Christmas Functions

December is the month for Christmas functions.

This year we are offering flexible catering packages to accommodate large and small groups. Some of the options avaiable this festive season include

  • Barefoot Bowls
  • BBQ Packages in our purpose-built indoor/outdoor function space at the Bowling Club.
  • Finger Food Platters including dessert options, seafood, and grazing platters.
  • Large and small indoor function rooms that can accommodate up to 125 people in accordance with COVID regulations

Give us a call on 67420400 or email if you would like to discuss who we can help you this festive season

Training Needs

We are looking to apply for funding to service businesses and employer needs (including organisations/govt depts.) for a range of courses including First Aid Training, High Risk Training and Industry Licensing plus Hospitality. We need to hear from you. Please ring Gunnedah Community College on 67425630 as soon as possible as we have a quick turnaround to submit. It will be a very simple process, no lengthy applications involved. We do the leg work, just ring and have a chat

College opening hours are 8.30am-4pm Monday-Thursday or please feel free to call in to the campus at 39 Chandos Street. Head office can be reached Monday –Friday 9am-5pm on 67821 662

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council
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COVID-19 Support for Individuals and Businesses

This is a summary of the support available for Individuals and Businesses in NSW.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council

The Census is happening in August

Census data is used to build a better future for us all. It’s used to inform decisions on issues
that touch our lives every day, from schools, healthcare, transport and infrastructure to local
services for individuals, families and communities.

For example:
• the number of people in remote areas tells doctors where life-saving help is needed most
• local birth rates help plan local playgroups that connect families
• understanding languages used at home links migrants to community services like English

Every household and person in Australia on Census night must be included, including visitors
to Australia, international students and babies.

Instructions will be delivered to households in early August. You can start your Census as soon
as you receive them, if you know where you’ll be on Census night, Tuesday 10 August. You
can complete online, by paper, or with help from us.

All personal information collected is kept safe and is not shared with anyone. You and your
family can’t be identified by the information you put on your Census.

Make sure you participate this August. When you complete your Census, you’re helping to
build a better future for all of us.

Visit or call 1800 512 441 for more information.

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council

COVID-19 Business Support

The NSW Government have introduced a recovery package with financial assistance, support measures and tax relief to help businesses and people across the state impacted by the current COVID-19 restrictions.

The business grants program has been expanded, with grants between $7,500 and $15,000 available to eligible businesses with annual wages up to $10 million.

A new grant program has also been introduced for smaller micro businesses with turnover between $30,000 and $75,000.

Targeted support will enable eligible accommodation premises that have lost room nights during the recent school holidays to apply for grants of up to $5,000.

For more information and to find out if your business is eligible, visit

Introduction to Excel

If you meet the criteria for small business, you and your employees may be eligible for funding from the NSW Government

Microsoft Office skills are always in demand with Excel spreadsheeting skills high on the list of talents sought by employers.

Excel can be used to manage finances and business data, display and interpret information, use relative and absolute references and more. Learn how to get the most out of your data with Microsoft Excel in this short format course designed for people who have basic day-to-day computer skills who want to learn techniques and functions of the software.

Students will study the unit of competency:

BSBTEC201 Use business software applications

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use, select, and use software and organise electronic information and data.

Students will also study the following non-accredited unit:

Introduction to MS Excel (CSO202023)

Microsoft Excel is a spreadsheet application that is used for storing, organising, and manipulating different types of data – financial data, customer data, and product data to name a few. People use Excel to manage their budget and spending, perform financial calculations, and generate charts and reports for presentations.
In this session, students will learn:

  • how to enter data into a spreadsheet;
  • how to format a spreadsheet;
  • how to apply simple and complex formulas and functions to achieve desired results
  • how to freeze panes to access data in large spreadsheets;
  • how to create charts and graphs from data entered into a spreadsheet.Assessments are made against units of competency from the Certificate II in Workplace Skills BSB20120.
  • Use business software applications (BSBTEC201)
  • CSO202023 Introduction to MS Excel (CSO202023)
9am 2pm (UTC+10:00)
5 sessions, 25 hours total

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This training is subsidised by the NSW Government. Eligibility rules apply

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Use of the Service NSW QR code will be mandatory at all workplaces and retail businesses from Monday 12 July.
Minister for Digital and Customer Service Victor Dominello said expanding the mandate would give NSW Health contact tracers real-time access to QR code data from a greater number of venues including supermarkets, retail stores, gyms and offices.
“This is about keeping customers and staff safe and getting all businesses open again as soon as possible,” Mr Dominello said.
“We know the Delta variant of COVID-19 moves quickly and we must do everything we can to get it under control.
“While many retail businesses, including large supermarkets and hardware chains, have voluntarily adopted the Service NSW QR code, this measure will ensure check-in rates are high across the board and contact tracers have access to reliable records.”
From 12 July, these businesses will need to display the Service NSW QR code and take reasonable steps to ensure people entering their premises check-in using the Service NSW QR codes or digital sign-in sheet:
 Retail businesses and supermarkets
 Individual shops within shopping centres
 Shopping centres will also be asked to display QR codes at entry points where practicable
 Gyms
 Offices, including call centres
 Manufacturing and warehousing
 Universities and TAFE
 Schools including teachers and visitors (such as parents and contractors) but excluding students.
Businesses such as hospitality and hairdressers that were already using the Service NSW QR code will also need to ensure staff and visitors such as maintenance workers and delivery drivers check-in, when they resume services after the lockdown period.
Hospitality businesses will now need to extend the use of the Service NSW COVID-Safe check-in to all customers including takeaway orders.
Businesses that fail to comply with the new health order requirements may be subject to fines and in case of flagrant breaches, temporary closure orders.

“There is no excuse not to check-in everywhere you can – businesses and customers all have a part to play to keep NSW safe,” Mr Dominello said.
“In the same way customers routinely check into cafes, restaurants and bars, we need them to adopt the same approach when visiting a supermarket, retail store and workplace.
“Inspectors have been asked to monitor the situation alongside the NSW Police.”
The Service NSW COVID-Safe check-in is easy for customers to use from within the Service NSW app.
There are more than 5.2 million active users of the Service NSW app.
The data captured by the Service NSW COVID-Safe check-in is only used for the purposes of contact tracing by NSW Health. It is deleted after 28 days.
Businesses who need to register for the NSW Government QR code can find the application form and more information at
For visitors without a digital device, other check-in forms must be available.
MEDIA: Minister Dominello | Simon King | 0417 619 075

Business Support Officer - Economic Development Department - Gunnedah Shire Council

New England Northwest Future Directions Workshop – 1 July 2021

On behalf of the University of New England (UNE) and Namoi Unlimited, we would like to invite you to join us on Thursday 1st July, (9:30am for a 10am start until 3pm) at the Gunnedah Town Hall for a New England Northwest Regional Future Directions Workshop.

The New England Northwest (NEWNW) has been an anchor for NSW growth and prosperity through agriculture production and mining.  However, technology has changed the agriculture employment landscape requiring less jobs to support production.   This reduced need for jobs in agriculture has resulted in much of the regional domestic product being exported outside of the region.  On the flip side mining has created many skilled and unskilled job opportunities but has a finite life span.  The challenge for the NENW is to create a platform that builds on its successes to provide sustainable economic, environmental and cultural development to realise future prosperity.

The COVID pandemic has put local manufacturing back on the agenda as the vulnerabilities of global supply chains have been exposed.  This shift along with advances in technology, changing consumer preferences for food and how food is produced and the rise of the Internet enabled workforce have created an opportunity to create a platform for NENW economic, environmental and  cultural development with industries in the downstream processing of agriculture commodities and services sector.  The platform would be underpinned by existing and new industries adapting to the new opportunities.   Coupled to this is the comprehensive transport links that include road, rail and air freight, along with the establishment of a Special Activation Precinct (SAP) in Moree, a potential second SAP in Narrabri, the establishment of a Regional Jobs Precinct across the Namoi, the establishment of the Western Sydney Aerotropolis and a significant expansion of the Tamworth meat processing sector.

This workshop will bring together, Industry, local government and other stakeholders to explore opportunities and issues in order to begin the creation of a cohesive regional plan for the establishment of the NENW sustainable economic, environmental and cultural development platform.   The NEWNW planning workshop needs your voice as we value your local experience, your view on opportunities and your enthusiasm to help us develop the vision and pathway for our regions sustainability and growth.

Please RVSP to Elizabeth Egan including any special dietary requirements by COB Friday June 25th.  A detailed program will be circulated next week, so please save the date. We would be delighted if you could join us.

Introducing Gunnedah Community College

Meet the new Team Gunnedah. Very excited to introduce you to the new team members at Gunnedah Community College.

Leah and Carol commenced in January and are already making a big impression.

Our opening hours have now extended due to the extra staffing available to the campus, Monday -Thursday 8.30am-4pm .

We still remain closed to the public on Fridays. Outside of our normal opening hours, our Head Office can be contacted  Monday- Friday 9am-5pm on   67821662 or freecall 1800 952 264.

We are located 39 Chandos Street, right where you need us

Manager Communications and Cultural Services - Gunnedah Shire Council

Calling Gunnedah Businesses to be part of Youth Expo

We invite your business or organisation to be part of Youth Expo this year.
Gunnedah Shire Youth Expo
Wednesday 21 April 2021
Gunnedah Town Hall

The Expo is a fun and engaging way to connect young people with service providers, training opportunities and making connections with businesses in our region. This year we have a particular focus on building career pathways for our youth.
If your organisation wishes to be involved in Gunnedah Youth Expo please register below by Friday 5th March