Saturday, March 28, 2015

Gwydir Shire Deputy Honoured at Local Government Awards

Leeah-DaleyGwydir Shire Council Deputy General Manager Leeah Daley has been recognised at a function held at Parliament House on 3 March 2015, as part of International Women's Day celebrations for the 2015 Women in NSW Local Government Awards.

The Awards were established to recognise the outstanding contributions and achievements of women in local government.

Leeah received a highly commended for her work as a Senior Staff Member from a Rural or Regional Council from Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and Minister for Women Pru Goward.


From the Mayor

GwydirShireCouncil March-2 -38x5Gwydir Shire Rate Variation Comparative Table

Two weeks ago Council placed a Comparative Table in this newspaper, unfortunately part of this table was omitted. Accordingly, the Comparative Table in its entirety is now set out for your information.

How are rates calculated?

There has been considerable confusion around the how the rates are calculated. The purpose of this report is to attempt to clarify the scope of the approved rate rise. Annually, all rateable properties receive a Rate Notice. The total amount payable includes rates and charges.


The Living Classroom

 TLC-DL-brochure2 webAvailable for private functions, seminars, workshops, special events and more.

The Living Classroom (TLC) is located at 1A Narrabri Road on the outskirts of Bingara. The land is primarily 150 hectares of reclaimed common. In 2011 the Gwydir Shire Council commenced development of the TLC with 27 hectares fenced and water harvesting systems developed through the construction of numerous swales and three main dams. The buildings have been completed and include a residential bunkhouse and a multipurpose teaching facility which includes a full kitchen, landscaped gardens, outdoor entertainment and parking areas. Click on the image to enlarge.

For further information contact: Robyn Phillips Phone: (02) 6724 2042 Mob: 0409 770 994 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or visit



New $13,000 Waste Storage Facility for Bingara’s Tourandi Lodge

Staff at Bingara's Touriandi Lodge were delighted to receive news this week from Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall that they'd been successful in an application for a $13,000 NSW Government Community Building Partnership grant to assist with the construction of a new waste storage shed.

Mr Marshall was at Touriandi yesterday and said he'd met with the Lodge staff late last year and was briefed on the plans to build the storage shed.


Funding For New Ring Fence at Warialda Showground

Around two-thirds of the existing fifty-year-old ring fence at the Warialda Showground ring fence is soon to be replaced courtesy of $17,892 from the NSW Government's Public Reserves Management Fund (PRMF).

Mr Marshall met with Trust members recently to deliver the good news and discuss their plans to construct a new ring fence in time for this year's Warialda Show.


$35,000 Revamp for Upper Horton Sportsground Canteen

The canteen at the Upper Horton Sports Ground will soon receive a major facelift thanks to a $35,000 grant from the NSW Government through its Public Reserve Management Fund. 


Mr Marshall was in Upper Horton last week and called in to the grounds to meet with the sportsground trustees and discuss their upgrade plans. 


Gwydir Shire Council Special Rate Variation

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The Council resolved at its meeting held on Wednesday 11th February 2015 to submit to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) a Special Rate Variation of 15% (inclusive of the 2.4% rate pegging allowance) for the 2015/2016 year and a further 15% Special Rate Variation (inclusive of rate pegging) for 2016/2017 year with a cumulative effect of 32.25%.


The following table details a range of sample property valuations within each rating category in order to provide you with an indication of the weekly increase in your rates that are likely if IPART approve the Council’s submission. Click on the image to enlarge


Click here to download the pdf version (pdf 298KB)


Download Council application for Special Variation Application Form – Part A. (Xcel 2.5MB)

Download Council application for Special Variation Application Form – Part B. (pdf 680KB)

Message from the Mayor

Ad thumb-Message-from-the-Mayor-GSC-rates-adIf the Council decides to seek a Special Rates Variation above the allowable rate pegging limit these two circled figures represent the only components of your rates that are appicable.

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Warialda Pony Club Secures $30,587 for New Showground Canteen

Plan to build new canteen facilities at the Warialda Showground for the local Pony Club will now proceed thanks to a $30,587 grant from the NSW Government's Community Building Partnership program.

Mr Marshall met with the Warialda Pony Club committee at the showgrounds late last year and was briefed on the plans to rebuild the current small and ageing canteen structure.


$2,500 for New Water Tank at Warialda Racecourse

Thanks to a $2,580 grant from the NSW Government the Warialda Racecourse Trust can now replace its small, leaking water tank with a larger version, finally dispensing with the need for event organisers to cart water to the grounds when hosting events.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall met with Trust members last week to deliver the good news and discuss their plans to further improve facilities at the racecourse.


Roxy Program for 2015

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

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