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Council resolved to sign a Memorandum of Understanding at last night’s Ordinary meeting to enter into discussions with Lianyungang Agricultural Development Group Co Ltd on agricultural trade and investment opportunities within the Gunnedah Local Government Area (LGA).

Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey recently met with the Director of the large state-owned Chinese enterprise, discussing the company’s desire to investigate opportunities, with a specific focus on the establishment of a multi-species abattoir (beef and lamb) in Gunnedah.

“I am very delighted to receive the support from the Councillors to sign the MoU,” Cr Chaffey said.
“This is just the first step in achieving one of our major goals of creating a more diverse and stable economy by value-adding to some of the rich agricultural products that are produced in our region.

“There is no guarantee that this will come to fruition, however Gunnedah Shire Council will be looking at any opportunities to ensure and sustain growth in our shire. As our community continues to grow it is critical we focus on ensuring there are jobs for all people within our community now and into the future, from young to mature, from skilled to unskilled,” he said.

“We have a strong vision to ensure that all we do in the economic development space will give every opportunity for our youth of today and tomorrow to stay in this great shire to build their lives and futures, and the future of the region.”

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Director Planning and Environment Andrew Johns said with the recent appointment of a Manager Economic Development, Charlotte Hoddle, and alignment with the Namoi Joint Organisation, Council is committed to ensuring the sustainable growth of the region’s economy.

“It is important to discuss all investment opportunities to safeguard the future of our region,” Mr Johns said.
“The potential of bringing an abattoir to Gunnedah would have a huge flow-on effect within the local economy from the farm gate to the retail and residential sector. It is important that we look towards stability within our economy to assist when hard times arise.”

Cr Chaffey said council has been developing concepts and plans and considering all opportunities with the view of value-adding to Gunnedah’s rich agricultural commodities.

“Value-adding specifically in the processing of the raw product guarantees development and jobs into the future,” Cr Chaffey said.

“We have been casting our net not just locally, or throughout Australia, but we are actively looking internationally for investment partners, that will assist us to deliver on our direction.”

Lianyungang Agricultural Development Group Co Ltd has a registered capital of five billion Yuan, 30 subsidiary (holding) companies and more than 1200 employees.

 Memorandum of Understanding

Photo Caption: Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the support of Gunnedah Shire Council General Manager Eric Groth, Director Planning and Environment Andrew Johns and Manager Economic Development Charlotte Hoddle.

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Gunnedah’s war on drugs continues, with a collaborative community event staged on Friday to raise awareness of the negative impact of illicit drugs, and the misuse of legal drugs, such as alcohol. 

Gunnedah Shire Council, Gunnedah Crime Prevention Working Group and Gunnedah Community Drug Action Team joined forces with Gunnedah resident Judith Law to host the ‘Say No to Drugs Walk’ at Wolseley Park.

The initiative was a result of a request made to council by local resident Judith Law, to replicate a past event. 

Gunnedah Shire Council Social Planner Debra Hilton said the event was also significant because it coincided with the 40th anniversary of the murder of long-time drug campaigner Donald Mackay in Griffith in 1977.

She said the walk was an opportunity to educate and raise awareness in a very visible way.

“Being aware of the reasons children and adults use and become at- risk of being either dependent or addicted to drugs or alcohol is an important step,” Ms Hilton said. “We know that children and adults use drugs for a whole range of reasons.

“Research has shown overwhelmingly that working as a collective and bringing all sectors of the community together – to address and respond to drug related issues – is the most effective long-term strategy for building a stronger, more resilient and safe community.”

Ms Hilton said Gunnedah Shire is a “caring community” and that everyone can take an active role in doing what they can by increasing knowledge around drug use and to educate others.

“In particular our young people – in order to prevent drug taking and experimentation, and to minimise the harm and impact on not only the individual but the family and the community,” Ms Hilton said.

Crime Prevention Working Group Chair Colleen Fuller said the group will continue to target issues in the community.

“On behalf of Crime Prevention I believe that over many many years we’ve worked and seen changes and I think it shows in our community,” Cr Fuller said. “And we won’t rest on what we are doing.”

More than 100 community members united to walk the oval in support of the cause ending in the formation of a visible ‘No’ in the centre of Wolseley oval.

NSW Police, HealthWise, Gunnedah Family Support Home Base, Mackellar Care Services and Gunida Gunyah were among organisations represented at the walk.

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Gunnedah Shire Council has received funding from the Department of Industry to bring vibrancy to Gunnedah’s CBD through the Future Towns Project.

Gunnedah Shire Council is calling on the Gunnedah community to collaborate in projects of activation and street art and murals to bring vibrancy, action and creativity into Gunnedah’s CBD.

The Vibrant Precincts Project aims to foster connections, which strengthen cultural identity, and connection to place, in order to create a positive and prosperous community, and increase the economic success of Gunnedah.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer Lauren Mackley said in May 2017, Council and People, Place and Partnerships held workshops and delivered consultation with the Gunnedah community sharing ideas of site activation.

“Throughout our consultations with Gunnedah’s local businesses and community groups some wonderful ideas were put forward and this subsidy will enable opportunities to build strong partnerships within our community and see some of these ideas become a reality,” Ms Mackley said.

More than $10,000 has been allocated to the two projects - Community CBD Activation Project and Street Art/Mural Project.

The Street Art/ Murals Project was allocated $6000 with murals to be delivered in three proposed sites within the Gunnedah CBD, including the Gunnedah Cultural Precinct Building and the alleyway joining Conadilly Street and Little Conadilly Street.

Council has allocated $4500 to the Community CBD Activation Project, offering nine $500 subsidies to community groups, arts and crafts groups, sporting groups and local businesses to collaborate and deliver projects within the CBD that will increase foot traffic and allow people to explore the CBD.

Applications open Wednesday 12 July, 2017.

Forms are available on below or at the Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street Gunnedah and Gunnedah Visitor information Centre, 81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah. All Applications must be submitted to council@infogunnedah.com.au by 5:00pm on Monday 31 July, 2017.

 

All submissions will be considered and selected by a panel. Successful applicants will be notified on Thursday 3 August, 2017. All projects must be delivered and completed by Wednesday 30 August, 2017.

For more information please contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100 or email council@infogunnedah.com.au 

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NAIDOC Week is here, and Gunnedah has celebrations for the whole community to enjoy. From 2 July to 9 July there will be a range of activities sharing Aboriginal culture and honoring the rich heritage of the Gamilaroi people.

“NAIDOC is a great celebration of Aboriginal culture, and the Gunnedah community coming together to recognise traditional language is really important” Gunnedah NAIDOC Committee Chairperson Cassy Aldridge said.
“We are really excited for the Annual NAIDOC march. This year, Aboriginal people are asked to invite a non-Indigenous person to march alongside them, to demonstrate unity and remember that Aboriginal history is the history of our land, our country; of all Australians.”

The NAIDOC march will start from the Red Chief Monument at 10.00am on Sunday 9 July and will finish at Wolseley Park with the Official Flag Raising Ceremony. The official proceedings will be followed by the Annual NAIDOC Community Fun Day which has free carnival rides, bubble soccer, art and craft, lingo bingo and other fun activities for all ages.

“The Community Fun Day at Wolseley Park will be amazing. There are so many things to enjoy, there’s something for everyone,” continued Ms Aldridge.

In 2017 the official NAIDOC theme is ‘Our Languages Matter,’ which acknowledges the connection language provides to ancestors, history and land. Gunnedah Shire Council will be celebrating language through sharing stories. Gunnedah Shire Libraries Toddler Time will feature “Stories of the Dreamtime.’

The Civic Cinema will feature a free ‘Cleverman Marathon’ on Saturday 8 July from 10.00am to 9.00pm, and a youth only screening of ‘Zach’s Ceremony’ from 6.00pm Wednesday 5 July.

The Annual NAIDOC Exhibition at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery ‘Marra Gigi through Guwaalay’ incorporates artworks from local artists, schools and community groups which reflect the theme ‘Our Language Matters’ from a local perspective, representing stories and language through visual and audio representations.

For more information about NAIDOC community events please contact NAIDOC Committee Chairperson Cassy Aldridge on 6743 0999

 

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council is once again inviting applications from eligible community and sporting groups for financial assistance under its annual Section 356 Community and Sports Small Grants Program.

The program has been in place for more than a decade, and is designed to support the work of local not-for- profits, charitable community and sporting groups and organisations.

“The level of funding available under the program is dependent on the project but can be up to $5,000” said Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor, Jamie Chaffey.

“The financial program is designed to aid the continuation of existing local projects or help fund projects that meet the needs of our growing community and I would encourage all our local groups to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity for funding from Council” continued Cr. Chaffey.

Community Small Grants applications shall meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Addresses existing gaps in service or community development
  • Addresses issues and/or recommendations outlined in the Gunnedah Shire Community Strategic Plan
  • Promotes community development and seeks to address issues of access and equity
  • Improves collaboration with other organisations/groups in the Shire
  • Has involvement from volunteers and self-help initiatives, which build upon Council’s contribution
  • Includes consumer/user participation in management of the project
  • An innovative and creative approach to identified needs

Sports Small Grants applications are required to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Improves participation in their organisation or sports activities
  • Addresses safety concerns
  • Supports, trains and/or enhances volunteers
  • Addresses issues identified within the Gunnedah Shire Community Strategic Plan

“We are looking forward to seeing some very creative ideas and projects and as Council seeks to support the development and continuity of local organisations, priority will be given to those applications that not only benefit their organisation but also the broader community,” Cr Chaffey said.

Application forms and guidelines are available from Council’s administration building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, the Shire Library or can be online under our Section 356 Community and Sports Grants page. Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 25 July, 2017.

Further information is available by contacting Debra Hilton on 02 6740 2100 or council@infogunnedah.com.au

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to endorse the Draft Asset Disposal Policy and place the policy on public exhibition for 28 days.

Council calls for public submissions in relation to the policy up to 5:00pm Tuesday 25 July 2017. The policy is on display at Council Administration Building or available on Council’s website below.

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

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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In yesterday’s budget announcement it was revealed that $8 million dollars has been allocated for the commencement of Gunnedah’s Second Rail Overpass. This is a significant achievement, and an important moment in time given that Gunnedah Shire Council, along with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Transport for New South Wales have been in consultation with the RMS since 2012.

Although the project has been committed to for some time, the budget allocation ensures the project is now expected to commence in 2018. The Second Rail Overpass will seek to improve road safety, reduce impacts of the increasing use of rail networks within the Shire and meet future transport requirements for the Gunnedah and wider region.

Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey and General Manager, Mr Eric Groth attended a briefing meeting with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Officials on Wednesday morning that outlined an intention to call for tenders in early 2018 with an expected commencement date of July 2018. From award of the tender, the project is expected to take two years, with no changes to the previous budget.

“I wish to congratulate and thank Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson and Minister for Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, MP Melinda Pavey on their efforts in ensuring that this project has been funded as a priority by the State Government so that the Gunnedah community, and indeed the whole region will be able to enjoy the benefits of the development,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“In the two year construction phase, there will be many opportunities for local business. We’re expecting a considerable boost to the local economy during that time- not only for contracting businesses, but also for retail and hospitality” he continued.

“We look forward to the commencement of the project and the many benefits this will bring to our community. Our community has told us that livability is high on their list of priorities, and this project will inevitably assist in ensuring Gunnedah, even with increasing population and transport needs, is more liveable into the future” Mayor Chaffey concluded.

For more information visit www.infogunnedah.com.au or call us on 67 402100.

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At last night’s council meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council endorsed the 2017- 2027 Community Strategic Plan.

Council recently completed a wide range of engagement activities to understand the community’s ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now, and into the future. The feedback, discussions and concerns that were raised have been considered and have helped guide many of the key themes that are represented in the plan.

The Community Strategic Plan is the highest level of strategic document of Council, identifying the community’s priorities that guide Council’s direction over 10 years. It identifies the themes and broad adjectives relating to key issues facing the Gunnedah Community.

“We’re excited to present a plan that has been developed in consultation with the community. Some examples of key initiatives presented include a water equalisation proposal, shade cloths in the parks, a reduction in fees and charges for users of the Town Hall and Civic, beautification of the entrances to town and improvements to the Villages” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Director of Business Systems and Governance Colin Formann said.

“We’re really happy to present the final version of Community Strategic Plan to the community. Engaging with the community has enabled Council to take into consideration to a diverse number of ideas from across the community, and as a result, there are some really exciting visions and ideas that are represented in the CSP. It’s important to have ideas and aspirations for our community, but also important to have to have a plan as to how we achieve these goals – which is why the Community Strategic Plan is so important.“ Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“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,” he continued.

“I’m elated that we are committing to the inclusive playground and that funds have been made available for the Curlewis pipeline in 2018/2019. Both these projects will require partner funding – and we’re committing to making them happen. There are some really great outcomes for the community that have come from the Community Strategic Plan and the Delivery and Operational plans,” he concluded.

A full copy of the Community Strategic Plan is available at www.infogunnedah.com.au.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Welcome to the Winter 2017 Gunnedah Shire Council School Holiday Program!
There is plenty to do these holidays... So download the program and book your place early!

Head over to Seat Advisor to pick up tickets for our School Holiday Program events!

For more information, please contact Sewa Emojong, Youth Development Officer, Gunnedah Shire Council, on 6740 2275 or 0427 103 415.

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The next Civic Cinema Sensory Sessions will take place at 5.00pm Friday 21 July 2017 with the family movie ‘Cars 3.’ The Civic has partnered with GoCo and Connections 4 Kids to create a safe, accepting environment for children and young adults with diverse sensory needs.

Sensory Sessions feature soft sound and low light throughout the movie, free range seating, a quiet corner outside the movie theatre for anyone who needs a break, and an intermission for everyone to have a stretch and move around.

‘We’re really looking forward to providing an inclusive opportunity for people who may not usually feel comfortable attending a movie,’ Chris Frend, Tourism and Cultural Precinct Supervisor said.

‘We hope that by providing regular, ongoing screenings it will create an opportunity for families to have an outing together. The whole community is welcome to attend, and we anticipate many people will prefer the sensory friendly environment,’ he concluded.

Tickets prices are standard, with concessions available for students, seniors, DVA Gold Card and Companion Card holders. For more information please contact The Civic on 67402266, or to stay updated about available sessions go to www.thecivic.com.au or follow ‘The Civic, Gunnedah’ on Facebook.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Did you know that almost half of the house fires in Australia start in the kitchen – all because cooking was being left unattended?

To help prevent kitchen fires, Fire & Rescue NSW has released the Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag. Available in cafés, bars, community centres and other locations all over NSW, it features a great collection of recipes from firefighters that will give you the answer to that perennial question – “What’s for dinner tonight?”

The Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag also has handy tips on how to stay fire safe in the kitchen. Fires can spread in minutes, but it only takes seconds to stop them!

You can also visit the Keep Looking When Cooking website to download the mini mag recipes, as well as additional recipes. If you’d like to share your delicious recipes, post them to Fire & Rescue NSW facebook page with the hashtag #KeepLookingWhenCooking

Kitchen fire safety tips

  • NEVER leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or use a timer to remind you to check your cooking.
  • DON’T put anything metallic in the microwave as metal can spark and cause it to catch on fire.
  • KEEP matches and lighters out of reach of children as they are unaware of the dangers.
  • STORE flammable items (aerosols, cleaning agents and cooking oil etc.) away from heat as they can explode.
  • DON’T cook under the influence of alcohol or drugs as it impairs your judgement.
  • KEEP loose clothing, fabrics, tea towels and curtains away from the stove as they can catch on fire.
  • TURN pot handles inwards to avoid being knocked or grabbed by children.
  • KEEP your oven and range hood clean. Excess grease and fat can ignite in a fire.
  • DON’T use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors.

If a fire does occur:

  • NEVER put water on a fat or oil fire as it will immediately intensify and spread
  • TURN off the stove and use the lid to smother the flame if you can
  • GET OUT, STAY OUT AND CALL TRIPLE ZERO ‘000’.
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The Staff at Recyclit have had to deal with a 'spike' in needles within the recycling kerbside pickup over the last 2 weeks.

The workers at the Material Handling Facility sort through the material by hand and are exposed to sharps injury when the materials are contaminated.

The types of Sharps that have been disposed incorrectly are;

  • Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin.
  • Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body.
  • Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing.

Sharps of any kind do not belong in the garbage or recycling – they can injure garbage collectors and other workers.

Collection days of Wednesday and Thursday have seen the largest numbers of sharps coming in to the facility.
We're working with Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises to ask the residents of Gunnedah to be more aware of the items you place in your Recycling Bins every week.

To dispose of Sharps correctly, please place them in Community Public Sharps bins at

  • Vernados Car Park, Little Barber Street (behind Bitter Suite Coffee Shop).
  • Water Pump Station Opposite Rugby Park on Wandobah Road.
  • Waste Management Facility 418 Quia Road Gunnedah.

Containers less then 1.4litres are acceptable for these bins.

Location of bins is not permanent.

Single use bins are located at:

  • Brocks court, Wolseley Park (mounted on toilet block)
  • Mornington Park, Anzac Parade (mounted on toilet block)
  • Gunnedah Community Health
  • Gunnedah Hospital
  • Hagley/Osmond Chemist
  • Karen Carter Chemist
  • O’Keefe Pavilion in Wolseley park.
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RECYCLING COLLECTION - GUNNEDAH
Monday 12 June 2017
Collection will be on Tuesday 13 June 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Monday evening as collection will begin early on Tuesday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CURLEWIS
Monday 12 June 2017
Collection will be on Wednesday 14 June 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Tuesday evening as collection will begin early on Wednesday.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the Recycling collection over the long weekend period please contact RECYCLIT on 67421522.

THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO THE HOUSEHOLD WASTE AND GREENWASTE COLLECTION

Please ensure bins are placed out the night before collection date, as contractors are not obliged to accept late bins. If you have any enquiries regarding these changes please contact Council’s Customer Services Team on 6740 2100

Eric Groth
General Manager

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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.

PaintTheTownREaD

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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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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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.

Barefoot Bowls

 

Barefoot Bowls GoCo Staff

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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 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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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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Council resolved to sign a Memorandum of Understanding at last night’s Ordinary meeting to enter into discussions with Lianyungang Agricultural Development Group Co Ltd on agricultural trade and investment opportunities within the Gunnedah Local Government Area (LGA).

Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey recently met with the Director of the large state-owned Chinese enterprise, discussing the company’s desire to investigate opportunities, with a specific focus on the establishment of a multi-species abattoir (beef and lamb) in Gunnedah.

“I am very delighted to receive the support from the Councillors to sign the MoU,” Cr Chaffey said.
“This is just the first step in achieving one of our major goals of creating a more diverse and stable economy by value-adding to some of the rich agricultural products that are produced in our region.

“There is no guarantee that this will come to fruition, however Gunnedah Shire Council will be looking at any opportunities to ensure and sustain growth in our shire. As our community continues to grow it is critical we focus on ensuring there are jobs for all people within our community now and into the future, from young to mature, from skilled to unskilled,” he said.

“We have a strong vision to ensure that all we do in the economic development space will give every opportunity for our youth of today and tomorrow to stay in this great shire to build their lives and futures, and the future of the region.”

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Director Planning and Environment Andrew Johns said with the recent appointment of a Manager Economic Development, Charlotte Hoddle, and alignment with the Namoi Joint Organisation, Council is committed to ensuring the sustainable growth of the region’s economy.

“It is important to discuss all investment opportunities to safeguard the future of our region,” Mr Johns said.
“The potential of bringing an abattoir to Gunnedah would have a huge flow-on effect within the local economy from the farm gate to the retail and residential sector. It is important that we look towards stability within our economy to assist when hard times arise.”

Cr Chaffey said council has been developing concepts and plans and considering all opportunities with the view of value-adding to Gunnedah’s rich agricultural commodities.

“Value-adding specifically in the processing of the raw product guarantees development and jobs into the future,” Cr Chaffey said.

“We have been casting our net not just locally, or throughout Australia, but we are actively looking internationally for investment partners, that will assist us to deliver on our direction.”

Lianyungang Agricultural Development Group Co Ltd has a registered capital of five billion Yuan, 30 subsidiary (holding) companies and more than 1200 employees.

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Photo Caption: Gunnedah Shire Mayor Jamie Chaffey signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the support of Gunnedah Shire Council General Manager Eric Groth, Director Planning and Environment Andrew Johns and Manager Economic Development Charlotte Hoddle.

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Gunnedah’s war on drugs continues, with a collaborative community event staged on Friday to raise awareness of the negative impact of illicit drugs, and the misuse of legal drugs, such as alcohol. 

Gunnedah Shire Council, Gunnedah Crime Prevention Working Group and Gunnedah Community Drug Action Team joined forces with Gunnedah resident Judith Law to host the ‘Say No to Drugs Walk’ at Wolseley Park.

The initiative was a result of a request made to council by local resident Judith Law, to replicate a past event. 

Gunnedah Shire Council Social Planner Debra Hilton said the event was also significant because it coincided with the 40th anniversary of the murder of long-time drug campaigner Donald Mackay in Griffith in 1977.

She said the walk was an opportunity to educate and raise awareness in a very visible way.

“Being aware of the reasons children and adults use and become at- risk of being either dependent or addicted to drugs or alcohol is an important step,” Ms Hilton said. “We know that children and adults use drugs for a whole range of reasons.

“Research has shown overwhelmingly that working as a collective and bringing all sectors of the community together – to address and respond to drug related issues – is the most effective long-term strategy for building a stronger, more resilient and safe community.”

Ms Hilton said Gunnedah Shire is a “caring community” and that everyone can take an active role in doing what they can by increasing knowledge around drug use and to educate others.

“In particular our young people – in order to prevent drug taking and experimentation, and to minimise the harm and impact on not only the individual but the family and the community,” Ms Hilton said.

Crime Prevention Working Group Chair Colleen Fuller said the group will continue to target issues in the community.

“On behalf of Crime Prevention I believe that over many many years we’ve worked and seen changes and I think it shows in our community,” Cr Fuller said. “And we won’t rest on what we are doing.”

More than 100 community members united to walk the oval in support of the cause ending in the formation of a visible ‘No’ in the centre of Wolseley oval.

NSW Police, HealthWise, Gunnedah Family Support Home Base, Mackellar Care Services and Gunida Gunyah were among organisations represented at the walk.

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Gunnedah Shire Council has received funding from the Department of Industry to bring vibrancy to Gunnedah’s CBD through the Future Towns Project.

Gunnedah Shire Council is calling on the Gunnedah community to collaborate in projects of activation and street art and murals to bring vibrancy, action and creativity into Gunnedah’s CBD.

The Vibrant Precincts Project aims to foster connections, which strengthen cultural identity, and connection to place, in order to create a positive and prosperous community, and increase the economic success of Gunnedah.

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer Lauren Mackley said in May 2017, Council and People, Place and Partnerships held workshops and delivered consultation with the Gunnedah community sharing ideas of site activation.

“Throughout our consultations with Gunnedah’s local businesses and community groups some wonderful ideas were put forward and this subsidy will enable opportunities to build strong partnerships within our community and see some of these ideas become a reality,” Ms Mackley said.

More than $10,000 has been allocated to the two projects - Community CBD Activation Project and Street Art/Mural Project.

The Street Art/ Murals Project was allocated $6000 with murals to be delivered in three proposed sites within the Gunnedah CBD, including the Gunnedah Cultural Precinct Building and the alleyway joining Conadilly Street and Little Conadilly Street.

Council has allocated $4500 to the Community CBD Activation Project, offering nine $500 subsidies to community groups, arts and crafts groups, sporting groups and local businesses to collaborate and deliver projects within the CBD that will increase foot traffic and allow people to explore the CBD.

Applications open Wednesday 12 July, 2017.

Forms are available on below or at the Gunnedah Shire Council Office, 63 Elgin Street Gunnedah and Gunnedah Visitor information Centre, 81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah. All Applications must be submitted to council@infogunnedah.com.au by 5:00pm on Monday 31 July, 2017.

 

All submissions will be considered and selected by a panel. Successful applicants will be notified on Thursday 3 August, 2017. All projects must be delivered and completed by Wednesday 30 August, 2017.

For more information please contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Arts and Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley on (02) 6740 2100 or email council@infogunnedah.com.au 

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NAIDOC Week is here, and Gunnedah has celebrations for the whole community to enjoy. From 2 July to 9 July there will be a range of activities sharing Aboriginal culture and honoring the rich heritage of the Gamilaroi people.

“NAIDOC is a great celebration of Aboriginal culture, and the Gunnedah community coming together to recognise traditional language is really important” Gunnedah NAIDOC Committee Chairperson Cassy Aldridge said.
“We are really excited for the Annual NAIDOC march. This year, Aboriginal people are asked to invite a non-Indigenous person to march alongside them, to demonstrate unity and remember that Aboriginal history is the history of our land, our country; of all Australians.”

The NAIDOC march will start from the Red Chief Monument at 10.00am on Sunday 9 July and will finish at Wolseley Park with the Official Flag Raising Ceremony. The official proceedings will be followed by the Annual NAIDOC Community Fun Day which has free carnival rides, bubble soccer, art and craft, lingo bingo and other fun activities for all ages.

“The Community Fun Day at Wolseley Park will be amazing. There are so many things to enjoy, there’s something for everyone,” continued Ms Aldridge.

In 2017 the official NAIDOC theme is ‘Our Languages Matter,’ which acknowledges the connection language provides to ancestors, history and land. Gunnedah Shire Council will be celebrating language through sharing stories. Gunnedah Shire Libraries Toddler Time will feature “Stories of the Dreamtime.’

The Civic Cinema will feature a free ‘Cleverman Marathon’ on Saturday 8 July from 10.00am to 9.00pm, and a youth only screening of ‘Zach’s Ceremony’ from 6.00pm Wednesday 5 July.

The Annual NAIDOC Exhibition at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery ‘Marra Gigi through Guwaalay’ incorporates artworks from local artists, schools and community groups which reflect the theme ‘Our Language Matters’ from a local perspective, representing stories and language through visual and audio representations.

For more information about NAIDOC community events please contact NAIDOC Committee Chairperson Cassy Aldridge on 6743 0999

 

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Gunnedah Shire Council is once again inviting applications from eligible community and sporting groups for financial assistance under its annual Section 356 Community and Sports Small Grants Program.

The program has been in place for more than a decade, and is designed to support the work of local not-for- profits, charitable community and sporting groups and organisations.

“The level of funding available under the program is dependent on the project but can be up to $5,000” said Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor, Jamie Chaffey.

“The financial program is designed to aid the continuation of existing local projects or help fund projects that meet the needs of our growing community and I would encourage all our local groups to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity for funding from Council” continued Cr. Chaffey.

Community Small Grants applications shall meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Addresses existing gaps in service or community development
  • Addresses issues and/or recommendations outlined in the Gunnedah Shire Community Strategic Plan
  • Promotes community development and seeks to address issues of access and equity
  • Improves collaboration with other organisations/groups in the Shire
  • Has involvement from volunteers and self-help initiatives, which build upon Council’s contribution
  • Includes consumer/user participation in management of the project
  • An innovative and creative approach to identified needs

Sports Small Grants applications are required to meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Improves participation in their organisation or sports activities
  • Addresses safety concerns
  • Supports, trains and/or enhances volunteers
  • Addresses issues identified within the Gunnedah Shire Community Strategic Plan

“We are looking forward to seeing some very creative ideas and projects and as Council seeks to support the development and continuity of local organisations, priority will be given to those applications that not only benefit their organisation but also the broader community,” Cr Chaffey said.

Application forms and guidelines are available from Council’s administration building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, the Shire Library or can be online under our Section 356 Community and Sports Grants page. Applications close 5.00pm Tuesday 25 July, 2017.

Further information is available by contacting Debra Hilton on 02 6740 2100 or council@infogunnedah.com.au

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Gunnedah Shire Council resolved to endorse the Draft Asset Disposal Policy and place the policy on public exhibition for 28 days.

Council calls for public submissions in relation to the policy up to 5:00pm Tuesday 25 July 2017. The policy is on display at Council Administration Building or available on Council’s website below.

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

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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In yesterday’s budget announcement it was revealed that $8 million dollars has been allocated for the commencement of Gunnedah’s Second Rail Overpass. This is a significant achievement, and an important moment in time given that Gunnedah Shire Council, along with the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) and Transport for New South Wales have been in consultation with the RMS since 2012.

Although the project has been committed to for some time, the budget allocation ensures the project is now expected to commence in 2018. The Second Rail Overpass will seek to improve road safety, reduce impacts of the increasing use of rail networks within the Shire and meet future transport requirements for the Gunnedah and wider region.

Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey and General Manager, Mr Eric Groth attended a briefing meeting with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) Officials on Wednesday morning that outlined an intention to call for tenders in early 2018 with an expected commencement date of July 2018. From award of the tender, the project is expected to take two years, with no changes to the previous budget.

“I wish to congratulate and thank Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson and Minister for Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, MP Melinda Pavey on their efforts in ensuring that this project has been funded as a priority by the State Government so that the Gunnedah community, and indeed the whole region will be able to enjoy the benefits of the development,” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“In the two year construction phase, there will be many opportunities for local business. We’re expecting a considerable boost to the local economy during that time- not only for contracting businesses, but also for retail and hospitality” he continued.

“We look forward to the commencement of the project and the many benefits this will bring to our community. Our community has told us that livability is high on their list of priorities, and this project will inevitably assist in ensuring Gunnedah, even with increasing population and transport needs, is more liveable into the future” Mayor Chaffey concluded.

For more information visit www.infogunnedah.com.au or call us on 67 402100.

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At last night’s council meeting, Gunnedah Shire Council endorsed the 2017- 2027 Community Strategic Plan.

Council recently completed a wide range of engagement activities to understand the community’s ideas for the Gunnedah Shire, now, and into the future. The feedback, discussions and concerns that were raised have been considered and have helped guide many of the key themes that are represented in the plan.

The Community Strategic Plan is the highest level of strategic document of Council, identifying the community’s priorities that guide Council’s direction over 10 years. It identifies the themes and broad adjectives relating to key issues facing the Gunnedah Community.

“We’re excited to present a plan that has been developed in consultation with the community. Some examples of key initiatives presented include a water equalisation proposal, shade cloths in the parks, a reduction in fees and charges for users of the Town Hall and Civic, beautification of the entrances to town and improvements to the Villages” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Director of Business Systems and Governance Colin Formann said.

“We’re really happy to present the final version of Community Strategic Plan to the community. Engaging with the community has enabled Council to take into consideration to a diverse number of ideas from across the community, and as a result, there are some really exciting visions and ideas that are represented in the CSP. It’s important to have ideas and aspirations for our community, but also important to have to have a plan as to how we achieve these goals – which is why the Community Strategic Plan is so important.“ Gunnedah Shire Council Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“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,” he continued.

“I’m elated that we are committing to the inclusive playground and that funds have been made available for the Curlewis pipeline in 2018/2019. Both these projects will require partner funding – and we’re committing to making them happen. There are some really great outcomes for the community that have come from the Community Strategic Plan and the Delivery and Operational plans,” he concluded.

A full copy of the Community Strategic Plan is available at www.infogunnedah.com.au.

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Welcome to the Winter 2017 Gunnedah Shire Council School Holiday Program!
There is plenty to do these holidays... So download the program and book your place early!

Head over to Seat Advisor to pick up tickets for our School Holiday Program events!

For more information, please contact Sewa Emojong, Youth Development Officer, Gunnedah Shire Council, on 6740 2275 or 0427 103 415.

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The next Civic Cinema Sensory Sessions will take place at 5.00pm Friday 21 July 2017 with the family movie ‘Cars 3.’ The Civic has partnered with GoCo and Connections 4 Kids to create a safe, accepting environment for children and young adults with diverse sensory needs.

Sensory Sessions feature soft sound and low light throughout the movie, free range seating, a quiet corner outside the movie theatre for anyone who needs a break, and an intermission for everyone to have a stretch and move around.

‘We’re really looking forward to providing an inclusive opportunity for people who may not usually feel comfortable attending a movie,’ Chris Frend, Tourism and Cultural Precinct Supervisor said.

‘We hope that by providing regular, ongoing screenings it will create an opportunity for families to have an outing together. The whole community is welcome to attend, and we anticipate many people will prefer the sensory friendly environment,’ he concluded.

Tickets prices are standard, with concessions available for students, seniors, DVA Gold Card and Companion Card holders. For more information please contact The Civic on 67402266, or to stay updated about available sessions go to www.thecivic.com.au or follow ‘The Civic, Gunnedah’ on Facebook.

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Did you know that almost half of the house fires in Australia start in the kitchen – all because cooking was being left unattended?

To help prevent kitchen fires, Fire & Rescue NSW has released the Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag. Available in cafés, bars, community centres and other locations all over NSW, it features a great collection of recipes from firefighters that will give you the answer to that perennial question – “What’s for dinner tonight?”

The Keep Looking When Cooking mini mag also has handy tips on how to stay fire safe in the kitchen. Fires can spread in minutes, but it only takes seconds to stop them!

You can also visit the Keep Looking When Cooking website to download the mini mag recipes, as well as additional recipes. If you’d like to share your delicious recipes, post them to Fire & Rescue NSW facebook page with the hashtag #KeepLookingWhenCooking

Kitchen fire safety tips

  • NEVER leave cooking unattended. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or use a timer to remind you to check your cooking.
  • DON’T put anything metallic in the microwave as metal can spark and cause it to catch on fire.
  • KEEP matches and lighters out of reach of children as they are unaware of the dangers.
  • STORE flammable items (aerosols, cleaning agents and cooking oil etc.) away from heat as they can explode.
  • DON’T cook under the influence of alcohol or drugs as it impairs your judgement.
  • KEEP loose clothing, fabrics, tea towels and curtains away from the stove as they can catch on fire.
  • TURN pot handles inwards to avoid being knocked or grabbed by children.
  • KEEP your oven and range hood clean. Excess grease and fat can ignite in a fire.
  • DON’T use LPG cylinders for cooking or heating indoors.

If a fire does occur:

  • NEVER put water on a fat or oil fire as it will immediately intensify and spread
  • TURN off the stove and use the lid to smother the flame if you can
  • GET OUT, STAY OUT AND CALL TRIPLE ZERO ‘000’.
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The Staff at Recyclit have had to deal with a 'spike' in needles within the recycling kerbside pickup over the last 2 weeks.

The workers at the Material Handling Facility sort through the material by hand and are exposed to sharps injury when the materials are contaminated.

The types of Sharps that have been disposed incorrectly are;

  • Needles – hollow needles used to inject drugs (medication) under the skin.
  • Syringes – devices used to inject medication into or withdraw fluid from the body.
  • Lancets, also called “fingerstick” devices – instruments with a short, two-edged blade used to get drops of blood for testing.

Sharps of any kind do not belong in the garbage or recycling – they can injure garbage collectors and other workers.

Collection days of Wednesday and Thursday have seen the largest numbers of sharps coming in to the facility.
We're working with Gunnedah Workshop Enterprises to ask the residents of Gunnedah to be more aware of the items you place in your Recycling Bins every week.

To dispose of Sharps correctly, please place them in Community Public Sharps bins at

  • Vernados Car Park, Little Barber Street (behind Bitter Suite Coffee Shop).
  • Water Pump Station Opposite Rugby Park on Wandobah Road.
  • Waste Management Facility 418 Quia Road Gunnedah.

Containers less then 1.4litres are acceptable for these bins.

Location of bins is not permanent.

Single use bins are located at:

  • Brocks court, Wolseley Park (mounted on toilet block)
  • Mornington Park, Anzac Parade (mounted on toilet block)
  • Gunnedah Community Health
  • Gunnedah Hospital
  • Hagley/Osmond Chemist
  • Karen Carter Chemist
  • O’Keefe Pavilion in Wolseley park.
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RECYCLING COLLECTION - GUNNEDAH
Monday 12 June 2017
Collection will be on Tuesday 13 June 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Monday evening as collection will begin early on Tuesday.

RECYCLING COLLECTION - CURLEWIS
Monday 12 June 2017
Collection will be on Wednesday 14 June 2017.
Residents are requested to place their recycling bins out on Tuesday evening as collection will begin early on Wednesday.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the Recycling collection over the long weekend period please contact RECYCLIT on 67421522.

THERE WILL BE NO CHANGES TO THE HOUSEHOLD WASTE AND GREENWASTE COLLECTION

Please ensure bins are placed out the night before collection date, as contractors are not obliged to accept late bins. If you have any enquiries regarding these changes please contact Council’s Customer Services Team on 6740 2100

Eric Groth
General Manager

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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.

PaintTheTownREaD

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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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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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.

Barefoot Bowls

 

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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 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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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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