Welcome to Kempsey Shire Council’s 24 July 2020 eNewsletter!

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Local sports fields light up thanks to upgrades

Council has completed a project to install and upgrade floodlighting at local sports fields to allow night-time training and competitions for local rugby league, soccer, cricket and AFL clubs.

Using the latest technology, the sports field lighting can be turned on or off remotely via a smartphone app by Council and approved sporting clubs.

The $1.62 million project to light up sports fields at Verge and Eden streets, Jim Stirling Oval and South West Rocks sports complex has been funded by the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF) and ClubGRANTS program, with contributions from Kempsey Shire Council, Football NSW and AFL NSW/ACT.

Under the project, four 25m lighting towers were installed on Jim Stirling Oval to enable night training and games for AFL and cricket. The fields previously had no lighting to cater for night-time events. Lighting has been upgraded at the Verge/Eden Street complex and South West Rocks playing fields for soccer, rugby league, AFL and cricket.


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Free film making workshop and competition open to young people 

Local students aged 10-25 who are interested in learning how to make their own film will have the chance to write, shoot and edit short films as part of a free online program.

Nextwave Online has been developed by the Screenwave International Film Festival to help young Australians produce short films via online workshops and activities.

Students will also have the chance to enter their film into the Nextwave Youth Film Competition. To enter, all you need to do is make a short film in under five minutes and creatively include the phrase "What's Next"?

The best films selected will be screened at the Nextwave Youth Film Awards in Coffs Harbour between 7-22 January 2021.

To register for the free online workshop go to the Nextwave Youth Film Festival website  or phone Melissa Robinson on 02 6563 1790

For more information about entering the competition visit the Nextwave Youth Film Festival website  

Entries for the competition are open until 21 September, 2020.

This initiative is funded by Healthy North Coast through the North Coast PHN Program with support from Council.


Playgrounds to close to undergo maintenance

Following the end of the school holidays, Crescent Head, Gladstone and South West Rocks playgrounds will be closed for one week from Monday 27 July while timber play equipment is re-lacquered, weather permitting. 

Temporary fencing will be installed at all three locations during the closure. Council thanks the community for their patience while these necessary works are carried out.


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Last chance to register for free business program 

Local farmers and those operating an agricultural business in the Macleay are encouraged to register for a free program of online courses to help their business become more disaster resilient.

Registrations for Council’s Farm Resilience Program close at 4:30pm on Monday 27 July. 

By signing up to the program, businesses will be enrolled in a series of workshops hosted by an industry expert. Business will be provided 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.

The program is funded under the NSW Bushfire Community Resilience & Economic Recovery Fund.

The first course will start on Wednesday 29 July.

For more information and to register visit the Recovery website   


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