From the mayor’s desk

Gleniffer Reserves Plan of Management

Last week Council held a ‘drop-in’ session at Gleniffer Hall as part of the community engagement activities surrounding the draft Plan of Management for the four Gleniffer Reserves.  Over a four hour period around 30 people attended with popular topics including signage, facilities, visitor numbers and future visitor management. The session was very worthwhile as community input will help develop the final plan before it is submitted to Council.

February report on Shire Road and Bridge Works

With the current focus and investment in Council’s road and bridge networks it is important that our community is kept up to date with current and planned works and specifically, how and where to find that information.

For instance, many people would be unaware that Council’s Deputy General Manager Operations, Matt Fanning produces a detailed report each month on the activities of the Operations Division.  This report forms part of the Council business paper and includes items such as construction activities, road maintenance, bridge maintenance and rehabilitation, grading, gravel resheeting, flood damage works, streetscape works and asset management and design activities.

To ensure this report is easily accessible, a copy can be accessed through the Notices Module on the homepage of Council’s website along with the Weekly Works Program, including traffic and safety controls.  Visit

North Beach Surf Carnival

After a break of nearly 20 years the Bellinger Valley North Beach Surf Club hosted a very successful surf carnival last weekend. Visiting clubs from the north coast were treated to perfect conditions and great competition for ages ranging from Nippers to over 18’s.  I congratulate the athletes, organisers and surf club members who made the day such a success and hope we don’t wait so long to again host the event.


Bellingen Shire residents have an excellent history of recycling so please remember to not contaminate your recycling bin with things like dirty nappies, clothing, shoes, ropes, fairy lights and string.  Council is proud of the low contamination rates in our yellow bins, but we can always improve. Remember that domestic household chemicals can be taken to the Raleigh Waste management Centre to be disposed of free of charge at the Community Recycling Centre.

Until next time

Cr Dominic King

23 March 2018