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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 https://www.facebook.com/MoreePlainsShireCouncil/ 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 https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/ or call 13 77 88. Alternatively, you can contact Council’s Grants Officer by phoning (02) 6757 3222 for further information.

Enjoy an evening with guest Authors and Illustrators

The Moree Community Library is holding its first major author event, Books in the Bush which celebrates the wonderful world of books over two days with special guest authors and illustrators from the local area.

Enjoy an unmissable evening with five authors, illustrators and publishers, with dinner, to be held at Any Occasion, The Max Centre on Friday 26 July 2019 from 6.30pm followed by a morning of writing and illustrating workshops for all ages, presented by our visiting experts at the Moree Community Library on Saturday 27 July.

Join the panel for this unique and personal ‘in conversation’ event on Friday evening. Tickets cost $50 per person which includes a 2-course meal and can be purchased from Moree Community Library. If you want to bring along a group of friends, tables of 10 can also be booked.
Come along to the free workshops on Saturday at the Library to learn how to write and illustrate stories, get tips on your partial or complete writing projects, and discover the art of nature writing. There is something for everyone.

Please call the Moree Community Library (02) 6757 3374 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book in for one of the many free workshops.

Inland Rail steel rail and sleepers on route to Moree Plains Shire Council

The Narrabri to North Star (N2NS) section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail is an upgrade to approximately 188km of track within the existing rail corridor and construction of approximately 1.6km of new rail corridor. The project crosses into three local government areas, including the Moree Plains.

Construction of this section is getting closer, with regular delivery of by rail of steel rail and concrete sleepers underway in the Moree to North Star section. Deliveries commenced in mid-June and will continue into mid-2020.

The Moree to North Star rail corridor has not seen trains operate consistently for a significant period of time. Commencement of these pre-construction works means trains are using the line once more, with trains running on the track during the day and night.

As the deliveries continue, landholders, motorists and communities around Edgeroi, Bellata, Gurley, Moree, Crooble, Milguy, Croppa Creek and North Star need to be extra vigilant around level crossings. Due to the limited use of this line, many community members may be accustomed to crossing level crossings (or otherwise crossing the rail line) without looking or stopping for trains.

“Road users are urged to take extra care at level crossings along the Narrabri to North Star section of Inland Rail over the coming months with increased train movements for the delivery of construction materials,” said Inland Rail Narrabri to North Star Project Director Duncan Mitchell.

“Commencing 17 June, rail and sleepers are being delivered to sites along the alignment, and the transport of the materials will continue into 2020.

“This is in preparation for the construction phase of work between Narrabri and North Star, which is expected to start next year once all project approvals are in place. This material will be used to re-build existing track, complete level crossings, and build a new section of rail line at Camurra,”explained Mr Mitchell.

Mayor Katrina Humphries said the whole project, when completed, would be a “game changer” for the safe and efficient transportation of commodities from the Moree Plains and the wider catchment region to major ports and ease the freight burden on our road network.

“I am just thrilled to hear that construction materials are making their way into our Shire in anticipation for commencement of construction once all the necessary approvals are in place.

“As a community, we need to be mindful that the rail line will be in use and ensure we adjust our behaviours accordingly,” Mayor Humphries said.

 

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