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To find out what is happening around our Shire check out these websites:
                                                                                            
Barooga Advancement Group

Berrigan District Development Association

Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture

Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Tocumwal on the Murray 

Finley Farmers Market

Tocumwal Foreshore Markets

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ACMA reply to television reception complaint.

01/10/2016

We have received a call and the below correspondence from ACMA with regard to our complaint about television reception in the Berrigan Shire.

"It appears as though Ballarat (Lookout Hill) signals are travelling further than expected due to certain weather conditions, also known as atmospheric ducting, and this is causing interference to the Goulburn Valley or Shepparton services (Mt Major). Atmospheric ducting of TV signals happens when distinctive weather conditions—especially high-pressure systems and still conditions—cause distant broadcast signals to travel further than planned.

These weather conditions that make it favourable for the Ballarat services to cause interference also temporarily enhance Bendigo services (Mt Alexander). These unintended ‘rogue’ signals from Ballarat then interfere with the local Goulburn Valley signals because antennas and receivers can’t differentiate between the local signals and those being ducted from distant TV towers. When this occurs, viewer who perform an auto tune pick up Bendigo services. When the weather returns to normal, the Ballarat and Bendigo services disappear and viewers need to retune to pick up the Shepparton services again. When this occurs, it is best to report the issue to the broadcasters so that they are aware of the issue. 

As discussed we have contacted the broadcasters who are aware of the issues with the Goulburn Valley transmitter and are investigating possible options to resolve this issue. They are testing to see if they can get a reliable VHF signal from the Upper Murray (Mt Baranduda) transmitter that the broadcasters may be able to use to rebroadcast and possibly also use as a stable input feed into the Jerilderie and Deniliquin transmitters as the current Goulburn Valley transmitter site is used as an input to these sites and this input feed is also affected by the ducting. However as discussed this issue will take time to resolve.

We can understand this is causing people frustrations but there is little people can do, especially if atmospheric ducting is impacting on TV reception. One option is to attempt to receive the Goulburn Valley services reliably, viewers may need to have a fringe-area high gain UHF antenna located at 10m above ground level to attempt to receive the services reliably. Even then, it is expected that an antenna installer may need to work hard to try to identify a suitable location on the roof that receives all services reliably. Alternatively in some instances viewers can try to get an antenna installer to see if they can receive alternate services by getting reception from an alternative broadcast site possibly the Upper Murray transmitter.

Another option is the government’s VAST service which is an alternative for those viewers who cannot receive adequate reception from existing terrestrial transmitters. The VAST service is intended to provide an alternative reception option for viewers who are unable to get adequate digital television services from existing terrestrial transmission sites. The typical installation cost is around $700-1000 dollars for a VAST installation depending or your location and the hourly rate and equipment costs the installer charges. Information about VAST is available on the ACMA's web site 
at http://acma.gov.au/Citizen/Consumer-info/My-connected-home/TV-reception/should-i-consider-the-vast-service. More information about TV reception is available from the ACMA’s TV reception hub: http://www.acma.gov.au/Citizen/TV-Radio/Television/TV-reception."

Television reception issues in the Berrigan Shire - call to action.

19/08/2016

We have had numerous residents contact ACMA and, to date, none have received a satisfactory response. There is a website that ACMA have established that advises residents of the quality of their reception. On this website the whole northern region of the Shire is recognised as having poor coverage, as are areas in and around Tocumwal, confirming what we already know. Attached is the map from the mySwitch website: https://myswitch.digitalready.gov.au/.

The next course of action is to have as many people as possible complain about the state of television reception in the region. If you are affected we ask that you write, email,or fax ACMA with your issue to ensure that we, as a community, are heard. Berrigan Shire Council has also written to ACMA in this regard.

By email: interference@acma.gov.au

By facsimile: 02 6219 5346

By post: Interference

Australian Communications and Media Authority
              PO Box 78
              Belconnen ACT 2616


Berrigan Shire goes social!

14/01/2016

You may not have noticed, but Berrigan Shire Council has entered the world of social media. The Council’s social media platforms are a great way to stay in touch with events, activities and other information about the Council and Berrigan Shire.

You can find the Council’s social media platforms at:

·          Facebook – Berrigan Shire Council https://www.facebook.com/berriganshire
                       
Berrigan Shire Library Service                     
                        www.facebook.com/BerriganShireLibraryService
                                    Tocumwal Residential Airpark 
https://www.facebook.com/Tocumwal-Residential-Airpark-309601965884153/?fref=ts

·          Twitter – @berriganshire https://twitter.com/berriganshire

 

·          Instragram – berriganshire http://instagram.com/berriganshire
                          berriganshirelibraries http://instagram.com/berriganshirelibraries


     YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr8bHRrsqkKSJoWc4hxg2vg (search Berrigan Shire)


 Other social media sites relating to Council activities
include:

·    Berrigan War Memorial Swimming Pool – https://www.facebook.com/BerriganPool 

·    Tocumwal Swimming Pool – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tocumwal-Swimming-Pool/1485881731688071?fref=ts 

·    Finley War Memorial Swimming Pool – https://www.facebook.com/finleyswimmingpool 

·    Barooga Advancement Group – https://www.facebook.com/BAG3644 

·    Barooga Community Botanical Gardens – https://www.facebook.com/BaroogaCommunityBotanicGardens

Fruit Fly videos up on YouTube!

10/12/2015

Berrigan Shire Council, in conjunction with Moira Shire Council, have put together some informative fruit fly videos. These are each only 2 to 3 minutes long and well worth watching. Tom Brown and Lou Newman provide some great hints and tips - they are well worth watching. The first one is about baiting, the second about netting and the third about what to do if you have an infestation.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWH-jPV07Kk

Safety concerns over Garbage Trucks collecting bins in Courts

10/09/2015

DSK Waste Services have asked that residents in Courts please place their bins on the straight part of the road, not on the curved end.

This is to avoid damage to vehicles and the road surface of the court, and for the safety of residents.

A diagram is attached to help explain what DSK Waste Services are requesting.

We thank you for your co-operation


Please check with Council before conducting Driveway works

21/08/2015



 In recent weeks there have been several enquiries and some confusion over the responsibility for property owners in relation to property accesses, specifically around construction and ongoing maintenance of driveways and culverts.

Any excavations/ construction within the road reserve requires consent from the Council. As part of the application for consent, the applicant must provide a Certificate of Currency for Public Liability Insurance to a minimum value of $20 million which indemnifies the person carrying out the works.

Where the applicant employs a contractor to carry out the works, the contractor’s public liability insurance can be used as long as it complies with the requirements.  Alternatively, the applicant can apply to their insurance company and establish an extension through their house and contents insurance that covers them for the proposed construction works.

Following the construction of a property access including stormwater access culverts and driveways within the road reserve, it is the property owner’s responsibility for its ongoing maintenance and for rectifying any defects. Failure to rectify defects and hazards on a property access may result in an order being served to the property owner.

The legislation regarding property accesses in the road reserve may be found in the Roads Act 1993. Failure to obtain consent will result in penalties as set out in the Roads Act.

Feature your event on our pages

18/08/2015

We are amassing a great following on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and now Youtube - so thank you to all who have supported us.

One thing we love about having this connection with you is that we are able to bring you information about what is happening around our wonderful Shire; from upcoming events to good news stories.

Having said that, there is nothing worse than when we hear, after the fact, about an event that we could have featured on our pages.

If you are planning an event, or need to get some information out to the residents of our Shire, please let us know. Keep in mind though, as we are a Government body, there are certain things we cannot cover, and we also can't be seen to be favouring one business over another.


National Toilet Map

18/06/2015

The National Toilet Map can tell you where all public toilets are located along your trip, including those located in the Berrigan Shire, this also includes dump points for caravans and RVs.

Visit http://www.toiletmap.gov.au, and whilst having a rest, please visit one of our wonderful eateries located in the area, there are some great cafes located in the townships of the Shire.

For maps of all the towns in the Berrigan Shire please visit our Maps page.

Printer Cartridge Recycling available through the Shire Offices

10/06/2015


Berrigan Shire Council has collection points for the recycling of toner and ink jet cartridges in the Council Chamber which is available for use by anyone in the Shire.  

In the last financial year a total of over 100kgs was recycled through just this Shire.  It would be great if we were able to double or triple this amount in this next financial year.










Are you a problem dog owner?

07/06/2015

Dogs that are poorly cared for cause problems.  Barking, straying and harassing pedestrians passing by are all symptoms of people not paying enough attention to their animals.

 

Solid fencing and restraint to the backyard can help.  Regular exercise is another good idea.

 

Are you aware that Council attends around 3-4 complaints every week about dogs that could be stopped if their owners took more care?  When Council investigates complaints it costs you, the community, money.

 

We would like nothing better than to never have a complaint.  The money saved could be put to achieve far better outcomes for the community.


REMINDER
1.    Dogs are not permitted in public places except when on a leash under the control of a responsible person.
2.    Dogs must be registered and wear a collar and tag.
3.    All dogs must be microchipped.


The fines for non-compliance with these basic rules are substantial, up to $220.  Council’s Ranger patrols every town at least every week.

 
Menacing Dog new legislation

The NSW State Government has announced amendments to the Companion Animals Act would be introduced to create a new category of “menacing dog” to help safeguard the community.

In addition to creating a new category of ‘menacing or potentially dangerous dog’ the legislation includes harsher penalties including prison terms for irresponsible owners and encourages owners to de-sex their animals.

Under the new rules there will be increased penalty notice amounts and court penalties for failure to register a companion animal and where a dog has been involved in an attack.

The message from the Government is clear that animal owners need to be responsible and take proper precautions appropriate for the animal. As well as increased penalties pet education programs will be expanded to raise awareness on how to act and be safe around dogs and to prevent attacks.

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