Australia Day 2020

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Consider safety around backyard swimming pools

For many of us, the summer holiday period heralds a time of running in sprinklers, visiting the local pool, trips over to the coast for a beachside escape or if you’re lucky, plenty of fun in the backyard pool.

These days, the iconic backyard pool takes many shapes and forms with portable swimming pools and inflatables more accessible and popular than ever.

While fun for small children, it is important to be aware that these types of bodies of water need to be used safely. Drowning remains the leading cause of accidental death in young children in NSW and is one of the biggest killers of children under the age of five.  With over 300,000 backyard swimming pools in NSW and upwards of 500 swimming pools in the Shire, swimming pool safety is an issue that affects the whole community.

The NSW Government has put in place the Swimming Pools Act 1992 requiring that all swimming pools have an appropriate child resistant barrier that restricts access between the residence and the swimming pool.

Any pool that is capable of being filled with water to a depth of 300mm or more is subject to pool fencing laws. It is also important to note that pools that have capacity to hold 2,000L or more require a Development Application to be lodged with Council.

Some useful information is available on the NSW Government’s Fair Trading website https://www.fairtrading.nsw.gov.au/housing-and-property/building-and-renovating/pools-and-pool-safety/portable-swimming-pools

The NSW Government requires councils across the State to ensure compliance with this legislation to the ensure the safety of all our community members, including our youngest residents and penalties are applicable.

Further information on backyard swimming pool compliance can be found at: www.swimmingpoolregister.nsw.gov.au.

Further information on why children are at risk of drowning and ways to prevent this can be found at https://kidsafe.com.au/water-safety.

Otherwise come and speak with one of our trained swimming pool inspectors.  

Australia Day Long Weekend Events and Services

This Sunday, join us at Jellicoe Park from 8.00am for the Moree Plains’ Australia Day celebrations.

As well as the announcement of the Moree Plains’ Australia Day Awards and a Citizenship Ceremony, we welcome our Australia Day ambassador, Clyde Campbell, and look forward to hearing from him.Proudly sponsored by Council and brought to you by the Lions Club, this event brings together the Moree Plains’ community to celebrate our local Australia Day Award recipients, welcome new Australian Citizens and catch up over a free breakfast BBQ.

As well as the announcement of the Moree Plains’ Australia Day Awards and a Citizenship Ceremony, we welcome our Australia Day ambassador, Clyde Campbell, and look forward to hearing from him.

Mr Campbell is the founder of Shake It Up Australia; a Foundation established after the father of three and business owner was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2009 at the age of 44. Shake It Up has partnered with the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research to fund the world’s best research in Australia targeted at finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.

As Australia Day is a national public holiday, Council would also like to advise all residents of the following changes to services and facilities over the long weekend beginning Saturday 25 January 2020 to Monday 27 January 2020.   Unless otherwise set out below, Council’s services and facilities (including our Customer Service Centre in Moree) will operate as usual over this period.

You can continue to contact Council 24 hours a day on (02) 6757 3222 for our after hours telephone service, including on public holidays.

WASTE SERVICES

Kerbside Garbage, Recycling and Organics Collection

Residents are advised that kerbside garbage and recycling collection will operate as normal for the Australia Day Public Holiday on Monday 27 January 2020.

Landfill (Biniguy, Boggabilla, Boomi, Garah, Mungindi, Terry Hie Hie and Moree Waste Management Facility)

The Shire’s landfill facilities will operate as detailed below:

Date Moree Landfill Opening Hours Villages Landfill Opening Hours
 

Sunday 26 January 2020

Australia Day
 

Open

7.15am – 4.15pm
 

Mungindi - 9am - 11am
Terry Hie Hie - CLOSED
Boggabilla - CLOSED
Gurley - CLOSED
Pallamallawa – 1pm – 4pm
Biniguy – 10am – 12pm
Garah – 10am – 12pm

Boomi - 1pm – 4pm
 

Monday 27 January 2020

Australia Day Public Holiday
 

Open

9.00am – 1.00pm

Mungindi - Closed

All other village landfills are closed on Monday, as usual.

 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Gwydir Day Care and Preschool

Gwydir Day Care and Preschool will be closed on Monday 27 January 2020.

Bank Art Museum Moree

The Bank Art Museum Moree will be closed on Monday 27 January 2020.

Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre

The Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre will operate as usual over the weekend and from 7.00am – 7.00pm on Monday 27 January 2020.

Tourism Moree

Tourism Moree will operate as usual.

Moree Regional Airport

Moree Regional Airport will operate as usual.

Library Services

The Moree Community Library and Library services in Mungindi will be closed on Saturday 25 January 2020 and reopen on Tuesday 28 January 2020.

Water Filling Station, Moree Depot, Tycannah Street

Council’s Depot, including the Water Filling Station, will be closed on Saturday 25 January 2020 and reopen on Tuesday 28 January 2020.

Ranger Services

Please contact our after hours service on (02) 6757 3222 to access Ranger Services or the Moree Pound on Sunday 26 January 2020 and Monday 27 January 2020.

 

 

Level Five Water Restrictions - Mungindi

Commencing Wednesday 8 January 2020

Since November, Level Four water restrictions have been in place for Mungindi.

Despite concerted efforts by the Mungindi community to reduce water consumption and water infrastructure upgrades being completed in December 2019, the continuing dry conditions have prompted Moree Plains Shire Council to increase water restrictions to Level Five in Mungindi, effective from Wednesday 8 January 2020. 

Read more: Level Five Water Restrictions - Mungindi

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