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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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Berrigan Shire Library Service Questionnaire

17/06/2017

Tocumwal Community Survey to ascertain the need to extend Tocumwal Library, enabling space to be utilized as a Multi-Purpose Community room.

See survey here - Berrigan Shire Library Service Questionnaire

Murray Valley Basin Impact RMCG Report

16/06/2017

Taking water from productive use in the NSW Murray region is coming at a massive cost to its communities.

That’s the stark finding from a socio-economic study into impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan that was commissioned by the Murray Group and prepared by RM Consulting Group Bendigo.

Murray Valley Basin Impact RMCG Report

Draft Active Ageing and Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 - 2021

29/04/2017

The Council has adopted a draft Active Ageing and Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017 – 2021. 

Community feedback and comment is invited before the Council adopts at the June 2017 Ordinary Council Meeting its Active Ageing and Disability Inclusion Plan 2017 – 2021. 

A copy of the draft plan can be viewed on the Documents for public viewing page. 

For more information contact: Jo Ruffin, Strategic and Social Planning Coordinator by phoning 03 5888 5100 or email joanner@berriganshire.nsw.gov.au

Tocumwal Foreshore Levee Works

04/03/2017

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


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

Search online for homes affected by loose-fill asbestos

03/12/2016

Did you know you can search for the street address of a residential property to see if it is affected by loose-fill asbestos ceiling insulation?

Loose-fill asbestos is crushed raw asbestos which was installed in the ceiling spaces of NSW residential properties in the 1960s and 1970s as insulation. If disturbed, fibres can become airborne. Asbestos fibres that are breathed in can pose a risk to health.

In order to provide safety, certainty and support to the community, the NSW Government has created the Loose-fill Asbestos Insulation Register (LFAI Register), which enables the broader community to know whether any particular residential property is affected.

A property is added to the Register once the presence of loose-fill asbestos has been verified. Only properties that have been confirmed to contain loose-fill asbestos will be added. Properties can only be removed from the LFAI Register after the premises has been demolished and the site comprehensively remediated.

If a property does not appear on the LFAI Register and you have concerns that it may be affected by loose-fill asbestos, you are encouraged to discuss the matter with the homeowner.

Once a property has been added to the LFAI Register the owner is required by law to ensure that a compliant warning sign is displayed at the main switchboard of the affected premises. Tagging premises in this way helps ensure the health and safety of emergency workers, tradespeople, service providers and maintenance workers.

To search for the address of an affected property or to find out more about the Loose-fill Asbestos Public Register visit loosefillasbestos.nsw.gov.au

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."

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