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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Crime Prevention Working Group recently undertook a walking tour of the closed circuit television (CCTV) network in the Gunnedah CBD. The tour was conducted to revisit and review the current locations of cameras and to determine future approaches to maintaining and expanding the network.

Undertaking the tour were members of the Working Group including Chair Cr Colleen Fuller, Mayor Jaimie Chaffey, Cr David Moses, Cr John Campbell, Cr Murray O’Keefe, Inspector Michael Wurth, Senior Constable Damian Wood, Director Planning & Environmental Services Andrew Johns, Council’s, Information Services Manager Wayne Somerville, and Community and Social Planner Debra Hilton.

Council currently has 17 CCTV cameras located throughout the western end of the CBD and recently obtained $44,582 under a Safer Streets Programme grant from the Australian Government to extend the network to the eastern end of the CBD entertainment and shopping precincts, with Council contributing a further $10,000 to the project
“The walking tour’s aim was to finalise the locations under the scope of this project, but it also presented a perfect opportunity to review the existing network to identify gaps and potential for further CCTV installations” Working Group Chair Cr Fuller said.

“Council is committed to supporting local businesses and entertainment venues through the reduction of street crime, illicit activity and anti-social behaviour in the CBD, and by assisting Police with quality footage that facilitates the early apprehension of offenders. Adopting a strategic planning approach with consideration to the next 5-10 years makes good financial sense” Mayor Jaimie Chaffey said.

“It is important that we get the infrastructure right first, as this will reduce costs for Council and the ratepayer down the track, provide us with the flexibility and portability to expand the network across a number of stages, and ensure our maintenance burden is kept to a minimal” he concluded.

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‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ is the book that will unite Australia for the 2017 National Simultaneous Storytime. 3500 libraries, schools and childcare centres across Australia will participate in synchronised reading at 11.00am on Wednesday 24, May to celebrate Australian authors and promote early childhood literacy.

Gunnedah Shire Library’s event is set to be exciting, as they have taken leadership of the Gunnedah chapter of ‘Paint the Town REaD’ and will launch the program at their National Simultaneous Storytime event.

The Library is renowned for their amazing decorations and imaginative take on themed months, and true to form those attending will be introduced to the REaD Egg, a magical egg which only grows if it’s read to.

‘Paint the Town REaD is a great initiative, and the library is proud to be stepping up to lead it. We are passionate about reading, and early literacy skills are crucial for a child’s development. Making reading fun and interactive is a great way to engage children, and developing those skills early will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of reading,’ Gunnedah Shire Council’s Paint the Town REaD Co ordinator Liz Ironmonger said.

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Councillor Anne Luke will lead the library’s official Simultaneous Storytime reading kicking off at 11.00am, which will be followed by a presentation of 1000 Books Before School Certificates for children who have achieved this impressive reading milestone.

For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime or to be involved with Paint the Town REaD contact Gunnedah Shire Library on 6740 2190.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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WORKSHOPS WITH GOMEROI ARTIST - JACK CONLON

Arts workshops with Jack Conlon- Schools or Service Providers pay $300.00 and supply materials for 2 x 3 Hour Sessions for young people to work with Gomeroi Artist, Jack Conlon Creating art works to exhibit In the Gunnedah Creative Arts Gallery for NAIDOC Exhibition, 2017

POSTER COMPETITION

The Winner will have their image used for all publicity for the NAIDOC Art Exhibition & $100.00 Prize Money – Judged by local Gunnedah Aboriginal Artists. Submissions due by 5.00pm - Friday, 2nd June 2017 at VIC, Chandos Street.

MEDIA AND VIDEO PROJECT

Video and Media Project - Everybody is asked to record themselves and others on their phones, Speaking language or saying “Our Language Matters” - Please send all submissions to laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au for a short film to be created and projected during the NAIDOC Exhibition 2017 - All submissions by 5.00pm – Friday, 2nd June 2017.

FREE DANCE CREW WITH KARWIN KNOX

Monday – Friday, 19th - 30th June 2017
2.00pm to 3.00pm – Winanga-Le Early Learning Child and Family Centre
3.30pm to 4.30pm – School students from all schools and high schools @ Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio
4.30pm to 5.30pm – Community members @ Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio

OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT

Calling for artworks to be submitted to Exhibit In The NAIDOC Exhibition at the Gunnedah Creative Arts Gallery. Artworks that celebrate, share and reflect Indigenous Australian Culture, open to all age. Submissions due by Friday, 16th June 2017 at the VIC, Chandos Street Gunnedah – Official Opening of Exhibition will be held on Friday, 7th July 2017.

For any enquires please call Gunnedah Shire Council's Arts and Cultural Officer , Lauren Mackley 02 6740 2100 or email laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au 

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The Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan 2017/18 for Gunnedah Shire Council is officially placed on public exhibition and Council will receive submissions in relation to the documents up until 5:00pm Thursday 15 June 2017.

The documents will be available for viewing at the Council Administration Building, Library, Community Care Centre and Visitor Information Centre. Alternately the documents can be downloaded from Council’s website below:

This is an opportunity for members of the public to lodge submissions in relation to the items considered and strategies applied in the Draft Community Strategic Plan and Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan. Council will meet again on Wednesday 21 June 2017 to consider all submissions, formally adopt the documents.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Council on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair is asking people to splash some colour on a nail this week to help improve awareness around food allergies and the risk they pose.

Mr Blair said a key component to reducing risk is making people allergy aware - one way of doing this is to paint a nail to represent the one in ten babies born in Australia with a food allergy.

"That statistic alone shows how important this issue is for the entire community, allergy awareness is everyone’s responsibility.

"Some food allergies can range from being merely unpleasant and inconvenient but sadly in the worst cases they can be fatal.

"More than half a million Australians manage the difficulties that come with a food allergy every day.

"Keep an eye out for a splash of colour on people’s fingernails this week – it’s a simple way to help raise awareness and support people with a food allergy right across our State."

The NSW Food Authority is the key front line agency and plays a vital role in educating both industry and consumers when it comes to food allergies.

In NSW, all food businesses are required to provide information about the most common allergens, gluten and sulphites through correct labelling and information.

Food Allergy Week 2017 runs from 14-20 May. People can access information and resources from www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au

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Expressions of Interest are now being called from suitably qualified consultants to provide internal audit services. The consultant will be required to revise the 2014 – 2017 internal audit plan and provide internal audit services as per the revised plan.

Further information can be obtained below or by contacting Colin Formann, Executive Manager Business Systems and Governance on 6740 2111.

Expressions of Interest should be directed to the General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah or to council@infogunnedah.com.au by close of business on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Eric Groth
General Manager
Gunnedah Shire Council

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Don’t miss your chance to nominate a local legend to carry the Queen’s Baton when it visits Gunnedah next year.

Batonbearer nominations are open for everyday Australians to be part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).

Across Australia, 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR.Starting on 25 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton will travel for 100 days in Australia, visiting Gunnedah on Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

Nominate someone today for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so their achievements don’t go unrecognised.

The GC2018 QBR will be the longest and most engaging in history, visiting communities large, small, urban and regional, giving everyone the opportunity to be part of Australian sporting history.

Batonbearers must be nominated by someone else and nominees must accept their nomination to be considered for the role. It is important to remember that each nomination is judged on merit and all face the judging panel at the same time, so there is still plenty of opportunity to get your nominations in.

“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Gunnedah to the world and I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

Batonbearer nominations are open until 11:59pm AEST on 15 May 2017 at https://www.gc2018.com/qbr and don’t forget to check your email to see if you have been nominated.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or
  • Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or
  • Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or
  • Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
  • Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and
  • Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018)

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Arts North West and Accessible Arts NSW will be celebrating the launch of Enabling Community Creativity: A Regional Disability Resource at the Civic Centre Gunnedah on 22 May 2017.

Enabling Community Creativity: A Regional Disability Resource Manual is the direct result of The Heading West Project, a strategic two year partnership between Arts North West, Arts Northern Rivers (regional arts development organisations) and Accessible Arts NSW. This resource manual is a how-to-guide to deliver arts and disability projects and events in regional Australia including project development, marketing, and accessibility plans. It comprises step-by-step processes, templates, resources as well as a number of case studies to assist organisations and individuals to develop their own arts and disability events in their communities.

Everyone is invited to come along, participate in an inclusive art activity, and create a nature photo print and frame. All materials and morning tea provided.

Enabling Community Creativity   A Regional Disability Resource

WHEN:
11:00am – 1:00 pm Monday 22 May 2017

WHERE:
Creative Arts Centre, 81 Chandos Street
Gunnedah.

The Creative Arts Centre is an accessible venue.

COST:
Free

Further enquiries, please contact Arts North West via email office@artsnw.com.au, phone 67324988 or visit the website www.artsnw.com.au for more information.

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BE PART OF THE ACTION.
GIVE SOMEONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE DREAM!

Batonbearers will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.

A Batonbearer will share the dream and carry with pride the spirit of the Games embracing the diversity and values of the Commonwealth. They will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.

Nomination & Selection Criteria

We are looking for people of all abilities to share the dream and become a Batonbearer for the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay. A Batonbearer is someone who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary.
  • Has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community.
  • Has excelled, or aspires to excel athletically or personally.
  • Who contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.
  • The minimum age of a Batonbearer is 10 years old as at 25 December 2017 (the start date of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Australia).
  • To nominate, explain in 100 words or less how the nominee (the person being nominated) meets one or more of the selection criteria and why they should have an opportunity to carry the Queen's Baton.
  • Nominees must be an Australian Citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

What you will need to nominate someone

If you are under 18, you will need to confirm you have obtained parent/guardian consent to make a nomination. You will also be asked to accept the nominator terms and conditions.

For further information on the nomination and selection process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.
Read more on how the Queen’s Baton Relay supports our GC2018 Reconciliation Plan.

Nominations must be made on or before 15 May 2017 (Nomination Due Date)
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https://www.gc2018.com/qbr/nominate 

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Join GoCo and New England Partners in Recovery for fun on the green with your team. GoCo Barefoot Bowls & BBQ will be held at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 11.30am to 3.30pm to raise awareness about mental health and connect people with the support available in the Gunnedah community.

‘Last year’s Barefoot Bowls & BBQ event was a great success, and there has been so much interest in running it annually, we have now set a date for this year’s event!’ GoCo Partners in Recovery Support Facilitator Barb Heath said.

“It is a wonderful way for people to connect with each other and have fun, whether you want to play or spectate and have some lunch, everyone is invited” she concluded.
GoCo Partners in Recovery assists people experiencing mental illness to make choices and take control of opportunities in their lives. GoCo provides a range of support options for disability, aged care and transport.

To sign up for Barefoot Bowls & BBQ or for more information about GoCo services, contact Barb Heath on 6740 2181 or drop into the GoCo office at 80 Marquis St, Gunnedah.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery will be a hub of upcycled, innovative creations from Friday, 2 June 2017, featuring Gunnedah’s Biennial ‘Waste into Art’ Exhibition.

Every two years, Gunnedah Shire Council asks residents to use their imagination and repurpose waste items into art. This year, the ‘Waste into Art’ Exhibition is expanding, allowing entries from throughout the New England North West to further spread the reduce, reuse, recycle message.

The theme for Waste into Art 2017 is ‘Technologic’. Each year Australians dispose thousands of broken, unwanted or upgraded electrical items into landfill. This exhibition is encouraging people to demonstrate imaginative uses for these discarded items. Artworks should incorporate the re-use or recycling of waste or pre/loved materials and/or may link to the theme ‘Technologic’.

The categories include:

  • Section 1 – Early Childhood / Preschool (Group entries)
  • Section 2 – Primary Schools (Group entries)
  • Section 3 – Secondary Schools (Group entries)
  • Section 4 - Individual under 16 years (Individual entries)
  • Section 5 – Open Community (Group and Individual entries)
    • 16 years and over- Most Creative
    • Best suits theme of ‘Technologic’
    • Functional Art (Furniture/Homewares/Inventions)
  • Section 6 - People’s Choice Award
    • An artwork voted the best by the guests attending the Exhibition will be awarded at the end of the Exhibition period.

The prize money for this year has increased, with winners of each category receiving $150 prize money. One entry will also be selected to be permanently displayed at the Gunnedah Waste Management Facility to promote the recycling message and to celebrate innovative waste turned into art.

“The message of recycling is important for our future. Discarded and preloved items can be transformed into art. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to turn waste into worth and this exhibition is just one way Gunnedah Shire Council is spreading the recycling message,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer Lauren Mackley said.

“Waste into Art is a great way to get the community thinking outside the square and into a mindset that focuses on waste reduction. Every year we are continually amazed at the innovative and imaginative creative entries” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer Sue Cox said.

Entry forms are available for download below and hard copies can be picked up at the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre and The Gunnedah Shire Council Office at 63 Elgin Street.

For enquiries contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley on (02) 67 402 100. All entries are required to be submitted to The Visitor Information Centre, 81 Chandos Street Gunnedah before 5:00 pm on Friday 26 May 2017.

The exhibition will officially open at 1:00 pm on June 2, 2017. Community members are invited to come along and place their vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the close of the Exhibition on Monday, 3 June 2017.

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Gunnedah Shire Council has received funding from the Department of Industry through The Future Towns Plans Project that was rolled out across Regional NSW earlier this year.

The grant allocation is being used to kick-start the Gunnedah Shire Council Vibrant Precinct Project which will focus on site activation in order to increase vibrancy within the Downtown Precinct. The project will explore a number of themes including how contemporary and accessible arts may assist in creating vibrant spaces that are activated all year round.

As part of the project, Council will be undertaking consultation with a number of stakeholders to explore the concept of site activation within the Gunnedah Shire.

Gunnedah Shire Council welcomes business and industry representatives to share their ideas on site activation and creating vibrancy in our CBD and Downtown Precinct at a Business Breakfast from 7.30am to 9.00am Friday, 5 May 2017 at the Smithurst Theatre, Conadilly Street, Gunnedah.

There are also opportunities for Gunnedah’s young people and youth representatives to participate in workshops from 10:00am – 11:00am at the Smithurst Theatre; with mapping and interactive activities that will explore innovative and fresh ways to inject colour into our CBD.

The Creative Industry Workshop taking place on Friday, 5 May from 2:00pm – 5:00pm will provide a forum for arts enthusiasts and Indigenous groups to participate in community brainstorming to assist with development of new ideas relating to vibrancy. This workshop will include a site tour through the CBD. The
site tour is expected to take one hour with non-walking options available.

For others who would like to have their say or are unable to participate at other times, there is an open day at the Smithurst Theatre for community members to explore what site activation can look like. This is the perfect opportunity to further explore how we can make our town more vibrant. The Smithurst will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00pm on Saturday, 6 May for all to come along and share their ideas.

“We’re so excited about the Vibrant Precinct Project and the potential benefits for Gunnedah and the CBD. We’re looking forward to seeing how arts and culture, among many other factors, can contribute to site activation and how creating vibrant spaces can attract and enhance visitor numbers through cultural participation. We see lots of potential and we’re keen to explore this with the community.” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.

For more information about how to participate with these workshops or to RSVP your attendance, please call Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100 or email on laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Notice is hereby given of the public exhibition of the draft DisAbility Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 Enhancing Access: Cultivating Inclusion.

Council’s vision for an inclusive community is to be recognised as both an advocate and champion for the rights of people of all abilities in our community ensuring all of our residents are treated equally and respectfully and have opportunities to enjoy the benefits. The draft Plan articulates strategies and actions to enhance access and participation opportunities over the next four (4) years. The Plan includes actions for all areas of Council, and will guide us in ensuring our services, facilities and infrastructure are inclusive to all residents.

Our community can make comment on the draft Plan up to Wednesday, 17 May 2017.

The Plan is viewable in text version on the Gunnedah Shire Council website at www.infogunnedah.com.au and available for inspection at Council's Administration Building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, GoCo, 80 Marquis Street, and the Shire Library, Conadilly Street between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Persons wishing to comment on the draft DisAbility Inclusion Action Plan should do so in writing and address submissions to:

Eric Groth
General Manager
Gunnedah Shire Council
PO Box 63
GUNNEDAH NSW 2380
E: council@infogunnedah.com.au 

Submissions should be received in writing no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. The Final draft will go before the June Council Meeting.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is hosting the biennial event 'Waste into Art' Exhibition 2017 to promote waste reduction on our community.

The exhibition officially opens 1.00pm Friday 2 June 2017 and will run until Sunday 2 July 2017.

Submissions are due 5.00pm Friday 26 May 2017 at the Visitor Information Centre, 81 Chandos Street Gunnedah.

Entry forms can be downloaded using the link below and hard copies are available at the Visitor Information Centre or Gunnedah Shire Council Administration building, 63 Elgin Street Gunnedah.

All artworks must incorporate the re-use of recycling of waste or pre-loved materials and/or may link to the theme 'Technologic'.

For enquiries or for further information contact our Customer Service Team on (02) 6740 2100.

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The 2017 summer inspection program targeting Alligator weed and Honey Locust in the Peel and Namoi Rivers has been completed by local Councils across the North West and New England.

The program took around two weeks to complete and covered an area from Sandy Creek near Somerton to Narrabri township. The project is an important step in the containment of the world’s worst aquatic plant, Alligator weed.

Inspections in the Namoi commenced slightly later than usual due to high water levels following good rainfall and significant water releases from Keepit Dam. High rainfall prior to the program, coupled with one of the hottest summers on record produced the perfect environment for Alligator weed.

The program funded by the Northwest Local Lands Service now in its sixth year, located in excess of twenty infestations of Alligator weed in the Namoi River from the Peel River junction to Gunnedah.

“Although the infestations were relatively small and in close proximity to existing sites, a couple of larger plants outside those sites caused us some concern,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Senior Weeds Officer Lee Amidy said.

“It’s not surprising given the season we’ve just experienced, that these plants were a little more advanced than in previous years” he added.

All infestations in the Peel and Namoi Rivers have since been removed manually or treated with chemical. The sites will be continually monitored for regrowth.

“The program also provided us with an opportunity to assess the extent of regrowth of Honey Locust trees along both rivers following three separate treatment programs over the last ten years” Mr. Amidy said.

The results from control programs targeting this thorny invasive tree were described as extremely encouraging, with local weeds officers agreeing that the platform had been set for the containment and eventual eradication of Honey locust in the Namoi River.

Education and awareness programs have been conducted over the last three weeks with displays of Alligator weed along with other aquatic pest being presented at fishing competitions at Carroll and Lake Keepit as well as local agricultural shows.

“It is important to arm those who use our rivers and dams with the skills to identify weeds such as Alligator weed, so they can assist us in keeping an eye out for invasive aquatic weeds that could threaten the health of our waterways” Mr Amidy concluded.

Information on all aquatic and other invasive weeds is available from your local Council Weeds Officers, Local Lands Services or New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is proud to announce renowned Walcha artist Linda Lockyer will be exhibiting her collection of works entitled ‘Country Meets Coast’ at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery this May.

Lockyer’s works investigate contrasting environments; ‘Country Meets Coast’ highlights her connection to two very different geographical places, The New England Ranges and beyond, in contrast to the coastal region of Camden Haven. Lockyer uses her canvas as a recording of her own perceptions of a particular place at a particular time, painted in her own distinct style.

“I feel a great sense of oneness with the ocean and the coast which I frequent often, and I love breathtaking scenes like the gorge country in which I live. Painting allows me to express all of my emotions fully” said Lockyer

Lockyer’s artworks are predominantly abstract using colours and rich texture, often using spatulas as well as brushes and varying types of cloth and sponges to apply the paint to canvas. Her paintings are colourful, textured and reflect her love of the Australian lifestyle and landscape.

“Colour, texture and form are very important tools of expression and can therefore record life experiences very differently to descriptions in words”. Lockyer said.

Her first solo exhibition was held in Sydney at Shepherd St Gallery, Chippendale in 2012. Since then, Linda has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie and NERAM with recent solo shows at Ray Walsh House (Tamworth Regional Gallery) and regular solo shows at The Armidale Art Gallery.

The Official Opening will be held at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 6:00 pm on Friday 5 May 2017. The exhibition will continue until the Sunday 28 May, 2017.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is proud to announce three of the comedic acts coming to town for the Gunnedah leg of The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow of 2017.

Australian Comedian Daniel Connell will be gracing our stage with his laid back Aussie humour. The man of very few words has been dubbed ‘one to watch’ on the Australian Comedy circuit by The Age. A performer not to be missed, Daniel’s commentary on life will have you sniggering and giggling.

David Quirk is a stand-up comedian based in Melbourne. In 2006, David was a state finalist in Triple J’s ‘Raw Comedy’ competition, and in 2007, made his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut and has since performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Quirk by name and by nature, his act has been reviewed as “An intelligent hour of comedy that is both funny and philosophical, full of uncomfortable truths, black humour, and brutal honesty."

Adam Hess is a big name from the UK, having received the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2011 and been nominated for best newcomer award at the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He has been screened on The BBC, Comedy Up Late and Comedy Central. His credentials include his First Aid Training and ability to moon walk. This cheeky guy from London will have you roaring with laughter.

Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!

Ticket purchases are available online at www.thecivic.com.au. Just follow the ‘Book now’ link or purchase in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or The Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any enquiries call (02) 67 402 100.

Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 16 years or older.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Water Quality Officer, Brock Stone, received two prestigious awards at the 11th Annual NSW Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition held by the Water Industry Operators Association’s (WIOA) held in Canberra last week.

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) is a national Association with a primary role of facilitating the collection, development and exchange of quality information between people undertaking operational roles in the water industry.

Over 700 individuals attended the event, where more than thirty presentations were delivered over two days by engineers, water and wastewater treatment plant operators, scientists and industry representatives.

Attendees discussed a wide range of issues to benefit personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure. Mr Stone presented his paper entitled ‘Curlewis Pump Station Upgrade.’

His paper was extremely well received and went on to win two awards - ‘Best Paper by an Operator’ and ‘Best Paper Overall’. Best Paper by an Operator is an award offered as an incentive to encourage “grass roots” operational staff to share their knowledge and experience and ‘ Best Paper overall’ is an Open category award with all Platform paper presenters eligible to win, so it is extremely impressive for Mr Stone to win both awards.

“I’d really like to congratulate Brock on his achievements. It’s a significant accomplishment and further displays Brock’s dedication, firstly in completing the pump station upgrade in a professional manner, and then followed by the initiative to prepare a paper and present it to his peers within the industry. The awards were thoroughly deserved and the paper was very well done,” Council’s Manager of Water Services, Kevin Sheridan said.

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Buckle up Gunnedah, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road, and coming to Gunnedah to deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival.

With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow has got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from; stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show.

Last year was just such a hit, the Festival is back by popular demand. A Busload of intrepid entertainers has set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land and they will be pulling into Gunnedah to make your sides split and your ribs hurt from laughter. Doors Open at 7:00 pm on Thursday the 15th of June, 2017 at the Gunnedah Town Hall with a cash bar and nibbles available on the night.

Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!

Ticket purchases are available online at www.thecivic.com.au (just follow the Book now link) or in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or The Gunnedah Shire Council Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any enquiries call (02) 67 402 100.

Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 16 years or older.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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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’s Crime Prevention Working Group recently undertook a walking tour of the closed circuit television (CCTV) network in the Gunnedah CBD. The tour was conducted to revisit and review the current locations of cameras and to determine future approaches to maintaining and expanding the network.

Undertaking the tour were members of the Working Group including Chair Cr Colleen Fuller, Mayor Jaimie Chaffey, Cr David Moses, Cr John Campbell, Cr Murray O’Keefe, Inspector Michael Wurth, Senior Constable Damian Wood, Director Planning & Environmental Services Andrew Johns, Council’s, Information Services Manager Wayne Somerville, and Community and Social Planner Debra Hilton.

Council currently has 17 CCTV cameras located throughout the western end of the CBD and recently obtained $44,582 under a Safer Streets Programme grant from the Australian Government to extend the network to the eastern end of the CBD entertainment and shopping precincts, with Council contributing a further $10,000 to the project
“The walking tour’s aim was to finalise the locations under the scope of this project, but it also presented a perfect opportunity to review the existing network to identify gaps and potential for further CCTV installations” Working Group Chair Cr Fuller said.

“Council is committed to supporting local businesses and entertainment venues through the reduction of street crime, illicit activity and anti-social behaviour in the CBD, and by assisting Police with quality footage that facilitates the early apprehension of offenders. Adopting a strategic planning approach with consideration to the next 5-10 years makes good financial sense” Mayor Jaimie Chaffey said.

“It is important that we get the infrastructure right first, as this will reduce costs for Council and the ratepayer down the track, provide us with the flexibility and portability to expand the network across a number of stages, and ensure our maintenance burden is kept to a minimal” he concluded.

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‘The Cow Tripped Over the Moon’ is the book that will unite Australia for the 2017 National Simultaneous Storytime. 3500 libraries, schools and childcare centres across Australia will participate in synchronised reading at 11.00am on Wednesday 24, May to celebrate Australian authors and promote early childhood literacy.

Gunnedah Shire Library’s event is set to be exciting, as they have taken leadership of the Gunnedah chapter of ‘Paint the Town REaD’ and will launch the program at their National Simultaneous Storytime event.

The Library is renowned for their amazing decorations and imaginative take on themed months, and true to form those attending will be introduced to the REaD Egg, a magical egg which only grows if it’s read to.

‘Paint the Town REaD is a great initiative, and the library is proud to be stepping up to lead it. We are passionate about reading, and early literacy skills are crucial for a child’s development. Making reading fun and interactive is a great way to engage children, and developing those skills early will hopefully lead to a lifelong love of reading,’ Gunnedah Shire Council’s Paint the Town REaD Co ordinator Liz Ironmonger said.

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Councillor Anne Luke will lead the library’s official Simultaneous Storytime reading kicking off at 11.00am, which will be followed by a presentation of 1000 Books Before School Certificates for children who have achieved this impressive reading milestone.

For more information about National Simultaneous Storytime or to be involved with Paint the Town REaD contact Gunnedah Shire Library on 6740 2190.

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WORKSHOPS WITH GOMEROI ARTIST - JACK CONLON

Arts workshops with Jack Conlon- Schools or Service Providers pay $300.00 and supply materials for 2 x 3 Hour Sessions for young people to work with Gomeroi Artist, Jack Conlon Creating art works to exhibit In the Gunnedah Creative Arts Gallery for NAIDOC Exhibition, 2017

POSTER COMPETITION

The Winner will have their image used for all publicity for the NAIDOC Art Exhibition & $100.00 Prize Money – Judged by local Gunnedah Aboriginal Artists. Submissions due by 5.00pm - Friday, 2nd June 2017 at VIC, Chandos Street.

MEDIA AND VIDEO PROJECT

Video and Media Project - Everybody is asked to record themselves and others on their phones, Speaking language or saying “Our Language Matters” - Please send all submissions to laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au for a short film to be created and projected during the NAIDOC Exhibition 2017 - All submissions by 5.00pm – Friday, 2nd June 2017.

FREE DANCE CREW WITH KARWIN KNOX

Monday – Friday, 19th - 30th June 2017
2.00pm to 3.00pm – Winanga-Le Early Learning Child and Family Centre
3.30pm to 4.30pm – School students from all schools and high schools @ Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio
4.30pm to 5.30pm – Community members @ Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio

OPPORTUNITY TO EXHIBIT

Calling for artworks to be submitted to Exhibit In The NAIDOC Exhibition at the Gunnedah Creative Arts Gallery. Artworks that celebrate, share and reflect Indigenous Australian Culture, open to all age. Submissions due by Friday, 16th June 2017 at the VIC, Chandos Street Gunnedah – Official Opening of Exhibition will be held on Friday, 7th July 2017.

For any enquires please call Gunnedah Shire Council's Arts and Cultural Officer , Lauren Mackley 02 6740 2100 or email laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au 

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The Community Strategic Plan 2017-2027, Delivery Program 2017-2021 and Operational Plan 2017/18 for Gunnedah Shire Council is officially placed on public exhibition and Council will receive submissions in relation to the documents up until 5:00pm Thursday 15 June 2017.

The documents will be available for viewing at the Council Administration Building, Library, Community Care Centre and Visitor Information Centre. Alternately the documents can be downloaded from Council’s website below:

This is an opportunity for members of the public to lodge submissions in relation to the items considered and strategies applied in the Draft Community Strategic Plan and Draft Delivery Program and Operational Plan. Council will meet again on Wednesday 21 June 2017 to consider all submissions, formally adopt the documents.

Should you have any enquiries, please contact Council on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Niall Blair is asking people to splash some colour on a nail this week to help improve awareness around food allergies and the risk they pose.

Mr Blair said a key component to reducing risk is making people allergy aware - one way of doing this is to paint a nail to represent the one in ten babies born in Australia with a food allergy.

"That statistic alone shows how important this issue is for the entire community, allergy awareness is everyone’s responsibility.

"Some food allergies can range from being merely unpleasant and inconvenient but sadly in the worst cases they can be fatal.

"More than half a million Australians manage the difficulties that come with a food allergy every day.

"Keep an eye out for a splash of colour on people’s fingernails this week – it’s a simple way to help raise awareness and support people with a food allergy right across our State."

The NSW Food Authority is the key front line agency and plays a vital role in educating both industry and consumers when it comes to food allergies.

In NSW, all food businesses are required to provide information about the most common allergens, gluten and sulphites through correct labelling and information.

Food Allergy Week 2017 runs from 14-20 May. People can access information and resources from www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au

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Expressions of Interest are now being called from suitably qualified consultants to provide internal audit services. The consultant will be required to revise the 2014 – 2017 internal audit plan and provide internal audit services as per the revised plan.

Further information can be obtained below or by contacting Colin Formann, Executive Manager Business Systems and Governance on 6740 2111.

Expressions of Interest should be directed to the General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah or to council@infogunnedah.com.au by close of business on Wednesday 31 May 2017.

Eric Groth
General Manager
Gunnedah Shire Council

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Don’t miss your chance to nominate a local legend to carry the Queen’s Baton when it visits Gunnedah next year.

Batonbearer nominations are open for everyday Australians to be part of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR).

Across Australia, 3,800 batonbearers are needed to share the dream of the ‘friendly Games’ as part of the QBR.Starting on 25 December 2017, the Queen’s Baton will travel for 100 days in Australia, visiting Gunnedah on Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

Nominate someone today for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity so their achievements don’t go unrecognised.

The GC2018 QBR will be the longest and most engaging in history, visiting communities large, small, urban and regional, giving everyone the opportunity to be part of Australian sporting history.

Batonbearers must be nominated by someone else and nominees must accept their nomination to be considered for the role. It is important to remember that each nomination is judged on merit and all face the judging panel at the same time, so there is still plenty of opportunity to get your nominations in.

“We’re delighted to be a part of an event that will take Gunnedah to the world and I encourage you to nominate a local legend you think deserves to be a Batonbearer, whether they’re an aspiring young person or someone who is already accomplished,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

Batonbearer nominations are open until 11:59pm AEST on 15 May 2017 at https://www.gc2018.com/qbr and don’t forget to check your email to see if you have been nominated.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary; or
  • Have made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community; or
  • Have excelled, or aspire to excel athletically or personally; or
  • Contribute to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community;
  • Are at least 10 years old as at 25 December 2017; and
  • Are an Australian citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018)

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Arts North West and Accessible Arts NSW will be celebrating the launch of Enabling Community Creativity: A Regional Disability Resource at the Civic Centre Gunnedah on 22 May 2017.

Enabling Community Creativity: A Regional Disability Resource Manual is the direct result of The Heading West Project, a strategic two year partnership between Arts North West, Arts Northern Rivers (regional arts development organisations) and Accessible Arts NSW. This resource manual is a how-to-guide to deliver arts and disability projects and events in regional Australia including project development, marketing, and accessibility plans. It comprises step-by-step processes, templates, resources as well as a number of case studies to assist organisations and individuals to develop their own arts and disability events in their communities.

Everyone is invited to come along, participate in an inclusive art activity, and create a nature photo print and frame. All materials and morning tea provided.

Enabling Community Creativity   A Regional Disability Resource

WHEN:
11:00am – 1:00 pm Monday 22 May 2017

WHERE:
Creative Arts Centre, 81 Chandos Street
Gunnedah.

The Creative Arts Centre is an accessible venue.

COST:
Free

Further enquiries, please contact Arts North West via email office@artsnw.com.au, phone 67324988 or visit the website www.artsnw.com.au for more information.

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BE PART OF THE ACTION.
GIVE SOMEONE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHARE THE DREAM!

Batonbearers will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.

A Batonbearer will share the dream and carry with pride the spirit of the Games embracing the diversity and values of the Commonwealth. They will inspire others with their passion and commitment to sport and community and be excited to represent and promote the Commonwealth Games.

Nomination & Selection Criteria

We are looking for people of all abilities to share the dream and become a Batonbearer for the GC2018 Queen’s Baton Relay. A Batonbearer is someone who meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Has achieved something extraordinary or inspired others to achieve something extraordinary.
  • Has made a significant contribution to either sport, education, the arts, culture, charity or within their community.
  • Has excelled, or aspires to excel athletically or personally.
  • Who contributes to a fun, friendly, vibrant and inclusive community.
  • The minimum age of a Batonbearer is 10 years old as at 25 December 2017 (the start date of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Australia).
  • To nominate, explain in 100 words or less how the nominee (the person being nominated) meets one or more of the selection criteria and why they should have an opportunity to carry the Queen's Baton.
  • Nominees must be an Australian Citizen or lawfully entitled to reside in Australia during the Relay period (25 December 2017 – 4 April 2018).

What you will need to nominate someone

If you are under 18, you will need to confirm you have obtained parent/guardian consent to make a nomination. You will also be asked to accept the nominator terms and conditions.

For further information on the nomination and selection process, please read the Frequently Asked Questions.
Read more on how the Queen’s Baton Relay supports our GC2018 Reconciliation Plan.

Nominations must be made on or before 15 May 2017 (Nomination Due Date)
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https://www.gc2018.com/qbr/nominate 

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Join GoCo and New England Partners in Recovery for fun on the green with your team. GoCo Barefoot Bowls & BBQ will be held at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club on Wednesday, 21 June 2017 from 11.30am to 3.30pm to raise awareness about mental health and connect people with the support available in the Gunnedah community.

‘Last year’s Barefoot Bowls & BBQ event was a great success, and there has been so much interest in running it annually, we have now set a date for this year’s event!’ GoCo Partners in Recovery Support Facilitator Barb Heath said.

“It is a wonderful way for people to connect with each other and have fun, whether you want to play or spectate and have some lunch, everyone is invited” she concluded.
GoCo Partners in Recovery assists people experiencing mental illness to make choices and take control of opportunities in their lives. GoCo provides a range of support options for disability, aged care and transport.

To sign up for Barefoot Bowls & BBQ or for more information about GoCo services, contact Barb Heath on 6740 2181 or drop into the GoCo office at 80 Marquis St, Gunnedah.

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Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery will be a hub of upcycled, innovative creations from Friday, 2 June 2017, featuring Gunnedah’s Biennial ‘Waste into Art’ Exhibition.

Every two years, Gunnedah Shire Council asks residents to use their imagination and repurpose waste items into art. This year, the ‘Waste into Art’ Exhibition is expanding, allowing entries from throughout the New England North West to further spread the reduce, reuse, recycle message.

The theme for Waste into Art 2017 is ‘Technologic’. Each year Australians dispose thousands of broken, unwanted or upgraded electrical items into landfill. This exhibition is encouraging people to demonstrate imaginative uses for these discarded items. Artworks should incorporate the re-use or recycling of waste or pre/loved materials and/or may link to the theme ‘Technologic’.

The categories include:

  • Section 1 – Early Childhood / Preschool (Group entries)
  • Section 2 – Primary Schools (Group entries)
  • Section 3 – Secondary Schools (Group entries)
  • Section 4 - Individual under 16 years (Individual entries)
  • Section 5 – Open Community (Group and Individual entries)
    • 16 years and over- Most Creative
    • Best suits theme of ‘Technologic’
    • Functional Art (Furniture/Homewares/Inventions)
  • Section 6 - People’s Choice Award
    • An artwork voted the best by the guests attending the Exhibition will be awarded at the end of the Exhibition period.

The prize money for this year has increased, with winners of each category receiving $150 prize money. One entry will also be selected to be permanently displayed at the Gunnedah Waste Management Facility to promote the recycling message and to celebrate innovative waste turned into art.

“The message of recycling is important for our future. Discarded and preloved items can be transformed into art. We are constantly looking for innovative ways to turn waste into worth and this exhibition is just one way Gunnedah Shire Council is spreading the recycling message,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer Lauren Mackley said.

“Waste into Art is a great way to get the community thinking outside the square and into a mindset that focuses on waste reduction. Every year we are continually amazed at the innovative and imaginative creative entries” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Senior Environmental Health Officer Sue Cox said.

Entry forms are available for download below and hard copies can be picked up at the Gunnedah Visitor Information Centre and The Gunnedah Shire Council Office at 63 Elgin Street.

For enquiries contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley on (02) 67 402 100. All entries are required to be submitted to The Visitor Information Centre, 81 Chandos Street Gunnedah before 5:00 pm on Friday 26 May 2017.

The exhibition will officially open at 1:00 pm on June 2, 2017. Community members are invited to come along and place their vote for the People’s Choice Award. The winner will be announced at the close of the Exhibition on Monday, 3 June 2017.

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Gunnedah Shire Council has received funding from the Department of Industry through The Future Towns Plans Project that was rolled out across Regional NSW earlier this year.

The grant allocation is being used to kick-start the Gunnedah Shire Council Vibrant Precinct Project which will focus on site activation in order to increase vibrancy within the Downtown Precinct. The project will explore a number of themes including how contemporary and accessible arts may assist in creating vibrant spaces that are activated all year round.

As part of the project, Council will be undertaking consultation with a number of stakeholders to explore the concept of site activation within the Gunnedah Shire.

Gunnedah Shire Council welcomes business and industry representatives to share their ideas on site activation and creating vibrancy in our CBD and Downtown Precinct at a Business Breakfast from 7.30am to 9.00am Friday, 5 May 2017 at the Smithurst Theatre, Conadilly Street, Gunnedah.

There are also opportunities for Gunnedah’s young people and youth representatives to participate in workshops from 10:00am – 11:00am at the Smithurst Theatre; with mapping and interactive activities that will explore innovative and fresh ways to inject colour into our CBD.

The Creative Industry Workshop taking place on Friday, 5 May from 2:00pm – 5:00pm will provide a forum for arts enthusiasts and Indigenous groups to participate in community brainstorming to assist with development of new ideas relating to vibrancy. This workshop will include a site tour through the CBD. The
site tour is expected to take one hour with non-walking options available.

For others who would like to have their say or are unable to participate at other times, there is an open day at the Smithurst Theatre for community members to explore what site activation can look like. This is the perfect opportunity to further explore how we can make our town more vibrant. The Smithurst will be open from 9:00 am to 2:00pm on Saturday, 6 May for all to come along and share their ideas.

“We’re so excited about the Vibrant Precinct Project and the potential benefits for Gunnedah and the CBD. We’re looking forward to seeing how arts and culture, among many other factors, can contribute to site activation and how creating vibrant spaces can attract and enhance visitor numbers through cultural participation. We see lots of potential and we’re keen to explore this with the community.” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.

For more information about how to participate with these workshops or to RSVP your attendance, please call Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100 or email on laurenmackley@infogunnedah.com.au

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Notice is hereby given of the public exhibition of the draft DisAbility Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021 Enhancing Access: Cultivating Inclusion.

Council’s vision for an inclusive community is to be recognised as both an advocate and champion for the rights of people of all abilities in our community ensuring all of our residents are treated equally and respectfully and have opportunities to enjoy the benefits. The draft Plan articulates strategies and actions to enhance access and participation opportunities over the next four (4) years. The Plan includes actions for all areas of Council, and will guide us in ensuring our services, facilities and infrastructure are inclusive to all residents.

Our community can make comment on the draft Plan up to Wednesday, 17 May 2017.

The Plan is viewable in text version on the Gunnedah Shire Council website at www.infogunnedah.com.au and available for inspection at Council's Administration Building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, GoCo, 80 Marquis Street, and the Shire Library, Conadilly Street between 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Persons wishing to comment on the draft DisAbility Inclusion Action Plan should do so in writing and address submissions to:

Eric Groth
General Manager
Gunnedah Shire Council
PO Box 63
GUNNEDAH NSW 2380
E: council@infogunnedah.com.au 

Submissions should be received in writing no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 17 May 2017. The Final draft will go before the June Council Meeting.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is hosting the biennial event 'Waste into Art' Exhibition 2017 to promote waste reduction on our community.

The exhibition officially opens 1.00pm Friday 2 June 2017 and will run until Sunday 2 July 2017.

Submissions are due 5.00pm Friday 26 May 2017 at the Visitor Information Centre, 81 Chandos Street Gunnedah.

Entry forms can be downloaded using the link below and hard copies are available at the Visitor Information Centre or Gunnedah Shire Council Administration building, 63 Elgin Street Gunnedah.

All artworks must incorporate the re-use of recycling of waste or pre-loved materials and/or may link to the theme 'Technologic'.

For enquiries or for further information contact our Customer Service Team on (02) 6740 2100.

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The 2017 summer inspection program targeting Alligator weed and Honey Locust in the Peel and Namoi Rivers has been completed by local Councils across the North West and New England.

The program took around two weeks to complete and covered an area from Sandy Creek near Somerton to Narrabri township. The project is an important step in the containment of the world’s worst aquatic plant, Alligator weed.

Inspections in the Namoi commenced slightly later than usual due to high water levels following good rainfall and significant water releases from Keepit Dam. High rainfall prior to the program, coupled with one of the hottest summers on record produced the perfect environment for Alligator weed.

The program funded by the Northwest Local Lands Service now in its sixth year, located in excess of twenty infestations of Alligator weed in the Namoi River from the Peel River junction to Gunnedah.

“Although the infestations were relatively small and in close proximity to existing sites, a couple of larger plants outside those sites caused us some concern,” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Senior Weeds Officer Lee Amidy said.

“It’s not surprising given the season we’ve just experienced, that these plants were a little more advanced than in previous years” he added.

All infestations in the Peel and Namoi Rivers have since been removed manually or treated with chemical. The sites will be continually monitored for regrowth.

“The program also provided us with an opportunity to assess the extent of regrowth of Honey Locust trees along both rivers following three separate treatment programs over the last ten years” Mr. Amidy said.

The results from control programs targeting this thorny invasive tree were described as extremely encouraging, with local weeds officers agreeing that the platform had been set for the containment and eventual eradication of Honey locust in the Namoi River.

Education and awareness programs have been conducted over the last three weeks with displays of Alligator weed along with other aquatic pest being presented at fishing competitions at Carroll and Lake Keepit as well as local agricultural shows.

“It is important to arm those who use our rivers and dams with the skills to identify weeds such as Alligator weed, so they can assist us in keeping an eye out for invasive aquatic weeds that could threaten the health of our waterways” Mr Amidy concluded.

Information on all aquatic and other invasive weeds is available from your local Council Weeds Officers, Local Lands Services or New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is proud to announce renowned Walcha artist Linda Lockyer will be exhibiting her collection of works entitled ‘Country Meets Coast’ at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery this May.

Lockyer’s works investigate contrasting environments; ‘Country Meets Coast’ highlights her connection to two very different geographical places, The New England Ranges and beyond, in contrast to the coastal region of Camden Haven. Lockyer uses her canvas as a recording of her own perceptions of a particular place at a particular time, painted in her own distinct style.

“I feel a great sense of oneness with the ocean and the coast which I frequent often, and I love breathtaking scenes like the gorge country in which I live. Painting allows me to express all of my emotions fully” said Lockyer

Lockyer’s artworks are predominantly abstract using colours and rich texture, often using spatulas as well as brushes and varying types of cloth and sponges to apply the paint to canvas. Her paintings are colourful, textured and reflect her love of the Australian lifestyle and landscape.

“Colour, texture and form are very important tools of expression and can therefore record life experiences very differently to descriptions in words”. Lockyer said.

Her first solo exhibition was held in Sydney at Shepherd St Gallery, Chippendale in 2012. Since then, Linda has exhibited in group exhibitions at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie and NERAM with recent solo shows at Ray Walsh House (Tamworth Regional Gallery) and regular solo shows at The Armidale Art Gallery.

The Official Opening will be held at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 6:00 pm on Friday 5 May 2017. The exhibition will continue until the Sunday 28 May, 2017.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is proud to announce three of the comedic acts coming to town for the Gunnedah leg of The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow of 2017.

Australian Comedian Daniel Connell will be gracing our stage with his laid back Aussie humour. The man of very few words has been dubbed ‘one to watch’ on the Australian Comedy circuit by The Age. A performer not to be missed, Daniel’s commentary on life will have you sniggering and giggling.

David Quirk is a stand-up comedian based in Melbourne. In 2006, David was a state finalist in Triple J’s ‘Raw Comedy’ competition, and in 2007, made his Melbourne International Comedy Festival debut and has since performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Quirk by name and by nature, his act has been reviewed as “An intelligent hour of comedy that is both funny and philosophical, full of uncomfortable truths, black humour, and brutal honesty."

Adam Hess is a big name from the UK, having received the Chortle Student Comedy Award 2011 and been nominated for best newcomer award at the 2015 Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He has been screened on The BBC, Comedy Up Late and Comedy Central. His credentials include his First Aid Training and ability to moon walk. This cheeky guy from London will have you roaring with laughter.

Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!

Ticket purchases are available online at www.thecivic.com.au. Just follow the ‘Book now’ link or purchase in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or The Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any enquiries call (02) 67 402 100.

Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 16 years or older.

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Water Quality Officer, Brock Stone, received two prestigious awards at the 11th Annual NSW Water Industry Operations Conference and Exhibition held by the Water Industry Operators Association’s (WIOA) held in Canberra last week.

The Water Industry Operators Association of Australia (WIOA) is a national Association with a primary role of facilitating the collection, development and exchange of quality information between people undertaking operational roles in the water industry.

Over 700 individuals attended the event, where more than thirty presentations were delivered over two days by engineers, water and wastewater treatment plant operators, scientists and industry representatives.

Attendees discussed a wide range of issues to benefit personnel involved in the operation and maintenance of urban, rural and industrial water related infrastructure. Mr Stone presented his paper entitled ‘Curlewis Pump Station Upgrade.’

His paper was extremely well received and went on to win two awards - ‘Best Paper by an Operator’ and ‘Best Paper Overall’. Best Paper by an Operator is an award offered as an incentive to encourage “grass roots” operational staff to share their knowledge and experience and ‘ Best Paper overall’ is an Open category award with all Platform paper presenters eligible to win, so it is extremely impressive for Mr Stone to win both awards.

“I’d really like to congratulate Brock on his achievements. It’s a significant accomplishment and further displays Brock’s dedication, firstly in completing the pump station upgrade in a professional manner, and then followed by the initiative to prepare a paper and present it to his peers within the industry. The awards were thoroughly deserved and the paper was very well done,” Council’s Manager of Water Services, Kevin Sheridan said.

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Buckle up Gunnedah, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow is hitting the road, and coming to Gunnedah to deliver the freshest and funniest from Australia’s largest comedy festival.

With an all-killer, no-filler cast of Australian stars, talented newcomers and international performers The Melbourne International Comedy Roadshow has got all your comedy bases covered. Featuring everything from; stand-up to sketch, slapstick to song, each individual line-up presents the best of the Festival in one hilarious show.

Last year was just such a hit, the Festival is back by popular demand. A Busload of intrepid entertainers has set their sights on over 80 destinations across this great Southern land and they will be pulling into Gunnedah to make your sides split and your ribs hurt from laughter. Doors Open at 7:00 pm on Thursday the 15th of June, 2017 at the Gunnedah Town Hall with a cash bar and nibbles available on the night.

Don’t miss your chance to join the laughs at the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow. Get on board, grab your mates and get giggling as the ultimate comedy road trip rolls into town!

Ticket purchases are available online at www.thecivic.com.au (just follow the Book now link) or in person at The Visitor Information Centre, Chandos Street or The Gunnedah Shire Council Administration Building at 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any enquiries call (02) 67 402 100.

Warning: Performances often contain coarse language, sexual references and material that can offend. It is recommended for people aged 16 years or older.

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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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