Welcome to Kempsey Shire Council’s 26 June 2020 weekly update!

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Artistic render of CLyde Street carpark project

Work to start on Clyde Street carpark and amenities upgrade

The wait for the much-anticipated upgrade to the Clyde Street car park and amenities is almost over with Stage One one of the project set to commence on Wednesday 1 July.

The project will renew the area, replace the ageing public toilet, replace the water mains and water infrastructure under the car park as well as creating safer links to surrounding businesses for pedestrians and easier access for vehicles.

Stage One is set to run until just before Christmas. While this will require a significant part of the car park to be closed off to the public during that time, Council will create marked walkways and advertise the alternative nearby parking options.

In the first weeks there will be additional impacts as Council’s water and sewer teams will be replacing 150 metres of water mains and renewing 12 water connections to buildings within the Clyde Street car park area.

To minimise impact on business, the work is scheduled to occur after hours between 6pm and 2am Monday to Friday. The entire carpark will need to be closed at night while these works take place and access will be restricted.

This part of the project is expected to take four weeks to complete.

For more information visit the project page on Council’s website www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/clyde-street 


Burnt out tractor in paddock

Free business courses to support Macleay farmers 

Council is offering a free Farm Resilience Program to help local farmers and agricultural businesses become more disaster resilient into the future.

In the aftermath of last year’s disastrous bushfires, it was identified that enabling farming and related businesses to prepare business plans that included planning around potential future disasters was a key recovery goal.

The program is for anyone operating a business in agriculture in the Macleay Valley. They will be hosted by industry experts who will provide businesses with free training, advice and mentoring.

Topics include developing a business plan, developing goals for your business, recruitment and retention and marketing your business.

Interested businesses and ABN holders should register by Monday 27 July with the first course to start on 29 July. To register and for more information visit Council’'s Recovery site 


Cat on sofa

Annual permits introduced for owners of some cats and dogs 

New steps have been introduced by the NSW Government to promote responsible pet ownership which will see changes to the fees charged to some owners.

Residents in the Macleay who own non-desexed cats over four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their pet registration fee.

Residents who own dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

Exemptions are in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020, those kept for breeding purposes by members of recognized breeding bodies and cats which cannot be de-sexed for medical reasons.

Local pet owners will be able to pay for the annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website 

The NSW Pet Registry has been temporarily shut down to allow urgent maintenance and upgrading work to accommodate the introduction of annual permit. The website will be live from 1 July. 


Footpath cafe, Smith Street, Kempsey

Council health inspectors to help food retailers fight coronavirus 

Recently, new health regulations have enabled food retailers to once again serve food on premises after coronavirus forced them to shut down entirely or move to take away only models.

Now, Council’s Environmental Health team are taking steps to help food retailers address the new COVID-19 regulations.

Council’s Environmental Health unit is looking to recommence their annual food inspection program. Council routinely inspects retail food outlets to ensure they comply with food safety standards. 

For more information about the inspections or the Safety Plan kit should visit the Environmental Health page on Council’s website or call the Customer Service team on 6566 3200


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