Gwydir Youth Council

 

Gwydir Shire Council is seeking expressions of interest from young people who want to make a difference in their community. The Youth Council will meet on a monthly basis and inform decisions made by Gwydir Shire Council on their behalf.

This is your opportunity to make a difference and be involved in the change you want to see.

Youth councils are a form of youth voice engaged in community decision-making. Youth councils exist on local, state, provincial, regional, national, and international levels among governments, non-government organisations (NGO), schools, and other entities.

BENEFITS OF JOINING A YOUTH COUNCIL

The benefits young people gain from participating in a youth council depend on what each member puts into the council. If young people make the most of their opportunities they will:

  • learn how to work with other young people
  • build strong and lasting friendships
  • develop greater self-esteem and self-confidence
  • develop communication skills
  • develop leadership skills
  • develop organisational skills
  • gain self-worth and inner-strength to battle negative peer pressure
  • develop winning attitudes
  • learn how to take responsibility for their actions
  • contribute to making a difference in their community

 

Click here to complete application form online

Gwydir Community Health Alliance

Gwydir Shire Council has resolved to form the Gwydir Community Health Alliance.

The membership of this Alliance will be:

  • Deputy Mayor Gwydir Shire Council (Chair);
  • A nominee of the Local State Member of Parliament;
  • Cr Galvin and Cr Young, Gwydir Shire Council’s Deputy General Manager (as Secretary) and Council’s Aged Care Manager;
  • A representative from:
  • Hunter New England Local Health District;
  • Bingara and Warialda MPS’ management and Chairs of Advisory committees;
  • Rural and Remote Medical Services (RaRMS);
  • Rural Doctors Network;
  • Naroo and Touriandi Aged Care Facilities; and;
  • Dr D Coote (representing the contracted General Practitioners)
  • Ambulance Paramedics
  • At least three (3) Community Representatives (Bingara, Warialda and rural)

The primary role of this Committee is to monitor the provision of the ongoing quality and consistency of healthcare within Gwydir Shire.

The Committee will achieve this role through reviewing the various benchmarks used in measuring the provision of health care within the Shire’s two Multipurpose Services.

The Committee will:

  • recommend to Council what support and/or assistance may be required to attract and maintain appropriately qualified General Practitioners with Visiting Medical Officer accreditation or other relevant matters pertaining to the provision of healthcare within the Shire.
  • act as an advocate group on behalf of the Gwydir Community with other levels of Government as and when required.
  • table the minutes of each Committee Meeting at the next available Council Meeting
  • meet at least quarterly or more often if required.


Community Membership

It is important that you read the information outlining the role of the Gwydir Community Health Alliance.

The group will not be a vehicle for any personal grievances or complaints. There are processes in place to deal with individual problems with any health service operating within the Shire.

Please post your application to Gwydir Shire Council Locked Bag 5 Bingara NSW 2404.

Applications close Friday 28th April 2017.

Click here to download Gwydir Community Health Alliance Application Form or fill in the form below and submit online

 

 

Gwydir Community Health Alliance Application Form

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GLR – Driver Training and Heavy Vehicle Licence

The Gwydir Learning Region (GLR) offers a “Learn to Drive” program. Our senior instructor, Kingsley Grills, is experienced in teaching new drivers in the safe use of vehicles, from small sedans through to ‘big rigs’.

If you are a beginner driver or you need to learn the skills required for safe driving on country roads then the GLR “Learn to Drive” experience is for you. If you have teenage children who have had some “family driving time” but who could do with some extra help before taking their first driving test, the GLR “Learn to Drive” experience is for you.

A great gift for a loved one is to make them a better driver. Why not consider a set of GLR “Learn to Drive” lessons. Lessons are $55 each. Each lasts for a minimum of one hour and, if you purchase five lessons, the sixth one is free!

Driving lessons with a Licensed Driving Instructor – 3 for 1

For every one hour structured driving lesson you complete with a licensed Driving Instructor, you can record three hours driving experience in your Log Book. A maximum of 10 hours of lessons will be accepted and recorded as 30 hours driving experience.

This doesn’t mean that driving lessons with an instructor are compulsory, or that you should stop having lessons once you reach the 10 hour limit if you feel you’d benefit from more lessons.

Driving lessons at night (between sunset and sunrise) count for only one hour of night driving. The other two hours are added to your day driving hours.

LOG IT! – Be sure to record these sessions in your Structured Lesson Record Keeper log book insert.

To book in for your GLR “Learn to Drive” lessons contact the instructor, Kingsley Grills on 0417 320 354 or the GLR Manager, Rick Hutton on 0438 355197.

 

 

GLR TRAINING RTO – 40724 – Getting Your Heavy Vehicle Driver’s Licence

At GLR Training we pride ourselves on the successes of our HV trainees. We provide expert tuition and service for Light Rigid Vehicle Licence (TLILIC2014); Medium Rigid Vehicle Licence (TLILIC2015); Heavy Rigid Vehicle Licence (TLILIC2016) and Heavy Combination Vehicle (TLILIC3017) licences.

Our trainers can meet with your timetable and we can train you in your vehicle or make available a range of HV options to meet your needs. GLR Training will see you through to the completion of your testing and provide you with our unique GLR Certificate as your quality assurance.

Country roads can be killers. Drivers who are not experienced in driving long distances, driving through sun and shadow, driving on tar and on gravel, and driving when roads are wet or grooved, or when the conditions change suddenly, are likely to get just ‘one chance to learn’ before tragedy strikes.

Be sure and certain and not sad and sorry. Train with the experts!

To receive a quote or to book in for your GLR Training HV Licence, contact the Instructor, Kingsley Grills on 0417 320 354 or the GLR Manager, Rick Hutton on 0438 355197.

 

Click here to download pricing and registration

Proposed Commercial Release of GM Cotton

Council has received Notification from the Department of Health – Office of the Gene Technology Regulator for Licence Application DIR 145

Summary of the Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (Consultation Version) for Licence Application DIR 145

Introduction

The Gene Technology Regulator (the Regulator) has received a licence application (DIR 145) for the intentional, commercial scale release of insect resistant and herbicide tolerant genetically modified (GM) cottons in Australia. The Regulator has prepared a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) for this application, which concludes that the proposed release poses negligible risks to human health and safety and to the environment and that no specific risk treatment measures are required. Licence conditions have been drafted for the proposed release. The Regulator invites submissions on the RARMP, including draft licence conditions, to inform the decision on whether or not to issue a licence.

Application number DIR 145
Applicant Monsanto Australia Limited (Monsanto)
Project title Commercial release of cotton genetically modified for insect resistance and herbicide tolerance (Bollgard® 3 XtendFlex™  and XtendFlex™ cotton)
Parent organism Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.)
Introduced genes and modified traits Three insect resistance genes:

·        vip3A synthetic gene from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)

·        cry1Ac gene from Bt

·        cry2Ab gene from Bt

Three herbicide tolerance genes:

·        cp4 epsps gene (two copies) from Agrobacterium sp. strain CP4 (glyphosate tolerance)

·        bar gene from Streptomyces hygroscopicus (glufosinate tolerance)

·        dmo gene from Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (dicamba tolerance)

Four selectable marker genes:

·        nptII gene from Escherichia coli (antibiotic resistance)

·        aph4 gene from E. coli (antibiotic resistance)

·        uidA gene from E. coli (reporter)

·        aad gene from E. coli (antibiotic resistance)

Proposed locations Australia-wide
Primary purpose Commercial release of the GM cotton

Risk assessment  The risk assessment concludes that risks to the health and safety of people or the environment from the proposed dealings, either in the short or long term, are negligible. No specific risk treatment measures are required to manage these negligible risks.

The risk assessment process considers how the genetic modification and activities conducted with the GMO might lead to harm to people or the environment. Risks are characterised in relation to both the seriousness and likelihood of harm, taking into account information in the application, relevant previous approvals, current scientific knowledge and advice received from a wide range of experts, agencies and authorities consulted on the preparation of the RARMP. Both the short and long term are considered.

Credible pathways to potential harm that were considered included: toxic and allergenic properties of the GM cotton; potential for increased weediness of the GM cotton relative to unmodified plants; and vertical transfer of material to other sexually compatible plants.

The principal reasons for the conclusion of negligible risks are: the GM cottons have been produced by conventional breeding from GM parental cotton lines. Two of the three GM parent cottons have been approved for commercial release and the third has been approved for field trial in Australia. The risks associated with these cottons and combinations thereof, have been assessed previously as negligible. One of the GM parental lines (individually and in combination with another GM line) currently makes up over 90% of Australian commercial cotton production, without reports of adverse effects on human health or the environment. The genes and their products have been assessed as posing no increased risk of toxicity or allergenicity to humans or animals, or toxicity to other beneficial organisms. GM cotton has limited capacity to spread and persist in undisturbed environments and can be controlled using integrated weed management in agricultural and high intensity use areas. In addition, food made from the GM parental cotton lines has been approved by Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) as safe for human consumption and this approval covers food from lines produced by conventional breeding from these.

Risk management   As the risk assessment did not identify any risks that require treatment, no specific risk treatment measures are proposed. However, the draft licence contains a range of general conditions to provide ongoing oversight of the release.

Risk management is used to protect the health and safety of people and to protect the environment by controlling or mitigating risk. The risk management plan evaluates and treats identified risks and considers general risk management measures. The risk management plan is given effect through licence conditions.

As the level of risk is assessed as negligible, specific risk treatment is not required. However, the Regulator has drafted licence conditions regarding post-release review (PRR) to ensure that there is ongoing oversight of the release and to allow the collection of information to verify the findings of the RARMP. The draft licence, detailed in Chapter 4 of the consultation RARMP, also contains a number of general conditions relating to ongoing licence holder suitability, auditing and monitoring, and reporting requirements, which include an obligation to report any unintended effects.

Call for comment

The Regulator invites submissions on the RARMP, including the draft licence conditions, for application DIR 145 from Monsanto.

The closing date for written submissions is 26 October 2016.

The Regulator would particularly value comments on risks to the health and safety of people or the environment that may be posed by the proposed commercial release.

Please note that issues such as food safety and labelling, the use of agricultural chemicals and marketing and trade implications do NOT fall within the scope of the evaluations conducted by the Regulator. These are the responsibilities of other agencies and authorities.

The consultation RARMP and other supporting documentation can be accessed on the OGTR website via ‘What’s New’. You can also request a copy of the RARMP or the application from the OGTR – please quote application number DIR 143.

If you have any questions about the RARMP or the evaluation process, please contact:
The Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
MDP 54 GPO Box 9848 Canberra ACT 2601
Tel: 1800 181 030
Fax: 02 6271 4202
Email: ogtr@health.gov.au
OGTR website: www.ogtr.gov.au 

Questions & Answers on licence application DIR 145 – Commercial release of genetically modified cotton 

What is this application for? 

Monsanto Australia Ltd is is seeking approval for the commercial cultivation of two types of genetically modified (GM) cotton:

  • Xtend Flex™ cotton, modified for herbicide tolerance
  • Bollgard® 3 Xtend Flex™ cotton, modified for both insect resistance and herbicide tolerance.
  • If approved, the GM cottons would be grown in all cotton growing areas of Australia and their products would enter general commerce, including use in human food and animal feed.

How has the GM cotton been modified? 

Xtend Flex™ cotton contains three introduced genes for herbicide tolerance: one gene confers tolerance to the herbicide glyphosate, a second gene confers tolerance to glufosinate herbicides and the third gene confers tolerance to dicamba. Thus, farmers can use one or all of these herbicides for weed control without damaging their cotton crop. All three genes were sourced from common bacterial species, found in the environment.

In addition to the three herbicide tolerance genes, Bollgard® 3 Xtend Flex™ cotton contains three bacterial genes that confer insect resistance. The genes encode proteins that are toxic to specific pest insects that cause major yield losses in cotton crops. Combining three different insecticidal genes is expected to reduce the chance of insect pests developing resistance.

The GM cottons also contain four introduced selectable marker genes derived from a common bacterium. Three of the genes confer antibiotic resistance and the fourth allows colour selection. They were used to select the plants during laboratory development of the GM cottons and do not have any function when plants are grown in the field.

Is this GM cotton safe? 

Food Standards Australia New Zealand has approved the use of food derived from the GM cottons proposed for release.

The draft risk assessment concluded that this proposed release of GM cottons poses negligible risks to the health and safety of people or the environment. Therefore, the draft licence does not propose any specific measures to manage risk. If the Regulator authorises the release, general licence conditions will be imposed to ensure that there is ongoing oversight of the release.

If approved, the GM cottons would also be subject to regulation by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority, which assesses all herbicides and insecticidal products used in Australia and sets their conditions of use.

How can I comment on this application? 

A consultation Risk Assessment and Risk Management Plan (RARMP) has been prepared for application DIR 145. The full RARMP and a summary are available on the OGTR website under ‘What’s New’ or via the Freecall number below. You are invited to comment on the RARMP, in particular on any risks to the health and safety of people or to the environment that may be posed by the proposed release.

Please note that the consultation period closes on 26 October 2016 and written submissions are required by this date.

What are the next steps in the evaluation process? 

Submissions regarding the health and safety of people or the environment will be taken into account in finalising the RARMP, which will then inform the Regulator’s decision on whether or not to issue a licence.