Welcome to Kempsey Shire Council’s June 2018 eNewsletter!

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Council seeking feedback on local waterways

Killick Creek

Residents are encouraged to provide feedback about how they use some of our waterways and how they would like to see them looked after. Council is reviewing and updating the Estuary Coastal Zone Management Plans for the Macleay River, Killick Creek and Korogoro Creek.

Senior Natural Resources Officer, Ron Kemsley, said the three surveys will help Council understand how the community prioritise the management and future of our waterways.

Participate in the estuary surveys 


Mid North Coast Joint Organisation of Councils is now up and running

Mid North Coast Joint Organisation of CouncilsLeft to right: Tanya Latanville, Acting Director North Coast Department Premier and Cabinet; Craig Swift-McNair, General Manager Port Macquarie-Hastings Council; Mayor Peta Pinson, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council; Chair, Mayor Liz Campbell, Kempsey Shire Council; Mayor Dominic King, Bellingen Shire Council Back: Craig Milburn, General Manager Kempsey Shire Council; Matt Fanning, Acting General Manager, Bellingen Shire Council.

Mayors and General Managers from Bellingen, Kempsey and Port Macquarie-Hastings Councils have commenced a new model of regional collaboration and planning.

The inaugural meeting of the Mid North Coast Joint Organisation, held in Kempsey on Wednesday 13 June has paved the way for how the Councils will work with the NSW Government on high priority projects in this region.

This meeting follows the NSW Government’s proclamation in May this year of eleven (11) joint organisations across regional NSW comprising of over 90 per cent of existing regional councils.

Read more about the MNC Joint Organisation


Survey to capture residents’ driver behaviour

Belgrave Street

Council is currently conducting a survey to gather data about the driving behaviours of Macleay Valley residents and to test people’s knowledge on NSW Road Rules. Survey results will help guide future road safety activities.

Participate in the road safety survey 


Southern gateway sculpture installed

South Kempsey Gateway Sculpture

A seven-metre tall sculpture, celebrating the rich history of the area, welcomes travellers as they enter the Macleay Valley from the southern exit of the Pacific Highway.

The sculpture was installed in the middle of the roundabout in late May with landscaping works completed soon after.

Titlted ‘Echoes’, the work features LED lighting, includes three key shapes; indigenous bark canoes to represent the original inhabitants of the Macleay - the Dunghutti people, a cross cut saw to represent the early cedar getters, and the ribbed frames of the timber boat building industry.

Read more about the South Kempsey Gateway Sculpture


New bridges provide safer access

Schmidts Bridge

Five new bridges are due for completion throughout the Shire over the coming months as part of Kempsey Shire Council’s Timber Bridge Replacement Program.

Already complete is Knauers Bridge in Kinchela and nearing completion are McIntyres Bridge and Schmidts Bridge in Bellbrook. Construction of a new bridge on Saleyards Road will soon commence and works on Turners Flat Bridge will begin in September.

Each year, Council aims to replace approximately four timber bridges with modern concrete structures that are safer for motorists, reduce the need for load limit restrictions and require less maintenance.

Read more about the bridges program


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