Waste facility closures

The Kyogle landfill and Container Deposit Scheme depot will be closed on Monday 1 October for the Labour Day long weekend and on Tuesday 2 October for Council’s union picnic day.

The Woodenbong waste transfer station will also be closed on Tuesday 2 October 2018 for the union picnic day.

For further information contact Council’s Planning and Environmental Services Department, phone 6632 1611.

Have your say on draft options for Kyogle pool area redesign

On Wednesday 26 September 2018, Kyogle Council will be conducting the next phase of community engagement concerning the Kyogle Memorial Pool area re-design project.

Council will be holding an open session for the community to comment on preliminary design options from 11am – 4pm at the Kyogle Council Chambers.

Staff and the design consultants will be in attendance throughout the open session to seek input from the community about ideas that have been raised so far and to enable people to provide further input.

All encouraged to come along and view the preliminary options developed so far and have your say.

Invitation to join Relay for Life

Casino and surrounds Relay For Life Chair Trevor Wilson is strapping on his hiking boots to hand deliver an invitation to Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle for Kyogle district residents to join the Casino event being held on 6 and 7 of April 2019.

The invitation is from Richmond Valley Council Mayor Robert Mustow who will join Trevor on his marathon walk from Casino to Kyogle to present to invitation to Cr Mulholland at the Kyogle Bazaar on Sunday 23 September about 11am.

Trevor hopes his walk will inspire and bring both the Richmond Valley and Kyogle communities together at Casino & Surrounds Relay For Life to celebrate cancer survivorship, remember loved ones lost and empower teams of families, friends and colleagues to raise money to fight back against cancer.

Richmond Valley Mayor Robert Mustow, a survivor of a melanoma scare, said it was a privilege to be joining Trevor on his walk to raise awareness of cancer while supporting the Cancer Council’s 2019 Casino’s Relay for Life.”

Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle Mullholland described the marathon walk as a tremendous personal achievement for Trevor.

“Everyone has been touched by cancer at some point in their life and Trevor is highlighting this very important issue. I hope everyone will turn out to support him,” she said.

Relay For Life is a community fundraising challenge for Cancer Council. Teams of friends, families and colleagues raise money in the lead up to an overnight event, where team members take turns walking around a track to signify that cancer never rests.

The funds raised at Casino Relay For Life help Cancer Council NSW support local residents in the Richmond Valley affected by cancer through vital research, prevention, information and support services, so no one faces a cancer diagnosis alone.

Trevor said people signing on for the Casino Relay For Life people were helping the valuable work of Cancer Council NSW.

If you are interested in registering for the 2019 Casino Relay For Life, the Casino Relay For Life Committee has a special early bird rate on offer until 6 October.

For this period only, registrations are only $15 per person. Your registration includes a free cotton Relay For Life shirt, a camping spot and a free breakfast!! To register today visit www.cancercouncil.com.au/event/relay-for-life-casino/

For further details about Cancer Council NSW or the 2019 Casino Relay For Life, please contact Kate McBride on 02 6639 1303 or Kate.McBride@nswcc.org.au or visit www.relayforlife.org.au

For further information regarding any Cancer Council NSW initiative, or for cancer support services, please contact Cancer Council Helpline on 13 11 20.

A healthy future for Kyogle

A health revolution is taking over Kyogle with the official unveiling of three new outdoor gyms.

The project, a joint initiative of the NSW Government, Kyogle Council and Kyogle Combined Service Clubs,  has also seen a new disabled toilet built at the netball courts, improvements to the town’s skate park and new fence installed at ANZAC Park Playground.

Member for Lismore Thomas George officially opened the project then joined Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle Mullholland and representatives from Lions, Rotary, Quota and CWA in testing out the new facilities.

Mr George said the initiative would provide free recreational opportunities for all community members and is the result of strong community collaboration.

“Through contributions from the NSW Government, Kyogle Council and the Kyogle Combined Service Clubs this community now have access to free state of the art public gym equipment.”

Mayor Mulholland has welcomed the community health benefits which will result from the completion of the project.

“Everyone can benefit from physical activities and research tells us that outdoor gyms provide opportunities for people to participate in moderate and vigorous intensity physical activities and muscle strengthening,” she said.

“I congratulate the service organisations in Kyogle who have partnered with Council to deliver these projects and I thank Mr George for his efforts lobbying to secure $100,000 funding from the Stronger Country Communities Fund and $44,500 from the Social Housing Community Improvement Fund,” she said.

Council slashes timber bridge inventory

Kyogle Council has halved its ageing timber bridge inventory in less than 15 years and is on track to replace all its timber bridges by 2044.

In 2004, Council had 304 timber bridges, most of which were built in the 1940s and were reaching the end of their natural life.

Following the completion last week of another two new bridges – one on Afterlee Road and one on Williams Road – Council has just 148 timber bridges left to replace.

The incredible turn-around comes on the back of a detailed bridge management strategy adopted by Council and the development in 2014 of a Long Term Financial Plan in which Council aims to replace all its timber bridges in 30 years.

Council is currently on track to meet its zero timber bridge target by 2044 thanks to an ambitious bridge construction program and the replacement of many smaller bridges with concrete pipe culverts.

“Council has adopted an aggressive, multi-faceted approach to sourcing funding and delivering real outcomes for the community,” Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle Mulholland said.

“To that end, we could not have achieved the funding success we’ve had without the support of Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan, who has argued our case in Canberra, and State Member for Lismore Thomas George who has lobbied Macquarie Street for us.

“Council now has only 148 bridges left to go and we’ll continue to pursue the funding necessary to continuously improve the infrastructure across the whole of the local government area.”

The two new bridges on Afterlee and Williams Road are dual lane steel truss bridges.

“The completion of these two bridges represent a significant milestone in Council’s overall bridge replacement strategy,” Council’s General Manager Graham Kennett said.

“Halving the number of timber bridges in a 15-year time frame should be seen as a major achievement and also provides confidence that the remaining program can be delivered on schedule.”

New amenities at Bells Bay Camp Ground

The new amenities at the popular Bells Bay Camp Ground at Toonumbar Dam are now open to the public.

Built by Council as part of a wider project funded by the Council and the Federal Government, the two new composting toilets, with disabled access, are expected to make the site even more attractive to both locals and visitors.

Stage one of the project involved the sealing of the final gravel section of the road to the dam.

The new facilities replace two old pit toilets and will provide a much improved amenity for campers and day visitors to the dam, better environmental outcomes and greater accessibility.

The Bells Bay Camp Ground is managed by the Kyogle Fishing Club and is open during winter from 6am Friday to 5pm Sunday plus all NSW school and public holidays.

In summer, the camp ground is open from 6am Friday to 7.30pm Sunday and all NSW school and public holidays.

As well as the new amenities, the camp ground has:
• A boat ramp and jetty access to Toonumbar Dam (patrolled by RMS)
• Limited car parking
• Non-potable water
• Picnic tables and shelters
• Designated fire pits (except in total fire bans)

For further information about the Bells Bay Camping Ground, including camping fees and site rules, contact the Kyogle Fishing Club on 0459 383 498 or email kyoglefishingclub@gmail.com.

Greening Kyogle’s main street

Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle Mulholland has helped plant the first of the street trees that are to go in Kyogle’s main street as part of the Greening the Main Street Program.

Large trees are being planted at 13 locations on the Summerland Way from the Wyangarie Street intersection to the entrance to the IGA supermarket.

All the trees bar one – a conifer that will become a living Christmas tree at the Stratheden Street intersection — will be natives.

Tree species to be planted will include Tulipwood, Lemon Myrtle, Native Gardenia, Hard Quondong and Eumundi Quondong.

The Council also is installing 16 planter boxes and seats in the main street and revitalising and replanting the 15 existing gardens in the centre aisle of the Summerland Way.

They too will be planted with native species including Kangaroo Paw, Hardenbergia, fan flowers (scaevola), grass trees (Xanthorrhoea Glauca), grevillea and native mint.

“The trees and new garden beds are aimed a cooling and beautifying Council’s central business district,” Cr Mulholland said.

The Greening the Main Street Program is being funded by the State Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund. Work is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Disaster Recovery and Preparedness: Kyogle Community Conversation

Red Cross will host a workshop on disaster recovery and preparedness in Kyogle on Tuesday 18 September and is inviting local community members and volunteers to come along.

It will be held in the Fellowship Hall, 14 Bloore Street, Kyogle, from 10am-2pm.

The workshop will  feature a presentation from the Red Cross National Recovery Adviser, Kate Brady.

Kate is a wonderful speaker, with a huge amount of experience to share. She will be speaking from 10am and, following her presentation, there will be a session on how the community can connect, prepare and recover well from natural disasters.

If you would like to attend, RSVP (for catering purposes) by 10 September to Cate on 6622 3361 or email cmartinez@redcross.org.au

Applications open for Community Assistance Grants

Applications for grants under Kyogle Council’s Community Assistance Fund have now opened.

The Community Assistance Fund provides one-off donations of up to $1,000 for organisations, $500 for individuals and $5,000 for projects which can contribute dollar for dollar funding.

Funding preference is given to those individuals/organisations that can demonstrate the greatest need or benefit to the wider community in the following areas: welfare; community involvement/social interaction; sport and recreation; the Arts; youth affairs; senior citizen affairs; cultural assistance.

Community Assistance grants are paid on a reimbursement basis in that successful applicants must provide Council with receipts and/or invoices before any funds are paid.

Applications will close at 4pm on Friday 28 September.

The Council will determine the successful grant applications at its November meeting.

Application forms and further information are available from the Kyogle Council administration centre, 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle, or  click here.

You can also submit the application on-line, simply click here.

Second Hand Saturday is on again!

Kyogle Council is once again joining up with North East Waste for the North Coast’s biggest day of garage sales, Second Hand Saturday, on Saturday 22 September.

Coordinator of Second Hand Saturday, Linda Tohver said often the hardest part of planning a garage sale was where to begin.

According to the latest Annual Choosi Clutter Report, there is an estimated $60 billion worth of stuff sitting unused in Australian homes with around six cubic meters per household.

“The report estimates that if we put this clutter into standard packing boxes, it would be enough to create a wall six boxes high around the entire Australian coastline!” Ms Tohver said.

The most common types of clutter tend to be general odds and ends followed by clothing and footwear, paper, books/records/CDs, materials for hobbies and interests, appliances and kitchenware and technology products.

Ms Tohver suggests visiting the Second Hand Saturday website, secondhandsaturday.com.au, and having a bit of fun with the new ‘What’s in My House’ quiz.

“Get the kids or grandkids involved and have a good look through these common clutter items to see just how much you have and what you really need,” she said.

“It’s a great way to start the de-clutter process and put your plan of attack in place.”

So what’s the draw-card with Second Hand Saturday?

Apart from free advertising of your garage sale, it’s the biggest garage sale event to involve Tweed, Byron, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Richmond Valley and the Clarence Valley, attracting enthusiastic treasure hunters from all around.

Plus if you think you have too much for just one day, there’s an optional second date the following Saturday 29 September for those who participate on the first date.

For more information or to register, visit secondhandsaturday.com.au, like the mysecondhandsaturday Facebook page or phone Kyogle Council on 6632 1611.

Would you like to join Council’s Internal Audit Committee?

Kyogle Council is seeking expressions of interest to join its Internal Audit Committee.

The Internal Audit Committee’s role is to provide an independent oversight and monitoring of Council’s internal controls, external audit, risk management and compliance.

The committee meets quarterly and the current membership model consists of one Councillor and two independent members, at least one of whom has financial expertise.

Council currently has a vacancy for an independent member and seeks interest from applicants with the following skills;

  • Knowledge of local government;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • High levels of personal integrity and ethics;
  • Sufficient time available to devote to their responsibilities as a committee member;
  • High levels of financial literacy and, if possible, accounting, financial, legal compliance and/or risk management experience or qualifications.

If you would like to join the committee, send an expression of interest outlining your skills, appropriate qualifications, and experience to the General Manager, Kyogle Council, PO Box 11, Kyogle, 2474 or email council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au by 4pm Friday, 27 July 2018.

For further information and a copy of the committee Charter contact Marcus Schintler on 6632 1611 or at marcus.schintler@kyogle.nsw.gov.au

Work starts on $5 million Culmaran Creek Road upgrade

Work has started on a $5 million project to upgrade Culmaran Creek Road at Mallanganee.

State Member for Lismore Thomas George and Federal Member for Page Kevin Hogan joined with Kyogle Council Deputy Mayor Cr John Burley to officially turn the first sod of the major infrastructure project.

When complete, the project will provide rural industries such as Mara Seeds and Mara Global and local farmers with the infrastructure they need to succeed and grow their business, open up new markets, create jobs and boost the local economy.

It will involve:
• The reconstruction and widening of 3.6km of Culmaran Creek Road
• Initial sealing of at least 520m of gravel road
• Replacement of a single lane timber bridge with a dual lane concrete/steel bridge
• Upgrades to road drainage infrastructure, signage and delineation
• Improvements to the intersection of Bruxner Highway and Culmaran Creek Road
• Improvements to the gravel sections of Culmaran Creek Road to be used for detour during the works, including replacement of a small single lane timber bridge with a concrete pipe culvert

The State Government has committed $2.629 million through Restart NSW to the project, while the Australian Government will contribute $1.682 million through the Regional Jobs and Investment Package and another $398,000 through the Bridge Renewal Program. Kyogle Council itself will provide $245,000 in funding and local industries, Mara Seeds and Mara Global will kick in $60,000.

Deputy Mayor Cr Burley said the Culmaran Creek Road Project was a perfect example of the incredible benefits that could flow to communities when the three tiers of government worked together.

$100,000 State Government grant to refurbish Kyogle library

Kyogle library will receive a $100,000 refurbishment and redesign thanks to a State Government Public Library Infrastructure Grant.

The grant for $99,673 was announced this week by Lismore MP Thomas George and Minister for the Arts Don Harwin.

The funds will be used to replace the existing library shelving and furniture, create a new layout and increase flexibility in the floor plan for events and library activities.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland has welcomed the grant, describing it as “great result” for the library and the wider community.

“Library services contribute so much to communities and it’s wonderful to see the State Government investing in the future of our local library,” she said.

Mr George said local libraries such as Kyogle were an important part of the community, providing much more than simply a place to borrow books.

“Libraries are at the heart of our community and are transforming rapidly to meet the challenges of the digital age,” he said.

Minister Harwin said the NSW Government had spent $28.8 million on libraries this financial year and was committed to working with councils to enhance library services and facilities across the State.

Work on the Kyogle library refurbishment is expected to start within the next few months.

Council starts work on 11th new bridge in 10 months

Kyogle Council has started work on its 11th new bridge in the past 10 months.

Council’s bridge crew began demolishing Somerville Bridge on Ettrick Road first thing yesterday morning.

It’s hoped, weather permitting, the new steel truss bridge will be in place and open to traffic in just eight weeks.

The new two-lane bridge will replace an old timber bridge that carried a 20 tonne load limit.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said the replacement of the bridge would enable producers to get their cattle or product to market, while emergency and heavier vehicles would have improved access.

“Council is committed to improving our road and bridge network and this bridge is the latest in a very ambitious works program,” she said.

The new bridge is expected to cost $460,000 and will be funded on a 50/50 basis by Council and the Federal Government through the Land Transport Infrastructure Projects.

Ettrick Road will be closed at the bridge (located about 5.9km from the intersection of Afterlee Road) while the work is completed. The alternate route is via Pines Road/Edenville Road or Iron Pot Creek/ Afterlee Road.

Since last July, Council has also converted five smaller timber bridges to concrete culverts.

 

Laptops available for use at Kyogle library

Kyogle library members can now “borrow” a laptop computer for use in the library.

The new service is open to members who are 16 years of age and older and you don’t even have to bother the library staff.

The laptops can be borrowed from a self-service kiosk using your library card.

Kyogle Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said the new service would give people with no or limited access to technology the opportunity to use the laptops for a range of activities.

The self-service laptop kiosk features six laptops which charge when the laptops are not in use. Community members can simply swipe their library cards and remove the laptop for use.

“The kiosk then effectively books out the laptop (similar to borrowing books) under your name,” Cr Mulholland said.

“It is such a quick, efficient system and I hope it is a resource that will be well utilised.”

Kyogle’s upgraded water treatment plant officially opened

The upgraded Kyogle water treatment plant was officially opened this morning by Member for Lismore Thomas George and Kyogle Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland.

The upgrade was the final component of the $6.47 million Kyogle Water Supply Augmentation Project which included construction of the off-stream storage dam, improving waste water disposal and construction of the award winning Kyogle fishway.

The project was largely funded by the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Water Security for Regions Program with additional funding by Kyogle Council.

“These upgrades will provide the local area with the equivalent of eight Olympic-sized pools of additional water storage, as well as improving the quality of the drinking water,” Mr George said.

Kyogle Mayor Danielle Mulholland said the project would have have a range of environmental and community benefits.

“The project represents a once in a generation improvement to the water supply for the township of Kyogle,” Cr Mulholland said.

“This project delivers improved drought security and water quality, and provides capacity for the future growth of the township which in turn supports the growth of the local economy.

“The additional grant funding for the solar powered mixers in the storage dam will ensure that the water supply is resilient to the impacts of climate change into the future.

“Overall the project has delivered on the triple bottom line by providing social, economic and environmental outcomes while addressing the core issue of providing a safe and secure water supply.

“The final product is a credit to all those involved, and showcases what can be achieved through strong partnerships between local and state government.”

Kyogle Council suspends developer fees on most developments

Kyogle Council is not just open for business it is actively encouraging development in a bid to grow the local economy.

At its 12 March meeting, Council voted unanimously to waive charges and contributions on all development across the local government area except for heavy haulage projects and most subdivisions.

Council hopes by waiving the charges and contributions it will encourage developers to bring forward key projects that will boost the local economy and grow jobs.

The policy, which will be reviewed after two years, is in line with Council’s Community Strategic Plan which seeks to grow the area’s ‘cultural diversity and its economy through investment in services, infrastructure and sustainable businesses’.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said Council’s decision to suspend developer fees showed that it was ready to do business and prepared to go the extra mile to partner with investors to grow job opportunities and enhance the liveability of the local government area.

“I see this as a window of opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to expand their existing business or develop a new one without the added burden of developer fees and charges,” she said.

“Like all windows, this one won’t remain open forever so you’ll need to get in reasonably quickly.”

The new Developer Contributions and Charges Discounting Policy will apply to all development applications issued by Council and completed before the review of the policy in March 2020.

And while most subdivision applications will still attract developer contributions, Council previously resolved to waive charges for small lot subdivisions (to create lots of less than 500m2 in area) in the Groom Street, Kyogle, medium density precinct.

Meanwhile, anyone with a previously approved but unimplemented development application can apply to Council to amend the application so that eligible contributions can be waived.

However, the waiver is dependent on the development being completed while the policy is in effect.

Three bridges washed away in March 2017 floods rebuilt and open to traffic

One year on from one of the worst floods in 70 years and Kyogle Council has replaced three bridges that were washed away in the deluge, isolating the rural communities they served.

Access to more than 50 homes in the Collins Creek, Sawpit Creek and Barkers Vale areas was cut off when the 31 March 2017 flood destroyed timber bridges on Collins Creek, Sawpit Creek and McClellands Roads.

For several weeks after the rain event Council staff worked around the clock to install two temporary bridges and a vehicle access through a national park to give residents in the three areas access to their properties while permanent new bridges were built.

Less than 12 months on and all three bridges have been rebuilt and are now open to traffic. The new Wagayn Bridge on Collins Creek Road was opened in November, while Jackson Bridge on McClelland Road opened to traffic in February.

Hogan Bridge on Sawpit Creek Road, the last of the three bridges to be built, was opened to traffic last week (15 March 2018).

Construction of a fourth bridge — Robotham Bridge on Williams Road — also destroyed in the 2017 flood but which did not isolate residents is expected to be completed in June.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland attributed the speed and success of the flood recovery in the Kyogle LGA to community spirit, a high degree of cooperation between council, government agencies and contractors, and the hard work and commitment of council staff.

“In those first days and weeks after the flood, the community and staff worked together to return things to as near normal as possible,” she said.

“Staff worked incredibly hard to get those temporary bridges and detour in place and once access had been restored they turned their efforts to getting the new bridges built.

“Getting it all done within a year was a truly impressive feat.”

Geotechnical investigations had to be undertaken, the bridges designed, tenders called and assessed, contractors appointed and funding approved through the National Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements before the first sod could be turned.

“I am immensely proud of how Kyogle Council in collaboration with the wider community has recovered from the floods while still getting on with business as usual,” Cr Mulholland said.

“Ratepayers and residents have also been very understanding and patient while the work has been completed.”

Kyogle Council’s final repair bill for the March 2017 flood is expected to top $9 million.

Rally organisers door knock proposed rally routes

Organisers of the Border Ranges Rally proposed for 13, 14 and 15 July this year have begun consulting with Kyogle district residents and property owners affected by proposed road closures.

Members of the Gold Coast Tweed Motorsporting Club (GCTMC) are doorknocking residents who live along the route of the proposed rally as well as affected side roads.

Lack of advance notification was identified by the community as an issue following the 2016 rally.

Council resolved after that rally that the GCTMC would have to submit a proposal for any future events to allow for consultation with affected property owners and residents before deciding whether or not to approve it.

In line with its push for greater community consultation, Council also plans to conduct a mail out to property owners and residents living along the proposed route.

Council will decide the fate of the proposed rally following the completion of the community consultation.

For further information about the proposed rally, contact Steve Davies of the GCTMC on 0457 328 179.

Community groups can apply for renewable energy generation and storage grants

Local community groups have the chance to apply for grants under the Federal Government’s Solar Communities Program to undertake small scale renewable energy generation and storage projects.

Grants of between $2500 and $12,500 are available under the program which is only being offered to community groups in 36 electorates, including Page and Richmond, throughout the country.

Projects could include purchase and installation of solar photovoltaic systems, battery storage for solar photovoltaic systems and solar hot water systems.

To be eligible community groups must:

  • be located in an eligible region
  • have at least $2,500 of eligible expenditure
  • hold an Australian Business Number (ABN)
  • provide a letter of consent from the building owner/manager, if you are not the building owner/manager
  • ensure you use an installer that is accredited and licensed to perform the relevant electrical/plumbing work (for solar photovoltaic generation and battery storage systems installers must also be accredited with the Clean Energy Council)
  • provide the relevant mandatory attachments.

Applications will close at 5pm AEST on Thursday 31 May 2018.

For further information click here.

Free video making workshop

A free video making workshop will be held at the Bonalbo Community Hall on Tuesday 27 March from 9.30am-1pm.

The workshop is aimed at primary producers who want to learn how to showcase their farm, enterprize or stock on line using their Iphone or Ipad.

It is being offered by the Department of Primary Industries through the Rural Resilience Program in association with Kyogle Council.

There are only 15 places available at the workshop. Bookings are required, phone Jennifer Haberecht on 0400 160 287 or email jen.haberecht@dpi.nsw.gov.au.

 

Projects in Kyogle and Woodenbong will benefit from almost $1 million in funding under round one of the State Government’s Strong Country Communities (SCC) Fund.

The funding was announced last week by Member for Lismore Thomas George.

The Kyogle Council projects to be funded were:

  • Greening Kyogle Main Street $100,000
  • Kyogle Aquatic Centre redevelopment $154,336
  • Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall revitalization $220,000
  • Kyogle Recreation Reserve improvements $100,000
  • Kyogle Amphitheatre stage $100,000
  • Kyogle All Active expansion $100,000
  • Woodenbong Recreation Reserve improvements $100,000

“Stronger Country Communities funding is an investment in local infrastructure to improve the lives of residents and enhance the attractiveness of our region – this funding will help us do exactly that,” Mr George said.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland described the funding announcement as “great news for Kyogle and Woodenbong”.

“These projects have been planned for quite some time and now the funding and the planning have come together and we have a fabulous result for the community,” she said.

“These projects were developed through the community strategic planning process and Council advocated and applied for funding on this mandate.

“It’s great to see the community engagement and planning processes coming to fruition with such tangible results through our partnerships with the State Government.

“We have recently undertaken further engagement in the villages through the Visions of the Villages process and I expect that future Stronger Country Community funding rounds will reflect the village priorities that have been identified.”

Kyogle Council has been allocated $1.4 million in round two of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The Stronger Country Communities fund is one of the six funds that make up the NSW Government’s $1.3 billion Regional Growth Fund. It targets smaller-sized projects that have the capacity to make a big difference to the lives of country people.

Temporary closure of Summerland Way 36km north of Kyogle from 12 – 28 March

The Summerland Way, 36km north of Kyogle, will be closed to all traffic from 8pm to 2am Monday to Saturday morning from Monday 12 March while the Roads and Maritime Service carries out slope stabilisation work.

The work site is located about 4km north of Grevillia between Imbreys Road and Montgomerys Road. There is no detour.

The work will involve piling to stabilise the road embankment to provide a safer road environment. It is expected to be completed by Wednesday 28 March, weather permitting.

The daily plan for work is to pre-bore pile holes from around 2pm with stop/slow traffic control conditions in place. The major piling will be carried out from about 8pm when the Summerland Way will be closed to traffic.

The road will reopen once the piles are installed. Emergency access will be maintained at all times.

The RMS advises motorists to plan their journey with the road closure times in mind. If you have any questions, contact Alex Rosnell at the RMS on 02 6640 1300.