Welcome to Glen Innes Severn Council
Glen Innes Severn Council covers an area of 5,487 sq. km, and is located in the beautiful New England area of N.S.W., servicing the town of Glen Innes and villages of Deepwater, Emmaville, Glencoe and Red Range.
The Glen Innes Severn area is known as Glen Innes Highlands (Celtic Country), and is the home of the Australian Standing Stones, where the Australian Celtic Festival is celebrated annually in May.
Documents and Policies
NATURAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE GUIDE FOR PRIMARY PRODUCERS Please go to the information linked for the...
ASSISTANCE FOR FIRE AFFECTED LANDHOLDERS The NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land...
IS IT OK TO USE WATER FROM RAINWATER TANKS DURING LEVEL FOUR (4) AND LEVEL FIVE (5) WATER...
DISASTER ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE TO FARMERS Comprehensive information on Rural Aid assistance to...
LLS BUSHFIRE RECOVERY ASSISTANCE FOR FARMERS The LLS Agriculture and Animal Services Hotline for...
LEVEL FOUR (4) WATER RESTRICTIONS TO CONTINUE AT DEEPWATER
Level Four (4) Water Restrions now apply only to Deepwater.
Kindly note that Glen Innes remains on Level Five (5) Water Restrictions effective from 1st January 2020.
Restrictions apply to the use of town water from the Glen Innes and Deepwater water supply systems, such as water carted to rural properties and villages.
For more information:
LEVEL 5 WATER RESTRICTIONS APPLY FROM Wednesday, 1 January 2020
Council advises that due to ongoing drought conditions, effective from Wednesday, 1 January 2020 Glen Innes will be placed on LEVEL Five (5) water restrictions.
This includes the use of town water from the Glen Innes water supply system such as water carted to rural properties and villages.
Under Level Five (5) water restrictions the following applies:
- No watering of domestic gardens;
- No filling or topping up of swimming pools;
- No washing of paved areas and roofs except as required by law;
- No fountains;
- No washing motor vehicles except as required by law;
- Household water cartage only from town water supply has been granted a general licence by resolution of Council
- Cartage for livestock water is now prohibited from the town supplies.
- Other commercial usage is by negotiation and licence. Council will be ensuring that businesses are supported in their continuing operations as a priority through sourcing alternate supplies where possible, and granting licences in other cases, while managing the security of the town supply.
- Registered water carters can access water for livestock from waterways during the drought.
Council encourages residents to refer to the comprehensive information about water restrictions available on Council’s website at: https://www.gisc.nsw.gov.au/glen-innes-severn-drought-management-plan
Council also encourages residents to refer to information on water saving tips at: www.nejo.nsw.gov.au /water-saving-tips/
Any changes to water restrictions will be communicated through Council’s website and Facebook page as well as through local media.
WHAT IS "GREY WATER" AND HOW CAN IT BE USED DURING LEVEL FIVE (5) RESTRICTIONS?
Grey water that can be used for your garden is REUSED WATER ONLY for example, reused water captured in buckets. Any one using a bucket of town water on their garden during the current restrictions is in breach of them.
ILLEGAL USES OF WATER
The current drought conditions have emphasised to all residents the true value of water as a community resource. Glen Innes Severn Council wants to ensure that all residents are aware of the proper use of water. Therefore Council takes this opportunity to inform the community about illegal uses of water.
Council has not allowed anyone to take water from any creeks, nor does Council have the right to do so. The Natural Resources Access Regulator (NRAR) controls Water Access Licence’s (WAL’s) and Work Approvals for Councils.
Council has a concession to take water from creeks for road works, but has not exercised this right for some time due to the severity of the current drought.
WaterNSW is the entity responsible for the issuing of WAL’s and approvals to private land holders. Anyone taking water from creeks without a WAL and a Work Approval issued by WaterNSW is taking water illegally and should be reported.
Properties bordering a creek can access water under a Stock and Domestic Licence but can only use the water within that specific property boundary. It is illegal to take water over the boundary of the property for use elsewhere.
Council recommends that residents check the Water NSW and NRAR websites for comprehensive information:
EMERGENCY BUSH FIRE INFORMATION
Bush Fire Information Line: 1800 679 737 (1800 NSW RFS)
Fires Near Me NSW App
Local radio, TV and news.
***20 Tonne Load Restriction for Bald Nob Road, Dundee***
Council resolved that a 20 tonne gross load limit be applied to the section of Bald Nob Road between Morven Road and the Gwydir Highway. This load limit has been set at a level that aims to minimise the negative impact on local landholders. Local operators can apply to Council for an exemption that will be assessed on a case by case basis. This route is of significant benefit to motorists, with the alternate option of remaining on the highway network requiring approximately 50 kilometres travel distance rather than 12 kilometres via Bald Nob Road. The road provides access to a small number of residences, and it is estimated that in excess of 90% of vehicle movements are of a regional rather than local nature. The route is gazetted for B-Double use and provides an important freight linkage between northern and eastern destinations.
Although Council fully supports the ongoing use of the road as a regional link, it finds itself in a position whereby local ratepayers are faced with prohibitive upgrade and ongoing costs that cannot be met. Council intends to continue pursuing funding to bring this road to an acceptable standard, and at the same time campaigning for it to be added to the regional road network, funded by the State Government.
Landowners and transport companies who access local properties via Bald Nob Road and require a load limit exemption are asked to contact Council’s Department of Infrastructure Services on 02 6730 2371.
Roads and Drainage: Telephone Number: 0409 817 242
Rangers: Telephone Number: 0417 890 889
Water and Waste Water: Telephone Number: 0418 162 794
This information is also available on this website by going to "Emergency Services" under the "Quicklinks" heading at the top right-hand position on the Home page.
***SATISFACTION AND PRIORITIES SURVEY REGARDING COUNCIL-MANAGED FACILITIES AND SERVICES***
The Satisfaction and Priorities Survey Report 2018 was included as an Annexure to the Business Paper for the Ordinary Council Meeting held on 28 June 2018. Mr James Parker from Jetty Research gave a PowerPoint Presentation at the meeting regarding the Survey.
***ALCOHOL FREE ZONE and ALCOHOL PROHIBITED AREAS***
Council has declared, in the township of Glen Innes, as an Alcohol Free Zone, the whole of Grey Street between Taylor Street and Oliver Street; including those streets, public places and car parks intersecting and adjacent to Grey Street from the eastern side of East Avenue and the western side of Church Street.
Council has declared the following locations within Glen Innes as Alcohol Prohibited Areas (Alcohol Consumption by Permit Only): Coronation Park (Skate Park), Lions Park, Veness Park, Anzac Park, King Edward Park, King George Oval and Park, Wilson Park, Quinton Park and O’Shea Park.