Welcome to Kempsey Shire Council’s 30 July 2020 eNewsletter!

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Council halves budget deficit with annual Operational Plan 

Kempsey Shire Council have approved an Operational Plan for the coming financial year which more than halves the deficit proposed in the initial draft budget.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Council approved the Operational Plan 2020-21 and associated integrated planning and reporting documents (Revenue Policy, Long Term Financial Plan and Rate Categories maps) following public exhibition, consideration of submissions and internal review.

Outlining the proposed activities and budget for the coming financial year, the Operational Plan is the council equivalent of a state or federal government annual budget.

Read more in this media release


People outside the Recovery Hub

First of its kind Macleay Valley Recovery Hub opens

Kempsey Shire Council’s Macleay Valley Recovery Hub was officially opened to the public on Thursday 20 July. 

Council established the hub for disaster assistance following the unprecedented level of recent disasters in the shire.

It is designed to prevent confusion or lost opportunity arising from the multiple agencies that are involved in the recovery process by bringing key support services together under one roof.

Created with financial support from the State Government, the Macleay Valley Recovery Hub is a ‘one stop shop’ that provides residents with face-to-face support from Council as well as representatives from NSW Health, the Department of Primary Services and St Vincent de Paul.

Residents can receive support, advice and information on the grants and programs available from the government, charities and local support services.

For more information and on Council’s Recovery initiatives go to Council’s dedicated Recovery website 


Frederickton River Park

Frederickton River Park set to receive upgrade 

Council will install new picnic areas, amenities, and a children’s playground as part of an upgrade of the Frederickton River Park area.

Works are scheduled to get underway this month and are fully funded by a NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Fund grant of $274,921

Families can look forward to two new picnic tables with the existing table and to remain, a new playground with swing set, spring combination unit, enclosed slide and a new accessible amenities block and pathways.

Read more in this media release


Stuarts Point Boat Ramp

Stuarts Point boat ramp closes for upgrade 

As part of the upgrades to the Stuarts Point foreshore area, the Stuarts Point boat ramp will be closed through to 14 August 2020 while the construction of a new boat ramp gets underway.

The old ramp will be demolished before the construction of the new ramp commences. 

Residents and visitors are advised to use the Fishermans Reach Boat Ramp during the course of this construction.


Women planting trees

Community encouraged to take part in National Tree Day 

Council has donated trees to each of the 43 schools, preschools and day-care centres in the Shire to mark National Tree Day.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, no public events such as a community tree planting day or Council’s usual tree giveaway in the courtyard could be held this year.

However, Council’s commitment to environmental initiatives has seen the donation of fruit trees to local schools to encourage them to take part in National School Tree Day on Friday 31 July.

Council is encouraging the rest of the community to participate in National Tree Day on Sunday 2 August by planting in their backyard or vegetable patches where possible.

National Tree Day was co-founded by Planet Ark and Olivia Newton-John in 1996 and has become Australia’s largest tree-planting and environmental education event. 

For more information visit the National Tree Day website  


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