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We have been working closely with our community to look at how the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds can be invested to plan for the social and economic impacts our Shire faces now and into the future.

The message we received was that our community want to see these funds spent on projects that make us a more resilient and prepared community, that can deal with the challenges that past, current, and future disasters will present us.

That’s why I’m pleased that members of our community have been invited to discover, discuss and deliberate by becoming a member of the Bellingen Community Resilience Deliberative Panel, and contribute towards our capacity to support a strong, positive recovery, and better prepare for future disaster events.

As a panel member, members of our community will be guided through discussions that feature background briefings and expert input to help panel members develop a Community Resilience Hub model that will deliver sustainable and effective community recovery, preparedness, and resilience initiatives.

I think it’s great that so many of you have taken advantage of this opportunity to improve your understanding of the community resilience challenges we all face by helping to develop a hub model that will deliver Shire-wide solutions that will benefit everybody in our community.

On behalf of everybody in our community, congratulations, and thankyou to all involved.

Dominic King.

Mayor, Bellingen Shire.




BRIDGE NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Council has conducted a detailed assessment of its 85-timber bridges, 22 of which were originally subject to load limits, however at the beginning of F.Y 2019-20, only 15 of these bridges remained load limited.

Councils bridge maintenance teams have also worked tirelessly during F.Y 2019-20 to significantly reduce our Shire’s total of 15 load limited bridges down to 12 with a further 6 load limited timber bridges programmed for Maintenance Repair and Rehabilitation (MR&R) works for this financial year.

These works form part of Council’s Timber Bridge MR&R Program, which features an investment program of $29 million during the next 11 years, representing Council’s most significant infrastructure investment to date, inclusive of Council’s current efforts to secure $2 million in grant funds to contribute towards the replacement of key load limited timber bridges.

Regionally, Council has also continued to champion the Mid North Coast Joint Organisation (MNCJO), and lead the development of the MNJCO Timber Bridge Renewal Prospectus, which represents a $20 million investment to address a total of 91 bridges or 41% of the regions ageing timber bridges.




WASTE VOUCHERS FOR RURAL RESIDENTS

As part of their continued improvement to waste services, Bellingen Shire Council would like to remind all residents, including rural residents, that they are entitled to one bulky goods voucher each calendar year. This is in addition to the one annual pick up that residents on the kerbside collection are entitled to.

The voucher allows residents to self-haul and dispose of up to 300kg or 3 cubic metres of acceptable bulky household waste at the Raleigh Waste management Centre on Shortcut Road.

Acceptable items include white goods such as fridges or washing machines, small furniture, ironing boards, carpet and bulky toys etc.

It is important to note that items such as tyres, medical waste, asbestos and mattresses will not be accepted using the bulky goods voucher.

Residents can request a bulky goods voucher by calling the Coffs Coast Waste Services Hotline on 1800 265 495.







We have been working closely with our community to look at how the Commonwealth’s Disaster Recovery and Resilience funds can be invested to plan for the social and economic impacts our Shire faces now and into the future.

The message we received was that our community want to see these funds spent on projects that make us a more resilient and prepared community, that can deal with the challenges that past, current, and future disasters will present us.

That’s why I’m pleased that members of our community have been invited to discover, discuss and deliberate by becoming a member of the Bellingen Community Resilience Deliberative Panel, and contribute towards our capacity to support a strong, positive recovery, and better prepare for future disaster events.

As a panel member, members of our community will be guided through discussions that feature background briefings and expert input to help panel members develop a Community Resilience Hub model that will deliver sustainable and effective community recovery, preparedness, and resilience initiatives.

I think it’s great that so many of you have taken advantage of this opportunity to improve your understanding of the community resilience challenges we all face by helping to develop a hub model that will deliver Shire-wide solutions that will benefit everybody in our community.

On behalf of everybody in our community, congratulations, and thankyou to all involved.

Dominic King.

Mayor, Bellingen Shire.




BRIDGE NETWORK MANAGEMENT

Council has conducted a detailed assessment of its 85-timber bridges, 22 of which were originally subject to load limits, however at the beginning of F.Y 2019-20, only 15 of these bridges remained load limited.

Councils bridge maintenance teams have also worked tirelessly during F.Y 2019-20 to significantly reduce our Shire’s total of 15 load limited bridges down to 12 with a further 6 load limited timber bridges programmed for Maintenance Repair and Rehabilitation (MR&R) works for this financial year.

These works form part of Council’s Timber Bridge MR&R Program, which features an investment program of $29 million during the next 11 years, representing Council’s most significant infrastructure investment to date, inclusive of Council’s current efforts to secure $2 million in grant funds to contribute towards the replacement of key load limited timber bridges.

Regionally, Council has also continued to champion the Mid North Coast Joint Organisation (MNCJO), and lead the development of the MNJCO Timber Bridge Renewal Prospectus, which represents a $20 million investment to address a total of 91 bridges or 41% of the regions ageing timber bridges.




WASTE VOUCHERS FOR RURAL RESIDENTS

As part of their continued improvement to waste services, Bellingen Shire Council would like to remind all residents, including rural residents, that they are entitled to one bulky goods voucher each calendar year. This is in addition to the one annual pick up that residents on the kerbside collection are entitled to.

The voucher allows residents to self-haul and dispose of up to 300kg or 3 cubic metres of acceptable bulky household waste at the Raleigh Waste management Centre on Shortcut Road.

Acceptable items include white goods such as fridges or washing machines, small furniture, ironing boards, carpet and bulky toys etc.

It is important to note that items such as tyres, medical waste, asbestos and mattresses will not be accepted using the bulky goods voucher.

Residents can request a bulky goods voucher by calling the Coffs Coast Waste Services Hotline on 1800 265 495.