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  • Call for City Dwellers to Make the Move to Moree

    A lower cost of living, job opportunities and fewer concerns about COVID-19 have led more people to escape Australia’s capital cities for a tree change and a new push is on to lure even more Australians to the regions.Heber Street Moree

    Job seekers are being urged to consider a move west of the Great Dividing Range to Moree, as part of the newly launched Regional Activators Alliance.

    The Regional Activators Alliance (RAA) was launched this week by Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. Michael McCormack and is made up of 36 representative organisations from across the country, including local councils, economic development groups and industry representatives. In his announcement of a new national awareness campaign, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack urged Australians to keep the regions in mind, saying that "now is the time to make the move".

  • Inland Rail Workforce to Call Moree Home

    In what has been heralded as a major win for the Moree Plains, up to 350 workers involved in the construction of the Inland Rail will be accommodated in Moree.

    The construction of the Narrabri to North Star section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail is set to commence in coming months.

  • Calling for Nominations - Moree Plains Australian of the Year

    Know a local legend?
    Celebrate their contribution to the community by nominating them for Moree Plains Shire’s 2021 Australia Day Awards!

    The prestigious award includes seven categories, all which are currently open for nominations:Moree Australian of the Year

    • Citizen of the Year
    • Young Citizen of the Year (20 years old or younger)
    • Community Event/Group of the year
    • Sports Person of the Year
    • Volunteer of the Year
    • Volunteer Group/Sport Group of the Year
    • Environmental Citizen of the Year

    Mayor Katrina Humphries is encouraging all residents to support the awards this year by nominating individuals and community groups they believe have made a significant difference in the Shire throughout 2020.

  • Postponed - Community Paint Day - Blue Tree Project

    Due to the wet weather forecast over the coming days, the Community Paint Day for the Blue Tree Project scheduled for this Saturday 24 October has been postponed.

    A new date will be announced in the coming weeks.

  • National Water Week – Reimagining our Water Future

    This week, for National Water Week we are reflecting on the ways we have reimagined our water use to ensure there’s enough of this vital resource in the future across the Moree Plains.

    Water is a precious resource and at times, it is easy to forget how fortunate we are to be living on top of an impressive system of artesian and sub-artesian water. While the prospect of a bumper harvest is currently upon us, it was not so long ago that many villages within our Shire felt the burden of water restrictions tightening as the worst drought on record strengthened its grip.

  • Save the Date - Community Paint Day - BLUE TREE PROJECT

    Blue Tree Volunteer DayThe Moree Plains Shire community is invited to attend the community paint day for Moree’s Blue Tree this Saturday 24 October from 11 am.

    The Blue Tree is a symbol used to raise awareness and start meaningful conversations about mental health, where to receive support and how to support a person struggling with a mental illness.

    Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby highlights, “The day is made for the whole Moree Plains community, join us on the day to spread paint and have a meaningful discussion about mental health, learn about local mental health services and where to get support.

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    Check out our Spring Edition of Council Focus.

    Landing in letterboxes across the Plains this week.

     

     

  • Building the Team for Moree's Bright Future

    Mark Connolly left and Daniel Boyce right reviewing SAP draft plansjpgWe are delighted to welcome back Daniel Boyce who returns to the Moree Plains Shire Council as Executive Planner supporting our Regional Activation Unit.

    Daniel joins some familiar faces in our Regional Activation team, which is led by Mark Connolly.

    Mark is a well-known member of the Moree Plains Shire Council team as Council’s Economic and Community Development Manager. Mark was instrumental in Moree’s selection by the NSW Government to be investigated for a Special Activation Precinct and has had a long-term involvement with the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project on behalf of Council. Mark is uniquely placed to bring a local understanding of the economic drivers of the Moree Plains’ economy to ensure the Moree Special Activation Precinct will create long-term job opportunities and attract investors.

    The Regional Activation Unit, located on the Ground Floor of the Max Centre, is also joined by Laura Colley and Julie Morrison both of whom have strong connections to the local farming community. As Business Coordinator Laura combines a background in our Economic Development team with a wealth of knowledge and relationships in the agricultural sector, making her a key member of Council’s Regional Activation Unit.  

  • A Change Of Scenery For 2020 Book Week Storytime In The Park

    On Friday next week, Big Sky Libraries is inviting children and their families to Storytime in Apex Park to celebrate Book Week 2020!

    Children are encouraged to dress-up as their favourite character from a book fitting with this year’s theme, ‘curious creatures, wild minds’.

    Big Sky Libraries Manager, Sally Walters has articulated the library’s excitement for this year’s Book Week.

  • Free Little Athletics Program Kicking Off Boggabilla and Toomelah

    Moree Plains Shire Council in partnership with the Local Drug Actions Team (LDAT) will be running a free little athletics program for children aged 7 – 17 years’ old from Boggabilla and Toomelah.

    The free program aims to encourage children and teenagers to enjoy some fun physical activity while educating them and the whole family on the impacts of using drugs and alcohol through stakeholder led workshops.

    Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby, has explained that the program is a great opportunity for children who do not usually have access to organised sporting activities.

    “The program is for the whole family. While the children are enjoying themselves, parents will be encouraged to learn about little athletics and to volunteer for the various roles needed to run the event. Everyone will also be able to take part in the stakeholder sessions.

    “By participating in the program, the parents and children will become aware of a potential support network as they meet other people in their community, drug and alcohol agencies and supportive community groups.

    “The program will run for six weeks with a carnival scheduled for early December. The children will not only be able to work on their athletic skills but will also have the opportunity to win $200 worth of vouchers each session”, explained Mr Witherby.

    The program will begin Wednesday, 21 October 2020 at 4pm Queensland time at Boggabilla Oval and continues each Wednesday for six weeks. Children will be able to learn skills in track and field events, record their times and compete against their own results each week.

    Children from Toomelah will be provided with a bus service to and from the program each Wednesday. Catering will be provided each session.

  • Free Junior Athletics Program Kicking Off - Boggabilla and Toomelah

    Moree Plains Shire Council in partnership with the Local Drug Actions Team (LDAT) will be running a free junior athletics program for children aged 7 – 17 years’ old from Boggablilla and Toomelah.

    The free program aims to encourage children and teenagers to engage in physical activity while educating them and the whole family on the impacts of using drugs and alcohol through stakeholder-led workshops.

    Council’s Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby, has explained that the program is a great opportunity for children who do not usually have access to organised sporting activities.

  • The Blue Tree Project

    Have you seen a blue tree in Warialda? Blue trees are popping up around the countryside and there is an important and poignant reason behind each one.

    The blue tree is a part of an initiative - The Blue Tree Project - the vibrant coloured trees are a symbol used to raise awareness for mental health and start meaningful conversations about mental health.

  • Praise for Small Business Proprietors Across the Plains

    October is the month to continue to show your support for our Shire’s many small businesses.

  • NSW Small Business Month

    October marks the first day of NSW Small Business Month, and we'd like to take the opportunity to not only say thank you to the wonderful small businesses of the Moree Plains, but also to the locals that support them. Small businesses are vital to our region, by far the largest employers of our local people, the driving force of our economy, and the welcoming faces and characters that greet us in the shops in our main streets. This month, please take the time to say thanks to the business owners of the Plains. It's been a tough few years for many of them, but we know that brighter, more prosperous days are on the horizon.

     

     

  • Jellicoe Park Markets

    Moree Plains Shire Council and operators of the Jellicoe Park Markets (the 1st Moree Scout Group) are working on a COVID-19 Safe Plan to enable the Jellicoe Park Markets to re-open in the near future.

    Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby, has explained the process involved to getting the markets back up and running.

    “There are a number of hurdles to overcome before the markets can return,” said Mr Witherby.

  • Alcohol Free Zones Re-Established

    Alcohol Free Zones (Zones) have been re-established in Moree, Boggabilla and Mungindi following a resolution passed by Council and signage replaced advising of the zones.

    The Zones have been re-established within 300 metres of outlets supplying alcohol in Boggabilla and Mungindi and within 500 metres in Moree.

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