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News of the communities of the Paterson and Allyn River Valleys September 2018

Gresford Rural Fire Brigade Celebrating 60 NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) members came together on Saturday 14 July to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Gresford Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) and honour Lower Hunter District volunteers for their long-standing dedication and commitment to protecting the community. Story inside...

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The Gresford News Community Diary Sat 1 Sep Bush fire danger period begins in Lower Hunter Sun 9 Sep Vacy Village Country Carnival, 9.00am Fri 14 Sep Gresford Community Dinner, Gresford Bowls Sport & Recreation Club, 6.30pm Sat 15 Sep Presentation day – Scorpions juniors and seniors, SunScorp Stadium East Gresford, 10.00am Sat 15 Sep Scorps Presentation night, Hotel Beatty Sat-Sun 15-16 Sep Pryde's EasiFeed Hunter Polo Challenge, Wirragulla Polo Club ground, Tabbil Creek, Dungog Sun 15 Sep Community Markets, Hotel Beatty, 9.00am Sun 15 Sep MCMA Car Club Show & Shine + Live music, Hotel Beatty, 10.00am & 1.00pm Tues 18 Sep Rescheduled Gresford School of Arts AGM, Gresford School of Arts Hall 7.30pm Sat 22 Sep Gresford Public School 150th birthday Fri-Sun 21-23 Sep PedalFest, around Dungog Shire Sun 23 Sep Bingleburra Road closure due to PedalFest Fri 28 Sep-Mon 1 Oct Dungog Festival Fri 28 Sep-Mon 1 Oct Sculpture on the Farm, Fosterton, gala opening Fri 28 Sep Mon 8 Oct Gresford District Community Group AGM (not the usual date due to long w'end), Hotel Beatty, 6.30pm Mon-Fri 15-19 Oct Dungog Shire Council Green Waste Clean Up Mon/Tues Social ladies tennis starts, Mon or Tues mornings, Gresford Tennis Courts, 9.30–11.00am Tuesdays Spring/summer mixed Tuesday nights tennis, 7.30–9.30pm Mon & Wed Vacy and Gresford Dance Centre at Vacy School of Arts Hall Tuesdays Vacy and Gresford Dance Centre at Gresford School of Arts Hall Friday afternoons Junior tennis coaching, Gresford Tennis Courts 1st Sun each month Fresh Home Grown Produce Day at Vacy General Store. Money goes back to grower. 1st Mon each month Gresford District Community Group Meeting, 6.30pm, Hotel Beatty, all welcome! (not Jan) 1st Wed each month Gresford Rural Fire Brigade meeting, station, 7.30pm 1st Thurs each month CWA Gresford Branch Meeting, CWA rooms, East Gresford, 9.30am (not Jan) 1st & 2nd Sun each month Gresford Historical Centre (Therese Doyle Hall) 10am-2pm & by appt. Ph George Sales 4938 9639 2nd Mon each month Gresford Historical Society Meeting, Therese Doyle Hall, 10.30am (not Dec, Jan or June) 2nd Tues each month Gresford District Landcare Group Meeting, Hotel Beatty, 7.30pm (not Jan) 2nd Sat each month Book Club, CWA rooms, East Gresford, 3.00pm (not Dec or Jan) 3rd Tues each month Paterson Allyn Garden Group meet, 10.00am (not Jan) 3rd Fri each month Gresford Public School P&C Meeting, school library, 10.00am Last Thurs each month Gresford District Agricultural Society Meeting, Showground Luncheon Pavilion, 7.30pm Every Wed, Fri & Sun Gresford Bowls Sport & Recreation Club Raffles, from 6.30pm Every Mon & Thur (school terms) Hunter Mobile Preschool, Vacy School of Arts Hall, 9.00am 49346725 Every Tue & Fri (school terms) Hunter Mobile Preschool, Gresford School of Arts, 9.00am 49346725 Every Thur Happy hour and free pool and jukebox at the Hotel Beatty Every Fri Cricket Club Raffles at the Hotel Beatty Every Wed & Fri (school terms) Yoga with Donna Cavanough, Wed–gentle, Fri–general, Vacy School of Arts Hall, 9.15am Every Wed Gresford PlayTime, children 0-5 & carers, Gresford School of Arts, 10.00am Every Sunday The Gresford Congregational Church welcomes you, 10.30am

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Gresford News Notices Bush fire danger period begins Saturday 1 September Due to the current conditions in Lower Hunter, the bush fire danger period for Lower Hunter has been brought forward to the 1st of September. This means the lighting of fires (excluding cooking fires) for the purpose of hazard reduction will require a permit. Broad acre/hectare burning will still require a Hazard Reduction Certificate (HRC). The decision to allow agricultural burning will be made between the Farmer, Brigade Contact the District Office. Days of increased fire danger (Very High and above) will automatically have permits suspended. For more info: www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/ fire-information/BFDP Remember Dungog Council has a clean air policy seperate to the RFS requirements, more information can be found at www.dungog.nsw.gov.au/live/openburning-dungog-shire-council-area

Gresford Community Dinner Friday 14 September, 6.30pm, Gresford Sport & Recreation Club Bookings Lucy 0418 289 028

Gresford District Community Group AGM Mon 8 Oct, 6.30pm, Hotel Beatty NB: change of date due Oct long weekend.

Wirragulla Polo 15-16 September The Pryde's EasiFeed Hunter Polo Challenge is a great family time out at the Wirragulla Polo Club ground, Tabbil Creek, Dungog.

Dungog PedalFest

Sculpture on the Farm Fri 28 Sept – Mon 1 Oct Gala opening Fri 28 Sept 5pm, Fosterton

Dungog Festival

28 Sep–1 Oct Fri 28 Sept • 5pm Gala opening Sculpture on the Farm, Fosterton • 9pm Settlers Arms Gig

Sat 29 Sept • Country Garden Ramble, Dungog & Fosterton • Gallery Openings, Dowling St • 9.30am Write That Script! Workshop, Uniting Church Hall • 12.30pm Gala Street Parade, Dowling St • 1pm Oktoberfest & Dachshund Races, Wallarobba Hall • 8pm Long Table Dinner, Dowling St Sun 30 Sept • 12pm Sunday Street Party: busking & street music, Food & Wine Fair, Kids’ Corner, stalls & workshops, main stage entertainment, Dowling St

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 September 10 x Push bike rides for all levels. Mon 1 Oct • 12.30pm Long Lazy Lunch, Including the Sun 23 Sept “Cairnsmore” Bingleburra Sportif (Full Length) Dungog – Gresford return. 50kms Over the w’end • 9 x Musical films, & Bingleburra Sportif (Half Length) James Theatre • Sculpture on the Farm, 30kms Dungog – Mt Richardson return. Fosterton • All day Street Music, venues & Sat 22 Sept Carb Dinner & Live Music gigs Dowling St • Vintage & Agricultural 'The Grasscutters', 6pm, Dungog Showground Vehicle Show, grassy field Dungog Railway Station.

DUNGOG SHIRE COUNCIL GREEN WASTE CLEAN UP 15 TO 19 OCTOBER 2018 Dungog Shire Council is providing a Kerbside Green Waste Clean-up for Residential premises within the 50km SIGN POSTED town areas of the following villages: Dungog, Clarence Town, Gresford, East Gresford, Paterson, Vacy and Martins Creek. Collections will commence on Monday 15 October. Residents are requested to put their Green Waste out the weekend before, at their normal weekly collection point. Two cubic metres of green waste will be accepted from each household. Acceptable items are: • Garden Prunings and tree limbs no longer than 1.8 metres and 250mm in diameter. • Lawn clippings and loose material must be in sturdy cardboard boxes. • All green waste must be securely tied with rope or string (not wire) into bundles. • All material must be of a manageable size for one person to lift. Unacceptable Items: • Items in plastic bags (including woven poly bags) • Large tree trunks & thorny bushes • Tree Stumps larger than 250mm in diameter • Timber with bolts, brackets etc. • Sawdust • Bundles secured with wire • Loose items • Any items other than Green Waste The contractor and Council have the right to reject any material that they consider unacceptable. Enquiries ~ JR RICHARDS & SONS ~ 1300 343 507


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Councillor Steve Low's letter (below) arrived just after the August Gresford News was printed. In the meantime over a few email exchanges he provided a second letter and the end statement...

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only being rehabilitated every 111 years (ignoring the fact that 85% of their length is ineligible).

Trending towards becoming “fit for the future” without actually achieving it, Council wants to reduce the rehabilitation SRV & Regional Roads Ratepayers should be aware that Dungog cycle from 111 to 47 years. But Dungog Shire ratepayers would be addressing the Shire has a proposal to increase our rates RMS policy shortcomings all by themselves by 98% over seven years towards becoming “fit for the future”. This Special at a cost of about $1 million annually. Rate Variation (SRV) would increase As the only Council in NSW that does not Council revenue by about $5.5 million have a Main Road that is fully funded by annually to address the infrastructure the NSW Government, which is rolling in backlog etc. money, ratepayers are being asked to foot the bill because there are so few of us One aspect under consideration is the using them. annual spending shortfall of $1,794,000 for rehabilitation of Regional Roads in While this is obviously inequitable, the Dungog Shire. continued indifference of the NSW These mostly worn out Main Roads were Government to our plight is hard to understand. It’s not our fault these roads dumped on us by the NSW Labor are not “fit the future”, they have never Government in 1995. Henceforth, the been, and unless the RMS policy is fixed, State is supposed to provide funding for they never will be. maintenance, with rehabilitation costs Steve low AM being shared 50:50 with Council. To date this requirement has diverted about $10 Fair Go Please Jodi million away from our local roads and The recent Dungog Chronicle article about services (2018 dollars). MidCoast Council receiving a grant of $50 The stark reality is that Dungog Shire million following the amalgamation of only receives half of what is needed from Gloucester, Great Lakes and Taree also RMS for proper maintenance while our carried some surprising comments from richer neighbours receive double what we Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay. get for the very same roads. This increases It reported that at the NSW Local Roads our burden for rehabilitation. Congress she committed a NSW Labor And if we are lucky in completion with Government to reviewing how federal our neighbours for limited funding, RMS road funding is allocated by the NSW provides $250,000 annually for Government to local councils because rehabilitation projects from a Budget Dungog Shire, with 602 KM of roads allocation that has not been increased in received $880,000 in Financial Assistance real terms for 23 years. This obviously Grants (FAG) last year while the richest falls far short of what should be provided. council in NSW, Sydney City, with only 300 KM, received $1.26 million. Moreover, only 15% of the length of Regional Roads in Dungog Shire carry However, the Grants Commission in each enough traffic to qualify for any State must strictly follow Commonwealth rehabilitation funding whatsoever, which guidelines in allocating FAG to Councils. leaves the remaining 85% in limbo. The So NSW could only seek a review of how only sections of our Main Roads that Commonwealth funds are distributed, qualify are south of Clarence Town, south and numerous such reviews of FAG have of Gostwyck intersection and between failed to gain approval of all States let Wirragulla and Dungog. alone the Commonwealth. A succession of Sydney centric NSW Governments have been made well aware that this policy fails our community. In response we have received some welcome one off grants, but they have refused to address the fundamental policy shortcomings. Council carries the responsibility for depreciating these Main Roads. Their expected service life is 30 years but with current RMS funding we are told they are

It is noble to lament the allocation of Commonwealth funds, and I hope her efforts pay off. But it would be more appropriate for the Shadow Minister to address the unfair distribution of NSW Government roads funding, which is also biased towards larger centres of population. One of her Labor Party predecessors gave us 122KM of worn out Main Roads to rebuild using existing funds, which since 1995 has diverted $10 million away from Local Roads. Also, the

RMS funding formula provides neighbour Councils almost double the funding per KM that Dungog receives to maintain the very same Main Roads. As the only LGA in NSW that does not have a fully funded State Road, the comments about inequity of Commonwealth funding divert attention from the inequitable treatment of our community by past and present NSW Governments, whether Coalition or Labor. I hope the Shadow Minister and Mr. Rush will also address this issue in their efforts to give us a fair go. Steve Low AM Email 1 August 2018 There are three issues here: 1. Commonwealth support for local government (FAG) has been reduced alarmingly. 2. The inequitable State Government RMS Regional Road policies and paucity of funding. 3. The outrageous proposal to increase Council rates by 98% over seven years which is a Council issue. We should not have to pay extra because the RMS policy fails to properly fund maintenance and rehabilitation of regional roads. This point needs to be demonstrated to IPART as the reason why we will not do so.

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Gresford Rural Fire Brigade celebrates 60th year and veteran volunteers valued, joined the Gresford Brigade in 1965 and held the position of Brigade Secretary through most of the 1970s.

NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) members came together on Saturday 14 July to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Gresford Rural Fire Brigade (RFB) and honour Lower Hunter District volunteers for their longstanding dedication and commitment to protecting the community. State Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen and NSW RFS Acting Director, Regional Services Chief Superintendent Peter McKecknie congratulated members past and present for building the Gresford RFB into the community institution it is today.

"I'd also like to congratulate Neville Lawrence on his 52 years with the Service and receiving the Long Service Medal 4th Clasp and National Medal 3rd Clasp.

at community events and helping locals prepare for the fire season."

Long Service Medals and National Medals were also presented to 26 members, with Chief Superintendent "This Brigade has a proud history of McKecknie recognising this represented community service and spirit, with the brigade in its early days being resourceful their combined 767 years of service. and full of community spirit," Mr "Every member is worthy of the highest Johnsen said. praise, however I would like to make particular mention of John Richardson, ''Today, the brigade of 97 members who is receiving the Long Service Medal continues that level of dedication and 1st, 2nd 3rd and 4th Clasp in responds to a wide range of emergency recognition of his 53 years of service," incidents ranging from bush and grass Chief Superintendent McKecknie said. fires, motor vehicle accidents and flood events, as well as lending a helping hand "John, whose local knowledge is highly

"The hard work and professionalism of NSW RFS members does not go unnoticed and, while they do not ask for praise, we gladly award these medals as a proud acknowledgement of their contribution and commitment." Chief Superintendent McKecknie said Gresfords's 60th anniversary and medal presentation was a great opportunity for the Service and community to say thank you to all volunteer members. "The Lower Hunter District is afforded a world-class level of fire protection due to the experience and dedication of our 44 Rural Fire Brigades and we cannot thank them enough," Chief Superintendent McKecknie said.

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Dungog’s inaugural Sculpture on the Farm With less than 6 weeks to go to Dungog’s inaugural Sculpture on the Farm over the October long weekend, preparations are in their final phase. Philippa Graham and her enthusiastic team of volunteers are working out final details and having some fun in the process. A gala opening is scheduled for the evening of Friday 28 September, when the judging panel, headed by the Director of the Maitland Regional Art Gallery, Bridget Uren, will announce the prize winners. Guests will be provided with wines from the local Boydell’s Winery (which has been making wines since 1826!) and delicious finger food. The location of Sculpture on the Farm at Fosterton on the banks of the Williams River, and surrounded by rolling hills, will provide a unique environment for the exhibition of sculptures. The display will include both indoor and outdoor sculptures, with the smaller ones in the garden and the larger ones in the paddock between the house and the river. Over 40 sculptors have signed up to exhibit so far, including not only

John and Philippa Graham at their Fosterton property

local sculptors, but prominent names such as Inge King and Newcastle local, Peter Tilley. The exhibition will continue over the weekend. Visitors can buy coffee, lunches and snacks or have a picnic in the grounds whilst enjoying the 100 or so sculptures on exhibition. For those

who prefer not to drive, a free Shelton’s bus will take visitors to and from Dungog at regular intervals on Saturday and Sunday. Full information about the event can be found at www.sculptureonthefarm.com, including the purchase of tickets for the gala opening on the Friday night.


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CWA News tea of scones and slices followed by home made pies, sausage rolls, mini quiche and assorted sandwiches. CWA members received hearty congratulations in helping to make the day one to be remembered. Well done ladies.

Ooops! Last issue I mentioned our AGM would be held September 6. This was incorrect, our AGM will be held Thursday October 4, my apologies. It would be good to see as many members as possible at the meeting.

Our International morning tea held August 6 was a great success. Our country of study this year was Poland. The children from Gresford School entertained members and guests and were rewarded with a super morning tea just for them. Project winners were 1st Amber Smith, 2nd Tess Hartigan, 3rd Lucas Hill and Highly Commended went to Jack Laurie.

Mary Bowman, Hunter River Group President, presented certificates to all winners. The competition quiz on Poland was won by the Gresford tennis ladies, their prize – a superb apple pie made by Jennifer Waterman. Congratulations everyone. Amber Smith went on to win second place at the Hunter River Group International and Cultural Day held in Maitland on August 15 – well done Amber. Book Club meets the 2nd Saturday of each month in the CWA rooms. Our next meeting is Saturday, September 8 at 3.00pm. Everyone is welcome to come along. Afternoon tea, friendship and

Gresford CWA Rooms make-over

Late last year we applied for and were successful in obtaining a Grant from the Community Building Partnership Programme. The Grant money was put to good use and if you have driven down Durham Road lately you may have noticed our new look building. We are delighted with the new look and thank Bradley Bale from Dungog the painter chosen to paint the building inside and out. Members catered for a Christening attended by 43 guests at Millpond Vue on August 5. Guests enjoyed a morning

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On the Shelves by Glenda Smith Lost Hearts in Italy

Andrea Lee

This novel is interesting for its narrative style, whereby the different perspectives of each narrator are capped off at the end of the chapter by that of a bystander, who often gives an unexpected or unflattering view of the preceding speaker. For example, a deckhand, a waiter, and a fruit seller add their understanding or perceptions of a character whose narration we have come to accept, and it adds refreshing twists to the story.

lively discussion guaranteed. Our book for discussion is “Force of Nature” by Jane Harper.

Winning Project by Amber Smith

Why not come and join us. We meet the 1st Thursday of the month at 9.30am in the CWA rooms, 12 Durham Road, East French classes are held on the 1st and Gresford. We are a great bunch of ladies 3rd Wednesday of each month. Classes and would love to have you join us. For commence at 11.00am. Give Glenda more information contact the Secretary Smith a call on 4938 9456 if you on 4938 9718, email gresfordcwa@gmail. would like to join the group or would com or check-out our web site www. like more details. A gold coin donation gresfordcwa@wordpress.com for printing costs is appreciated. Our next meeting is Thursday, New Members Are you new to the area, September 6. Hope to see you there. do you have time on your hands or Jill Hancock, Secretary would you just like to meet new people?

The author is an American who lives in Italy, and her characters also follow this path. An American couple move to Italy for work, and the wife is seduced by a rich Italian. The rest of the novel is the playing out of their marriage breakup and the way they put their lives back together. None of the characters is particularly sympathetic, but the plot is interesting enough to help the reader stay engaged – and then there are always those little narrative flashes at the end of each chapter to look forward to. All books reviewed are from the CWA library on a separate shelf in the library so they are easy to find plus the reviews are in a folder.

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Getting to know the locals... by Noel Jupp OAM, Dip Hort, QP Dept Ag & Fisheries Billardiera scandens This month I deal with another most unusual vine that is also a bush tucker plant. This plant also has the common names of Apple Berry or Apple Dumpling. It is usually described as a shrubby slender climber and is not one that stands out in the bush. The plant extends from southern Queensland to NSW, Victoria and South Australia. It can be found growing in cool, sheltered gully forests to mallee scrub. I personally describe it as a twiner rather than a climber. The flowers are bell shaped greenish yellow followed by berries that are yellowish green and a soft light brown colour when fully ripe. They are not edible until they are fully ripe and fall off. At this stage they can be daunting to the uninitiated because they appear to be rotten. Under cultivation they can be grown in shade to full sun. In full sun they need regular watering until fully established and they will grow in almost any soil from sandy loam to clay soils but it must be well drained. Once established they are hardy to most frosts. They will

also grow quite well under established Eucalyptus providing they are given extra fertiliser. At Riverdene, we have been growing this plant for a number of years and trying to select superior forms. The plant pictured is one that we have selected and developed for its dense bushy habit, large fruit and long term cropping. We are growing it from seed in the hopes of getting better ones and at present we are trying to propagate it by cutting. If this is successful we will name it as Billardieri Allyn Awesomeas. If our efforts are successful it will be an ideal plant for pots, baskets or raised garden beds. There is another species known as Billardieri longiflora that grows at high elevations from the Barrington Tops southward. I have three of these growing in my riverbank forest, they have climbed three shrubs and formed a dense straggly mass at the top of the shrubs and what amused me was that in each mass of vine there was at least 3 bird nests and all they had to do was sit in their nests, poke their head out and have a feed on the fruit dangling in front of them. Clever birds!


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Dungog by Design presents “what’s my scene” Saturday 29th September at 2pm. You are invited to join them for their annual exhibition and opening at the Dungog by Design gallery, 224 Dowling St, Dungog. Brad Franks, director of Muswellbrook Regional Arts Centre is guest speaker. As a partner activity at the 2018 Dungog Festival the wonderfully talented

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will be held in the gardens of “Fosterton” Robyn Werkhoven. (824 Fosterton Road) a picturesque cattle All are welcome to the official opening property on the outskirts of Dungog. Well on Saturday 8th September at 3pm. known local and nationally recognized artists such as Peter Tilley, Braddon Jo Katsiaris a Sydney based artist working Snape, Michael Garth, Will McGuire, Eric across the mediums of painting, drawing Werkhoven and Natalie Duncan are & installation. exhibiting works. Both exhibitions run to 18th November. Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September Further information at: www. 9am – 5pm Monday 1 October 9am – 12 dungogcontemporary.com.au/ noon for this exciting new sculpture exhibition of both indoor and outdoor Sculpture on The Farm works, large and small. The inaugural Sculpture on the Farm jewellery artist. Jane is a Melbourne based artist who works with familiar domestic objects making pieces that speak of her experiences in life.

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Local events for National Science Week – More Than Just Entertaining The decision by the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub (PAWSH) to put together a series of events for this year’s National Science Week paid big dividends. Five different events pulled together over 250 attendees. And the big dividend is that all of the events have inspired substantial follow-on activities.

Eucalyptus tereticornis (forest red gum) or Eucalyptus canaliculata (grey gum), koala favourites. An immediate follow-on activity looking for signs of koalas in the Upper Allyn area was oversubscribed and a further count is likely to be organised later this year or early in 2019. On Saturday 11 August PAWSH and Sustaining the Williams Valley inc hosted a Community Owned Renewable Energy event (CORE). This may prove a game changer in our shire. Three very accomplished speakers introduced many different ways that locals can develop and own renewable energy systems, keep

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Koalas In The Pub on 10th August was a great intro to the world of koalas and where they’re found in our area. The pub in question was our local Beatty Hotel. Speakers, John Simpson and Martin Fallding from the National Parks Association, gave a run-down on koala habits, scats, skull, diet, and the allimportant mating rituals. A wonderful outcome was discovering how to improve the ecology of our area, with several folk intending to plant some

power prices down and stimulate the local economy. Many of the outcomes are surprising – solar power for low-income renters, those that don’t own their own home, cost reductions, significant contributions back to the community through local ownership and decision making, education programs for reducing energy use and more. Christopher Saunders (from Renew Newcastle) was a lively MC. Jarrah Hicks from the very active Community Power Agency gave an overview of the new CORE sector and the many ownership models. Sandi Middleton from Enova Community Energy talked about the North Coast experience with innovative ownership and distribution initiatives. And David Marston from Energise Gloucester energised everyone with his wit and his accounts of what is being achieved in Gloucester.

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about projects and community initiatives trying to address some of these problems including Mitch Burrows’ project to make Newcastle the first plastic free city in Australia. A group of locals met with Mitch after the screening and discussed the possibility of Dungog joining the Newcastle initative. Stay tuned for a potential campaign for a plastic-free Dungog. Find out about more events coming up at the Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub Facebook page or at the website: Agronomist Guy Webb speaking about a fungus inoculant to sequester carbon pawsciencehub.com

along with other members of the Grassroots team at the Best of Scinema program

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Mayoral Update 20 August 2018 August Ordinary Meeting of Council Cr Robert Booth asked Executive Manager Assets and Infrastructure, Steve Hitchens, to explain the hold up with roadworks in Paterson, which are now scheduled to commence in September. Steve explained that any delay is due to: steps to finalise underground service relocations and pre-construction dilapidation inspections and reports; the need for minor redesign of stormwater drainage due to rock; staff resourcing and the completion of other projects. Council adopted Chapter 8 of the Development Control Plan, Managing our Floodplains, and the amendment to the Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014, flood planning levels, has been endorsed. A request will be forwarded to the Minister to amend the LEP 2014 accordingly.

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Tracy Norman, Mayor Dungog Shire Council by the Director, Hunter Region Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW, Anna Zycki. The conversations centred around roads and bridges infrastructure. We also touched on economic development and were given the names of some contacts that may be useful. We were provided with some useful advice pertaining to grants applications.

Hunter Water Corporation (HWC) Customer and Advisory Group (CCAG) Cr Kate Murphy attended the Hunter Water Corporation CCAG meeting, and provided the following report: (HWC Managing Director), Jim Bentley, presented information about current storage which is around 81% and talked about the forecast for the next 6 months, in summary without average or preferably above average rainfall in Spring the position could be as low as 60% by early next year and that could mean restrictions being introduced.

Mayoral Update where I spoke about being challenged by John Millgate to do something about youth engagement. I have spoken to the GM about arranging a round-table discussion with key stakeholders to advance this idea.

Dungog High School Library Officially Opens The Dungog School Library was officially opened on Wednesday. This is a world class facility and is well worth a visit. It was a collaborative effort, with the P&C contributing a considerable sum for the refit.

Community Police Meeting at Clarence Town The GM, Crs Rayward and Riley

and I attended the community police meeting at Clarence Town. Tony Townsend explained that there will be two police stationed at Dungog, which will include patrolling Clarence Town, rather than having any stationed at CT. There were a number of reasons given, Council determined that Draft Policy, including the dilapidated state of the C1:31 Community Small Grants Program police accommodation in Clarence Town, 2018-2019, will be advertised for 28 days, Jim also spoke about HWC's more with submissions to be reported back to proactive approach to controlling leakage the Work Health Safety rules around having two police present at a call out at Council. If there are no submissions the which appears to be quite successful as night, and the proximity of Clarence policy is to be adopted the day after the the previously high leakage rates are Town to both Dungog and Raymond close of the public exhibition period. This starting to drop. Terrace. The police took questions, which small grants program has been made There was an update about the Social were focused mainly on some arson possible by a donation. Sector Forum, looking at issues affecting attacks, hooliganism at the fishing club General Manager (GM), Coralie Nichols, vulnerable customers, Sarah U'Brien from pier, and speeding issues in the Clarence presented her six-monthly progress report Dungog Shire Community Centre is Town 50km zone as well as the school to 30 June 2018. The report shows good involved in this forum. zone. The biggest take home message progress in this year’s Delivery Program, from the police was to report incidents to There was a presentation about upcoming even though they were short-staffed for them or they won’t be able to act. Don’t community engagement forums that will much of the reporting period, with Shaun just write messages on Facebook, let them commence in September. Chandler having taken on the dual know about it. If they can ascertain responsibilities of Acting GM and patterns of behaviour, such as speeding HWC are starting the process of Corporate Services. preparing for a submission to IPART for through town before and after work hours, then the highway patrol can plan new pricing (this seems similar to the Strategic Workshop SRV process). Timelines were discussed, their operations accordingly. Councillors and Senior Staff discussed the the prices are currently set until 2020 portfolios I alluded to last week. We have We were introduced to the new Dungog and the price review is a 12 month agreed to four portfolio areas: economic police officer, Tim Houtsma, a Clarence process starting in mid-2019. development; roads and bridges; arts, Town local. Tim should be joining Mitch culture and events; and agribusiness. Two There was discussion about the name Parker within the next couple of months. Councillors and I will sit on each of these change to Hunter Water Customer and I will be attending the Community Safety portfolios. Crs Murphy and Connors will Community Advisory Group (CCAG) Precinct meeting in Maitland on spearhead the Economic Development and the new charter which is required Wednesday. If you have concerns that you Portfolio; Crs Wall and Rayward take on to align the group with legislation. A would like raised, then please contact me. the not inconsiderable task of Roads and draft of the documents has been Bridges; Arts, Culture and Events will be emailed out. 13 August 2018 spearheaded by Crs Booth and Lyon, HWC gave a reassurance that water Mobile Office while the Agribusiness Portfolio will go to sourced from the sand beds is safe and I was joined by C Ward’s Cr Kate Crs Riley and Rayward. Cr Low is on a gave an update on the connection of Murphy at my mobile office at Paterson leave of absence at present and will be reticulated water services to properties last week. Several people braved the wet asked his preference upon his return. at Williamtown. weather and managed to find my RV at Infrastructure NSW Tucker Park (who would have thought Youth Engagement Coralie Nichols, Steve Hitchens, and I met there would have been another RV I met with some community members with Harry Henderson and Phil Anderson who wanted to discuss methods of youth parked there?). Various subjects were from the NSW Regional Infrastructure raised, including seeking the special rates engagement. This follows from my Coordinator’s Office. We were also joined variation, suggestions and comments


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together to plan and deliver important regional infrastructure and investment. For more information on the Hunter JO, to view the Hunter JO Strategic Plan 2018-2021, or to access agendas and minutes, please see: http:// strategicservicesaustralia.com.au/jointorganisation/.

One of the major functions of the Hunter JO is advocacy on behalf of its member councils seeking better regional outcomes. So I spoke to the issue of unrateable land, asking the JO to advocate on our behalf and on behalf of other affected councils. I received overwhelming support on this matter, including from those councils unaffected by this issue, although most of the councils in the Hunter are affected by unrateable land in one respect or another. This will now go to the next meeting of the JO to be ratified as a John challenged me to find ways to engage youth and this reminded me that decision of the JO to advocate on behalf of its member councils. I’ve dropped the ball on the youth engagement forum that I talked about Community Owned Renewable Energy earlier this year. I met Tim Norris later (CORE) I attended a talk organised as that week to discuss progress on this part of Science Week, by the Paterson idea. Tim has had regular meetings with Allyn Williams Science Hub and several of his peers who are interested in Sustaining the Williams Valley. We heard being involved in this. It has come to a from experts in the field and bit of a standstill lately, due to their practitioners of CORE initiatives. There is other priorities, but we promised each a very willing group of community other to push this along, with willing members who are interested in pursuing support from Kylie and Janene. a project in CORE and who will next The GM and I also attended a NAIDOC meet on Saturday, 25 August to discuss week assembly at Dungog Public School. how to forward the project. For further I can’t praise this event enough. Pupils, information, please contact Anne teachers, parents and other guests were Boyden on 0411 035 532. entertained and educated by several Accolades for Dungog Boomerang performances of traditional dance and Bags And while we’re on the subject of the telling of Dreamtime stories sustainable solutions, congratulations to imagined by the students. Cheers and all at Dungog Boomerang Bags, for their screams went up from the pupils when Highly Commended in the Hunter the young performers invited several of Business Chamber Award’s Excellence in their teachers to perform a traditional dance with them. What a wonderful way Sustainability. General Manager, Coralie Nichols, and I met with Director, Educational Leader Hunter Network, John Millburn; the Principal of Dungog High School, Janene McIntosh and the Principal of Dungog Public School, Kylie Pennell. We spoke about ways Council can engage with the students, the ways the schools can better become involved in the Dungog Community, and how we can build up the sense of place and pride in Dungog Shire in these school-aged citizens.

to engage these students and further their experience of Aboriginal culture.

Hunter Joint Organisation (JO) The GM and I attended the second Hunter JO Board Meeting last week. Just some background on the functions of the Hunter JO, and JOs in general. JOs are new local government entities with legal powers to support councils to work together for better rural and regional outcomes. They are an important initiative to build stronger councils and improve service delivery and infrastructure across rural and regional communities. JOs will enhance the way local and state governments will work

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rates rise please let us know what services you think we can do without. This feedback is important. There is also a space to provide us with other ideas about how to deal with our infrastructure backlog. We incorporated this into the survey at the behest of a community member who was at one of our SRV presentations. I tell you this to let you know that we are very willing to hear your ideas and most definitely want your feedback. I have been contacted by a resident who couldn’t access the rates calculator on Council’s website due to an incompatibility issue with her computer. If you can’t access the calculator, Dungog Library has computers that you can use, or pop into the Council office and the staff can help you out.

6 August 2018 Country Mayors Meeting General Manager (GM), Coralie Nichols, and I attended the Country Mayors Meeting and Pre-Meeting dinner last week. The meeting was addressed by both the Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Deputy Premier John Barilaro. I had the opportunity to question Minister Barilaro on whether there was any likely relief for Dungog and, no doubt, other small councils faced with having to co-fund grants on a 50:50 basis. The Minister acknowledged the difficulty that Local Government Areas (LGAs) such as ours face with this model and promised that the Government is looking at other funding models. He also acknowledged the unique situation that Dungog is in and how we were tossed about during the amalgamation progress. I will be writing to the Deputy Premier to invite him to Dungog, as he indicated a willingness to visit Dungog.

Local Government Week Council activities to celebrate Local Government Week had an environmental focus this year. Activities included:

In this week’s Strategic Workshop, Councillors and Senior Staff will be discussing a portfolio-type arrangement • A recycled fashion workshop, in for Councillors so that we can most conjunction with our waste contractor, effectively step up our lobbying efforts to JR Richards. Participants were shown State Government in the lead up to the how to repurpose, redesign and March 2019 election. refashion items of clothing. Special Rates Variation (SRV) • Recycling Education Program at There is still time to have your say Clarence Town Preschool regarding the SRV. An information sheet • Tree give-away (over 250 trees were and survey were posted out recently with given away) your rates notice. There are boxes you • Establishing Bush Tucker Programs at can tick indicating your support or Clarence Town, Dungog Public School, opposition to the proposed rates rise. If Martin’s Creek Public School and you are not in support of the proposed Dungog Pre-school


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Local riders scoop top spots

Local Hunter rider Cliff Richardson (Gresford) rides his way to #2 in Aussie title race at PBR Monster Energy Tour: Great Northern Newcastle Invitational Some of the world’s best professional bull riding athletes put on an awe-inspiring showdown on Saturday August 11, when Newcastle’s biggest bull riding competition – the PBR Monster Energy Tour – Great Northern Newcastle Invitational returned for its 10th anniversary edition at Newcastle Entertainment Centre. A key stop in the race to the 2018 PBR Australia title and the multimillion dollar World Finals in Las Vegas, the Newcastle Invitational featured 21 of the nation’s top bull riders – including four of the top five riders on PBR Australia’s current National Standings – who rode some of the nation’s best bucking bulls in front of a sell-out crowd. Gresford rider Cliff Richardson went a perfect 3-for-3 on the night, notching a combined aggregate score of 255.00 to tie current National Standings leader Aaron Kleier for the Newcastle Invitational title win. With the performance, Richardson moved up to #2 in the National Standings – while Kleier maintained his rankings lead. Fellow Hunter local Cody Heffernan (Singleton) also performed well in front of the capacity hometown crowd, going to 2-for-3 to place third on the night. Heffernan now sits at #4 on the National Standings. The Bull Riding teams of the night were TNR and Maynes, while the highest marked bulls were Dan Klabe’s Jack Frost and TNR’s Call Me Joe.

Gresford Amateur Performing Society AGM Results The GAPS Annual General Meeting was held at the Gresford School of Arts on 13 August, 2018. Graham Murphy (President of the Gresford Community Group) acknowledged the appreciation for the GAPS performances at the various special events during the preceding year as well as contributions to the School of Arts. He then declared all the GAPS office bearer and specific role member positions vacant and called for nominations. Those nominated for the positions were accepted and carried unanimously by those attending the meeting. Congratulations to the new Committee Executive and specific role members. President: Sharon Lawrence Vice President:

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Gresford School is 150 years old!! The thriving rural school that has helped mould the lives of thousands of young Gresford children is preparing to celebrate 150 years of education. Gresford Public School is in its sesquicentenary year and it will commemorate the major milestone with The Big Birthday and Spring Fair on Saturday, September 22. The community event is expected to bring together a range of people – students, teachers, volunteers, parents, grandparents – who have forged a connection with the school since it was established in 1868.

prior to this, with the original inhabitants, the Gringhai people, teaching their children the ways of their tribe for thousands of years in the Gresford district. We will pay our respects to the original inhabitants of the land on which our school stands, with the unveiling of a mural contributed to by all students. Talented artist, Alice Ropata has guided the children in the creation of the mural and our Aboriginal parent, Tammy Parish has provided the cultural perspective.

Our school is dear to our hearts as it has been to many past students, families, friends and staff. Don’t miss this great day of celebrating the long and proud history of our school, the “jewel in the Hunter education crown” as it has been described by two recent directors of Visitors will also have the opportunity to public education. compare a 19th century classroom with Preparations for the day are in full swing the high-tech, open learning and the organising committee is seeking opportunities in today’s classrooms. the community’s help to bolster the memorabilia displays. Old photos, A place of continuous learning for 150 workbooks, school reports, uniforms and years must be a very special one. The learning would have commenced even other memories of life at Gresford Public The full day of activities will include guided history tours, stalls and displays, memorabilia, roving minstrels, maypole dancing, games and special puppet performances by Frank's Fantastic Fairy Tale Theatre.

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News of the communities of the Paterson and Allyn River Valleys, NSW, Australia. Published by Gresford Community Group.

Gresford News September 2018  

News of the communities of the Paterson and Allyn River Valleys, NSW, Australia. Published by Gresford Community Group.

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