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Upgrades bring rest and recreation spaces into view at Kyogle MPS

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Upgrades bring rest and recreation spaces into view at Kyogle MPS

Aged care residents at Kyogle Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) are set to benefit from upgrades to the shared activity and entertainment spaces at the site, which are expected to be complete early next year.

The new purpose-built residents’ lounge will provide both indoor and outdoor spaces to allow residents and their families and carers to exercise, relax or share a quiet moment away from the busy dining room.

Executive Officer/ Director of Nursing for the MPS Network, Nancy Martin, said the upgrades would provide residents with a safe area in which to connect with loved ones, or sit peacefully in reflection.

“Best practice care for older people, including those who may be living with dementia, involves having a variety of spaces which are suited to specific activities, such as eating and drinking, relaxing and resting,” Ms Martin said.

“The new lounge area extension will enable our residents to move more freely between the different living spaces such as the Chapel, dining room and garden courtyard.”

“This upgrade will also make the most of the beautiful views of the Kyogle countryside which residents will be able to appreciate from the covered verandah.”

Projects at three other local Multi-Purpose Services are also helping to improve the amenities for aged care residents in communal spaces, and provide a more homelike and comfortable environment.

Bonalbo MPS will receive a new garden, complete with mobility pathways, secure fences and shared spaces, while at Nimbin MPS a new access ramp connecting the courtyard and garden to the dining room deck will create a better connection between existing spaces. At Urbenville MPS, a new backyard space with tool shed, raised garden beds and BBQ area will provide residents with a more homely environment.

The projects are jointly funded by the Australian Government’s MPS Minor Capital Works program and Northern NSW Local Health District, are expected to be completed in the first half of 2023.

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$62.5 million budget all about community – Kyogle

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$62.5 million budget all about community

Community is the cornerstone of Kyogle Council’s draft $62.5 million budget, Mayor Cr Kylie Webster said.

The draft budget was adopted by Council on Monday night for public comment and will be on display until close of business 10 May.

It provides $21 million for regional road projects including $20 million for the upgrade of the Clarence Way, $3.8 million for rural local roads, and $2.4 million for bridges.

“This budget is all about Council sensibly and sustainably providing facilities and services for our community,” Cr Webster said.

“We are undertaking big projects such as the Clarence Way upgrade, but we’ve also committed to spend an extra $100,000 to ensure our villages are kept tidy and are mown regularly.”

Other expenditure identified in the draft budget includes:

  • $1.69 million for urban streets, including footpaths and kerb and guttering
  • $1.99 million for buildings and community facilities, including parks and gardens, pools and cemeteries
  • $608,879 for library services
  • $111,563 in financial assistance to community groups and organisations
  • $149,661 for the Roxy Gallery
  • $75,231 for pre-schools.

Cr Webster called on the community to view the draft budget while it’s on public display and make a submission to Council.

“We want people to have a say and I’m encouraging everyone to make a submission,” Cr Webster said.

Copies of the draft budget will also be available to view at Council’s administration centre at 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle, on Council’s website www.kyogle.nsw.gov.au or at Wadeville store, Woodenbong Post Office, Tabulam Post Office, Cawongla store, Mallanganee Post Office, Old Bonalbo Post Office, Kyogle Library, Wiangaree Post Office, Bonalbo Post Office, and the mobile library.
Submissions close at 4.30pm on 10 May 2024 and can be sent to the Acting General Manager, 1 Stratheden Street, Kyogle or to council@kyogle.nsw.gov.au.

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Free workshops for potential Councillors

Kyogle Council will hold two free workshops for people interested in running for council at the 14 September local government elections.
They will be held at Kyogle on Wednesday, 12 June, with one in the morning and one in the evening.
The workshops are aimed at giving potential candidates a better understanding of the role and responsibilities of an elected member of council.
They will be conducted by a facilitator from Local Government NSW with extensive experience in local government.
The same content will be presented at both workshops.
The morning workshop will run from 10am-1.30pm and the evening workshop from 5-8.30pm. They will be held upstairs in the Roxy Art Gallery at 131 Summerland Way (the Kyogle Memorial Institute Hall).

    • The workshops will:

    • Identify the key requirements for becoming a candidate at the NSW local government election on 14 September;
    • Outline the legislated role of a councillor, and how it fits in with other roles and levels of government;
    • Help participants understand the role of an elected member of the governing body;
    • Outline the expectations and potential challenges in becoming a councillor;
    • Look at the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework, and how councillors work within it;
    • Identify key elements of council meetings, such as the code of meeting practice, code of conduct and conflict of interest.

If you are interested in attending, just come along to the workshop of your choice on the day. You can also contact Council for more information on 6632 1611.

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Council adopts referendum question on popularly elected mayor

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Council adopts referendum question on popularly elected mayor

 

Kyogle Council electors will be asked in a Kyogle referendum whether or not they want a popularly elected mayor.

The referendum will be held in conjunction with State-wide Local Government elections on Saturday, 14 September.

A popularly elected mayor is elected by voters and serves a four-year term. Currently, Kyogle Councillors elect the mayor from amongst themselves and the mayor serves a two-year term.

Council resolved in April 2022 to conduct a referendum on having a popularly elected mayor, with Councillors indicating at the time they wanted to maintain a system of wards and the current number of Councillors (nine).

With the local government election to be held this year, the Council at its 11 March 2024 meeting decided the question voters will be asked at the referendum. It  will be:

Do you favour the election of the Mayor by electors for a four-year term with the number of wards reduced from three to two, each ward comprising of four councillors, plus a popularly elected Mayor?

Currently, Council has three wards, with three Councillors in each ward and the mayor elected by Councillors from among themselves — making a total of nine councillors.

However, if the council is to have a popularly elected mayor and still have a total of nine councillors, voters will have to elect a mayor and eight councillors (making a total of nine).

As there must be an even representation of Councillors in each ward, Council is proposing to reduce the number of wards to two and have four councillors elected from each ward.

As well as deciding on the referendum question, the Council at the March meeting endorsed an information pamphlet to be made available to voters which outlines the pros and cons of a popularly elected Mayor.

The information pamphlet is available on Council’s website or from Council’s administration centre.

 

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