Council approves 25 community grants

Kyogle Council has approved financial assistance grants totalling more than $30,000 to a host of community, service and sporting organisations as well as four individuals.

The 25 one-off grants were awarded under Council’s Community Assistance Policy and ranged from $400 to $5,000.

The grants are targeted at organisations and individuals working in the areas of welfare, community involvement/social interaction, sports and recreation, the arts, youth affairs, senior citizens affairs and cultural assistance.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said while the grants were for relatively small amounts, they had a big impact on local communities.

“For example, a grant to the Woodenbong Progress Association will help it buy coin operated laundry appliances for the Woodenbong Camp Grounds making it a far more attractive stop-over for campers and tourists alike,” she said.

“Another grant will help Kyogle Youth Action re-establish the Kyogle Community Radio Station to provide young people with training options and pathways to employment while giving community members the chance to have their voices heard and share stories and local news.”

Council also approved two further grants for local events through its economic development fund.

Successful grant applicants were:

  • Louisa Johnston Training Centre Incorporated $1,000;
  • Save Our Services Upper Clarence Health Committee Inc $1,000;
  • RSL NSW Bonalbo sub-Branch $401;
  • Ettrick Hall Committee $1,000;
  • Bundgeam Preschool Inc $995;
  • Kyogle Karate Club $1,000;
  • Woodenbong Progress Association $3,685;
  • The Risk Hall Committee $5,000;
  • Cawongla Playhouse Inc $2,414;
  • Kyogle Track and Trail Mountain Bike Club $1,000;
  • Rotary Club of Kyogle Inc $1,000;
  • Kyogle Public School P&C Association $806;
  • Kyogle Touch Football Association $1,000; B
  • Boomerang Bags Kyogle $1,000;
  • Kyogle Creative and Performing Arts Association $500;
  • Tabulam Branch CWA $1,750;
  • Bonalbo and District Community Hall Association Inc $849;
  • Grevillia Hall Committee $1,000;
  • Kyogle Together Inc (Kyogle Youth Action) $1,000;
  • Kyogle Landcare $1,000;
  • Kyogle Fishing Club $1,000;
  • Leeanne Ferguson $500;
  • Robyn Job $500;
  • Emily Weston $500;
  • Cloe Fleming $500.

Two of the individuals to receive grants, Emily West and Cloe Fleming, have been selected in the Australian 15 years girls futsal team and will use the grant to help cover travel costs to Brazil.

Leeanne Ferguson’s grant will allow her to attend a teacher of swimming course, while Robyn Job’s grant will cover part of the costs of an accredited Lift for Life Training Course.

The two events to receive funding were the Fairymount Festival $5,000 and the Tabulam Races $1,000.

Australia Day Award nominations now open

Nominations for the Kyogle, Woodenbong and West of the Range Australia Day Awards are now open.

Members of the public are being asked to nominate the area’s unsung heroes who deserve recognition for their community endeavors.

Kyogle has six award categories – Citizen of the Year, Junior Citizen of the Year, Senior Sportsperson of the Year, Junior Sportsperson of the Year (under 18), Senior Student of the Year (high school) and Junior Student of the Year (primary) – and nominations will close of 17 December 2018.

Woodenbong has five award categories – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen, Sportsperson, Community Organisation/Event, and Business/Service – with nominations closing on Monday 31 December 2018.

West of the Range has six award categories – Citizen of the Year, Young Citizen, Senior Citizen, Sportsperson, Community Organisation/Event, and Business/Service – and nominations will close at 4pm on Saturday 15 December 2018.

Hard copies of the Kyogle nomination forms are available from Council’s administration centre, while hard copies of the Woodenbong forms are available at various locations throughout Woodenbong and at Council’s administration centre.

Similarly, hard copies of the West of the Range nomination forms are available from post offices at Bonalbo, Tabulam and Mallanganee and at Council’s administration centre.

Neve wins Trainee of the Year Award

Kyogle’s Neve Petherbridge has been named NovaSkill’s School Based Trainee of the Year at the organisation’s annual award presentation night.

Neve has been working at Kyogle Council one day a week as a school-based trainee for the past two years while undertaking Years 11 and 12 at Kyogle High School. She has also successfully completed a Certificate III in Business.

Neve was nominated for the award by her colleagues at Kyogle Council who attended the award presentation together with Deputy Mayor Cr John Burley to show their support.

Congratulation Neve.

21 local projects receive grants through Stronger Country Communities Fund

Kyogle Council will receive more than $1.3 million in State Government funding to breathe new life into community facilities throughout the local government area.

The Round 2 Stronger Country Communities Fund grants were announced by Member for Lismore Thomas George.

Twenty one projects which include upgrades to community halls, sports grounds, sporting facilities and public spaces will benefit from the grants.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland welcomed the funding boost and thanked Mr George for his support.

“The funding of these projects means that Council can now start delivering outcomes tied to our Visions of the Villages process where we went around to each village in our Council area and asked residents what was important to them,” she said.

“These projects were identified by the relevant communities as priority projects and I am so pleased to see the State Government fund them.”

Mr George congratulated Council on its application and said that every project that had received funding was important in attracting visitors and creating facilities to benefit the lives of people living in Kyogle and the villages.

The $300 million Stronger Country Communities Fund is part of the NSW Government’s $1.6 billion Regional Growth Fund.

The projects to be funded include:

Mallanganee Public Toilets, $50,000 – to demolish and replace the toilet block at the camping amenities.

Malllanganee Sports Ground Improvements, $129,263- to refurbish existing buildings, upgrade toilets and showers, upgrade the camp kitchen and water supply, re-seal internal roads, improve access and loop, remove depot fencing, create new pathways, refurbish the cricket net, and plant street trees.

Tabulam Sports Ground Improvements, $50,000- to refurbish the existing amenities building, replace the basketball hoop, expand the skate park, provide additional oval seating, and install outdoor gym equipment.

Tabulam Hall Improvements, $50,000 – to paint the interior,  polish the floor, undertake electrical and lighting upgrades, and refurbish the kitchen and storeroom.

Bonalbo Pool Improvements, $50,000-  to install accessible stairs into the pool, repaint the pool, and refurbish the amenities and grandstand.

Bonalbo Norman Johnson Park Improvements, $80,000 – to install an outdoor gym, car park, access roads, and connecting footpath; refurbish the existing skate park; remove the old hall building; install a BMX track; and paint murals on existing amenities buildings.

Bonalbo Caravan Park Improvements, $50,000- to provide better vehicular access onto Clarence Way, additional advanced notification signage, and refurbish existing amenities, and seal internal roads.

Bonalbo Hall Improvements, $50,000 – to paint the exterior, replace fire doors and access stairs, provide a ramp, install awnings over fire doors, improve connectivity to Patrick McNamee Park, and paint a mural on the hall wall that adjoins the park.

Old Bonalbo Pioneer Park Improvements, $57,905 – to replace the existing toilets with a new accessible unisex toilet (compost), seal the internal roadway, improve access, clean up damaged trees, refresh shelters, and install a small rainwater tank.

Old Bonalbo Footpaths, $50,000 – to install footpaths in Old Bonalbo to provide connectivity to the local shop and improve the existing footpath from the hall to the school. A new bin will also be installed near the local shop.

Old Bonalbo Hall Improvements, $50,000 – to repaint the interior, sand and seal the timber floor, and upgrade the septic system. 

Wiangaree Aboody Park Improvements, $50,000 – Improvements will include fencing along the highway, water and sewerage infrastructure for the existing public toilet, shade/trees at the playground, additional seating, and changes to the car park.

Wiangaree Hall Improvements, $50,000 – Improvements will include an electrical upgrade, new ceiling fans, upgraded and sealed driveway, replacement of boundary fencing, and refurbishment of doors.

Wiangaree Rodeo Ground, $70,000- to seal and improve the internal access road; install a new electric barbecue, stainless steel benches, outdoor picnic shelters, and seating; and make electrical and building repairs to the existing hall.

Woodenbong Sporting Improvements, $50,000 – to install accessible stairs at Woodenbong Public Pool, replace the pool diving blocks, install a powered shelter at the sports ground, construct shaded seating and undertake landscaping at the skate park to control parking, and creation of additional pathways.

Woodenbong Showground, $50,000 – Improvements will include an expanded amenities building and a new sewerage pump.

Woodenbong Hall, $55,000 – to install air conditioning at Woodenbong Hall.

Kyogle High School Sports Ground, $50,000 –  to refurbish existing amenities, improve access the road and parking area and improve existing kiosk.

Tourism signage across all villages and Kyogle, $140,000 – to install tourism/wayfinding signage in Kyogle, Mallanganee, Tabulam, Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, Woodenbong, and Wiangaree. The signs will include indigenous cultural information, mobile phone coded information and directions to vehicle pullover areas.

Kyogle Rugby League Ground, $70,000 – to upgrade of lighting and undertake improvements to the club kitchen.

Kyogle Rifle Range Improvements, $75,000 – Improvements will include shade structures, amenities, and increased accessibility.

Another new bridge is opened!

Members of the Christensen family joined Kyogle Council Mayor Danielle Mulholland and Member for Page Kevin Hogan to formally open the new Christensen Bridge on Afterlee Road last week.

Council received $311,500 through the Federal Government’s Bridge Renewal Program to construct the new steel truss bridge. It replaces an old timber bridge.

The new bridge will provide improved access to residents, local businesses, agricultural producers and tourists visiting the Murray Scrub World Heritage listed National Park and Toonumbar Dam.

About 30 people including Kyogle Council Deputy Mayor John Burley, students from Afterlee Public School, local residents and Council staff attended the opening.

Recycle household waste at Kyogle community recycling centre

National Recycling Week runs from 12- 18 November and if you’re moving house, renovating your home or just having a spring clean you’ll probably have household problem waste such as unwanted paint, oils, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and gas bottles to dispose of.

The safe and environmentally friendly solution is to take them to the Community Recycling Centres (CRC), located at the Kyogle Waste Facility. There’s no charge to drop off these items, most of which will be recycled or reused. Last year more than 209 tonnes of household problem waste was dropped off at the eight CRCs across the region.

Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste said this type of waste was only a problem if it was placed into household bins or illegally dumped on kerbsides, parks or reserves where it could be hazardous to people and the environment.

“However, the solution is simple. Anyone can take household quantities of up to 20 litres or 20 kilos of these wastes to their Community Recycling Centre at anytime of the year for free,” she said.

“Residents should be aware that household chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and pool chemicals are not accepted at the Kyogle Waste Facility and should instead be taken to one of the region’s designated ‘Household Hazardous Waste Stores’ the closest of which are located at either the Nammoona Waste Facility, Casino or the Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre.”

For more information contact Council on 6632 1611 or visit www.newaste.org.au

If you would like to report an illegal dumping incident in the Kyogle Council local government area call the Council on 6632 1611 or report it online at www.ridonline.epa.nsw.gov.au

 

Go green, go electronic

Why not cut down on paper and receive your rate installment notice electronically

You can do that by signing up to use one of the methods below:

BPay View – Log into your internet banking and register using your reference number printed on your recent notice.

eNotice – Log into Kyogle.enotices.com.au and register using the reference number printed on your recent notice.

Once you have registered, your future notices will be sent to you electronically.

You simply have to login to your internet banking or eNotices  (whichever option you chose for registration) to enable you to view and/or pay the bill.

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.