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Welcome to Megalong Valley Landowners Association Web Site

The Megalong Valley Landowners Association was established in June 1994 to preserve the rural nature of Megalong Valley and represent Landowners interests to local council.

There are no set dates for meetings but are held when topical issues affecting all residents are raised. The Association is incorporated.

New Members Welcome

If you have something you wish to bring to the Associations attention then you can use the Contact Us link at the top of the page and Post a message, which will be raised at the next meeting.

Membership shall be by nomination from existing members of the Association on the application following. The Secretary will then forward the application to the Associations Management Committee to determine whether to reject or approve the nomination.

Membership Application Form

Mobile Base Station for Megalong Valley

The Minister for Communications Mitch Fifield announced at a specially convened meeting of the Association held on 28th July 2016 that Megalong Valley is set to receive mobile coverage with a new base station.

The Australian Government has committed an additional $60 million to a third round of funding. As part of this commitment, the Australian Government has announced a number of priority locations which may receive funding for a mobile base station under round 3.

A competitive process to allocate round 3 funding is expected to commence in 2017.

More Info

Email: mobilecoverage@communications.gov.au

Tel: 1800 113 486 (freecall from a landline)

Media Release - Minister for Emergency Services New Fire Trails Legislation

An integrated network of strategic fire trails will be established to improve access for fire-fighters during bushfires and better facilitate planning and management of hazard reduction. Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott today introduced legislation to amend the Rural Fires Act 1997 to establish a functional fire trail network, connecting the thousands of existing fire trails across NSW. It requires Local Bushfire Management Committees, including representatives from NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS), Police, Council, National Parks and other agencies, to develop local fire trail plans and identify any gaps. The NSW RFS will immediately begin work on a register of all trails across the state and plans for the network will be in place in three years.

All fire trails will have standard width, gradient and sign age and a regular inspection regime will ensure they are properly constructed and maintained. Mr Elliott said NSW had experienced devastating bushfire in recent years and an integrated network would assist hazard reduction.

"Today we are delivering on an election commitment to give fire-fighters the powers they need to create an improved and integrated fire trail network across the state," Mr Elliott said. "This supports the Government's commitment to protect almost 600,000 homes and almost 750,000 hectares through hazard reduction activities by 2019." Most fire trails will be located on public land - private land will host a minority of trails. The NSW RFS will build fire trails on private land in agreement with the landholder only.

Robert Morse Senior Deputy Captain Megalong Valley brigade, advised that in September 2016 new legislation was introduced in NSW to better manage Fire Trails. The aim of the legislation is to provide a strategic network to improve access for fire fighting and hazard reduction. The NSW RFS is currently working on a Fire Trail Standard that provides detail for the legislation.

More info can be found at http://www.lindsaytaylorlawyers.com.au/in_focus/index.php/2016/10/fire-trails-whats-new/

Changes to the Emergency Services Levy 2017

How will property owners be impacted by this change?

The specific financial impacts for individual property owners will depend on a number of variables, including the value of the property, the type of land and eligibility for a concession. We will be working closely with local governments and other experts to develop the new levy in a way that is fair for all. It is anticipated that the average annual residential levy will be offset by lower insurance premiums. Pensioners, war veterans and other concession cardholders will be eligible for a concession under the ESPL.

Will this change how the fire and state emergency services are funded?

The level of funding to the NSW fire and state emergency services will not be impacted by the change. These important and highly valued community services will continue to receive the funding they require. The NSW Government and local governments will also continue to make direct contributions to funding these services.

What is the cost of the Emergency Services Property Levy?

The levy will be different for different property sectors to be identified in the ESPL legislation, such as residential, industrial, commercial and farmland. These classifications are expected to be finalised in the first half of 2017.

For more info go to http://www.emergencyservicespropertylevy.nsw.gov.au/#

NSW Local Land Services (Formerly LHPA or Rural Protection Board)

Local Land Services is a new way to deliver services, information and advice to farmers and landowners in rural and regional NSW.

Megalong Valley BMCC LGA is within the Greater Sydney Local Land Service Region with offices in Penrith Ph 1300 795 299,Address: Level 4, 2-6 Station Street, Penrith NSW 2750 Postal: PO BOX 4515, Westfield Penrith 2750, Phone: (02) 4725 3050 Fax: (02) 4725 3088

Whilst Megalong Valley Lithgow LGA is in Central Tablelands Ph 1300 795 299, 3 Ordnance Avenue, PO Box 3109 Bowenfels NSW 2790, Lithgow NSW 2790 Ph: 02 6350 3110, Fax: 02 6352 2326

Regionally-based, Local Land Services will consist of semi-autonomous statutory organisations, governed by locally elected and skills-based Board members.

Local Land Services Local Boards will represent local priorities and report to a State Board of Chairs. All are accountable to the Minister for Primary Industries.

Local Land Services brings together:

  • Livestock Health and Pest Authorities

  • Catchment Management Authorities

  • Some advisory services of the Department of Primary Industries.

Local Land Services will deliver integrated agricultural industry advice, bio-security and natural resource management functions, and give greater accountability, improved governance and more ownership to landholders. More Information