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 –

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 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

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.

Council votes to amend Code of Meeting Practice

Council resolved at its 9 September 2019 meeting to amend its Code of Meeting Practice to give people more time to register their interest in speaking at public forum.

Under the current code, people must register to speak at public forum by midday on the Thursday prior to the meeting.

The amendment will extend that time by one day, to midday on the Friday prior to the meeting.

The draft amended Code of Meeting Practice is on public exhibition until 4pm on 22 October 2019. Written submissions are encouraged and should be addressed to the General Manager, PO Box 11, Kyogle, NSW, 2474 or email

A hard copy of the amended policy also is available from Council’s administration centre at 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle.

Board members sought for Tabulam Racecourse Land Manager

Nominations are being sought for board appointments to the Tabulam Racecourse Land Manager.

Appointments are for up to five years and are voluntary. Crown Lands is looking for a good mix of people with a variety of skills, however, sound business and financial management skills and objective decision-making expertise would be a distinct advantage.

For further information including fact sheets and application forms, click here.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday 16 October 2019. Monday 5 August 2019.

Local youth urged to take part in on-line survey

Young people (aged 12-25 years) who live, work or play in the Kyogle town or village areas are being asked to complete a survey about the types of projects and activities they would like to see happen in their area.

The results of the on-line survey will help Kyogle Council and other local community groups when they are applying for funding. They will also provide some focus for “Swooping Season”, the new-look Kyogle Council Youth Advisory Committee.

Survey participants can also leave their contact details if they want to get involved in planning or helping organise local activities or so that Council can advise them when it is doing things in their area.

To complete the survey, click here.

Council adopts bold initiative to stimulate development and growth

Kyogle Council has adopted a bold initiative to stimulate development and open up new housing and industrial lots.

Council last week (12 August) voted unanimously to extend the scope of its Development Contributions and Charges Discounting Policy to add subdivisions to the list of developments for which Council will waive developer charges and contributions.

Council also voted to extend the life of the policy to March 2022.

Under the policy, developers could save up to $26,000 a lot for new subdivisions.

The original policy, introduced in March 2018, waived development contributions and servicing charges to most developments barring subdivisions and heavy haulage developments.

In the 17 months since then, there has been an increase in development applications and approved projects being brought to construction throughout the Kyogle Local Government Area (LGA).

Council hopes the extended policy will attract further investment and stimulate economic growth.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said Council was serious about promoting development in order to create jobs, grow local businesses and increase the choice of housing and land in the LGA.

“Council has clearly stated that it wants to see development happening,” Cr Mulholland said.

“This policy is unique to Kyogle Council and we are hoping people with approved developments will bring them forward, while prompting those considering a development to act now,” she said.

“As the policy is a generous incentive it cannot apply indefinitely, so people will need to take advantage of this opportunity by March 2022.”

The Development Contributions and Charges Discounting Policy will apply to all newly approved development that is completed before the review of the policy in March 2022. On application, the policy can also be applied to existing consents where the development consent is still current and the development has not been completed.


Closing date for Tip Shop EOIs extended

The closing date for expressions of interest (EOI) to re-establish and operate the Tip Shop at the Kyogle landfill has been extended until 4pm, Friday 13 September 2019, to allow community groups more time to put together their proposals.

Council is seeking EOIs from local not-for-profit community groups.

The Tip Shop will contribute to Council’s waste management goals by enabling goods and materials to be diverted from landfill for sale so that they can be reused or recycled within the community. Council is also seeking to support the work of local community groups by providing an avenue for such groups to generate further income for delivery of community projects and services.

For further information about this opportunity and guidance on how to prepare a proposal, please refer to the Expression of Interest below. Proposals must be in writing (typed) and submitted to Council by no later than 4pm, Friday 13 September 2019.

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Council on (02) 66 321 611 or email

Driving tests now available in Kyogle

Kyogle Council has partnered with Service NSW so that people can do their driving tests in Kyogle.

Service NSW will provide driving tests fortnightly on Tuesdays from the Kyogle Council Administration Centre (1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle) from 10am – 3pm beginning on 20 August 2019.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said the partnership between Council and Service NSW meant that young people no longer had to travel to Casino, Lismore or Murwillumbah to get their provisional licence.

“We’re working hard to deliver services for young people in our community,” Cr Mulholland said.

“They will now be able to do their driving test and be issued with an interim licence right here in Kyogle, which is really great news.

“Older driver driving tests will also be available at Kyogle from now on and I know that will mean a lot to our more senior residents.”

Bookings for the driving tests are essential and can be made by either calling 13 77 88, dropping into a Service NSW centre at Lismore, Casino, or Murwillumbah or going online to

Kyogle Council also has a Service NSW Self-Serve kiosk at its administration centre in Kyogle.

Self-serve kiosks are not staffed, however people are able to use the kiosk computer to go online to:

  • Renew vehicle and vessel registrations
  • Order a replacement for a lost, stolen or damaged driver licence (driver licence applications or renewals cannot be completed at a self-serve kiosk)
  • Apply for an E-Toll Account
  • Order personalised number plates
  • Make changes to their RMS personal contact information
  • Renew an individual contractor’s licence
  • Check a builder or tradesperson’s licence
  • Apply for a NSW Seniors Card
  • National Park annual passes
  • Fishing licences
  • Pay a penalty notice

Kyogle and Tenterfield Councils join forces to build $1.8M bridge

Kyogle Council will join forces with neighbouring Tenterfield Shire Council to build a $1.8 million bridge on the boundary of the two council areas.

The councils will each kick in $542,500 toward the cost of the new concrete bridge which replaces an old single-lane load-limited timber structure known as Hootens Bridge.

The bridge, which spans the Clarence River, is vital to local agricultural industries.

The Federal Government through the Bridge Renewal Program also will provide $700,000 toward the cost of the new bridge, while blueberry producer Mountainblue Farms will contribute $15,000.

The alliance between the neighbouring councils comes in the wake of the State Government’s Fit for the Future process which encouraged councils to work more collaboratively to deliver better outcomes for their communities.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said she was delighted the two councils were able to partner with each other for the benefit of the broader community.

“I am very pleased that Tenterfield and Kyogle Councils are working together to deliver this very important piece of infrastructure,” Cr Mulholland said.

“We have a very good relationship with Tenterfield Shire Council and Tenterfield Mayor Peter Petty and I hope that going into the future we will continue to partner around these kinds of projects.

“For one council to deliver such an essential piece of infrastructure would be very expensive. With these kinds of large projects, such partnerships are key to delivering great outcomes for our local communities, and to mitigating the costs for any one council.”

Tenterfield Shire Mayor Peter Petty said his council was happy to join forces with Kyogle to deliver the new bridge.

“It’s all about our communities. Working with Kyogle fosters and strengthens our relationship and has the full support of our Council,” he said.

The new bridge will be built by Kyogle Council in association with Tenterfield Shire Council, with work to begin in February 2020.

Expressions of Interest called to operate Tip Shop

Council is seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from local not-for-profit community groups to re-establish and operate the ‘Tip Shop’ at the Kyogle Landfill.

The Tip Shop will contribute to Council’s waste management goals by enabling goods and materials to be diverted from landfill for sale so that they can be reused or recycled within the community. Council is also seeking to support the work of local community groups by providing an avenue for such groups to generate further income for delivery of community projects and services.

For further information about this opportunity and guidance on how to prepare a proposal, please refer to the Expression of Interest below. Proposals must be in writing (typed) and submitted to Council by no later than 4pm, Friday 30 August 2019.

If you have questions about this opportunity please contact Council on (02) 66 321 611 or email

Free trip to the tip for ratepayers

Every Kyogle Council ratepayer will get at least one free trip to the tip this year.

For the second year in a row, Council has sent out a free waste voucher with annual rates notices to every ratepayer in the local government area.

The waste voucher entitles the holder to dispose of one load (in a small vehicle and trailer or a ute) of general waste up to 300kg or five small loads of up to 60kgs.

The waste vouchers can be used at the Kyogle landfill or the Woodenbong, Bonalbo or Mallanganee waste transfer stations.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland said the waste vouchers were good news for all ratepayers, including those who were struggling to cope with the financial and emotional impacts of the ongoing drought.

“The waste vouchers allow people to dispose of excess waste in a responsible way at no cost – it’s one less thing they have to worry about,” Cr Mulholland said.

“The waste vouchers have the added benefit of reducing illegal dumping.

“As a Council, we encourage people to recycle where possible, but where that’s not possible these vouchers offer the community the means to dispose of un-recyclable material for free.”

Applications now open for Council’s Community Assistance Fund Grants

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

The fund provides one-off grants of up to $1,000 for organisations, $500 for individuals and $5,000 for projects with matched funding.

Applications close at 4pm on Friday 30 August.

Application forms and further information is available from the Kyogle Council administration centre, 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle, or by clicking here.

Vote now for community projects to be funded

It’s time to vote for the project or projects in the Lismore electorate that you believe should be funded under the My Community Project program.

There are 31 projects, including four that are Kyogle specific and one from Woodenbong, vying for a share of the $260,000 available in the Lismore electorate.

My Community Project funds projects in each NSW electorate to help improve the wellbeing of people and communities.

Successful projects will be determined through a public vote and the projects that receive the most support will receive funding.

My Community Project is made possible by the NSW Generations Fund.

To view the projects and to vote, click here and browse projects by selecting your electorate from the dropdown menu or type your address, suburb or postcode.

The more people who vote, the bettter.

Council calls on State Government to stop proposed Essential Energy job cuts

Kyogle Council has called on the State Government to intervene to stop Essential Energy from slashing 182 jobs from its regional workforce, including three positions at Kyogle and another 18 across the Northern Rivers.

Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland described the proposed job cuts as an attack on rural and regional communities and said she was sick of rural communities being treated like second class citizens.

“This isn’t just about loss of jobs in an area and an economy where we need every dollar we can get – this is about quality service delivery to rural areas,” she said.

“Our local government area is more than 3,500 square kilometres in size.

“If 21 jobs are cut across the Northern Rivers what will happen when a storm takes out the power supply to large parts of the region?

“How long will people living in areas such as Bonalbo, Woodenbong and Mallanganee have to wait to have their electricity restored?

“Will these areas be treated the same as the more densely populated centres?

“It’s time that agencies such as Essential Energy start valuing our rural communities.”

Cr Mulholland said Council applauded the comments from the Deputy Premier who called for an immediate stop to any decision by Essential Energy to carry out planned job cuts in the regions.

“We hope the State Government will be successful in preserving this component of our regional workforce and addressing residents’ concerns about ongoing service delivery, rural traineeships and job security,” she said.

Council moves to protect koalas

Kyogle Council will investigate the best options to protect and support koala populations in its local government area.

Council resolved at its July meeting to work with community members, government agencies and advocacy groups to find the most effective policy to help protect core koala habitat.

The move comes in response to community concerns about the future of the koala in the Kyogle LGA and follows other councils in the region adopting their own koala plans of management.

Council at its 8 July meeting also resolved to lobby the State Government to increase its funding to protect koala populations, focusing in particular on the degradation of native forests and crown lands caused by invasive weeds and bell minor associated die back.

Kyogle Council Mayor Cr Danielle Mulholland described Council’s multi-pronged strategy to protect koalas as a “proactive” response to a complex issue.

“Koalas are already on the vulnerable species list and early intervention could prevent the species from becoming endangered or critically endangered like 117 other species in NSW,” Cr Mulholland said.

“Council is looking at a number of strategies to address issues affecting koalas and their habitat and will also explore partnerships across a broad range of stakeholders including State and Federal governments.

“We will, of course, engage community members in the development and implementation of these policies and strategies.

“We are also calling on the State Government to increase its investment to mitigate the negative effects of the degradation of our native forests and crown lands which impact on koala habitat.

“More than a third of our LGA is state forests or national parks and those agencies need to take responsibility for their part in this process.”