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RED BULL BRANCHED OUT, A ONE OF A KIND SPEED TREE CLIMBING COMPETITION, DEBUTS IN BALRANALD IN 2017

RED BULL EVENT COMING TO BALRANALD!!…

Council is excited to announce that a RED BULL event; BRANCHED OUT, A ONE OF A KIND SPEED TREE CLIMBING COMPETITION will Debut in Balranald  in 2017.

This event will take place on October 13-14 during Balranald’s 5 Rivers Outback Festival.

Please click here to download the MEDIA RELEASE from RED BULL AUSTRALIA or head to Councils tourism website: http://visitbalranald.com.au/

“In partnership with Arboriculture Australia, the tree climbing event will bring together 50 of the country’s best tree climbers to battle it out in a race to the top of Australia’s iconic River Red Gums.

Preliminary qualifiers took place for 10 coveted spots in the main event. Come finals, seven targets will be set in a large tree canopy where the climbers will use rope and branches, swinging, climbing and racing through the canopy in a timed, progressive event format. In the end, only one male and one female will be crowned 2017 Red Bull Branched Out champions.

The thrilling speed tree-climbing event will take place during the weekend of Balranald’s popular 5 Rivers Outback Festival. With the Festival’s roots based on Balranald’s connection with the rivers and River Red Gums that surround the area, it will be a thrilling weekend for all to enjoy for competitors and spectators alike.

Balranald Shire Mayor, Cr Leigh Byron, said, “The Balranald Shire Council and the community are thrilled to host a Red Bull event in Balranald known for its rivers, wetlands and River Red Gums. We couldn’t be more excited to be involved in such a high energy event, while at the same time raising the profile of the care and management of trees via the work that Arboriculture Australia does.”

Further information will be announced about this exciting event in the coming months.

FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES LEVY DEFERRED

The NSW Government has deferred the introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL).  This has been done to ensure small to medium businesses do not face an unreasonable burden in their contribution to the State’s fire and emergency services.

Please click on the link for further information: http://fireandemergencyserviceslevy.nsw.gov.au/

EXTENSION OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION PERIOD

Due to amendments to Councils DRAFT Operational Plan incorporating the 2017/18 Budget & Revenue Policy, Council has extended the deadline for public comments.

Written comments and feedback are to be received at Council no later than 3.00pm, Wednesday 28 June 2017 addressed to
The General Manager,
P.O. Box 120,
BALRANALD NSW 2715

 

Please click on the following link to be directed to the exhibition of draft documents page to view this and all other documents currently on exhibition for public consultation.

 

 

PLANNED WORK ON SWAN HILL BRIDGE POSTPONED

Roads and Maritime Services, together with VicRoads, advises motorists, that due to a postponement of planned work, a width restriction on the Swan Hill Bridge will remain in place until next year.

Please click here to view the media release, or below on the graphic to enlarge

 

BALRANALD COUNCIL ISSUED WITH A PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT ORDER

MEDIA RELEASE

28 April 2017

BALRANALD COUNCIL ISSUED WITH A PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT ORDER

Council was advised in November of the Minister for Local Government’s intention to issue a Business Improvement Order.  Council has now received this Order.

This Order presents Council with a great opportunity to review its businesses processes and the way it delivers its services.  We welcome the appointment of Mr Alan McCormick, an experienced Local Government Practitioner, as Temporary Advisor to assist Council with this review and in addressing issues identified.

Since the initial advice received in November, Council has started work on improving its business processes, including the development and adoption of a business improvement plan and commencing actions to address issues identified.  Over the next ten weeks this implementation plan will be further developed for submission to the Minister for approval.  Once this implementation plan has been adopted by the Minister, Council will be required to report progress to the Minister.

Council considered the Performance Improvement Order at a pre-meeting workshop and at it’s April Council meeting and resolved to:

  • Acknowledge the Minister’s letter and accompanying Performance Improvement Order; and
  • Agree to cooperate fully with the Minister and Office of Local Government to ensure Council’s business processes meet best practice and are fully compliant with the requirements of the Minister’s Order.

Deputy Mayor, Councillor Purtill, acknowledged this is a great opportunity for Council to continue work on improving it’s business processes.   The outcomes of this work will be incorporated into Council’s 4 year Delivery Plan and its work practices going forward.

 

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For further comment, please contact Deputy Mayor Alan Purtill on 0429 201 301

 

Please go to community announcements to view the Order or click here

AUSTRALIAN INTERSTATE QUARANTINE – BE AWARE OF YOUR RESTRICTIONS

Please click here for further information regarding your rights and responsibilities when travelling, or go to Community Announcements

Major projects occurring in Balranald Shire

Balranald Shire has a number of major projects currently occurring in its Local Government area.

To keep up to date with the progress of these projects, please click on the following link to be directed to the Department of Planning website – http://www.majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=search&page_id=&search=&authority_id=430&search_site_type_id=&reference_table=&status_id=&decider=&from_date=&to_date=&x=38&y=21

CURRENT ROAD MAINTENANCE

Please go to the Current Maintenance page under roads for all road maintenance Work – Advice for Residents / Travellers to our area

Expression of Interest – Become a Retained Fire Fighter in the Balranald area

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is seeking adaptable, physically fit, team orientated men and women with a strong community spirit for employment as Retained Firefighters in the Balranald community area.

Click here for further information or go to the community announcements page for a fact sheet and application form.

Apply or register your interest NOW!

Apply or register your interest by searching for your local Retained Fire Station by entering your postcode or suburb on the website www.fire.nsw.gov.au

Telephone: 1800 347 437 or the Zone Office on (02) 6953 6583

Email:  ZoneRW3@fire.nsw.gov.au

National Broadband Network (NBN) works in Balranald and other areas

The National Broadband Network (NBN) is continuing to transition Australia to a digital future and will bring new opportunities to the whole country.

Construction of the nbn™ network has started in Balranald with planned availability: Apr 2017*.  Planned technology: nbn™ Fibre to the node (FTTN)*.

You can check your address at any time or register to keep informed with regular updates.

Click the link to find out more and when it will be available at your address http://www.balranald.nsw.gov.au/notice-board/community-announcements/nbn-rollout-digital-economy-broadband/