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The Gunnedah Shire ANZAC Working Group have announced that their first ANZAC Commemorative event planned for 2017 is to be an “ANZAC TRIBUTE CONCERT” to be performed on Pensioners Hill on Monday evening , 24th April., ANZAC Day eve.

“We are very pleased that our award winning Gunnedah Shire Band have agreed to combine with artists from the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music to provide a tribute concert featuring music and songs from across the hundred years of ANZAC tradition,” stated ANZAC Working Group chairman, Clr Owen Hasler.

“We think that this will be a memorable event with some very emotive songs performed with the backdrop of Gunnedah below the audience as the sun sets over the town, ensuring a spectacular scene,” continued Clr Hasler.

“The Shire Band presented many of their tunes during their trip to the Western Front towns of France in 2013 receiving much acclaim and I am sure they will love to perform some of these tunes before a “home” crowd. The Conservatorium artists wooed the guests at last years ‘ The Music Of War and Peacetime” concerts so we believe we are in for another outstanding show.”

The Rotary Club of Gunnedah West will be selling sausage sandwiches and cool drinks during the performance, and people are also encouraged to bring a picnic hamper if they wish.

Limited seating will be supplied so attendees are encouraged to bring their picnic rugs or camping chairs in order to ensure they have a comfortable seat from which to watch the show.

There is limited parking in the area we are hoping to have a small shuttle bus service in operation -with pick up and drop off points yet to be notified. Extra porta loos will be also be provided to assist those with limited mobility.
“I am sure it will be a night to enjoy and remember” Clr Hasler concluded.

Further information about the event including a wet weather plan will be provided over coming weeks.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is encouraging residents not to be ‘tossers’ by taking responsibility for their rubbish and either putting it in a bin or taking it with them.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Manager of Building and Environment, Blake O’Mullane said that from this week, the Hey Tosser! state wide marketing campaign will roll out across the state, on TV, radio, social media, billboards, and newspapers to remind people that throwing your rubbish anywhere other than in a bin is unacceptable.

“The objectives of the Hey Tosser! litter campaign are to drive a change in social norms around litter by raising awareness about littering and its impacts, and reducing littering behaviour,” Mr O’Mullane said.

“Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our public spaces less safe. Litter is not just unsightly – it’s also very costly. More than $180 million a year is spent managing litter in NSW. Our Council commits a significant amount of resources to managing litter in our region. Money that could be much better spent for the community elsewhere.”

Research consistently identi¬fies littering as an area of concern across NSW. The Hey Tosser! Campaign is part of the NSW State Government’s comprehensive anti-littering program that aims to reduce litter by sending a clear message that littering is unacceptable.

This timing of the current campaign will leverage the increase in travel during School Holidays, Easter and the Anzac long weekend period and focus on highways and driving to raise awareness about reporting littering from vehicles.

More information about the campaign is at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/heytosser.

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Youth Week is a national celebration, providing the opportunity for young people to

  • share ideas
  • attend live events
  • have their voices heard on issues of concern to them
  • showcase their talents
  • celebrate their contribution to the community
  • take part in competitions
  • meet new people
  • and most importantly, have fun!

Gunnedah will be celebrating Youth week in a big way, with many events on offer from 31 March - 7 April 2017. Come and join the fun, there are loads of activities for young people and their families to enjoy.

View the Gunnedah Youth Week 2017 Program below:

Friday 31 March: Youth Week Launch Party
Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: The Civic Theatre

Gunnedah will be launching their Youth Week celebrations with a night of performances and the premiering of the Youth Video Project film - made by and featuring many local young people. This event is free, and features free tacos too! This is an event for the whole family.

Saturday 1 April: Kick, Push, Coast Skate Fest
Time: 12.30pm-5.30pm
Venue: Gunnedah Skate Park

We'll be kicking it old school with All Aboard Skateboarding Sessions, Henna tattooing and the Youth Week Pop-up shop. Listen to some hip hop beats and chill with your friends - what a great way to spend your Saturday!

The youth week pop up shop features products made by our very own yr10 GHS students, who have been spending first term developing entrepreneurial skills. Come down and buy a one of a kind t-shirt, a card for mother’s day, or try a freshly made watermelon juice! Prices range from $2-$40, so bring your wallets and try our wares! All proceeds go to Gunnedah Youth Council.

Tuesday 4 April: Gunnedah Youth Expo
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Gunnedah Town Hall

The 3rd Annual Gunnedah Youth Expo is a FREE event aimed at providing 12-25yr olds and their families an opportunity to access local and state services that can support their wellbeing and life path. It will run from 9.30am-3.30pm. For those coming down in their lunch break, there will be a FREE sausage sizzle, so we have you covered ;-)

Some of the services attending this year include:

  • Challenge Community Services
  • Department of Human Services
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • HNE LHD Clinic 468
  • Headspace
  • Winanga-li ACFC
  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • PCYC
  • Gunnedah Shire Library
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
  • North & North West Community Legal Service
  • Gunnedah Family Support
  • Gunnedah Family Support Homebase
  • NSW Ombudsman
  • Gunnedah Youth Council
  • Gunnedah Shire Council Youth Services
  • Gunnedah Conservatorium
  • Tamworth Regional Youth Centre
  • Careers Network Inc.

There are plenty of giveaways, prizes and valuable information to gain. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Wednesday 5 April: Hump Day Sessions
Time: 5.15pm-6.15pm & 6.45pm-8.30pm
Venue: The Smithurst Theatre

Wednesday 5th April is Hump Day! Hump Day is a fun and positive event focusing on sexual health during NSW Youth Week. This year we will be holding two FREE events in partnership with Clinic 468 to support this important initiative - Parents Info Session & Hump Day 2017!

Parent’s info Session – There will be a clinician and sexual health educator from Clinic 468 to help equip parents with strategies and information to better support their young person’s sexual health. This is a workshop for parents of children of all ages and stages of life. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and seek strategies in a supportive environment.

Hump Day 2017! 15-25yr olds only event - Get a group of friends together and join us for a fun night of games, videos and Q&A sessions around sexual health and consent. We'll even chuck in some free pizza to sweeten the deal and give you something to focus on if you’re blushing due to the subject matter (p.s. you won’t be - it will not be embarrassing at all! :-)

Thursday 6 April: Try-A-Trade
Time: 9.00am-3.00pm
Venue: Gunnedah TAFE

Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce and TAFE New England have teamed up to present Try-a-Trade! This event enables young people to choose from 10 trade skill sets, and gain hands on experience in their trade of choice. They will receive information on job opportunities within the region and course requirements to pursue their trade in the future. Professionals in Gunnedah have been invited along to provide greater insight into the trade areas, to show real life examples and provide information on their own businesses and how they got into their chosen trade. They will act as an additional source of support for the young people on the day. For more information on this event, contact Alysha M: 0409 145 921 E: admin@gunnedah.org.au 

 Friday 7 April: Be Here, Be Heard Youth Art Exhibition Opening & Youth Week $5 Movie: Boyhood
Time: 6.00pm-10.00pm
Venue: Creative Arts Gallery & The Civic Theatre

Gunnedah Shire's young artists will have their talents on display, as we conclude Gunnedah Youth Week with our ‘Be Here, Be Heard’ Youth Art Exhibition opening.

Parents and young people are invited to stay on for our Youth Week $5 Movie:

Boyhood (rated M).
Boyhood is a multi-award winning film that was shot with the same cast over 12 years.
Boyhood is a 2014 American coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. Filmed from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood depicts the childhood and adolescence of Mason Evans, Jr. (Coltrane) from ages six to eighteen as he grows up in Texas with divorced parents (Arquette and Hawke).

For more information on Youth Week 2017, please contact Sewa on 6740 2100 or council@infogunnedah.com.au 

SEE YOU IN YOUTH WEEK!

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National Youth Week 2017 is fast approaching and Gunnedah Shire Council is calling for young people between the ages of 5 to 25 years to submit art works for the 2017 Youth Week Exhibition.

The theme for Youth Week, 2017 is ‘Be here, Be heard!’ and the exhibition is a chance for youth in Gunnedah to explore their creativity and demonstrate to the community just how creative, talented and imaginative our young people really are.

“This is an opportunity many artists dream of; to have artworks on exhibition in a professional gallery from a young age. I encourage any young people in the Gunnedah Shire to come along and contribute to a wonderful show that will boast the diverse talents of young people in our region,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.

Submissions by individuals, collectives, groups and organisations are encouraged. ‘Artist Submission forms’ are available below, on our website www.thecivic.com.au or can be picked up from The Visitor Information Centre or Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. 

For any further information please call (02) 67 402 100. Artworks and submissions are due at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 5:00 pm Friday, 31 March 2017. All entries are free. See you there. WARNING:Young people being creative!

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Notice is hereby given of the exhibition of draft Gunnedah Smoke-free Environment Policy.

The policy aims to identify indoor and outdoor smoke-free areas regulated by the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 as well as establish a smoke-free zone (including e-cigarettes) within a portion of the Gunnedah Central Business District. The specified area will include all of Conadilly Street between Henry Street and Tempest Street, and will incorporate the walkway to any public carpark within this area.

The draft policy will be publicly exhibited for a period of forty two (42) days from 22 February 2017 to 5 April 2017. The draft policy is viewable online under the Draft Plans & Exhibitions page and also at Council’s Administration Building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Any person wishing to comment on the draft policy may do so in writing, with submissions to be received by no later than 5:00pm, 5 April 2017.

Any submission should be addressed to: Eric Groth, General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380.

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At the November Council Meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to offer up to $100,000 funding over twelve months for the Gunnedah Waterways Wildlife Park. The funds are proposed to cover up to $75,000 for the appointment of a Wildlife Park Manager, and up to $25,000 for the accommodation of the manager who will be instituted at the park as part of a strategic plan to improve compliance and enable the park to remain open now and into the future.

The park has been experiencing difficulty for some time and Council has been working closely with the DPI and the Smalls to navigate an outcome to ensure the park stays open. Friends of the Wildlife Park will meet with representatives from Council, Featherdale Wildlife Park and the DPI on Monday evening to discuss logistics and determine how the park will operate under the new structure.

“This is such a great outcome. The Smalls, along with Friends of the Wildlife Park have done a wonderful job of providing this facility for the community for many years. It really is such an asset to our community- from both an educational and tourism standpoint. We are very pleased that Council can work together with Nancy and Col and the DPI, so that the Park will remain open for future generations to enjoy.” Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“We are pleased to be working collectively with Nancy and Colin Small, Friends of Waterways Wildlife Park Inc., Featherdale Wildlife Park, and Gunnedah Shire Council in an effort to ensure the viability of the Park into the future” said Peter Day, Director, Biosecurity and & Food Safety Compliance, Department Primary Industries NSW.

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Gunnedah Shire Council reviewed the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities Policy for Mayor and Councillors and hereby places the draft policy on public exhibition in accordance with Section 253 Local Government Act 1993.

Council calls for public submissions in relation to the policy up to 5:00pm Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The policy is on display at Council Administration Building or available on Council’s website www.infogunnedah.com.au. You can also view the draft policy below:

Should any further information or assistance be required, please contact Council on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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During February, March and April, Gunnedah Shire Council is rolling out a series of community engagement activities that will assist in the update for the Community Strategic Plan (CSP).

Four years ago Council worked alongside the local community to develop our Community Strategic Plan. Since then, our community has seen many changes and it’s time to take stock, see if we’re on the right track and update the plan.

To get started, we want to hear from all community members so that we can understand your priorities and ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now and into the future.

The plan brings community groups and other tiers of Government together, so we’re all working toward a shared vision for the future of our community.

WAYS TO BE INVOLVED

Postcards
Keep an eye out in your mailbox over the next couple of weeks- you will be receiving a ‘Postcard to the Mayor’. This is a place to put some of your big ideas for the Gunnedah Shire. Let us know what you like best about living here, and what you’d like to see improve. Its reply paid, so just post it back. If snail mail isn’t your thing- there is an online version of the survey located here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/XXXYBQR 

Community Vision Board
On Saturday 4th March and Wednesday 8th March head down to the Smithurst Theatre court yard and you’ll find a huge community vision board. You can get involved by adding your own stamp and contributing to a collection of ideas for the future in Gunnedah.

Youth Video Project
Our Youth Development Officer and Youth Council are leading the charge with a Youth based video project. During the week of the 6-10th March, they will have a videographer in tow and will be visiting schools and approaching young people around town to ask them what we should prioritise for the future. There will also be a community wide video being filmed at the same time. If you’re a young person aged 12-25 and would like to be involved in the production, please get in contact with our Youth Development officer by calling 67402100.

For more information including all the other ways you can have your say, visit www.infogunnedah.com.au or give us a call on 02 6740 2100.

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Four years ago the Council worked alongside the local community to develop our Community Strategic Plan. This document identifies the priorities and aspirations of the Gunnedah community into the future. Since then, the Gunnedah community has seen many changes and it’s time to take stock, see if we’re on the right track and update the plan.

WHY HAVE A COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN?

The NSW Government requires all NSW councils to produce a Community Strategic Plan. The Community Strategic Plan will describe the vision for the community and will be used by all government agencies to understand local priorities and issues. The document helps ensure that the local Council, State and Federal government as well as other community organisations are all pulling in the same direction.

We've put together a Community Strategic Plan FAQ poster, to help you to become more informed about the Plan and the updating process. You can view the poster below:

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

We want your ideas and thoughts about Gunnedah - whether you are a ratepayer, resident, village resident, business owner, investor, young person or representative of a special group or community organisation! What do you want to see more of? What do you want to see less of? Here’s just some of the ways you can let us know:

  • Postcard to the Mayor
    Keep your eyes on the mailbox in February

  • Community Vision Board
    Giant Community vision board in the Smithurst Theatre Courtyard in March

  • Pop up Ideas Post
    Council representatives will be popping up around the towns and villages to have a chat during February and March.

There will also be some online surveys, Youth Video Projects and plenty of different ways you can have your say. To take part in our Community Strategic Plan Survey check out this link.

For more information and to keep up to date, visit our website, follow us on Facebook or give us a call on 02 6740 2100.

Please view the current Gunnedah Shire Council Community Strategic Plan below:

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GoCo and The Salvation Army are making morning tea memorable with a tea party in the new Salvation Army Hall in Tempest St. On the third Tuesday of each month, GoCo and The Salvation Army are putting on a spread of scones and sandwiches, providing a social outing that won’t break the bank.

“We have a fantastic new venue, and we want to create a space for people to come and socialize,” Major Gaye Day of The Salvation Army said. “Gunnedah has lots of people who are keen to make new friends and connect with community groups. The Tea Party in Tempest Street will bring people together.”

A Tea Party in Tempest Street will be held in the Salvation Army Hall from 10.30 am on the third Tuesday of each month. A bus will be available for transport. For more information contact Major Gaye Day on 0407 034 604, follow GoCo on the Go Community Care on Facebook, or drop into the GoCo office at 80 Marquis St.

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The NSW Government has agreed to develop water resource plans as part of implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012 (the Basin Plan). The Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan is currently being developed and covers all surface water in the Namoi Valley.

The Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan Status and Issues Paper summarises the status of surface water resources and issues that DPI Water will consider when developing the Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan. Additional issues raised during submission and consultation periods will be considered during the development process.

Copies of the Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan Status and Issues Paper can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Namoi Water Shop 3, 69 Maitland Street, Narrabri.
  • Wee Waa Library Cnr Rose and George Street, Wee Waa.
  • North West Local Land Services (Walgett) 75 Fox Street, Walgett.
  • North West Local Land Services (Gunnedah) 35-37 Abbott Street, Gunnedah.
  • Tamworth Regional Council Ray Walsh House 437 Peel Street, Tamworth.
  • Liverpool Plains Shire 60 Station Street, Quirindi.

Alternatively, phone 1800 316 778 to arrange for a copy to be posted.

HAVE YOUR SAY

DPI Water invites Namoi stakeholders, particularly surface water users, to comment on this Status and Issues Paper.

Stakeholders may submit feedback via email or post:

DPI Water will acknowledge all submissions in writing.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is excited to announce that acclaimed short film director Eddy Bell will be officially opening 2017 Flickerfest in Gunnedah this Sunday, 26 February at The Civic.

Flickerfest 2017 is a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Mr Bell’s short film ‘I’m Banksy’ was hand-picked from the festival’s 2400 entries as one of the finalists in the Best of Australian Shorts. The film is a delightful tongue in cheek satire about Raymond Banks ‘An 8-year old climate change alarmist who’s out to bring down the family business.’

Mr Bell has been awarded an impressive number of accolades for his work including Cannes Young Director Award, Australian Director's Guild Award, the Panavision and Orloff Trust Award for Best Screenplay, the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director (Short Film) at the Sydney Film Festival, Best Australian Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Best Australian Short film at Flickerfest and most recently the Craft Award at St Kilda Film Festival.

“We’re really excited that Mr Bell is joining us to open our Flickerfest screening. The preview for his film ‘I’m Raymond’ looks hilarious and very spirited. This is a great opportunity for anyone, particularly film buffs, to come along and see the work of some of the world’s best short film makers. We are also very lucky to have one of Australia’s best talents in film making joining us for the occasion.” Gunnedah Shire Council Lauren Mackley said.

The Civic will screen two sessions on Sunday- the Best of Australian Shorts program along with the Short Laughs Comedy program. Tickets are $35 and include both sessions plus drinks and canapés. Doors open at 4.00pm.

Tickets are limited so book your tickets online at www.thecivic.com.au or in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or Council’s Administration building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah
For any further information, please contact The Civic on 6742 0633

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Fresh tenders for the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex Upgrade Project will be sought after only one tender was received for the $7.8 million project.

At last night’s meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council decided to seek fresh tenders and quotations for the proposed works from suitably qualified contractors for the works outside the standard tender process. The lack of competitive tenders and the need to obtain the best value for money for the community were cited as reasons for not accepting the tender received.

General Manager, Eric Groth said Council would now source prices from appropriately qualified contractors for the project.

“Council’s decision means we are able to negotiate with contractors and evaluate quotations for individual elements of the project to ensure that the community receives a quality outcome at the best price” Mr Groth said.

Council’s Architect’s GHD and the project management team will now directly seek quotations from construction firms and pool specialists for the works.

“New prices will be obtained for the overall project as well as specific construction elements to allow Council to fully evaluate the costs,” Mr Groth said.

It is anticipated that the new tendering and quotation process will take eight weeks to complete.

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Gunnedah has long been known for their Australia Day Celebrations. This year, the inaugural ‘Aussie Day Bake Off’ was a huge local success and garnered national media coverage that resulted in an exciting phone call.

Winner of the ‘men’s division’ Colin Formann from Gunnedah Shire Council was contacted by producers of ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’ to ask if he would like to put his skills to the test on the reality TV show.

Mr Formann was delighted by the approach, however declined the offer, due to the fact that the cake was “the first and only thing he has ever baked”. However, he did supply the show with names of some of the other winners of the ‘Aussie Day Bake Off’ so that other local bakers may pursue the opportunity should they wish.

The ‘Aussie Day Bake Off’ Inaugural event saw around 20 wonderful creations and raised $1200 for the G.S. Kidd bus fund and the Gunnedah Community Scholarship Fund.

“It’s really good news that Gunnedah’s Australia Day Celebrations are being recognised. I hope we see some local talent on the show as a result. It’s a great advertisement for Gunnedah and our community” Gunnedah’s Australia Day Working Group Chair Colleen Fuller said.

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'Pots and Paints’ is an upcoming exhibition featuring retrospective and new works of active renowned regional artists Judy Baker, Annabel Hoskins and Louise Baker.
This exhibition is a feast for those who enjoy the traditional approaches to art and excellent technical ability as it will contain several different artistic techniques including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture explored through numerus mediums including oils, pastels, etching, and solar printing alongside vast array of firing and pottery techniques.

Judy Baker is one of Gunnedah’s lifelong members of the Gunnedah Art Society. Judy first exhibited her artwork of her daughter Louise, in the second annual Currabubula Art Show, in 1965 nearly 52 years ago. Judy is still an active within the Gunnedah Arts scene and continues with her arts practice.

Judy’s daughter Louise Baker is one of Gunnedah’s dedicated artists and is a very active member of the Gunnedah Pottery Group as well as Two River Arts Council’s Visual Arts Group. Louise is a prolific artist and lends her hand to any medium.

Annabel Hoskins is a Tamworth based artist who has exhibited in numerous regional shows and galleries. Her paintings capture the activity and essence of her subjects.

‘Pots and Paints’ will be feature a vast collection of works at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery Friday 10th of March, 2017 to the Sunday 2nd April, 2017. The official opening of the exhibition will be conducted by former Gunnedah resident and artistic great, Yvette Hugill at 6:00 pm Friday the 10th March 2017 at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery. For more information, please Contact Gunnedah Shire Council on 02 6740 2100

The opening of the exhibition is an event within the Senior’s Week Program. Go-Co will be providing transport to and from Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery for the opening. For more information and transport bookings please contact Go-Co (02) 6740 2254.

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Gunnedah’s Young Access Group will resume in March 2017; exploring pottery alongside Gunnedah Pottery Club. Young Access focuses on providing opportunities for young people with a disability to discover, explore and socialise through art and other hobbies in a supported environment.

Each Saturday in March, Young Access will meet at The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Studio from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to experiment with different pottery techniques. Pat Tobin will be the facilitating artist with members of the Gunnedah Pottery Club volunteering their time to provide hands-on support and share their skills to create an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone involved.

Young Access is an initiative of Gunnedah Community College, GoCo, and Gunnedah Shire Council, drawing on members of the community to participate in the workshops.

Young Access will resume from 10:00 am–12:00 pm on Saturday the 4th of March and again on the following Saturdays the 11th, 18th and 25th of March 2017 at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Studio Space. Young Access is for young people ages 15 years and over with an enrolment fee of $20 for 4 weeks. For enrolments and information, please contact Gunnedah Community College on 02 6742 5630.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is providing an opportunity for the Gunnedah community to participate in workshops at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre Studio space this Saturday and Sunday with this month’s feature artist Gavin Coote. Gavin Coote’s Exhibition The (Non) Humans of the North West is currently exhibiting at Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery until the 5th of March, 2017.

Gavin’s collection of expressive and spontaneous paintings and ink drawings are reminiscent of Australian art world greats such as: Reg Mombassa, Pro Hart and the notorious Adam Cullen. This style of art will be explored and unpacked within Gavin’s workshops.

The Gavin Coote workshops are set to be playful and light-hearted workshops experimenting with drawing and painting activities for any age and any ability level.
The classes vary slightly from Saturday to Sunday but each workshop will begin with gestural drawing and contour drawing activities. This will be followed by large-scale painting activities, where each participant starts a painting and other participants finish it as a collaborative journey of creation.

Participants are asked to bring along a large canvas. Paints and paintbrushes are provided but if there is a preferred paint or brush participants would like to use, please bring along.

The Gavin Coote workshops are a place to play and explore different and modern approaches to painting and drawing. The workshops are $50 a day from 11:00 am -2:00 pm with light refreshments provided. Walk-ins are welcomed but bookings are preferred through www.thecivic.com.au or through the Visitor Information Centre at 83 Chandos Street or Council’s Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah or by calling 67402100.

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The North West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan is a comprehensive document supporting a Regional approach to invasive weed management in the North West Region. The final draft is being put out for public consultation over the next two weeks.

The plan sets about formalising an approach to weed management across the region, enhancing a state wide program for invasive weed control and ultimately contributing to the invasive weed component of the new Biosecurity Act 2015.

A review into weed management carried out by the Natural resources Commission (NRC) identified a number of changes in the way weeds could be managed state wide. One recommended outcome from the review was that weed management programs across the state were inconsistent and that a more strategic approach was needed when carrying out private and public property inspections, capturing and recording data, and importantly, when managing new and emerging incursions of priority weeds.

The majority of the recommendations made by the NRC have been adopted, the most prominent being that of ensuring a regional coordinated approach to weed management, as opposed to individual programs being managed by various State Government agencies.

The North West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been drafted in close consultation with all stakeholders involved in weed management in NSW, and is a document which will form the framework of regional weed management programs in the North West.

A public consultation roadshow headed by the Northwest Local Lands Service commences this week with information sessions being held across the North West.

Gunnedah Shire’s session will be held this Thursday the 16th of February in the training room at Council’s administration building in Elgin Street commencing 9.30am.
For further information contact Gunnedah Shire Council Senior Weeds Officer Lee Amidy on 02 6740 2100.

For information on dates and venues in other locations contact North West Local Land Services

www.northwest.lls.nsw.gov.au  |  www.facebook.com/northwestlocallandservices 

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Held during March each year, the Weeks of Speed Festival is a unique programme of heart-thumping speed and speed-related activities and great family friendly entertainment.

Organisers plan new events each year and in 2017 the Weeks of Speed programme bursts into action on Saturday March 4 and will continue each weekend thereafter, finishing on Sunday March 26, 2017.

Download the Weeks of Speed Programme 2017, see what’s on and head to Gunnedah for some great action packed, family friendly entertainment.

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GoCo Community Transport is pleased to introduce The GoCo Run, a regular transport option servicing Tambar Springs, Mullaley, Premer, Curlewis, Carroll and Breeza.
The GoCo Run will provide a weekly bus run to complement the existing range of community transport services, which include door to door transport for medical appointments, buses for shopping and social events, and half price taxi fares.

GoCo have been providing affordable transport to the Gunnedah community since 1988, and ‘The GoCo Run’ is an extension of this service.

‘The GoCo Run will provide safe, flexible and efficient transport for the residents of the villages and surrounds,’ GoCo Community Transport Coordinator Suzi Beard said. ‘This will be a huge benefit to the community, especially those experiencing transport disadvantage and isolation” she concluded.

The GoCo Run will be operating in each of the villages one day a week:

  • TUESDAY- Carroll
  • THURSDAY- Tambar Springs, Premer, Mullaley
  • FRIDAY- Curlewis and Breeza

Wheelchair accessibility is available and an on board carer can be supplied on request. Return trips are just $10. Bookings are essential to secure a seat.

For more information or to make a booking, contact GoCo Community Transport on 02 6740 2254

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The Gunnedah Shire ANZAC Working Group have announced that their first ANZAC Commemorative event planned for 2017 is to be an “ANZAC TRIBUTE CONCERT” to be performed on Pensioners Hill on Monday evening , 24th April., ANZAC Day eve.

“We are very pleased that our award winning Gunnedah Shire Band have agreed to combine with artists from the Gunnedah Conservatorium of Music to provide a tribute concert featuring music and songs from across the hundred years of ANZAC tradition,” stated ANZAC Working Group chairman, Clr Owen Hasler.

“We think that this will be a memorable event with some very emotive songs performed with the backdrop of Gunnedah below the audience as the sun sets over the town, ensuring a spectacular scene,” continued Clr Hasler.

“The Shire Band presented many of their tunes during their trip to the Western Front towns of France in 2013 receiving much acclaim and I am sure they will love to perform some of these tunes before a “home” crowd. The Conservatorium artists wooed the guests at last years ‘ The Music Of War and Peacetime” concerts so we believe we are in for another outstanding show.”

The Rotary Club of Gunnedah West will be selling sausage sandwiches and cool drinks during the performance, and people are also encouraged to bring a picnic hamper if they wish.

Limited seating will be supplied so attendees are encouraged to bring their picnic rugs or camping chairs in order to ensure they have a comfortable seat from which to watch the show.

There is limited parking in the area we are hoping to have a small shuttle bus service in operation -with pick up and drop off points yet to be notified. Extra porta loos will be also be provided to assist those with limited mobility.
“I am sure it will be a night to enjoy and remember” Clr Hasler concluded.

Further information about the event including a wet weather plan will be provided over coming weeks.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is encouraging residents not to be ‘tossers’ by taking responsibility for their rubbish and either putting it in a bin or taking it with them.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Manager of Building and Environment, Blake O’Mullane said that from this week, the Hey Tosser! state wide marketing campaign will roll out across the state, on TV, radio, social media, billboards, and newspapers to remind people that throwing your rubbish anywhere other than in a bin is unacceptable.

“The objectives of the Hey Tosser! litter campaign are to drive a change in social norms around litter by raising awareness about littering and its impacts, and reducing littering behaviour,” Mr O’Mullane said.

“Litter damages our natural environments, harms wildlife and sea creatures, can injure people and makes our public spaces less safe. Litter is not just unsightly – it’s also very costly. More than $180 million a year is spent managing litter in NSW. Our Council commits a significant amount of resources to managing litter in our region. Money that could be much better spent for the community elsewhere.”

Research consistently identi¬fies littering as an area of concern across NSW. The Hey Tosser! Campaign is part of the NSW State Government’s comprehensive anti-littering program that aims to reduce litter by sending a clear message that littering is unacceptable.

This timing of the current campaign will leverage the increase in travel during School Holidays, Easter and the Anzac long weekend period and focus on highways and driving to raise awareness about reporting littering from vehicles.

More information about the campaign is at www.epa.nsw.gov.au/heytosser.

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Youth Week is a national celebration, providing the opportunity for young people to

  • share ideas
  • attend live events
  • have their voices heard on issues of concern to them
  • showcase their talents
  • celebrate their contribution to the community
  • take part in competitions
  • meet new people
  • and most importantly, have fun!

Gunnedah will be celebrating Youth week in a big way, with many events on offer from 31 March - 7 April 2017. Come and join the fun, there are loads of activities for young people and their families to enjoy.

View the Gunnedah Youth Week 2017 Program below:

Friday 31 March: Youth Week Launch Party
Time: 6.00pm-8.00pm
Venue: The Civic Theatre

Gunnedah will be launching their Youth Week celebrations with a night of performances and the premiering of the Youth Video Project film - made by and featuring many local young people. This event is free, and features free tacos too! This is an event for the whole family.

Saturday 1 April: Kick, Push, Coast Skate Fest
Time: 12.30pm-5.30pm
Venue: Gunnedah Skate Park

We'll be kicking it old school with All Aboard Skateboarding Sessions, Henna tattooing and the Youth Week Pop-up shop. Listen to some hip hop beats and chill with your friends - what a great way to spend your Saturday!

The youth week pop up shop features products made by our very own yr10 GHS students, who have been spending first term developing entrepreneurial skills. Come down and buy a one of a kind t-shirt, a card for mother’s day, or try a freshly made watermelon juice! Prices range from $2-$40, so bring your wallets and try our wares! All proceeds go to Gunnedah Youth Council.

Tuesday 4 April: Gunnedah Youth Expo
Time: 9.30am-3.30pm
Venue: Gunnedah Town Hall

The 3rd Annual Gunnedah Youth Expo is a FREE event aimed at providing 12-25yr olds and their families an opportunity to access local and state services that can support their wellbeing and life path. It will run from 9.30am-3.30pm. For those coming down in their lunch break, there will be a FREE sausage sizzle, so we have you covered ;-)

Some of the services attending this year include:

  • Challenge Community Services
  • Department of Human Services
  • University of New England
  • University of Newcastle
  • HNE LHD Clinic 468
  • Headspace
  • Winanga-li ACFC
  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • PCYC
  • Gunnedah Shire Library
  • Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
  • North & North West Community Legal Service
  • Gunnedah Family Support
  • Gunnedah Family Support Homebase
  • NSW Ombudsman
  • Gunnedah Youth Council
  • Gunnedah Shire Council Youth Services
  • Gunnedah Conservatorium
  • Tamworth Regional Youth Centre
  • Careers Network Inc.

There are plenty of giveaways, prizes and valuable information to gain. This is an opportunity not to be missed.

Wednesday 5 April: Hump Day Sessions
Time: 5.15pm-6.15pm & 6.45pm-8.30pm
Venue: The Smithurst Theatre

Wednesday 5th April is Hump Day! Hump Day is a fun and positive event focusing on sexual health during NSW Youth Week. This year we will be holding two FREE events in partnership with Clinic 468 to support this important initiative - Parents Info Session & Hump Day 2017!

Parent’s info Session – There will be a clinician and sexual health educator from Clinic 468 to help equip parents with strategies and information to better support their young person’s sexual health. This is a workshop for parents of children of all ages and stages of life. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and seek strategies in a supportive environment.

Hump Day 2017! 15-25yr olds only event - Get a group of friends together and join us for a fun night of games, videos and Q&A sessions around sexual health and consent. We'll even chuck in some free pizza to sweeten the deal and give you something to focus on if you’re blushing due to the subject matter (p.s. you won’t be - it will not be embarrassing at all! :-)

Thursday 6 April: Try-A-Trade
Time: 9.00am-3.00pm
Venue: Gunnedah TAFE

Gunnedah Chamber of Commerce and TAFE New England have teamed up to present Try-a-Trade! This event enables young people to choose from 10 trade skill sets, and gain hands on experience in their trade of choice. They will receive information on job opportunities within the region and course requirements to pursue their trade in the future. Professionals in Gunnedah have been invited along to provide greater insight into the trade areas, to show real life examples and provide information on their own businesses and how they got into their chosen trade. They will act as an additional source of support for the young people on the day. For more information on this event, contact Alysha M: 0409 145 921 E: admin@gunnedah.org.au 

 Friday 7 April: Be Here, Be Heard Youth Art Exhibition Opening & Youth Week $5 Movie: Boyhood
Time: 6.00pm-10.00pm
Venue: Creative Arts Gallery & The Civic Theatre

Gunnedah Shire's young artists will have their talents on display, as we conclude Gunnedah Youth Week with our ‘Be Here, Be Heard’ Youth Art Exhibition opening.

Parents and young people are invited to stay on for our Youth Week $5 Movie:

Boyhood (rated M).
Boyhood is a multi-award winning film that was shot with the same cast over 12 years.
Boyhood is a 2014 American coming-of-age drama film, written and directed by Richard Linklater, and starring Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, Lorelei Linklater, and Ethan Hawke. Filmed from 2002 to 2013, Boyhood depicts the childhood and adolescence of Mason Evans, Jr. (Coltrane) from ages six to eighteen as he grows up in Texas with divorced parents (Arquette and Hawke).

For more information on Youth Week 2017, please contact Sewa on 6740 2100 or council@infogunnedah.com.au 

SEE YOU IN YOUTH WEEK!

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National Youth Week 2017 is fast approaching and Gunnedah Shire Council is calling for young people between the ages of 5 to 25 years to submit art works for the 2017 Youth Week Exhibition.

The theme for Youth Week, 2017 is ‘Be here, Be heard!’ and the exhibition is a chance for youth in Gunnedah to explore their creativity and demonstrate to the community just how creative, talented and imaginative our young people really are.

“This is an opportunity many artists dream of; to have artworks on exhibition in a professional gallery from a young age. I encourage any young people in the Gunnedah Shire to come along and contribute to a wonderful show that will boast the diverse talents of young people in our region,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.

Submissions by individuals, collectives, groups and organisations are encouraged. ‘Artist Submission forms’ are available below, on our website www.thecivic.com.au or can be picked up from The Visitor Information Centre or Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. 

For any further information please call (02) 67 402 100. Artworks and submissions are due at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 5:00 pm Friday, 31 March 2017. All entries are free. See you there. WARNING:Young people being creative!

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Notice is hereby given of the exhibition of draft Gunnedah Smoke-free Environment Policy.

The policy aims to identify indoor and outdoor smoke-free areas regulated by the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000 as well as establish a smoke-free zone (including e-cigarettes) within a portion of the Gunnedah Central Business District. The specified area will include all of Conadilly Street between Henry Street and Tempest Street, and will incorporate the walkway to any public carpark within this area.

The draft policy will be publicly exhibited for a period of forty two (42) days from 22 February 2017 to 5 April 2017. The draft policy is viewable online under the Draft Plans & Exhibitions page and also at Council’s Administration Building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, between the hours of 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. Any person wishing to comment on the draft policy may do so in writing, with submissions to be received by no later than 5:00pm, 5 April 2017.

Any submission should be addressed to: Eric Groth, General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380.

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At the November Council Meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to offer up to $100,000 funding over twelve months for the Gunnedah Waterways Wildlife Park. The funds are proposed to cover up to $75,000 for the appointment of a Wildlife Park Manager, and up to $25,000 for the accommodation of the manager who will be instituted at the park as part of a strategic plan to improve compliance and enable the park to remain open now and into the future.

The park has been experiencing difficulty for some time and Council has been working closely with the DPI and the Smalls to navigate an outcome to ensure the park stays open. Friends of the Wildlife Park will meet with representatives from Council, Featherdale Wildlife Park and the DPI on Monday evening to discuss logistics and determine how the park will operate under the new structure.

“This is such a great outcome. The Smalls, along with Friends of the Wildlife Park have done a wonderful job of providing this facility for the community for many years. It really is such an asset to our community- from both an educational and tourism standpoint. We are very pleased that Council can work together with Nancy and Col and the DPI, so that the Park will remain open for future generations to enjoy.” Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“We are pleased to be working collectively with Nancy and Colin Small, Friends of Waterways Wildlife Park Inc., Featherdale Wildlife Park, and Gunnedah Shire Council in an effort to ensure the viability of the Park into the future” said Peter Day, Director, Biosecurity and & Food Safety Compliance, Department Primary Industries NSW.

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Gunnedah Shire Council reviewed the Payment of Expenses and Provision of Facilities Policy for Mayor and Councillors and hereby places the draft policy on public exhibition in accordance with Section 253 Local Government Act 1993.

Council calls for public submissions in relation to the policy up to 5:00pm Tuesday 28 March 2017.

The policy is on display at Council Administration Building or available on Council’s website www.infogunnedah.com.au. You can also view the draft policy below:

Should any further information or assistance be required, please contact Council on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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During February, March and April, Gunnedah Shire Council is rolling out a series of community engagement activities that will assist in the update for the Community Strategic Plan (CSP).

Four years ago Council worked alongside the local community to develop our Community Strategic Plan. Since then, our community has seen many changes and it’s time to take stock, see if we’re on the right track and update the plan.

To get started, we want to hear from all community members so that we can understand your priorities and ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now and into the future.

The plan brings community groups and other tiers of Government together, so we’re all working toward a shared vision for the future of our community.

WAYS TO BE INVOLVED

Postcards
Keep an eye out in your mailbox over the next couple of weeks- you will be receiving a ‘Postcard to the Mayor’. This is a place to put some of your big ideas for the Gunnedah Shire. Let us know what you like best about living here, and what you’d like to see improve. Its reply paid, so just post it back. If snail mail isn’t your thing- there is an online version of the survey located here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/XXXYBQR 

Community Vision Board
On Saturday 4th March and Wednesday 8th March head down to the Smithurst Theatre court yard and you’ll find a huge community vision board. You can get involved by adding your own stamp and contributing to a collection of ideas for the future in Gunnedah.

Youth Video Project
Our Youth Development Officer and Youth Council are leading the charge with a Youth based video project. During the week of the 6-10th March, they will have a videographer in tow and will be visiting schools and approaching young people around town to ask them what we should prioritise for the future. There will also be a community wide video being filmed at the same time. If you’re a young person aged 12-25 and would like to be involved in the production, please get in contact with our Youth Development officer by calling 67402100.

For more information including all the other ways you can have your say, visit www.infogunnedah.com.au or give us a call on 02 6740 2100.

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Four years ago the Council worked alongside the local community to develop our Community Strategic Plan. This document identifies the priorities and aspirations of the Gunnedah community into the future. Since then, the Gunnedah community has seen many changes and it’s time to take stock, see if we’re on the right track and update the plan.

WHY HAVE A COMMUNITY STRATEGIC PLAN?

The NSW Government requires all NSW councils to produce a Community Strategic Plan. The Community Strategic Plan will describe the vision for the community and will be used by all government agencies to understand local priorities and issues. The document helps ensure that the local Council, State and Federal government as well as other community organisations are all pulling in the same direction.

We've put together a Community Strategic Plan FAQ poster, to help you to become more informed about the Plan and the updating process. You can view the poster below:

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

We want your ideas and thoughts about Gunnedah - whether you are a ratepayer, resident, village resident, business owner, investor, young person or representative of a special group or community organisation! What do you want to see more of? What do you want to see less of? Here’s just some of the ways you can let us know:

  • Postcard to the Mayor
    Keep your eyes on the mailbox in February

  • Community Vision Board
    Giant Community vision board in the Smithurst Theatre Courtyard in March

  • Pop up Ideas Post
    Council representatives will be popping up around the towns and villages to have a chat during February and March.

There will also be some online surveys, Youth Video Projects and plenty of different ways you can have your say. To take part in our Community Strategic Plan Survey check out this link.

For more information and to keep up to date, visit our website, follow us on Facebook or give us a call on 02 6740 2100.

Please view the current Gunnedah Shire Council Community Strategic Plan below:

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GoCo and The Salvation Army are making morning tea memorable with a tea party in the new Salvation Army Hall in Tempest St. On the third Tuesday of each month, GoCo and The Salvation Army are putting on a spread of scones and sandwiches, providing a social outing that won’t break the bank.

“We have a fantastic new venue, and we want to create a space for people to come and socialize,” Major Gaye Day of The Salvation Army said. “Gunnedah has lots of people who are keen to make new friends and connect with community groups. The Tea Party in Tempest Street will bring people together.”

A Tea Party in Tempest Street will be held in the Salvation Army Hall from 10.30 am on the third Tuesday of each month. A bus will be available for transport. For more information contact Major Gaye Day on 0407 034 604, follow GoCo on the Go Community Care on Facebook, or drop into the GoCo office at 80 Marquis St.

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The NSW Government has agreed to develop water resource plans as part of implementing the Murray-Darling Basin Plan 2012 (the Basin Plan). The Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan is currently being developed and covers all surface water in the Namoi Valley.

The Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan Status and Issues Paper summarises the status of surface water resources and issues that DPI Water will consider when developing the Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan. Additional issues raised during submission and consultation periods will be considered during the development process.

Copies of the Namoi & Peel surface water (SW14) Water Resource Plan Status and Issues Paper can be obtained at the following locations:

  • Namoi Water Shop 3, 69 Maitland Street, Narrabri.
  • Wee Waa Library Cnr Rose and George Street, Wee Waa.
  • North West Local Land Services (Walgett) 75 Fox Street, Walgett.
  • North West Local Land Services (Gunnedah) 35-37 Abbott Street, Gunnedah.
  • Tamworth Regional Council Ray Walsh House 437 Peel Street, Tamworth.
  • Liverpool Plains Shire 60 Station Street, Quirindi.

Alternatively, phone 1800 316 778 to arrange for a copy to be posted.

HAVE YOUR SAY

DPI Water invites Namoi stakeholders, particularly surface water users, to comment on this Status and Issues Paper.

Stakeholders may submit feedback via email or post:

DPI Water will acknowledge all submissions in writing.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is excited to announce that acclaimed short film director Eddy Bell will be officially opening 2017 Flickerfest in Gunnedah this Sunday, 26 February at The Civic.

Flickerfest 2017 is a selection of entertaining, inspiring and award-winning films, giving local Flickerfest audiences the first look at the hottest shorts in the world today.

Mr Bell’s short film ‘I’m Banksy’ was hand-picked from the festival’s 2400 entries as one of the finalists in the Best of Australian Shorts. The film is a delightful tongue in cheek satire about Raymond Banks ‘An 8-year old climate change alarmist who’s out to bring down the family business.’

Mr Bell has been awarded an impressive number of accolades for his work including Cannes Young Director Award, Australian Director's Guild Award, the Panavision and Orloff Trust Award for Best Screenplay, the Rouben Mamoulian Award for Best Director (Short Film) at the Sydney Film Festival, Best Australian Short Film at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Best Australian Short film at Flickerfest and most recently the Craft Award at St Kilda Film Festival.

“We’re really excited that Mr Bell is joining us to open our Flickerfest screening. The preview for his film ‘I’m Raymond’ looks hilarious and very spirited. This is a great opportunity for anyone, particularly film buffs, to come along and see the work of some of the world’s best short film makers. We are also very lucky to have one of Australia’s best talents in film making joining us for the occasion.” Gunnedah Shire Council Lauren Mackley said.

The Civic will screen two sessions on Sunday- the Best of Australian Shorts program along with the Short Laughs Comedy program. Tickets are $35 and include both sessions plus drinks and canapés. Doors open at 4.00pm.

Tickets are limited so book your tickets online at www.thecivic.com.au or in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or Council’s Administration building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah
For any further information, please contact The Civic on 6742 0633

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Fresh tenders for the Gunnedah Memorial Pool Complex Upgrade Project will be sought after only one tender was received for the $7.8 million project.

At last night’s meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council decided to seek fresh tenders and quotations for the proposed works from suitably qualified contractors for the works outside the standard tender process. The lack of competitive tenders and the need to obtain the best value for money for the community were cited as reasons for not accepting the tender received.

General Manager, Eric Groth said Council would now source prices from appropriately qualified contractors for the project.

“Council’s decision means we are able to negotiate with contractors and evaluate quotations for individual elements of the project to ensure that the community receives a quality outcome at the best price” Mr Groth said.

Council’s Architect’s GHD and the project management team will now directly seek quotations from construction firms and pool specialists for the works.

“New prices will be obtained for the overall project as well as specific construction elements to allow Council to fully evaluate the costs,” Mr Groth said.

It is anticipated that the new tendering and quotation process will take eight weeks to complete.

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Gunnedah has long been known for their Australia Day Celebrations. This year, the inaugural ‘Aussie Day Bake Off’ was a huge local success and garnered national media coverage that resulted in an exciting phone call.

Winner of the ‘men’s division’ Colin Formann from Gunnedah Shire Council was contacted by producers of ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’ to ask if he would like to put his skills to the test on the reality TV show.

Mr Formann was delighted by the approach, however declined the offer, due to the fact that the cake was “the first and only thing he has ever baked”. However, he did supply the show with names of some of the other winners of the ‘Aussie Day Bake Off’ so that other local bakers may pursue the opportunity should they wish.

The ‘Aussie Day Bake Off’ Inaugural event saw around 20 wonderful creations and raised $1200 for the G.S. Kidd bus fund and the Gunnedah Community Scholarship Fund.

“It’s really good news that Gunnedah’s Australia Day Celebrations are being recognised. I hope we see some local talent on the show as a result. It’s a great advertisement for Gunnedah and our community” Gunnedah’s Australia Day Working Group Chair Colleen Fuller said.

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'Pots and Paints’ is an upcoming exhibition featuring retrospective and new works of active renowned regional artists Judy Baker, Annabel Hoskins and Louise Baker.
This exhibition is a feast for those who enjoy the traditional approaches to art and excellent technical ability as it will contain several different artistic techniques including painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture explored through numerus mediums including oils, pastels, etching, and solar printing alongside vast array of firing and pottery techniques.

Judy Baker is one of Gunnedah’s lifelong members of the Gunnedah Art Society. Judy first exhibited her artwork of her daughter Louise, in the second annual Currabubula Art Show, in 1965 nearly 52 years ago. Judy is still an active within the Gunnedah Arts scene and continues with her arts practice.

Judy’s daughter Louise Baker is one of Gunnedah’s dedicated artists and is a very active member of the Gunnedah Pottery Group as well as Two River Arts Council’s Visual Arts Group. Louise is a prolific artist and lends her hand to any medium.

Annabel Hoskins is a Tamworth based artist who has exhibited in numerous regional shows and galleries. Her paintings capture the activity and essence of her subjects.

‘Pots and Paints’ will be feature a vast collection of works at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery Friday 10th of March, 2017 to the Sunday 2nd April, 2017. The official opening of the exhibition will be conducted by former Gunnedah resident and artistic great, Yvette Hugill at 6:00 pm Friday the 10th March 2017 at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery. For more information, please Contact Gunnedah Shire Council on 02 6740 2100

The opening of the exhibition is an event within the Senior’s Week Program. Go-Co will be providing transport to and from Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery for the opening. For more information and transport bookings please contact Go-Co (02) 6740 2254.

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Gunnedah’s Young Access Group will resume in March 2017; exploring pottery alongside Gunnedah Pottery Club. Young Access focuses on providing opportunities for young people with a disability to discover, explore and socialise through art and other hobbies in a supported environment.

Each Saturday in March, Young Access will meet at The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Studio from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm to experiment with different pottery techniques. Pat Tobin will be the facilitating artist with members of the Gunnedah Pottery Club volunteering their time to provide hands-on support and share their skills to create an enjoyable atmosphere for everyone involved.

Young Access is an initiative of Gunnedah Community College, GoCo, and Gunnedah Shire Council, drawing on members of the community to participate in the workshops.

Young Access will resume from 10:00 am–12:00 pm on Saturday the 4th of March and again on the following Saturdays the 11th, 18th and 25th of March 2017 at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Studio Space. Young Access is for young people ages 15 years and over with an enrolment fee of $20 for 4 weeks. For enrolments and information, please contact Gunnedah Community College on 02 6742 5630.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is providing an opportunity for the Gunnedah community to participate in workshops at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre Studio space this Saturday and Sunday with this month’s feature artist Gavin Coote. Gavin Coote’s Exhibition The (Non) Humans of the North West is currently exhibiting at Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery until the 5th of March, 2017.

Gavin’s collection of expressive and spontaneous paintings and ink drawings are reminiscent of Australian art world greats such as: Reg Mombassa, Pro Hart and the notorious Adam Cullen. This style of art will be explored and unpacked within Gavin’s workshops.

The Gavin Coote workshops are set to be playful and light-hearted workshops experimenting with drawing and painting activities for any age and any ability level.
The classes vary slightly from Saturday to Sunday but each workshop will begin with gestural drawing and contour drawing activities. This will be followed by large-scale painting activities, where each participant starts a painting and other participants finish it as a collaborative journey of creation.

Participants are asked to bring along a large canvas. Paints and paintbrushes are provided but if there is a preferred paint or brush participants would like to use, please bring along.

The Gavin Coote workshops are a place to play and explore different and modern approaches to painting and drawing. The workshops are $50 a day from 11:00 am -2:00 pm with light refreshments provided. Walk-ins are welcomed but bookings are preferred through www.thecivic.com.au or through the Visitor Information Centre at 83 Chandos Street or Council’s Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah or by calling 67402100.

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The North West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan is a comprehensive document supporting a Regional approach to invasive weed management in the North West Region. The final draft is being put out for public consultation over the next two weeks.

The plan sets about formalising an approach to weed management across the region, enhancing a state wide program for invasive weed control and ultimately contributing to the invasive weed component of the new Biosecurity Act 2015.

A review into weed management carried out by the Natural resources Commission (NRC) identified a number of changes in the way weeds could be managed state wide. One recommended outcome from the review was that weed management programs across the state were inconsistent and that a more strategic approach was needed when carrying out private and public property inspections, capturing and recording data, and importantly, when managing new and emerging incursions of priority weeds.

The majority of the recommendations made by the NRC have been adopted, the most prominent being that of ensuring a regional coordinated approach to weed management, as opposed to individual programs being managed by various State Government agencies.

The North West Regional Strategic Weed Management Plan has been drafted in close consultation with all stakeholders involved in weed management in NSW, and is a document which will form the framework of regional weed management programs in the North West.

A public consultation roadshow headed by the Northwest Local Lands Service commences this week with information sessions being held across the North West.

Gunnedah Shire’s session will be held this Thursday the 16th of February in the training room at Council’s administration building in Elgin Street commencing 9.30am.
For further information contact Gunnedah Shire Council Senior Weeds Officer Lee Amidy on 02 6740 2100.

For information on dates and venues in other locations contact North West Local Land Services

www.northwest.lls.nsw.gov.au  |  www.facebook.com/northwestlocallandservices 

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Held during March each year, the Weeks of Speed Festival is a unique programme of heart-thumping speed and speed-related activities and great family friendly entertainment.

Organisers plan new events each year and in 2017 the Weeks of Speed programme bursts into action on Saturday March 4 and will continue each weekend thereafter, finishing on Sunday March 26, 2017.

Download the Weeks of Speed Programme 2017, see what’s on and head to Gunnedah for some great action packed, family friendly entertainment.

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GoCo Community Transport is pleased to introduce The GoCo Run, a regular transport option servicing Tambar Springs, Mullaley, Premer, Curlewis, Carroll and Breeza.
The GoCo Run will provide a weekly bus run to complement the existing range of community transport services, which include door to door transport for medical appointments, buses for shopping and social events, and half price taxi fares.

GoCo have been providing affordable transport to the Gunnedah community since 1988, and ‘The GoCo Run’ is an extension of this service.

‘The GoCo Run will provide safe, flexible and efficient transport for the residents of the villages and surrounds,’ GoCo Community Transport Coordinator Suzi Beard said. ‘This will be a huge benefit to the community, especially those experiencing transport disadvantage and isolation” she concluded.

The GoCo Run will be operating in each of the villages one day a week:

  • TUESDAY- Carroll
  • THURSDAY- Tambar Springs, Premer, Mullaley
  • FRIDAY- Curlewis and Breeza

Wheelchair accessibility is available and an on board carer can be supplied on request. Return trips are just $10. Bookings are essential to secure a seat.

For more information or to make a booking, contact GoCo Community Transport on 02 6740 2254

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