Mayor John Medcalf

Lachlan Shire garbage tender awarded

Compiled by Anne Coffey

Lachlan Shire Council considered tenders for waste collection services at its October 2016 meeting and have awarded the tender to JR Richards & Sons.  JR Richards & Sons is an Australian owned and operated company and offers over fifty years of experience in the waste industry.

The Mayor John Medcalf advised that the appointment of JR Richards & Sons to undertake the kerbside waste collection services will provide Lachlan Shire Council with a reliable, high quality and well-resourced service.”

A number of community residents have expressed their unhappiness with the tender going out of town and General Manager Robert Hunt responded.

“Although we are aware there has been some concern raised that we awarded the tender to someone from out of town we looked at a number of factors in awarding the successful tender. Our determination was based on, apart from price, current and previous experience, quality management and WH&S, staffing and financial capacity and response to plant breakdown. “

“In the case of price, Council has a buy local policy which allows a discount factor of 5% for locals up to a maximum of $15,000 difference in price. The panel making the selection advised that no local tender came close to this amount. In fact the closest tender was more than $50,000 per annum dearer which would make it difficult to argue value for ratepayers who have already been hit with higher rates” Mr Hunt said.

Mr Hunt continued that “under the new ‘Fit for the Future’ expectations we have to be providing an efficient and cost effective service to ratepayers – JR Richards will enable us to achieve that.  Also JR Richards has advised that they have engaged the current local driver and that they will source fuel and tyres locally, however due to the new high technology trucks they will be introducing, maintenance will be undertaken at their base in Dubbo.”

Mayor Medcalf then added “The use of local staff and businesses highlights JR Richards commitment to being part of, and supporting, the community they operate in.”

“General waste services will commence 1 December 2016 along with an introduction of a recycling service in April 2017. The introduction of recycling is an exciting addition to this service as residents will have the opportunity to recycle valuable materials and divert waste from landfill. The collection of organic material will continue in Condobolin only, with the use of existing bins. Preparations are now well underway with new waste and recycling bins to be delivered in March 2017” stated Mayor Medcalf.

JR Richards & Sons services other surrounding councils, including Dubbo, Orange, Parkes, Forbes and Griffith, their success in the industry is a reflection of their commitment.

An information pack will be delivered with your new bins containing more details about how and when to use your new service as well as information on how and when to place your old bins out to be collected and recycled.

For more information contact Lachlan Waste Services on 1800 316 598.

 

Medcalf is Mayor of Lachlan Shire

• Paul Phillips (left) of Lake Cargelligo is now Lachlan Shire’s new Deputy Mayor after an Extra Ordinary meeting of Council was held last Wednesday. He will hold the position for the next 12 months. John Medcalf from Tottenham was voted in as Mayor, and will hold the position for the next two years. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Councillor John Medcalf will be Mayor of Lachlan Shire for the next two years.
He was elected at an Extraordinary Council meeting held last Wednesday.
Mayor Medcalf, who has served a total of 25 years to date on Lachlan Shire Council, was honoured with the result.
“I am very proud and honoured to again take on the role as Mayor and I’m looking forward to a positive and productive two years ahead working with the new Council for the benefit of the various communities in Lachlan,” he said.
‘A’ Ward Councillor John Medcalf was elected to Council in 1991. Born in Condobolin and raised in Tottenham, Mayor Medcalf is well known for his long standing involvement with the community.
Mayor Medcalf lives in Tottenham with his wife Jane, and has two children and four grand-children. Owning and managing his own family farming enterprise, Mayor Medcalf has a focus on making a difference for future generations.
The Lachlan Shire Deputy Mayor position was contested by Councillor Dave Carter (C Ward), Councillor Max Frankel (D Ward) and Councillor Paul Phillips (E Ward).
Councillor Paul Phillips from Lake Cargelligo was voted in as Deputy Mayor for the next 12 months.
Mr Phillips said he was honoured to be elected Deputy Mayor and looked forward to representing not only ‘E’ Ward but the entire Lachlan Shire.
Mayor Medcalf was elected unopposed, and was officially declared by returning officer Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) General Manager Robert Hunt. Mayoral elections are now held every two years.

Nominate for Local Government

Nominate for Local Government

Now is the time to start thinking about nominating for the Lachlan Shire Council election. Nomination forms are available on the website www.votensw.info on the Candidate Information button. There is also a help desk number for candidates 1300 088 942. Nomination forms ARE NOT AVAILABLE at the Lachlan Shire Council offices. The $125 nomination deposit can be dropped off at Council. It must be in cash or bank cheque. Nominations should be made well before the deadline of 12 noon Wednesday, 10 August, as they are sent to Sydney and will be sent back if there are any errors, and cannot be re-submitted after the due date. Mayor John Medcalf and General Manager Robert Hunt are more than happy to talk to prospective candidates.

Seeking new Village management

 

Many concerned citizens gathered in the Council Chambers to discuss the future of the Condobolin Retirement Village at a public meeting last Tuesday. MB

By Melissa Blewitt

Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) is seeking new management for the Condobolin Retirement Village.

Around 100 people crowded the Council Chambers to discuss the future of the facility at a public meeting last Tuesday.

Patrick Herd from  Community Business Australia, who has been employed by LSC as a consultant, chaired the meeting.

Lachlan Shire Mayor John Medcalf announced at the meeting, Council was looking to an approved provider within the aged care industry to take over operations as early as July.

The Whiddon Group confirmed at the meeting that it will continue to manage the Village until a new provider is chosen and the transition process concludes.

A major concern for some, was the fact the Retirement Village would no longer be accepting new residents until this process is finalised. “My concern is that the people who will need it most during this time, will have to go out of town, and won’t return,” a concerned resident stated. Whiddon and LSC both confirmed no new residents would be accepted until all processes were finalised.

“Council plans to secure an experienced provider in a long term appointment to ensure ongoing quality care for residents, continued support for existing staff and to guarantee a sustainable future for the village”, Councillor Medcalf  said.

Two important questions remained unanswered after the meeting, after they were raised by coimmunity members.

Firstly, what was the “honest” reason for the breakdown of the relationship between LSC and Whiddon; and What would happen if no aged care provider could be found.

Expressions of interest will be evaluated by Council at a special meeting scheduled for mid-June, and the successful applicant will  be invited to present their proposal at a public forum shortly after.

Lachlan survives to fight another day

By Melissa Blewitt

Lachlan Shire Council (LSC) has survived the second phase of the State Government’s ‘Fit for the Future’ process.

They have been spared a forced amalgamation, for now.

Minister for Local Government Paul Toole and NSW Premier Mike Baird announced that 152 NSW Councils will be cut back to 112 last Friday.

The number of regional councils will be reduced from 109 to 87.

Lachlan, Bland, Parkes and Forbes will stand alone, however, Orange, Blayney and Cabonne along with Bathurst and Oberon Councils were not so fortunate, all facing a merger process.

LSC now has the opportunity to revise and resubmit its Fit for the Future proposal to be re-assessed and declared fit in 2016.

Mayor of Lachlan Shire Council (LSC), Councillor John Medcalf has welcomed the announcement that LSC will remain as a stand-alone Council following the announcement by the NSW Premier, on the future of local government in NSW.

“The outcome, while very pleasing, does not mean LSC is out of the woods just yet as more work needs to be undertaken with regard to scale and capacity. LSC along with all other “unfit” councils will be reassessed again in September next year by the NSW Government following the introduction of Joint Organisations of Councils,” he said.

“However I am confident we have the staff to get us “Fit for The Future” in all aspects and with the continued support of the community we can remain an independent financially sustainable Council providing new and expanded services that meet the needs of the community.

“I would like to thank our Local State Member, Kevin Humphries for his support during this process and for listening to our concerns. Thank you also to members of the Shire community who strongly displayed their desire for LSC to remain as a stand-alone Council during this long and protracted reform process,” he said.

“Importantly, on behalf of fellow Councillors, I thank LSC staff who have worked tirelessly over many long hours to achieve this successful outcome,” Mr Medcalf concluded.

The merger proposals announced, will now go forward to the Chief Executive Officer of Local Government who will conduct public inquiries and then refer their recommendations on to the Boundaries Commission for final determination. Due to the boundary review process, the local government elections scheduled for September 2016, will now be pushed back to March 2017.

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