Community What's Happening Self Help Policy



Moree Plains Shire Council has updated the Self Help policy in response to requests from landholders wanting to maintain and upgrade road and transport infrastructure assets which are owned, managed or under the care and control of Council, but cannot be fully funded by Council; and now welcomes comments from ratepayers during the exhibition period, prior to implementation.


Director of Engineering Services Ian Dinham explained the policy provides the opportunity to supplement public funds with private contributions to enable worthwhile projects to proceed.


“The Self Help policy provides Council with the instruments to appraise applications fairly against self-help criteria and the strategic asset plans and programs, along with the mechanisms to accept voluntary and private funds, donation of materials or other contributions, to support the maintenance or upgrading of road and transport infrastructure and other assets in our Shire,” he said.


The focus of the policy is on the rural road network; particularly as Council regularly receives requests from landholders to carry out dust suppression, grading, bitumen sealing, vegetation control and gravel sheeting but it also includes bench seating, footpaths, kerb and guttering and other infrastructure works.


The Self Help Policy provides guidelines to enable voluntary contributions from individuals, groups and businesses and provides the mechanisms to allow Council to consider contributing up to 50% of the costs.


Members of the public can submit comments regarding the Self Help policy to the General Manager, Moree Plains Shire Council, PO Box 420, Moree NSW 2400. Comments or by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it up until 18 August 2017.


Further enquiries in relation to this Policy should be directed to Kylie Kerr on (02) 6757 3222.