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Welcome to the first addition of Council’s News @ Bello Shire, our local newsletter that will feature snap shots of Council programs, projects and initiatives to help our Shire stay informed, engaged and connected with each other.

Our News @ Bello Shire will also highlight the good news stories about individuals, community groups, and our business community to deliver local and vocal responses and solutions to the environmental, social and economic impacts we face now and into the future.

Also, with the regional decline of our rural newspapers during these challenging times I think it’s more important than ever that we focus on the positives and have the opportunity to read some good news stories about the fantastic things that are going on in and around our Shire.

That is why we will continue to work with our local media outlets to ensure local community and Council stories are covered by the print and online newspapers, however in the interim, you’ll also be able to pick-up your copy of News @ Bello Shire from the front counter of Council’s Bellingen Administration Building and at all three of our branch libraries in Bellingen, Dorrigo and Urunga or online here at Council’s Create website.

There’s still a lot of work to be done to make sure we get future editions of News @ Bello Shire out and about across our Shire so we’ll keep you updated about new locations and opportunities to get your hands on a copy in the near future.




Domestic Waste Access Cards

Council has undertaken significant upgrades of its waste management facilities at Bellingen, Raleigh and Dorrigo over recent years and as part of the services upgrade, Council is issuing Domestic Waste Access Cards to rural residents who have access rights associated with the waste management fee levied under the NSW Local Government Act 1993 for rural residents

You will need to present your Domestic Waste Access Card when using Council’s waste management facilities to dispose of your domestic waste with no further changes and if you are a non-resident ratepayer with a tenanted property please don’t forget to pass on the Domestic Waste Access Card onto your tenant for their use.

Please note, you will receive your Domestic Waste Access Card via the mail shortly and new cards will be issued and mailed to you directly on an annual basis. For more information regarding this service please contact Council on 6655 7300.




Council Delivers Rates Relief

To assist individuals, businesses and community groups feeling the impact of the decline in economic activity within our Shire due to the Pandemic and need for social distancing, Council has implemented a suite of economic relief measures to help alleviate financial pressure.

Economic relief measures introduced include the deferment of an annual rate rise until next financial year, suspension of commercial rents, account keeping fees for all debtors, interest on overdue rates and annual charges, debt recovery action on outstanding accounts and the waiver of any other fee associated with small business and community groups suffering financial hardship.

If you are suffering financial hardship please review Council’s Hardship Policy and Application Form by entering ‘rates’ into the search function on the home page of Council’s website and contact the Revenue Team on 6655 7300 to discuss your options.




Disaster Grants Deliver Local Relief

Council has been working with a range of local business and community stakeholders to identify additional opportunities to invest funds from our Shire’s $1.5 million Bushfire Recovery, Resilience and Preparedness Program.

“This journey has been about creating links with these groups and others in our community to look at how the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds can be invested to plan for the environmental, social and economic impacts we face now and into the future.”

“That’s why we have also re-aligned the themes of our Shire’s funding program with State and National disaster response protocols, which address the threat of bushfires and all of the other natural disasters we’ve been challenged by regionally, including the recent floods and years of drought.”

Cr King said the themed categories also reflected the Shire-wide nature of the projects and initiatives that Council would be working with our community to identify opportunities to invest in projects that will ultimately benefit our residents towns and villages across our shire.

“For example, we’ve been working our Vegetation Report Project to enhance our approach towards mapping and managing the pressures on our Shire’s natural environment and working with local land councils and liaising with NSW Rural Fire Services to investigate cultural burning landscape management activities to address the changes in native vegetation that have been observed and we anticipate as a result of climate change.”



Council calls on State to protect koala habitat

Years of drought and the recent apocalyptic bushfire season have decimated any chance of survival for our region’s koala population which could be extinct by 2050, according to a report tabled at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Koala Populations and Habitat.

Council presented evidence at the Inquiry detailing our Koala Management Strategy, which highlights the critical importance of our Shire’s koala population and the need for landscape wide approaches to koala habitat protection that cover multiple land tenures including private land, National Parks and Forestry Corporation estate.

Council advocated the critical importance of our strategy, which gave rise to the protection of more than 1000 hectares of land as Core Koala Habitat and also established a range of management objectives for koala conservation activities to address some of the key threats to koala habitats that exist within the Shire.

Welcome to the first addition of Council’s News @ Bello Shire, our local newsletter that will feature snap shots of Council programs, projects and initiatives to help our Shire stay informed, engaged and connected with each other.

Our News @ Bello Shire will also highlight the good news stories about individuals, community groups, and our business community to deliver local and vocal responses and solutions to the environmental, social and economic impacts we face now and into the future.

Also, with the regional decline of our rural newspapers during these challenging times I think it’s more important than ever that we focus on the positives and have the opportunity to read some good news stories about the fantastic things that are going on in and around our Shire.

That is why we will continue to work with our local media outlets to ensure local community and Council stories are covered by the print and online newspapers, however in the interim, you’ll also be able to pick-up your copy of News @ Bello Shire from the front counter of Council’s Bellingen Administration Building and at all three of our branch libraries in Bellingen, Dorrigo and Urunga or online here at Council’s Create website.

There’s still a lot of work to be done to make sure we get future editions of News @ Bello Shire out and about across our Shire so we’ll keep you updated about new locations and opportunities to get your hands on a copy in the near future.




Domestic Waste Access Cards

Council has undertaken significant upgrades of its waste management facilities at Bellingen, Raleigh and Dorrigo over recent years and as part of the services upgrade, Council is issuing Domestic Waste Access Cards to rural residents who have access rights associated with the waste management fee levied under the NSW Local Government Act 1993 for rural residents

You will need to present your Domestic Waste Access Card when using Council’s waste management facilities to dispose of your domestic waste with no further changes and if you are a non-resident ratepayer with a tenanted property please don’t forget to pass on the Domestic Waste Access Card onto your tenant for their use.

Please note, you will receive your Domestic Waste Access Card via the mail shortly and new cards will be issued and mailed to you directly on an annual basis. For more information regarding this service please contact Council on 6655 7300.




Council Delivers Rates Relief

To assist individuals, businesses and community groups feeling the impact of the decline in economic activity within our Shire due to the Pandemic and need for social distancing, Council has implemented a suite of economic relief measures to help alleviate financial pressure.

Economic relief measures introduced include the deferment of an annual rate rise until next financial year, suspension of commercial rents, account keeping fees for all debtors, interest on overdue rates and annual charges, debt recovery action on outstanding accounts and the waiver of any other fee associated with small business and community groups suffering financial hardship.

If you are suffering financial hardship please review Council’s Hardship Policy and Application Form by entering ‘rates’ into the search function on the home page of Council’s website and contact the Revenue Team on 6655 7300 to discuss your options.




Disaster Grants Deliver Local Relief

Council has been working with a range of local business and community stakeholders to identify additional opportunities to invest funds from our Shire’s $1.5 million Bushfire Recovery, Resilience and Preparedness Program.

“This journey has been about creating links with these groups and others in our community to look at how the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds can be invested to plan for the environmental, social and economic impacts we face now and into the future.”

“That’s why we have also re-aligned the themes of our Shire’s funding program with State and National disaster response protocols, which address the threat of bushfires and all of the other natural disasters we’ve been challenged by regionally, including the recent floods and years of drought.”

Cr King said the themed categories also reflected the Shire-wide nature of the projects and initiatives that Council would be working with our community to identify opportunities to invest in projects that will ultimately benefit our residents towns and villages across our shire.

“For example, we’ve been working our Vegetation Report Project to enhance our approach towards mapping and managing the pressures on our Shire’s natural environment and working with local land councils and liaising with NSW Rural Fire Services to investigate cultural burning landscape management activities to address the changes in native vegetation that have been observed and we anticipate as a result of climate change.”



Council calls on State to protect koala habitat

Years of drought and the recent apocalyptic bushfire season have decimated any chance of survival for our region’s koala population which could be extinct by 2050, according to a report tabled at the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Koala Populations and Habitat.

Council presented evidence at the Inquiry detailing our Koala Management Strategy, which highlights the critical importance of our Shire’s koala population and the need for landscape wide approaches to koala habitat protection that cover multiple land tenures including private land, National Parks and Forestry Corporation estate.

Council advocated the critical importance of our strategy, which gave rise to the protection of more than 1000 hectares of land as Core Koala Habitat and also established a range of management objectives for koala conservation activities to address some of the key threats to koala habitats that exist within the Shire.