Red benches create awareness of domestic violence

Two benches at the front of the Kyogle hospital have been painted bright red as a stark reminder that domestic violence dwells in our community.

The red benches also serve as a beacon of hope to domestic violence victims that help is available.

Council painted the benches red at the request of the Kyogle Family and Domestic Violence Working Group which has joined a campaign to have 100 red benches installed across Australia.

The campaign is being driven by the not-for-profit Red Rose Foundation which is working to end domestic violence in Australia.

Kyogle Council Mayor and patron of the Kyogle Family and Domestic Violence Working Group Cr Danielle Mulholland said the red benches movement first came to light during the 16 days of activism last December.

“The CWA organised the 16 days of activism in Kyogle and that included a play on domestic violence and a short presentation on the red benches movement,” Cr Mulholland said.

“The whole thing grew from there, with the idea being that the red benches will get people talking about domestic violence.

“And having them at the front of the hospital reminds people that victims of domestic violence often end up at the hospital, or worse, the morgue.”

Cr Mulholland said raising community awareness of the prevalence of domestic violence and that help is available was crucial in reducing the harm it causes.

“As Mayor, I feel it’s important that the victims of domestic violence, women and men, know that Council cares and that help and support is available.”

Cr Mulholland stressed that domestic violence was not limited to physical violence.

“It can be emotional, psychological, financial and even spiritual abuse whereby a person is prevented from pursuing their own spiritual beliefs because of a family member,” she said.

“If we put a spotlight on domestic violence, then perhaps the victims and perpetrators will get the help they need.”

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, help is available:

  • Kyogle Family Support Service phone 6632 1044
  • Help to stay safe or leave phone 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
  • The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre Women’s Domestic Violence Court Advocacy Service phone 1300 720 606 or 6621 1044
  • The Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre – Family Law and Domestic Violence legal advice phone 6621 1000 or 1800 689 889
  • Call out family and domestic violence in the community phone 000 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000

Federal and NSW Governments will cover the costs of bush fire clean up for residential and commercial residences res

The Federal and NSW Governments have announced that they will be covering the costs of bush fire clean up for residential and commercial residences impacted by bushfires (see joint media release below).

Impacted owners wanting their property cleared, need to call Service NSW on 13 77 88 to register their details and provide consent for access to their land.

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 30 January 2020
NSW BUSHFIRE CLEAN-UP CONTRACTOR ANNOUNCED

The Morrison and Berejiklian Governments today announced they will share the costs on a 50:50 basis for the clean-up of residential and commercial properties destroyed by the recent bushfires in NSW.

This follows the successful approach adopted by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments following the Black Saturday bushfires.

The cost of the NSW clean-up is expected to run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, though a definitive number cannot be settled until the fires have ceased and sites are assessed.

As part of recovery efforts the NSW Government has also selected Laing O’Rourke Australia as the lead contractor to undertake the clean-up.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Commonwealth Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, NSW Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Disaster Recovery John Barilaro, Commonwealth Minister for Natural Disaster and Emergency Management David Littleproud and NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the funding agreement would give people more certainty as the recovery process continues.

“This is an important step to get the clean-up and rebuilding process moving to help people get back on their feet,” the Prime Minister said.

“We know many people are still battling these blazes but where the fire-front has passed we’re deploying $2 billion through our National Bushfire Recovery Agency to help people rebuild their homes and communities.”

“The destruction caused by these fires is unprecedented and the process of recovery and rebuilding will take time, but I want people to know, we will be with them every step of the way,” the Premier said.

“Government is picking up the bill for the clean-up, at no cost to owners, so if you’re uninsured, this is one less thing to worry about and if you are insured, it means you will be able to use every dollar of your policy to rebuild.”

Treasurer Frydenberg said the speed at which agreement was reached between the Commonwealth and the NSW government was not only a testament to the working relationship between the two levels of government but that of the National Bushfire Recovery Agency.

“An unprecedented joint effort has and is required to assist with the recovery, rebuilding and future resilience of local communities,” Treasurer Frydenberg said.

“The National Bushfire Recovery Agency has played a key role across the board ensuring the Commonwealth’s resources are reaching the communities when and where they are needed.”

The Deputy Premier said the clean-up was a mammoth task but that he was confident the partnership with Laing O’Rourke will see properties cleared and the rebuild begin as soon as possible.

“With 2,399 homes destroyed and more than 10,000 buildings damaged or destroyed all up, we have a long journey ahead of us,” the Deputy Premier said.

“Despite the enormity of the job, Laing O’Rourke has indicated the majority of properties will be substantially cleared by mid-year, with a focus on residential properties.

“The contractor will also be working hand in hand with Public Works Advisory to engage local suppliers and subcontractors, to keep local economies ticking over.

“Our emergency services, volunteers and our farmers have been outstanding in emergency situations these past months, and we need to be as vigilant in recovery as they have been in the face of disaster.”

Minister Littleproud said the Commonwealth would continue to step up to do whatever it takes.

“We will continue to respond to changing conditions while these fires affect communities across the country,” Minister Littleproud said.

“As the rebuilding begins, the Commonwealth will be there to make sure communities are well-resourced.”

Treasurer Perrottet said he expected all savings insurance companies may accrue as a result of the Government funded clean-up to be passed on to policy holders to help assist them in the rebuilding process.

“I know people are anxious to have their properties cleared as soon as possible which is why the NSW Government has hit the ground running with the clean-up effort,” Treasurer Perrottet said.

“Impacted owners wanting their property cleared need to call Service NSW on 13 77 88 to register their details and provide consent for access to their land.

“We are working with the new National Bushfire Recovery Agency to ensure a coordinated response to make clean-up as easy as possible for property owners.”

The NSW Government will provide regular updates to the Commonwealth on the progress of the clean-up.

Bonalbo water restrictions reduced to Level 3

Due to the recent rainfall increasing flows in Peacock Creek, water restrictions in the village of Bonalbo have been reduced to Level 3, effective immediately.

They were at Level 4.

Level 3 restrictions are as follows:

  • Residential properties and swimming pools; micro-sprays and drippers/sub-surface irrigation can be used for a maximum of 15 minutes and hand held hoses can be used for half an hour every second day, between the hours of 4:00pm and 9:00am. Houses with an even street number can water on even numbered calendar days, and houses with odd street number can water on odd numbered calendar days. Other irrigation and unattended hoses are banned.
  • Commercial premises; as above, exemptions for sprinkler use up to two hours a day allowed for essential business uses, eg nurseries, or where business hours dictate water use eg schools, public gardens, sports grounds.
  • Industrial; no restriction for water usage for essential business activities.
  • Rural; no restriction for stock watering.

 

 

 

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.

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.

 

 

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.

Submissions welcome – list of names for roads, bridges and other Council structures

Council is calling for input from the community to update a list of names for new roads, buildings, and bridges and we’d love to hear your comments and submissions.

The Kyogle Council List of Words for the Provision of Road Names Within the Kyogle Local Government Area is a document referenced by Council when selecting names for Council infrastructure. Since it was created and adopted 19 years ago, it has been utilised for the naming of many roads and structures, particularly newly constructed bridges.

An updated list has been created which includes all the words from the previously adopted list, as well as a new section listing additional words/names suggested by the community.

Council is presenting the draft updated document for public exhibition and calling for submissions from the community to add to the new section, prior to the full list being formally adopted by Council.  This will allow for additional names with local significance to be added to the list. All submissions and comments are welcome.

The draft revised Kyogle Council List of Words for the Provision of Road Names Within the Kyogle Local Government Area may be accessed via this link or viewed at the mobile library or the Council offices in Stratheden Street, Kyogle.

Submissions should be addressed to the General Manager and mailed to Kyogle Council, PO Box 11, Kyogle NSW 2474 or e-mailed to council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au and will be received until the close of business (4:00pm) on Wednesday, 27 November 2019 so that a report on submissions received can be presented to the December Ordinary Meeting of Council.

Drought Assistance Fact Sheets

If you are affected by drought and are in need of help, the following fact sheets may be of some assistance:

 

Community group selected to operate Kyogle Tip Shop

Kyogle Council has selected the newly formed Kyogle Resource Innovation Collaborative (KRIC) to re-open and run the Kyogle Tip Shop.

Made up of a diverse range of community members who have experience in, and a passion for, recycling, reusing and upcycling waste material, KRIC is supported by Kyogle Together Inc.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said the community had strongly supported the re-opening of the Tip Shop and Council was pleased the facility would once again be available to the broader community.

“This is a great result for the community and is consistent with Council’s commitment to encouraging recycling and reuse of materials, preventing them from ending up in landfill.,” Cr Mulholland said.

“It’s a win-win for all involved.

“And KRIC, which is a not for profit community group, will be able to earn an income stream so they can deliver community programs.

“KRIC’s vision is to create a community hub for social enterprise, resource recovery and sustainability education.”

The Tip Shop was closed in 2017 after the building was found to pose a number of health and safety risks. Council received funding last year to repair the building and earlier this year called for expressions of interest (EOIs) from local not for profit community groups to re-open and run the facility.

EOIs were received from two groups, both formed specifically in response to Council’s call, with KRIC’s proposal judged as providing the best service for the community.

Under its proposal, members of the public will be able to purchase raw materials, second-hand goods, repaired and restored items, and arts and crafts made from salvaged materials from the Tip Shop. Members of the public will also be able to donate goods and materials to the Tip Shop for resale, or use in upcycling projects.

KRIC also has plans to expand operations in future to include environmental education workshops, and arts and crafts workshops.

Over the coming weeks, Council will be working with the KRIC to get the Tip Shop ready to open for business. Further information, including opening days and times, will be announced in the near future.

In the meantime, KRIC is open to new members. If you are handy with a hammer or screwdriver, like building, fixing or restoring things, have an artistic flair or just would like to volunteer your time in a worthy endeavour, email your details to Kyogle Together Inc. at gm@kyogletogether.org.au.

Council eligible to apply for Drought Communities funding

Kyogle Council now eligible to apply for up to $1M in Commonwealth Government Drought Communities Program Funding

 On 27 September 2019, the Australian Government announced an extension to the Drought Communities Program.  The program is designed to provide an economic stimulus to drought-affected communities.

On 3 October 2019, Kyogle Council was included as one of the councils eligible for up to $1 million in grant funding for local infrastructure and drought relief projects.

It is important to note that Council being invited to submit an application for funding does not guarantee that an application will be successful.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said the Council, in consultation with the community, would now start the process of identifying suitable projects that meet the program guidelines.

The funding targets infrastructure and other projects that:

  • provide employment for people whose work opportunities have been impacted by drought
  • stimulate local community spending
  • use local resources, businesses and suppliers
  • provide a long-lasting benefit to communities and the agricultural industries on which they depend.

“I’m relieved we have been included in the program and finally identified as being in drought, something we have known for quite some time,” Cr Mulholland said.

“The current guidelines are very specific about what kind of projects are eligible. Those guidelines are in the process of being updated, and once they have been released by the Federal Government, we will have a better idea of how to proceed.

“We want to be able to put forward projects for funding that are of the greatest benefit to the community and have the best chance of being approved under the guidelines.”

Applications open for Local Sport Grant Program

The State Government’s Local Sport Grant Program is now open for applications.

The $4.6 million Local Sport Grant Program aims to increase regular and ongoing participation opportunities in sport and active recreation in NSW.

This year’s program has been established to:

• target opportunities specifically for women and girls
• overall participation opportunities
• support local communities affected by drought.

The Local Sports Grant funding is available across all electorates in NSW.

For more information, read the guidelines which can be found here and, if eligible, submit an application by the closing date of Monday 5pm 25 November 2019.

Australia Day 2020

Planning has started for Australia Day 2020 celebrations across the Kyogle Local Government Area (LGA).

Events will once again be held at Kyogle, Woodenbong and Bonalbo (West of the Range), with organisers of all three events calling for nominations for the annual Australia Day Awards.

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 five categories:

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

For further information, including where to obtain a nomination form, contact Rosslyn on 6635 1393.

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

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

For further information, contact Merrilyn on 6665 3290.

Kyogle youth look to the future

Kyogle Council and Kyogle Together Inc. have supported three young members of Council’s youth advisory group Swoopin’ Season to attend the Unleash the Future MMXIX NSW Youth Council Conference in Blacktown this week.

Kyogle Council Deputy Mayor Cr John Burley said Council was proud to support young people from the Kyogle local government area (LGA) attend the conference.

“The conference will feature a range of engaging speakers, interactive skills-based workshops and unique social events,” Cr Burley said.

“The Blacktown Youth Advisory Committee together with Blacktown City Council is hosting the conference and it is a fantastic opportunity for our delegates to network with like- minded young leaders from across the state to connect, share, unpack and develop innovative solutions to current issues and unlock their capacity as future leaders in their communities.”

Swoopin’ Season has replaced Kyogle Council’s more formal Youth Advisory Committee and is auspiced by Kyogle Together Inc. It allows young people from the Kyogle LGA to gather in a supportive, less formal space (virtual and physical) to discuss issues and follow-up matters important to them.

The group also provides advice to Council on youth-related matters.

The three young people attending the Blacktown conference – Mikaela, Kimberley and Mahalia – were farewelled by Council yesterday (12 September 2019) and said they were looking forward to experience.

“I’m really excited that Swoopin’ Season is providing this type of opportunity to young people from Kyogle. I’m eager to hear what other young people are doing in their towns and to share our story. Hopefully we’ll be able to bring back a fresh set of ideas that can be applied here,” Mikaela said.

“I reckon it will be a fun experience,” Kimberley said.

“We haven’t ever flown before so even getting there and back will be exciting. I’m so keen to see what it looks like flying in and out,” Mahalia said.