Australia Day Award nominations now open

Nominations have opened for the annual Kyogle Australia Day Awards.

Award categories this year are:

  • Citizen of the Year
  • Junior citizen of the year
  • Sportsperson of the year
  • Junior Sportsperson of the year
  • Student of the year (high school and tertiary)
  • Junior student of the year (primary)

If you know of someone in the community who you believe is deserving of an award, please nominate them. Nominations close on Friday 8 December.

You can download a nomination form by click here.

Council launches community survey as first step to develop master plan for villages

Council wants to hear your views about the future of Bonalbo, Mallanganee, Old Bonalbo, Tabulam, Wiangaree and Woodenbong.

To have your say, complete the community survey today.

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete and your feedback will be an important first step in developing a Master Plan for each village.

As the plans develop, there will be lots of opportunities to get involved, including two rounds of community workshops, where you can play a role in finalising the vision for your village and identifying infrastructure and community projects that are important to you and your community.

To complete the survey, click here.

Kyogle fishway wins second environmental award

Kyogle Council’s innovative Fishway Project has won its second environmental award.

The fishway, which removed one of the last major fish migration barriers in the Richmond River, won the Habitat and Wildlife Guardianship Award as part of the Keep NSW Beautiful Blue Star Sustainability Awards.

In early October the fishway project won a Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Award.

Built by Kyogle Council at a cost of $1.37 million, the fishway has reduced the 1.8 meter straight drop of the old Kyogle weir to 24 x 100mm lifts over 48 meters moving down stream.

It has opened up 300km of upstream waterways to fish like the Australian Bass, and the endangered Eastern Freshwater Cod.

Kyogle Mayor, Danielle Mulholland said this latest award highlighted the environmental importance of the fishway to the aquatic life of the Richmond River and was testament to the hard work and outstanding effort that went into the project.

Kyogle Council partnered with DPI Fisheries, NSW Public Works, Restart NSW, the NSW Environmental Trust and the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust to deliver this project,” she said.

“It is a brilliant example of cross government cooperation. Alone we do great work, but in partnership with other government agencies we can excel. Being a small council, we need to be creative in the way we deliver outcomes,” Cr Mulholland said.

As part of the fishway’s innovative design, pre-fabricated v-shaped concrete baffles were installed into the bed of the river to create the graduated 48 metre climb to the weir.

It allows native fish to cross the weir to spawn, feed and seek refuge in the upper reaches of the Richmond River.

The innovative design allowed the fishway to be constructed in challenging conditions at half the cost of traditional technical fishways.

The concrete baffles for the fishway were pre-fabricated by Kyogle Council’s bridge and concrete crew and installed by Woodenbong-based contactor MJ Smith Ground Preparation.

Kyogle workshop to help develop Northern Rivers Regional Development Strategy

Business people and members of the community are invited to attend a workshop in Kyogle on Thursday 9 November to assist with the development of the Northern Rivers Regional Economic Development Strategy.

The strategy is being developed so that the Northern Rivers can claim its share of the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund set up under the Restart NSW program to support growing regional centres, activate local economies and improve services in communities.

The workshop will be held in the Kyogle Memorial Institute Supper Room from 5.30-7.30pm and will be conducted by Corview, a consulting firm engaged by the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet to prepare the strategy.

In order to satisfy the Restart NSW funding criteria, the strategy will need to:

1. Identify local economic strengths and needs and what can be done to address these

2. Align investment opportunities with the Regional Growth Fund

3. Take a regional approach to collaboration where possible

For further information about Regional Development strategy and the Northern Rivers engagement and consultation process

contact Abel Son at ason@corview.com.au or click here to see the flyer.

Council’s Online Services – new direct payment facility

Council is continuing to improve our online services for the residents of Kyogle Council.

We currently provide the ability to pay your Rates and Debtor accounts directly from Council’s website.

Note: Council only accepts Master Card and Visa credit card payments through this service. All payments attract a 0.6% surcharge.

Read more

Get involved in planning the future of the Kyogle Recreation Reserve

A new plan for the management of the Kyogle Recreation Reserve is to be developed by Council in partnership with the community. The Kyogle Recreation Reserve is a Crown reserve that accommodates the Kyogle Gardens caravan park, tennis courts, Alcorn Park, the former croquet lawn, band rotunda, cricket fields, Landcare nursery and the riparian corridor of Fawcetts Creek. On Monday 11 September 2017 the Gateway to the Rainforest Reserve Trust resolved to commence the development of a new Plan of Management for the Kyogle Recreation Reserve.

A new Plan of Management is required to document short-term improvements and changes at the reserve as well as to plan for its use and management over the longer term. Immediate matters to be addressed include the development of a labyrinth, the restoration of the 101 year old  band rotunda, deciding on a new use for the former croquet lawn and the development of more accommodation options at the caravan park. Council is seeking to collaborate with community groups who have an interest in the reserve as well as the broader community to develop a Plan of Management that ensures the reserve is managed and developed in the best interests of the community. Input from the community is welcomed and you can get involved and have your say in the following ways:

  • September 25 – October 29 Send Council an email or letter telling us your ideas for the recreation reserve; such as what aspects should be preserved and what you think could be improved. Email Council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au with the subject ‘Kyogle Recreation Reserve plan of management’ or write to Recreation Reserve Plan of Management Team, Kyogle Council, PO Box 11, Kyogle, NSW 2474.
  • Tuesday October 24 10am-12pm, Alcorn Park Drop-in session; come to Alcorn Park and talk to Council staff about your thoughts for the use and development of the reserve.

The Kyogle Recreation Reserve Project Plan may be viewed by clicking here.

Fishing Club takes over Bells Bay camping ground

Great news!

The scenic Bells Bay Camping Ground near Toonumbar Dam is under caretaker management and will be open for the September/October school holidays, which begin next week (September 25).

Kyogle Fishing Club has taken over as interim manager of the Bells Bay Camping Ground on behalf of WaterNSW, current owner of the site.

This follows extensive discussions between WaterNSW, Kyogle Council and Kyogle Fishing Club to ensure the grounds remain open as a key and valuable tourism asset for the region following the sudden departure of the previous lessee.

“I am very pleased to see this matter progressed and to have an outcome which will benefit the community and visitors alike,” Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said.

“Toonumbar Dam is a feature of our region and to see it utilised more fully is an exciting prospect.  Congratulations to the Kyogle Fishing Club for taking this on and I wish them every success.”

WaterNSW is currently reviewing options for the long-term management of the Toonumbar Dam area and recreational sites. The review process is expected to take between six to 12 months to complete.

“WaterNSW has listened to community and local government concerns, understands the importance of the camping ground and remains committed to providing public access to the dam area and recreational sites while the review takes place,” WaterNSW executive manager system operations and asset maintenance, Adrian Langdon, said.

The camping ground will remain open on all school and public holidays. Outside of holiday periods, operating hours during summer will be from 6pm Friday to 7.30pm Sunday.

Kyogle Fishing Club will be responsible for all bookings and information about the Bells Bay Camping Ground. They can be contacted on 0459 383 498 or you can email kyoglefishingclub@gmail.com for any enquiries about the grounds and fees.

Toonumbar Waters Retreat is currently unavailable for public use. The site has been secured and will remain closed for the foreseeable future. For more information on the long-term management of the Bells Bay Camping Site and Toonumbar Waters Retreat, visit the WaterNSW website www.waternsw.com.au.

Kyogle fishway wins environmental award

The Kyogle Council Fishway project has won a Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Award.

The Fishway project won the Natural Environment Protection and Enhancement: On-Ground Works Award for Excellence.

The awards were announced in Sydney on 11 October.

Kyogle Mayor, Danielle Mulholland said, “it is a just reward for the hard work and outstanding effort that went into this remarkable project”.

“We partnered with DPI Fisheries, NSW Public Works, Restart NSW, the NSW Environmental Trust and the NSW Recreational Fishing Trust to deliver this project,” she said.

“It is a brilliant example of cross government cooperation. Alone we do great work, but in partnership with other government agencies we can excel and this award win is proof.”

Built by Kyogle Council at a cost of $1.37 million, the fishway has reduced the 1.8 meter straight drop of the old Kyogle weir to 24 x 100mm lifts over 48 meters moving down stream.

As part of the fishway’s innovate design, pre-fabricated v-shaped concrete baffles were installed into the bed of the river to create the graduated 48 metre climb to the weir.

It allows native fish, particularly the Australian bass and the Eastern freshwater cod, to cross the weir to spawn, feed and seek refuge in the upper reaches of the Richmond River.

The innovative design allowed the fishway to be constructed in challenging conditions at half the cost of traditional technical fishways.

The concrete baffles for the fishway were pre-fabricated by Kyogle Council’s bridge and concrete crew and installed by Woodenbong-based contactor MJ Smith Ground Preparation.

Pictured: Council’s Urban and Assets Engineer Matt Sorenson receives the award from Office of Environment and Heritage Chief Executive Anthony Lean. The new fishway.

KMI to get $500,000 facelift

Member for Page Kevin Hogan has announced almost $270,000 in funding for the Kyogle Memorial Institute.

The funding which will be matched dollar for dollar by Kyogle Council. To find out more, click here.