Council notices
Week commencing 24 April 2017

Hat Head 4WD beach access closed

Council regrets to advise that 4WD access to the beach at Hat Head is not available at present due to significant erosion of the ramp from recent storms and high tides. Council will be making a full assessment of repair options and future access once the sand volume has stabilised.

Keep up to date on the progress via Council’s Facebook page at 

Expressions of Interest closing soon

Kempsey Shire Council invites artists and art collaboratives to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) for the creation of two public sculptures to be installed on the roundabouts of the southern (Slim Dusty) and northern (Dunghutti) Pacific Highway interchanges to Kempsey.

Since the completion of the Pacific Highway bypass in 2013, Council has been undertaking major road and streetscape development along the old highway corridor. The Gateway Sculptures are an important component of this process as they will be visible on approach for northbound and southbound traffic entering and exiting Kempsey from the Pacific Highway.

The EOI will close 5pm Friday 28 April, 2017

For more information, download the complete EOI brief from

Queen’s Baton Relay nominations

Queen's Baton Relay logo

Give someone an opportunity to Share the Dream!

The eyes of the Commonwealth will be on the Macleay from Friday 2 February, 2018 as the Queen’s Baton journeys through the valley toward its final destination on the Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony on 4 April.

Local legends are being called on to carry the Queen’s Baton across the valley via a community nomination program whereby residents nominate someone to become a Batonbearer.

If you know someone residing in the Macleay who has achieved something extraordinary, made a significant contribution, or excelled in a certain field, make a nomination before 15 May, 2017.

Visit  to make a nomination today!

Macleay Valley bird watching guide

Cover of Bird Watching guide to the Macleay Valley

Visitors and residents will now have the opportunity to get up close and personal with birdlife across the region with the launch of the Bird Watching guide to the Macleay Valley.

Developed by the Macleay Landcare Network with author and bird expert Peter West, and with the support of Kempsey Shire Council and North Coast Local Land Services, it showcases 309 species of bird that can be found in the region as well as key bird watching hotspots, common birds to look out for and the facilities at each site.

Macleay Landcare will launch the guide at the Gladstone Hall on Kinchela Street on Saturday 29 April from 10am. Copies of the guide will be available at the launch and the event will be followed by an afternoon field trip to Boyters Lane Wetland.

Following the launch the guide will also be available at the Kempsey and South West Rocks Visitor Information Centres and will be uploaded to the Macleay Valley Coast tourism website 

Contact Ann at Macleay Landcare on 0458 945 586 to RSVP your attendance at the launch.

Weekly works schedule

This week our crews will be working on:

Rehabilitation of River Street, West Kempsey continues this week
  • Bridge construction/maintenance: Complete repairs to fire damaged Rainbows End Road bridge
  • Bitumen road resealing/maintenance: Pothole patching on Belmore River Right Bank Road, Sherwood Road and other areas as required
  • Bitumen road construction/rehabilitation: Continued rehabilitation of kerb, gutter and pavement on River, Cochrane and Short Streets in West Kempsey will recommence on 1 May, 2017
  • Gravel road maintenance grading: Completion of works on Maria River, Brassils Creek and Point Plomer roads
  • Roadside slashing: Macleay Valley Way (Clybucca to Stuarts Point), Kinchela area, Hat Head Road, Settlers Way, Yabsleys Lane, Roy Lewis Close, Beranghi Road
  • Other works: Complete manifold trenching, external leachate sump and piping in construction of new Waste Management Centre cell; continue pouring new Lord Street footpath (Macleay Valley Way to Herborne Avenue); replace footpath from Chapman Street to shops as part of Frederickton streetscape; drainage improvements on Hughes Place, Frederickton; preparation to footpaths in South West Rocks for PAMP; complete pedestrian refuge crossing points in median on Belgrave Street

Development consents and complying certificates

Notification is given in accordance with section 101 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 of the granting of the following development consents and complying development certificates:

Applicant no. Land Development description
T6-17-28  Lot 18 DP1213084
Racemosa Circuit
South West Rocks
Detached dual occupancy - staged development
T6-17-88  Lot 18 DP882846
2 Waianbar Avenue
South West Rocks
Two storey detached dual occupancy
T6-17-89  Lot 100 DP1036461
7 Grandview Place
South West Rocks
Two storey dwelling
T6-17-111 Lot 661 DP582309
266 Austral Eden Inner Road
Austral Eden
Raise existing dwelling with alterations & additions
T6-17-120  Lot 4 DP243601
61 Straight Street
Hat Head
Garage with attached carport

Development consents are available for inspection, free of charge at Kempsey Shire Council, 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm from Monday to Friday (except public holidays).