just got a whole lot easier in the Gwydir Shire with the launch in Warialda last week of council's new Driver Training School by Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall.

The Gwydir Learning Region (GLR), the educational arm of the Gwydir Shire Council, recently purchased a dual control car which will allow accredited driving instructor Kingsley Grills to provide driving lessons and conduct driver safety courses.


Roxy Program for 2015

roxy program 1-2015The Roxy program is now available for 2015

For further information go to
or call the Bingara Visitor Information Centre on 02 6724 0066

Download the full brochure (pdf - 695KB)

The Economic Impacts of Local Government Amalgamations

Economic-Impacts-of-LG-AmalgamationsThere has been a long-running debate about the financial sustainability of all Australian Local Governments and the role they play in our three-tiered structure of Federalism. Currently, the issue is being played out in NSW via the 'Fit for the Future' process, which is asking all NSW LGAs to prove their financial sustainability and consider means of becoming 'financially fit for the future'.

Amalgamating Councils is one of the options being discussed to improve financial sustainability. Amalgamations are contentious and there has been considerable research and commentary on the issue for more than a decade.

Click here to download the full document (pdf 957KB)

Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) Plans 2015/2016

GSC-Delivery-Program-2015-coverGwydir Shire Council is preparing its Integrated Planning and Reporting (IP&R) Plans for the 2015/2016 financial year.  The Plans, in draft form, will be on public display for comment from Thursday 28th May 2015 to Wednesday 24th June 2015. 

The Council welcomes and encourages written or emailed submissions at any time up to 4.00pm Wednesday 24th June 2015.  Copies of the draft documents are available for public inspection at the following locations:


Welding Short Course with GLR

GLR-Training-posterCourse Description: Preparation of materials and completion of routine gas metal arc and manual metal arc welding which is typically applied in maintenance or manufacturing environment. NB: This is not a certified course but has been designed using the industry standard course guidelines. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion.


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