27 October, 2022
Gilgandra Shire Council meeting notes - October 2022
The October ordinary council meeting was held on October 18, starting at 4pm.
The following matters were
discussed and resolved.
2022/23 Christmas close down
Council endorses a shut down of operations from
close of business on Thursday, December 23, 2022,
until the usual opening/starting hours on Tuesday,
January 3, 2023.
Cr Bunter and Cr Mockler moved this.
Local Heritage Fund 2022
It was resolved that Gilgandra’s two state heritage
listed sites, St Ambrose Memorial Church and the
Corduroy Road be priority of heritage funding.
Council will be applying for funding under the NSW
government’s ‘Caring for Heritage’ program. This will
be for St Ambrose restoration works. This funding
requires a ‘matched funding’ contribution, whereby
council contributes the same amount granted through
the fund. If successful, the pending ‘Strong Country
Communities Funding’ will be utilised as this matched
Council will also be applying for secondary funding
under the NSW government’s ‘Caring for Heritage’ program.
This will be for Corduroy Road, funded from
council’s heritage funding allocation.
The allocation of funding towards projects under the
local heritage fund be
St Ambrose Memorial Church - $6000
Corduroy Road - $10,000
The remaining $3246 will be retained as a contingency
for interpretive elements, such as signage for
Corduroy Road, and other necessary works.
Other applicants of the fund will be notified in writing
of council’s decision, and encouraged to apply for
This was moved by Cr Freeth and Cr Walker.
Inland Rail Narromine-to-Narrabri preferred
infrastructure/amendment report submission
Council has endorsed the Inland Rail Narromine-to-
Narrabri preferred infrastructure/amendment report,
submitted to the NSW department of planning and environment.
This was moved by Cr Mockler and Cr
This is the report that was on display at the
shire hall last month, and includes changes to crossing
loops, public level crossings, and road closures.
Cr Mudford raised the issue of local roads running
parallel to the proposed inland rail line. He stated that
the designs for any future level crossings, whether they
are for property access or local roads, should be designed
and constructed in such a way as to allow adequate
queueing distances so that road trains do not protrude
and create a traffic hazard.
Inland Rail review and Port of Newcastle MOU discussions
Council has noted the federal government review of
Inland Rail, and endorse involvement in providing
information to the process - should the opportunity
The council also has noted the approach to investigate
a non-binding memorandum of understanding with
the Port of Newcastle, and authorise staff to undertake
discussions with a Port of Newcastle representative.
This was moved by Cr Walker and Cr Bunter
Local Roads and Community Infrastructure round
one – Berida Innisfail Leeches Creek intersection
At council’s August 2022 ordinary meeting, Cr
Freeth requested an update in relation to design and
timeframe for improvements to the Berida Innisfail-
Leeches Creek Road intersection.
This work is funded by the federal government’s
Local Roads and Infrastructure Fund (round one),
which was due to be finalised in 2021.
However, ongoing inclement weather has impeded
many councils’ ability to deliver all of the projects,
resulting in the deadline being extended out to June
Council have said that the predicted continued wet
seasonal conditions, coupled with competing priorities
such as emergency works, makes it is nearly impossible
to provide firm commitment as to when this project will
This information was noted, and moved by Cr Bunter and Cr Walker.