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Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to endorse the Draft Asset Disposal Policy and place the policy on public exhibition for 28 days.

Council calls for public submissions in relation to the policy up to 5:00pm Tuesday 25 July 2017. The policy is on display at Council Administration Building or available on Council’s website below.

Should any further information or assistance be required, please contact Council on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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In yesterday’s budget announcement it was revealed that $8 million dollars has been allocated for the commencement of Gunnedah’s Second Rail Overpass. This is a significant achievement, and an important moment in time given that Gunnedah Shire Council, along with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Transport for New South Wales have been in consultation with the RMS since 2012.

Although the project has been committed to for some time, the budget allocation ensures the project is now expected to commence in 2018. The Second Rail Overpass will seek to improve road safety, reduce impacts of the increasing use of rail networks within the Shire and meet future transport requirements for the Gunnedah and wider region.

Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey and General Manager, Mr Eric Groth attended a briefing meeting with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Officials on Wednesday morning that outlined an intention to call for tenders in early 2018 with an expected commencement date of July 2018. From award of the tender, the project is expected to take two years, with no changes to the previous budget.

“I wish to congratulate and thank Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson and Minister for Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, MP Melinda Pavey on their efforts in ensuring that this project has been funded as a priority by the State Government so that the Gunnedah community, and indeed the whole region will be able to enjoy the benefits of the development,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“In the two year construction phase, there will be many opportunities for local business. We’re expecting a considerable boost to the local economy during that time- not only for contracting businesses, but also for retail and hospitality” he continued.

“We look forward to the commencement of the project and the many benefits this will bring to our community. Our community has told us that livability is high on their list of priorities, and this project will inevitably assist in ensuring Gunnedah, even with increasing population and transport needs, is more liveable into the future” Mayor Chaffey concluded.

For more information visit www.infogunnedah.com.au or call us on 67 402100.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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At last night’s council meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council endorsed the 2017- 2027 Community Strategic Plan.

Council recently completed a wide range of engagement activities to understand the community’s ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now, and into the future. The feedback, discussions and concerns that were raised have been considered and have helped guide many of the key themes that are represented in the plan.

The Community Strategic Plan is the highest level of strategic document of Council, identifying the community’s priorities that guide Council’s direction over 10 years. It identifies the themes and broad adjectives relating to key issues facing the Gunnedah Community.

“We’re excited to present a plan that has been developed in consultation with the community. Some examples of key initiatives presented include a water equalisation proposal, shade cloths in the parks, a reduction in fees and charges for users of the Town Hall and Civic, beautification of the entrances to town and improvements to the Villages” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Director of Business Systems and Governance Colin Formann said.

“We’re really happy to present the final version of Community Strategic Plan to the community. Engaging with the community has enabled Council to take into consideration to a diverse number of ideas from across the community, and as a result, there are some really exciting visions and ideas that are represented in the CSP. It’s important to have ideas and aspirations for our community, but also important to have to have a plan as to how we achieve these goals – which is why the Community Strategic Plan is so important.“ Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“The plan brings community groups and other tiers of Government together, so we’re all working toward a shared vision for the future of our community,” he continued.

“I’m elated that we are committing to the inclusive playground and that funds have been made available for the Curlewis pipeline in 2018/2019. Both these projects will require partner funding – and we’re committing to making them happen. There are some really great outcomes for the community that have come from the Community Strategic Plan and the Delivery and Operational plans,” he concluded.

A full copy of the Community Strategic Plan is available at www.infogunnedah.com.au.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Welcome to the Winter 2017 Gunnedah Shire Council School Holiday Program!
There is plenty to do these holidays... So download the program and book your place early!

Head over to Seat Advisor to pick up tickets for our School Holiday Program events!

For more information, please contact Sewa Emojong, Youth Development Officer, Gunnedah Shire Council, on 6740 2275 or 0427 103 415.

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The next Civic Cinema Sensory Sessions will take place at 5.00pm Friday 21 July 2017 with the family movie ‘Cars 3.’ The Civic has partnered with GoCo and Connections 4 Kids to create a safe, accepting environment for children and young adults with diverse sensory needs.

Sensory Sessions feature soft sound and low light throughout the movie, free range seating, a quiet corner outside the movie theatre for anyone who needs a break, and an intermission for everyone to have a stretch and move around.

‘We’re really looking forward to providing an inclusive opportunity for people who may not usually feel comfortable attending a movie,’ Chris Frend, Tourism and Cultural Precinct Supervisor said.

‘We hope that by providing regular, ongoing screenings it will create an opportunity for families to have an outing together. The whole community is welcome to attend, and we anticipate many people will prefer the sensory friendly environment,’ he concluded.

Tickets prices are standard, with concessions available for students, seniors, DVA Gold Card and Companion Card holders. For more information please contact The Civic on 67402266, or to stay updated about available sessions go to www.thecivic.com.au or follow ‘The Civic, Gunnedah’ on Facebook.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Did you know that almost half of the house fires in Australia start in the kitchen – all because cooking was being left unattended?

To help prevent kitchen fires, Fire & Rescue NSW has released the Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag. Available in cafés, bars, community centres and other locations all over NSW, it features a great collection of recipes from firefighters that will give you the answer to that perennial question – “What’s for dinner tonight?”

The Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag also has handy tips on how to stay fire safe in the kitchen. Fires can spread in minutes, but it only takes seconds to stop them!

You can also visit the Keep Looking When Cooking website to download the mini mag recipes, as well as additional recipes. If you’d like to share your delicious recipes, post them to Fire & Rescue NSW facebook page with the hashtag #KeepLookingWhenCooking

Kitchen fire safety tips

  • NEVER leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or use a timer to remind you to check your cooking.
  • DON’T put anything metallic in the microwave as metal can spark and cause it to catch on fire.
  • KEEP matches and lighters out of reach of children as they are unaware of the dangers.
  • STORE flammable items (aerosols, cleaning agents and cooking oil etc.) away from heat as they can explode.
  • DON’T cook under the influence of alcohol or drugs as it impairs your judgement.
  • KEEP loose clothing, fabrics, tea towels and curtains away from the stove as they can catch on fire.
  • TURN pot handles inwards to avoid being knocked or grabbed by children.
  • KEEP your oven and range hood clean. Excess grease and fat can ignite in a fire.
  • DON’T use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors.

If a fire does occur:

  • NEVER put water on a fat or oil fire as it will immediately intensify and spread
  • TURN off the stove and use the lid to smother the flame if you can
  • GET OUT, STAY OUT AND CALL TRIPLE ZERO ‘000’.
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The Staff at Recyclit have had to deal with a 'spike' in needles within the recycling kerbside pickup over the last 2 weeks.

The workers at the Material Handling Facility sort through the material by hand and are exposed to sharps injury when the materials are contaminated.

The types of Sharps that have been disposed incorrectly are;

  • Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin.
  • Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body.
  • Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing.

Sharps of any kind do not belong in the garbage or recycling – they can injure garbage collectors and other workers.

Collection days of Wednesday and Thursday have seen the largest numbers of sharps coming in to the facility.
We're working with Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises to ask the residents of Gunnedah to be more aware of the items you place in your Recycling Bins every week.

To dispose of Sharps correctly, please place them in Community Public Sharps bins at

  • Vernados Car Park, Little Barber Street (behind Bitter Suite Coffee Shop).
  • Water Pump Station Opposite Rugby Park on Wandobah Road.
  • Waste Management Facility 418 Quia Road Gunnedah.

Containers less then 1.4litres are acceptable for these bins.

Location of bins is not permanent.

Single use bins are located at:

  • Brocks court, Wolseley Park (mounted on toilet block)
  • Mornington Park, Anzac Parade (mounted on toilet block)
  • Gunnedah Community Health
  • Gunnedah Hospital
  • Hagley/Osmond Chemist
  • Karen Carter Chemist
  • O’Keefe Pavilion in Wolseley park.
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Upcoming Workshops for Small Business Owners

Unleashing Innovation
'Bringing Ideas to life - from shoestring through to growth'

Every business is for sale, it is simply a matter of price!!

Business growth can be achieved by organic growth or by acquisition. Acquisitions is the quickest way to grow a business (if done right) Is your target business for sale?

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a brief outline of financing options and capital structures, covering the following topics:

  • Overview of Financial Products
  • Overview of Debt Financing options
  • Overview of Equity Financing options
  • Consideration of Other Alternatives
  • What to Use and When
  • An overview of cost effective resources from start ups

View the Business Connect Flyer below.

To Register or for more information:
www.nortecsmallbiz.org/ or call 02 6685 5000

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Gunnedah Shire Council has endorsed the draft version of the Community Strategic Plan and the document, as well as the Delivery Program and Operational Plan are currently on Exhibition, with Council receiving submissions in relation to the documents until 5.00pm Thursday 15 June.

Council recently completed a wide range of engagement activities to understand the community’s vision for the Gunnedah Shire, now, and into the future. The feedback, discussions and concerns that were raised have been considered and have helped guide many of the key themes that are represented in the plan.

“We’re excited to present a plan that has been developed in consultation with the community. Some examples of key initiatives presented include a water equalisation proposal, shade cloths installation in parks, a reduction in fees and charges for community groups using the Town Hall and Civic, beautification of the entrances to town and the villages. It’s really important that the community have a look at the plan and make a submission, as this plan will be in place for a four year term before it is reviewed,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Director of Business Systems and Governance Colin Formann said.

“We’ve worked really hard to engage the community to listen and understand your ideas for the Gunnedah Shire. While there some common themes, we also received representation from a diverse number of community members groups, which has been fantastic. Council has worked to ensure that we’ve taken a balanced approach to considering all the different ideas that were presented. We want to say a huge thankyou to everyone who has participated, “Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“However, there’s still time for your to have your say. It’s really important we get this right- so please take some time to review the document and make a submission should you have anything you’d like considered. The plan brings community groups and other tiers of Government together, so we’re all working toward a shared vision for the future of our community,“ he concluded.

For more information including all the other ways you can have your say, visit www.infogunnedah.com.au or give us a call on 02 6740 2100.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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RECYCLING COLLECTION - GUNNEDAH
Monday 12 June 2017
Collection will be on Tuesday 13 June 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Monday evening as collection will begin early on Tuesday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CURLEWIS
Monday 12 June 2017
Collection will be on Wednesday 14 June 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Tuesday evening as collection will begin early on Wednesday.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the Recycling collection over the long weekend period please contact RECYCLIT on 67421522.

THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO THE HOUSEHOLD WASTE AND GREENWASTE COLLECTION

Please ensure bins are placed out the night before collection date, as contractors are not obliged to accept late bins. If you have any enquiries regarding these changes please contact Council’s Customer Services Team on 6740 2100

Eric Groth
General Manager

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Crime Prevention Working Group recently undertook a walking tour of the closed circuit television (CCTV) network in the Gunnedah CBD. The tour was conducted to revisit and review the current locations of cameras and to determine future approaches to maintaining and expanding the network.

Undertaking the tour were members of the Working Group including Chair Cr Colleen Fuller, Mayor Jaimie Chaffey, Cr David Moses, Cr John Campbell, Cr Murray O’Keefe, Inspector Michael Wurth, Senior Constable Damian Wood, Director Planning & Environmental Services Andrew Johns, Council’s, Information Services Manager Wayne Somerville, and Community and Social Planner Debra Hilton.

Council currently has 17 CCTV cameras located throughout the western end of the CBD and recently obtained $44,582 under a Safer Streets Programme grant from the Australian Government to extend the network to the eastern end of the CBD entertainment and shopping precincts, with Council contributing a further $10,000 to the project
“The walking tour’s aim was to finalise the locations under the scope of this project, but it also presented a perfect opportunity to review the existing network to identify gaps and potential for further CCTV installations” Working Group Chair Cr Fuller said.

“Council is committed to supporting local businesses and entertainment venues through the reduction of street crime, illicit activity and anti-social behaviour in the CBD, and by assisting Police with quality footage that facilitates the early apprehension of offenders. Adopting a strategic planning approach with consideration to the next 5-10 years makes good financial sense” Mayor Jaimie Chaffey said.

“It is important that we get the infrastructure right first, as this will reduce costs for Council and the ratepayer down the track, provide us with the flexibility and portability to expand the network across a number of stages, and ensure our maintenance burden is kept to a minimal” he concluded.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Access Working Group and concerned community members staged an awareness raising event in Conadilly Street on Sunday, 21 May to highlight the issue of inappropriate use of designated access bays in Gunnedah.

Using wheelchairs parked in non-designated bays, each carried a sign to indicate that 'Laziness is not a disability'. Each sign was accompanied by a range of common excuses such as, ‘But it’s close, I will only be 5 minutes, Nobody is using it, I don't care and Oops’.
"The event was staged as a result of feedback from frustrated parents, carers and the disability support sector during the development of the Gunnedah Shire Disability Inclusion Action Plan”, said Working Group Chairperson Councillor Ann Luke.

“We hope to highlight that designated access bays are allocated specifically for those who have a legitimate disability or impairment, and who display a NSW Mobility Parking Scheme Permit or an Australian Disability Parking Permit on their vehicle”.

"This initiative is the first of many to be undertaken by the Access Working Group which has recently reconvened to strengthen Council's commitment to access and inclusion, and to support the delivery of the Shire's Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021" she concluded.

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Members of the Gunnedah Shire Council Access Working Group include: Cr Ann Luke (Chair), Gerard McDonald (Community member), Julie Frend (Community member), Rebecca Dridan (Community Member), Peter Jones (Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce & Industry), Sharne Turpin (GS Kidd Memorial School), and Steve Betts (House with No Steps). Council staff include: Andrew Johns, Debra Hilton, Kate Mackley and Richard Baxter.

If you would like more information about the Access Working Group or the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 contact Debra Hilton, Council’s Community and Social Planner on 02 6740 2100 or email council@infogunnedah.com.au.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ is the book that will unite Australia for the 2017 National Simultaneous Storytime. 3500 libraries, schools and childcare centres across Australia will participate in synchronised reading at 11.00am on Wednesday 24, May to celebrate Australian authors and promote early childhood literacy.

Gunnedah Shire Library’s event is set to be exciting, as they have taken leadership of the Gunnedah chapter of ‘Paint the Town REaD’ and will launch the program at their National Simultaneous Storytime event.

The Library is renowned for their amazing decorations and imaginative take on themed months, and true to form those attending will be introduced to the REaD Egg, a magical egg which only grows if it’s read to.

‘Paint the Town REaD is a great initiative, and the library is proud to be stepping up to lead it. We are passionate about reading, and early literacy skills are crucial for a child’s development. Making reading fun and interactive is a great way to engage children, and developing those skills early will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of reading,’ Gunnedah Shire Council’s Paint the Town REaD Co ordinator Liz Ironmonger said.

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Councillor Anne Luke will lead the library’s official Simultaneous Storytime reading kicking off at 11.00am, which will be followed by a presentation of 1000 Books Before School Certificates for children who have achieved this impressive reading milestone.

For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime or to be involved with Paint the Town REaD contact Gunnedah Shire Library on 6740 2190.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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WORKSHOPS WITH GOMEROI ARTIST - JACK CONLON

Arts workshops with Jack Conlon- Schools or Service Providers pay $300.00 and supply materials for 2 x 3 Hour Sessions for young people to work with Gomeroi Artist, Jack Conlon Creating art works to exhibit In the Gunnedah Creative Arts Gallery for NAIDOC Exhibition, 2017

POSTER COMPETITION

The Winner will have their image used for all publicity for the NAIDOC Art Exhibition & $100.00 Prize Money – Judged by local Gunnedah Aboriginal Artists. Submissions due by 5.00pm - Friday, 2nd June 2017 at VIC, Chandos Street.

MEDIA AND VIDEO PROJECT

Video and Media Project - Everybody is asked to record themselves and others on their phones, Speaking language or saying “Our Language Matters” - Please send all submissions to laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au for a short film to be created and projected during the NAIDOC Exhibition 2017 - All submissions by 5.00pm – Friday, 2nd June 2017.

FREE DANCE CREW WITH KARWIN KNOX

Monday – Friday, 19th - 30th June 2017
2.00pm to 3.00pm – Winanga-Le Early Learning Child and Family Centre
3.30pm to 4.30pm – School students from all schools and high schools @ Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio
4.30pm to 5.30pm – Community members @ Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio

OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT

Calling for artworks to be submitted to Exhibit In The NAIDOC Exhibition at the Gunnedah Creative Arts Gallery. Artworks that celebrate, share and reflect Indigenous Australian Culture, open to all age. Submissions due by Friday, 16th June 2017 at the VIC, Chandos Street Gunnedah – Official Opening of Exhibition will be held on Friday, 7th July 2017.

For any enquires please call Gunnedah Shire Council's Arts and Cultural Officer , Lauren Mackley 02 6740 2100 or email laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au 

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The Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan 2017/18 for Gunnedah Shire Council is officially placed on public exhibition and Council will receive submissions in relation to the documents up until 5:00pm Thursday 15 June 2017.

The documents will be available for viewing at the Council Administration Building, Library, Community Care Centre and Visitor Information Centre. Alternately the documents can be downloaded from Council’s website below:

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This is an opportunity for members of the public to lodge submissions in relation to the items considered and strategies applied in the Draft Community Strategic Plan and Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan. Council will meet again on Wednesday 21 June 2017 to consider all submissions, formally adopt the documents.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Council on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair is asking people to splash some colour on a nail this week to help improve awareness around food allergies and the risk they pose.

Mr Blair said a key component to reducing risk is making people allergy aware - one way of doing this is to paint a nail to represent the one in ten babies born in Australia with a food allergy.

"That statistic alone shows how important this issue is for the entire community, allergy awareness is everyone’s responsibility.

"Some food allergies can range from being merely unpleasant and inconvenient but sadly in the worst cases they can be fatal.

"More than half a million Australians manage the difficulties that come with a food allergy every day.

"Keep an eye out for a splash of colour on people’s fingernails this week – it’s a simple way to help raise awareness and support people with a food allergy right across our State."

The NSW Food Authority is the key front line agency and plays a vital role in educating both industry and consumers when it comes to food allergies.

In NSW, all food businesses are required to provide information about the most common allergens, gluten and sulphites through correct labelling and information.

Food Allergy Week 2017 runs from 14-20 May. People can access information and resources from www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au

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Expressions of Interest are now being called from suitably qualified consultants to provide internal audit services. The consultant will be required to revise the 2014 – 2017 internal audit plan and provide internal audit services as per the revised plan.

Further information can be obtained below or by contacting Colin Formann, Executive Manager Business Systems and Governance on 6740 2111.

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Expressions of Interest should be directed to the General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah or to council@infogunnedah.com.au by close of business on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Eric Groth
General Manager
Gunnedah Shire Council

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Don’t miss your chance to nominate a local legend to carry the Queen’s Baton when it visits Gunnedah next year.

Batonbearer nominations are open for everyday Australians to be part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).

Across Australia, 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR.Starting on 25 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton will travel for 100 days in Australia, visiting Gunnedah on Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

Nominate someone today for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so their achievements don’t go unrecognised.

The GC2018 QBR will be the longest and most engaging in history, visiting communities large, small, urban and regional, giving everyone the opportunity to be part of Australian sporting history.

Batonbearers must be nominated by someone else and nominees must accept their nomination to be considered for the role. It is important to remember that each nomination is judged on merit and all face the judging panel at the same time, so there is still plenty of opportunity to get your nominations in.

“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Gunnedah to the world and I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

Batonbearer nominations are open until 11:59pm AEST on 15 May 2017 at https://www.gc2018.com/qbr and don’t forget to check your email to see if you have been nominated.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or
  • Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or
  • Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or
  • Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
  • Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and
  • Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018)

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Arts North West and Accessible Arts NSW will be celebrating the launch of Enabling Community Creativity: A Regional Disability Resource at the Civic Centre Gunnedah on 22 May 2017.

Enabling Community Creativity: A Regional Disability Resource Manual is the direct result of The Heading West Project, a strategic two year partnership between Arts North West, Arts Northern Rivers (regional arts development organisations) and Accessible Arts NSW. This resource manual is a how-to-guide to deliver arts and disability projects and events in regional Australia including project development, marketing, and accessibility plans. It comprises step-by-step processes, templates, resources as well as a number of case studies to assist organisations and individuals to develop their own arts and disability events in their communities.

Everyone is invited to come along, participate in an inclusive art activity, and create a nature photo print and frame. All materials and morning tea provided.

Enabling Community Creativity   A Regional Disability Resource

WHEN:
11:00am – 1:00 pm Monday 22 May 2017

WHERE:
Creative Arts Centre, 81 Chandos Street
Gunnedah.

The Creative Arts Centre is an accessible venue.

COST:
Free

Further enquiries, please contact Arts North West via email office@artsnw.com.au, phone 67324988 or visit the website www.artsnw.com.au for more information.

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BE PART OF THE ACTION.
GIVE SOMEONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE DREAM!

Batonbearers will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.

A Batonbearer will share the dream and carry with pride the spirit of the Games embracing the diversity and values of the Commonwealth. They will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.

Nomination & Selection Criteria

We are looking for people of all abilities to share the dream and become a Batonbearer for the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay. A Batonbearer is someone who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary.
  • Has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community.
  • Has excelled, or aspires to excel athletically or personally.
  • Who contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.
  • The minimum age of a Batonbearer is 10 years old as at 25 December 2017 (the start date of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Australia).
  • To nominate, explain in 100 words or less how the nominee (the person being nominated) meets one or more of the selection criteria and why they should have an opportunity to carry the Queen's Baton.
  • Nominees must be an Australian Citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

What you will need to nominate someone

If you are under 18, you will need to confirm you have obtained parent/guardian consent to make a nomination. You will also be asked to accept the nominator terms and conditions.

For further information on the nomination and selection process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.
Read more on how the Queen’s Baton Relay supports our GC2018 Reconciliation Plan.

Nominations must be made on or before 15 May 2017 (Nomination Due Date)
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https://www.gc2018.com/qbr/nominate 

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Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to endorse the Draft Asset Disposal Policy and place the policy on public exhibition for 28 days.

Council calls for public submissions in relation to the policy up to 5:00pm Tuesday 25 July 2017. The policy is on display at Council Administration Building or available on Council’s website below.

Should any further information or assistance be required, please contact Council on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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In yesterday’s budget announcement it was revealed that $8 million dollars has been allocated for the commencement of Gunnedah’s Second Rail Overpass. This is a significant achievement, and an important moment in time given that Gunnedah Shire Council, along with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Transport for New South Wales have been in consultation with the RMS since 2012.

Although the project has been committed to for some time, the budget allocation ensures the project is now expected to commence in 2018. The Second Rail Overpass will seek to improve road safety, reduce impacts of the increasing use of rail networks within the Shire and meet future transport requirements for the Gunnedah and wider region.

Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey and General Manager, Mr Eric Groth attended a briefing meeting with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Officials on Wednesday morning that outlined an intention to call for tenders in early 2018 with an expected commencement date of July 2018. From award of the tender, the project is expected to take two years, with no changes to the previous budget.

“I wish to congratulate and thank Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson and Minister for Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, MP Melinda Pavey on their efforts in ensuring that this project has been funded as a priority by the State Government so that the Gunnedah community, and indeed the whole region will be able to enjoy the benefits of the development,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“In the two year construction phase, there will be many opportunities for local business. We’re expecting a considerable boost to the local economy during that time- not only for contracting businesses, but also for retail and hospitality” he continued.

“We look forward to the commencement of the project and the many benefits this will bring to our community. Our community has told us that livability is high on their list of priorities, and this project will inevitably assist in ensuring Gunnedah, even with increasing population and transport needs, is more liveable into the future” Mayor Chaffey concluded.

For more information visit www.infogunnedah.com.au or call us on 67 402100.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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At last night’s council meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council endorsed the 2017- 2027 Community Strategic Plan.

Council recently completed a wide range of engagement activities to understand the community’s ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now, and into the future. The feedback, discussions and concerns that were raised have been considered and have helped guide many of the key themes that are represented in the plan.

The Community Strategic Plan is the highest level of strategic document of Council, identifying the community’s priorities that guide Council’s direction over 10 years. It identifies the themes and broad adjectives relating to key issues facing the Gunnedah Community.

“We’re excited to present a plan that has been developed in consultation with the community. Some examples of key initiatives presented include a water equalisation proposal, shade cloths in the parks, a reduction in fees and charges for users of the Town Hall and Civic, beautification of the entrances to town and improvements to the Villages” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Director of Business Systems and Governance Colin Formann said.

“We’re really happy to present the final version of Community Strategic Plan to the community. Engaging with the community has enabled Council to take into consideration to a diverse number of ideas from across the community, and as a result, there are some really exciting visions and ideas that are represented in the CSP. It’s important to have ideas and aspirations for our community, but also important to have to have a plan as to how we achieve these goals – which is why the Community Strategic Plan is so important.“ Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“The plan brings community groups and other tiers of Government together, so we’re all working toward a shared vision for the future of our community,” he continued.

“I’m elated that we are committing to the inclusive playground and that funds have been made available for the Curlewis pipeline in 2018/2019. Both these projects will require partner funding – and we’re committing to making them happen. There are some really great outcomes for the community that have come from the Community Strategic Plan and the Delivery and Operational plans,” he concluded.

A full copy of the Community Strategic Plan is available at www.infogunnedah.com.au.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Welcome to the Winter 2017 Gunnedah Shire Council School Holiday Program!
There is plenty to do these holidays... So download the program and book your place early!

Head over to Seat Advisor to pick up tickets for our School Holiday Program events!

For more information, please contact Sewa Emojong, Youth Development Officer, Gunnedah Shire Council, on 6740 2275 or 0427 103 415.

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The next Civic Cinema Sensory Sessions will take place at 5.00pm Friday 21 July 2017 with the family movie ‘Cars 3.’ The Civic has partnered with GoCo and Connections 4 Kids to create a safe, accepting environment for children and young adults with diverse sensory needs.

Sensory Sessions feature soft sound and low light throughout the movie, free range seating, a quiet corner outside the movie theatre for anyone who needs a break, and an intermission for everyone to have a stretch and move around.

‘We’re really looking forward to providing an inclusive opportunity for people who may not usually feel comfortable attending a movie,’ Chris Frend, Tourism and Cultural Precinct Supervisor said.

‘We hope that by providing regular, ongoing screenings it will create an opportunity for families to have an outing together. The whole community is welcome to attend, and we anticipate many people will prefer the sensory friendly environment,’ he concluded.

Tickets prices are standard, with concessions available for students, seniors, DVA Gold Card and Companion Card holders. For more information please contact The Civic on 67402266, or to stay updated about available sessions go to www.thecivic.com.au or follow ‘The Civic, Gunnedah’ on Facebook.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Did you know that almost half of the house fires in Australia start in the kitchen – all because cooking was being left unattended?

To help prevent kitchen fires, Fire & Rescue NSW has released the Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag. Available in cafés, bars, community centres and other locations all over NSW, it features a great collection of recipes from firefighters that will give you the answer to that perennial question – “What’s for dinner tonight?”

The Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag also has handy tips on how to stay fire safe in the kitchen. Fires can spread in minutes, but it only takes seconds to stop them!

You can also visit the Keep Looking When Cooking website to download the mini mag recipes, as well as additional recipes. If you’d like to share your delicious recipes, post them to Fire & Rescue NSW facebook page with the hashtag #KeepLookingWhenCooking

Kitchen fire safety tips

  • NEVER leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or use a timer to remind you to check your cooking.
  • DON’T put anything metallic in the microwave as metal can spark and cause it to catch on fire.
  • KEEP matches and lighters out of reach of children as they are unaware of the dangers.
  • STORE flammable items (aerosols, cleaning agents and cooking oil etc.) away from heat as they can explode.
  • DON’T cook under the influence of alcohol or drugs as it impairs your judgement.
  • KEEP loose clothing, fabrics, tea towels and curtains away from the stove as they can catch on fire.
  • TURN pot handles inwards to avoid being knocked or grabbed by children.
  • KEEP your oven and range hood clean. Excess grease and fat can ignite in a fire.
  • DON’T use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors.

If a fire does occur:

  • NEVER put water on a fat or oil fire as it will immediately intensify and spread
  • TURN off the stove and use the lid to smother the flame if you can
  • GET OUT, STAY OUT AND CALL TRIPLE ZERO ‘000’.
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The Staff at Recyclit have had to deal with a 'spike' in needles within the recycling kerbside pickup over the last 2 weeks.

The workers at the Material Handling Facility sort through the material by hand and are exposed to sharps injury when the materials are contaminated.

The types of Sharps that have been disposed incorrectly are;

  • Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin.
  • Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body.
  • Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing.

Sharps of any kind do not belong in the garbage or recycling – they can injure garbage collectors and other workers.

Collection days of Wednesday and Thursday have seen the largest numbers of sharps coming in to the facility.
We're working with Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises to ask the residents of Gunnedah to be more aware of the items you place in your Recycling Bins every week.

To dispose of Sharps correctly, please place them in Community Public Sharps bins at

  • Vernados Car Park, Little Barber Street (behind Bitter Suite Coffee Shop).
  • Water Pump Station Opposite Rugby Park on Wandobah Road.
  • Waste Management Facility 418 Quia Road Gunnedah.

Containers less then 1.4litres are acceptable for these bins.

Location of bins is not permanent.

Single use bins are located at:

  • Brocks court, Wolseley Park (mounted on toilet block)
  • Mornington Park, Anzac Parade (mounted on toilet block)
  • Gunnedah Community Health
  • Gunnedah Hospital
  • Hagley/Osmond Chemist
  • Karen Carter Chemist
  • O’Keefe Pavilion in Wolseley park.
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Upcoming Workshops for Small Business Owners

Unleashing Innovation
'Bringing Ideas to life - from shoestring through to growth'

Every business is for sale, it is simply a matter of price!!

Business growth can be achieved by organic growth or by acquisition. Acquisitions is the quickest way to grow a business (if done right) Is your target business for sale?

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a brief outline of financing options and capital structures, covering the following topics:

  • Overview of Financial Products
  • Overview of Debt Financing options
  • Overview of Equity Financing options
  • Consideration of Other Alternatives
  • What to Use and When
  • An overview of cost effective resources from start ups

View the Business Connect Flyer below.

To Register or for more information:
www.nortecsmallbiz.org/ or call 02 6685 5000

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Gunnedah Shire Council has endorsed the draft version of the Community Strategic Plan and the document, as well as the Delivery Program and Operational Plan are currently on Exhibition, with Council receiving submissions in relation to the documents until 5.00pm Thursday 15 June.

Council recently completed a wide range of engagement activities to understand the community’s vision for the Gunnedah Shire, now, and into the future. The feedback, discussions and concerns that were raised have been considered and have helped guide many of the key themes that are represented in the plan.

“We’re excited to present a plan that has been developed in consultation with the community. Some examples of key initiatives presented include a water equalisation proposal, shade cloths installation in parks, a reduction in fees and charges for community groups using the Town Hall and Civic, beautification of the entrances to town and the villages. It’s really important that the community have a look at the plan and make a submission, as this plan will be in place for a four year term before it is reviewed,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Director of Business Systems and Governance Colin Formann said.

“We’ve worked really hard to engage the community to listen and understand your ideas for the Gunnedah Shire. While there some common themes, we also received representation from a diverse number of community members groups, which has been fantastic. Council has worked to ensure that we’ve taken a balanced approach to considering all the different ideas that were presented. We want to say a huge thankyou to everyone who has participated, “Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“However, there’s still time for your to have your say. It’s really important we get this right- so please take some time to review the document and make a submission should you have anything you’d like considered. The plan brings community groups and other tiers of Government together, so we’re all working toward a shared vision for the future of our community,“ he concluded.

For more information including all the other ways you can have your say, visit www.infogunnedah.com.au or give us a call on 02 6740 2100.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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RECYCLING COLLECTION - GUNNEDAH
Monday 12 June 2017
Collection will be on Tuesday 13 June 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Monday evening as collection will begin early on Tuesday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CURLEWIS
Monday 12 June 2017
Collection will be on Wednesday 14 June 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Tuesday evening as collection will begin early on Wednesday.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the Recycling collection over the long weekend period please contact RECYCLIT on 67421522.

THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO THE HOUSEHOLD WASTE AND GREENWASTE COLLECTION

Please ensure bins are placed out the night before collection date, as contractors are not obliged to accept late bins. If you have any enquiries regarding these changes please contact Council’s Customer Services Team on 6740 2100

Eric Groth
General Manager

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Crime Prevention Working Group recently undertook a walking tour of the closed circuit television (CCTV) network in the Gunnedah CBD. The tour was conducted to revisit and review the current locations of cameras and to determine future approaches to maintaining and expanding the network.

Undertaking the tour were members of the Working Group including Chair Cr Colleen Fuller, Mayor Jaimie Chaffey, Cr David Moses, Cr John Campbell, Cr Murray O’Keefe, Inspector Michael Wurth, Senior Constable Damian Wood, Director Planning & Environmental Services Andrew Johns, Council’s, Information Services Manager Wayne Somerville, and Community and Social Planner Debra Hilton.

Council currently has 17 CCTV cameras located throughout the western end of the CBD and recently obtained $44,582 under a Safer Streets Programme grant from the Australian Government to extend the network to the eastern end of the CBD entertainment and shopping precincts, with Council contributing a further $10,000 to the project
“The walking tour’s aim was to finalise the locations under the scope of this project, but it also presented a perfect opportunity to review the existing network to identify gaps and potential for further CCTV installations” Working Group Chair Cr Fuller said.

“Council is committed to supporting local businesses and entertainment venues through the reduction of street crime, illicit activity and anti-social behaviour in the CBD, and by assisting Police with quality footage that facilitates the early apprehension of offenders. Adopting a strategic planning approach with consideration to the next 5-10 years makes good financial sense” Mayor Jaimie Chaffey said.

“It is important that we get the infrastructure right first, as this will reduce costs for Council and the ratepayer down the track, provide us with the flexibility and portability to expand the network across a number of stages, and ensure our maintenance burden is kept to a minimal” he concluded.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Access Working Group and concerned community members staged an awareness raising event in Conadilly Street on Sunday, 21 May to highlight the issue of inappropriate use of designated access bays in Gunnedah.

Using wheelchairs parked in non-designated bays, each carried a sign to indicate that 'Laziness is not a disability'. Each sign was accompanied by a range of common excuses such as, ‘But it’s close, I will only be 5 minutes, Nobody is using it, I don't care and Oops’.
"The event was staged as a result of feedback from frustrated parents, carers and the disability support sector during the development of the Gunnedah Shire Disability Inclusion Action Plan”, said Working Group Chairperson Councillor Ann Luke.

“We hope to highlight that designated access bays are allocated specifically for those who have a legitimate disability or impairment, and who display a NSW Mobility Parking Scheme Permit or an Australian Disability Parking Permit on their vehicle”.

"This initiative is the first of many to be undertaken by the Access Working Group which has recently reconvened to strengthen Council's commitment to access and inclusion, and to support the delivery of the Shire's Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021" she concluded.

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Members of the Gunnedah Shire Council Access Working Group include: Cr Ann Luke (Chair), Gerard McDonald (Community member), Julie Frend (Community member), Rebecca Dridan (Community Member), Peter Jones (Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce & Industry), Sharne Turpin (GS Kidd Memorial School), and Steve Betts (House with No Steps). Council staff include: Andrew Johns, Debra Hilton, Kate Mackley and Richard Baxter.

If you would like more information about the Access Working Group or the Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 contact Debra Hilton, Council’s Community and Social Planner on 02 6740 2100 or email council@infogunnedah.com.au.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ is the book that will unite Australia for the 2017 National Simultaneous Storytime. 3500 libraries, schools and childcare centres across Australia will participate in synchronised reading at 11.00am on Wednesday 24, May to celebrate Australian authors and promote early childhood literacy.

Gunnedah Shire Library’s event is set to be exciting, as they have taken leadership of the Gunnedah chapter of ‘Paint the Town REaD’ and will launch the program at their National Simultaneous Storytime event.

The Library is renowned for their amazing decorations and imaginative take on themed months, and true to form those attending will be introduced to the REaD Egg, a magical egg which only grows if it’s read to.

‘Paint the Town REaD is a great initiative, and the library is proud to be stepping up to lead it. We are passionate about reading, and early literacy skills are crucial for a child’s development. Making reading fun and interactive is a great way to engage children, and developing those skills early will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of reading,’ Gunnedah Shire Council’s Paint the Town REaD Co ordinator Liz Ironmonger said.

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Councillor Anne Luke will lead the library’s official Simultaneous Storytime reading kicking off at 11.00am, which will be followed by a presentation of 1000 Books Before School Certificates for children who have achieved this impressive reading milestone.

For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime or to be involved with Paint the Town REaD contact Gunnedah Shire Library on 6740 2190.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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WORKSHOPS WITH GOMEROI ARTIST - JACK CONLON

Arts workshops with Jack Conlon- Schools or Service Providers pay $300.00 and supply materials for 2 x 3 Hour Sessions for young people to work with Gomeroi Artist, Jack Conlon Creating art works to exhibit In the Gunnedah Creative Arts Gallery for NAIDOC Exhibition, 2017

POSTER COMPETITION

The Winner will have their image used for all publicity for the NAIDOC Art Exhibition & $100.00 Prize Money – Judged by local Gunnedah Aboriginal Artists. Submissions due by 5.00pm - Friday, 2nd June 2017 at VIC, Chandos Street.

MEDIA AND VIDEO PROJECT

Video and Media Project - Everybody is asked to record themselves and others on their phones, Speaking language or saying “Our Language Matters” - Please send all submissions to laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au for a short film to be created and projected during the NAIDOC Exhibition 2017 - All submissions by 5.00pm – Friday, 2nd June 2017.

FREE DANCE CREW WITH KARWIN KNOX

Monday – Friday, 19th - 30th June 2017
2.00pm to 3.00pm – Winanga-Le Early Learning Child and Family Centre
3.30pm to 4.30pm – School students from all schools and high schools @ Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio
4.30pm to 5.30pm – Community members @ Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio

OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT

Calling for artworks to be submitted to Exhibit In The NAIDOC Exhibition at the Gunnedah Creative Arts Gallery. Artworks that celebrate, share and reflect Indigenous Australian Culture, open to all age. Submissions due by Friday, 16th June 2017 at the VIC, Chandos Street Gunnedah – Official Opening of Exhibition will be held on Friday, 7th July 2017.

For any enquires please call Gunnedah Shire Council's Arts and Cultural Officer , Lauren Mackley 02 6740 2100 or email laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au 

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The Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan 2017/18 for Gunnedah Shire Council is officially placed on public exhibition and Council will receive submissions in relation to the documents up until 5:00pm Thursday 15 June 2017.

The documents will be available for viewing at the Council Administration Building, Library, Community Care Centre and Visitor Information Centre. Alternately the documents can be downloaded from Council’s website below:

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This is an opportunity for members of the public to lodge submissions in relation to the items considered and strategies applied in the Draft Community Strategic Plan and Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan. Council will meet again on Wednesday 21 June 2017 to consider all submissions, formally adopt the documents.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Council on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair is asking people to splash some colour on a nail this week to help improve awareness around food allergies and the risk they pose.

Mr Blair said a key component to reducing risk is making people allergy aware - one way of doing this is to paint a nail to represent the one in ten babies born in Australia with a food allergy.

"That statistic alone shows how important this issue is for the entire community, allergy awareness is everyone’s responsibility.

"Some food allergies can range from being merely unpleasant and inconvenient but sadly in the worst cases they can be fatal.

"More than half a million Australians manage the difficulties that come with a food allergy every day.

"Keep an eye out for a splash of colour on people’s fingernails this week – it’s a simple way to help raise awareness and support people with a food allergy right across our State."

The NSW Food Authority is the key front line agency and plays a vital role in educating both industry and consumers when it comes to food allergies.

In NSW, all food businesses are required to provide information about the most common allergens, gluten and sulphites through correct labelling and information.

Food Allergy Week 2017 runs from 14-20 May. People can access information and resources from www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au

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Expressions of Interest are now being called from suitably qualified consultants to provide internal audit services. The consultant will be required to revise the 2014 – 2017 internal audit plan and provide internal audit services as per the revised plan.

Further information can be obtained below or by contacting Colin Formann, Executive Manager Business Systems and Governance on 6740 2111.

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Expressions of Interest should be directed to the General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah or to council@infogunnedah.com.au by close of business on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Eric Groth
General Manager
Gunnedah Shire Council

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Don’t miss your chance to nominate a local legend to carry the Queen’s Baton when it visits Gunnedah next year.

Batonbearer nominations are open for everyday Australians to be part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).

Across Australia, 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR.Starting on 25 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton will travel for 100 days in Australia, visiting Gunnedah on Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

Nominate someone today for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so their achievements don’t go unrecognised.

The GC2018 QBR will be the longest and most engaging in history, visiting communities large, small, urban and regional, giving everyone the opportunity to be part of Australian sporting history.

Batonbearers must be nominated by someone else and nominees must accept their nomination to be considered for the role. It is important to remember that each nomination is judged on merit and all face the judging panel at the same time, so there is still plenty of opportunity to get your nominations in.

“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Gunnedah to the world and I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

Batonbearer nominations are open until 11:59pm AEST on 15 May 2017 at https://www.gc2018.com/qbr and don’t forget to check your email to see if you have been nominated.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or
  • Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or
  • Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or
  • Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
  • Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and
  • Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018)

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Arts North West and Accessible Arts NSW will be celebrating the launch of Enabling Community Creativity: A Regional Disability Resource at the Civic Centre Gunnedah on 22 May 2017.

Enabling Community Creativity: A Regional Disability Resource Manual is the direct result of The Heading West Project, a strategic two year partnership between Arts North West, Arts Northern Rivers (regional arts development organisations) and Accessible Arts NSW. This resource manual is a how-to-guide to deliver arts and disability projects and events in regional Australia including project development, marketing, and accessibility plans. It comprises step-by-step processes, templates, resources as well as a number of case studies to assist organisations and individuals to develop their own arts and disability events in their communities.

Everyone is invited to come along, participate in an inclusive art activity, and create a nature photo print and frame. All materials and morning tea provided.

Enabling Community Creativity   A Regional Disability Resource

WHEN:
11:00am – 1:00 pm Monday 22 May 2017

WHERE:
Creative Arts Centre, 81 Chandos Street
Gunnedah.

The Creative Arts Centre is an accessible venue.

COST:
Free

Further enquiries, please contact Arts North West via email office@artsnw.com.au, phone 67324988 or visit the website www.artsnw.com.au for more information.

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BE PART OF THE ACTION.
GIVE SOMEONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE DREAM!

Batonbearers will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.

A Batonbearer will share the dream and carry with pride the spirit of the Games embracing the diversity and values of the Commonwealth. They will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.

Nomination & Selection Criteria

We are looking for people of all abilities to share the dream and become a Batonbearer for the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay. A Batonbearer is someone who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary.
  • Has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community.
  • Has excelled, or aspires to excel athletically or personally.
  • Who contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.
  • The minimum age of a Batonbearer is 10 years old as at 25 December 2017 (the start date of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Australia).
  • To nominate, explain in 100 words or less how the nominee (the person being nominated) meets one or more of the selection criteria and why they should have an opportunity to carry the Queen's Baton.
  • Nominees must be an Australian Citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

What you will need to nominate someone

If you are under 18, you will need to confirm you have obtained parent/guardian consent to make a nomination. You will also be asked to accept the nominator terms and conditions.

For further information on the nomination and selection process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.
Read more on how the Queen’s Baton Relay supports our GC2018 Reconciliation Plan.

Nominations must be made on or before 15 May 2017 (Nomination Due Date)
#GC2018

https://www.gc2018.com/qbr/nominate 

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