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Community Announcements

NSW Governor appoints Administrator to Council

On Wednesday 29 January 2020, the Governor of New South Wales appointed an Administrator to the Balranald Shire Council.

The Administrator is Michael Colreavy, an experienced local government leader and manager.  Mr Colreavy replaces the elected Mayor and Councillors, whose offices were declared vacant by the Governor. Mr Colreavy has been appointed for a term of more than four years up to the September 2024 local government elections.

The Administrator acts as the elected Council body and performs the functions and responsibilities of the Council. The Council management now reports to Mr Colreavy.

The appointment was on the recommendation of the Minister for Local Government, the Hon. Shelley Hancock MP.  Minister Hancock also tabled in the NSW Parliament the results of the Public Inquiry into Balranald Shire Council.  The Public Inquiry began in January 2019 and its report tabled on 29 January 2020 confirmed widespread dysfunction in the Council and a failure to serve the interests of the community.

Mr Colreavy’s appointment will provide independent leadership with priorities to:

  • Restore good governance; working with the existing Balranald Shire Council executive team
  • Restore good relationships with the community
  • Ensure that the community’s voice is heard and represented

Mr Colreavy has served in local government for more than 37 years, including 12 years as a council general manager and another eight years in local government leadership roles. A feature of his credentials is his depth of experience with regional councils.

Michael Colreavy may be contacted at Council on telephone 5020 1300 or by email at council@balranald.nsw.gov.au

BALRANALD COUNCIL ISSUED WITH A PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT ORDER

The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP, Minister for Local Government has issued Balranald Shire Council with a Performance Improvement Order.

Click here to view the order

Click here to view the Updated Implementation Plan – Dec 2017

Click here to view the Updated Implementation Plan – February 2018

Click here to view the Updated Implementation Plan – April 2019

Letters received from Office Local Government

  1. Letter – Notice of Intention to Issue Performance Improvement Order
  2. letter from The Hon. Gabrielle Upton – issue with Improvement Order
  3. Letter from OLG re improvement order December 2017
  4. letter from OLG December 2017

Transcriptions from Public Hearings in Balranald

Transcript – 31 July 2019

Transcript – 1 August 2019

Transcript – 6 August 2019

Transcript – 7 August 2019

NOTICE OF PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT

Periodically Council receives development applications which require public notice as part of the approval process. 

Notice is provided on receipt of such applications on Council’s Developments on Exhibition page, to view any current proposals please click here

NSW Rural Fire Service Announcement – NSW Bush Fire Danger Period begins on October 1

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is reminding Balranald and Wentworth residents that the Bush Fire Danger Period for these areas will commenced on Saturday October 1.

FIRE PERMITS WILL BE REQUIRED DURING THE STATUTORY BUSH FIRE DANGER PERIOD

NSW RFS Superintendent Steve Walker advises that “Come October 1, any person burning in the open without a valid Permit risks heavy penalties. Residents wishing to light a fire in the open are still required to notify the Dareton Fire Control Centre and their neighbours, 24 hours prior to lighting up anytime of the year”.

All residents in the Balranald and Wentworth areas need to be vigilant and extremely careful with fire.

Please contact the Dareton Fire Control Centre for any advice in relation to burning requirements and notifications.

Any person who fails to notify their neighbours or the relevant fire authority may risk fines starting at $1,100

“We don’t want to have to fine anyone in our community; it is as simple as making a phone call to avoid any legal ramifications.” Supt Walker said

Supt Walker would also like to remind residents of Balranald and Wentworth that information in the media released by the CFA may differ from what is required in NSW, so he encourages residents who are unsure of anything to call the Dareton Fire Control Centre Monday to Friday from 900am to 430 pm, on 03 5027 4422, or call into the office at 58 – 60 Mitchell Avenue Dareton.

Neighbourhood Safer Places on the NSW RFS Website

Since 2010, the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) has been managing the Neighbourhood Safer Places (NSP) programme across New South Wales. The NSP concept evolved out of the 2009 Victorian Bush Fires Royal Commission. The primary purpose of a NSP is the protection of human life.  Their function is to provide a place of last resort for members of the community to shelter during a bush fire.

It is an essential part of the NSP programme that accurate and up-to-date information about the status and location of local NSPs be provided to the community, and the NSW RFS updates the NSP information on their website regularly and is therefore able to provide the most accurate and up-to-date information concerning NSPs within each Local Government Area (LGA).

The NSW RFS has recently updated their public website and the link to all information regarding NSPs on the website is provided below:

http://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/plan-and-prepare/neighbourhood-safer-places

The NSW RFS will continue to provide any changes to NSPs within a LGA and this link will ensure that any information provided remains up-to-date and consistent, and direct local residents to the current information regarding NSPs in your area.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

For information regarding how and when the NDIS will roll out in NSW for people with disability, their families and carers and service providers, please click here http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/

AUSTRALIAN INTERSTATE QUARANTINE – BE AWARE OF YOUR RESTRICTIONS

It’s always a good idea to check any restrictions that may apply to traveller’s crossing state lines or borders with produce that may be restricted in different states.

TRAVELLERS CAN FACE ON THE SPOT FINES FOR TAKING PROHIBITED ITEMS ACROSS BORDERS.

Help protect our agricultural industries and environment from pests and diseases.

STAY UP TO DATE:

Quarantine requirements may change as new pests, diseases and weeds are detected.

For the most up to date information, visit the Interstate Quarantine website http://www.interstatequarantine.org.au/ or telephone 1800 084 881 during business hours Mon-Fri.

Click Australian-Interstate-Quarantine-Travellers-guide-24.03.17 to download the guide

Draft documents currently on Exhibition

From time to time, Council prepares draft documents for exhibition. The community is invited to comment on these documents.

Comments are considered by Council before adoption.  Documents are open for comment for a period of 28 days.

Please click here to be directed to the Exhibition of Draft documents page

Notice of Intended pesticide Application

Councils Weeds Officer, through a maintenance program, sprays intermittent weeds throughout the Shire.

Under the Pesticides Regulation 2009, at least 5 working days’ notice must be provided before a licensed pest management technician (pest controller) uses pesticides to treat any common areas of a multiple occupancy property, or uses spray or liquid pesticides adjacent to a sensitive place.

Please click on this link for more information  – http://tinyurl.com/ptdqq2d

Wood Smoke Reduction – top tips for better woodheater operation

All slow combustion woodheaters tend to smoke at light-up or refuelling.  However, there is no reason for woodheaters to smoke excessively for long periods of time if they are operated correctly and are well maintained.

Minimising the emission of visible smoke from woodheaters and fireplaces can have substantial health benefits for the community in view of the harmful impacts of wood smoke.

For more information, please go to: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/woodsmoke/resources.htm#excessive