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  • Moree's CBD set to Thrive!

    The Moree CBD is about to become a whole lot busier with Trans4m Rail finding a home for its office premises on Balo Street.

    Trans4m Rail have leased three existing premises on Balo Street (the former Moree Pharmacy and M&G Travel sites) to provide nearly 900 square metres for its office operations.

  • Council Services and Facilities Operational Hours – Christmas Period

    Moree Plains Shire Council wishes to advise all residents of the following changes to services and facilities during the Christmas period beginning Friday 25 December 2020 until Monday 4 January 2021.

  • Public Exhibition

    Application For Temporary Accommodation Facility Moree Gateway

    A development application to establish a temporary accommodation facility on vacant land at the Moree Gateway (in particular, 3 Harry Sullivan Avenue and 6-8 Perry James Crescent) has been received by Council for assessment. The facility will provide accommodation for workers involved with Phase 1 of the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail project which is being delivered by Trans4M Rail.

    The development application and accompanying documents are currently on public exhibition and open for public comment until 5pm, Monday 1 February 2021.

  • Exhibition of draft section 7.11 Development Contribution Plan - Traffic Generating Development

    Notice is hereby given that Council has prepared a draft updated Section 7.11 Development Contribution Plan – Traffic Generating Development. The draft Plan provides a ‘user pays’ approach to ensure that the operation of traffic generating development does not adversely impact on local roads. The draft Plan typically applies to traffic generating developments with a low capital value, such as quarries.

    The draft Section 7.11 Development Contribution Plan – Traffic Generating Developmentwill be on exhibition from Tuesday 12 January 2021 to Tuesday 09 February 2021. The draft plan may be inspected at Council’s Customer Service Centre during normal office hours, or on Council’s website at https://www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au/plan-develop-and-compliance/development-applications-on-exhibition, until Tuesday 09 February 2021.

  • Christmas at Twilight

    The cheerful chorus of community carols from the Christmas at Twilight event will return to Ron Harborne Oval this Friday 18 December from 5pm.

  • Inland Rail Looking for Locals to Share in $693 Million Project

    With the award of the $693 million construction contract for Phase 1 of the Narrabri to North Star section of the Inland Rail, it’s full steam ahead for the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail in the Moree Plains.

    ARTC and head contractor Trans4m Rail are now looking to source local plant, equipment, materials and people to support rail works, roadworks, prospective sub-contractors, suppliers and equipotent providers.

    Last week, nearly 200 prospective job seekers and local businesses attended ‘Meet the Contractor’ sessions in Moree and now is the time for local suppliers to register for supply opportunities through the Project’s ICN Gateway page.

    Expressions of Interest are now invited for a number of Work Packages - https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4473/inland-rail-narrabri-to-north-star-phase-1?st=projects&psid=1603931436

    Moree Plains Shire Council is delighted with the response from local businesses thus far, noting that nearly 20% of registrations on the page have been from local suppliers.

    Mayor Katrina Humphries issued a reminder to businesses seeking to be involved in the project, “I know I keep saying it, but this is the biggest project North West NSW has ever seen and it’s going to be based right here in the Moree Plains.

    “You don’t put together a $700 million project of this scale on the back of an envelope. I would encourage all local suppliers to visit the ICN Gateway to determine which opportunities are available for their business.

    “The work packages are now open and as you can imagine, there is plenty of work on offer across a number of industries. There’s everything from site cleaning and transportation services to construction-based work like pipe and culvert laying and concrete cutting.

    The enthusiasm for local participation in the project is shared by both ARTC and Trans4m Rail, noting that significant expenditure made its way into local hands for the first completed section of the Inland Rail.

    ARTC confirmed the approach taken on Inland Rail was to engage a major contractor for each project stage, which would then use smaller regional suppliers and businesses to source and deliver a variety of materials and services.

    This approach was echoed by Trans4m Rail’s Project Director, Mr Jon Holmes confirming that “Trans4m Rail is committed to supporting local and Indigenous businesses to ensure they are prepared for, and provided with, opportunities to participate in Inland Rail.”

    For further information about how to become a supplier for the Inland Rail, visit:

    Trans4M Rail’s website https://www.trans4mrail.com.au/#PROCUREMENT

    ICN Gateway https://gateway.icn.org.au/project/4473/inland-rail-narrabri-to-north-star-phase-1?st=projects&psid=1603931436

  • Public Exhibition of Non-Designated Development Application

     Council is currently considering an application from James Golsworth Consulting Pty Ld,for Erection of Temporary Workers’ Accommodation,on 3 Harry Sullivan Avenue and 6 – 8 Perry James Crescent MOREE, Lots: 6, 12 & 13 DP: 1212873.

    The development application and accompanying documents are able to be viewed on Council’s website at the below link:

    https://www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au/plan-develop-and-compliance/development-applications-on-exhibition, from 17 December 2020 to 1 February 2021.

    Any person may make a written submission in respect to the proposed development clearly stating their name and address and should the submission be an objection, the grounds must be specified.

    Submissions must be made in writing to the General Manager and can be lodged electronically, by mail or fax before 5.00pm on1 February 2021.

     Please note that submissions may be disclosed to Councillors, council officers, consultants to council or members of the public in accordance with Section 18(1)(b) of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Submissions, summaries of submissions and names and addresses of persons making submissions may also be included in publicly available reports relating to the development application. Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009, Council must also allow inspection of any submissions it receives and allow persons to take copies.

    However, if you consider that disclosure of your place of living would put yours or your family’s personal safety at risk, you can apply to Council under Section 739 of the Local Government Act 1993which requires that requests for protection of privacy be made in writing to the General Manager. The request is to give particulars of the relevant risk to the person and are to be verified by a statutory declaration by the person making the request or by some other person.

    It is a requirement that all Political Donations and Gifts are reported to Council by completing a Disclosure Statement form available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, or Council’s website www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au.

  • Farewell Councillor Sue Price OAM

    After just over 12 years around the Council table, Councillor Sue Price OAM formally resigned from her position and attended her last meeting of Moree Plains Shire Council today.

    The decision to step down from Council stems from Mrs Price relocating earlier this year to Toowoomba to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

    General Manager, Mr Lester Rodgers has described Mrs Price a tremendous asset to the Moree Plains Shire community, “Councillor Price will be sorely missed throughout the community”.

    “During Mrs Price’s time as a Councillor, she fiercely advocated for the Mungindi community and was an active member of multiple internal council committees, advisory committees, 355 committees and external committees concerned with regional development, the Inland Rail and rural roads”, said Mr Rodgers.

    Since her election to Council, Mrs Price served as Deputy Mayor and held the position until 2016.Over her 12 years with Council, Mrs Price was a part of 13 committees including:

    • Council Committee of the Whole
    • General Manager’s Performance Review Committee
    • Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre Ltd Board
    • Mungindi Crime Prevention Committee
    • Road Network Consultative Group
    • Mungindi Aged Care Committee
    • Mungindi Showground & Racecourse Committee
    • Mungindi Youth Council
    • Weemelah Public Hall Management Committee
    • Treasurer of Arts North West

    Mrs Price also represented the broader Moree Plains community and over her tenure as a Councillor, chaired the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Alliance, chaired the ustralian Rural Roads Group and was a board member of Regional Development Australia – Northern Inland.

    In May 2019, Mrs Price was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her services to rural and regional NSW and announced as the recipient of the 2019 Minister’s Award for Women in Local Government as an Elected Representative from a Rural or Regional Council.

    Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor, Katrina Humphries stood for local government office in the same year, “Sue and I came into Moree Plains Shire Council together in 2008”, said Mayor Humphries.

    “Sue has been a wonderful Deputy Mayor and a fabulous representative for not only Mungindi but the whole of the shire. Sue is loyal, dignified and gracious.

    “Sue gave everything possible to the progress of the Inland Rail and I would not be able to imagine the number of kilometres she has travelled over the years to benefit us all.

    “Sue will be missed very much by our community and also by all the other people across the North West she has helped over the years.

    “On behalf of the people of the Moree Plains and beyond we thank Sue so much. We wish Sue and Glenn all the very best for their future; they will always have a place in our hearts”, concluded Mayor Humphries.

    Mrs Price concluded her responsibilities as Councillor today at her final council meeting.

    In relation to the vacancy created by Councillor Price’s resignation, Council today resolved to apply to the Minister for Local Government to provide an order that this vacancy not be filled prior to next year’s elections in September, given that Cr Price’s resignation has taken place within 18 months of such elections. This will dispense with the need to convene a by-election.

  • Farewell Councillor Sue Price OAM

    After just over 12 years around the Council table, Councillor Sue Price OAM formally resigned from her position and attended her last meeting of Moree Plains Shire Council today.

    The decision to step down from Council stems from Mrs Price relocating earlier this year to Toowoomba to be closer to her children and grandchildren.

  • Bring in 2021 with a Bang!
    Public Donations Fund closing soon

    Kick 2021 off with a bang with financial assistance from Council for your community, sporting and educational group!

    Community, sporting and educational groups across the Moree Plains are invited to secure funding from the Public Donations fund for the January – March quarter to help sponsor their next event, purchase new equipment or otherwise fund the provision of services for activities within the Shire.

    A whopping $20,000 is up for grabs with two rounds of funding to be determined by Council in January 2021, with only one round of funding having been offered thus far this financial year following restrictions placed on face-to-face Council meetings earlier this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

    Katrina Humphries, Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor highlighted that the public donations funding is an opportunity for groups within the Moree Plains Shire to secure sponsorship and support from Council.

    “I encourage all groups throughout the Shire to apply for funding from the public donations pool”, said Mayor Humphries.

    “Over the years we have helped sporting groups purchase new equipment, sponsored events such as Moree on a Plate, provided funding for scholarships, supported BAMM’s portrait prize competition, supported our elderly and sick, plus much more.

    “With two rounds available for initiatives taking place throughout the first few months of next year, we are excited to see how and who we can continue to support in our community with this funding”, said Mayor Humphries.

    Applicants must complete and submit a Public Donations Application Form no later than 5pm on Friday 18 December 2020 for Public Donations for the period from January to March 2021.

    In accordance with Council’s Public Donations Policy, applications received after the deadline will not be considered until Council’s first meeting in April.

    Applications will be presented to the Council at its meeting on 28 January 2021.

    A copy of the Public Donations Application Form and the Council’s Public Donations Policy are available on Council’s website www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au.

     

     

  • Finding Funding is now easier than ever

    Finding funding for community projects and business development is now easier than ever, following the launch of the Moree Plains Funding Finder free online grants database. Funding Finder will take the guesswork out of searching for grants and help groups and businesses across the Shire navigate the process, by bringing hundreds of grants together in a central location.

    Moree Plains Shire Council is committed to supporting local businesses and community groups to grow and thrive, and has joined forces with Australia’s most powerful grant search engine to deliver a free one-stop-shop website for business and community grants.

    Funding Finder has been designed to highlight the grants available to local businesses, community and sporting groups, not-for-profits and individuals specifically within the Moree Plains area. A remedy to the headache that often accompanies finding and applying for grants, Funding Finder eliminates grants not relevant to the Moree Plains area and identifies funding available from all levels of government as well as commercial and private entities.

    Council’s Economic Development and Grants Team Leader, Susannah Pearse is optimistic about the various opportunities businesses and community groups across the Moree Plains will be able to easily uncover through the Moree Plains Funding Finder.

    “We know that external sources of funding are absolutely critical to the functioning of local community groups and facilities. And in addition, there are unprecedented opportunities for businesses to access funding to support innovation and job creation.

    “Comprehensive grants databases are usually a fee-for-service platform, so it is exciting for Council to be able to provide an extensive resource of Federal, State and Council funding programs to local users free of charge.

    “Funding Finder is as easy as a Google search for grants. Using the search bar on the home page, you can easily search for grants either as a business or community group. Narrower searches can be conducted by applying filters relating to the industry, activity and grant status too.

    “In addition to searching for grants, Funding Finder also offers an email subscription platform, alerting subscribers when new grants open or change that are specific to their needs.

    “Registering means you can also save grants that interest you, prioritise grants, diarise opening and closing dates of grants and keep track of your grant applications”, explained Mrs Pearse.

    Director of Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby noted that the launch of the Moree Plains Funding Finder was going to put the power back into the hands of local businesses and community groups in seeking funding.

    “The platform enables businesses and community groups to thrive in their area by offering a simple way to search and apply for grants.

    “Funding Finder even offers tips for grant writing, explains their purpose and, if time is limited, provides a list of businesses that specialise in grant writing”, said Mr Witherby.

    Start the journey by registering to receive email alerts about available grants. The Moree Plains Funding Finder is now live and can be accessed at https://mpsc.grantguru.com.au/.

  • Level Two Water Restrictions now apply for Mungindi

    Water levels in Mungindi are particularly concerning generally, with low rainfall over recent months and no river flow.

    Last summer, residents will recall that a number of infrastructure upgrades were undertaken to supplement and ultimately replace the Mungindi town water supply with 100% artesian water. At the present time, Mungindi’s town water is supplied largely by river water although increasing amounts of artesian water are being preemptively utilised to better preserve the town water supply. Residents may notice that the town water supply is slightly warmer than usual as a result.

    Last year, a leased cooling tower was installed to cool the artesian water prior to treatment. Council is currently awaiting delivery of its own cooling tower, which is coming from overseas.

    Because there is some lead time prior to delivery and commissioning Council’s cooling tower at Mungindi, Council will be instigating more proactive measures to control water consumption in Mungindi for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year.

    As of midnight Wednesday 2 December 2020, Level Two Water Restrictions will apply in Mungindi until 31 December 2020.

    Council has in place a Water Supply Schemes Drought Management Plan which prescribes the approach to adopting water restrictions and residents in Mungindi should adhere to the following restrictions:

    • Sprinkler Systems to be used between 6:00am-9:00am and 7:00pm-10:00pm during Summer in accordance with the Odds and Evens Scheme. This means:
      • Households with odd street numbers are permitted to use their sprinklers on odd dates during the times prescribed;
      • Households with even street numbers are permitted to use their sprinklers on even dates during the times prescribed.
    • Handheld hoses and buckets can be used at any time.
    • Paved and concrete surfaces are not to be washed down.
    • Pools may be topped up with a hand held hose and swimming pool covers are required when not in use.
    • Car washing can only take place using a trigger hose and bucket.
    • Water can only be carted from a secure water source.
    • Residents are encouraged to only clothes wash when they have a full load.
    • Fountains are to be turned off but ponds may be topped up.

    For Commercial and Industrial water users in Mungindi, the following will apply:

    • Irrigation (Efficient User) consumption should be reduced by 15%.
    • Irrigation (Non Efficient User) consumption should be reduced by 25%.
    • Washing of commercial buildings and windows is discouraged.

    Further details of these water restrictions can be found on Council’s website www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au within its Water Supply Schemes Drought Management Plan. If residents of Mungindi have any questions about these restrictions, they are encouraged to contact Council directly.

  • Inland Rail driving local jobs in Moree

    Momentum is building for construction of the Inland Rail in the Moree Plains, with ARTC and its head contractor Trans4m Rail hosting three community information sessions this week in Moree for job seekers and prospective subcontractors, suppliers and equipment providers.

    With nearly 200 attendees at the sessions, Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries is incredibly proud of the significant local interest being generated by the project, including from local job seekers.

    “We have this magnificent project running right through our Shire. It’s undoubtedly going to change the future of the black soil plains.

    “But in the short and medium term, the opportunity to be part of this project is real. The attendance at this week’s sessions has shown our community members are motivated and getting ready. I am so proud of our locals for making the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

    “To participate in the project, job seekers need to access the Trans4m Rail employment website to apply now” said the Mayor.

    Trans4m Rail, the Contractor for phase 1 of the Narrabri to North Star project, has recently launched its website www.trans4mrail.com.au and is committed to sourcing local employees for the project.

    With a total workforce of 450 people required during the project life cycle, job seekers are urged to visit the website for their chance to be part of this nation building project.

    A number of positions are currently being advertised for trades, labour and operator roles and professional roles and if you are new to the workforce or the construction industry and are looking to kick start your career, there are a number of entry level roles that may offer the opportunity you are looking for.

    For further information about procurement and employment opportunities email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact Council’s Regional Activation Unit on (02) 6757 3440.

  • Public Notice - Presentation of financial statements

    General Purpose Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020

    Public notice – Presentation of financial statements

    as per Section 418 (3) of the Local Government Act.

    In accordance with Section 418 (3) of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW), Moree Plains Shire Council advises that the Ordinary Council meeting to be held on 10 December 2020 at 5pm will include the presentation of the audited Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports for the year ending 30 June 2020.

    A summary of the Financial Statements is provided below.

     

    2020

    $ '000

    2019

    $ '000

    Income Statement

       

    Total income from continuing operations

    77,102

    67,055

    Total expenses from continuing operations

    60,090

    56,285

    Operating result from continuing operations

    10,770

    10,770

    Net operating result for the year

       

    17,102

    10,770

    Net operating result before grants and contributions provided for capital purposes

    (944)

    1,225

    Statement of Financial Position

       

    Total current assets

    53,582

    51,842

    Total current liabilities

    (27,457)

    (12,443)

    Total non-current assets

    463,787

    526,077

    Total non-current liabilities

    (35,123)

    (50,701)

    Total equity

    454,789

    514,775

    Other financial information

       

    Unrestricted current ratio (times)

    1.75

    3.49

    Operating performance ratio (%)

    -0.02%

    5.81%

    Debt service cover ratio (times)

    2.38

    5.09

    Rates and annual charges outstanding ratio (%)

    7.69%

    5.83%

    Infrastructure renewals ratio (%)

    132.62%

    118.87%

    Own source operating revenue ratio (%)

    61.91%

    68.53%

    Cash expense cover ratio (months)

    8.61

    9.14

    In accordance with Section 420 of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW), any person may make a submission in writing to Council with respect to the Council’s Audited Financial Statements or the Auditor’s Reports.

    Copies of the Audited Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reportsmay be inspected at:

    Internet:                                                          www.mpsc.nsw.gov.au

    Locations:                                                      Main Office - Level 2, Max Centre, 30 Heber Street, Moree

                                                                               Moree Branch Library – 36 Balo Street, Moree

                                                                               Mungindi Library and Office - 153 St George Street, Mungindi

    Submissions close one week after the above public meeting has been held.

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