Bonalbo pool to re-open for Australia Day long weekend

Council will re-open the Bonalbo pool for the Australia Day long weekend.

The pool was closed on Monday, 13 January when Level 4 water restrictions were introduced at Bonalbo.

It will re-open on Saturday and remain open throughout the long weekend.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said Council would review the Level 4 water restrictions for Bonalbo next week.

“We are very pleased that we can open the pool for the community for the long weekend,” she said.

“Council was aware that the community really wanted to be able to use the pool this Australia Day weekend, so we made the call to allow this exemption.

“Peacock Creek is flowing again after the recent rain and Council is harvesting water to Petrocholis Dam.

“We continue to ask residents to look closely at their water consumption and cut back as much as possible — every drop of water counts.

“Council will review water storage levels at the dam again early next week and hopefully we will have further good news for the community.”

Landfill closed on Monday, 27 January, 2020

The Kyogle landfill will be closed for the Australia Day public holiday on Monday (27 January).

The landfill will open as normal on Sunday (26 January).

Bush fire recovery support – Woodenbong and Bonalbo

Need help accessing support as a result of the recent bush fires?

Council and Department of Primary Industries (DPI) staff will be in Woodenbong and Bonalbo over the next few days to help you find and apply for appropriate support.

They will be at the Woodenbong BlazeAid Camp at the Woodenbong Showground tomorrow (Wednesday 22 January) from 12-8pm and Thursday (23 January) from 7-11am.

They will then move to the Louisa Johnston Centre in Bonalbo. They will be available there on Thursday from 12-8pm or Friday from 7-11am.

For further information, contact Council’s Strategic Initiatives Coordinator Suzie Coulston on 0439 451 564.

Water restrictions remain in place at Bonalbo

The rain received over the last few days has not changed the need to save water at Bonalbo.

For the current Level 4 water restrictions to be lifted, Peacock Creek must be flowing and storage in the dam must be greater than 25 ML.

Peacock Creek is now flowing, however the dam still does not have the 25ml storage required to lift the Level 4 restrictions.

Council is closely monitoring the situation, and will lift the Level 4 restrictions should conditions improve further.

Until then, drinking water for the community remains a priority and we remind people that a consumption target for the Bonalbo supply of 91 Kl a day is still required.

The pool remains closed while the Level 4 restrictions are in place.

Mobile Service Centre in Tabulam on Tuesday 21 January

The Service NSW Mobile Service Centre will be in Tabulam  on Tuesday, 21 January from 9am to 2pm.

It will be located at the corner of Clarence and Court streets, Tabulam.

The mobile service centre offers similar services to the Service NSW physical sites including:

  • Driver licence, photo card applications and renewals
  • Driver Knowledge Tests
  • Working With Children Check applications
  • Applying for birth, death and marriage certificates
  • Cost of Living service to access more than 70 government rebates and savings

Staff can also help bushfire-affected residents replace lost or damaged documents (such as birth or marriage certificates, driver licences, photo cards, and Fair Trading licences and permits) free of charge.

They are also able to help people afftected by bush fires access a range of government support services and initiatives such as the Volunteer Firefighter Payment.

Bonalbo residents asked to cut back on water as much as possible

Bonalbo has reached Level 4 water restrictions and is currently using 100Kl of water a day.

The target is 91Kl a day.

Residents are asked to look closely at their water consumption and cut back as much as possible.  Do your bit for your town.

Every drop of water you use counts.

Bushfire Recovery Community Meetings – Woodenbong and Bonalbo

Bushfire Recovery Community Meetings will be held at Woodenbong on Wednesday, 15 January, and Bonalbo on Thursday, 16 January.

All bushfire impacted residents from Woodenbong, Bonalbo and surrounds are invited to attend.

The Woodenbong meeting will be held in the supper room at the Woodenbong Community Hall, 21 Unumgar Street, Woodenbong, from 6-7.30pm.

The Bonalbo meeting will be held at the Bonalbo Community Hall, 4 Koreelah Street, Bonalbo, from 6-7.30pm.

Both meetings will be attended by representatives from Kyogle Council, Rural Fire Service, NSW Office of Emergency Management and key recovery agencies including Disaster Welfare, Department of Primary Industries, Local Land Services, Red Cross, Rural Adversity Mental Health who will be available to answer questions.

If you can’t make the meeting and need assistance, call the Disaster Welfare Assistance Line on 1800 018 444

Tip Shop opening hours extended

The Kyogle Tip Shop will be open every week from 16 January 2020 during the following times:
• Thursday: 9am – 12pm
• Friday: 9am – 12pm
• Saturday: 9am – 12pm
• Sunday: 9am – 12pm.

The Kyogle Resource Innovation Collective (KRIC), operators of the Tip Shop, and Kyogle Council would like to thank the community for their support during the first weeks of operation.

More than 100 people visited the Tip Shop before Christmas, with a significant amount of goods and materials finding a new home instead of ending up in landfill.

If you were lucky enough to receive a new household appliance, tools and gardening equipment, toys, bikes and sporting equipment or home decoration items for Christmas and are wondering what to do with your old things, consider donating them to the Tip Shop.

If you are undertaking some home renovations or a project during the holidays also don’t forget to visit the Tip Shop for second hand building and construction materials or to donate used or leftover materials.

Level 4 water restrictions to be introduced at Bonalbo on Monday, 13 January, 2020

Level 4 water restrictions will be introduced at Bonalbo on Monday, 13 January, 2020.

Level 4 restrictions ban residents from using water for all outdoor purposes, apart from the use of recycled grey water, and puts tight controls on the use of water by businesses and schools.

The restrictions will also mean that Council will have to close the Bonalbo pool — with Sunday, 12 January, 2020,  being the last day the pool will open. It will remain closed while Level 4 restrictions are in place.

Bonalbo pool season pass holders will be able to use their pass at the Woodenbong pool and, for the remainder of this season, at the Kyogle pool. Alternatively, Bonalbo pool season pass holders can request reimbursement of half the cost of the pass.

Under Level 4 restrictions, water carters will no longer be able to fill up from the Bonalbo town water supply.

The new restrictions have been imposed by Council in the wake of the steady decline in the storage level at Petrocholis Dam and the lack of flow in Peacock Creek.

Council staff will be closely monitoring water usage and consumption in Bonalbo to ensure compliance with the Level 4 restrictions and that water usage reduction targets are achieved.

Woodenbong remains on Level 3 water restrictions, while Kyogle is currently on Level 2 restrictions.

For further information about what is allowed and not allowed under the various level restrictions, please click here.

Bushfire Recovery Assistance

Please find below the latest summary of assistance measures available across NSW for bush fire-impacted communities.

Other measures

NSW Land Registry Services is offering landholders affected by the recent bushfires with access to the title searches and plan images of their property free of charge.

Property searches and plans can assist landholders with insurance claims and development applications to council, as well as provide peace of mind regarding land ownership following natural disasters.

Affected landholders can cal the NSW Land Registery Services Contact Centre on 1300 396 076 or (02) 8776 3575 to discuss available assistance. Details of the support available are available by clicking here.

Banking help

If you’re dealing with the impact of the bush fires there are practical ways your bank can help. Australian banks have hardship teams ready to assist homeowners, small business owners and volunteers with financial arrangements, depending on circumstances.

Assistance could include:
• deferred loan payments
• waiving fees and charges
• helping with debt consolidation
• waiving penalties for early withdrawal of a term deposit
• deferring upcoming credit card payments
• increasing emergency credit card limits

Call your bank today or find your bank’s hardship team by clicking here.

 

 

Submissions invited on governance and funding framework to improve the health of the Richmond River

The NSW Government in collaboration with local councils and key stakeholder organisations of the Richmond River Catchment in NSW have completed a process to identify, scope and develop a preferred governance and funding framework for delivering improved river health outcomes.

This process has been run as an independent study by Alluvium Consulting Australia (Alluvium) and Natural Capital Economics NCE), working in collaboration with local government, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) and stakeholder groups.

The study was jointly funded by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage’s Coastal and Estuaries Grants Program and the local governments of Kyogle, Ballina Shire, Lismore City, Richmond Valley, Byron Shire, and by Rous County Council.

The final report has been released and can been viewed by clicking here. Council has been invited to provide comment on the report and is seeking submissions from the public. Submissions close at 4pm on Wednesday, 29 January, 2020 and should be emailed to council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au or sent by mail to The General Manager, Kyogle Council, PO Box 11, Kyogle, NSW, 2474.

Enquiries about the final report and study should be directed to the Byron Bay office of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment on 02 6639 8300.

 

 

Australia Day 2020

Australia Day celebrations will once again be held across the Kyogle Local Government Area (LGA) in 2020.

Kyogle, Woodenbong and Bonalbo (West of the Range) will host events as well as present Australia Day Awards.

Nominations for the Australia Day Awards are now open.

In Kyogle, awards will be presented in seven categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Junior Citizen of the Year
  • Senior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the Year
  • Senior Student of the Year (High School)
  • Junior Student of the Year (Primary)
  • Senior Citizen of the Year

Nomination forms are available from locations around Kyogle including Council’s administration centre. They can also be downloaded by clicking here. Nominations close on 17 December 2019.

In Woodenbong, awards will be presented in six categories:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Community Organisation/Event
  • Business/Service
  • Environmental Citizen or Organisation of the Year

Nominations close 31 December 2019. Nomination forms available from Council’s administration centre and by clicking here. For further information, email rosslyn8@live.com.au.

Bonalbo’s Australia Day Committee will present awards in five categories

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Young Citizen of the Year
  • Sportsperson of the Year
  • Community Organisation/Event
  • Business/Service

Nominations close on December 14, 2019. Nomination forms are available from locations West of the Range, Council’s administration centre, and by clicking here.  For further information, contact Merrilyn on 6665 3290.

Blue-green algal alert for Toonumbar Dam and Clarence River at Tabulam

BLUE-GREEN ALGAL ALERT – TOONUMBAR DAM AND CLARENCE RIVER AT TABULAM

Numbers of potentially toxic species Chrysosporum ovalisporum have significantly increased at Toonumbar Dam
which remains at Red Alert.

Dam staff have erected signs at all dam access points and in Kyogle. The main boat ramp and nearby camping areas have been closed.

The downstream site remains at Green Alert, however stock and domestic users should exercise caution and not allow stock to drink from, or take any water from, areas where scums or other signs of blue-green algae are present.

The Clarence River at Tabulam remains at Amber Alert with low levels of Aphanizomenonaceae.

Stock and domestic users in the area should avoid extraction of water from areas where any scums or other signs of blue-green algae are present.

** RED ALERT – These alert levels represent ‘bloom’ conditions. Water will appear green or discoloured and clumps or scums could be visible. It can also give off a strong musty or organic odour. Algae may be toxic to humans and animals. Contact with or use of water from red alert areas should be avoided due to the risk of eye and skin irritation. Drinking untreated or boiled water from these supplies can cause stomach upsets. Alternative water supplies should be sought or activated carbon treatment employed to remove toxins. People should not fish when an algal scum is present. Owners should keep dogs away from high alert areas and provide alternative watering points for stock.

**AMBER ALERT – Blue-green algae may be multiplying and the water may have a green tinge and musty or organic taste and odour. The water should be considered as unsuitable for potable use and alternative supplies or prior treatment of raw water for domestic purposes should be considered. The water may also be unsuitable for stock watering. Generally suitable for water sports, however people are advised to exercise caution in these areas, as blue-green algal concentrations can rise to red alert levels quickly under warm, calm weather conditions.

Further Information go to the WaterNSW Algal Website by clicking here or call NSW algae hotline 1800 999 457

Kyogle first Council in NSW to partner with the Sustainable Australia Fund’s Better Building Finance program

Kyogle Council has become the first council outside Victoria to partner with the Sustainable Australia Fund’s Better Building Finance (BBF) program, to offer affordable environmental finance to local businesses in its local government area.

Environmental upgrade finance, also known as building upgrade finance, is a government enabled funding mechanism for upgrading existing building stock to be more environmentally friendly.

Business owners can take out a long term loan for the works, which is then repaid through their council’s rates system. Council’s involvement means businesses can access favourable and affordable finance terms.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) today announced that it was providing funding for BBF to expand its highly successful program into NSW and SA, with Kyogle the first of a targeted 23 new council partners, to join the existing 34 council partners in Victoria.

This is the second project between BBF and ARENA. Between 2016-2019, ARENA supported BBF to establish the environmental upgrade finance market in Victoria. The initial agreement was for 15 councils, however due to the strong uptake in the first year (13 councils), the agreement was expanded for a further 15 councils.

This project has had remarkable success. In 2018 BBF worked with its council partners to facilitate 26 environmental upgrade projects at an investment of $10.5 million, generating 2.4MW of solar power, which will lead to the abatement of 178k tonnes of emissions over the life of the projects.

Shay Singh, Executive Manage of BBF, welcomed Kyogle to the program:

“We’re really excited to welcome Kyogle as our first NSW council partner. With the success we’ve had in Victoria, we know that this program can have a huge impact in supporting local businesses and helping councils deliver on their economic development and sustainability goals,” she said.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland is also excited about the new partnership.

“Kyogle Council recently adopted its Sustainable Councils and Communities Action Plan which includes a series of renewable energy targets, as well as a commitment to encourage and support the use of renewable energy by the community,” she said.

“The partnership with the Better Building Finance program will provide an opportunity for Council to support its local businesses and primary producers and offer them an opportunity to invest in energy, waste and water efficiency projects that provide both environmental and economic benefits.

“It’s a win win for us and our community, and we look forward to working with Better Building Finance in this partnership.

“We’re also proud to be the first Council in NSW to work with BBF, demonstrating our commitment to local business and investment, and promoting renewable energy usage throughout the council area.”

Council’s General Manager Graham Kennett the program offered Council the opportunity to help local businesses and industry groups to deliver projects that they may not otherwise have been able to realise.

“The three way partnership between Council, its community and the Sustainable Australia Fund is a great example of how the administrative operations of a local council can be harnessed to help provide sustainable improvements to existing facilities that will also benefit the local economy in the longer term,” he said.

Council to waive service fee for bulk water sales

In a bid to ease the financial burden on drought-affected rural residents facing water shortages, Kyogle Council has decided at it Monday, 9 December meeting to waive its $34 service charge for bulk water sales for the next three months.

Council also will write to all registered professional water carters accessing Kyogle Council’s water supply requesting they pass on the saving in full to their customers.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland stressed that the service fee did not generate a profit for Council, rather it covered the cost of providing the service to the community.

However, she said Council recognised that waiving the fee temporarily was going to help struggling drought affected residents.

“The communities in our area are under a lot of pressure and accessing clean drinking water should be any government’s highest priority,” Cr Mulholland said.

“Thirty four dollars may not seem like a huge amount, but it will mean a lot to residents on fixed incomes who are facing real financial hardships due to the ongoing drought.”

“And to ensure that they people who need the help receive the benefit of the waiver, we are appealing to all the professional water carters to pass on the full saving to their customers.”

The fee waiver will come into effect immediately, will cover all water sales over 100 litres, and will be reviewed at Council’s March 2020 meeting.

Councillor Maggie May, who put forward the motion to waive the fee, said access to water was an essential human right and that the need to buy water was adding to the financial burden of families already struggling due to the effects of the drought.

She said a saving of $34 would mean a lot to affected families and showed the Council was sympathetic to the difficulties people were facing as a result of the ongoing drought.

Council calls on State Government to raise the Toonumbar Dam wall

Kyogle Council is calling on the NSW Government and WaterNSW to urgently commit to raising the wall of Toonumbar Dam by six metres to improve drought security and encourage further investment in agricultural production.

Councillors at the 9 December Council meeting were told that raising the height of the dam wall would increase the dam’s storage capacity by 8GL to almost 20GL and could be completed for just $50 million.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said WaterNSW had advised council the wall could be raised without actually increasing the height of the existing embankment.

Rather, it could be achieved by building a new spillway to the south of the existing dam and installing gates on the current spillway.

“This is about planning for the future for the whole of the Kyogle and Richmond Valley areas and making the best possible use of the existing facility,” Cr Mulholland said.

“There has been a lot of talk about improving water security and drought resilience, and this proposal does both, for what is a relatively small investment.

“We continue to have discussions with WaterNSW about what they are prepared to do with this asset and how they intend to manage the issues associated with it. With the drought, this has become a far more urgent matter and we need to partner with the State Government to deliver outcomes that meet community expectations.”

Kyogle Council Deputy Mayor Cr John Burley, who moved the motion to pursue the proposal to raise the dam wall, said Toonumbar Dam was an undervalued resource that had the potential to benefit the entire region.

“As well as giving improved drought security for water users downstream of the dam, the increased capacity of the dam would provide incentive for existing water users and opportunities for new high value agricultural productions in the local area,” he said.

“There is also potential for the dam to be used as a town water supply source by either Rous Water or Richmond Valley Council.”

Federal Government’s Mobile Service Centre to visit Woodenbong, Baryulgil, Ewingar, and Drake

The Federal Government’s Mobile Service Centre ‘Golden Wattle’ will be visiting Woodenbong, Baryulgil, Ewingar, and Drake from 9 – 12 December.

Mobile Service Centre staff can help people with payments and services for Centrelink, Medicare and Child Support, as well as provide information about Department of Veterans’ Affairs programs and support services.

If you’ve been impacted by bushfires, they may also be able to assist people with Disaster Recovery Payments.

For more information clock here.

Children under the age of 10 must be supervised by an adult at all times at Council pools

Parents and carers are reminded that all children under 10 years of age must be supervised by a parent or a guardian when they are at any of Council’s three public swimming pools.

The reminder comes as an increasing number of parents/carers have been seen dropping their young children at the pool by themselves before the start of a class or activity.

It is Council policy that children under the age of 10 at a Council pool must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Council does not operate a child care centre from its swimming pools.

Council staff have the right to refuse entry to the pool to any unaccompanied child thought to be under 10 years of age, and Council may be required to report incidents involving an unaccompanied child to welfare agencies and/or Police for their follow up and action.

This is a child safety issue and Council does not wish to see any harm come to a youngster while at the pool, so please ensure your child is supervised at all times.

Expressions of interest sought for Climate Change Working Group

Kyogle Council is calling for expressions of interest from community members keen to be part of its Climate Change Working Group.

The working group will provide advice and recommendations around climate change, management of climate risk and implementation on targets relating to climate change and renewable energy in the Kyogle local government area (LGA).

It will be made up of three councillors, relevant council staff and six community members from groups concerned with: science, commerce and industry, Indigenous representation, community and youth.

Community members will be appointed for two years but would be able to nominate for further terms.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said the Working Group would have a wide brief which included monitoring the implementation of Council’s Sustainable Councils and Communities Action Plan and associated targets and its Climate Change Adaptation Risk Assessment report.

“Short term targets in the Sustainable Councils and Communities Action Plan include sourcing 25% of Council’s electricity demand through on site solar energy generation by 2025, while the long-term target is to source 100% of Council’s electricity demand from renewables by 2030,” Cr Mulholland said.

“The working group will also help Council incorporate the latest knowledge of climate change impacts into our planning policies and instruments, as well as provide a broader advocacy role with the aim of informing and educating the community.

“There is also scope for the working group to foster opportunities for external funding and joint projects that align with Council’s adopted strategies and targets and monitor State and Federal Government climate change adaptation direction and advise Council on appropriate responses.”

Expressions of interest to join the working group must be submitted in writing to Council’s General Manager by close of business January 24, 2020.

EIOs will be assessed against the following selection criteria:

  • Community delegates should preferably be nominated by a community group, consortium of community groups or a peak body preferably with wide membership or representation and must reside in the Kyogle Local Government Area
  • Commerce and industry delegates should preferably be nominated by a peak body or a consortium of organisations preferably with a wide membership or representation and must reside in the Kyogle Local Government Area.
  • Scientific representatives must have a speciality in disciplines related to climate change and or renewable energy, with preference given to those who reside in the Kyogle Local Government Area.

EIOs should be emailed to council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au or sent to PO Box 11, Kyogle, NSW 2474.

Community members wanting further information about the working group or submitting an expression of interest, should contact Council’s Strategic Initiatives Coordinator Suzie Coulston on 02 6632 1611.

Summerland Way re-opens to traffic through to Queensland border

Great news – the Summerland Way will re-open to traffic through to the Queensland border tomorrow (Tuesday 3 December) at 9am.

At the same time, Queensland’s Department of Traffic and Main Roads will re-open the Mt Lindesay Highway. The highway will be opened with speed reduced to 50km/h in some sections, and on-going lane closures for up to three months.

Kyogle Tip Shop open for business

Kyogle Tip Shop open for business

Kyogle Tip Shop’s grand re-opening will be held on Saturday, 7 December 2019, from 9am – 3pm and the community is invited to come along to see what it has to offer and pick up a bargain or two.

Run by the Kyogle Resource Innovation Collective (KRIC), the Tip Shop has been stocked with items donated by the community during National Recycling Week (11-17 November).

“It was great to see the public get behind the project, with many expressing how pleased they were to hear that the Tip Shop would be up and running again,” KRIC spokesperson Graeme Gibson said.

Goods available for purchase through the Tip Shop include:

  • whitegoods and household appliances
  • building, construction and renovating materials
  • tools and gardening equipment
  • toys and sporting equipment
  • home decoration items
  • second-hand furniture
  • car and bike parts and accessories.

“The public can expect to pick up quality items at very affordable prices,” Mr Gibson said.

“Many items are in very good condition, with some brand new in their original packaging.”

All profits from the sale of items at the Tip Shop will go to support further projects aimed at reducing waste, increasing recycling and improving environmental education within the community.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mullholland said the Council and the community had worked together to develop the innovative new approach to operating the Tip Shop.

“It is a great result for the community and is consistent with Council’s commitment to support social enterprise and encourage recycling and reuse of materials, preventing them from ending up in landfill,” she said.

Council was encouraged by the community support shown during National Recycling Week, and hopes the community will continue to support the Tip Shop in future.

However, the Tip Shop is not a dumping site for items that have reached the end of their life. Items donated must be in working condition or good order. KRIC volunteers may refuse to accept any goods and materials that they consider are in an unsaleable, unusable or unsafe condition.

Initially, the Tip Shop will be open to the public from 9am – 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Members of the public may also donate goods and materials to the Tip Shop during opening hours. The Tip Shop is located next to the Container Deposit Scheme shed at the Kyogle Landfill Facility on Runnymede Road, Kyogle.

Blue-green algae Red Alert for Toonumbar Dam

A Red Alert level warning (high alert) for blue-green algae has been issued for Toonumbar Dam.

A Red Alert level warning indicates that people should not undertake recreational activities where they may be coming into direct contact with the water such as swimming, as well as domestic uses including showering and washing. Contact with the water may also pose a threat to livestock and pets.

Warning sign has been erected and entry gate to dam closed.This will remain in place while high levels of blue-green algae are present.

The dominant species of blue-green algae identified is potentially toxic and may cause gastroenteritis in humans if consumed and skin and eye irritations after contact. Severe asphyxia and muscle paralysis may occur in response to contact with bloom scums. Boiling the water does not remove algal toxins.

People are advised not to enter the water, not to drink untreated water or bathe in water drawn from the dam while this Red Alert level warning is in place. Town water supplies remain unaffected and safe to drink.

Livestock owners are reminded to continue to check stock water supplies for blue-green algae and to remove stock from foreshores where surface scum is visible or blue-green algae are suspected.

Blue-green algae usually appear as green paint-like scums on the water, near the edges, or as greenish clumps throughout the water. It makes the water appear dirty, green or discoloured and generally has a strong musty or earthy odour.

Recreational fishing is not recommended due to potential contact with water however if it occurs any fish caught should be cleaned and washed thoroughly in uncontaminated water and any internal organs disposed of before consumption.

Blue-green algae occur naturally and can reproduce quickly in favourable conditions where there is still or slow-flowing water, abundant sunlight and sufficient levels of nutrients.

It is not possible to predict how long the algae will remain at high levels. Regular monitoring will continue and the alert will be lifted as soon as the high levels of algae dissipate.

People who believe they may have been affected by blue-green algae are advised to seek medical advice.

Updates about blue-green algae blooms and red level warning areas can be obtained by calling 1800 999 457 or visiting – http://www.waternsw.com.au/water-quality/algae

Bush fire recovery information

The NSW Office of Emergency Management has put together a newsletter with recovery information for people impacted by bush fires.

It provides details on how people can get help with:

  • Clean-up assistance;
  • Small business grants (up to $15,000);
  • Primary producer grants (up to $15,000);
  • health and wellbeing support;
  • Disaster relief grants
  • Domestic Water Assistance
  • Support for landholders including emergency fodder and emergency water supplies;
  • Housing Assistance.

To read/download the newsletter, click here.

Community grants on offer to increase resilience to climate change

The NSW Government is investing in community-led adaptation projects that deliver positive social, environmental and economic outcomes, while supporting community participation, preparation and resilience to climate change impacts.

The Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Community Grants program has been established to support projects that help communities to take action and manage climate change impacts by being able to better plan, prepare for, and respond to heatwaves, storms, floods, drought and bushfires, to increase their resilience to the impacts of climate change.

The Climate Change Fund is providing $600,000 in one round of grants, with grants between $10,000 and $30,000 available for individual projects.

Incorporated non-government and not for profit organisations, Land Councils and Aboriginal corporations are eligible to apply. Unincorporated community groups can apply to lead a grant application in partnership with one of the above eligible administrative applicants or a local council.

Applications close 21 January 2020.

Local organisations/groups are encouraged to apply. If you need assistance from Kyogle Council, please contact Suzie Coulston on 6632 1611.

For further details, follow this link.

Presentation of financial statements for 2018/2019

Council’s Audited Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports for the year ended 30 June, 2019 will be presented to the 11 November 2019 Ordinary meeting of Council starting at 5pm.

The summary of those statements appears below.

  2019 2018
  $’000 $’000
Income statement    
Total income from continuing operations 35,578 31,403
Total expenses from continuing operations 27,713 23,966
Operating result from continuing operations 7,865 7,437
Net operating result for the year 7,865 7,437
Net operating result before grants and contributions provided for capital purposes (610) (792)
Statement of Financial Position    
Total current assets 18,963 21,615
Total current liabilities 5,952 5,208
Total non-current assets 442,798 402,690
Total non-current liabilities 3,231 4,321
Total equity 452,578 414,776
Other financial information    
Unrestricted current ratio 3.76 5.63
Operating performance ratio 8.55% 8.98%
Building infrastructure renewal ratio 210.94% 318.22%
Debt service cover ratio 24.94 21.21
Rates and annual charges outstanding percentage 6.86% 6.89%

Under Section 420 of the Local Government Act, 1993, any person may make a submission to Council with respect to the Council’s Audited Financial Statements or the Auditor’s Reports. Submissions must be in writing and must be lodged with the council by 9 November 2019.  A copy of Council’s Audited Statements are available for inspection at Council’s Administration Building, Stratheden Street, Kyogle during normal office hours or can be viewed by clicking here.