Welcome to Kempsey Shire Council’s September 2019 eNewsletter!

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Have your say on Your Say Macleay

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Your Future - Places and Spaces

Do you use playgrounds, parks, community halls, cultural spaces, skateparks, sports fields, libraries, pools or community services? Tell us what community infrastructure and open space is important to you. Your feedback will help guide the direction of the future by informing Council’s new Community Infrastructure Strategic Plan.

Visit Your Say Macleay  and take the Your Future - Places and Spaces survey before the September 19 closing date.

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Your Future - Economic Development and Tourism

A focus on promoting nature-based adventure travel and sustainable agribusiness in the Macleay are some of the items outlined in Council’s draft Economic Development and Tourism documents now open for community feedback.

Developed following extensive research and consultation, the draft Horizon 2030 - Macleay Valley Economic Development and Tourism Strategy and draft Macleay Valley Coast Destination Management Plan 2019-2029 are ten-year frameworks designed to guide Council’s direction, decision making and service delivery in economic growth and tourism into the future.

View the documents and have your say on Your Say Macleay  before the September 20 closing date.

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Your Future - Growth and Character

Council wants to hear your thoughts about land use in the Kempsey Shire and how and where growth should occur. We also want to know what you love and value about the character of our beautiful valley. Your feedback will inform the development of Council’s long term Local Strategic Planning Statement.

To read through the discussion document and have your say, visit Your Say Macleay  before the October 31 closing date.


It’s OK on the Macleay is this Sunday!

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Council is very excited to be supporting the third annual Baylin’s Gift It’s OK on the Macleay  event this Sunday at Kempsey Riverside Park from 10am to 3pm.

It’s OK on the Macleay 2019 is going to be massive, with free stand up paddle boarding, a kids corner with face painting and blow up obstacle course, dragon boating with Kempsey Macleay Dragon Boat Club, a raffle with fantastic prizes from Akubra Hats and Bunnings, and over 30 market stalls with jewellery, clothes, candles and much more. 

Find out more


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Pedestrian Facilities Audit

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Council is committed to providing pedestrian infrastructure that meets the needs of all residents in the community, including older persons, people with mobility or vision impairments, school children and recreational pedestrians.

To assist Council in identifying improvement opportunities, a pedestrian facilities audit focusing on safety is being conducted. Pedestrians are requested to provide feedback where there is an identified safety concern with footpaths, intersections, signage, lighting, pedestrian crossings and shared walkways.

To report potentially unsafe pedestrian facilities, visit Your Say Macleay 


Introducing Jessie…

Jessie - Pet of the Week

Jessie is a gorgeous 1 year old staffy who is looking for her forever home. She is very energetic and loves a good run. She is great around people and other dogs and loves lots of affection. She would suit a family with another dog as she loves company. Jessie has been microchipped but is not registered or desexed.

To rehome Jessie, read the Impounded animals page on Council’s website at www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/pound then contact Council Customer Services on 6566 3200 and quote Jessie’s impound number, 10980


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How do you feel about short term holiday rentals in the Macleay Valley?

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With sites like Airbnb and Stayz on the rise, particularly in Northern NSW, Southern Cross University researchers are keen to hear from residents about their attitude towards short term rentals and their experiences - either good or bad - via an online survey.

Kempsey Shire Council is one of a number of councils taking part in the research project. Have your say!


Brand Experience Workshop

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Calling all small businesses in the Macleay!

Council will be co-hosting a free workshop in partnership with local business growth and innovation facilitators 6 Degrees Co  focused on the importance of branding in business on Tuesday 24 September from 2pm to 5pm at Kempsey Macleay RSL Club.

Facilitator Sara Bowen from TAFE NSW will help you understand what branding is through various exercises. This knowledge can then be applied to your own business to develop an efficient and successful marketing communication strategy. 

Find out more and reserve your free tickets! 


Crescent Head Community Catch-up

General Manager Craig Milburn with residents at a community catch-up

Council’s next Community Catch-up will be held in Crescent Head on Wednesday 25 September at Crescent Head Public School from 5pm to 7pm. There will be an information stall set up before the catch-up from 4pm to 5pm where you can find out more about current Council projects such as the Community Strategic Infrastructure Plan, Local Strategic Planning Statement and Crescent Head Master Plan.

Find out more and submit a question for discussion at the catch-up on Your Say Macleay 


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Cricket stars visit the Macleay

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Young local cricket fans got to meet two stars of the game at Verge Street fields in Kempsey earlier this month.

Part of Cricket NSW’s Country Blitz tour across the state, Women’s Big Bash League spin bowler Lauren Smith and champion all-rounder Sean Abbott, both of the Sydney 6ers, spent time with young players to mark the beginning of cricket season.

They also discussed opportunities for the expansion of cricket in the Macleay when the $10 million upgrade of the Verge Street complex is complete.

Visit Cricket NSW  to find out more about registering to play this season.


West Kempsey roadworks underway

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Safer driving conditions in Tozer Street will soon be the result of rehabilitation works currently underway between Wide and Marsh Streets in West Kempsey.

Part of Council’s ten year works program, the upgrades include reconstructing the road pavement, installing new kerb and gutter, and driveways and new stormwater pipes to reduce local flooding.

Find out more 

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