Mudgee Precinct Logo
The Mudgee Arts Precinct has an official logo.
After months of back and forth, the Mid-western Regional Councillors endorsed the name Mudgee Arts Precinct at their May 2021 extraordinary meeting.
Last night at the June meeting, they voted to accept the logo design recommended by consultants, Destination Marketing Store.
The consultants developed three options for the brand, but recommended one design in particular, "Ways of Seeing". Council accepted a slightly bolder version of the design as the logo for the Mudgee Arts Precinct.
Councillor Sam Paine the logo is one of the last details to fall into place before opening in August.
"We're now at the point where the last pieces of the project are coming into place, ready to open in August, and the logo is one of the final key details," Cr Paine said.
"The new logo hints at the shape of the building and the M of the Mudgee region, while the vertical lines suggest the cladding of the red walls, methods of communication like lines of text or Braille, as well as the paths that link the gallery, workshop and sculpture walk into a precinct.
"It's a great logo - simple and full of meaning, able to stand for everything the Precinct will offer."
Fiona Shearman, manager of community and cultural services said the proposed logo was simplistic in design and intended to be timeless.
"The simplicity of design will also not detract from any artworks being exhibited within the Precinct from time to time," she said.
"Further, the primary logo will be monochrome, however, there is opportunity to add colour to the pallet for specific events, such as Pink Up Mudgee, or when a specific exhibition lends itself to a particular colour."
Destination Marketing Store said the design, Ways of Seeing, was "simple, contemporary and sophisticated".
"This option invites you in and is open to a variety of interpretations similar to an artwork. There are subtle references to the panelling on the new building and letter M."
Fixing of Annual Fees for Councillors and the Mayor
Councillors voted to increase their fees at the recommendation for the period of July 2021 to June 2022.
They accepted a report that recommended an increase from $20,280 dollars to $20,690 dollars for Councillors and an additional payment to the Mayor increasing from $44,250 dollars to $45,140 dollars.
If the Council does not fix a fee, it is required to pay Councillors the minimum fee determined by the Remuneration Tribunal.
Rural Customer Water Fill Stations Upgrades
Council have moved to commence registering customers for the use of the Rural Customer Water Fill Stations following the completion of upgrades.
A grant received from the Federal Government under the Drought Communities programme has allowed the upgrade to the Customer Water Fill Stations in the region.
Manager of water and sewer, Claire Cam said the upgrade to the water filling stations will allow Council the opportunity to better manage risk of water supply to customers.
Ms Cam recommended Council commence registering users who can prove a rural address to access the fill stations.
The existing fill points have been available to rural users without fees or registration, meaning Council hasn't had the ability to track the water usage by user.
The upgrades to the fill stations are designed to give emergency water supply for domestic use for rural customers.
The new stations will have outlet options of 25mm and 50mm meaning there will be higher flow rates, and an improved efficiency for customers.
Once the fill stations are operational, rural customers can register with Council to access the water. Customers who have not registered will not be able to collect water from the Rural Fill Stations.
Water sharing plan
Councillor Russell Holden raised a motion that Council write to Water NSW and formally request that negotiations for a renewed Water Sharing plan commence immediately.
Councillor Holden said the community were frustrated with Water NSW's steadfast stance that the Water Sharing Plan permits certain outflows from Windermere Dam and approves such events regardless of the current environmental situation.
An example of this was the recent releases of environmental flows into the river system despite localised flooding.
"The Council and the local community have been equally steadfastly in agreement that the lower limit of Windermere should not be 70ML, but 110ML before releases can occur."
Council backs police rugby
Mid-Western Regional Council has voted in favour of providing $1800 dollars worth of events assistance funding to the NSW Police Rugby League.
The funding will go towards field and facility hire of Glen Willow Regional Sports Complex for NSW Police Rugby League to hold a two-day training camp, followed by a City versus Country match.
Representative Police teams from City and Country arrived in town on 23 May and played the final representative match on 26 May 2021.
The event included 160 players, along with their families and was promoted through a range of marketing channels and live streamed to 10,000 viewers, according to the Council's economic development manager, Alina Azar.
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