Council notices
Week commencing 23 July 2018

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National Tree Day native plant & vegie giveaway

Planet Ark National Tree Day aims to inspire, educate and recruit Australians to actively care for our unique land and create future generations of committed environmental custodians.

Council is a proud long-time supporter of National Tree Day and will be holding a native plant and vegie giveaway this year to celebrate the initiative.

Visit Council courtyard from 10:30am on Friday 27 July to grab yourself one of the 550 free plants that will be available. You’ll also have the opportunity to go in the draw to win a fruit tree!

Contact Council Customer Services on 6566 3200 or visit Council on Facebook at  for more info

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Australian Poetry Slam & free poetry masterclass

The search is on for brave new voices to speak their minds at the Kempsey heat of Australian Poetry Slam 2018.

Contestants will have two minutes to own the stage and win over the audience with their original spoken word poetry. Judges from the audience will rate each performance and two successful wordsmiths will go on to battle it out in the state final.

Those wanting to sharpen their words before the heat are encouraged to attend a free masterclass run by the 2017 Australian Poetry Slam Adult Champion, Jesse Oliver. Masterclass attendees do not have to enter the competition but we’d love if you could stick around and check out the slam.

Both events will take place at Kempsey Shire Library on Thursday 9 August, with the masterclass from 1pm-3pm and slam heat sign ups opening at 4:30pm before the event officially kicks off at 5pm.

Contact Kempsey Shire Library on 6566 3210 for more information about the poetry slam heat or to register for the masterclass

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Local Government Week 2018

Local Government Week 2018 runs from 30 July to 5 August and aims to promote the important services Kempsey Shire Council provides to residents, ratepayers and businesses. This year’s theme is ‘The Power of Community’ and Council will be holding events throughout the week to celebrate and inform.

Boyters Lane Wetlands tour
Friday 3 August, 10am

A free tour of Boyters Lane Wetlands will be held on Friday 3 August at 10am. The tour will be lead by Senior Natural Resources Officer, Ron Kemsley who will provide fantastic insight into the bird life, natural beauty and history of the area.

Council @ Kempsey Riverside Market
Saturday 4 August

Be sure to visit the Council stall at Kempsey Riverside Market on Saturday 4 August where there will be plenty of giveaways. Staff will also be available to answer any questions.

Capture The Macleay photography competition
Monday 30 July - Thursday 30 August

Take part in Council’s Capture The Macleay photography competition. From Monday 30 July post your best snaps of the Macleay Valley illustrating the power of community to Instagram. Be sure to hashtag them #CaptureTheMacleay #LGWeek2018 to be in the running to win some great prizes.

Stay up-to-date with Local Government Week events via Council’s Facebook page - 

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Police & Aboriginal Consultative Committee meeting

The next meeting of the Police and Aboriginal Consultative Committee (PACC) will be held on Monday 30 July 2018 in the Kempsey Shire Council Chambers from 9:30am to 11:30am.

The PACC meet quarterly to address Aboriginal issues associated with community safety and crime. These meetings are not forums for broader community issues but are open to the Aboriginal community and are inclusive of gender and age.

For more information please contact Inspector Stuart Campbell at Kempsey Police Station on 6561 6199

Weekly works schedule

This week our crews will be working on:

Plummers Lane pavement widening continues this week
  • Bridge construction/maintenance: Final trim and seal bridge approaches at McIntyres Bridge on Nulla Nulla Creek Road; final trim bridge approaches at Schmidts Bridge on Schmidts Road then demolish old bridge
  • Flood mitigation maintenance: Continue Belmore/Kinchela floodgate rust prevention works
  • Drainage/kerb/footpath maintenance and replacement: Form and pour ramps and footpath as part of PAMP works at Gordon Young Drive/Gilbert Cory Street, South West Rocks; form and pour footpath as part of pedestrian ramp PAMP works on Memorial Avenue/Landsborough Street, South West Rocks
  • Bitumen road resealing/maintenance: Pothole patching on East Kempsey and South Kempsey streets; heavy patching on Saleyards Road
  • Bitumen road construction/rehabilitation: Linemark parking spaces on Tozer Street (Elbow Street to Marsh Street); install median islands on Tozer Street (Elbow Street to Kemp Street); place and compact subbase and widen formation on bridge approach on Plummers Lane (Macleay Valley Way to Menarcobrinni Road); extend box culvert, excavate shoulders and widen pavement on Plummers Lane (Menarcobrinni Road eastward)
  • Gravel resheeting: Maria River Road
  • Gravel road maintenance grading: Dungay Creek Road and Willi Willi Road (Sherwood Road to Turners Flat Road)
  • Roadside slashing: Frederickton, Gladstone and Smithtown
  • Other works:
    • Form and pour kerb return and replace pavement at Yarravel Street intersection as part of Lachlan Street, South Kempsey works (Yarravel Street to Middleton Street - west side)
    • Prepare kerb and gutter and modify drainage at Lachlan Street, South Kempsey for Middleton Street roundabout
    • Remove and replace failed concrete pavement on Macleay Valley Way, Bellimbopinni