Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Total Fire Ban in the Gwydir region


IMPORTANT MESSAGE - Rural Fire Service have informed Council that a total fire ban will be in place for tomorrow for the Gwydir region.


Where there is a risk from bush fire, the NSW Rural Fire Service uses Bush Fire Alerts to provide information to affected communities using radio, television, and the internet.


There are three Bush Fire Alert levels to help make the right choices.



Bush fire information line 1800 679 737


Fire Season is upon us. Stay vigilant and safe everyone.


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Gwydir Community Newsletter

"We are becoming much more efficient but will still need a rate rise"

Gwydir newsletter p1My 4 May 2015 newspaper column 'From the Mayor' stated that the Council was undertaking a review of how it depreciates its road network. It involved implementing new asset management techniques and the creation of a very thorough inventory of road assets.

This project is now completed and has received the auditors' approval. The new depreciation methodology will result in a projected annual book saving of over $4 million.

Council is continually looking for any savings; from the big-ticket items right through to the small. For example Council is not producing a calendar for 2016 and is issuing fewer community newsletters.


Expressions of Interest - lease Roxy Cafe

ad-for-Roxy-lease2-thumbThe Roxy Café – Fully Restored to its Former Glory

The story of the Greek Café is a shared chapter in the histories of Greece and Australia, a chapter that is almost over. Very few Greek cafes operate as they did 50 years ago. The Roxy may be the last example of an interwar cinema and café remaining in Australia.

Greek Cafes changed the course of Australia's cultural history and left a significant legacy on our culinary and cultural landscape. The Roxy is a symbol that epitomises the Greek migration experience: one that made an outstanding contribution to the development of Australia. It is important that this story be shared with future generations.


2015 Gwydir Vocational Education and Community Business Awards

2015-Voc-Ed-AwardsNominations are now open for the 2015 Gwydir Vocational Education and Community Business Awards. Click here to download nomination form or pick one up from the Warialda and Bingara Visitor Information Centres, Council Offices or Newsagencies. Vote for your favourite business, farm or staff member today.
Nominations close 10th November. The awards presentation and dinner will be held on Friday November 27 at the Warialda Town Hall. Book online at

Warialda Receives Help from Premier to Host Shearing Championship

Shearing shadowsWARIALDA'S P&A Society has received a $2,000 grant from the Premier Mike Baird to assist with the cost of hosting the 2016 National Shearing and Wool Handling Championships, Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall announced today.

Mr Marshall presented the cheque to P&A President David Coulton today in Warialda and congratulated the committee on securing the rights to host Australia's premier sports shearing event.


$26,000 to Upgrade Warialda Racecourse Amenities

warialda-races-picTHE Warialda Racecourse Trust has received a $26,318 grant through the State Government's Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF) to build a new oncourse amenities block.

Mr Marshall was in Warialda recently and met with the small but dedicated group of Trust members to deliver the good news and inspect the existing ageing and antiquated amenities building.


Funding Available to Rehabilitate Local Fish Habitats

Reflections on the GwydirMEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall is urging local councils, individuals and community groups across the region wanting to improve fish habitat to apply for a grant through the next funding round of the NSW Government's Habitat Action Grants Program.

Mr Marshall said grants of up to $40,000 were available to fishing clubs, community groups, local councils and individuals wanting to improve fish habitat in their local area.


Be Part of The Future of Gwydir Shire Discussion


Gwydir Shire Council is embarking on a process to consider the long term future of the Gwydir local area. We want to hear from residents what they think about the future of Gwydir, and what Council needs to do to support this.

We want to hear a range of views from the community on a range of topics relating to local government. We are seeking expressions of interest from residents to come together and discuss important issues for the future of the Gwydir local area on 4th and 5th December 2015. As part of the process, you will be expected to partake in meaningful group discussions about the future of the Gwydir local area. You will be compensated for the time you spend participating.


GLR Country Education Fund - Apply for a Grant

GLR logoThe Gwydir Learning Region Country Education Fund (GLRCEF) were established to provide much needed financial assistance and support to local youth to help them achieve their post high school education, training and vocation aspirations. We recognise that the cost of rural students pursuing their post high school goals is often much greater than those of their metropolitan counterparts and that sometimes these costs can be prohibitive. Click here for further information

Local Students Honoured with Fred Hollows Humanity Awards

FHHAlogoTHREE Northern Tablelands Year 6 students have been recognised for their care and compassion for others, receiving inaugural Fred Hollows Humanity Awards at a presentation ceremony at Parliament House.

Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall was at the ceremony, along with Premier Mike Baird and the Founding Director of the Fred Hollows Foundations, Gabi Hollows, Mr Hollows' widow, where Billy Horne (Croppa Creek Public School) and Hudson-Lee Hoad and Janda Collins-Widders (Ben Venue Public School) were honoured for their selfless attitudes and deeds.


Northern Lights a finalist in 2015 Green Globe Awards

northern lightsRegional Development Australia Northern Inland's Northern Lights project has been selected as one of 43 finalists, in the Community Sustainability category, in this year's prestigious Green Globe Awards.

"The Green Globe Awards are known as the most prestigious environmental awards in NSW. We are honoured and proud that our Northern Lights project is being recognised as a finalist," Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) Acting Executive Officer David Thompson said.


New Led Street Lights on the Way for Northern Inland

led-lightMEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall joined Federal New England MP Barnaby Joyce in Armidale on Friday to launch Essential Energy's street lighting replacement program which will see the latest LED technology installed across the region.

Mr Marshall said 5,000 old energy-inefficient street lights across seven New England local government areas would be replaced with LED's (Light Emitting Diode), the latest technology in energy efficient lighting.


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