New citizens welcomed and supercharged budget in store for Kempsey

Kempsey Shire Council


A huge agenda for the June meeting of Council included a citizenship ceremony, the annual budget and moves to support the environment and to recognise our Aboriginal history.

The newest citizens of the Kempsey Shire

Fourteen excited candidates officially became citizens as they embraced and pledged their loyalty to Australia.

Loved ones packed Council Chambers as Kempsey Shire Mayor, Leo Hauville, and Federal Member for Cowper, Pat Conaghan MP, welcomed the new Australians, hailing from countries including England, the Philippines, Cambodia, India, Japan, Taiwan and New Zealand.

Council approves annual budget

The 2022-23 financial year in Kempsey will see the delivery of a $107 million capital works program across the shire that will result in a variety of new and replacement assets, facilities and infrastructure. Of these multimillion dollars works, $424 million are grant funded.

Key projects include:

  • Continued investment in improving and maintaining the shire’s road network
  • Significant investment in waste management
  • Stuarts Point, Sherwood and Central Kempsey sewer schemes
  • Flooding infrastructure rehabilitation and renewal
  • Kempsey Regional Saleyards infrastructure upgrade
  • South West Rocks Library and Community Hub planning and design
  • Smithtown Sporting Fields lighting upgrade
  • Crescent Head Foreshore works
  • Macleay Valley Adventure Recreation Park

Sustainability and Resilience

After winning the Sustainability Award at the recent Macleay Valley Business Awards, Council agreed to place its draft Sustainability and Resilience Strategy on exhibition along with an action plan to guide implementation.

The draft document is available for public comment until Wednesday 27 July 2022 at

Use of Dunghutti language

Councillors agreed to seek advice from Dunghutti Elders to discuss the appropriateness of using a combination of English and Dunghutti language in Council business.

Council staff and Councillors will be provided with training in Dunghutti language and will collaborate with primary schools in the shire to incorporate Dunghutti learning activities.

For a full wrap of the June Council Meeting, head to

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