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

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Excavation work at Killick Creek bar

Beach closed - Killick Creek entrance to be cleared following sand erosion

Excavation will take place today, Thursday 24 September, at the entrance to Killick Creek, at Crescent Head, to cut a pilot channel to relieve the impact of sand erosion.

Council have an excavator at Killick Creek and commenced works this morning, with work to continue throughout the afternoon as tides become more favourable.

This will require closure of the beach. Over the past few months a combination of tides and weather patterns have led to the creation of a sand bank at the entrance to the creek.

The entrance channel has moved rapidly to the north-west toward the dunes and the continued erosion poses a number of risks. Council is urging the community to remain clear of the works for their own safety and to take extra care over the coming days as it will take a while for the area to fully stabilise.

For more information read this media release

New cabins at Crescent Head Holiday Park

New holiday cabins open to guests at Crescent Head

Council have unveiled the first six of twelve new holiday cabins at Crescent Head Holiday Park, with the first guests checking in on Friday 18 September.

The new cabins provide a much-needed upgrade to the Crescent Head Holiday Park replacing the cabins closest to the Reception building in the Oceanside precinct.

The cabins have been installed in a phased roll out to ensure some were open in time for the school holidays.

A further five two-bedroom cabins, currently on-site, are still being installed. In addition, the twelfth new cabin will be the first three-bedroom, fully accessible cabin across the five Macleay Valley Coast Holiday Parks. This is set to be delivered to the park in October.

For more information about the project visit the Crescent Head Holiday Park Upgrade web page

Women encouraged to run for council at the 2021 election

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Current and former female councillors talk about how and why they became involved in local government.

The NSW Government wants to inspire more women to run for their local council. If you are keen to make a difference in your community, consider nominating for the 4 September 2021 local government elections.

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Interested in studying nursing? 

Learn about the possibilities of a career in nursing with CUC and Charles Sturt University in a free online session on Wednesday 30 September at 6pm.

The online session will discuss admissions, including non-ATAR pathways, student support and TAFE options.

Everyone is welcome from those still at school, parents, and career shifters. Learn about alternative entry pathways, scholarships, and find out about the wraparound support that will be available through your local CUC.

For more information and to register go to the Eventbrite website 

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Apply for $65,000 in community grants 

Community groups across the shire are being invited to put their hand up for funding for projects that will benefit residents under a new grant scheme.

Council’s new Community Grants program offers grant funding to active not-for-profit community groups so they can deliver community-led projects in a wide variety of forms that benefit the shire.

The program is an expansion of the traditional Mayoral Community Fund which will continue. However, Council has added three extra streams:

Applications are open until 16 October. 

For more information and to apply visit Your Say Macleay 

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Free mentoring scholarships available to local business owners 

As part of NSW Small Business Month (1-31 October), Council, with the support of the NSW Government, is offering a free scholarship program to mentor business owners in the Macleay Valley.

There are 16 places available for business owners to participate in 3 x 1-hour online sessions with business experts from the MAP Institute.

The sessions will be delivered by video conference in a small group environment.

Outcomes for attendees will be:

Business owners from all sectors are eligible to apply. Your business can be ready for growth or you may be a new business.

For more information or to apply for the scholarship contact Council on 6566 3200 and ask for Marilyn Breen to discuss the next steps. 

Get in quick as registrations close on 30 September.

Free TAFE course for hotel and hospitality employees

TAFE NSW is offering a free course for employees of local hotel and hospitality businesses to help them ensure that hygiene practices are understood to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19.

There are 25 fully subsidised places available for the program which will be delivered online over a period of up to 4.5 hours. 

It will focus on personal hygiene practices necessary to maintain the health of each employee as well as your customers.

By the end of the program, participants will know:

Register your interest by emailing Ben Lewis, Business Development Manager at TAFE - ben.lewis14@tafensw.edu.au

Let’s get our scrap together

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When your food scraps go in your green lid bin it gets turned into professionally made compost which helps local farmers grow more food.

For more information go to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/scrap

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