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Ron Harborne Oval continuing to bat above the average with installation of field lights to provide greater flexibility of use

Moree Plains Shire Council will commence work at Ron Harborne Oval Cricket Field number four on Monday, 15 July 2019 to prepare for installation of new LED field lights as part of the fully grant funded lighting upgrade project at the Oval.

Moree Plains Shire Council was awarded funding for the project through the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund to deliver local infrastructure projects that improve the quality of life for regional communities.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Project and Development Manager, Ms Lila Fisher noted that Ron Harborne Oval is a premier multi-code, four-oval sporting facility, home to junior and senior competitions for cricket, netball, hockey and soccer servicing the Moree Plains.

“The new LED lighting and electrical upgrade project to Australia Standards will provide for greater and safer night time use of the facilities,” said Ms Fisher.

“This is a great outcome for the sporting clubs which use Ron Harborne Oval and Moree generally. Not many towns of our size could lay claim to such an impressive and professional facility.”

The Ron Harborne Oval cricket field is scheduled to reopen for public access and use of the field at the end of August 2019, weather permitting.

Please direct all enquiries to the Moree Plains Shire Council Engineering Department on (02) 6752 3222.

Helping Out with Council Donations

At tonight’s Council meeting, Councillors considered the applications for financial assistance made by community groups for the July to September 2019 financial quarter.

The following applications were approved:

Moree Aboriginal Elders Incorporated;  Aboriginal Elders Olympics $1,000
Mungindi Show Society; Mungindi Show $2,000
Moree Motor Enthusiast Club; Moree Motor Trade Expo “Show and Shine” $2,000
Moree and District Netball Association; To purchase custom printed post pads $2,000
St Philomena’s Parents and Friends Association; To purchase and raise a new banner in preparation for the Spring Fair $1,000

The next round of funding will be open next month.

Applicants must complete and submit a Public Donations Application Form no later than 5pm, 13 September 2019 for Public Donations for the period from October to December 2019. In accordance with Council’s Public Donations Policy, applications received after the deadline will not be considered until Council’s first meeting in the next calendar quarter.

Applications will be presented to the Council at its meeting on 10 October 2019. Copies of the application form are available at the Moree Community Library and Council offices at Moree and Mungindi, by phoning Council’s Grants Officer on (02) 6757 3218 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Celebrating NAIDOC Week

NAIDOC Week celebrations will be held across the Moree Plains Shire from 7 - 22 July 2019 to celebrate the history, culture, achievements and valuable contribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Moree Plains Shire Council proudly supports NAIDOC Week activities with an annual contribution of $4000 for events held in Moree, Boggabilla and Mungindi.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Director of Corporate Services, Mr Mitchell Johnson said Council was committed to the development of its second Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) over the coming year and proactively promoting reconciliation through community involvement and education during NAIDOC week.

“As an organisation, Moree Plains Shire Council is committed to contributing to the ongoing implementation of our Reconciliation Action Plan through a committed focus on relationships, respect and recognition.”

NAIDOC is celebrated not only in Indigenous communities, but by Australians from all walks of life. The week is a great opportunity to participate in a range of activities and to support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

“Council wishes to extend their congratulations to everyone involved in hosting, contributing and participating in NAIDOC Week Celebrations in 2019,” Mr Johnson said.

For more information and the full summary of events please visit the Moree Plains Shire Council Facebook page at or by calling Customer Services on (02) 6757 3222.

Have your Say – My Community Project voting opening soon

Moree Plains Shire Council is encouraging all community members to “Have Your Say” and register for their My Service NSW account in preparation for the voting period for the My Community Project grants program opening Monday, 15 July 2019.

Moree Plains Shire Council’s Acting Manager of Economic Development and Grants, Mrs Susannah Pearse said Council and a number of other community groups have made submissions to the program and success is dependent on a community vote.

“The NSW Government’s My Community Project grants program was released for the first time in 2019. The Moree Plains Shire has been fortunate that a number of community groups have actively collaborated with Council to make submissions under the fund. The final list of eligible projects will be released when voting opens 15 July.

“The projects for our shire are competing against all submissions for the Northern Tablelands electorate so it’s really important that the community gets on board to vote for their preferred projects,” said Mrs Pearse.

The projects submitted by Council include:

• Boggabilla Sports Ground Amenities valued at $186,264
• Boomi Community Projects valued at $58,515
• Moree Memorial Hall Retractable Seating valued at $199,714
• Mungindi Tennis Court Revitalisation valued at $99,872
• Pallamallawa “Nanna Brazel” Park Inclusive Upgrades including children’s bike track and static exercise equipment valued at $48,000
• Weemelah Public Toilets Inclusive Upgrades valued at $50,715.

Stay tuned for the NSW Government’s announcement of the complete list of projects from the Moree Plains Shire, set to be announced Monday, 15 July 2019.

Community members wanting to support and vote for their favourite projects within the Northern Tablelands electorate need to ensure they have registered for a “My Service NSW” account.

To find out if you already have a My Service NSW Account, or to create one, visit or call 13 77 88. Alternatively, you can contact Council’s Grants Officer by phoning (02) 6757 3222 for further information.

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