Welcome to Kempsey Shire Council’s July 2019 eNewsletter!

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Community giveaway to celebrate Planet Ark National Tree Day

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It’s that time of year again! Council and Macleay Landcare Network are inviting residents of the Kempsey Shire to green their gardens with plants from our Planet Ark National Tree Day Native Plant Giveaway on Friday 26 July.

Visit Council’s courtyard at 22 Tozer Street, West Kempsey from 10:30am and collect up to two free plants. There will be a selection of natives and winter vegetable seedlings available to choose from. You can also go in the draw to win a citrus fruit tree!

The giveaway will be on a first in, first served basis until we’re all out and residents will need to show proof of residence in the Kempsey Shire.

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Mayoral Community Fund applications are closing soon!

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Applications are soon closing for Kempsey Shire Council’s 2019-20 Mayoral Community Fund.

This small grants program is aimed at supporting community projects that deliver a positive social, economic, cultural and recreational benefit for the Macleay Valley. 

Last year’s funding was shared among community groups such as the South West Rocks Arts Council, Kempsey District Silver Band (pictured above), 1st Kempsey Scouts and more.

For full details and to download the application form, visit www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/mcf and get your application in before the Wednesday 24 July closing date.

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A literary feast of library events

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There are some great events coming up over the next week at Kempsey Shire Library!

Budding writers can explore their creative side from 10:30am to 12 midday on Monday 22 July at a Writing your Memoir workshop with Kim Hodges. An author of two published memoirs, Kim will share her tips for getting your memoir started. 

On Tuesday 23 July from 10:30am to 11:30am there will be a free Cost of Living Information Session held at the library. This session will cover all you need to know about current rebates and savings.

Wednesday 24 July is the library’s Christmas in July - Feast of Authors event. From 10am to 12pm an 8-author panel made up of Mid North Coast authors Fiona McArthur, Annie Seaton, Karly Lane, Roby Aiken, Jaye Ford, Tamara McWilliam, Kaneana May and Desley Polmear will celebrate all things literature and discuss their careers and inspirations behind their latest books.

Be sure to contact the library on 6566 3210 to secure your spot at one of these fantastic events and visit Kempsey Shire Library’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KempseyShireLibrary  to stay up-to-date with future events.

Find funding with Macleay Grant Hub

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Are you a community group, business or not-for-profit in the Macleay Valley looking for grant funding? Find out how to take the guess work out of searching for grants using Council’s new funding finder, Macleay Grant Hub.

Information sessions will be held on Monday 29 July, 6pm-8pm and Tuesday 30 July, 10am-12 midday in the Committee Room at Kempsey Shire Council Civic Centre (located in the Council Chambers).

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Connect with industry leaders at the 2019 North Coast Tourism Symposium & Tourism Awards Gala Dinner

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Have you got your tickets to the upcoming 2019 North Coast Tourism Symposium & Tourism Awards Gala Dinner on Thursday 1 August yet?

Join us at South West Rocks Country Club for the symposium during the day and help us celebrate the achievements of the best and brightest in tourism on the North Coast in the evening.

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Would you like to be part of Council’s Australia Day Awards Committee?

Mayor Liz Campbell with the 2019 Australia Day Awards recipients

Council is calling for nominations from community members and representatives of groups interested in joining it’s Australia Day Awards Committee.

Up to five community members will be appointed to the Committee under Council’s revised Australia Day Awards Committee Charter adopted at the April meeting of Council.

Interested community representatives with a demonstrated broad community focus are encouraged to visit www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/ausday to find out more and make a nomination before the Wednesday 7 August closing date.

Australian Poetry Slam Kempsey heat

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The search is on again for brave new voices to take the stage at the Kempsey heat of Australian Poetry Slam on Thursday 8 August at Kempsey Shire Library.

Performers will have two minutes to wax lyrical and inspire the audience and judges. The two highest scoring slammers from our area will go on to compete at the NSW Australian Poetry Slam final at performing writers festival Story-Fest ‘19 in Sydney.

For more information, contact Kempsey Shire Library on 6566 3210 or visit www.australianpoetryslam.com 

Vote to get Smithtown a basketball court

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My Community Project  is a NSW Government program that provides funding for community projects which are decided on by public vote. A Kempsey Shire Council sponsored project has made it through to the public voting stage and we are inviting the community to get behind it.

The Smithtown Court Project was identified at Council’s Smithtown Community Catch-up as a priority for families and visitors. A community group from Smithtown has done the hard work and are seeking around $40,000 to install a basketball court in Riverside Park, Smithtown.

You can help make the Smithtown basketball court a reality by visiting http://mycommunityproject.service.nsw.gov.au  browsing the projects in the Oxley electorate and voting for the Smithtown Court Project.

Vote here 

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Have a say on the future of Kempsey Regional Saleyards

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Council is inviting the community to comment on options for the future management and ownership of Kempsey Regional Saleyards.

At the June Council meeting, Councillors considered a report outlining five strategic options for the facility and voted to place them on public exhibition until Friday 23 August 2019.

The community feedback received will guide Council in making an informed decision about the future management of the Saleyards facility.

Visit https://yoursay.macleay.nsw.gov.au/saleyards  to read the options paper and provide your feedback.

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Monument Point walkway takes shape

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Construction of the Monument Point walkway at Horseshoe Bay is nearing the final stages with the footpath on track for completion by the end of August.

The concrete walkway now stretches from the South West Rocks Surf Club, past the Spirit Bench and main viewing terrace toward Horseshoe Bay Beach. 

To view the Monument Point walkway plans and Horseshoe Bay Reserve Masterplan, visit Council’s community engagement website, Your Say Macleay at https://yoursay.macleay.nsw.gov.au/monument_point-walkway 

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Sponsorship opportunities

2019 International Day of People With Disability

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Council and the Community Disability Working Group invite you to be a part of the International Day of People with Disability celebrations in the Macleay to be held in December 2019. Council is offering sponsorship packages to groups, businesses and organisations interested in supporting our two main events for 2019 - the Riverside Fun Day on Tuesday 3 December and the Glitz & Glamour Ball on the evening of Saturday 7 December.

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2020 Macleay Seniors Festival

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Council and the Seniors Festival Organising Committee are inviting sponsors, exhibitors and event hosts to be a part of the 2020 Macleay Seniors Festival. Our 2020 festival will have something for everyone, including those who have some restriction on mobility. Find out how your group, business or organisation can be involved in one of the Macleay’s largest annual events. 

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With around 280 employees, Kempsey Shire Council is one of the largest public sector employers in the Macleay Valley and prides itself on recruiting exceptional people who are motivated and passionate about their chosen career.

Visit www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/jointeam  to view the current positions vacant at Council.

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