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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100

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Gunnedah Shire Council is seeking quotations from suitably qualified, licenced and insured companies for the provision of Tender and Contract administration services and project management/ supervision of the proposed construction and revegetation phases of the Blackjack Creek Flood Mitigation Project - Riparian Corridor/ Channel Reconstruction.

The scope of works document and relevant appendices can be found in the COUNCIL > Tenders, Quotations & EOI section of Council’s website, or obtained from Council’s administration building 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah.

Quotations should be addressed to the General Manager, and can be mailed to Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380, hand delivered to the Tender Box at Council’s administration building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, or emailed to council@infogunnedah.com.au. Quotations will be received until 5.00pm Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

NOTE: The project is subject to a pending Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit application through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

For more information regarding this request for quotation, please contact Council’s Project Town Planner, Mr Brendan Williams on 02 6740 2100 or email Council at council@infogunnedah.com.au.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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During the last six months, thirteen Gunnedah residents have become Australian Citizens and have now been officially welcomed into Gunnedah’s diverse community. The new citizens come from a number of countries including Denmark, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Thailand, China, Pakistan and India.

Recent Citizenship Ceremonies conducted by Council saw the new citizens take their oath or affirmation which symbolises the commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. It outlines not only their rights, but also their responsibilities. It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where a citizen was born or, in this case, where they have decided to make a home. Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting our diversity.

The new citizens have decided to make Australia their home for a number of reasons. Some are long-time Gunnedah residents who have chosen to make their citizenship official, and others are new to the area. The contribution made to the community by new citizens extends well beyond the obvious cultural and social benefits. There is a huge economic component; as people come to town, they bring their expertise and skills and are employed in a range of industries across the Shire.

Saranpat Kittikornveraoat and Pawadee Srisawas originally from Thailand, moved to Gunnedah in 2016 to start a day spa business – Chan Supa Thai Massage. The girls had friends who lived in the area and told Miss Kittikornveraoat and Miss Srisawas about the need for a day spa. After living in the city, they decided it was time for a tree change, and saw that moving to Gunnedah would provide them with the opportunity to start a new business.

“When we moved here, we found that people in Gunnedah were very welcoming and really embraced our new business. We are really proud to be new Australian Citizens and make Australia our home” they said.

“The decision to accept Australian citizenship is public recognition of their commitment to Australia. As Mayor, it is an absolute honour and privilege to congratulate and welcome our new official Australian citizens. In Gunnedah, we now have many people from different backgrounds and religions that help to strengthen our community” said Gunnedah Mayor Jamie Chaffey.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100

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Gunnedah Shire Council is currently preparing its Disability Inclusion Action Plan and encourages the community to get involved and have their say. The Gunnedah Shire Disability Inclusion Action Plan supports the National Disability Strategy and will set out, and prioritise Council’s actions to improve access and participation during the period 2017 to 2021.

“In accordance with the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014, and with over 1.3 million people in NSW living with disability, the development of the Plan provides us with a great opportunity to actively engage with disability support providers, people with disability and the broader community to identify barriers to the way people with access Council’s services, infrastructure, programs and events. The focus of the plan will be across four key areas; attitudes and behaviours, liveable communities, employment, and the systems and processes adopted by Council in the delivery of its services” said Mayor Jaimie Chaffey.

“Council acknowledges the importance of accessibility and social inclusion, and embraces these principles in its organisational practices. As an organisation we are committed to becoming both a champion and advocate for accessibility and inclusion, and in doing so we look forward to having a conversation with the community and in particular people with disability, to maximise the potential that this Plan will provide, and to develop strategies and actions which embrace the principles of universal design”.

“Council will be working hard to seek out the views and aspirations of the community where access and inclusion is involved, and over the next few months a number of opportunities will exist for people with disability, disability support stakeholders and the broader community to provide their input into the Plan” he concluded.

The draft Gunnedah Shire Disability Inclusion Action Plan will be available for public comment by mid-April 2017.

WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AND HAVE YOUR SAY

Community Forum
10.30am to 12.30pm | Tuesday 21 March 2017
Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club

Community Forum
5.30pm to 7.30pm | Tuesday 21 March 2017
Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club

Online Community Survey
Open until Friday 24 February 2017, you can take part in the Gunnedah Shire Disability Inclusion Action Plan Community Survey here.

CONTACT

Debra Hilton | Community and Social Planner | 02 6740 2100 or 0400 921 706

Kate Mackley | GoCo Community Hub Worker | 02 6740 2100 or 0400 282 674

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Gunnedah Shire Council is seeking quotations from suitably qualified, licenced and insured companies for the Fire Equipment/System Maintenance Pressure Test/Tag and Inspection Service of Council’s key assets.

The scope of works document can be found in the Tenders, Quotations and Expressions of Interest section of our website, or obtained from Council’s Elgin Street Office. Quotations should be addressed to the General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380, and will be received until 11.00am Friday, 3 February 2017.

For more information regarding this position, please contact Council’s Manager Public Facilities, Mr Geoff Phillips on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery has the pleasure exhibiting one of regional NSW’s rising contemporary Artist’s, Gavin Coote. Gavin has freshly developed a playful exhibition titled, (Non) Humans of the North West especially for his exhibition in Gunnedah.
Gavin’s quirky depictions of people and places from throughout the North West as iconic Australian animals brings a playful and entertaining insight into our regions own style of ‘Australiana’.

Gavin’s collection of expressive child-like and spontaneous paintings and ink drawings are reminiscent of Australian art world greats such as: Reg Mombassa, Pro Hart and the notorious Adam Cullen. A series of charismatic short films Gavin has created will also be available for viewing throughout the duration of the exhibition.

“I want to reflect the diversity, vibrancy and quirkiness of The Northwest. This project draws parallels with the Humans of New York photography project, that sheds light on different people and places of New York but I have developed a fictional and expressive representation of the people and places of the North West. My vibrant animated characters reflect a side of regional Australia that is often forgotten; our lively assortment of spirited people” said artist Gavin Coote.

Gavin will also be hosting painting and drawing workshops at the Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio room from 11:00 am Saturday the 18 and Sunday 19 of February 2017. Enrolments for the Workshop are available through www.thecivic.com.au . Alternatively, enrolments are available at the Visitor Information Centre, 81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah or at Gunnedah Shire Council’s Office, 63 Elgin Street Gunnedah.
The Official Opening will be held at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 6:00 pm on Friday the 3 February, 2017. The exhibition will continue until the Sunday 5 March 2017.

Gavin Coote Exhibition

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Earlier today Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Gunnedah Shire Council’s Mayor, Jamie Chaffey announced that Council had been successful in their application to receive $ 1.98 million dollars in funding under the NSW Govt. Resources for Regions Grant Program. The money will be spent on a planned upgrade to the Gunnedah Sewage Treatment Plant.

The grant program is designed to help communities build infrastructure to support mining related growth in Regional NSW. Gunnedah had been excluded from the grant program in previous years, being unable to meet the criteria to be considered ‘mining affected’.

Both Mr Kevin Anderson and Gunnedah Shire Council had lobbied heavily to have the criteria changed. This is the first year that Gunnedah had been eligible to apply for the program. Mr Anderson said he was pleased to see that the criteria which had unfairly excluded Gunnedah from the program had been adjusted as Gunnedah is quite clearly affected by mining.

“Gunnedah is in a unique position as one of the few towns with a population around 10,000 that is seeing strong growth.”

“We are focussed on ensuring that Gunnedah has the capacity to grow, has the industry to grow and has the right level of investment to support that growth. The future is bright for Gunnedah and for 2017 what a fantastic way to kick it off.” Mr Anderson said.

The upgrade of the Sewage Treatment Plant will support the projected growth of Gunnedah through to 2038 and is expected to cost $8.11 million. The State will now fund $1.98 million of that project with the remainder being funded by Council. Planning for the project is already at an advanced stage and is expected to commence in the first half of 2017.

Gunnedah Mayor, Jamie Chaffey was delighted by the announcement and said that an upgrade of the facility was critical in supporting the ongoing growth of the town.

“With the growth that we have already seen and are continuing to see in Gunnedah, this project just needs to be done. Some of the equipment that is being replaced in this upgrade is nearing 100 years of age.”

“The $1.98 million dollars which has been committed by the State will take some of the burden off us.” Mayor Chaffey said.

The economic analysis of the project shows that approximately 24 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project and Mayor Chaffey pointed out that the Council will be working with the successful contractor to ensure that where possible, these jobs stay local.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre is set to receive an upgrade thanks to an Arts NSW Grant aimed at improving regional cultural facilities.
Fifteen regional organisations across the state will receive funding for infrastructure projects or equipment to develop arts and cultural facilities for their local community.

“A little bit of money goes a very long way in local communities and I know the projects we are supporting will see a significant boost to arts and culture in these towns” said Minister for the Arts Troy Grant
“Across NSW, the Government is helping to revitalise arts and cultural facilities, including Performing Arts Centres, Galleries, Museums and Community Centres, ensuring people can enjoy diverse activities regardless of where they live” he said.

The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre will receive $16,020 with a further $17,000 contributed by Council from its 2016/17 Operational Budget. Funds will go towards revitalising The Gallery with new lighting and painting as well as new floor coverings in the art studio space. This money will also help with the purchase of exhibition equipment and drying racks within the Creative Arts Centre.

“This financial contribution by Arts NSW, under their 10 year policy framework, Create in NSW, will be an investment that our community will truly benefit from and will improve the functionality and the prestige of The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“We’re very excited, this will be a wonderful project for The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre. The renovations are due to commence in early January and should be completed by May, 2017.” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley is calling for submissions from young artists between the ages of 5 to 25 years, within the Gunnedah Shire to explore their creative side and submit artworks for the 2017 Youth Week Exhibition.

The theme for Youth Week, 2017 is ‘Be here, Be heard!’ This is an opportunity for the youth of Gunnedah to express how they want to heard in the Gunnedah community, through their chosen artistic mediums.

"With the school holidays now in full swing, this is the wonderful opportunity for the young people of Gunnedah to discover, develop and demonstrate their artistic abilities. ‘Be here, Be heard’ is a platform for emerging artists within our Shire to exhibit their works in a professional setting, and could very well be a stepping stone for their future"

Participants and groups are urged to explore contemporary mediums such as film, photography and digital art as well as traditional mediums of painting, drawing and sculpture.

Submissions by individuals, collectives, groups and organisations will be accepted. ‘Artist Submission forms’ are available at Thecivic.com.au, The Visitor Information Centre or Gunnedah Shire Council office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any further information please call (02) 402 100.

Artworks and submissions are due at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 5:00 pm Friday, 31 March 2017. All entries are free.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100

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Gunnedah Shire Council is seeking quotations from suitably qualified, licenced and insured companies for the provision of Tender and Contract administration services and project management/ supervision of the proposed construction and revegetation phases of the Blackjack Creek Flood Mitigation Project - Riparian Corridor/ Channel Reconstruction.

The scope of works document and relevant appendices can be found in the COUNCIL > Tenders, Quotations & EOI section of Council’s website, or obtained from Council’s administration building 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah.

Quotations should be addressed to the General Manager, and can be mailed to Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380, hand delivered to the Tender Box at Council’s administration building, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah, or emailed to council@infogunnedah.com.au. Quotations will be received until 5.00pm Wednesday, 1 March 2017.

NOTE: The project is subject to a pending Aboriginal Heritage Impact Permit application through the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

For more information regarding this request for quotation, please contact Council’s Project Town Planner, Mr Brendan Williams on 02 6740 2100 or email Council at council@infogunnedah.com.au.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

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During the last six months, thirteen Gunnedah residents have become Australian Citizens and have now been officially welcomed into Gunnedah’s diverse community. The new citizens come from a number of countries including Denmark, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the Philippines, Thailand, China, Pakistan and India.

Recent Citizenship Ceremonies conducted by Council saw the new citizens take their oath or affirmation which symbolises the commitment to Australia and its people, the values we share and our common future. It outlines not only their rights, but also their responsibilities. It also symbolises the sense of belonging to the country where a citizen was born or, in this case, where they have decided to make a home. Australian citizenship is a shared identity, a common bond which unites all Australians while respecting our diversity.

The new citizens have decided to make Australia their home for a number of reasons. Some are long-time Gunnedah residents who have chosen to make their citizenship official, and others are new to the area. The contribution made to the community by new citizens extends well beyond the obvious cultural and social benefits. There is a huge economic component; as people come to town, they bring their expertise and skills and are employed in a range of industries across the Shire.

Saranpat Kittikornveraoat and Pawadee Srisawas originally from Thailand, moved to Gunnedah in 2016 to start a day spa business – Chan Supa Thai Massage. The girls had friends who lived in the area and told Miss Kittikornveraoat and Miss Srisawas about the need for a day spa. After living in the city, they decided it was time for a tree change, and saw that moving to Gunnedah would provide them with the opportunity to start a new business.

“When we moved here, we found that people in Gunnedah were very welcoming and really embraced our new business. We are really proud to be new Australian Citizens and make Australia our home” they said.

“The decision to accept Australian citizenship is public recognition of their commitment to Australia. As Mayor, it is an absolute honour and privilege to congratulate and welcome our new official Australian citizens. In Gunnedah, we now have many people from different backgrounds and religions that help to strengthen our community” said Gunnedah Mayor Jamie Chaffey.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100

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Gunnedah Shire Council is currently preparing its Disability Inclusion Action Plan and encourages the community to get involved and have their say. The Gunnedah Shire Disability Inclusion Action Plan supports the National Disability Strategy and will set out, and prioritise Council’s actions to improve access and participation during the period 2017 to 2021.

“In accordance with the NSW Disability Inclusion Act 2014, and with over 1.3 million people in NSW living with disability, the development of the Plan provides us with a great opportunity to actively engage with disability support providers, people with disability and the broader community to identify barriers to the way people with access Council’s services, infrastructure, programs and events. The focus of the plan will be across four key areas; attitudes and behaviours, liveable communities, employment, and the systems and processes adopted by Council in the delivery of its services” said Mayor Jaimie Chaffey.

“Council acknowledges the importance of accessibility and social inclusion, and embraces these principles in its organisational practices. As an organisation we are committed to becoming both a champion and advocate for accessibility and inclusion, and in doing so we look forward to having a conversation with the community and in particular people with disability, to maximise the potential that this Plan will provide, and to develop strategies and actions which embrace the principles of universal design”.

“Council will be working hard to seek out the views and aspirations of the community where access and inclusion is involved, and over the next few months a number of opportunities will exist for people with disability, disability support stakeholders and the broader community to provide their input into the Plan” he concluded.

The draft Gunnedah Shire Disability Inclusion Action Plan will be available for public comment by mid-April 2017.

WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED AND HAVE YOUR SAY

Community Forum
10.30am to 12.30pm | Tuesday 21 March 2017
Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club

Community Forum
5.30pm to 7.30pm | Tuesday 21 March 2017
Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club

Online Community Survey
Open until Friday 24 February 2017, you can take part in the Gunnedah Shire Disability Inclusion Action Plan Community Survey here.

CONTACT

Debra Hilton | Community and Social Planner | 02 6740 2100 or 0400 921 706

Kate Mackley | GoCo Community Hub Worker | 02 6740 2100 or 0400 282 674

Read more

Gunnedah Shire Council is seeking quotations from suitably qualified, licenced and insured companies for the Fire Equipment/System Maintenance Pressure Test/Tag and Inspection Service of Council’s key assets.

The scope of works document can be found in the Tenders, Quotations and Expressions of Interest section of our website, or obtained from Council’s Elgin Street Office. Quotations should be addressed to the General Manager, Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380, and will be received until 11.00am Friday, 3 February 2017.

For more information regarding this position, please contact Council’s Manager Public Facilities, Mr Geoff Phillips on 02 6740 2100.

Eric Groth
GENERAL MANAGER

Read more

Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery has the pleasure exhibiting one of regional NSW’s rising contemporary Artist’s, Gavin Coote. Gavin has freshly developed a playful exhibition titled, (Non) Humans of the North West especially for his exhibition in Gunnedah.
Gavin’s quirky depictions of people and places from throughout the North West as iconic Australian animals brings a playful and entertaining insight into our regions own style of ‘Australiana’.

Gavin’s collection of expressive child-like and spontaneous paintings and ink drawings are reminiscent of Australian art world greats such as: Reg Mombassa, Pro Hart and the notorious Adam Cullen. A series of charismatic short films Gavin has created will also be available for viewing throughout the duration of the exhibition.

“I want to reflect the diversity, vibrancy and quirkiness of The Northwest. This project draws parallels with the Humans of New York photography project, that sheds light on different people and places of New York but I have developed a fictional and expressive representation of the people and places of the North West. My vibrant animated characters reflect a side of regional Australia that is often forgotten; our lively assortment of spirited people” said artist Gavin Coote.

Gavin will also be hosting painting and drawing workshops at the Gunnedah Creative Arts Studio room from 11:00 am Saturday the 18 and Sunday 19 of February 2017. Enrolments for the Workshop are available through www.thecivic.com.au . Alternatively, enrolments are available at the Visitor Information Centre, 81 Chandos Street, Gunnedah or at Gunnedah Shire Council’s Office, 63 Elgin Street Gunnedah.
The Official Opening will be held at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 6:00 pm on Friday the 3 February, 2017. The exhibition will continue until the Sunday 5 March 2017.

Gavin Coote Exhibition

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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Earlier today Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson and Gunnedah Shire Council’s Mayor, Jamie Chaffey announced that Council had been successful in their application to receive $ 1.98 million dollars in funding under the NSW Govt. Resources for Regions Grant Program. The money will be spent on a planned upgrade to the Gunnedah Sewage Treatment Plant.

The grant program is designed to help communities build infrastructure to support mining related growth in Regional NSW. Gunnedah had been excluded from the grant program in previous years, being unable to meet the criteria to be considered ‘mining affected’.

Both Mr Kevin Anderson and Gunnedah Shire Council had lobbied heavily to have the criteria changed. This is the first year that Gunnedah had been eligible to apply for the program. Mr Anderson said he was pleased to see that the criteria which had unfairly excluded Gunnedah from the program had been adjusted as Gunnedah is quite clearly affected by mining.

“Gunnedah is in a unique position as one of the few towns with a population around 10,000 that is seeing strong growth.”

“We are focussed on ensuring that Gunnedah has the capacity to grow, has the industry to grow and has the right level of investment to support that growth. The future is bright for Gunnedah and for 2017 what a fantastic way to kick it off.” Mr Anderson said.

The upgrade of the Sewage Treatment Plant will support the projected growth of Gunnedah through to 2038 and is expected to cost $8.11 million. The State will now fund $1.98 million of that project with the remainder being funded by Council. Planning for the project is already at an advanced stage and is expected to commence in the first half of 2017.

Gunnedah Mayor, Jamie Chaffey was delighted by the announcement and said that an upgrade of the facility was critical in supporting the ongoing growth of the town.

“With the growth that we have already seen and are continuing to see in Gunnedah, this project just needs to be done. Some of the equipment that is being replaced in this upgrade is nearing 100 years of age.”

“The $1.98 million dollars which has been committed by the State will take some of the burden off us.” Mayor Chaffey said.

The economic analysis of the project shows that approximately 24 jobs will be created during the construction phase of the project and Mayor Chaffey pointed out that the Council will be working with the successful contractor to ensure that where possible, these jobs stay local.

ENDS

Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

Read more

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre is set to receive an upgrade thanks to an Arts NSW Grant aimed at improving regional cultural facilities.
Fifteen regional organisations across the state will receive funding for infrastructure projects or equipment to develop arts and cultural facilities for their local community.

“A little bit of money goes a very long way in local communities and I know the projects we are supporting will see a significant boost to arts and culture in these towns” said Minister for the Arts Troy Grant
“Across NSW, the Government is helping to revitalise arts and cultural facilities, including Performing Arts Centres, Galleries, Museums and Community Centres, ensuring people can enjoy diverse activities regardless of where they live” he said.

The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre will receive $16,020 with a further $17,000 contributed by Council from its 2016/17 Operational Budget. Funds will go towards revitalising The Gallery with new lighting and painting as well as new floor coverings in the art studio space. This money will also help with the purchase of exhibition equipment and drying racks within the Creative Arts Centre.

“This financial contribution by Arts NSW, under their 10 year policy framework, Create in NSW, will be an investment that our community will truly benefit from and will improve the functionality and the prestige of The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre” Mayor Jamie Chaffey said.

“We’re very excited, this will be a wonderful project for The Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Centre. The renovations are due to commence in early January and should be completed by May, 2017.” Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley said.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

Read more

Gunnedah Shire Council’s Cultural Officer, Lauren Mackley is calling for submissions from young artists between the ages of 5 to 25 years, within the Gunnedah Shire to explore their creative side and submit artworks for the 2017 Youth Week Exhibition.

The theme for Youth Week, 2017 is ‘Be here, Be heard!’ This is an opportunity for the youth of Gunnedah to express how they want to heard in the Gunnedah community, through their chosen artistic mediums.

"With the school holidays now in full swing, this is the wonderful opportunity for the young people of Gunnedah to discover, develop and demonstrate their artistic abilities. ‘Be here, Be heard’ is a platform for emerging artists within our Shire to exhibit their works in a professional setting, and could very well be a stepping stone for their future"

Participants and groups are urged to explore contemporary mediums such as film, photography and digital art as well as traditional mediums of painting, drawing and sculpture.

Submissions by individuals, collectives, groups and organisations will be accepted. ‘Artist Submission forms’ are available at Thecivic.com.au, The Visitor Information Centre or Gunnedah Shire Council office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah. For any further information please call (02) 402 100.

Artworks and submissions are due at the Gunnedah Bicentennial Creative Arts Gallery at 5:00 pm Friday, 31 March 2017. All entries are free.

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Media Contact: Eliza Gallen 6740 2100.

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