Berrigan Shire Council urges the Australian Government to honour its promise to restore indexation to the local government Financial Assistance Grants (FAGs) payments in the upcoming 2017-18 Federal Budget.
Mayor Matthew Hannan said the funds have played an important role in helping Berrigan Shire Council provide vital services and infrastructure for the Berrigan Shire Council community.
“The untied FAGs are an important part of our revenue base, allowing us to provide and maintain the shire’s local community infrastructure such as the town entrance and main street beautification programs in Finley and Tocumwal and the ongoing provision of shade sails over children’s playgrounds” Mayor Hannan said.
“The Commonwealth’s decision in the 2014 Federal Budget to freeze indexation of this valued funding means Berrigan Shire Council has received a reduced level of FAGs for the past three years, putting a noticeable dent in our cash flow and impacting on the services we’re able to provide to our community.
“The Australian Government committed to restore indexation in this year’s Federal Budget and the Berrigan Shire Council and community will hold them to their promise.
“Politicians in Canberra must restore indexation of FAGs so that Berrigan Shire Council can meet our community's demand for services and provide the level and quality of service that they deserve.”
Berrigan Shire Council has joined other councils nationwide on a campaign to ensure the Federal Government honours its promise to restore indexation to FAGs in the 2017-18 Federal Budget. More information about the campaign is available at media.endthefreeze.com
RAMROC represents the interests of fourteen Member Councils in the Murray and Western Riverina region of New South Wales. Under the Local Government Act 1993 and the Model Code of Conduct framework, Councils are required to establish a Panel of Conduct Reviewers, to inquire into complaints alleging breaches of the Code by the Mayor, Councillors or General Manager.
Councils may enter into an arrangement with one or more other Councils to share a Regional Panel. RAMROC Member Councils have agreed to establish a Regional Panel of Conduct Reviewers for a period of up to four (4) years commencing 1st July 2017.
Expressions of Interest are therefore invited from suitably qualified and experienced persons for appointment to the Regional Panel. Persons seeking appointment must satisfy the criteria specified in the EOI and nominate their schedule of fees.
A copy of the EOI documentation can be obtained from the RAMROC Executive Officer Ray Stubbs, by telephoning (02) 6023 8791 or 0408 498 534, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Expressions of Interest close at 5.00 pm on Friday 14th April 2017
As a result of recent flooding the Council has reviewed its levee system and the Council has determined that its levee, through the Tocumwal Foreshore area, requires both strengthening, removal of trees within the levee and an increase in overall height.
If these issues are not addressed the Tocumwal township is at increased risk of flooding if the levee is either overtopped by floodwater or fails due to lack of structural integrity. The inundation map on the next page indicates the level of township flooding that could be expected in the event of levee failure.
To address these shortcomings the Council will concrete core this 550m section of the levee and then raise its height by up to 400mm. The estimated cost of the works is approx. $200,000 and the Council has received a grant through the Club Grants – Emergency Relief program of $123,000 to assist with the works.
These works are required to be completed by the end of April 2017.
The increase in levee height also requires the levee based to be widened and the Council will focus as much as possible of this on the river side of the levee however some widening will also be required on the town side of the levee which will reduce the amenity of the foreshore area until lawn cover can be restored.
Regrettably, the works will also require some tree removal which is of concern to the Council and undoubtedly the community, however, the Council considers that protection of the community is the highest priority and unfortunately up to 50 trees will require removal.
Completion of the works in the short term will also ensure that works in the foreshore area as proposed by the Tocumwal Foreshore Masterplan (http://www.berriganshire.nsw.gov.au/Portals/0/Docs%20for%20public%20view/2016_09_25_TFM_Final%20Report_1592_%20-%20Compressed.pdf) can also proceed.
Further information regarding this project can be obtained by contacting the Council’s Director of Technical Services, Mr Fred Exton
Was your home built or renovated before 1987? Asbestos could be in any home built or renovated before 1987.
Thousands of different products remain hidden dangers in 1 in every 3 Australian homes including brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes, even apartments. It could be anywhere! If sealed, left undisturbed and in good condition asbestos products don’t pose a health risk. However, if disturbed, fibres are released which can be inhaled and cause asbestos-related diseases.
If you are looking at renovating, or conducting repairs, it would be wise to visit the Asbestos Awareness website for guidance before beginning: asbestosawareness.com.au
The infrastructure in our towns – things like roads, footpaths and kerb and gutters – is often taken for granted. However, providing these items comes at a cost.
Generally, these items are provided by the initial developer of the land. The cost of providing this infrastructure is then built into the price of the developed blocks. Hence, each property owner has contributed to the cost of the infrastructure outside his or her land.
Over time, our communities’ expectations about infrastructure have changed. For example, most new urban sub-divisions now include kerb and gutter as standard – an item that older sub-divisions often do not have.
As our towns grow, it becomes important to link up this community infrastructure to allow the footpath and kerb and gutter network to work as it should. This often means installing kerb and gutter and footpaths items in the “gaps” created by older sub-divisions without those items.
Given that the cost of providing this infrastructure in newer sub-divisions has been borne by the property owners there – in the purchase price of their land – it is fair that property owners in older areas contribute to the cost of new kerb and gutter and footpaths installed adjacent to their land.
The NSW government recognises this and the Roads Act 1993 allows for Councils to recover up to half the cost of providing infrastructure like kerb and gutter and footpaths from the adjacent landowners via a contributory charge. Like Council rates, this charge attaches to the land and if the land is sold, the charge is then payable by the new landowner. Where kerb and gutter and/or footpath works are only on one side of a street, the Roads Act only allows the Council to charge those property owners on that side – not the other.
The adjacent property owners will generally be required to meet 50% of the cost of the new footpath and/or kerb and gutter. The cost is divided up across the property owners on the basis of their street frontage. Where a property owner has a corner block and therefore two street frontages, this cost may in some circumstances reduce to 25%.
The Council understands paying this charge upfront and at short notice can be difficult. To assist property owners to meet this cost, the Council has a procedure – the “Half-Cost Scheme” that
· Requires the Council to inform property owners about the likely cost of the works in advance, the amount they are likely to have to contribute, and allow them the opportunity to have the Council consider any objections, and
· If the Council decides to go ahead with the works, allows property owners to pay off the charge interest-free over three years.
All property owners are required to contribute to the cost of infrastructure passing their property, either through the initial cost of purchase or via a later contribution. The Council considers that its Half-Cost Scheme provides a simple and fair method of allocating and recovering the contribution to new infrastructure.
Ask yourself questions like ‘Do I, or someone I know have..:
1. problems using rooms because they are cluttered with stuff?
2. so many things and can’t seem to throw things out like other people do?
3. a problem with collecting things or buying much more than needed?
4. an attachment to things that can’t be without?
5. disrupted relationships with family, friends, neighbours and authorities due to collecting and clutter?
As hoarding disorder is an illness, the person might not see they have a problem because they can’t think clearly about the objects and possessions that have so much meaning for them. This may lead to avoidance of social contacts and the onset of other serious concerns like squalor, self neglect and high risk of fire.
A brochure is available via this link or visit any one of these sites for more information:
A number of properties in the Finley area will undergo preparations for demolition from this week under the NSW Government’s loose-fill asbestos insulation Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program. The NSW Government announced the program on 29 June 2015. It is being overseen and implemented by NSW Fair Trading.
Loose-fill asbestos was used as insulation in NSW homes during the 1960s and 70s, and the NSW Government has determined that demolition, comprehensive site remediation and disposal are the best ways to ensure the health and safety of the NSW community.
Loose-fill asbestos has been confirmed as present in a number of properties in the Finley area. After purchasing either the home or entire property from the owners, the government is now entering the demolition phase for nine of these affected buildings.
From this week, site preparation work will begin at the properties. Access will be cleared to the affected structure, which will then be covered in an air-tight plastic encapsulation. This will be followed by removal of the asbestos; actual demolition of the property; and remediation of the affected area to ensure no loose-fill asbestos insulation remains. For each property, this process will take eight to 16 weeks, depending on issues such as inclement weather.
Affected neighbours have been provided with information about the demolition, and ongoing discussions have been held with relevant regulatory authorities. Community information days will be held at Finley Library on:
• Wednesday 1 February (12 noon to 5pm);
• Friday 10 February (10am to 5pm);
• Wednesday 22 February (12 noon to 5pm).
For more information about the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program, please visit www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au.
Berrigan Shire Council and the Central Murray County Council intends to spot spray in and around the towns of Berrigan, Barooga, Tocumwal and Finley with a:
- Broadscale selective herbicide (Dicamba and Amicide); and
- Broadscale non – selective herbicide (Glyphosate).
Spot spraying will occur through January 2017 to March 2017 on:
- Laneways and pathways;
- Road shoulders, verges, road reserves and footpaths;
- Council controlled easements accessible to the public; and
Further information can be found in the Pesticide Notification Plan via Management Plans, Codes & Reports or contact the Council office.
The Berrigan Shire Council has adopted the Foreshore Masterplan - a document guiding the future direction and planning for the development of Tocumwal's Foreshore Reserve.
The Foreshore Master Plan is integrated with the Council's Planning for Tocumwal's Town Entries.
Tocumwal's new Foreshore Master Plan drew on the ideas of community members, the expertise of contemporary urban and landscape designers, also engineering and environmental management expertise to ensure that we have a plan for a sustainable natural and built landscape connecting residents, visitors and the broader community to the River.
The Plan has involved months of research and consultation, led by Council and Liesl Malan Landscape Architects resulting in the development of a thorough and integrated understanding of the complexities of the foreshore and its relationship to the River and the town.
Consultation with residents, the Foreshore Committee of Management, local business, government and the wider community was at the core of the planning process. Community engagement included a sausage sizzle on the foreshore. This consultation was open to all and discussed concepts and a preferred site for a splash park. Interviews with young families and school students on water play values also informed the Plan's development. The interviews conducted with local business and Tocumwal's Foreshore Committee also provided insight into the vital role played by the Foreshore and its contribution to the economic and social wellbeing of Tocumwal. Extensive consultation and consideration of professional advice related to the River and the integrity of flood management infrastructure are also evident in the final Plan.
Councillor Matthew Hannan, Mayor of the Berrigan Shire, said 'Tocumwal's Foreshore Master Plan recognises the importance to the Tocumwal community and the broader Shire of the Foreshore and the need to plan for its development.' Planning that is needed he said, to develop one of the Shire’s greatest assets – “Tocumwal's connection to the Murray River."
“Maintaining the natural environment while working toward the development of attractive space open and used by all members of the community is a key challenge and one that has been achieved by the Master Plan.”
Tocumwal Foreshore MasterPlan
Tocal College, in partnership with SafeWork NSW, is offering subsidised quad bike training to eligible farmers and farm workers.
Get quad safe with a one-day practical course to help farmers and farm workers apply safety measures around the use of quad bikes on farms. The course is mapped to the national unit of competency AHCMOM212 - Operate quad bikes and is tailored to the experience level of attendees.
Training will be available at various locations across NSW.
To be eligible you need to be:
• a person operating an agricultural business registered in NSW or
• someone working for a person operating an agricultural business registered in NSW
Visit www.tocal.nsw.edu.au/courses/nsw-quad-bike-safetyimprovement- program to see if you are eligble, to find more information, and to register.
Cost: $100 (if eligible - full price normally $410)
Or contact: Kim Griffiths
Tocal Agricultural Centre
Phone: 02 4939 8881
West Wyalong 29 March 2017
Hay 14 June 2017
Yanco 28 June 2017
Wagga 19 June 2017