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  • Early Start for Garbo’s on Christmas Day

    Santa Claus won’t be the only one at work early on Christmas Day – garbage collectors will start their work earlier than usual too.

    Residents in Moree may hear rattles and bangs in the street from 4am on Christmas Day when “garbos” begin emptying wheelie bins.

    The earlier start will allow garbage collectors working for Cleanaway (contracted to provide waste collection services for Moree Plains Shire Council) to finish their

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  • Procurement Request

    Tender Listing: RFT17/11 - Design and Construction of Water Mains and Water Connections
    Closing Time and Date: 1 December 2017
    File Number: FILE17/777

       Name of Tenderer/Company
    1.  Civil Contracting
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  • Double Demerits in Force again this Christmas Hoilday Period

    Double demerit points will be in force for 11 days over the Christmas and New Year period to improve road safety during the holiday season.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer, Renee McMillan, said that double demerit points would run from Thursday, 21 December 2017 to Sunday, 3 January 2016 for all speeding, seatbelt and helmet offences as per previous years but this year the NSW Government have

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  • Council's Operating Hours during the Festive Break

    Reporting a problem or emergency - Call (02) 6757 3222 anytime for the after-hours service.
    Information During Rain or Critical Events

    Updates will be posted on Council’s website and Facebook

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  • A Step Closer Towards Civic Redevelopment

    Moree Town Memorial HallMoree Plains Shire Council is a step closer towards the redevelopment of the Moree Civic Precinct with the announcement that its Expression of Interest application under the Regional Cultural Fund has progressed to the next stage of the NSW State Government’s Regional Growth

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  • Fireworks Show at 'Christmas at Twilight' Evening

    Annually, Moree Plains Shire Council has seen in the New Year with a blaze of fireworks on Ron Harborne Oval, but each year, spectator numbers have declined; whereas the crowds at last year’s inaugural Christmas at Twilight event exceeded 3000.

    Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby explained that during budget deliberations only one display of fireworks were funded for the 2017

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  • Moree Internet Project connects Agribusiness

    The Moree Internet project is a key project under the Federal “Smart Communities” initiative. Focusing specifically on Agribusiness, the project seeks to connect producers, transport firms, service firms and support industries together in a fully integrated and seamless way.

    With Moree poised to become an integral intermodal hub on the Inland Rail network, modern high speed communications will be a key element behind the Moree

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  • Generating sales Opportunities For Local Suppliers

    Moree Plains Shire Council is continuing to introduce eProcurement processes, designed to boost the local economy and drive business to local suppliers.

    Council’s Finance Officer Karolyn Andrews explained the eProcurement system is an opportunity for small business owners to have their goods and services seen by a new audience.

    “The best thing about eProcurement is suppliers get better access to opportunities with

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  • Inland Rail: Narrabri to North Star $13 Million Contract Awarded

    The Hon Darren Chester MP Minister for Infrastructure and Transport recently announced almost $30 million in design contracts for Inland Rail, including a $13 million contract awarded for feasibility and detailed design for the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail project.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries explained that “the contracts will see detailed information in terms

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  • Coles Trolley Management App

    Coles takes its trolley management responsibilities very seriously and invests significant time and effort into ensuring our shopping trolleys are kept off the streets and in our stores for customers to use.

    We are pleased to advise that we have been working on a new method of reporting abandoned Coles shopping trolleys and that the new solution is now live and ready to be used.

    What's changing?

    The current app, 'Trolley

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  • Show Your Appreciation For A Volunteer

    Moree Plains Shire Council and Moree Lion’s Club are looking to showcase locals who have made a significant voluntary contribution to the Moree Plains community at the 2018 Australia Day awards.

    President of the Moree Lion’s Club Barrie Brooks hopes to receive a number of submissions for the awards now that nominations are open.

    “There will be one Citizen of the Year Award and one Young Citizen of the Year Award to recognise

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  • Council commences legal action in relation to MAAC

    Moree Plains Shire Council has commenced legal proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court against the builder of the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, Swimplex Aquatics. Please see the below media release for further information.

    No further comment will be provided by Council regarding this matter at this time.

     

  • Council commences legal action in relation to MAAC

    Moree Plains Shire Council has commenced legal proceedings in the NSW Supreme Court against the builder of the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre, Swimplex Aquatics. Please see the below media release for further information.

    No further comment will be provided by Council regarding this matter at this time.

     

    Council commences legal action in relation to MAAC

    Moree Plains Shire Council

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  • Inland Rail EIS On Display For Moree Plains Community

    The next stage of the transformational Inland Rail project between Brisbane and Melbourne is underway with the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Narrabri to North Star section released for public display and comment.

    Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Katrina Humphries said the high-capacity freight rail line between Melbourne and Brisbane would benefit the State through improved reliability for freight

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  • Community Vandalism Tackled on Graffiti Day

    Almost twenty volunteers spent last Sunday morning removing graffiti from Doctor Geoffrey Hunter Bridge, the Tourist Information Centre, Bypass and Railway bridge walkway and the walls near Moree’s skate park.

    Graffiti Day 2017Council’s Environment and Compliance Manager, Dane Graham was impressed

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  • Ron Harborne's Cricket Ground - Batting Above the Average

    In September, works were undertaken at Ron Harborne Oval for the construction of a traditional white picket fence for the turf wicket cricket oval ahead of this year’s summer season. Last weekend, this great new ground hosted its maiden innings with the Vic Vikings taking on the Stallions.

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    Australia Day Awards

    Show your appreciation for an individual or group who has made a significant voluntary contribution to the Moree Plains community by acknowledging their efforts with a nomination to the Moree Plains Lion’s Australia Day Awards.

    CATEGORIES:

    • Citizen of the Year
    • Young Citizen of the Year
    • Community Event/Group of the Year
    • Sports Person of the Year
    • Volunteer of the Year
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  • Pedestrian Safety Works

    Council wishes to advise that in the coming weeks, subject to staff availability and weather conditions, that we will be removing one (1) of the two (2) Benjamina Ficus trees at the corner of Auburn and Albert Streets, Moree.

    These works are being carried out in the interest of pedestrian safety.

    If you have any queries regarding this matter, please contact Council’s Project and Development Manager, Lila Fisher on (02) 6757

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  • Critical Step Forward for Moree Plains’ Inland Rail Intermodal

    Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries, in conjunction with Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton, is delighted to announce that Council has been successful in securing grant funding to undertake a comprehensive transport study for the Moree Plains Shire.

    The total project value is $425,000; comprising some funding and in-kind contributions by Council, with the lion’s share being made available

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  • Emergency Exercises Staged At Moree Regional Airport

    Earlier this month, the Moree Regional Airport (MRA) ran a mock emergency exercise to evaluate interagency response at the airport to a simulated aircraft crash, fire and injured passengers.

    MRA Manager Fiona McClymont explained the aim of these exercises is to give the emergency procedures a work-out, testing roles and responsibilities, and making sure the airport and agencies are well-equipped to work

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  • Operation Fortia - Cover Your Load

    Moree Plains Shire Council and the Barwon Highway Patrol - Traffic and Highway Patrol Command are working together on “Operation Fortia” to target load restraint issues for both light and heavy vehicles and related trailers, focusing, in particular, on unsecured and uncovered waste loads.

    “Operation Fortia” is in operation now until 31 December 2017.

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  • Weekend Warriors Clean Up Graffiti

    Join the fight against graffiti and become a Graffiti Warrior to make a real difference to the appearance of our local community – It’s time to Love Where We Live by taking part in Graffiti Removal Day targeting Doctor Geoffrey Hunter Bridge, the Tourist Information Centre, Bypass walkway and the walls near Moree’s skate park.

    Along with the Graffiti Warriors, Moree Plains Shire Council will join forces with the NSW Government, Rotary

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  • Ratepayers Foot the Bill for Clean Up

    Ratepayers will be left to pick up the bill after unscrupulous people dumped rubbish between Manildra Grain and the Halls Creek crossing last Thursday (5 October 2017).

    Illegal dumping in Moree PlainsMoree Plains Shire Council’s Environment and Compliance Manager Dane Graham explained Moree Plains Shire

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  • Skilled Migration Vital For Moree Engineering Business

    The 6th Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI) skilled migration case study video has just gone online and it is important viewing, according to RDANI Chair Russell Stewart.

    “This case study shows how critical skilled migration has been for the growth of DD’s Engineering & Fabrication in Moree. It also shows why some skilled migrants settle in and contribute to our communities long-term,” he

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  • Business Registrations Now Open For ‘Free Cuppa’ 2018

    Organisers of the award-winning ‘Free Cuppa for the Driver’ scheme are now inviting local businesses to register for phase eight of the successful driver fatigue awareness campaign which will operate from 1 March to 31 May 2018.

    Business Registrations Now Open For ‘Free Cuppa’ 2018The scheme encourages

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  • Works Update Moree Community Library closed until Monday 9 October 2017

    Earlier this week, Council advised that the Moree Community Library would be completely closed for the duration of this week as a result of construction works.

    Given the nature of the works still to be undertaken and having regard to the comfort of library patrons, Council has decided that the Moree Community Library will remain closed next week, reopening on Monday 9 October 2017.

    The works

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  • Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Preferred Toowoomba Route

    On Thursday last week, Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Darren Chester MP, announced the preferred route for the Inland Rail from Yelarbon to Gowrie.

    Between December 2016 and April 2017, 4 alignment options between Yelarbon and Gowrie underwent a like-for-like review to determine which option to take to the detailed design, planning and approvals phase.

    The Federal Government’s

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  • Works update on the new chapter for Moree Community Library
    Library closed until Tuesday 3 October 2017

    Due to construction works being undertaken, the Moree Community Library will be completely closed until Tuesday 3 October 2017. A further status update will be provided later this week.

    The works are funded by the NSW State Library on behalf of the NSW Government as part of the Public Library Infrastructure Grant program which will allocate $15 million over four

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  • Maintaining Moree Plains Shire’s Restricted Access Vehicle levels No impact to Moree Plains’ participation in Grain Harvest Management Scheme 2017

    Across the Moree Plains Shire, Council has approved restricted vehicle access (RAV) on a number of local roads under its control. The current RAV access levels have resulted in fewer trucks on our Shire roads whilst improving road transport productivity for our agricultural industry.

    The Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) RAV

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  • Australian Citizenship Day Celebrated With Ceremony For Six

    As part of the anniversary of the renaming of the Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 to the Australian Citizenship Act 1948, six people were sworn in as Aussies at Moree Plains Shire Council on Thursday 14 September 2017.

    Hosting a citizenship ceremony is one of the key highlights for Cr Katrina Humphries in her role as Mayor and she welcomed the new Australian’s who hail from India, South Africa, United Kingdom

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  • New Chapter for Moree Community Library - Ground Floor Closed for Grant Funded Works - Commencing Wednesday 13 September 2017

    Works will commence next week on the ground floor of the Moree Community Library from Wednesday 13 September 2017. It is anticipated that library services will be affected until Saturday 7 October 2017, unless delays are encountered obtaining materials for the works.

    The works are funded by the NSW State Library on behalf of the NSW Government

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  • Funding Opportunity for Local Projects

    Moree Plains Shire Council will put forward five applications under the Stronger Country Communities Fund in order to win a share of $822,000 for local projects that improves the liveability of Moree Plains.

    The NSW State Government has released the funding under its Regional Growth Fund which invests in projects that facilitate regional development to enable essential infrastructure, support of arts and culture, enhance and build

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  • Potential New Lease of Life for our Grand Old Dame

    As part of the NSW State Government’s Regional Growth Fund, Moree Plains Shire Council has submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) application under the Regional Cultural Fund for funding of Stage One of the Moree Civic Precinct Redevelopment project.

    The $100 million Regional Cultural Fund supports local communities to create bold and exciting arts infrastructure reflecting the rich diversity of regional areas, with up

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  • No Secret Reports - Moree Floodplain Study

    Documents from the consultants who prepared the Floodplain Risk Management Study are circulating in the community with concerns being expressed by some property owners that information has been withheld from the public.

    Council’s Director of Planning and Development, Angus Witherby, stressed that no policy decisions have been made at this time, and the reports, which are freely available, are advice to the Council. “Council now

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  • Mock-Up at Intersection of Heber and Frome Street

    At some point every day we are all a pedestrian within the road environment. Whether it is walking for leisure, commuting to work or gaining access to the local shops, it is a simple and enjoyable activity.

    Pedestrians unlike vehicle occupants, have little or no protection to shield them from the force of a crash; therefore, pedestrian related crashes often result in more severe outcomes.

    To support safe walking

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  • Inland Rail project team updates Council on progress

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) Inland Rail project team recently provided the Moree Plains Shire Council with a progress update on the Inland Rail project, which will link Brisbane and Melbourne via Toowoomba, Moree, Parkes and Albury.

    Deputy Mayor Cr Stephen Richie was pleased with the presentation saying “Moree Plains Shire Council is committed to help drive the Inland Rail, a nation building

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  • Get Involved in Shaping Council's Flood Policy for Moree and Surrounds

    Following the floods of 2011 and 2012, Council engaged consultants to undertake a ‘Moree and Environs Flood Study/Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan’.
    The process for development and implementation of the Plan is as follows:

    Flood Managment Plan...

  • Sun Protection for Tulloona Pony Club

    Tulloona Pony ClubMoree Plains Shire Council is supporting the Tulloona Pony Club with $1240 through Council’s Public Donations financial assistance program to help the Club purchase portable shade tents to be used at pony camps and Jamborees.

    Tulloona Pony Club Secretary/Treasurer Teresa Munro said

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  • Staff Pull Toddlers From Burning Car

    Steve Moloney Ashley Jarrett BoggabillaThe quick actions of Moree Plains Shire Council’s staff has saved the lives of two siblings caught inside a burning car.

    Last week, Steve Moloney and Ashley Jarrett were on litter patrol along Racecourse Road, Boggabilla when they

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  • Smoking Ceremony Heralds in Cooee Park Opening

    Janelle Boyd, residents and students unveil the community-led mosaic centre piece at today’s Cooee Park opening.Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries handed over Cooee Park to the residents of South Moree today amidst the curl of the smoke from a traditional Indigenous smoking ceremony.

    “Today we

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  • New Date For Cooee Park Opening

    Out of respect for Sorry Business and community bereavement, Council is postponing the opening ceremony for Cooee Park to the following Wednesday 16 August, from 2pm – 4pm at Cooee Park (between Jones Ave and Cooee St).

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Community Development Officer Dominic Wilcox explained the opening for Cooee Park would be rescheduled.

    “On behalf of Moree Plains Shire Council we would like to express our condolences to

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  • Freight Trains Crossing on Tycannah Street

    Railway Stop Tycannah Street“Watch out! Watch out! There are trains about!”

    Moree Plains Shire Council is reminding drivers that freight trains are crossing the upgraded Tycannah Street level crossing as they use the Moree-Inverell rail line to Broadbent Grain to haul freight.
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  • Moree to Benefit with New Academy

    Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that funding of $2.1 million under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy will support the Moree Sports, Health, Arts and Education Academy to be located in Moree.

    Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries was thrilled to receive news of the funding for the Academy. She said “it will provide a safe, after school learning space for young people, that will help improve social and

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  • New Lights Shine Bright at the South Moree Sports Ground 

    Moree Plains Shire Council is in the process of finalising Stage One of the South Moree Sports Project with a successful testing last week with state of the art light-emitting diode (LED) sports field lights.

    The LED sport field lights are capable of providing competition-standard lighting with the bonus of reduced running costs that will further enhance the use of the complex and allow extended use of the

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  • EIS Released For Parkes-Narromine Section of Inland Rail

    Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement that next stage of the transformational Inland Rail project between Brisbane and Melbourne is underway with the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Parkes to Narromine section released to the public.

    The EIS provides an assessment of the environmental and socio-economic impacts the track upgrades are expected to have during

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  • Grant to Upgrade Boggabilla Sports and Community Facilities

    Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that funding of $236,000 under the Remote Australian Strategies Program will support the Boggabilla Sport and Community Facilities project.

    Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries was thrilled to receive news of the funding which will be used to improve the facilities at the Boggabilla Sports Ground.

    “The improvements to the Ground’s

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  • New Entry to Moree Regional Airport

    After months of construction work at the Moree Gateway, the public now have access to the Moree Regional Airport via a new street, Airport Drive, which is accessed from the roundabout on Blueberry Road, off the Newell Highway, south of Moree.

    The Moree Regional Airport car parking area was upgraded as part of the Moree Gateway project and the final improvements are being staged to allow direct public access from the car parking area to

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  • Report Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime to Police

     

    Moree Plains Shire Council and NSW Police Force are urging residents to report all crime including anti-social behaviour in Moree Plains directly to the Barwon Local Area Command or through to the NSW Community Portal so incidents are documented and appropriate resources can be allocated to prevent future crime.

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  • Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL)

    The NSW Government will defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) and will move immediately to reintroduce the insurance-based Emergency Services Levy.

    Questions and Answers

    What’s happening with the FESL?

    The introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be deferred. The existing Emergency Services Levy will remain on insurance policies.

    What does this mean

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  • Fresh New Format For Youth Council

    The Moree Youth Council is relaunching, with a new focus on civic engagement and jobs skills for young people.

    Youth CouncilMoree Plains Shire Council’s Assistant Community Projects Officer, Jacqui Moore is a long-term co-ordinator of the Youth Council and is very excited about its new-look and refocused identity.

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    MOREE PLAINS SHIRE COUNCIL

    Local Government Act 1993 (Section 713 - 726)

    NOTICE is hereby given that, to the person named hereunder that, as per section 715(1), of the Local Government Act the Moree Plains Shire Council has resolved in pursuance of section 713 of the Local Government Act 1993, to sell the land described hereunder of which the persons named appear to be the owners or in which case they appear to have interest and on which the amount of rates stated in each

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  • Six of Moree Plains Best Recognised at Training Awards

     

    Moree Plains Shire Council advocates internal training and succession planning and nominated four staff for the NSW Training Awards conducted by the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET). The Awards recognise outstanding achievement in the vocational education and training sector and honour and reward the achievements

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  • Federal Minsiter Impressed By Freight Initiatives

    Australian Rural Roads Group (ARRG) representatives met with Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon. Darren Chester, last week to discuss the importance of freight routes in rural and regional areas.

    “With on farm storage and just in time contracts, all year round transport is a vital part of keeping our rural and regional economies going,” said Cr Price.

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  • The Road Ahead For Moree Plains Shire

    It was a big night at last Thursday’s Council meeting, with Councillors endorsing a number of important strategic plans for the future of the Shire.

    Under NSW Government legislation, following their election, every council is required to revisit the 10 Year Plan for its community’s future. Since their election last September, Councillors have endorsed a Community Engagement Strategy and over the course of the last few months,

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  • Moree Plains 2027 – Your Shire. The Plan. Our Future

    At Council’s meeting of 22 June 2017, Council endorsed the following documents:

    Our Operational Plan and Budget 2017-2018

    Our

    Securing Moree's Future by Helping to Preserve the Past

    THE preservation of Moree’s historic buildings has received a boost today, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announcing the NSW Government would provide funding to help local building owners make informed decisions when modifying, maintaining or renovating their property.

    Mr Marshall said the $26,500 grant would jointly fund Moree Plains Shire Council’s heritage advisory service and provide financial

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  • Fire and Emergency Services Levy to Be Reviewed to Ensure Fairness

    The NSW Government will defer the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) to ensure small to medium businesses do not face an unreasonable burden in their contribution to the State’s fire and emergency services, Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Treasurer Dominic Perrottet announced today.

    Ms Berejiklian said that in the majority of cases across NSW, fully insured people would be better off

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  • You Can Make The Difference

    Last week, representatives from Moree Plains Shire Council, RMS, ARTC and Moree Police met with other government agencies and residents around Sullivan Place to discuss the incidences of rock throwing, vandalism and illegal crossings of the rail and bypass corridor; in the first of a number of ‘community in the park’ meetings that will be held around Moree.

    The informal setting of the park provided residents with the opportunity to express their

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  • Our Continuing Journey: Community Healing

    Local Gamilaroi people are working closely with Moree Plains Shire Council to develop a memorial to acknowledge the Waterloo Creek Massacre.

    This is a positive step in our journey towards community healing and reconciliation, and builds on the significance of Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor, Cr Katrina Humphries and Director Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby

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  • UN Youth Ambassador Visits Moree Plains

    Young people in Moree Plains will have the opportunity to have their concerns heard on a global stage, with the upcoming visit from Australia’s UN Ambassador for Youth, Paige Burton.

    Paige will be meeting with students from Moree and Boggabilla/Toomelah schools on Monday 29 May 2017 as part of a nationwide consultation trail being undertaken by Ms Burton, before she delivers a report to the United Nations in New York.

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  • Changes at the Pallamallawa Cemetery

    Moree Plains Shire Council would like to advise the Pally community that a concrete beam has now been installed at Pallamallawa Cemetery.

    Therefore, any burials that are requested for this section will now need to comply with Council’s ‘Lawn Cemetery Plaque and Ornaments Policy, Procedures and Guidelines’ and

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  • With Boundless Plains to Share…Citizenship Ceremony

    Hosting a citizenship ceremony is one of the key highlights for Cr Katrina Humphries in her role as Mayor and today she swore in 13 new Aussies at a naturalisation ceremony at Moree Plains Shire Council on Thursday 11 May 2017.

    The new Australian’s hail from New Zealand, Thailand, Germany, Fiji and South Africa, and reinforces Moree Plains as a multicultural community that welcomes immigrants and refugees.

    “I love

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  • Aboriginal Artwork Flies in Moree for Reconciliation Week

    Moree Plains Shire Council is celebrating Reconciliation Week by flying a contemporary Aboriginal artwork by local artist David “Crocket” Craigie.

    Crocket Craigie art workThe original artwork titled My Country tells the story of the artist’s connection to the Moree Plains and

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  • $8.4 BILLION BOOST FOR INLAND RAIL FUNDING

    Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Federal Government's $8.4 billion dollar commitment towards the continued development of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project.

    The Inland Rail will provide a corridor of opportunity between Brisbane and Melbourne via Toowoomba, Moree, Parkes and Albury, linking Australia's state capitals in the north, south, east and west. In addition, the project will improve productivity of the

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  • Parking Enforcement to Commence Around Schools

    Moree Plains Shire Council are advising local residents that Council Officers will be patrolling and enforcing school zones to ensure the safety of local children.

    Moree Plains Shire Council's Director Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby said the parking patrols are part of Council's School Safety Program which enforces parking regulations such as 'no stopping' zones, double parking, 'no parking' zones, bus

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  • Maio Amarealo – Speeding Kills on Roads

    National Road Safety Week “Maio Amaraelo” (Yellow Ribbon May) held from 8 –14 May will focus on speeding as a major contributor to death and injury.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer Renee McMillan explained that speeding is one of the leading causes of road crashes and is a major contributor to road deaths and serious injuries; and we all have a shared responsibility to improve road safety outcomes.

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  • Redraw of Tait Auto Boat Package

    Over the past few months, Tait Auto Group has been running a competition for those who purchased new or pre-owned vehicles in February, March and April to win a $5,000 boat package.

    During this time, Council has purchased a number of vehicles from Tait Auto and, as a result, was inadvertently included in the competition. On Wednesday, Council was announced as the winner of this competition.

    Under its procurement policies and in

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  • Water Leak Detection Saves Thousands

    A water leak detection program throughout Moree Plains has led to estimated water savings of 106 mega- litres per year – a win for the environment!

    Moree Plains Shire Council engaged the services of Detection Services Pty Ltd to perform leak detection on water infrastructure across Moree and surrounding villages by testing water meters, hydrants, valves and associated fittings to assess the amount of water leaking in the water

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  • Moree Mobile Neighbourhood Watch

    Mayor Katrina Humphries would like to inform the community that a second meeting of the Moree Men’s Group was held last night to discuss options that can be implemented in Moree to assist local Police and state agencies in dealing with local crime and anti-social behaviour.

    The key sentiment shared by all attendees was that “the community must be vigilant but we don’t need anyone who wants to be a vigilante”.

    This group is about the

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  • Works to Start on Inland Rail Future-Proofing

    Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement that two new railway bridges will be constructed in regional NSW, to meet the load specifications required to support delivery of the Inland Rail project when construction on the nation building project begins.

    “This announcement is further evidence that we are making progress in the construction of Inland Rail,” said Mayor, Cr Katrina

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  • Our History: Moree’s Part in Broadcasting the Walk on the Moon

    Next year marks 50 years since the opening of the Moree OTC facility, Australia’s second earth-station, which paved the way for tele-communications across the Pacific to Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, throughout Asia, Canada and the United States of America.

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  • Roaming Dogs – We Need to Work on This Together

    In the last nine months, residents have report 90 dog attacks to Moree Plains Shire Council.

    Director of Planning and Community Services Angus Witherby said take a drive or go for a walk, day or night, and you will come across the Moree Plains’ increasing population of roaming dogs, whether they are strays or left free to wander by their owners.

    “Parents have expressed concerns about their kids being able to walk or

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  • Winning Artwork to Feature on Waste Truck

    Ludeny Wiid from Moree Christian School and Mackenzie Barben from Moree Public School have created the winning art works for the Moree Plains Shire Council and Cleanaway’s the mechanics of organics, superheros of compost waste truck art competition.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Water and Waste Manager, David Wolfenden explained the competition was a fantastic opportunity to work with schools and young people in the community to

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  • Code Club

    Code club starts back 3.30pm Wednesday 26 May.

    There are only a few spaces left in each group (children on the waiting list have been priortised).

    Book in now at the Moree Community Library (02) 6757 3374

    Code Club at Moree Community Library

     

     

  • Free Driving Lessons Available for Disadvantaged Youngsters

    NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today welcomed a decision of NSW Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) to provide 1,000 free places each year for youth from Aboriginal communities and disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the Safer Drivers Course.

    The Safer Drivers Course is a combined theoretical and practical course for learner drivers under 25 years of age who have completed 50 log book hours.

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  • Council Proactively Assessing the Sewer Conditions

    Moree Plains Shire Council is continuing with inspections, risk assessment and maintenance of the sewer manholes throughout Moree to assess the condition of these assets.

    The sewer assessments are being done as part of Council’s asset management strategy to better understand the overall condition of the sewerage mains. It allows Council, through the use of closed circuit television (CCTV), to identify issues and

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  • Career Head Start for High School Students

    Moree Plains Shire Council offers a number of fantastic career opportunities for youth (and beyond!) with school based traineeships and apprenticeships and welcomed three new recruits.

    Emily Cosgrove, Shauntahlee Wade and Willow Johnson-Priester attended their contract sign-up with representatives from Apprenticeship Support Australia, TAFE, Moree Secondary College and Council recently.

    The sign-up signifies the

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  • Moree-Sydney Air Service Route – Proposed Deregulation

    Deregulation of the Moree-Sydney Air Service is on the agenda for Transport for NSW (TfNSW).

    At its meeting of 23 February 2017, Moree Plains Shire Council resolved:

    17/02/21 RESOLVED (HUMPHRIES/PRICE):

    That Council endorses the Moree-Sydney Air Service route to remain a regulated air route and submit feedback to the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, confirming this

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  • Mobiles for a Meal

    Residents of Moree Plains Shire have donated the equivalent of 128 meals via the MobileMuster’s mobile for a meal campaign.

    For every mobile recycled in January and February, MobileMuster donated the value of a meal to OzHarvest, Australia's leading food rescue agency, to help 644,000 people who now receive food relief each month, of which, one third are children.

    Council’s Waste Officer Tahra Sayers explained the aim of MobileMuster is to keep

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  • Weave a Star and Start a Conversation

    Take a stand against violence with your community

    Big Sky Libraries is participating in the One Million Stars to End Violence project and is calling on schools, workplaces and community groups to help to weave stars for collection at the end of June to go towards a large scale public art installation during the Gold Coast 2018

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  • Council Funds Medical Student Visit 

    Moree Plains Shire Council supported the Bush Bursary/CWA Scholarship Scheme with $857 through Council’s Public Donations financial assistance program to help the NSW Rural Doctors Network provide a medical student with a two week placement in Moree.

    Twenty-six year old Joshua Richards came to Moree after completing his first year of a Doctor of Medicine Postgraduate Course through the Notre Dame University in Sydney.

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  • Moree – Inverell Rail Line Open For Business

    The three kilometre section of railway line from Moree-Inverell to Broadbent Grain and the Tycannah Street Level Crossing is open for business with first train is expected in March and more in April to accommodate the recent bumper harvest.

    For your safety, please be aware that the GIVEWAY signs at Tycannah Street level crossing have changed to STOP signs. This means you must STOP on approaching the level crossing and look to

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  • Moree Plains Businesses – It's Time to Get Together, and ‘Go Digital’

    It’s ‘Back to Business Week’, and Moree Plains Shire Council has partnered with Regional Development Australia Northern Inland (RDANI), local businesses and the Mungindi Progress Association to bring our local businesses three great free events.

    Moree-Sydney Air Service Regulation

    Following Council meeting and Town Hall Meeting concerning the Moree-Sydney Air Service route, Mayor Humphries was interviewed on radio today on ABC New England North West’s Breakfast program. The Hon Andrew Constance, NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure was also interviewed.

    The full radio interview is available through Facebook, on the pages of both ABC New England Northwest and Moree Plains Shire Council.

    Mayor

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  • Book Review

    Big Sky Library has welcomed the new Cooperative Library Manager, Cheryl Smith, Cheryl has over twenty years public library experience and has recently returned to NSW from Western Australia were she worked as a Library Manager near Busselton, WA.

    Cheryl has commented that she is looking forward to being involved in the communities that make up Big Sky Libraries, to travel and spend time in the branches and to increase the collections, programs and overall

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  • Needles Spread Along River Bank

    Vandals have destroyed a yellow community sharps bin along the pedestrian walkway under Dr Hunter Bridge and scattered the needles along the banks of the Mehi River.

    Needles spread along Mehi RiverThe 240L sharps disposal bin’s metal enclosure was smashed open and the wheelie bin removed

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  • Moree-Sydney Air Service Route – Survey – Closes 5pm 24 February 2017

    Deregulation of the Moree-Sydney air service is on the agenda for Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Moree Plains Shire Council is seeking input on whether this approach is supported by the community.

    The NSW Government (through TfNSW) has commenced consultation with Moree Plains Shire Council in relation to the potential deregulation of the Moree-Sydney air service route. In turn, Council has been asked to

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  • Moree-Sydney Air Service Route Being Considered For Deregulation

    Deregulation of the Moree-Sydney air service is on the agenda for Transport for NSW (TfNSW) and Moree Plains Shire Council is seeking input on whether this approach is supported by the community.

    The NSW Government (through TfNSW) has commenced consultation with Moree Plains Shire Council in relation to the potential deregulation of the Moree-Sydney air service route. In turn, Council has been asked to

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  • Tinker Table Crafts Moree Plains’ Future

    Over the past few weeks, Moree Community Library has invited younger members of our community to join in experiments and channel their inner ‘Mister Maker’ with art and craft at the Library’s Tinker Table.

    With so many inspired youngsters, it was the perfect opportunity to discover what they might have in mind for our Shire over the next 10 years. So on Monday, the Tinker Table was hijacked, with children asked to “paint their

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  • Kid's Party Leaves Mess in Apex Park

    Local residents in Edward Street are appalled at the mess left behind after a children’s party over the weekend in Apex Park and demanded Council do something about it.

    Moree Plains Shire Council Director of Engineering, Ian Dinham explained staff have spent six hours picking up rubbish and removing streamers and party items strewn around the playground and surrounding park.

    “Parks and playgrounds are for the enjoyment of all

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  • Moree Plains Flood Study

    The revised Moree Plains Flood Study is on public display for the community to review prior to a Public Meeting 28 February at 5.15pm in the Committee Room, Level one, Max Cnetre, Moree to discuss and elaborate on the results.

    Following on from the previous Public Meeting in June 2016, Council’s consultant WRM Water + Environment have undertaken extensive modelling of the upstream catchment and reviewed the 1955 flood under today’s conditions. The

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  • Moree Plains Newest Australian Citizens

    Australia Day celebrations were especially meaningful for seven people in Moree Plains Shire as they were welcomed as our newest Australian citizens on 26 January 2017 at the Jellicoe Park breakfast hosted by Moree Lion’s Club.

    Originally from five different countries, Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries welcome the conferees as new Australian citizens and asked everyone to take a moment to reflect on the significance of what it means to be

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  • Mobile Muster

    We want your old mobile phones! We are collecting your old unwanted mobile phones on behalf of the MobileMuster.

    The aim of the program is to keep old mobiles and accessories out of landfill and ensure they are recycled safely, securely and ethically. Nothing is resold & all data is destroyed.

    For every mobile recycled in January and February MobileMuster will donate the value of a meal to OzHarvest, Australia's leading food rescue

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  • Voluntary House Raising Scheme

    Under the NSW Floodplain Management Program the Office of Environment and Heritage provides funding to assist home owners raise the floor level of their house to reduce the damages and trauma caused by flood water inundating their house.

    Home Owners can only access this funding through a Voluntary House Raising Scheme coordinated by Local Councils.

    The first step of this scheme has been to adopt a policy to identify and prioritise

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  • Big Sky Libraries Online Catalogue – Now a One-Stop-Shop

    Big Sky Libraries is offering a new service which allows customers to search and borrow over 50,000 printed items and 6000 eBooks, eAudio and eMagazines through an online public access catalogue (OPAC).

    The new service integrates the Libraries’ own collections with commercial e-resource providers such as Bolinda BorrowBox (eAudio

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  • Moree to Brisbane Flight Service Grows

    It has been just under four months since Fly Corporate flew into Moree on its maiden voyage from Brisbane with a 19 seater plane; and today with continued community support, the company upgraded the service to a 34 passenger seat aircraft to meet demand.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s General Manager Lester Rodgers is excited to see the service growing and being supported by the community.

    “So many people tell me how great

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  • Christmas Message From the Mayor and General Manager

    One thing we tend to all have in common at this time of year is that feeling that the year has flown by quicker than the last. And what a year it has been!

    After being declared 'Fit for the Future' in response to the Local Government Reform process instigated by the NSW Government, the Councillors and staff of your Council are committed to maintaining this status as we see this as fundamental to the services we

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  • Local Slam Winner Competes at Nationals

    Photograph courtesy of the Moree Champion: Nora Carrigan at the Moree heat of the Australian Poetry Slam

    The Australian Poetry Slam heats were hosted at the Moree Community Library in August and

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  • Modernising Ashley's Water Supply

    In early October, Moree Plains Shire Council was advised that it had been awarded $11.21 million under the NSW Government’s Regional Water and Waste Water Program to upgrade Moree’s water supply system and provide potable reticulated water to the villages for Ashley and Biniguy, for the very first time.

    Project for the Ashley community:

    • To construct a drinking water supply for indoor use for the town of Ashley

    • Provide

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  • Avoid a New Year's Power Bill Shock

    Householders and businesses with solar panels that currently receive a subsidised feed-in tariff of 60 or 20 cents under the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme can expect a power bill shock in the New Year unless they act now.

    Before the NSW Solar Bonus Scheme ends on 31 December 2016, householders and businesses should investigate the metering and other product options available to ensure they are getting the most out of their renewable energy

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  • Level Crossing Upgrade Tycannah Street Moree NSW December 2016

    Improving the Country Rail Network

    Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) is undertaking rail line renewal works and upgrading the level crossing at Tycannah Street, Moree as part of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Rail program across the state.

    Works are being completed by TfNSW’s contractor, John Holland Rail (JHR). JHR operate and maintain the Country Regional Network across NSW under a ten year

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  • Moree Plains Shire Council Generating Sales for Local Businesses

    Moree Plains Shire Council is introducing a new eProcurement process designed to boost the local economy and drive business to local suppliers.

    Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson said “Local Councils in Australia spend $20 billion a year on products and services and we want to make sure that as much of that as possible goes to our local traders. VendorPanel Marketplace will help make that

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  • 2016 Excellence in Service

    Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries presented Moree Plains Shire Council’s annual Excellence in Service Awards at a ceremony on Saturday 19 November 2016 and acknowledged the devotion and service that those who were nominated portrayed to their colleagues and community.

    Congratulations to the following Council staff who were honoured for their outstanding achievements.

    Internal Customer Service Brendon Simmons, Elisha Bridge and

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  • 2016 Council Recognition of Service

    On Saturday 19 November 2016, the Council Recognition of Service ceremony acknowledged 17 staff who have devoted a significant number of years working for Moree Plains Shire. The ceremony recognises the dedication and loyalty of Council staff and the contribution they have made to the community.

    Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries said elected Councillors often get the kudos but it is the staff who are the backbone of the

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  • Pet Parents – You are Responsible for Your Dogs Behaviour

    Moree Plains Shire Council is calling on pet parents to put greater effort into making sure yards keep canine family members contained and dogs are leashed when walking, after an increase in reports of dog attacks.

    Director of Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby explained that just this year there have been 147 cases of menacing behaviour from dogs and 69 cases of actual dog attacks that

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  • Moree Plains Waste Calendars to be Re-Issued

    Moree Plains Shire Council has apologised to residents who received bin collection calendars containing incorrect information.

    Council’s Water and Waste Group Manager David Wolfenden explained Council’s contractors Cleanaway designed and distributed the 2016-2017 waste calendars, before Council discovered a mistake with the coloured legend for recycling Week A and B.

    “Council has spoken to Cleanaway and they are in the

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  • Waste Calendars

    Council’s contractors Cleanaway have recently posted out the new waste calendars for 2016-2017.

    Council would like to advise residents that there are in corrections with the calendar and the newly amended calendars will be reissued.

    We apologise for the inconvenience.

    Council would like to advise that this week is recycling week. (:

  • Moree Community Library Local History Photo Collection

    The Moree Community Library and is keen to develop a Local History Moree Photo collection. If you have photographs of the Moree region that you think might be suitable for the Local History Moree Photo collection we would love to hear from you.

    History iconHistory imageDonation of original

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  • Financially Assisting Our Community

    At last week’s Council meeting, Councillors considered the applications for financial assistance made by community groups for the October 2016 to December 2016 financial quarter.

    For this quarter, $10,000 was available for distribution amongst applicants.

    The following applications were approved:

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  • $11.2 Million to Modernise Moree Plains Shire's Water Supplies

    MOREE Plains Shire Council will receive $11.21 million under the NSW Government’s Regional Water and Waste Water Program to upgrade Moree’s water supply system and provide potable reticulated water to the villages for Ashley and Biniguy, for the very first time.

    Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall announced the unprecedented amount of funding today, saying it would help clear a backlog of council projects

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  • Moree Plains Election of Mayor and Deputy Mayor - 2016

    Today, the Councillors of Moree Plains Shire Council were welcomed to office with the first meeting of the new Council taking place this afternoon.

    Councillor Katrina Humphries was elected to the Office of Mayor, with Councillor Stephen Ritchie elected to the position of Deputy Mayor.

    General Manager, Mr Lester Rodgers welcomed the new Council comprising:

    1. Mayor Councillor Katrina

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  • Funding Injection for Heritage Facelifts for Moree

    MEMBER for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall has announced a financial boost of $15,500 to help Moree Plains Shire Council preserve more of the community’s local heritage and significant buildings.

    The Council has been successful in securing $8,000 to be used for heritage advisor services and a further $7,500 for “Local Heritage Place – Small Grants Program”.

    Mr Marshall met with Mr Angus Witherby,

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  • Closure of the Big Rocket

    We regret to inform again that the Rocket located at Kirby Park will be closed until further notice due the rocket being vadalised for the past three nights. We apologise for the inconvenience this causes to others.

    Should you witness any vandalism, please do not hesitate to phone the Moree Police on 6757 0799.

  • Paint the Town Read!

    The reading egg has been making its way around Moree and has arrived at the Moree Community Library where it will spend the school holidays.

    Visit the egg at the library these school holidays and be sure to read to it to help it grow and eventually hatch!

    More than 20% of Australian children arrive at school without the skills necessary to make the most of their early education. In some communities the figure is much higher. Research shows

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  • Wilful Destruction of Trees at Anzac Park

    The wilful destruction of three trees at Moree’s Anzac Centennial Park alongside the Moree Bypass has infuriated Moree Plains Shire Council and action is being taken to catch the vandals.

    Council’s Project and Development Manager Lila Fisher explained Council considers the tree damage to be a very serious matter and is vigorously pursuing the issue.

    “Trees are defenceless and can be an easy target for vandals but the

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  • Parthenium – Lets Keep it Out!

    With harvest looming, grain growers must keep in mind the risks involved by using contractor harvesters who have harvested in Queensland, especially if they have crossed into New South Wales without being cleared by NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) border inspection staff.

    Moree Plains Shire Council Chief Weeds Officer Ian Schwartz said “Any contractor or landholder who operates machinery in Queensland must present their equipment

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  • Where to Find Information

    Moree Plains Shire Council advises residents that the local road network has been affected by the recent rain event and details about road closures have been posted on www.myroadinfo.com.au  > North West Slopes Region.

    www.myroadinfo.com.au  is continually updated with information about road conditions and scheduled and unplanned works, it happens in

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  • Puma Moree Full Steam Ahead

    Puma Energy will turn the sod on its new travel centre in Moree before Christmas, bringing with it more local jobs, long-term economic benefits and fuel competition for the local community and travellers.

    The Moree Travel Centre is a part of Puma Energy’s continued growth into New South Wales, and will transform a three-hectare site into a bustling travel centre, giving travellers and truck drivers new and convenient access to first-class

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  • Rain Halts Official Opening of Moree Water Park

    The black soils around the Moree Plains have swelled with the recent rain and with more rain predicted later this week, Moree Plains Shire Council in consultation with the Moree Water Ski Club, has postponed the official opening of the Moree Water Park.

    Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries, while thrilled with the recent rain is disappointed that the event has had to be postponed.

    “We made the decision to postpone the

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  • Correction: Boggabilla Solar Farm

    In today’s newspaper and its online platform, the Moree Champion ran a story “Boggabilla Solar Farm a go”. The story stated that ”Moree Plains Shire Council has approved a $6million solar farm near Boggabilla, but it will need approval from the Northern Joint Regional Planning Panel before it goes ahead”.

    At Council’s meeting of last week, Council considered Report 9: Erection of a 3.6MW Solar Farm and Three Lot Subdivision – Bruxner Road

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  • Direct Flight Moree to Vegas (Brisvegas, that is)

    The Moree to Brisbane flight route commences operation 29/08/2016 with Fly Corporate.

    The route will be serviced each weekday, with prices starting at $149 one way.

    Schedules and Prices 

     

  • Direct Flights - Black Soil Plains to Brisbane

    Regional airline service Fly Corporate flew into Moree this morning on its maiden voyage – connecting the people of the black soil plains with Brisbane.

    Representatives from Moree Plains Shire Council warmly greeted Fly Corporate on the first of its weekday commutes this morning between Narrabri via Moree to Brisbane.

    Council’s General Manager Lester Rodgers said “Attracting and sustaining new air service is a

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  • Flood Watch - Boggabilla

    Macintyre River

    Higher than minor flooding is occurring along the Macintyre River at Boggabilla, where the river is rising on Friday [26/08/16].

    Predicted River Heights/Flows: Expected to peak near 8.6 metres early Saturday morning [27/08/16]

    Review the BOM site for regular updates

    KEY RIVER HEIGHTS FOR MACINTYRE AT BOGGABILLA

    Minor 5 metres

    Moderate 11.5 metres

    Major 12

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  • Education Week Celebrated with Formal Acknowledgment of Library Partnership with Moree East Public School

    Moree East Public School celebrated Education Week yesterday with a formal ceremony acknowledging the school’s partnerships with numerous community groups and agencies including Big Sky Libraries. Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries had the pleasure of witnessing the event that celebrated student successes and the vital contribution staff and the community have towards

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  • South Moree Sports Project – Stage One Nearly Completed

    Moree Plains Shire Council is finalising Stage One of the South Moree Sports Project with the multi-purpose sports and recreation complex expected to be completed in late September 2016.

    In collaboration with the Moree Boomerangs Rugby League Football Club, the complex will make a significant contribution to redevelopment of south west Moree and will allow the Club to host regional carnivals and

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  • Moree Little Athletics' Success Application for Financial Assistance 

    Training our future Olympians

    Moree Plains Shire Council is supporting our future Olympians with a $3000 grant to Little Athletics’ through Council’s Public Donations financial assistance program, which the Club has used to buy new equipment and host a regional gala day.

    Little A’s, as it is commonly known, encourages the development of children of all

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  • Cooee Park Redevelopment Meeting 

    South West Moree - Park Project

    Nearly 100 people dropped in for a yarn with Moree Plains Shire Council’s officers at Cooee Park (located between Cooee Street and Jones Avenue) last week as part of the first step in the development of a park for south-west Moree.

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    Winning Golden Ticket Holders – Big Sky Libraries

    To celebrate Big Sky Libraries 60th birthday and Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, 500 Golden Tickets were hidden for library goers to find when they borrowed items.

    The winning tickets were drawn out by State Librarian Dr Alex Byrne and Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries at the Big Sky Libraries Diamond Jubilee celebrations last week. Lucky Golden Ticket finders gave a reason why they

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  • 52 Trees Planted Along Greenbah Road

    National Tree Day

    Thirty-six volunteers reconnected with nature over the weekend to plant 52 trees along Greenbah Road Moree (opposite Boonery Road) as part of National Tree Day.

    Moree Plains Shire Council's Senior Compliance Officer Belinda Olsen explained National Tree Day is Australia's biggest community tree-planting and nature care event.

    "Moree Plains Shire Council proudly supported National Tree Day, along with

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  • 60th Birthday for Big Sky Libraries

    Diamond jubilee celebrations

    Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries and State Librarian Dr Alex Byrne cut the 60th birthday cake last week to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Big Sky Libraries, a fantastic representation of local government partnerships.

    The Moree Community Library provided the backdrop for the celebrations demonstrating that public

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  • Council Supports Grain Harvest Management Scheme for the Last Quarter This Year

    Council Supports Grain Harvest Management Scheme for the Last Quarter This Year

    A scheme allowing trucking operators to make use of an overloading tolerance of up to 5% per load on regional and local roads within the Shire has been debated amongst Councillors at Moree Plains Shire Council’s meeting of 11 August 2016.

    NSW Government invited Moree Plains Shire Council to

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  • With Boundless Plains to Share

    Hosting a citizenship ceremony is one of the key highlights for Cr Katrina Humphries in her role as Mayor and today she swore in ten new Aussies at a naturalisation ceremony at the Moree Community Library.

    The new Australian's hail from India, Philippines and Serbia and reinforces Moree Plains as a multicultural community that welcomes immigrants and refugees.

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  • $2 Million Funding Fix

    On 8 August 2016, the NSW Government announced it will spend $2 million dollars as part of the Fixing Country Rail pilot program to reopen 2.8 kilometres of the currently disused Moree to Inverell railway branch line. The work will link the receival facilities of Moree-based Broadbent Grain with the main line servicing Moree.

    This means about 6,000 trucks worth of product annually (about 250,000 tonnes of grain and 6,400 twenty foot containers of

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  • Cameras Catching Dumpers

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras surrounding village landfill sites and known illegal dumping hotspots are operating.

    General Manager, Lester Rodgers explained issues with illegal dumping in bush land and around landfill sites has prompted Council to take more serious steps towards identifying the perpetrators.

    “Council has spent thousands of ratepayer dollars investigating and removing illegally dumped

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  • Knit and Knatter

    Second and Fourth Monday from 2pm

    Knitting for Moree’s homeless Just one square turns into a woollen blanket of love – that’s what the members of the Moree Community Library’s Knit and Natter group are celebrating during Homelessness Awareness Week.

    Knit and Natter Coordinator Clare Gately explained many people find themselves homeless as a result of family and domestic violence; and then experience financial and emotional hardship.

    “A

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  • Moree Now Well Connected

    Fly Corporate will launch a regular passenger service between Moree and Brisbane after being granted approval by Moree Plains Shire Council at its Council meeting on 29 July 2016.

    The service will mean that, once again, Moree and District will be connected to two state capitals. Council is delighted to welcome Fly Corporate to the Shire and looks forward to a productive relationship with the company.

    Acting Mayor, Cr Sue Price congratulated

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  • Moree Cemetery

    Council acknowledges that the appearance of the Moree Cemetery has not been of the standard expected by our community over the past few weeks. We sincerely apologise for this.

    This has been due to a combination of factors, including staff resources and a higher than usual demand for services at the Moree Cemetery. Whilst efforts have been made to address these factors, Council has taken steps today to reallocate additional staffing to the Moree Cemetery to

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  • Call for Public Submissions on Code of Meeting Practice

    Moree Plains Shire Council has released its draft “Code of Meeting Practice” for a 28 day public

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  • No Charge on Domestic Waste – Free Disposal

    Residents in Moree will now be able to dispose of domestic waste free of charge at the Moree Waste Management Facility.

    Council’s Water and Waste Manager David Wolfenden explained that people illegally dump rubbish because they think waste disposal at the landfill is too expensive but there is no excuse now – household rubbish is free to dispose of!

    "A lot of people think the costs are higher than they are; but now

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  • Pet Registry

    From Monday 18 July 2016, the NSW public will be able to access a new public website known as the NSW Pet Registry.

    What does this mean:

    Approved Persons and Authorised Users will continue to:

    . Access the NSW Companion Animals Register

    . Process Permanent Identification forms from Veterinarians, Authorised Identifiers and the public;

    .

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  • Celebrating 60 Years of the Regional Library

    2016 marks 60 years of proudly serving three local government areas – Brewarrina Shire, Walgett Shire and Moree Plains Shire with a cooperative library service, functioning today as Big Sky Libraries; and a significant year for two of the most celebrated writers the world has known.

    Big Sky Libraries Cooperative Library Manager, Sally Walters explained the Moree Community Library is revelling in the momentous occasion

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  • A Visit to Big Sky Libraries (Moree Community Library)

    BY AUTHOR JENN J MCLEOD

    Late yesterday, an enthusiastic group of community members enjoyed an afternoon at the Moree Community Library with author Jenn J McLeod.

    Author Visit Jen McLeodThe afternoon unfolded into an interactive discussion of Jenn’s novels

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  • Celebrating Big Sky Libraries Upcoming 60th Birthday

    I’ve got a Golden Ticket!

    To celebrate Big Sky Libraries upcoming 60th birthday and Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, there are 500 hidden golden tickets for library goers to find when they borrow items.

    Lucky finders of a ticket will need to fill out their details on the ticket and hand back to staff to go into the draw to win a prize.

    There are prizes available in five age categories: Adult, Young

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  • Welcoming People to our Diverse Community

    Five of Australia’s newest citizens were welcomed in an official ceremony at the Moree Plains Shire Council last week.

    Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries presided over the ceremony and asked everyone to take a moment to reflect on the significance of what it means to be Australian.

    “We belong to a rich and diverse community and we should strive on this and every day, to celebrate the many people that make our country, and the Moree

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  • Council Dumps Waste Charges for Residents

    In an effort to combat illegal dumping and inspire environmental thinking, residents in Moree will now be able to dispose of domestic waste free of charge at the Moree Waste Management Facility.

    Moree Plains Shire Council made the decision last week to literally dump domestic waste charges from the beginning of the new financial year.

    General Manager Lester Rogers explained that Council is encouraging reuse, recycling and

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  • Council Audits Red Wheelie Bins

    Recently, the contents of 44 household red wheelie bins were sorted at the Moree Plains Shire Council’s Waste Management Facility (WMF) as part of a regional waste audit to provide a statistical snapshot of how residents are using their waste bin and what they are throwing away instead of recycling or placing in the organic’s bin.

    The ‘dirty job’ of waste audits uncovers that Moree Plains households can use their bins better by sorting

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  • Coalition Pledges $100,000 for North West NSW Growerco

    A re-elected Liberal-National Government will contribute $100,000 towards improving the economics of moving grain from local farms to customers in North West New South Wales (NSW).

    Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources Barnaby Joyce and Member for Parkes Mark Coulton today announced that North West NSW grain growers operating as the Grower Co-operative Limited (GrowerCo) will receive

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  • Have Your Say Do you Have a Name For Moree's Water Park?

    Moree Plains Shire Council is calling for submissions for the naming of the Moree water park. The water park was constructed by Council for community water-based recreational and sports activities.

    Lester Rodgers Katrina Humphries Paul Wilde...

  • Lifetime of Service Honoured

    Moree Plains Shire Council is delighted that one of our own Councillors has been recognised for his hard work, dedication and continued service to the community of the Moree Plains Shire. Cr John Tramby was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, being awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his continued service to Local Government and to the community of the Moree Plains.

    Cr Tramby has been an elected Councillor

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  • Filthy Humans Degrading the Environment

    Residents of Moree Plains – it’s time to take a stand against unscrupulous people who dump rubbish, calls Moree Plains Shire Council after finding chairs and household waste dumped at the Four Mile, located east of Moree along the Gwydir Highway and on the stock route along Amaroo Drive.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Senior Compliance Officer Belinda Olsen explained Moree Plains Shire Council has already spent over $200,000 to

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  • Parking to be Policed in Moree

    Moree’s central business district has timed parking, loading zones and disabled parking and Moree Plains Shire Council inspectors will be patrolling the area and enforcing parking restrictions.

    Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development Mr Angus Witherby explained that there were a number of reasons why parking needs to comply with the signs. “By complying with time limits it helps our local businesses, by ensuring that

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  • Bin Collection Reminder

    A reminder to residents to place their the bin(s) out on the afternoon or night before your collection day. Bins must be out before 6am the day of your bin collection.

     Residents please place your bins out beofre 6am day of collection

    • When placing bins out on the footpath, ensure the lid opens facing the road.Three bins

    Give Your Old Mobile a New Life by Recycling it

    Mobile phones recycled mobile musterMoree Plains Shire Council is collecting all brands and types of mobile phones, plus their batteries, chargers and accessories for the MobileMuster to ensure old mobile phone products don't end up in landfill -

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  • Stand for the Mob

    People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who are interested in Standing for the Mob at the local government elections are invited to come and yarn with Aboriginal Councillors from around NSW at 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at the Moree Plains Shire Council Chambers, Level 1, 30 Heber Street, Moree.

    Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson explained the Aboriginal Councillors have walked in two worlds – firstly, being part of the mob,

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  • Local History Collection

    History collection 1The Moree Community Library is dedicated to collecting and preserving items relating to the History and heritage of the Moree region.

    Did you know the Moree Community Library has resources for family history researches? Resources include books, microfilm/microfiche, local newspapers, Birth,

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  • Thank You to Our Remarkable Youth

    The Harvey Norman Moree Superstar Grand Final provided a fitting start to a very successful celebration of National Youth Week in Moree Plains.

    Twelve Moree and six Mungindi Youth Council members, along with assistance from Moree Plains Shire Council staff delivered nine fun-packed events across the Shire.

    Youth Week is an important way we celebrate and highlight the youth of our Shire and the fabulous contribution they make to our

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  • Blitz on Roaming Dogs

    A blitz on roaming dogs and pet owners that don't clean up their dog droppings is being launched by Moree Plains Shire Council due to the number of complaints Council is receiving about roaming dogs and poop on the footpaths around Moree.

    Director of Planning and Development Angus Witherby explained there are public safety concerns with dogs that either escape or allowed to freely wander the streets.

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  • Was Your Water Bill Higher Than You Expected?

    Moree Plains Shire Council has been fielding calls from ratepayers who are concerned their water bill is higher than they expected.

    Council's Water Services Manager Roland Heatley explained understanding why bills are high is a process of elimination.

    "Typically, we find the summer water bills are the highest of the year as householders are watering more to combat the heat and keep their lawns and gardens

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  • Swimming Pool Rules Have Changed

    From 29 April 2016 properties sold or leased with a spa or pool must have a relevant compliance certificate.

    Swimming pool laws have changed1. Vendors can transfer the obligation of obtaining a certificate of compliance to the

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  • Health Alert! Burning of Rail Sleepers

    During maintenance and upgrading works on rail tracks in eastern Australia unserviceable timber rail sleepers are regularly replaced by concrete sleepers or new timber sleepers. Regrettably, some of the old timber sleepers from this track maintenance work are being offered for sale as firewood.

    Health alert...

  • Michael McNamara Talks About Moree's Anzacs

    Michael McNamara, vice-president of the Gwydir Family History Society, provided great insight to Fairview residents and Library staff, into the research process and shared special features of the Moree’s Anzacs project including images from the CD accompanying the book.

    Michael said “Moree’s Anzacs; the first of three, would not have been possible without the support from Moree Plains Shire Council”.

    For further

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  • Pally Landfill at Risk of Closing

    Moree Plains Shire Council may consider closing the Pallamallawa village landfill after numerous incidences of illegal dumping of asbestos and tyres; and more recently trespass by cutting the fence.

    Water and Waste Group Manager David Wolfenden explained there are increasing reports of large amounts of hazardous waste being dumped at the village landfill which is attracting concern from the NSW Environment Protection Agency.

    “Over

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  • Council Maintenance on Fire Hydrants

    As winter approaches, Moree Plains Shire Council is undertaking a maintenance program on valves and hydrants in Moree and Boggabilla to determine pressure, flow and functionality.

    The approved Contractor checking the pressure of a hydrant to ensure it is functioning correctly, so if there is an emergency, water can be accessed quickly.

    Financially Assisting Our Community

    At last week’s Council meeting, Councillors considered the applications for financial assistance made by community groups for the April 2016 to June 2016 financial quarter.

    For the last quarter of this financial year, $16,000 was available for distribution amongst applicants. Council commended the quality of applications made and praised the professionalism of those applicants who attended the meeting and addressed Council in relation to

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  • Bulky Waste Clean Up – Best Ever Response

    Bulky waste collections have increased by 41% in twelve months under Moree Plains Shire Council’s booking system for collection of materials for items such as e-waste; white goods and broken furniture, oversized garden pruning’s, scrap metal and wood.

    Water and Waste Group Manager David Wolfenden explained the bulky waste collection process. “Council offers the bulky waste kerb collection service in March and August each year

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  • Read Popular Magazines for Free

    Big Sky Libraries is pleased to offer its newest service Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest newsstand, offering multi-user access to popular magazines and journals.

    Read Popular Magazines for FreeThrough Big Sky Libraries

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  • Domestic Violence Forum Provides Tools for DV Personnel

    Moree Plains Shire Council was the key sponsor of the Moree Branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA) Domestic Violence Professional Development Forum held at the Town and Country Club on Tuesday 12 March 2016.

    Over 50 health and welfare workers, emergency services and Police personnel attended the free forum developed by Rape and Domestic Violence Australia (R&DVA) to increase awareness of domestic

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  • Moree Plains Shire Council Calls for a Commitment to the Inland Rail

    The Deputy Chair of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance (MBIRA) Councillor Sue Price said today that she welcomed former Deputy Prime Minister John Anderson's comments urging the Federal Government to make a decision regarding the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project (Inland Rail).

    Mr Anderson who is the chair of the Inland Rail Implementation Group was quoted as requesting

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  • Council Proactively Assessing the Sewer Conditions

    Moree Plains Shire Council is continuing with the condition assessment of the sewer mains in Moree and undertaking sewer maintenance, risk assessment and renewal planning to ensure future reliable sewerage infrastructure for the community.

    Sewer pipeThe assessments are being undertaken in

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  • Re-naming of Multiple Roads Called “River” Within Moree Plains Shire

    Council at its Ordinary meeting on 11 February 2016 resolved to adopt and gazette the proposed names “Back Pally Road” and “McElhone Street” to replace existing roads currently known as River Road / Street as they are situated in the same locality.

    CURRENT NAME AND LOCATION

    River Street, Moree

    ADOPTED NAME - McElhone Street,

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  • Annual Fire Safety Statements

    The owner of a premise which has fire safety measures (such as portable fire extinguishers, exit signs etc.) is required to provide a statement to the Council and the NSW Fire Brigade every 12 months certifying that the fire safety measures have been inspected by a competent person and are working correctly.

    Planning and Development will be writing to many building owners to remind them of when their statement is due.

    For more

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  • Signage Helps With Traffic Flow Along Amaroo Drive

    Moree Plains Shire Council has addressed safety concerns with a new Give Way sign at the intersection of Amaroo Drive, Moree and the newly created unnamed road which formed part of the construction of the Moree Bypass.

    Director of Engineering Services Ian Dinham explained the signage provides clear directions to motorists and improves the safety of this intersection.

    “Before the signage was erected, there have

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  • Let's Break the Ice in Our Community

    Empowering communities to come together and talk about practical solutions to issues with crystalline methamphetamines (‘ice’).

    Treatment and Support is available.  You can find out more information about the Breaking the ice in our community project

  • Grant Funding Chased for Cinema

    At last week’s Council meeting, Councillors resolved (by a 5:2 majority) to pursue grant funding through the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Funding program (NSRF) to redevelop the Moree Memorial Hall to include retractable seating and digital cinema equipment.

    This matter was considered following recent consultation with the community where Council sought to better understand the community’s current usage of the Moree Town

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  • Moree on Track to Capitalise on Improved Freight Movements

    Moree Plains Shire Council (“MPSC”) recently hosted a meeting of key local agriculture and transport industry leaders to provide a coordinated response to the NSW Regional Intermodal Taskforce. The meeting included representatives from grain handlers, road transport businesses and growers.

    The meeting reached some clear positions on the need for all levels of government to develop integrated logistics

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  • Guest Judges 2016 at the Harvey Norman Moree Superstar

    X Factor Australia finalists, Jess Dunbar and Matt Price will be the guest judges at this year’s Harvey Norman Superstar.

    The Grand Final will be held on Saturday 9 April 2016 at Moree Town Hall, Balo Street Moree commencing at 1pm.

    Tickets on sale soon!

    Auditions for Superstar will be held in Inverell and Moree this coming weekend, come along and show

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  • Council and Industry Working Together to Improve Heavy Vehicle Permit Process

    Moree Plains Shire Council has embraced a heavy vehicle permit process that is benefiting local economy and freight businesses and the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has developed a video capturing council’s outstanding work.

    NHVR CEO, Sal Petroccitto said Moree Plains Shire Council’s approach to access permit requests and their commitment to engagement with the heavy vehicle sector is a

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  • New Courtesy Speed Monitor Throughout Moree Plains

    Moree Plains Shire Council has taken possession of a new courtesy speed monitor to address speeding concerns and promote safer driving.

    Courtesy Speed MonitorThe courtesy speed monitor, which has been retro-fitted to a trailer, has an electronic display board connected to a radar unit

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  • Drivers, Bicycle Riders and Pedestrians

    Go Together - New rules affect drivers, bicycle riders and pedestrians as of today, March 1 2016.

     

    Find out more

  • NSW Regional Intermodal Taskforce on Track in Moree

    Recently, the NSW Regional Intermodal Taskforce met with a wide range of industry and grower stakeholders to consider intermodal facilities and more broadly, the current and future requirements for the movement of freight from road to rail in NSW.

    This meeting, hosted by Moree Plains Shire Council, was one of four such meetings hosted throughout NSW. Having the meeting in Moree is a clear indicator of the

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  • Get Behind the Mayor for a Good Cause Moree

    Moree Plains Shire Mayor Katrina Humphries only likes dealing with the bald facts – and that’s why she plans to shave her head for a good cause at a gala fundraising ball at Moree Services Club in April.

    Leap for mick - It's for a great cause.Councillor Humphries will lose her locks to help raise money for

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  • Public Notice- Code of Conduct

    At the Council meeting of 11 February 2016, the following resolution was passed unanimously in relation to a code of conduct matter concerning a Councillor:

    That Council, pursuant to clause 8.5(b) of the Procedures, make the following findings of inappropriate conduct by Councillor Claudia Gall public via Council’s website and the Council Clipboard:

    That Councillor Claudia Gall has breached the Moree Plains Shire Council Code of

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  • Changes to the Moree Community Library Hours

    The Moree Community Library hours will be trialling a change in operational hours. Please see below the new opening hours.

    OPENING HOURS

    10am-5.00pm       Monday

    9:30am-5.00pm    Tuesday

    10am-6.00pm      

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  • How Confident is Your Business About our Future? Calling all Businesses in Moree

    The Moree Chamber of Commerce and Moree Plains Shire Council (MPSC) are working in partnership to better understand trading conditions and recent changes to business performance in our town.

    Over the coming weeks representatives of MPSC and the Moree Chamber will be conducting a ‘business confidence survey’ within the Shire and asking all local business owners and managers

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  • Safe School Travel

    The new school year is set to resume for thousands of local students this week and Moree Plains Shire Council is reminding local drivers and parents about children's safety around schools.

    The Council’s Road Safety Officer, Renee McMillan, said that road crashes account for 58% of all accidental deaths among children aged 5 - 14 years old.

    Children are vulnerable road users. They are at risk in the traffic environment because of their size, their

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  • Financially Assisting our Community

    At yesterday’s Council meeting, Councillors considered the applications for financial assistance made by community groups for the January 2016 to March 2016 financial quarter.

    For this financial year, $15,000 is available for distribution for these purposes by Council for each financial quarter.

    The following applications were approved:

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  • Adoption of Amended Section 94A Development Contributions Plan

    ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING & ASSESSMENT ACT 1979

     

    Section 94A Development Contributions

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  • Over 3000 Ebook Titles Now Available

     

    Big Sky Libraries is pleased to announce that it is now able to offer its customers access to even more ebooks titles as a result of its partnership with its neighbouring library services at Inverell and Cobar.

    Moree Community Library Coordinator Svetlana Aksenova (far right) shows customers Diane Markey and Ned Williamson how to access the ebooks via the Big</p>...	</div>

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    Healthy Water at the MAAC

    Today, some statements have been included in local media implying a concern about the level of public health maintained at the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre (MAAC).

    As a public swimming pool, the 50m pool at the MAAC must be operated in accordance with certain public health standards specified by NSW State Government regulations.

    Council wishes to confirm that the 50m pool at the MAAC is compliant with those

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  • The Late Wally Bunyan Honoured in Bridge Naming

    Residents in the Mallawa area along Poison Gate Road have been successful with their application to Moree Plains Shire Council to have the bridge over Browns Creek named as Wally Bunyan Bridge.

    Wally BunyanMr and Mrs Madden from Alma Pastoral used Council’s ‘Naming of Public Assets Policy and Procedures’ to put

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  • No Blocks When Driving the Porcelain Bus

     

    In the wee hours of New Year’s Day, I sat on the tiles of the bathroom floor hugging the toilet as if it were my best friend and let the cold porcelain soothe my pounding head.

    There is nothing worse than getting a block when ‘driving the porcelain bus’ for worry-free flushability only flush the 4 P’s – pee, poo, puke and paper...

  • Shoppers Covered with New CCTV

    Moree Plains Shire Council has just installed a new closed circuit television (CCTV) surveillance camera at the corner of Gwydir and Balo Streets as part of an ongoing community safety strategy to deter criminal and anti-social behaviour in the CBD area.

    The new dome camera has four-way directional monitoring capabilities, movement tracking and motion recording. This means when the camera detects movement along the east and west section of

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  • Development Application Approved for the Moree Gateway

    Moree Plains Shire Council has approved the development application of Puma Energy for the construction of a combined service station and truck stop at the Moree Gateway. The proposed development will provide a modern purpose-built large scale facility to serve the needs of the interstate trucking community.

    Given Council’s ownership of the Moree Gateway site, a full external assessment of the development application

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  • First Development Secured for Moree Gateway

    Moree Plains Shire Council has secured its first development for the Moree Gateway after signing a contract with Puma Energy for a prime site at the corner of the Newell Highway and Blueberry Road.

    Puma Energy, Australia’s largest independent fuel operator, will build a service station and truck stop on the three hectare site to cater for motor vehicles, transport trucks, recreational vehicles and caravans.

    Council’s

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  • Airport Traffic Changes at Moree Regional Airport

    Construction of the Moree Gateway development in the area of the Moree Regional Airport terminal building has resulted in some changes to parking, entry and exit routes.

    Twenty additional car parks are available in a cul de sac at the southern end of the Airport terminal. This area will be sealed later in the development to coincide with completion of works along Airport Road.

    Entry and exit routes to the

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  • The Correct Way to Pay Your Bills

     

    Paying Your Rates or Water Bill Online

    Ratepayers are asked to be mindful when paying their Rates or Water Bill online that they record their assessment number as the ‘reference’ when making their online payment.

    The assessment number allows the accounts department to assign the payment against your account. Failure to record your assessment number as the reference may result in your payment being

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