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May meeting update

22 May, 2020

Farmer Army marches on

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Farmer Army initiative will be expanded to help people impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originally started to assist those in the primary production industry during the crippling drought, the Farmer Army will now include people who are unemployed or underemployed due to the impact of the Coronavirus.

“The Farmer Army was a great success during the worst stages of the drought, but thanks to better weather conditions, that demand has eased,” Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“We are now pleased to be able to extend that program to provide assistance to those who might be struggling due to the severe impact of the Coronavirus on employment.”

The Farmer Army offers temporary, flexible work arrangements for eligible people to work on Council’s community projects.

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Council adopts Operational Plan

Gunnedah Shire Council has adopted the 2017-2021 Delivery Program and 2020/21 Operational Plan following a public submission period.

Council voted yesterday to adopt the plan which provides a blueprint for Council’s operations for the next financial year.

The 2017-2021 Delivery Program and 2020/21 Operational Plan for Gunnedah Shire Council outlines how Council delivers on the strategic objectives outlined in the over-arching Community Strategic Plan.

Council is now in the final year of that program, with the 2020/21 Operational Plan and Budget setting out the actions Council will take to deliver on the community’s vision for the Shire.


South Street Cycleway

Gunnedah Shire Council is constructing a new cycleway along South Street between View Street and Marquis Street with the assistance of NSW government funding.

Council has once again been successful in working with the NSW Government to progress important projects for the Shire, securing a 50% co-contribution funding from the Active Transport Program to construct the “missing link” in the town’s network of pathways.

The cycleway will be a shared pathway for pedestrians, runners and cyclists.


Cool news for Curlewis

Gunnedah Shire Council has approved funding for two reverse cycle air-conditioners in the Curlewis Hall kitchen.

The move supports a significant effort by the Curlewis Progress Association, who raised funds to install air-conditioners throughout the main part of the hall.

Mayor Jamie Chaffey congratulated the progress association members on their efforts in fundraising and for working closely alongside Council to improve this important community meeting place.

He said the addition of heating and cooling to the kitchen area would complement the work already undertaken by the Curlewis Progress Association who have reported an increase in hall hire and events since air-conditioners were added to the main part of the facility.


Media contact: Eliza Gallen (02) 6740 2100.