Welcome to Kempsey Shire Council’s 10 July 2020 eNewsletter!

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Creation of ‘buffer zone’ to reduce flying-fox impact on residents

Council is taking steps to reduce the impact of flying-fox colonies on East Kempsey residents.

As part of the ongoing implementation of the Rudder Park Flying-fox Camp Management Plan, Council will be undertaking bush regeneration work to create a buffer zone between the flying-fox camp and Rudder Park.

The buffer will remove the exotic vegetation such as bamboo and lantana and plant low growing natives that the flying-foxes will not roost. 

The works will begin from Monday 13 July and will be carried out Monday to Friday between 8am-5pm for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

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New flagpoles at Bellbrook War Memorial

New flagpoles for Bellbrook War Memorial

Council has completed the installation of three new flagpoles at the Bellbrook War Memorial.

One of the poles was replaced after being damaged from the November bushfires while two new poles were installed to ensure the inclusion of an Aboriginal flag at the site.

The War Memorial is a source of pride for both the Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal community of Bellbrook.

Following community engagement, the project was identified as a priority in Council’s Bushfire Recovery Action Plan.

Further improvements including maintenance to the memorial itself and landscaping are planned for the site.

Maria River Road

Funding secured to tar Maria River Road

$17 million in funding has been announced to fully upgrade Maria River Road, between Crescent Head and Port Macquarie. 

This week Member for Oxley Melinda Pavey and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams joined Council staff and residents on the gravel road to announce the allocation of funding.

The project will be funded under the Australian Government’s funding allocation of $191 million to build on the NSW Government’s $500 million Fixing Local Roads program. 

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You might operate a large farm or a small hobby farm, or perhaps you are a supporting business like a produce store or a fencing business, either way we are keen to hear from you and have you on board.

The workshops are set to commence on July 29 and will be hosted by an industry expert who will provide businesses with free training, advice and mentoring via 10 webinars over 10 weeks.

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

If you are a Macleay farming businesses or ABN holder please register by Monday 27 July by visiting Your Say Macleay

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International Day of People with Disability events update 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and uncertainty surrounding large events, Council has made the decision to postpone the Glitz & Glamour Ball scheduled to be held at the Slim Dusty Centre in November.

The event, which offers a night of fun including dinner, entertainment and dancing has been rescheduled to a date yet be confirmed in May 2021.

However, the Big Day Out family fun day at Riverside Park, Kempsey will still go ahead in December. 

More information about the Big Day Out event will available on Your Say Macleay closer to the event. 

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