Welcome to Kempsey Shire Council’s 21 August 2020 eNewsletter!

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Your Future Macleay - Growth and Character

Council is finalising our Local Strategic Planning Statement, which will be the foundation for the next 20 years of planning. 

The draft ‘Your Future Macleay - Growth and Character’ includes character summaries of 13 key geographic areas in our shire, from Kempsey to South West Rocks, Bellbrook to Stuarts Point, Crescent Head to Frederickton.

These summaries will limit the development options for each area to ensure that character is maintained.

Council wants to hear from the community to ensure we get this right.  

Go to Council’s engagement website, Your Say Macleay and tell us if we have described your area correctly. 

For more information visit https://yoursay.macleay.nsw.gov.au/your-future-macleay-growth-character  

Point Plomer Road sealing - Review of Environmental Factors report gets green light

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the sealing of Point Plomer Road was accepted at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

Specialist consultants, GHD, were engaged to provide the report which investigated potential environmental impacts as a result of sealing the road.

The REF was placed on public exhibition between 1 July to 30 July 2020 and submissions received during the exhibition period were reported to Council as part of the business paper.

It was found that the sealing of the road would not have a significant effect on the environment or impact heritage sites and therefore does not require the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement.

For more information read this media release

Amenities - Kemp Street fields

Kemp Street and Service Clubs Park masterplans adopted 

Two draft master plans for the Kemp Street Sports Complex and Service Clubs Park were adopted by Council at Tuesday’s meeting.

Developed with local user and sporting groups, the plans outline the current and future uses, the priorities and aspirations for both sites.

Both plans were placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days and received a total of 25 submissions.

The name of Service Clubs Park was also confirmed at the meeting after the park had been subject to inconsistent naming.

For more information read this media release

Crane lifting roof onto amenities block

Work underway on new amenities in Frederickton River Park 

The installation of a new amenities block got underway this week at Frederickton River Park. 

The prefabricated amenities was delivered by truck on Monday with the installation of the building to be completed over the coming weeks.

Following the completion of the building, the construction of pathways, picnic tables and a new children’s playground will commence.

The project is fully funded by a NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Grant of $274,921

Stuarts Point boat ramp

New boat ramp at Stuarts Point completed

Boaties now have safer access to the Macleay River at Stuarts Point with work completed on a new two-lane boat ramp.

The upgrade forms part of the $3.4 million redevelopment of the Stuarts Point foreshore which includes car and trailer parking near the new boat ramp and the relocation of the fish cleaning table.

Other works that have been completed include new picnic and barbecue areas, a new amenities, children's playground, a wharf/beach access and pathways. Upgrades to the Holiday Park and car park are progressing.

The project is jointly funded by Council and the NSW Government under its Restart NSW Regional Growth - Environment and Tourism Fund.

Women in group outside Bellbrook Hall

Over 90 free community events available 

From yoga, cooking classes to learning how to get a bushfire survival plan together, Council’s Strength, Support and Community Program is sure to have something for everyone.

The program offers a list of free community activities to foster resilience, preparedness and community connection across the Macleay Valley.

All activities are for residents of the Kempsey Shire. Come to one, five or all of them. Everyone is welcome.

To register for the events go to  https://yoursay.macleay.nsw.gov.au/recovery 

For more information visit the Macleay Valley Recovery Hub, located at 57 Elbow Street, West Kempsey or phone Council's Customer Service Centre on 6566 3200 and ask for someone from the Recovery team. 

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