Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

Register now for the $5000 Alfresco Restart Rebate

The NSW Government is offering a rebate of up to $5000 as part of its $66 million Alfresco Restart Package to help the hospitality, arts and music sectors recover from the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions.

If you operate an eligible small to medium food or beverage business, you can now register for the Alfresco Restart Rebate to create or expand your alfresco dining areas.

The rebate is available to the first 5000 eligible businesses who register through their MyServiceNSW Account on the Service NSW website. It can be used for a range of outdoor dining expenses purchased between 14 October 2021 and 30 April 2022.

Registered businesses must retain receipts for eligible expenses they incur so they can be lodged as a single claim when the rebate opens in late February 2022.

For more information and to register, visit Service NSW or call 13 77 88.

Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

$50,000 grants for Primary Producers impacted by floods

Grants of up to $50,000 are available for primary producers in the Parkes electorate that have been impacted by the November floods.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said local farmers across the Parkes electorate have been hit especially hard by flooding and severe storms.

“Just as they were on the cusp of what was to be a record-breaking harvest, our farmers were dealt another cruel blow after years of compounding disasters – from the drought to bushfires, a mice plague and a global pandemic,” Mr Coulton said.

“Many crops were washed away, while others were significantly downgraded, resulting in millions of dollars in losses for our farmers.

Primary producers will be able to access grants for recovery and reinstatement activities, including salvaging crops and repairing damaged farm infrastructure and equipment.

“These grants will enable eligible primary production enterprises to access $10,000 up-front to help with initial recovery costs, and a further $40,000 to continue repairing the damage to their property, if required,” Mr Coulton said. “I encourage farmers impacted by the recent flooding to apply so they can get back to operating as soon as possible.”

For information on personal hardship and distress assistance, contact Service NSW on 13 77 88.

To find out more and apply for a primary producer grant, visit

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council

DPI Disaster Damage Assessment Survey

If you’ve suffered damage to crops, livestock or infrastructure from the recent flooding you can report it here:

Information collected helps to quantify the impact of a disaster on agriculture and target resources and assistance to an area.

We know it may be a while before many of our producers can access their properties and know the full extent of the damage. The survey does not have a closing date – so enter your information when you have had time to do the tallies and catch your breath.

For assistance with livestock during the ongoing flooding across our region, call 1300 795 299

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council

Accept your share of $250M in vouchers

Dine & Discover NSW is back, with even more vouchers for customers to spend at businesses like yours.

From 26 November, each eligible adult in NSW can receive two extra vouchers. That’s an extra $250 million to stimulate spending by 30 June 2022.

The extra vouchers will appear in the Service NSW app by 3 December, bringing the total to six $25 vouchers per person. Customers can also present printed vouchers.

Make sure your business is ready to accept the vouchers for a revenue boost. 


What you need to do

To let your customers know you’re accepting the vouchers, download updated badges and posters:

  1. Go to the Service NSW website and log in to your MyServiceNSW Account
  2. Go to your Business Profile
  3. In the Dine & Discover NSW section click on ‘Set up program’ 
  4. Click ‘Download badges and posters’ 

If you haven’t already, you will also need to download the Service NSW for Business app to your smartphone or tablet. That’s where you can scan customer vouchers and track payments for the vouchers you’ve accepted.

Make sure your business has an updated COVID Safety Plan.

Casual Trainers and Assessors

Community College Northern Inland Inc. (RTO 90027) is seeking applications from suitably qualified candidates for the position of Casual Trainer(s) and Assessor(s), across all our campuses.

The College operates a registered training organisation (RTO) from the regional towns of Barraba, Bingara, Gunnedah, Inverell, Moree, Narrabri and Warialda. We specialise in offering local classes to local people and businesses with industry trainers in an open and accessible way. Our trainers should strive to work flexibly and creatively to meet the needs of our learners and business clients.

We seek talented, driven, industry-based trainers and assessors to work with us delivering training across a range of industries including Aged, Disability, Community Services, Business & Information Technology, Hospitality, First Aid, High Risk and others

It is essential that you hold the TAE40116 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment or a diploma or higher level qualification in adult education and be fully qualified in relevant industry. Current Working with Children Check and National Police Clearance.

For a full list of other essential criteria and information on how to apply, please visit our website

A career at Community College can take you places you’d never imagined.


Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council

Calling 2022 Sponsorship Partners: Gunnedah Community Scholarship Fund

Gunnedah Shire Council are seeking sponsorship partners for the 2022 Gunnedah Community Scholarship, this is your opportunity to support the program in its 20th year.

The Community Scholarship Fund was set up in 2002 to help Gunnedah Shire student’s access tertiary education and vocational training opportunities following their high school education. The fund is open to all students wanting to further their training and education at university, TAFE, or an accredited training organisation.

Since the funds inception nineteen years ago more than 385 scholarships have been awarded to local students, with over $370,000 raised and distributed across the Shire.

The fund has helped create doctors, graphic designers, teachers, IT specialists, youth officers, social workers and more, with many returning to Gunnedah to practice their skills.

With the ongoing impact of COVID-19, opportunities to host fundraising events have been limited; however there is still an opportunity to make a financial contribution directly to the Gunnedah Community Scholarship Fund.

All funds raised go directly towards providing educational opportunities for Gunnedah youth through the scholarship fund.

Due to COVID restrictions this year our opportunities to actively fundraise or seek donations have been limited. If your organisation is interesting in becoming a partner contact Council’s Youth Services team on  6740 2100 or


Gunnedah Shire Council has released its Draft Gunnedah Shire Local Housing Strategy for community feedback.

The strategy steers the direction for housing in Gunnedah Shire for the next 20 years, setting priorities and actions for the years ahead.

Gunnedah Mayor Jamie Chaffey said interest in the project had been high and community engagement ahead of the strategy had spotlighted where the focus for housing needed to be.

“The Draft Gunnedah Shire Local Housing Strategy has been put together specifically with the identified need for a wider variety of housing in mind,” Cr Chaffey said.

“Community consultation and a close look at statistics and population projections show we have a limited supply of serviced residential land and housing choices, and a growing population. This strategy looks at ways to address the needs of the future.

“This is an important blueprint to use when our Shire approaches planning, zoning and development decisions. It will assist in ensuring our housing availability and choices develop alongside changes in our population.”

The Draft Gunnedah Shire Housing Strategy includes 5 key directions which are accompanied by 15 strategies and 33 actions for Council to implement and encourage housing diversity and choice, and increase affordability in meeting the needs of its future population.

  • Direction 1: Deliver greater housing diversity to suit changing needs
  • Direction 2: Support healthy, safe, socially engaged and well-connected communities
  • Direction 3: Strengthen community resilience
  • Direction 4: Provide great places to live
  • Direction 5: Deliver well planned rural residential development

Specific actions include considering incentives for affordable housing, encouraging secondary dwellings as an alternative affordable housing option in all residential zones, investigating public land for conversion to housing in partnership with housing providers, and investigating Curlewis for the potential for more residential land.

Team Leader Building and Strategic Projects, Blake O’Mullane said workshops were attended by members of the public, social housing providers, real estate agents, and representatives from the development and mining industries.

“The strategy will inform Council of opportunities to encourage strengthened investment in a range of housing typologies across the Shire particularly the Gunnedah township, and we encourage the community to have their say on the draft document” Mr O’Mullane said.

The public exhibition period will close 5pm Wednesday 24 November 2021 and the draft Strategy can be viewed:

  • On Council’s website or
    • between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday at Council’s Administration Office, 63 Elgin Street, Gunnedah.
    Written submissions in relation to the draft Strategy can be
    • Posted to Gunnedah Shire Council, PO Box 63, Gunnedah NSW 2380 or
    • Emailed to
  • Here is the direct link.

Any enquiries in relation to the Strategy, can be directed to Council’s Strategic Planning Team on 02 6740 2100 or

Restrictions in businesses and residences further eased for fully vaccinated

From today, Monday 8 November 2021 eased restrictions will allow those who are fully vaccinated to have:

  • no capacity limits for major recreation and entertainment facilities
  • no limits to the number of visitors to your home
  • no booking limits for restaurants and hospitality.

COVID-Safe check-ins and proof of vaccination required for staff and customers in most settings.

Density limits of 1 person per 2sqm indoor and outdoor areas apply to all activities listed below.

COVID-19 Safety Plans apply.

For full details, visit 

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council


Hotels and accommodation providers across the State who experienced cancellations as a result of COVID-19 restrictions, can now access additional financial support, thanks to the Accommodation Support Grant going live .

The Grant provides a one-off lump sum payment to businesses which faced a significant loss of income during the winter school holidays.

The funding forms part of a suite of economic support measures for businesses.

Eligible applicants will be required to show booking cancellations between Friday 25 June and Sunday 11 July inclusive as a result of the lockdown restrictions.

Two different grant amounts will be available:
•  $2,000 for cancellations of 10 nights or less
•  $5,000 for cancellations of 11 nights or more

Accommodation providers can apply for the grants via the Service NSW website.

One application can be made for each eligible accommodation premises belonging to a larger chain. Approved applications will receive the one-off payment to their bank account as quickly as possible.

For more information and how to apply visit COVID-19 | NSW Government

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

The GSBC Melbourne Cup Luncheon is Back!

When – Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Where – Green Room at the Gunnedah Services Club

Great chance to get frocked up and come down enjoy a meal with friends or colleagues and watch the race on the big screen.

TAB facilities, sweepstakes, and best-dressed competitions.

$35 / per person

Book a table (8 per table) or individual seat ASAP to make sure you don’t miss out.

Email the club or call on 67420400 to secure your spot