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Gunnedah Shire Council is proud to announce renowned Walcha artist Linda Lockyer will be exhibiting her collection of works entitled ‘Country Meets Coast’ at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery this May.

Lockyer’s works investigate contrasting environments; ‘Country Meets Coast’ highlights her connection to two very different geographical places, The New England Ranges and beyond, in contrast to the coastal region of Camden Haven. Lockyer uses her canvas as a recording of her own perceptions of a particular place at a particular time, painted in her own distinct style.

“I feel a great sense of oneness with the ocean and the coast which I frequent often, and I love breathtaking scenes like the gorge country in which I live. Painting allows me to express all of my emotions fully” said Lockyer

Lockyer’s artworks are predominantly abstract using colours and rich texture, often using spatulas as well as brushes and varying types of cloth and sponges to apply the paint to canvas. Her paintings are colourful, textured and reflect her love of the Australian lifestyle and landscape.

“Colour, texture and form are very important tools of expression and can therefore record life experiences very differently to descriptions in words”. Lockyer said.

Her first solo exhibition was held in Sydney at Shepherd St Gallery, Chippendale in 2012. Since then, Linda has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie and NERAM with recent solo shows at Ray Walsh House (Tamworth Regional Gallery) and regular solo shows at The Armidale Art Gallery.

The Official Opening will be held at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 6:00 pm on Friday 5 May 2017. The exhibition will continue until the Sunday 28 May, 2017.

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From everyone at Gunnedah Shire Council, we’d like to wish you, your family and friends a happy and safe Easter break.

Please see our Easter Operating Hours below.

Should you need urgent assistance on the days we are closed, please phone our afterhours service on 02 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is proud to announce three of the comedic acts coming to town for the Gunnedah leg of The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow of 2017.

Australian Comedian Daniel Connell will be gracing our stage with his laid back Aussie humour. The man of very few words has been dubbed ‘one to watch’ on the Australian Comedy circuit by The Age. A performer not to be missed, Daniel’s commentary on life will have you sniggering and giggling.

David Quirk is a stand-up comedian based in Melbourne. In 2006, David was a state finalist in Triple J’s ‘Raw Comedy’ competition, and in 2007, made his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut and has since performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Quirk by name and by nature, his act has been reviewed as “An intelligent hour of comedy that is both funny and philosophical, full of uncomfortable truths, black humour, and brutal honesty."

Adam Hess is a big name from the UK, having received the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2011 and been nominated for best newcomer award at the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He has been screened on The BBC, Comedy Up Late and Comedy Central. His credentials include his First Aid Training and ability to moon walk. This cheeky guy from London will have you roaring with laughter.

Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!

Ticket purchases are available online at www.thecivic.com.au. Just follow the ‘Book now’ link or purchase in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or The Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any enquiries call (02) 67 402 100.

Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 16 years or older.

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The ANZAC flags have been raised throughout Gunnedah, as ANZAC Day is soon upon us.
Numerous free events have been organised by dedicated community groups, for everyone to pay tribute to those fallen and those who have offered their lives for our country.

ANZAC Tribute Concert
On the evening of Monday 24th April, the Gunnedah Shire ANZAC Working Group will hold a free community 'ANZAC Tribute Concert' at sunset on Pensioners Hill Lookout.
Gunnedah's award winning Shire Band and artists from the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music will come together and entertain the audience with music and songs from across the hundred years of ANZAC tradition. Bring a rug or chair, relax and enjoy the delightful sounds whilst watching the sun go down. Feel free to bring a picnic basket or purchase an easy BBQ dinner from Gunnedah West Rotary Club. The Tribute Concert will begin at 5:00 pm and is due to finish by 7:30 pm.
For those who require transport to Pensioners Hill for the performance, please call Gunnedah Shire Council on (02) 67 402 100 and your name will be collected to finalise transport arrangements. A four seater golf-cart will also be available to transport the elderly and those with limited mobility from the car-park to the venue and return.
If the weather prevents the outdoor performance going ahead the concert will move to the Band Hall, in ANZAC Park.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service
On Tuesday 25 April, ANZAC Day, The Gunnedah RSL Sub Branch has organised the official commemorative proceedings for ANZAC Day 2017.
The Dawn Service begins at 5:30 am at the Cenotaph Memorial on Conadilly Street, with Gunnedah Salvation Army Officer, Richard Day, leading the prayers of the ceremony.

ANZAC Day March and Mid-Morning Service
The ANZAC Day March will begin at 10:30 am, proceeding from Marquis Street and will continue down Conadilly Street. The official service begins at 11:00 am at the Cenotaph Memorial on the corner of Elgin Street and Conadilly Street. Official prayers will be led by Anglican Minister, Scott Dunlop.
The assembly point for the march will be the corner of Marquis and Elgin Street, outside Mitre 10 from 10:00 am. The Veterans Cars will be leading the procession at 10:30 am and the official Anzac Day March will proceed following the vehicles.

Gunnedah Watertower Museum
The Gunnedah Watertower Museum is offering free entry into the newly completed Bill Clegg Military Display from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance our understanding of Gunnedah’s military and community history.
“Everyone in our community is invited and encouraged to participate in the ANZAC Day ceremonies and events. ANZAC Day is the day we recognise the effects of wartime involvement and the sacrifices of our soldiers, veterans and their families for our country. We hope our community can be united and show our support and pay tribute to our ANZAC’s and the role Service men and Service women have played in defending our nation of the last 103 years” Councillor and Chair of the Gunnedah Shire Council ANZAC Working Group, Owen Hasler said.

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Water Quality Officer, Brock Stone, received two prestigious awards at the 11th Annual NSW Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition held by the Water Industry Operators Association’s (WIOA) held in Canberra last week.

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) is a national Association with a primary role of facilitating the collection, development and exchange of quality information between people undertaking operational roles in the water industry.

Over 700 individuals attended the event, where more than thirty presentations were delivered over two days by engineers, water and wastewater treatment plant operators, scientists and industry representatives.

Attendees discussed a wide range of issues to benefit personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure. Mr Stone presented his paper entitled ‘Curlewis Pump Station Upgrade.’

His paper was extremely well received and went on to win two awards - ‘Best Paper by an Operator’ and ‘Best Paper Overall’. Best Paper by an Operator is an award offered as an incentive to encourage “grass roots” operational staff to share their knowledge and experience and ‘ Best Paper overall’ is an Open category award with all Platform paper presenters eligible to win, so it is extremely impressive for Mr Stone to win both awards.

“I’d really like to congratulate Brock on his achievements. It’s a significant accomplishment and further displays Brock’s dedication, firstly in completing the pump station upgrade in a professional manner, and then followed by the initiative to prepare a paper and present it to his peers within the industry. The awards were thoroughly deserved and the paper was very well done,” Council’s Manager of Water Services, Kevin Sheridan said.

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At the November Council Meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to offer up to $100,000 funding over twelve months for the Gunnedah Waterways Wildlife Park. The funds were proposed to cover up to $75,000 for the appointment of a Wildlife Park Manager, and up to $25,000 for the accommodation of the manager who would be instituted at the park as part of a strategic plan to improve compliance and enable the park to remain open now and into the future.

The park has been experiencing difficulty for some time and Council has been working closely with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Smalls to navigate an outcome that ensures the park will stay open. The DPI is seeking a number of extensive changes to park operations which would be required to ensure compliance with State regulations and to secure the long term viability of the Park.

One of the outcomes being sought by the DPI included the handing over of day-to-day operations of the park which resulted in Council’s offer of assistance to fund a park manager position. Subsequently the Smalls have decided to decline Council’s offer and are now pursuing another option, which involves them directly negotiating terms with the DPI.

“The Gunnedah community have been behind Mr and Mrs Small the whole way. Over the years, they have worked tirelessly and our community has benefitted greatly because of their efforts. I completely understand and respect the right of Nancy and Col to determine the future of their park.

Handing over management of the park would be difficult for anyone in their position. However, the engagement of a Park Manager would seem to be one of the key changes being sought by the DPI, which was the reason Council offered the funding” Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“The Waterways Wildlife Park, and the volunteers that run it, are assets to our community and I remain supportive as the fight continues to keep the doors open,” he concluded.

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EASTER LONG WEEKEND 2017

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CARROLL
Friday 14 April 2017
Collection will be on Thursday 13 April 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Wednesday evening as collection will begin early on Thursday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - GUNNEDAH
Friday 14 April 2017
Collection will be on Thursday 13 April 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Wednesday evening as collection will begin early on Thursday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CURLEWIS
Monday 17 April 2017
Collection will be on Wednesday 19 April 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Tuesday evening as collection will begin early on Wednesday.

ANZAC DAY 2017

RECYCLING COLLECTION - GUNNEDAH
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Collection will be on Monday 24 April 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Sunday evening as collection will begin early on Monday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CURLEWIS
Monday 24 April 2017
Collection will be on Wednesday 26 April 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 Easter and ANZAC period, please contact RECYCLIT on 6742 1522

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
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Buckle up Gunnedah, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road, and coming to Gunnedah to deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival.

With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow has got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from; stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show.

Last year was just such a hit, the Festival is back by popular demand. A Busload of intrepid entertainers has set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land and they will be pulling into Gunnedah to make your sides split and your ribs hurt from laughter. Doors Open at 7:00 pm on Thursday the 15th of June, 2017 at the Gunnedah Town Hall with a cash bar and nibbles available on the night.

Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!

Ticket purchases are available online at www.thecivic.com.au (just follow the Book now link) or in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or The Gunnedah Shire Council Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any enquiries call (02) 67 402 100.

Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 16 years or older.

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It’s time to take stock, see if we are on the right track and update the Gunnedah Shire Community Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP brings community groups and other tiers of Government together, so we’re all working towards a shared vision for the future of our community.

To tell us what you value about living in Gunnedah and what you would like to improve in the Gunnedah Shire, a community workshop will be held on Monday 3 April 2017 in the Smithurst Theatre commencing 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

This is an opportunity for you to share your priorities and ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now and into the future.

Enquiries should be directed to our Customer Service Team on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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The Gunnedah Shire ANZAC Working Group have announced that their first ANZAC Commemorative event planned for 2017 is to be an “ANZAC TRIBUTE CONCERT” to be performed on Pensioners Hill on Monday evening , 24th April., ANZAC Day eve.

“We are very pleased that our award winning Gunnedah Shire Band have agreed to combine with artists from the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music to provide a tribute concert featuring music and songs from across the hundred years of ANZAC tradition,” stated ANZAC Working Group chairman, Clr Owen Hasler.

“We think that this will be a memorable event with some very emotive songs performed with the backdrop of Gunnedah below the audience as the sun sets over the town, ensuring a spectacular scene,” continued Clr Hasler.

“The Shire Band presented many of their tunes during their trip to the Western Front towns of France in 2013 receiving much acclaim and I am sure they will love to perform some of these tunes before a “home” crowd. The Conservatorium artists wooed the guests at last years ‘ The Music Of War and Peacetime” concerts so we believe we are in for another outstanding show.”

The Rotary Club of Gunnedah West will be selling sausage sandwiches and cool drinks during the performance, and people are also encouraged to bring a picnic hamper if they wish.

Limited seating will be supplied so attendees are encouraged to bring their picnic rugs or camping chairs in order to ensure they have a comfortable seat from which to watch the show.

There is limited parking in the area we are hoping to have a small shuttle bus service in operation -with pick up and drop off points yet to be notified. Extra porta loos will be also be provided to assist those with limited mobility.
“I am sure it will be a night to enjoy and remember” Clr Hasler concluded.

Further information about the event including a wet weather plan will be provided over coming weeks.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is encouraging residents not to be ‘tossers’ by taking responsibility for their rubbish and either putting it in a bin or taking it with them.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Manager of Building and Environment, Blake O’Mullane said that from this week, the Hey Tosser! state wide marketing campaign will roll out across the state, on TV, radio, social media, billboards, and newspapers to remind people that throwing your rubbish anywhere other than in a bin is unacceptable.

“The objectives of the Hey Tosser! litter campaign are to drive a change in social norms around litter by raising awareness about littering and its impacts, and reducing littering behaviour,” Mr O’Mullane said.

“Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our public spaces less safe. Litter is not just unsightly – it’s also very costly. More than $180 million a year is spent managing litter in NSW. Our Council commits a significant amount of resources to managing litter in our region. Money that could be much better spent for the community elsewhere.”

Research consistently identi¬fies littering as an area of concern across NSW. The Hey Tosser! Campaign is part of the NSW State Government’s comprehensive anti-littering program that aims to reduce litter by sending a clear message that littering is unacceptable.

This timing of the current campaign will leverage the increase in travel during School Holidays, Easter and the Anzac long weekend period and focus on highways and driving to raise awareness about reporting littering from vehicles.

More information about the campaign is at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/heytosser.

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National Youth Week 2017 is fast approaching and Gunnedah Shire Council is calling for young people between the ages of 5 to 25 years to submit art works for the 2017 Youth Week Exhibition.

The theme for Youth Week, 2017 is ‘Be here, Be heard!’ and the exhibition is a chance for youth in Gunnedah to explore their creativity and demonstrate to the community just how creative, talented and imaginative our young people really are.

“This is an opportunity many artists dream of; to have artworks on exhibition in a professional gallery from a young age. I encourage any young people in the Gunnedah Shire to come along and contribute to a wonderful show that will boast the diverse talents of young people in our region,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.

Submissions by individuals, collectives, groups and organisations are encouraged. ‘Artist Submission forms’ are available below, on our website www.thecivic.com.au or can be picked up from The Visitor Information Centre or Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. 

For any further information please call (02) 67 402 100. Artworks and submissions are due at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 5:00 pm Friday, 31 March 2017. All entries are free. See you there. WARNING:Young people being creative!

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Notice is hereby given of the exhibition of draft Gunnedah Smoke-free Environment Policy.

The policy aims to identify indoor and outdoor smoke-free areas regulated by the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 as well as establish a smoke-free zone (including e-cigarettes) within a portion of the Gunnedah Central Business District. The specified area will include all of Conadilly Street between Henry Street and Tempest Street, and will incorporate the walkway to any public carpark within this area.

The draft policy will be publicly exhibited for a period of forty two (42) days from 22 February 2017 to 5 April 2017. The draft policy is viewable online under the Draft Plans & Exhibitions page and also at Council’s Administration Building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Any person wishing to comment on the draft policy may do so in writing, with submissions to be received by no later than 5:00pm, 5 April 2017.

Any submission should be addressed to: Eric Groth, General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380.

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At the November Council Meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to offer up to $100,000 funding over twelve months for the Gunnedah Waterways Wildlife Park. The funds are proposed to cover up to $75,000 for the appointment of a Wildlife Park Manager, and up to $25,000 for the accommodation of the manager who will be instituted at the park as part of a strategic plan to improve compliance and enable the park to remain open now and into the future.

The park has been experiencing difficulty for some time and Council has been working closely with the DPI and the Smalls to navigate an outcome to ensure the park stays open. Friends of the Wildlife Park will meet with representatives from Council, Featherdale Wildlife Park and the DPI on Monday evening to discuss logistics and determine how the park will operate under the new structure.

“This is such a great outcome. The Smalls, along with Friends of the Wildlife Park have done a wonderful job of providing this facility for the community for many years. It really is such an asset to our community- from both an educational and tourism standpoint. We are very pleased that Council can work together with Nancy and Col and the DPI, so that the Park will remain open for future generations to enjoy.” Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“We are pleased to be working collectively with Nancy and Colin Small, Friends of Waterways Wildlife Park Inc., Featherdale Wildlife Park, and Gunnedah Shire Council in an effort to ensure the viability of the Park into the future” said Peter Day, Director, Biosecurity and & Food Safety Compliance, Department Primary Industries NSW.

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Gunnedah Shire Council reviewed the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities Policy for Mayor and Councillors and hereby places the draft policy on public exhibition in accordance with Section 253 Local Government Act 1993.

Council calls for public submissions in relation to the policy up to 5:00pm Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The policy is on display at Council Administration Building or available on Council’s website www.infogunnedah.com.au. You can also view the draft policy below:

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

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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During February, March and April, Gunnedah Shire Council is rolling out a series of community engagement activities that will assist in the update for the Community Strategic Plan (CSP).

Four years ago Council worked alongside the local community to develop our Community Strategic Plan. Since then, our community has seen many changes and it’s time to take stock, see if we’re on the right track and update the plan.

To get started, we want to hear from all community members so that we can understand your priorities and ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now and into the future.

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.

WAYS TO BE INVOLVED

Postcards
Keep an eye out in your mailbox over the next couple of weeks- you will be receiving a ‘Postcard to the Mayor’. This is a place to put some of your big ideas for the Gunnedah Shire. Let us know what you like best about living here, and what you’d like to see improve. Its reply paid, so just post it back. If snail mail isn’t your thing- there is an online version of the survey located here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/XXXYBQR 

Community Vision Board
On Saturday 4th March and Wednesday 8th March head down to the Smithurst Theatre court yard and you’ll find a huge community vision board. You can get involved by adding your own stamp and contributing to a collection of ideas for the future in Gunnedah.

Youth Video Project
Our Youth Development Officer and Youth Council are leading the charge with a Youth based video project. During the week of the 6-10th March, they will have a videographer in tow and will be visiting schools and approaching young people around town to ask them what we should prioritise for the future. There will also be a community wide video being filmed at the same time. If you’re a young person aged 12-25 and would like to be involved in the production, please get in contact with our Youth Development officer by calling 67402100.

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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GoCo and The Salvation Army are making morning tea memorable with a tea party in the new Salvation Army Hall in Tempest St. On the third Tuesday of each month, GoCo and The Salvation Army are putting on a spread of scones and sandwiches, providing a social outing that won’t break the bank.

“We have a fantastic new venue, and we want to create a space for people to come and socialize,” Major Gaye Day of The Salvation Army said. “Gunnedah has lots of people who are keen to make new friends and connect with community groups. The Tea Party in Tempest Street will bring people together.”

A Tea Party in Tempest Street will be held in the Salvation Army Hall from 10.30 am on the third Tuesday of each month. A bus will be available for transport. For more information contact Major Gaye Day on 0407 034 604, follow GoCo on the Go Community Care on Facebook, or drop into the GoCo office at 80 Marquis St.

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The NSW Government has agreed to develop water resource plans as part of implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012 (the Basin Plan). The Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan is currently being developed and covers all surface water in the Namoi Valley.

The Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan Status and Issues Paper summarises the status of surface water resources and issues that DPI Water will consider when developing the Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan. Additional issues raised during submission and consultation periods will be considered during the development process.

Copies of the Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan Status and Issues Paper can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Namoi Water Shop 3, 69 Maitland Street, Narrabri.
  • Wee Waa Library Cnr Rose and George Street, Wee Waa.
  • North West Local Land Services (Walgett) 75 Fox Street, Walgett.
  • North West Local Land Services (Gunnedah) 35-37 Abbott Street, Gunnedah.
  • Tamworth Regional Council Ray Walsh House 437 Peel Street, Tamworth.
  • Liverpool Plains Shire 60 Station Street, Quirindi.

Alternatively, phone 1800 316 778 to arrange for a copy to be posted.

HAVE YOUR SAY

DPI Water invites Namoi stakeholders, particularly surface water users, to comment on this Status and Issues Paper.

Stakeholders may submit feedback via email or post:

DPI Water will acknowledge all submissions in writing.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is excited to announce that acclaimed short film director Eddy Bell will be officially opening 2017 Flickerfest in Gunnedah this Sunday, 26 February at The Civic.

Flickerfest 2017 is a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Mr Bell’s short film ‘I’m Banksy’ was hand-picked from the festival’s 2400 entries as one of the finalists in the Best of Australian Shorts. The film is a delightful tongue in cheek satire about Raymond Banks ‘An 8-year old climate change alarmist who’s out to bring down the family business.’

Mr Bell has been awarded an impressive number of accolades for his work including Cannes Young Director Award, Australian Director's Guild Award, the Panavision and Orloff Trust Award for Best Screenplay, the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director (Short Film) at the Sydney Film Festival, Best Australian Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Best Australian Short film at Flickerfest and most recently the Craft Award at St Kilda Film Festival.

“We’re really excited that Mr Bell is joining us to open our Flickerfest screening. The preview for his film ‘I’m Raymond’ looks hilarious and very spirited. This is a great opportunity for anyone, particularly film buffs, to come along and see the work of some of the world’s best short film makers. We are also very lucky to have one of Australia’s best talents in film making joining us for the occasion.” Gunnedah Shire Council Lauren Mackley said.

The Civic will screen two sessions on Sunday- the Best of Australian Shorts program along with the Short Laughs Comedy program. Tickets are $35 and include both sessions plus drinks and canapés. Doors open at 4.00pm.

Tickets are limited so book your tickets online at www.thecivic.com.au or in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or Council’s Administration building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah
For any further information, please contact The Civic on 6742 0633

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Fresh tenders for the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex Upgrade Project will be sought after only one tender was received for the $7.8 million project.

At last night’s meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council decided to seek fresh tenders and quotations for the proposed works from suitably qualified contractors for the works outside the standard tender process. The lack of competitive tenders and the need to obtain the best value for money for the community were cited as reasons for not accepting the tender received.

General Manager, Eric Groth said Council would now source prices from appropriately qualified contractors for the project.

“Council’s decision means we are able to negotiate with contractors and evaluate quotations for individual elements of the project to ensure that the community receives a quality outcome at the best price” Mr Groth said.

Council’s Architect’s GHD and the project management team will now directly seek quotations from construction firms and pool specialists for the works.

“New prices will be obtained for the overall project as well as specific construction elements to allow Council to fully evaluate the costs,” Mr Groth said.

It is anticipated that the new tendering and quotation process will take eight weeks to complete.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is proud to announce renowned Walcha artist Linda Lockyer will be exhibiting her collection of works entitled ‘Country Meets Coast’ at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery this May.

Lockyer’s works investigate contrasting environments; ‘Country Meets Coast’ highlights her connection to two very different geographical places, The New England Ranges and beyond, in contrast to the coastal region of Camden Haven. Lockyer uses her canvas as a recording of her own perceptions of a particular place at a particular time, painted in her own distinct style.

“I feel a great sense of oneness with the ocean and the coast which I frequent often, and I love breathtaking scenes like the gorge country in which I live. Painting allows me to express all of my emotions fully” said Lockyer

Lockyer’s artworks are predominantly abstract using colours and rich texture, often using spatulas as well as brushes and varying types of cloth and sponges to apply the paint to canvas. Her paintings are colourful, textured and reflect her love of the Australian lifestyle and landscape.

“Colour, texture and form are very important tools of expression and can therefore record life experiences very differently to descriptions in words”. Lockyer said.

Her first solo exhibition was held in Sydney at Shepherd St Gallery, Chippendale in 2012. Since then, Linda has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie and NERAM with recent solo shows at Ray Walsh House (Tamworth Regional Gallery) and regular solo shows at The Armidale Art Gallery.

The Official Opening will be held at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 6:00 pm on Friday 5 May 2017. The exhibition will continue until the Sunday 28 May, 2017.

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From everyone at Gunnedah Shire Council, we’d like to wish you, your family and friends a happy and safe Easter break.

Please see our Easter Operating Hours below.

Should you need urgent assistance on the days we are closed, please phone our afterhours service on 02 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is proud to announce three of the comedic acts coming to town for the Gunnedah leg of The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow of 2017.

Australian Comedian Daniel Connell will be gracing our stage with his laid back Aussie humour. The man of very few words has been dubbed ‘one to watch’ on the Australian Comedy circuit by The Age. A performer not to be missed, Daniel’s commentary on life will have you sniggering and giggling.

David Quirk is a stand-up comedian based in Melbourne. In 2006, David was a state finalist in Triple J’s ‘Raw Comedy’ competition, and in 2007, made his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut and has since performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Quirk by name and by nature, his act has been reviewed as “An intelligent hour of comedy that is both funny and philosophical, full of uncomfortable truths, black humour, and brutal honesty."

Adam Hess is a big name from the UK, having received the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2011 and been nominated for best newcomer award at the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He has been screened on The BBC, Comedy Up Late and Comedy Central. His credentials include his First Aid Training and ability to moon walk. This cheeky guy from London will have you roaring with laughter.

Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!

Ticket purchases are available online at www.thecivic.com.au. Just follow the ‘Book now’ link or purchase in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or The Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any enquiries call (02) 67 402 100.

Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 16 years or older.

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The ANZAC flags have been raised throughout Gunnedah, as ANZAC Day is soon upon us.
Numerous free events have been organised by dedicated community groups, for everyone to pay tribute to those fallen and those who have offered their lives for our country.

ANZAC Tribute Concert
On the evening of Monday 24th April, the Gunnedah Shire ANZAC Working Group will hold a free community 'ANZAC Tribute Concert' at sunset on Pensioners Hill Lookout.
Gunnedah's award winning Shire Band and artists from the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music will come together and entertain the audience with music and songs from across the hundred years of ANZAC tradition. Bring a rug or chair, relax and enjoy the delightful sounds whilst watching the sun go down. Feel free to bring a picnic basket or purchase an easy BBQ dinner from Gunnedah West Rotary Club. The Tribute Concert will begin at 5:00 pm and is due to finish by 7:30 pm.
For those who require transport to Pensioners Hill for the performance, please call Gunnedah Shire Council on (02) 67 402 100 and your name will be collected to finalise transport arrangements. A four seater golf-cart will also be available to transport the elderly and those with limited mobility from the car-park to the venue and return.
If the weather prevents the outdoor performance going ahead the concert will move to the Band Hall, in ANZAC Park.

ANZAC Day Dawn Service
On Tuesday 25 April, ANZAC Day, The Gunnedah RSL Sub Branch has organised the official commemorative proceedings for ANZAC Day 2017.
The Dawn Service begins at 5:30 am at the Cenotaph Memorial on Conadilly Street, with Gunnedah Salvation Army Officer, Richard Day, leading the prayers of the ceremony.

ANZAC Day March and Mid-Morning Service
The ANZAC Day March will begin at 10:30 am, proceeding from Marquis Street and will continue down Conadilly Street. The official service begins at 11:00 am at the Cenotaph Memorial on the corner of Elgin Street and Conadilly Street. Official prayers will be led by Anglican Minister, Scott Dunlop.
The assembly point for the march will be the corner of Marquis and Elgin Street, outside Mitre 10 from 10:00 am. The Veterans Cars will be leading the procession at 10:30 am and the official Anzac Day March will proceed following the vehicles.

Gunnedah Watertower Museum
The Gunnedah Watertower Museum is offering free entry into the newly completed Bill Clegg Military Display from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. This is an excellent opportunity to enhance our understanding of Gunnedah’s military and community history.
“Everyone in our community is invited and encouraged to participate in the ANZAC Day ceremonies and events. ANZAC Day is the day we recognise the effects of wartime involvement and the sacrifices of our soldiers, veterans and their families for our country. We hope our community can be united and show our support and pay tribute to our ANZAC’s and the role Service men and Service women have played in defending our nation of the last 103 years” Councillor and Chair of the Gunnedah Shire Council ANZAC Working Group, Owen Hasler said.

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Water Quality Officer, Brock Stone, received two prestigious awards at the 11th Annual NSW Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition held by the Water Industry Operators Association’s (WIOA) held in Canberra last week.

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) is a national Association with a primary role of facilitating the collection, development and exchange of quality information between people undertaking operational roles in the water industry.

Over 700 individuals attended the event, where more than thirty presentations were delivered over two days by engineers, water and wastewater treatment plant operators, scientists and industry representatives.

Attendees discussed a wide range of issues to benefit personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure. Mr Stone presented his paper entitled ‘Curlewis Pump Station Upgrade.’

His paper was extremely well received and went on to win two awards - ‘Best Paper by an Operator’ and ‘Best Paper Overall’. Best Paper by an Operator is an award offered as an incentive to encourage “grass roots” operational staff to share their knowledge and experience and ‘ Best Paper overall’ is an Open category award with all Platform paper presenters eligible to win, so it is extremely impressive for Mr Stone to win both awards.

“I’d really like to congratulate Brock on his achievements. It’s a significant accomplishment and further displays Brock’s dedication, firstly in completing the pump station upgrade in a professional manner, and then followed by the initiative to prepare a paper and present it to his peers within the industry. The awards were thoroughly deserved and the paper was very well done,” Council’s Manager of Water Services, Kevin Sheridan said.

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At the November Council Meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to offer up to $100,000 funding over twelve months for the Gunnedah Waterways Wildlife Park. The funds were proposed to cover up to $75,000 for the appointment of a Wildlife Park Manager, and up to $25,000 for the accommodation of the manager who would be instituted at the park as part of a strategic plan to improve compliance and enable the park to remain open now and into the future.

The park has been experiencing difficulty for some time and Council has been working closely with the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Smalls to navigate an outcome that ensures the park will stay open. The DPI is seeking a number of extensive changes to park operations which would be required to ensure compliance with State regulations and to secure the long term viability of the Park.

One of the outcomes being sought by the DPI included the handing over of day-to-day operations of the park which resulted in Council’s offer of assistance to fund a park manager position. Subsequently the Smalls have decided to decline Council’s offer and are now pursuing another option, which involves them directly negotiating terms with the DPI.

“The Gunnedah community have been behind Mr and Mrs Small the whole way. Over the years, they have worked tirelessly and our community has benefitted greatly because of their efforts. I completely understand and respect the right of Nancy and Col to determine the future of their park.

Handing over management of the park would be difficult for anyone in their position. However, the engagement of a Park Manager would seem to be one of the key changes being sought by the DPI, which was the reason Council offered the funding” Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“The Waterways Wildlife Park, and the volunteers that run it, are assets to our community and I remain supportive as the fight continues to keep the doors open,” he concluded.

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EASTER LONG WEEKEND 2017

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CARROLL
Friday 14 April 2017
Collection will be on Thursday 13 April 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Wednesday evening as collection will begin early on Thursday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - GUNNEDAH
Friday 14 April 2017
Collection will be on Thursday 13 April 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Wednesday evening as collection will begin early on Thursday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CURLEWIS
Monday 17 April 2017
Collection will be on Wednesday 19 April 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Tuesday evening as collection will begin early on Wednesday.

ANZAC DAY 2017

RECYCLING COLLECTION - GUNNEDAH
Tuesday 25 April 2017
Collection will be on Monday 24 April 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Sunday evening as collection will begin early on Monday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CURLEWIS
Monday 24 April 2017
Collection will be on Wednesday 26 April 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 Easter and ANZAC period, please contact RECYCLIT on 6742 1522

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

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Buckle up Gunnedah, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road, and coming to Gunnedah to deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival.

With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow has got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from; stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show.

Last year was just such a hit, the Festival is back by popular demand. A Busload of intrepid entertainers has set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land and they will be pulling into Gunnedah to make your sides split and your ribs hurt from laughter. Doors Open at 7:00 pm on Thursday the 15th of June, 2017 at the Gunnedah Town Hall with a cash bar and nibbles available on the night.

Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!

Ticket purchases are available online at www.thecivic.com.au (just follow the Book now link) or in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or The Gunnedah Shire Council Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any enquiries call (02) 67 402 100.

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It’s time to take stock, see if we are on the right track and update the Gunnedah Shire Community Strategic Plan (CSP). The CSP brings community groups and other tiers of Government together, so we’re all working towards a shared vision for the future of our community.

To tell us what you value about living in Gunnedah and what you would like to improve in the Gunnedah Shire, a community workshop will be held on Monday 3 April 2017 in the Smithurst Theatre commencing 5:30pm to 7:00pm.

This is an opportunity for you to share your priorities and ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now and into the future.

Enquiries should be directed to our Customer Service Team on 02 6740 2100.

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The Gunnedah Shire ANZAC Working Group have announced that their first ANZAC Commemorative event planned for 2017 is to be an “ANZAC TRIBUTE CONCERT” to be performed on Pensioners Hill on Monday evening , 24th April., ANZAC Day eve.

“We are very pleased that our award winning Gunnedah Shire Band have agreed to combine with artists from the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music to provide a tribute concert featuring music and songs from across the hundred years of ANZAC tradition,” stated ANZAC Working Group chairman, Clr Owen Hasler.

“We think that this will be a memorable event with some very emotive songs performed with the backdrop of Gunnedah below the audience as the sun sets over the town, ensuring a spectacular scene,” continued Clr Hasler.

“The Shire Band presented many of their tunes during their trip to the Western Front towns of France in 2013 receiving much acclaim and I am sure they will love to perform some of these tunes before a “home” crowd. The Conservatorium artists wooed the guests at last years ‘ The Music Of War and Peacetime” concerts so we believe we are in for another outstanding show.”

The Rotary Club of Gunnedah West will be selling sausage sandwiches and cool drinks during the performance, and people are also encouraged to bring a picnic hamper if they wish.

Limited seating will be supplied so attendees are encouraged to bring their picnic rugs or camping chairs in order to ensure they have a comfortable seat from which to watch the show.

There is limited parking in the area we are hoping to have a small shuttle bus service in operation -with pick up and drop off points yet to be notified. Extra porta loos will be also be provided to assist those with limited mobility.
“I am sure it will be a night to enjoy and remember” Clr Hasler concluded.

Further information about the event including a wet weather plan will be provided over coming weeks.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is encouraging residents not to be ‘tossers’ by taking responsibility for their rubbish and either putting it in a bin or taking it with them.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Manager of Building and Environment, Blake O’Mullane said that from this week, the Hey Tosser! state wide marketing campaign will roll out across the state, on TV, radio, social media, billboards, and newspapers to remind people that throwing your rubbish anywhere other than in a bin is unacceptable.

“The objectives of the Hey Tosser! litter campaign are to drive a change in social norms around litter by raising awareness about littering and its impacts, and reducing littering behaviour,” Mr O’Mullane said.

“Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our public spaces less safe. Litter is not just unsightly – it’s also very costly. More than $180 million a year is spent managing litter in NSW. Our Council commits a significant amount of resources to managing litter in our region. Money that could be much better spent for the community elsewhere.”

Research consistently identi¬fies littering as an area of concern across NSW. The Hey Tosser! Campaign is part of the NSW State Government’s comprehensive anti-littering program that aims to reduce litter by sending a clear message that littering is unacceptable.

This timing of the current campaign will leverage the increase in travel during School Holidays, Easter and the Anzac long weekend period and focus on highways and driving to raise awareness about reporting littering from vehicles.

More information about the campaign is at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/heytosser.

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National Youth Week 2017 is fast approaching and Gunnedah Shire Council is calling for young people between the ages of 5 to 25 years to submit art works for the 2017 Youth Week Exhibition.

The theme for Youth Week, 2017 is ‘Be here, Be heard!’ and the exhibition is a chance for youth in Gunnedah to explore their creativity and demonstrate to the community just how creative, talented and imaginative our young people really are.

“This is an opportunity many artists dream of; to have artworks on exhibition in a professional gallery from a young age. I encourage any young people in the Gunnedah Shire to come along and contribute to a wonderful show that will boast the diverse talents of young people in our region,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.

Submissions by individuals, collectives, groups and organisations are encouraged. ‘Artist Submission forms’ are available below, on our website www.thecivic.com.au or can be picked up from The Visitor Information Centre or Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. 

For any further information please call (02) 67 402 100. Artworks and submissions are due at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 5:00 pm Friday, 31 March 2017. All entries are free. See you there. WARNING:Young people being creative!

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Notice is hereby given of the exhibition of draft Gunnedah Smoke-free Environment Policy.

The policy aims to identify indoor and outdoor smoke-free areas regulated by the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 as well as establish a smoke-free zone (including e-cigarettes) within a portion of the Gunnedah Central Business District. The specified area will include all of Conadilly Street between Henry Street and Tempest Street, and will incorporate the walkway to any public carpark within this area.

The draft policy will be publicly exhibited for a period of forty two (42) days from 22 February 2017 to 5 April 2017. The draft policy is viewable online under the Draft Plans & Exhibitions page and also at Council’s Administration Building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Any person wishing to comment on the draft policy may do so in writing, with submissions to be received by no later than 5:00pm, 5 April 2017.

Any submission should be addressed to: Eric Groth, General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380.

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At the November Council Meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to offer up to $100,000 funding over twelve months for the Gunnedah Waterways Wildlife Park. The funds are proposed to cover up to $75,000 for the appointment of a Wildlife Park Manager, and up to $25,000 for the accommodation of the manager who will be instituted at the park as part of a strategic plan to improve compliance and enable the park to remain open now and into the future.

The park has been experiencing difficulty for some time and Council has been working closely with the DPI and the Smalls to navigate an outcome to ensure the park stays open. Friends of the Wildlife Park will meet with representatives from Council, Featherdale Wildlife Park and the DPI on Monday evening to discuss logistics and determine how the park will operate under the new structure.

“This is such a great outcome. The Smalls, along with Friends of the Wildlife Park have done a wonderful job of providing this facility for the community for many years. It really is such an asset to our community- from both an educational and tourism standpoint. We are very pleased that Council can work together with Nancy and Col and the DPI, so that the Park will remain open for future generations to enjoy.” Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“We are pleased to be working collectively with Nancy and Colin Small, Friends of Waterways Wildlife Park Inc., Featherdale Wildlife Park, and Gunnedah Shire Council in an effort to ensure the viability of the Park into the future” said Peter Day, Director, Biosecurity and & Food Safety Compliance, Department Primary Industries NSW.

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Gunnedah Shire Council reviewed the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities Policy for Mayor and Councillors and hereby places the draft policy on public exhibition in accordance with Section 253 Local Government Act 1993.

Council calls for public submissions in relation to the policy up to 5:00pm Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The policy is on display at Council Administration Building or available on Council’s website www.infogunnedah.com.au. You can also view the draft policy below:

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

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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During February, March and April, Gunnedah Shire Council is rolling out a series of community engagement activities that will assist in the update for the Community Strategic Plan (CSP).

Four years ago Council worked alongside the local community to develop our Community Strategic Plan. Since then, our community has seen many changes and it’s time to take stock, see if we’re on the right track and update the plan.

To get started, we want to hear from all community members so that we can understand your priorities and ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now and into the future.

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.

WAYS TO BE INVOLVED

Postcards
Keep an eye out in your mailbox over the next couple of weeks- you will be receiving a ‘Postcard to the Mayor’. This is a place to put some of your big ideas for the Gunnedah Shire. Let us know what you like best about living here, and what you’d like to see improve. Its reply paid, so just post it back. If snail mail isn’t your thing- there is an online version of the survey located here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/XXXYBQR 

Community Vision Board
On Saturday 4th March and Wednesday 8th March head down to the Smithurst Theatre court yard and you’ll find a huge community vision board. You can get involved by adding your own stamp and contributing to a collection of ideas for the future in Gunnedah.

Youth Video Project
Our Youth Development Officer and Youth Council are leading the charge with a Youth based video project. During the week of the 6-10th March, they will have a videographer in tow and will be visiting schools and approaching young people around town to ask them what we should prioritise for the future. There will also be a community wide video being filmed at the same time. If you’re a young person aged 12-25 and would like to be involved in the production, please get in contact with our Youth Development officer by calling 67402100.

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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GoCo and The Salvation Army are making morning tea memorable with a tea party in the new Salvation Army Hall in Tempest St. On the third Tuesday of each month, GoCo and The Salvation Army are putting on a spread of scones and sandwiches, providing a social outing that won’t break the bank.

“We have a fantastic new venue, and we want to create a space for people to come and socialize,” Major Gaye Day of The Salvation Army said. “Gunnedah has lots of people who are keen to make new friends and connect with community groups. The Tea Party in Tempest Street will bring people together.”

A Tea Party in Tempest Street will be held in the Salvation Army Hall from 10.30 am on the third Tuesday of each month. A bus will be available for transport. For more information contact Major Gaye Day on 0407 034 604, follow GoCo on the Go Community Care on Facebook, or drop into the GoCo office at 80 Marquis St.

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The NSW Government has agreed to develop water resource plans as part of implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012 (the Basin Plan). The Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan is currently being developed and covers all surface water in the Namoi Valley.

The Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan Status and Issues Paper summarises the status of surface water resources and issues that DPI Water will consider when developing the Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan. Additional issues raised during submission and consultation periods will be considered during the development process.

Copies of the Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan Status and Issues Paper can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Namoi Water Shop 3, 69 Maitland Street, Narrabri.
  • Wee Waa Library Cnr Rose and George Street, Wee Waa.
  • North West Local Land Services (Walgett) 75 Fox Street, Walgett.
  • North West Local Land Services (Gunnedah) 35-37 Abbott Street, Gunnedah.
  • Tamworth Regional Council Ray Walsh House 437 Peel Street, Tamworth.
  • Liverpool Plains Shire 60 Station Street, Quirindi.

Alternatively, phone 1800 316 778 to arrange for a copy to be posted.

HAVE YOUR SAY

DPI Water invites Namoi stakeholders, particularly surface water users, to comment on this Status and Issues Paper.

Stakeholders may submit feedback via email or post:

DPI Water will acknowledge all submissions in writing.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is excited to announce that acclaimed short film director Eddy Bell will be officially opening 2017 Flickerfest in Gunnedah this Sunday, 26 February at The Civic.

Flickerfest 2017 is a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Mr Bell’s short film ‘I’m Banksy’ was hand-picked from the festival’s 2400 entries as one of the finalists in the Best of Australian Shorts. The film is a delightful tongue in cheek satire about Raymond Banks ‘An 8-year old climate change alarmist who’s out to bring down the family business.’

Mr Bell has been awarded an impressive number of accolades for his work including Cannes Young Director Award, Australian Director's Guild Award, the Panavision and Orloff Trust Award for Best Screenplay, the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director (Short Film) at the Sydney Film Festival, Best Australian Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Best Australian Short film at Flickerfest and most recently the Craft Award at St Kilda Film Festival.

“We’re really excited that Mr Bell is joining us to open our Flickerfest screening. The preview for his film ‘I’m Raymond’ looks hilarious and very spirited. This is a great opportunity for anyone, particularly film buffs, to come along and see the work of some of the world’s best short film makers. We are also very lucky to have one of Australia’s best talents in film making joining us for the occasion.” Gunnedah Shire Council Lauren Mackley said.

The Civic will screen two sessions on Sunday- the Best of Australian Shorts program along with the Short Laughs Comedy program. Tickets are $35 and include both sessions plus drinks and canapés. Doors open at 4.00pm.

Tickets are limited so book your tickets online at www.thecivic.com.au or in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or Council’s Administration building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah
For any further information, please contact The Civic on 6742 0633

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Fresh tenders for the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex Upgrade Project will be sought after only one tender was received for the $7.8 million project.

At last night’s meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council decided to seek fresh tenders and quotations for the proposed works from suitably qualified contractors for the works outside the standard tender process. The lack of competitive tenders and the need to obtain the best value for money for the community were cited as reasons for not accepting the tender received.

General Manager, Eric Groth said Council would now source prices from appropriately qualified contractors for the project.

“Council’s decision means we are able to negotiate with contractors and evaluate quotations for individual elements of the project to ensure that the community receives a quality outcome at the best price” Mr Groth said.

Council’s Architect’s GHD and the project management team will now directly seek quotations from construction firms and pool specialists for the works.

“New prices will be obtained for the overall project as well as specific construction elements to allow Council to fully evaluate the costs,” Mr Groth said.

It is anticipated that the new tendering and quotation process will take eight weeks to complete.

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