Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Office & Other Service Closures

Residents are advised that Gwydir Shire Council will be closed all day Friday 25th September 2015 for the Annual Picnic Day. This includes the Roads and Traffic Offices, and Tourist Centres, HACC Services, Libraries and Countrylink Bookings.

Council's Offices will re-open for regular administration functions at 9.00am, Monday 28th September 2015. Emergency contacts as listed in all directories will still be operational. Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause.

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.


$24,200 Funding for Warialda Showground

THE wooden pavilions and buildings at the Warialda Showground will soon receive a well-earned lick of fresh paint courtesy of a $24,200 grant from the NSW Government’s Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF).

“A total of $489,032 has been allocated to public reserve projects in the Northern Tablelands. The exterior walls of all the wooden buildings will be repainted – a huge job for the trust members as they will do the preparation work before calling in the professionals to do the painting.

The Warialda Showground Trust hopes to have the job completed by next year as they are hosting the 2016 National Shearing Competition later in the year.

Huge Investment in Quality Teaching In Northern Tablelands

MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has welcomed the launch yesterday of a major new investment which will enable some of the best local public primary school teachers to mentor and coach other teachers, improving the results of students throughout the region.

Mr Marshall said the $224 million Quality Teaching, Successful Students package would begin this term and would benefit 26 schools across the Northern Tablelands.


Fuel Excise Change a Boost for Local Roads

COUNCILS across Australia will receive an extra $1.105 billion over the next two years from the Australian Government for local road and street works following the reintroduction of Consumer Price Index-linked fuel excise."

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said every cent of the extra $23 billion revenue raised through the excise over the next decade and beyond will be invested in roads infrastructure.


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.


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.


Roxy Program Sept - Nov

Roxy-program-2015-school-webThe Roxy program for September to December is now available.

Clcik here to download your copy 

Marshall Commends Gwydir Shire on Major Road Works

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has commended Gwydir Shire Council on successfully completing a major upgrade of the Fossickers Way, north of Bingara.

Mr Marshall said the $2.6 million project, which council undertook on behalf of the State Government, involved the replacement of a 3.3 kilometre section of Fossickers Way between Bingara and the Delungra Road turnoff.


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) Documents 2015/19


Gwydir Shire Council's suite of Integrated Planning and Reporting documents have been prepared in line with the NSW Government's framework requirements. The framework recognises that the council plans and policies should not exist in isolation and that they are in fact connected and incorporate the priorities of the community.

These priorities have been shaped by our consultation with the Gwydir Shire community resulting in four key themes:

  • A healthy and cohesive community (Social);
  • Building the business base (Economy);
  • An environmentally responsible shire (Environment); and
  • Proactive regional and local leadership (Organisation)

These themes provide the framework into which the Delivery Program priorities and Operational Plan activities have been incorporated.


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