Readiness and Recovery

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The Macleay Valley Recovery Hub

Have you or your community been impacted by the recent natural disasters to affect the Kempsey Shire?

Are you looking for information on how to be ready for future events?

Want to meet neighbours, attend an event or learn more about Council's recovery programs?

What is Readiness and Recovery?

Kempsey Shire Council has received significant grant funding to dedicate resources to support the community in recovering from previous natural disasters and to help prepare for any future emergencies.

The key projects that Council has committed to and the allocations of grant funding are outlined in the Recovery Action Plan, which is reported to Council quarterly. You can download the latest Recovery Action Plan Report.

Key Updates

Council is currently undertaking extensive work to rebuild infrastructure, support communities, and tell our community's story.

More information on Council activities can be found on the Kempsey Shire Council website

How can I get involved?

New funding, projects and opportunities for the community to be involved or get better prepared are regularly added to the program. Sign-up to this page to be included in updates and reminders.

Current Readiness and Recovery projects

More activities coming soon

  • Creative recovery training
  • Community resilience program

For information on past Readiness and Recovery projects please read through the updates below and on the Bushfire and Drought Recovery page and 2021 Flood Recovery page.

Ongoing community readiness

How can we be better prepared for a disaster?

Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility. As we enter bushfire season, you should undertake the 5-step Get Ready for Bushfire Plan. The NSW state emergency management plan outlines four steps to emergency management:

  • Prevention
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

Kempsey Shire Council are a partner in the Get Ready Program for local councils

For more information see the Kempsey Shire Council Fire, Flood & Emergencies page

Resources to help

  • Find help through Vinnies
  • Service NSW Assistance for individuals and businesses 137788
  • Insurance Council of Australia 1300 795 534
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline is here to listen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (midday to midnight).
  • Get to know this list of Disaster Recovery Services in the Kempsey Region
  • Get live updates from disaster agencies on the Disaster Dashboard

Have you or your community been impacted by the recent natural disasters to affect the Kempsey Shire?

Are you looking for information on how to be ready for future events?

Want to meet neighbours, attend an event or learn more about Council's recovery programs?

What is Readiness and Recovery?

Kempsey Shire Council has received significant grant funding to dedicate resources to support the community in recovering from previous natural disasters and to help prepare for any future emergencies.

The key projects that Council has committed to and the allocations of grant funding are outlined in the Recovery Action Plan, which is reported to Council quarterly. You can download the latest Recovery Action Plan Report.

Key Updates

Council is currently undertaking extensive work to rebuild infrastructure, support communities, and tell our community's story.

More information on Council activities can be found on the Kempsey Shire Council website

How can I get involved?

New funding, projects and opportunities for the community to be involved or get better prepared are regularly added to the program. Sign-up to this page to be included in updates and reminders.

Current Readiness and Recovery projects

More activities coming soon

  • Creative recovery training
  • Community resilience program

For information on past Readiness and Recovery projects please read through the updates below and on the Bushfire and Drought Recovery page and 2021 Flood Recovery page.

Ongoing community readiness

How can we be better prepared for a disaster?

Being aware and prepared is everyone’s responsibility. As we enter bushfire season, you should undertake the 5-step Get Ready for Bushfire Plan. The NSW state emergency management plan outlines four steps to emergency management:

  • Prevention
  • Preparation
  • Response
  • Recovery

Kempsey Shire Council are a partner in the Get Ready Program for local councils

For more information see the Kempsey Shire Council Fire, Flood & Emergencies page

Resources to help

  • Find help through Vinnies
  • Service NSW Assistance for individuals and businesses 137788
  • Insurance Council of Australia 1300 795 534
  • NSW Mental Health Line 1800 011 511
  • Lifeline is here to listen 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (midday to midnight).
  • Get to know this list of Disaster Recovery Services in the Kempsey Region
  • Get live updates from disaster agencies on the Disaster Dashboard
  • Work begins on next stage of Devils Nook landslip fix

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    Another big step has been taken on the journey to clearing the major landslip at Devils Nook on Armidale Road.

    Kempsey Shire Council has commenced works to remediate the large landslip that occurred on Armidale Road at Devils Nook in January 2021.

    Council has been awarded Transport for NSW funding of $3,809,000 to undertake large-scale civil and geotechnical engineering construction to stabilise the site, which is approximately 6km east of Bellbrook.

    The landslip occurred in 2021 after prolonged wet weather, pushing large amounts of rock into roadside barriers and necessitating short-term road closures as Council engaged contractors to clear the debris with earthmoving equipment.

    Council’s Manager Infrastructure Delivery, Dylan Reeves, said the impacts of severe weather had been felt across Kempsey Shire, with Devils Nook being one of many sites still requiring remediation.

    “We are continuing to work through our repair program from recent flood events, which will ultimately see about $30 million of natural disaster funding invested in repairing the shire’s infrastructure,” said Mr Reeves.

    “We understand upriver residents have faced many challenges as a result of weather events in the past few years and thank them for their patience and cooperation as we repair the damage to key routes across the valley.”

    Traffic control will be in place at the site during the works, which will last about 10 weeks. Residents are requested to cooperate with road crews and follow signage. For more information head to ksc.pub/devilsnook

  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition three

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Construction update - short term access

    The most viable short term access route identified will connect Fifes Creek Road to Toose Road via the Telstra telecommunications tower.

    Construction progress of this route has been delayed due to the recent rainfall. However, it is anticipated that work will recommence this week with council staff due to inspect the site May 19.

    Unfortunately, more rainfall is predicted which may cause further delays with construction. Further updates will be provided in Edition 4.

    There are four main components of the construction of the trail, being cut one, cut two, Ridge Trail and cut three.

    Below is an update on each of the four components of the trail:

    • Cut 1 is complete, but will require some more work to lessen the grade

    • Cut 2 has commenced, however the ridge line is quite steep in places and requires a cut across the face of the ridge as shown in purple (see diagram). The dozer operator is in the process of establishing this cut.

    • The Ridge Trail has been cleaned of vegetation and for the length of the line shown in orange the grade is reasonable, this area only requires a tidy up and some gravel in places.

    • Cut 3 is the most complex cut and will join an existing cut from the Telstra Tower – Toose Road trail. The cut must traverse a steep hillside to avoid the highest point of the range and keep the trail at an acceptable grade. This cut is yet to commence and will be completed after Cut 2.

    See below a diagram of the four components of the trail for reference.

    Council staff continue to work on Fifes Creek Road to ensure that the alternate route includes acceptable conditions for access into Kempsey.

    Significant progress on this work included widening, intersection improvements, crossing improvements and vegetation removal.

    GHD has provided approval to remove some trees on Fifes Creek Road which will make the road wider and allow truck access for construction and maintenance activities.

    Update to geotechnical advice on the Landslip

    Regional Geotechnical Solutions visited the slip site and provided a second opinion as requested. The site visit confirmed the original geotechnical advice to be accurate and the report was provided at the most recent community update.

    GHD arranged for Geophysics to occur at the slip site using ground penetrating radar. Unfortunately, there was no rock found to 15 metres.

    Further geophysics are being arranged by GHD with the intent of finding rock at a greater depth. This process will help inform whether a long term solution to repair the slip face is achievable.

    Any actions on the site of the slip relate to the long-term options and no immediate clearing or construction on this site has been proposed.

    Investigation update – long term access

    As advised at community meetings the long-term reinstatement of a publicly accessible road is likely to take in the order of two years.

    These access options are being considered in more detail, a project team within GHD are working on mapping formal route options and costings.

    Stock movements

    The Local Member Pat Conaghan has escalated the request for ADF support via the relevant Minister (Bridget McKenzie). Resilience NSW have sought further advice on this request from Council, which has been provided. Council awaits the advice of Resilience NSW on whether support shall be available.

    There is no update available from Local Land Services regarding the request for temporary additional yards at the Travelling Stock Route (TSR) by Five Day Creek off Towal Road (#R1002042).

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Air support for a resupply of groceries and pig feed has been confirmed and arranged for the afternoon of Thursday 19 May. Isolated residents and landowners are responsible for the purchase of provisions, but there is no government cost passed on for the logistics support and costs of air supply.

    The next air resupply will be Thursday 2 June, with deliveries to be confirmed with Beth Bickford by COB Friday 27 May. This flight will utilise a sling to deliver bulk feed requirements.

    Further air support to achieve future feed deliveries is not scheduled, however this will be assessed in early July.

    Flood recovery assistance

    Council has been advised of the significant time and emotional demand on impacted residents trying to access financial support. Council continues to advocate for our residents and has escalated our concerns with Resilience NSW seeking clarity and action.

    The Readiness & Recovery Team will be in touch with residents directly to advise of progress.

    If you know someone is overwhelmed or not themselves, please check in with them.

    It’s ok not to feel ok –there is FREE and confidential support available.

    Phone Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (midday to midnight).

    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    For more information head to www.ksc.pub/tooseroad

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

  • Free clean-up for bush fire affected properties

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    Properties and landowners affected by the 2019-20 bushfires who need to dispose of fire-affected fencing materials or need help clearing, felling or disposing of fallen trees could be eligible for a free clean up.

    Kempsey Shire Council will be undertaking Operation Property Clean Up with professional contractors to assist residents with the clean-up.

    The project is funded under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s FenceCycle Program and Bushfire-Generated Green Waste Clean-Up and Processing Program, which has been generated by the the joint Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements.

    Council’s Agricultural Project Officer, Ali Briggs, said the project aims to help bushfire impacted residents and landowers safely remove fire affected materials from their property.

    “Our Shire had over 63,000 hectares and 600 private properties that were adversely affected by the bushfires,” she said.

    “This has presented a large clean-up effort and one that just doesn’t happen overnight.

    “For many landowners who still have fire affected materials remaining on their property it’s a constant reminder of the devastating impact and shock of the fires.

    “This program provides the machinery, the manpower and the support to clean up fire affected waste and take those reminders away and to help assist them with ongoing recovery.”

    Residents are encouraged to check their eligibility for the program and submit an application to council.

    “Council staff will endeavour to process applications as quickly as possible and applicants will be contacted if successful with further details to make arrangements for the clean-up. In bitter irony, rain sodden ground may impact the timing for when machinery can be bought in for the clean-up” Ms Briggs said.

    For more information and to submit an application click here

    Alternatively contact council on 6566 3200 for more information.



  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition two

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Update to geotechnical advice on the Landslip

    As requested by residents, Council arranged a peer review and second opinion of the geotechnical investigation into the slip site.

    Regional Geotech Solutions report is attached to this update. The report is based on a detailed field inspection and peer review of the original GHD report.

    The report provided by Regional Geotech Solutions confirmed the findings of the initial GHD report and reiterated the complexity and dangers of the slip site.

    Transport for NSW inspected the site on Friday 3 May, providing technical expertise, reviewing the two geotech reports and facilitating an update for the Minister for Regional roads.

    Recognising the community desire to further investigate the slip and determine repair options, GHD have conducted geophysical surveys of the site using ground penetrating radar. Rock was detected either side of the 90 meter slip face but radar could not detect rock within the penetration depth of 15 metres. This indicates a more significant thickness of dangerous colluvial material than first anticipated.

    Formal assessment and investigation of constructing a bridge or similar structure across the slip face has not been carried out and is not currently identified as a short or long term option. Rectification of the slip face remains a potential long term solution, however the initial estimates to undertake this work are costly, complex and require further investigations to confirm feasibility.

    Field work will continue in order to ascertain the depth of the colluvial material and whether there is viable presence of rock. Seismic radar will be used in coming weeks as this technology can penetrate a greater depth of material, this process will confirm if a long term solution of repairing the slip face is achievable.

    Construction update - short term access

    The most viable route identified will connect Fifes Creek Road across to Toose Road via the telecommunications tower.

    Construction progress is going smoothly with machinery reaching the tower by Friday 6 May. The focus for w/c 9 May is on the roadway down from the tower.

    All available resources are working on this construction including contracted dozer and excavator; 20+ tonne excavator working on removing trees from Fifes Creek Road; Council’s upriver team working with graders and backhoe to install pipes and complete grading. Highly experienced staff and contractors with significant local knowledge are involved in the project

    Construction is currently on target to be achieved within the originally advised four to six weeks. Indications are the road could be open in approximately a fortnight, however weather has and is expected to cause delays to the construction works. Further updates will be included in Edition 3.

    Council reiterate that this construction is outside the realms of standard engineering practice, regarding designing the road at the same time as its being built.

    Council’s engineers are progressively inspecting and assessing the road, the strength of rock and gradient as its being built. Safe access for vehicles larger than 4WD can’t be confirmed until construction is complete.

    Acknowledging the impact of additional travel time using this route, the construction will involve replacing five gates on Fifes Creek Road with cattle grids.

    Legal agreements to access private land are being finalised, using a private agreement model. Legally this short term access road is for the purpose of accessing identified properties and will not be classed as a public road.

    Investigation update – long term access

    The agreed options analysis will consider three alternatives – repairing the existing slip; a bridge crossing the Macleay River in an alternative location; and constructing a new over range route.

    Each option requires significant detailed analysis to develop cost benefit estimates required to access NSW Government natural disaster funding.

    Long term access requires provision of a public access road, essentially replacing the level of access that was previously in place. Restoring public access will also prevent long term impacts on property values of currently isolated land.

    Council sought community feedback on the preferred location of a river crossing, should a bridge be determined as the most viable long term option. While identifying Gap Creek as the fairest crossing point for most affected properties the residents strongly advised that a specific meeting is required with all landholders who would potentially be affected by construction of a public road and bridge.

    This meeting will be convened in coming weeks.

    Stock movements

    Council have been advised that landowners have made direct requests to Resilience NSW and Federal Minster regarding the need to get stock to market, and subsequent costs of feed.

    Local Member Pat Conaghan sought to escalate the request for ADF support through a meeting with the relevant Minister (Bridget McKenzie). Status of the request is yet to be confirmed.

    A request for temporary additional yards at the Tavelling Stock Route (TSR) by Five Day Creek off Towal Road (#R1002042) has been forwarded to Local Land Services on May 11.

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Resilience NSW has confirmed an air supply drop on Thursday 19 May. Residents are to advise Council’s Community Recovery Officer, Beth Bickford of requirements by COB Friday 13 May.

    Beth Bickford: 0413 057 363 | beth.bickford@kempsey.nsw.gov.au

    To support weaning of calves, an air supply of large lucerne bales will be achieved by sling. Landholders are required to have mechanical loading available at the collection and delivery sites, with final bale numbers to be confirmed by COB Friday 20 May.
    *due to the current demand on resources in Northern NSW, these dates cannot be altered -and further air resupply support is not guaranteed.

    Royal Flying Doctor Service medical chest was delivered to Rose Chirva, as the central access point, on Friday 3 May. This resource will be monitored and updated every three months.

    An emergency fuel delivery was scheduled for late this week, however, has been cancelled due to refuelling being achieved by residents independently.

    Flood recovery assistance

    Residents and landowners met with DPI last week and will continue to work through a case management approach to address individual needs. Follow-up appointments are being convened with agencies including Service NSW, funding bodies, Centrelink and Rural Financial Counselling Service.

    Department of Primary Industries can assist Primary Producers in sourcing financial support:

    1. $75,000 Grant – You will need latest Business & Personal taxation returns as well as the latest LLS rate notice for your property.

    1. $130,000 Loan – Requires last three years Business & Personal taxation returns as well as the latest rate and LLS notices for your property.

    1. Natural Disaster Transport Subsidy

    1. Please contact Rob Edwards to register:
      Rob Edwards | Recovery Officer
      Rural Recovery Support Service - Mid Coast
      NSW Department of Primary Industries
      Mob 0417443635 | Email rob.edwards@dpi.nsw.gov.au

    Service Australia can support impacted workers to connect with financial support via the Farm Household Allowance. Please contact Diane McCafferty to find out more:

    Diane McCafferty, A/G Service Centre Manager
    Phone 02 6561 4715 (204715) | 0439 431 440

    Residents have been advised that Council is not legislatively able to consider rate relief once rates have been issued. A paper will be presented to Councillors for consideration as part of the June Council meeting, prior to the 2022/23 rates being issued.

    Issues raised by community

    Council continues to progress TSA management within riparian zones along Toose Road. Access to control contractors remains open and continues as a priority location. Management of TSA on private property remains the responsibility of landholders, however, any questions relating to potential additional resources can be directed to Customer Service 6566 3200.

    Council is working on creating access for a mobile mechanic to work on several machinery issues raised by multiple residents.

    Request to provide Council with email addresses of any affected residents or landowners who aren’t currently on the distributing list for regular updates.

    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

  • Festival of Small Halls coming to Stuarts Point and Hat Head

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    The Festival of Small Halls Resilience Tour will kick off locally with renowned songwriters Ash Bell and Sara Tindly as well as emotive troubadour Melanie Horsnell set to take the stage in Stuarts Point and Hat Head.

    Presented by festival producers Woodfordia Inc, this year marks the 26th year of the regional music tour which is specially targeted at bushfire affected communities.

    Despite the Stuarts Point Community Hall set to undergo some renovations from 16 May, that won’t deter the tour from going ahead at the hall on Sunday 29 May from 3:30pm. A temporary and inclusive access to the hall will be created for the event.

    Come along and enjoy an afternoon of live music while supporting the local Country Women’s Association’s fundraising supper, a dinner put on by the Stuarts Point and District Community Organisation (SPADCO) and the chance to win some lucky door prizes.

    Doors open at 3:30pm with music starting at 4pm.

    The second event in the tour will be held at the Hat Head Surf Life Saving Club on Wednesday 1 June from 5:30pm.

    Local talent Heath Lancaster will also join the music line up at the Hat Head show to deliver an acoustic performance.

    Come along and enjoy a night of live music, a fundraising dinner for the Hat Head Surf Life Saving Club and the chance to win some lucky door prizes.

    Doors open at 5:30pm with music starting at 6pm.

    To purchase tickets for the Stuarts Point or Hat Head events click here

  • Groups and organisations encouraged to apply for disaster funding

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    Local groups and not-for-profits could be eligible for funding between $50,000 and $1.5 million as part of the NSW Government's local and regional stream of the Disaster Risk Reduction Fund.

    This stream of funding will support local groups and organisations with place-based initiatives that help communities prevent and mitigate natural disaster risks.

    To read the fund’s guidelines, frequently asked questions, or to submit an application please visit: https://www.nsw.gov.au/resilience-nsw/disaster-risk-reduction-fund/disaster-risk-reduction-fund-local-and-regional-risk-reduction-stream

    The fund will be open for applications until 1 July 2022.

  • An update on the Toose Road landslip: edition one

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    Kempsey Shire Council has committed to providing regular updates to residents and landowners directly impacted by the landslip on Toose Road.

    Information is provided to assist residents and landowners to have up-to-date information on the status of the situation and the measures being undertaken.

    The notes from the previous catchups at Bellbrook on 13 April and Kempsey on 26 April are also being distributed with this update.

    Geotechnical advice on the Landslip

    An initial assessment of the area was undertaken by GHD. Council’s geotechnical consultant GHD was able to report on the initial assessment of the slip at the Bellbrook meeting. The complexity and risks associated with the slip were outlined.

    The recent landslide has been found to exist within the area of a much larger landslide that has likely developed over many years. The assessment and advice concluded that it would be unsafe to undertake any remedial works to restore access across the slip. Significant risk exists from the instability of the ground below and of landslide debris from above. Normal remediation methods are unsuited given the nature of the landslip.

    A second opinion from Regional Geotechnical Solutions has been obtained and this has confirmed the advice provided in the initial assessment by GHD.

    The GHD assessment report is being distributed to coincide with this update.. A further detailed geotechnical assessment is commencing, which will include assessment via geophysical survey to determine the thickness of colluvial material, and define repair options that may be available.

    Restoring access to the impacted area

    Options for providing access have been outlined at the face-to-face catch-ups, covering both the shorter term and longer term perspectives.

    Work on the short term access from Fifes Creek Road across to Toose Road via the telecommunications tower has commenced. After thorough investigation this is the only option available for reinstating access in the short term.

    Council teams have been undertaking works to improve the condition of Fifes Creek Road, which shall be ongoing and include improvements to wet crossings and replacement of gates with cattle grids. A dozer has commenced on building the new access between Fifes Creek Road and the telecommunications tower. Completion of this work shall ensure vehicle access is available for supplies, utility authorities and in the event of an emergency.

    An estimated completion date shall be provided as work progresses. The road will be suitable for 4WD vehicles and all reasonable efforts will be made to make the access suitable for larger vehicles.

    From a longer term perspective three key options are being considered:

    1. Repair of the landslip

    2. Macleay River crossing connection from Toose Road to alternative road

    access via Gap Creek Road, Towal Creek Road or Pee Dee Road to the

    Kempsey-Armidale Road

    3. Over range route to restore Toose Road connection

    These options will be developed further to inform a decision on the preferred option. Council staff will work closely with Transport for NSW in this regard as they administer natural disaster funding allocation. Via our Local State Member, Melinda Pavey, Council has been able to brief the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, and will receive support from Transport for NSW in progressing with determining a solution.

    Council acknowledges the urgent need expressed by landowners and residents, however it is important to reiterate that the longer term access may take some time to implement given each of the options would require considerable engineering efforts and investment, and therefore need to be well planned.

    Stock movements

    Council have been advised the Australian Defence Force are no longer activated for the event response in the North Coast region. The Local Federal Member, Pat Conaghan, will enquire on this situation and as to whether support may be available to assist with stock movement.

    Council have also been liaising with Public Works Advisory and Transport for NSW on the availability of temporary bridges, such as a Bailey Bridge, and high clearance transport vehicles, however no suitable options have been identified to date.

    Landowners and land managers have confirmed the desire for approximately 1,000 weaner movements over the winter period. It was also noted that weaners are not able to be moved via droving over long distances. If unable to be moved then feed provisions may be required over the winter period.

    Emergency provisions and supply

    Three EPIRB’s and a satellite phone have been provided to residents to assist with emergency needs. Policing supports were outlined at the Bellbrook catchup in April.

    Resupply arrangements via air support have been made with Resilience NSW for supplies and stock feed for isolated properties. This will occur on a fortnightly basis until the access road to Fifes Creek Road is in place. An air supply delivery was made on 23 April, with the next delivery planned for Thursday 12 May.

    Newman Hollis is coordinating resupply requests from landholders, with Beth Bickford as Councils liaison.

    Orders for non-perishable groceries, medical supplies and stock feed need to be confirmed with Newman by 4pm Friday 6 May and ready for collection by 9am on Thursday 12 May. A single drop point will be confirmed the morning of the resupply.

    Council is working with Mavin Fuels on fuel supply. Delivery of a new hose to enable fuel to be conveyed across the slip is required prior to implementing this arrangement.

    A Medical Chest has been ordered from the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Council expects to receive the Chest next week and will coordinate delivery to Rose Chirva as a central access point.

    Financial Assistance

    Council has connected landowners and residents with a case manager from Department of Primary Industries who can assist with advising on assistance that may be available.

    Council rate relief was also raised at the most recent meeting and Council is reviewing available options, prior to the next rates notice being issued.

    Local DPI officers have been working with landholders and residents to complete case management registrations seeking to confirm eligibility for the $75,000 Special Disaster Assistance Grant.

    For information on this grant contact:

    Rob Edwards | Recovery Officer

    Rural Recovery Support Service - Mid Coast / NSW Department of Primary Industries

    83 Belgrave St Kempsey NSW 2440

    Mobile: 0417443635 | Email rob.edwards@dpi.nsw.gov.au

    For those who are not primary producers Service NSW may be able to assist with the Farm Assistance Package, providing up to 16 weeks wage subsidy for farm workers.

    Contact:

    Fiemea Clarke - Service NSW Customer Care: Disaster Support (Kempsey)

    fiemea.clarke@service.nsw.gov.au

    Disaster Assistance Finder: Answer a few short questions and find the best suited

    support for your circumstances https://disasterassistance.service.nsw.gov.au/

    More information

    If you have any questions or issues please call Customer Service on 6566 3200 and ask to speak to the Readiness and Recovery Team.

    If you are seeking any more information about Council head to: www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au

  • Course to GROW the skills of women in agriculture

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    A professional development course designed to develop business leadership and management skills for women working in the agriculture industry is being offered in Kempsey.

    The Generating Regionally Outstanding Women (GROW) course is focused on improving time management, planning, communication, industrial relations and workplace health and safety (WH&S) for women in farming.

    Offered by Tocal College with support from Kempsey Shire Council, the six-month course will be delivered using a blend of face-to-face and online training with two, one-day workshops in Kempsey as well as weekly webinars.

    Webinars will be recorded for those who are unable to attend the live sessions.

    The course will be delivered in Kempsey with an online pre-workshop task starting on 1 July before the initial face-to-face workshop on 25 July.

    The GROW program is designed for business owners and managers, who have a minimum of five years’ experience in the workplace and have delegation or aspire to have delegation over workplace health and safety and human resources systems within their business.

    You may be eligible to attend this course, fee free. To find out if you’re eligible and to register go to: www.ksc.pub/grow

    Alternatively, contact Council’s Agricultural Development Officer, Ali Briggs on 6566 3200 for more information on the program.


  • Has your property experienced riverbank erosion from flooding?

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    The Kempsey Shire has experienced flood events this year and landholders may have been impacted by riverbank erosion.

    Are you one of them?

    Local Land Services is supporting affected landholders through their Riverbank Erosion Support process, which focuses on managing erosion on paddocks, cropping land and naturally vegetated areas.

    For more information, please head to Riverbank Erosion Support at NSW Local Land Services

  • Free photography workshops in Gladstone and Willawarrin

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    If you've ever wanted to learn more about photography or hone your existing knowledge then don't miss the chance to attend a free photography workshop in Gladstone or Willawarrin.

    Photography is a great way to document your property or stock, help identify changes in your landscape or to capture the beauty of your environment.

    Sharon Lamb of Scheherezade Photography will share her passion and expertise in these two-hour workshops which are being offered as part of Council's 2022 Strength, Support and Community Program.

    What to bring: BYO smartphone or camera (if you bring a camera, please bring the operation manual also)

    Workshop dates and locations

    Gladstone Park, Kinchela St Gladstone workshops have now sold out

    • Sunday 24 April 10am-12pm Postponed to Sunday 1 May 10am-12pm
    • Sunday 22 May 10am-12pm
    • Sunday 26 June 10am-12pm
    • Sunday 24 July 10am-12pm

    To join a waitlist for Gladstone click here

    Willawarrin Hall, 22 Armidale Rd

    • Sunday 8 May 10am-12pm
    • Sunday 12 June 10am-12pm
    • Sunday 10 July 10am-12pm

    To secure your spot for Willawarrin click here


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