Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Council Glen Innes Severn Council covers an area of 5,487 sq. km, and is located in the beautiful New England area of N.S.W., servicing the town of Glen Innes and villages of Deepwater, Emmaville, Glencoe and Red Range. The Glen Innes Severn area is known as Glen Innes Highlands (Celtic Country), and is the home of the Australian Standing Stones, where the Australian Celtic Festival is celebrated annually in May. Documents and Policies Fit for the Future Proposal Agency Information Guide Code Of Conduct Audited Financial Statements Annual Reports News EXTENSION ON WHITE ROCK WIND FARM EOI 4 March 2021 Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) on White Rock Wind Farm Community Fund Committee Members has been… Read: EXTENSION ON WHITE ROCK WIND FARM EOI PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS (3) 4 March 2021 Council invites written submissions on the 2021 Australian Celtic Fringe Festival (ACFF) Fees and… Read: PUBLIC EXHIBITIONS (3) PITHY TAKE ON WHY FOLKS SHOULD MOVE HERE 3 March 2021 Here are the great words from the new promotional campaign on moving to Glen Innes which is… Read: PITHY TAKE ON WHY FOLKS SHOULD MOVE HERE WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION 26 February 2021 Council staff are undertaking emergency water mains repairs at the corner of Grey Street and… Read: WATER SUPPLY DISRUPTION SEARCHING FOR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL YOUTH 22 February 2021 Council is introducing the community to an exciting opportunity which is currently being… Read: SEARCHING FOR SUPPORT FOR LOCAL YOUTH PUBLIC NOTICES AND EXHIBITIONS KEEPING UP WITH COUNCIL INFORMATION Each week you can catch up with Council’s news and information to residents on the website:https://www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/…/weekly-our-council-informatio…https://www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/news/radio-interviews DECEMBER 2020 RESIDENT NEWSLETTER OCTOBER 2020 RSIDENT NEWSLETTER (page 1) OCTOBER 2020 RESIDENT NEWSLETTER (page 2) JULY 2020 RESIDENT NEWSLETTER (page 1) JULY 2020 RESIDENT NEWSLETTER (page 2) BUDGET RESIDENT NEWSLETTER MARCH 2020 RESIDENT NEWSLETTER ***AFTER HOURS EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION*** Roads and Drainage: Telephone Number: 0409 817 242 Rangers: Telephone Number: 0417 890 889 Water and Waste Water: Telephone Number: 0418 162 794 This information is also available on this website by going to “Emergency Services” under the “Quicklinks” heading at the top right-hand position on the Home page. EMERGENCY BUSH FIRE INFORMATION Bush Fire Information Line: 1800 679 737 (1800 NSW RFS) Fires Near Me NSW App www.rfs.nsw.gov.au facebook.com/nswrfs; twitter.com/nswrfs; Local radio, TV and news. PUBLIC EXHIBITION Council invites written submissions on the Draft Strategic Plan for Deepwater, Emmaville and Glencoe Library Services 2021-2025. The submission forms are accessible at the link below as well as at Council’s Town Hall and Church Street offices, the Glen Innes Library and Learning Centre and the village Post Offices at Emmaville, Deepwater and Glencoe. Kindly note that submissions regarding the abovementioned Draft Strategic Plan for Deepwater, Emmaville and Glencoe Library Services 2021-2025 close at 4.30pm on Thursday, 1 April 2021. Draft Strategic Plan for Deepwater, Emmaville and Glencoe Library Services 2021-2025 Public Comment Form PUBLIC EXHIBITION Council invites written submissions on the Draft Economic Development Support Fund Policy. The submission forms are accessible at the link below as well as at Council’s Town Hall and Church Street offices, the Glen Innes Library and Learning Centre and the village Post Offices at Emmaville, Deepwater and Glencoe. Kindly note that submissions regarding the abovementioned Draft Economic Development Support Fund Policy close at 4.30pm on Thursday, 1 April 2021. Draft Economic Development Support Fund Policy Public Comments Form PUBLIC EXHIBITION Council invites written submissions on the 2021 Australian Celtic Fringe Festival (ACFF) Fees and Charges. The submission forms are accessible at the link below as well as at Council’s Town Hall and Church Street offices, the Glen Innes Library and Learning Centre and the village Post Offices at Emmaville, Deepwater and Glencoe. Kindly note that submissions regarding the abovementioned 2021 Australian Celtic Fringe Festival (ACFF) Fees and Charges close at 4.30pm on Thursday, 1 April 2021. Public Comments Form EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (2) Council is pleased to announce two (2) opportunities for the local arts sector. The first one is for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from local artists, performers, and writers for a ‘Local Pop-Up Artist Residency’ program. Local artists are being given the opportunity for a ” Pop-up Residency” in the local retail precinct. The program of residencies will be in empty shops in the main retail precinct of Glen Innes where permission is granted from relevant landlords. These residencies will be an opportunity for artists to develop their creative work, sell their creative work, hold workshops and other activations while connecting with the community and visitors.The residencies will be for a four (4) week period between May and July depending on the availability of premises. The artist(s) selected for residencies will receive a $1,000 award and all expenses for the premises paid during the four (4) week period. The second opportunity is for the Major Public Art Project “PARKART” Council also invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the design, production and installation of a public art piece for the Glen Innes Severn Council Local Government Area (LGA). EOIs can be from individual practitioners, or they may be from a group of artists, or artists and manufacturing collaborations, but must be from artists living and working in the Glen Innes Severn Council LGA. Up to $40,000 is set aside for this project. Council have selected a location in the Glen Innes Parklands along the Ferguson Street side and adjacent to the tennis courts. The exact location along this available area can be suggested by the submission, should it have relevance to the project. Applications in respect of both EOI’s are now open and submissions close at 5.00pm on Wednesday, 31 March 2021. Applications will be assessed by the Public Art Group of Council. Artists will be informed of outcomes by 5.00pm on Friday, 9 April 2021. For more information and to download the EOI application forms for these opportunities, please see this website under Economic Development and look under grants funding opportunities. PRESENTATION OF AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS In accordance with Section 418 (3) of the Local Government Act 1993, Glen Innes Severn Council advises that the Ordinary Council Meeting held on Thursday, 17 December 2020 included the presentation of the audited Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports for the financial year ending 30 June 2020. A summary of the Financial Statements is provided at this link: PRESENTATION OF AUDITED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS MARCH 2021 ORDINARY COUNCIL MEETING The March 2021 Ordinary Council Meeting will be held at the Glen Innes Severn Library and Learning Centre on Thursday, 25 March 2021, starting at 6.00pm. The Business Paper will be available for viewing on Council’s website from approximately 5.00pm on Friday, 19 March 2021. Council is continuing to practice Social Distancing as recommended by the NSW State Government during the Coronavirus pandemic. Therefore, Council meetings are not open to public attendance until further notice. The provision of a Public Forum before the start of Council meetings has also ceased until further notice. However, in lieu of the Public Forum, members of the public may lodge an “Application to Speak at the Community Consultation Session Held Prior to the Ordinary Council Meetings” form and provide a written submission which will be distributed to Councillors prior to the Ordinary Council Meeting. Please note that any submissions to Council are not read out aloud at the meeting. The application form must be received by Council by 12 noon on the Tuesday before the Council meeting. Therefore, for the February Council meeting, the form must be received by 12 noon on Tuesday, 23 March 2021. Please also note that Council meetings will continue to be live streamed and viewable on Council’s website for a period of twelve (12) months from the date of the meeting. There is no Council meeting in January 2021. COUNCIL HAS FULLY REOPENED FOR BUSINESS Council reminds residents that Council services and facilities are fully operational subject to satisfying the requirement to adhere to COVID-19 guidelines from the NSW State Government. Council’s Town Hall and Church Street Offices are open from 8.30am to 4.30pm on weekdays. However, please observe social distancing requirements such as only two customers can be in the foyers at any one time. Where possible, please conduct business with Council online or by phone. Please note that the conditions of operation of Council services and facilities are frequently changing. Therefore, Council recommends that residents check for information up-dates about the opening hours and conditions operating at the Glen Innes Severn Library and Learning Centre, the Glen Innes Visitor Information Centre (V.I.C.), Life Choices – Support Services (LC-SS) and Glen Innes Landfill, on the Council website and the websites for the library, the V.I.C. (Glen Innes Highlands) and LC-SS. Glen Innes Saleyards Council would like to remind residents that sales scheduled at the Glen Innes Saleyards are strictly limited to agents, their nominated staff and potential buyers. The sales remain closed to vendors and the general public under current COVID guidelines. The 1.5 metre social distancing guidelines still apply to those in attendance at sales. Transporters are reminded that access to the saleyards is for drop off or collection of livestock only. Council thanks everyone for their assistance in adhering to these guidelines. Glen Innes Landfill Tip Shop The tip shop is open again to the public. 1.5 m distancing will still apply and it will be open during the same trading hours as the Landfill. This means: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm and weekends 11.00am to 4.00pm 15 MINUTE PARKING ZONES INTRODUCED From Friday, 26 June 2020 there will be new 1/4 hour (15 minute) parking zones effective on Grey Street applicable to four (4) parking spaces on the south side and three (3) parking spaces on the north side of the Bourke Street / Grey Street roundabout. These zones are applicable from 8.30am – 6.00pm, Monday to Friday and from 8.30am – 12.30pm on Saturday. In April 2020 Council received a request from a resident for short term parking near the two (2) local pharmacies on Grey Street, to enable scripts to be easily picked up without leaving the vehicle. Due to COVID-19, the local pharmacies were delivering scripts to customers in their vehicles. In response, Council contacted both local pharmacies and both suggested that designated short term parking would be beneficial. Grey Street had short-term parking in the past however this was not re-instated after the Grey Street up-grade. Two (2) short-term parking options were prepared by Council and were presented to the Glen Innes Severn Local Traffic Committee (LTC) for consideration. The LTC then made a recommendation to Council to install short term parking (15 minute) in Grey Street. The recommendation was approved by Council at their meeting on Thursday 28 May 2020. WATER RESTRICTIONS Council advises that effective from Friday, 26 June 2020 the Glen Innes local Government Area has moved to LEVEL ONE (1) water restrictions. Restrictions apply to the use of town water carted to rural properties and villages. Council encourages residents to refer to information on water saving tips at: www.nejo.nsw.gov.au/water-saving-tips/ Any changes to water restrictions will be communicated through Council’s website and Facebook page as well as through local media. Further information on levels of water restriction can be found here. COMMENTARY ON FACEBOOK POSTS Council’s Facebook page is an important platform for information to be communicated from Council to residents. Council advises that any commentary posted on Facebook posts which does not relate to the subject of the post will be removed. The reason for this is so that the information in the post is not confused by unrelated commentary. Council also advises that any commentary that is abusive, bullying, illegal or misinforms residents on any issue will also be removed. Any persons who regularly post abusive, bullying or illegal commentary, or who regularly misinform residents will be reported to Facebook for further action by Facebook and will be blocked from Council’s Facebook page. Council also reserves the right to take any legal action as may be required regarding the misuse of Council’s Facebook page and the interference of Council’s use of this platform for the communication of information to residents. ALTERNATIVE METHODS FOR PAYING COUNCIL RATES The NSW State Government has recommended social distancing due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. Council’s Town Hall office reopened on Monday, 18 May, however only two customers can be in the foyer at any one time. Council asks that where possible you conduct business online or via the phone. Payments to Council can be made online via Bpay, Australia Post, E-notices and by credit card via phone on 6730 2300. Council is also accepting cheques by mail to Glen Innes Severn Council, P.O. Box 61 Glen Innes NSW 2370 Ratepayers of the Glen Innes Severn Council are reminded that the quarterly rate instalments are due on or before Sunday, 31 May 2020. For more information, please contact Council’s Rates Officer, Andrea Davidson on 6730 2301. INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS FROM NSW DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Council urges residents to check up-to-date accurate information on Coronavirus at this website link: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx Council also urges residents to practice easy hygiene steps which may assist in staying healthy during the up-coming flu season: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/protect-yourself.aspx If you have any other concerns, please call the National Coronavirus Health information Line on 1800 020 080. ***ALCOHOL FREE ZONE and ALCOHOL PROHIBITED AREAS*** Council has declared, in the township of Glen Innes, as an Alcohol Free Zone, the whole of Grey Street between Taylor Street and Oliver Street; including those streets, public places and car parks intersecting and adjacent to Grey Street from the eastern side of East Avenue and the western side of Church Street. Council has declared the following locations within Glen Innes as Alcohol Prohibited Areas (Alcohol Consumption by Permit Only): Coronation Park (Skate Park), Lions Park, Veness Park, Anzac Park, King Edward Park, King George Oval and Park, Wilson Park, Quinton Park and O’Shea Park.
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