Wingecarribee Shire Council - 2ST

Another blow for Destination Southern Highlands

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Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator claims Destination Southern Highlands has lost its direction and relevance.

Viv May made the comments at yesterday's council meeting, despite the organisation winning numerous state and national awards.

He's instructed the General Manager to develop a new business model in consultation with not only industry and stakeholders, but local residents.

"A model that taps into the proud tradition of volunteering in the Southern Highlands and has a presence at community events,

"In other words the Visitor Centre should be a significant economic driver that is run under the authority of council with employees working in partnership with stakeholders and residents,''Mr. May said.

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Bridge club loan knocked back

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Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator has knocked back a request from the Southern Highlands Bridge Club for a loan of $470,000.

The club is leasing land at the David Woods playing fields and wanted to use the money to construct their own clubhouse and carpark.

Viv May spoke about the matter at this week's council meeting.

"Some people might not like me saying this, but in my view this is alienation of very valuable public community open space,

"It's unfortunate that I inherited the lease and the problem, it's one of those legacy issues,"Mr. May said.

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Christmas comes to Bundanoon

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The Christmas spirit is well and truly alive in Bundanoon.

Wingecarribee Council has installed a large eight metre Christmas tree opposite the Primula Cafe and bus shelter, which is a very first for the village.

Bundanoon Community Association President Andy Carnahan said the village is also holding a get together next month to welcome the festive season.

"Just very casual in the hall on Saturday December 11, starting with a kids movie,

There'll be pre -dinner drinks for the early birds and hopefully a bit of music on the street,''Mr. Carnahan said.

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Civic centre & library to re-open

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The new look Civic Centre and Library will be open to the public from today.

Wingecarribee Council’s General Manager Lisa Miscamble said the jewel in the crown is without doubt the reconstructed library.

“It now offers a more welcoming and modern light-filled area for patrons to enjoy at their leisure,”she said.

The foyer, council chambers and customer service area have also been refurbished.

The temporary opening hours for the library are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 5:30pm and Wednesday 1pm to 5:30pm.

You'll need to show proof of your double vaccination or medical exemption to enter.

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Council calls extraordinary meeting

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Wingecarribee Council has called for an extraordinary meeting to take place on Wednesday November 24.

Council’s Interim Administrator Mr Viv May wants to consider additional council business items including audited financial statements and the quarterly financial review to the end of September.

The meeting will take place in the Moss Vale Council Chambers at 3:30pm.

Covid restrictions apply and seating numbers are limited.

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Council now taking Christmas gifts

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Wingecarribee Council has launched its Christmas Giving Tree, aimed at supporting local families in need.

The tree will be situated in the Moss Vale Civic Centre until December 17.

Council's only request is that gifts are new and that they be left unwrapped under the tree.

All items donated will be passed on to the local branch of the Salvation Army where they will be sorted before being distributed in time for Christmas Day.

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Council terminates building contract

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Increased delays and performance breaches have forced Wingecarribee Council to terminate its contract with the civic centre builder Matrix Group Co. Pty Ltd

The project began at the start of 2020 and was slated for completion in January this year.

Council's General Manager Lisa Miscamble said contingency plans will enable them to step in and complete the remainder of the project.

This should be done by the end of the year.

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Fallen tree blocking Centennial Rd Bowral

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Endeavour energy and Wingecarribee Council crews are in the process of removing a large tree which has fallen across Centennial Road in Bowral near Peppers Craigieburn

The tree has come into contact with powerlines and about eight homes are without power.

The road is blocked off in both directions.

Residents are being asked to stay well away from the site.

A power restoration time is unclear at this stage.

 

Financial statements show deficits

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For the first time, in a long time, Wingecarribee Council has recorded financial losses.

The 2020/21 annual financial statements show a deficit of more than $700,000 and the General Fund also reported a deficit of $4.3 million.

Below are a number of factors which havelead to this:

* Cattle put through at the Southern Regional Livestock Exchange down due to COVID ($446k)

* Tulip Time revenue down due to COVID ($400k)

* Unplanned terminations & redundancies ($893k)

* Refunding fees received from Welcome Centre ($121k)

* Independent Reviews and Audits ($115k)

* Workers compensation insurance premium increases (by $500k to $1.9 mill).

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Gary Turland resigns as Deputy Mayor

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GARY TURLAND has angrily resigned from his post as Wingecarribee Shire Council Deputy Mayor .

It followed a Notice of Motion put forward by Councillor Turland at last night's meeting calling on  General Manager ANN PRENDERGAST to provide written and verbal reports on how the Berrima Road Project failed in its critical path process, what she proposed to do to stop all projects failing.. and what she has done to stop any future project from failing.

It led to some heated words between Councillor Turland and Mayor DUNCAN GAIR before his motion was defeated by a vote of 5-4.

It was then he announced " Over this issue I will not stand here as Deputy Mayor - You choose someone who will do it" and resigned on the spot.
The Mayor asked if he wished to reconsider, to which he answered " No what's the point.. I don't want any part of it."

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Get on board for Seniors Festival in Wingecarribee

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The 2022 NSW Seniors Festival is being held at the end of March, and Wingecarribee Council is looking for community groups, businesses and organisations that want to be involved.

Each year council coordinates a program of events focusing on keeping seniors healthy, active and social, including community and council-led events.

This year’s theme is Reconnect and council is looking for community-led activities that help connect all community members.

Council’s Director Corporate Strategy and Resourcing, Carmel Foster, explained the importance of the festival for the shire’s seniors.

"It provides an opportunity for seniors to develop new skills, meet people with similar interests and find out how they can get involved with other events throughout the year," she said.

She explained reconnecting could take a range of formats.

“Whether it’s an in-person, virtual, or hybrid event, we want to hear from people and organisations interested in participating.”

Expressions of interest must be received by 4 pm on Friday, November 19.

To apply, visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/seniors or contact Wingecarribee Shire Council on 4868 0888.

Wingecarribee Shire’s 2022 Seniors Festival program of events is expected to launch early next year.

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Grand parade applications sought

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Wingecarribee Shire Council is seeking applications from community groups wanting to take part in next year’s Australia Day Grand Parade in Berrima.

That could include local charities, community and volunteer groups, schools, sporting groups and classic car clubs.

The parade will get underway at midday.

Applications close on January 17 and for further information click here

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Growing frustration for builders

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If you're sick of the wet weather, then spare a thought for local builders.

Not only have they had to contend with the rain, there's the Christmas break coming up, a shortage of building supplies and a lack of qualified tradespeople.

That's on top of the challenges faced during covid.

GJ Gardener Homes Manager David O'Brien said a lack of planning staff at Wingecarribee Council is also incredibly frustrating.

"There just isn't the man power to keep up with the demand at the moment,

"We've communicated with our clients about all of these issues and the majority of them are very understanding,"Mr. O'Brien said.

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Have your say about Cook Street playspace

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Residents keen to have their say about the design of the new Cook Street Park playspace in Mittagong are being invited on site this afternoon between 4:30 and 6pm.

If its raining the gathering will be held at the Welby Hall.

The park was closed back in 2019, due to its age and was nominated by the community as a priority project when the Playspace Strategy was adopted in 2020.

There are currently two design options on the table and for further information click here.

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Interim Administrator signs off on $165K consultant

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Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator has signed off on a tender costing almost $165,000.

It will involve a consultant carrying out a Community and Recreational Facilities Strategy for the shire.

Tredwell Management Services will be asked to prepare the draft by August.

At last night's extraordinary meeting VIV MAY suggested the idea of having a probity advisor on the assessment team.

"It's only an idea, I'm not saying it's got to happen, it's really an operational matter,

"I think it would give additional confidence to the community,"Mr. May said.

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Interim Administrator: I'm not convinced Lackey Park is the best spot

 

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Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator had decided to put the Lackey Park Regional Sporting Hub project on hold until a Sports Facility Strategy is completed.

Viv May told yesterday's council meeting that he's not convinced Lackey Park is the best spot for the project.

"I think we need to ask the community about where a regional sporting hub sits in the wishlist against a regional aquatic facility .

"I'm told schools cram into Bowral Pool, now that Mittagong is closed, and no one's happy,'' Mr May said.

Wingecarribee Council approved a concept masterplan for the project back in November last year.

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Moss Vale bypass information session

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Wingecarribee Council will be holding an information session about the proposed Moss Vale Bypass.

Council’s Director of Service and Project Delivery, Ms Karin Targa said the project is a crucial step in alleviating traffic congestion and also supporting the the Southern Highlands Innovation Park.

The session will be held at the Moss Vale Civic Centre on Tuesday February 22 between 6 and 7pm.

It will provide residents with an opportunity to find out more about the project.

To register click here

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New chambers not to Administrator's liking

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Wingecarribee Council's Interim Administrator Viv May is calling on feedback from residents about a proposal to modify the recently refurbished Council Chambers.

Mr May believes the changes would make the room more welcoming and practical.

"Since chairing my first meeting of Council under Administration I have felt the refurbished Chambers leave a lot to be desired,

“In my opinion the room creates a distinct divide between Council and the community,"Mr. May said.

The work would involve removing the podium, changing the levels within the room and reconfiguring the communication and information hardware

This would cost around $40,000.

Unless contrary views are received by the end of December, Mr. May will be instructing Council to undertake the changes in time for the first meeting of next year.

To contact Mr. May email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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New solar system at Moss Vale civic centre

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A new solar photovoltaic system installed on top of the Moss Vale Civic Centre is now operational.

The 100-kilowatt system is expected to generate 142 megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity per year.

They're also operating at Bowral Library, the Mittagong Rural Fire Service Building and Moss Vale Depot to name a few.

Wingecarribee Council has about 377 kilowatts in renewable energy installed on Council facilities.

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Night time operation to remove Bowral's Pin Oaks

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Calls for the community to be notified before eight historic Pin Oak trees are removed from Station Street in Bowral, have been shut down by Wingecarribee Shire Council.

Councillor Ian Scandrett presented a Notice of Motion to Wednesday’s council meeting, calling for residents and businesses to be given two weeks’ notice before the iconic trees are bulldozed as part of roadworks, however his motion did not get up.

Cr Scandrett says the meeting was told the trees would be moved during night works.

He says more than 10 community groups have expressed opposition to the tree removal, and claims some councillors are ignoring the wishes of the community.

The roadworks form part of the construction of a feeder road which will link the township with the proposed $18 million Bowral by-pass.

Photo shows a recent community protest (by John Swainston).

Nominations sought for Australia Day awards

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Wingecarribee Council is now seeking nominations for the 2022 Australia Day Awards.

There are two categories including Citizen of the Year and the Young Citizen of the Year, which is open to residents aged 25 and younger.

Council's Interim Administrator Viv May said even if you think someone is well known for their achievements, it’s best not to assume they’ve already been nominated.

Nominations close on December 3.

For further details click here 

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Online DAs now mandatory for Wingecarribbee

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Wingecarribee Shire Council customers must now submit Development Applications via the online NSW Planning Portal.

Council’s Group Manager Planning, Development and Regulatory Services, Nick Wilton said the rollout of the new electronic lodgement service had been several years in the making.

“Back in late 2019 the Premier of NSW announced that ePlanning Digital Services would become mandatory for certain councils starting in 2020,” he said.

“These councils generally included larger metropolitan and regional councils.”

“The remaining 80 regional councils, including Wingecarribee Shire Council, were subsequently required to commence using the ePlanning Digital Services beginning 1 January 2021.

“While we’ve actually provided the service as an option for the last six months, it’s now compulsory that all development applications are submitted using this online tool.”

The implementation of the Premier’s mandate required amendments to the Environmental Planning and Assessment Regulation 2000.

These amendments make the use of the electronic portal mandatory for the lodgement of certain applications including development applications (DA’s) and modifications, applications for complying development certificates (CDC’s) and for certificates under Part 6 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act.

Mr Wilton said the new ePlanning service allowed customers to lodge DA’s online from anywhere and at any time without the need to come into Council or use more traditional methods such as post or email.

“The introduction of this online service is a further step towards digitally transforming the NSW planning system,” he said.

"The aim of this online portal is to reduce application processing times, simplify the planning process and provide customers with greater transparency and assurance.”

Mr Wilton said the introduction of the digital platform would enable Council to launch numerous additional online customer service improvements throughout the year. For more information on the NSW Planning Portal including how to submit an online development application, visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/development.

“Should customers have any questions regarding electronic lodgements of any applications, they can contact Council’s Planning Development and Regulatory Services Group on 4868 0888.”

Opinion - People will pay the price if council shut down

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Radio 2st announcer and former Shoalhaven City Councillor Graeme Day says, if Wingecarribee Shire Council is suspended, it will be the local residents and developers waiting for projects to be approved, that will pay the price.

“Just stopping the whole council in its tracks does nothing for our community,” he said.

“It certainly doesn’t do anything for those people that have been helped by council and are waiting projects to be done and developments to be done by council.

“If they are suspended, don’t be surprised if they go into administration, and if that’s the case, then nothing will get done.”

Mr Day says, while the community may be disillusioned with some of the politics and some of the antics that have been going on at Wingecarribee Shire Council, he has labelled attempts by State MPs Nathaniel Smith and Wendy Tuckerman to have the council suspended, as “naïve”.

“It is totally naïve for these two Members of Parliament to say the whole thing should be shut down and suspended, because we’ve only got six months to go before a local council election in September,” he added.

“If you want to suspend council, that means nothing will get done for six months.

“Everything will stop in its tracks - that’s just the way it works.”

Mr Day believes those that have been “feeding the MPs information” want to “bring council down so they can then stand and do exactly the same thing the council is doing now”.

He says people do get disillusioned with council and they like to take “pot shots”.

“But when you look at the council’s achievements in the last number of years, they’ve achieved a lot and they’re still achieving - the councillors and the council staff.

“Do you really want your democratic right to vote, in or out, the people that represent you day-to-day taken away by these two?

“It’s bloody ludicrous.”

Mr Day says the 50,000 people in the Wingecarribee are “masters of their own destiny”.

“We don’t need politicians suspending the councillors that we deal with day-to-day.

“There are councillors that are causing problems, but you don’t suspend the lot just because of a couple.”

MPs Smith and Tuckerman claim council meetings, which are held online, continue to fail to meet the Model Code of Meeting Practice for Local Councils in NSW and that council is not acting in an open and transparent manner regarding major projects it intends to undertake.

Yesterday, in a Sydney Morning Herald interview, NSW Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock urged the state’s 1300 councillors to “take a good look at themselves”, saying the government had no tolerance for “petty politics” in the months leading up to the September Council elections.

“Ratepayers rightfully expect high standards of leadership and behaviour from their elected representatives,” she said.

“That’s why, ahead of the September elections, I am warning all councils to make sure they do the right thing or face disciplinary proceedings.”

In September last year, Mrs Hancock issued Wingecarribee Council with a Performance Improvement Order.

Wingecarribee Mayor Duncan Gair says the whole council is being tarred with the brush of a couple of councillors who “want to be disruptive” and “not let council get on with business”.

Listen to Graeme's podcast HERE

Parents and students confronted by protestors over Frensham School's bush cabin plans

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Parents and students have been confronted by placard waving locals, protesting against Frensham school's controversial plan to build eight Eco Cabins and a multi-purpose hall, plus  attendant services, in school bushland known as the Lower Holt.

249 trees to be felled for the project which environmentalists says will destroy native habitat endangering resident wombats and platypus habitats.

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Residents say it is is justified to confront the parents and students.

Over 2500 people have signed a petition calling for this planned  building development to be moved to already cleared land on the school's property. 

Protestor Sarah Cains said "The school has refused requests from local residents to discuss their opposition to the development".

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Jenny Simons is the grand mother of a former students and said, “I value the  environmental education my grand-daughter received at Frensham but I fear this will be  denied to future students.

"It is shocking to think that they might be witnessing the  destruction of the school’s precious bushland," she said.

Resident Maree Tynan said "Schools in particular, need to show their students that they are standing up for sustainable  practices and protection of our fast-disappearing environmental assets”. 

Ex Frensham student, Rowena Parry said, "The plan saddens and disappoints me. Please Frensham, reconsider and take a stance to be defenders, not destroyers, of our  precious and lovely natural world”.

Frensham has taken Wingecarribee Shire Council to the Land and Environment Court in  order to try to gain permission to fell 249 trees and build their bush cabins.

That hearing is scheduled for a date in March next year.

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Questions from the public back on the table

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Wingecarribee Council is re - introducing questions from the public at council meetings in a revised format.

It will now be known as ' Community Question Time ' and will start on Wednesday October 13.

Residents can only ask two questions and they will need to register no later than midday on the day of the meeting.

The session will not be broadcast to the public and people will have to turn up on the day.

Wingecarribee Council's Internal Administrator Viv May will reserve the right to take any question on notice and provide a response within seven days.

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Report released into Wingecarribee Shire Council's handling of the Black Summer Bushfires

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Wingecarribee Shires Internal Administrator has released a report into the council's handling of the 2019 / 2020 Black Summer Bushfires.

Interference amongst suspended councillors, a lack of leadership, and inexperience in dealing with large-scale disasters are amongst the report findings.

Internal Administrator, Viv May said the findings paint a sobering picture.

"The council's response was clearly not good enough and the organisation could have served the community better," he said

Mr. May conceded the size and scale of the bushfires were unprecedented and acknowledged that the council was not the lead combat agency.

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"This report demonstrates that the council and local government, in general, need to acknowledge that they are still the first and most important port of call for their respective communities," he said.

On the other hand, Mr. May pointed out many council staff went above and beyond and should be acknowledged for their efforts.

The report was prepared by former New South Wales Deputy Commissioner Dave Owens and makes 44 recommendations.

Click HERE to read the full report.

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Stadium plans hit hurdle

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The Moss Vale Basketball Association will be setting up a fundraising page in an effort to progress their development application for a new stadium.

It comes after Council's Interim Administrator declined a request for additional funding.

Viv May also told last night's meeting that no further monies would be spent until council developed a community and recreational facilities strategy.

Association Director Paul Barcicki said they'll just have to move on.

"It puts us in a very difficult position for the next election cycle,

"There's a significant amount of funding being offered by the Government at the moment, but without a DA, it's just an idea,"Mr. Barcicki said.

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Staff retention & recruitment a concern at council

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The United Services Union says a significant number of job vacancies at Wingecarribee Council are causing stress and anxiety amongst its members.

At yesterday's council meeting it was revealed staff retention over the last two or so years has ranged from between 24 and 26 per cent.

Union Official Rudi Oppitz said it's creating delays in planning assessment times.

"The shire is a growing area and the planning department needs to be functioning and appropriately staffed.

"I know our membership within the council are raising their concerns on a continual basis with respective managers,"Mr. Oppitz said.

Council's Interim Administrator Viv May also spoke about the issue at last night's council meeting.

"I would think in relation to DA's, Wingecarribe Council is not alone in the number of DA's coming in to all councils.

"I'm very conscious of the difficulties, that the planning section here has had and we're going through a re-building stage,"Mr. May said.

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Submissions called for the Public Inquiry into former Wingecarribee Shire Council

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The Wingecarribee Shire Council Public Inquiry information about the conduct of the Inquiry has been released.

All contact to the inquiry will be through Email, Post, or Telephone and no contact is to be made with the Commissioners directly.

The Commissioner has also invited written submissions prior to Public Hearings from the former council, councillors, council staff, government agencies, and the public.

It's not intended to make submissions publicly available during the hearing.

Those submissions should be received by the 29th of October.

Submissions should be sent to Locked Bag 3004, Nowra NSW 2541 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Details of the venue and times of public hearings will be announced in due course and will be advertised by public notice.

Persons having information relevant to the terms of the Inquiry are being encouraged to come forward voluntarily. 

The Commissioner may also summons any person to attend the Inquiry, give evidence, and produce any documents in that person’s custody or control.

The Commissioner has the right to exercise his discretion to hear evidence and or oral submissions in a private hearing.

The Commissioner may also pass on information, evidence, or material given to the Inquiry to any law enforcement agency, such as the  Director of Public Prosecutions, the Commissioner of Police, or the Independent  Commission Against Corruption if the information or material relates, or may relate to a breach of the law.

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Temporary closure of Clarence St toilets

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The public toilets in Clarence Street in Moss Vale will be closed for the next few months for refurbishment work.

That includes replacing all bathroom fixtures and tiling, removing existing skylights and installing new electrical and solar lighting,

Also replacing roofing and guttering, general repainting and restoration of the garden beds.

The project will start on Thursday and should be completed by May.

People can alternatively use the public toilets in Leighton Gardens.

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Tender accepted for bypass design work

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Wingecarribee Council has accepted a tender for detailed designs to be prepared for Stage one of the Moss Vale Bypass.

The work will be carried out by MU Group Pty Ltd at a cost of $1.56 million dollars and should be completed by June 2023.

Council's General Manager Lisa Miscamble has spoken about the importance of the project for the region

“A Bypass for Moss Vale has the potential to deliver enormous transport benefits to the Southern Highlands and provide a significant stimulus to the local economy,”she said.

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Three day virtual bushfire expo

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Wingecarribee Council is teaming up with Wollondilly Council to host an online bushfire Response, Recovery and Resilience Expo.

The virtual expo will be held over three days starting on Friday and will feature a number of guest speakers including Head of Resilience NSW, Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons and Disaster Recovery Expert Anne Leadbeater.

Issues to be covered include disaster preparedness, recovery assistance and rebuilding advice.

Bookings are essential, and to register click here

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Wingecarribee mayor believes dismissal is a 'fait accompli'

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An urgent meeting of Wingecarribee Shire Council will be held to decide whether the council will make a plea to NSW Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock to reconsider a possible dismissal.

The meeting will be held in the refurbished Moss Vale council chambers from 4pm next Tuesday and will be live-streamed via council's website and Facebook page.

Mayor Duncan Gair believes the decision has already been made and he claims Mrs Hancock is preparing administrators to move in.

"I think it will be a fait accompli," he said.

"I don't believe that the minister will back down, I'll think we'll get a suspension order for probably six months as opposed the three.

"And that will coincide with the elections in September."

Cr Gair says he feels embarrassed by the situation that council has found itself in.

"I'm also disappointed for the community of the shire, I'm disappointed for the staff of the shire and I'm disappointed for some of the councillors who, through no fault of their own, are facing suspension - it just doesn't seem fair."

He said, if administrators are brought in, it will be the community that suffers.

"It means a lack of representation for the community.

"And council representation on committees and areas of community interest won't happen either."

Cr Gair believes the Covid-induced Zoom meetings contributed to the "dis-functional running of meetings".

"I believe some councillors orchestrated mayhem and mischief in council meetings, which has led to this situation.

"And I don't think that would have happened in the chamber.

"The only way I could control people was to mute them".

Listen to journalist Katrina Condie's Podcast with Cr Gair HERE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wingecarribee Shire Council Covid testing

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Wingecarribee Council is moving to protect staff and the public from the Covid-19 Virus threat.

A spokesperson said around 75% of our employees reside here in the Wingecarribee Shire.

We are your customers, friends and neighbours and we care deeply about our community and its people.

To help keep our community COVID safe, we’re introducing mandatory weekly testing for essential Council employees and contractors who travel into our Shire for work. This will commence on Monday 19 July 2021.

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I spokesperson said, we understand that there is a large percentage of our community who travel outside of the region for work. If you can’t work from home and travel into Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Wollongong or Shellharbour – please follow the stay at home order for 14 days since you last left the area.

To stay up to date with the latest health advice visit https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19.

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