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Gunnedah Shire celebrates Local Government Week

August 1, 2022

Today marks the start of Local Government Week and Gunnedah Shire Council are celebrating with a series of events at local facilities.

Local Government Week runs from August 1 to August 7, and is designed to showcase the wide variety of work councils do and the ways they support their local communities.

The Civic is bringing live children’s theatre, The Owl's Apprentice, to Gunnedah on Tuesday, August 2, at 11am and 1:30pm.

On Wednesday, the community are invited to meet with Councillors and staff representatives as they will be will be serving up a free breakfast from 7:30am-10:30am in the Smithurst Theatre courtyard.

Gunnedah Shire Library is hosting plenty of activities across the week, including Brain Training, Book Buddies, Knit & Natter, Colour & Chatter and BookEnds Literacy Assist.

On Sunday, The Civic Theatre is screening a $10 movie - Pil’s Adventure – an animation about a vagabond girl who disguises herself as a princess to save the rightful heir who is under an evil curse.

Mayor Councillor Jamie Chaffey said that it is great news that Local Government Week events could go ahead after a hiatus last year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“I am proud of the critical work that our Council staff does in Gunnedah and our great villages,” Cl. Chaffey said.

“I would like to thank our staff who work tirelessly to support these places; this work has allowed our community to continue to grow and flourish.

“Council is certainly not just about roads, rates and rubbish; we have a number of significant capital works projects in the pipeline including the $14 million Saleyards Precinct Upgrade, the $8 million Water Treatment Plant and the $12 million Koala Sanctuary.

“The 2022‐23 financial year sees the continuation of the substantial and accelerated delivery of capital works totalling $13.8 million, ($47.2 million for 2021-22). The capital expenditure over the next 10 years, by comparison, is estimated at $100 million for the entire 10-year period.

“Our community can also look forward to even bigger and better events in the next year with increased funding for NightQuip, Harvest Festival, Weeks of Speed Community Street Parade, Christmas celebrations and more. Council have been involved in running events such as these to increase community connection and in turn allow our economy to benefit.

“I would like to thank again the staff, under the direction of the General Manager, for the great work that they have achieved in the past year. Your resilience has been incredible, facing not only COVID restrictions but also record floods.”

Local Government Week runs from Monday 1 August to Sunday 7 August. For further information, visit Council’s website.

To view the program, click here...

Caption: 2019 Local Government Week breakfast: this event returns on Wednesday 3rd August from  7:30am-10:30am in the Smithurst Theatre courtyard.


For more information, contact Gunnedah Shire Council’s Communications team on (02) 6740 2100.