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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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Asbestos awareness

03/03/2017

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

half cost scheme for kerb and gutter and footpath works

17/02/2017

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.

How much is too much stuff?

15/02/2017



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:  

www2.health.vic.gov.au/ageing-and-aged-care/ wellbeing-and-participation/hoarding-and-squalor


www.thecrowdedhouse.net.au


www.hsru.com.au


Tocumwal Foreshore MasterPlan

11/01/2017

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

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.

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