Council notices
Week commencing 16 January 2017

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Australia Day in the Macleay

2017 Australia Day Ceremony

As part of Australia Day celebrations being held across the Macleay Valley, Kempsey Shire Council invites the community to attend the 2017 Australia Day Awards Ceremony being held on Australia Day Eve, January 25.

The event will include a Welcome to Country, announcement of the winners of this year’s Australia Day Awards, a citizenship ceremony, and an address from the Australia Day Ambassador, mental health advocate, Nic Newling.

Come and join us on January 25 from 5pm at the Slim Dusty Centre, located at 490 Macleay Valley Way, South Kempsey.

2017 Australia Day events

Crescent Head

Crescent Head Lions Club will be hosting an Australia Day Breakfast at the Crescent Head Rotunda from 7:30am. The celebrations will include the announcement of the Crescent Head Citizen of the Year, Young Achiever and Sportsperson of the Year awards.

South West Rocks

South West Rocks Lions Club will be offering a free sausage sizzle and a cup of tea or coffee from 7am at the Horseshoe Bay Shelter Shed (Horseshoe Bay Reserve, Livingstone Street). Everyone is invited to attend.

Summer beach patrols

Grassy Head Beach

Patrols of beaches throughout the Kempsey Shire have been underway over the Summer holiday period.

Lifeguards will be at Grassy Head and Horseshoe Bay, South West Rocks beaches until Thursday 26 January from 9am until 5pm, seven days a week.

South West Rocks main beach, Hat Head and Crescent Head main beach will be patrolled until Friday 27 January from 9am until 5pm, five days a week.

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Baylin’s Gift is a non-profit organisation committed to providing mental health and well being support to young people in the Macleay area.

A day of fun and education with a range of activities, stalls, music and food, the foundation will host Baylin’s Summer Splash at Kempsey Swimming Pool this Thursday 19 January from 11am-3pm.

Special events on the day include art therapy, yoga, breakdancing, a disco and a BBQ. Representatives from headspace, Lifeline, Kids Helpline, ACON, QLife and Twenty10 will also be in attendance with resources available.

Register your intention to attend plus any guests you would like to bring along on the Baylin’s Summer Splash event page located at 

Report a tosser!

Are you over 18? Would you like to see the days of getting away with being a litterbug over?

Litter damages natural environments, harms wildlife and makes public spaces less safe and attractive. Each year over 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed in NSW, and more than $180 million a year is spent on litter management.

If you’d like to be part of the solution to one of our region’s most unnecessary and preventable environmental problems, simply register at   to report littering offences when you see them.

Across NSW over 15,000 people have now registered to report, and fines of $250 or more are being issued to offenders.

For more information and to register, visit  

Notice of public exhibition

A draft Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for replacement of the Oil Terminal Footbridge at South West Rocks is on public exhibition until Tuesday 31 January, 2017. The rebuilt footbridge will be a similar design and size to the old bridge, taking up a similar footprint.

Any interested person may review the REF at and make a submission during the exhibition period.

Submissions should be addressed to the General Manager and be made electronically to or in hard copy to PO Box 3078 West Kempsey, 2440 before 4:30pm on Tuesday 31 January, 2017.

Weekly works schedule

This week our crews will be working on:

Works are nearing completion on Macleay Valley Way, Frederickton
  • Bridge construction/maintenance: Minor bridge deck repairs to Upper Smiths Creek Road, Smiths Creek Road, Maria River Road and Toorumbee Creek bridges
  • Drainage/kerb/footpath/drainage maintenance: All areas - maintenance response as required
  • Bitumen road resealing/maintenance: Pothole patching of South West Rocks Road, South Kempsey streets and South Kempsey industrial area
  • Bitumen road construction/rehabilitation: Excavate and backfill failed pavement and stabilise remaining pavement at Middleton Street, South Kempsey (Macleay Valley Way to Macquarie Street) and Gamacks Lane, West Kempsey
  • Gravel road maintenance grading: Toose Road, Nagles Falls Road, Yessabah Road
  • Roadside slashing: West Kempsey area
  • Other works: Restore footpath and driveways at Macleay Valley Way as part of Stage 2 of streetscape upgrade at Frederickton (Creek Street to Chapman Street)