Frequently Asked Questions

Shire Office

When is the Council Open?

26-28 Adelaide Street, Wentworth

Office Hours - Monday – Friday  8.30am - 5.00pm


When is the Library Open?


Murray Street, adjoining the Council Chambers
Tel. (03) 5027 5060
Fax. (03) 5027 2137

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Opening Hours:
Monday 10.30am - 5.30pm
Wednesday 10.30am - 5.30pm
Thursday 10.30am - 5.30pm
Friday 10.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 12noon


Millie Street in the Library/Senior Citizens Building
Tel. (03) 5027 4258
Fax. (03) 5027 4922

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Opening Hours:
Monday 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Wednesday 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm
1.30pm -5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 12noon


Chapman Street, just off the Sturt Highway, next to Buronga Bakery
Tel. (03) 5023 3078
Fax. (03) 5021 0937

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Opening Hours:
Monday 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Wednesday 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Friday 10.30am - 12.30pm
1.30pm -5.30pm
Saturday 10.00am - 12noon


Pooncarie Mail Centre
Tarcoola Street, Pooncarie.
Tel. (03) 5029 5318
Fax. (03) 5029 5318

Opening Hours:
Monday 12noon - 3.00pm
Tuesday 12noon - 3.00pm
Thursday 12noon - 3.00pm
Friday 12noon - 3.00pm

When are my rates due?

Rate Payment Due Dates

1st instalment of rates is due end of August   
2nd instalment is due end of November 
3rd instalment is due end of February 
4th instalment is due end of May

As per the Local Government Act, 1993, the interest rate has been set at 8% per annum on overdue rates.

Should you have any difficulty in paying, please contact  Council’s Rates Department on (03) 5027 5027 to discuss suitable arrangements.

Methods of Payment:
  • Online or over the phone with POSTbillpay or Bpay (Bpay Biller Code: 241653). 
  • In person at Council's Office, Wentworth
  • Any Australia Post retail outlet.
  • Download and complete a Direct Debit form and return to Council.
  • To arrange deductions from your Centerlink payment, contact Centrelink with your property reference number (located on your rates notice) and Council's Provider Number 555 052 170X. Find out more on the Centrelink website or call Council's Rates Department on (03) 5027 5027

Introduction of the Fire and Emergency Services Levy

In 2017 the NSW Government will introduce a fairer system for collecting the levy that helps fund our community’s fire and emergency services.

From 1 July 2017 a new Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL) will be paid by all property owners alongside council rates which will be collected by local councils.

The FESL will replace the Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL) that is currently collected as part of all property-based insurance policies. From this date, insurance companies will no longer collect the levy as part of property insurance premiums, and therefore insurance premiums will be lower, allowing more people to be able to afford to insure their homes and businesses.

The reform will mean the burden of funding these services will no longer fall only on those with property insurance, but all landowners. The vast majority of insured residential property owners will be better off under the FESL.

Please refer to the Fire and Emergency Services Levy website for further information. 

Road Closures
Where can I find road closures during wet weather condition?

Road Condition Report

Any unsealed road closures within Council will be posted below.

A map of local roads that may be subject to closure can be found here 

This unsealed Road Condition Report is as at:1015 Monday 23 January 2017

All unsealed roads within the Wentworth Shire are open.

Unsealed road condition report will be re-issued only when unsealed road conditions change.

Updates are also available by phoning (03) 5027 5090. 

Persons driving on closed roads will be subject to fines and may be charged for any works necessary to rectify damage.

Our unsealed road network connects with other Shires, for information on road closures in surrounding areas please visit BalranaldCentral Darling and Cobar Shire websites.

Scheduled Roadworks


Remedial Works for 183 Dam Regulator

 Road users are advised that Wentworth Shire Council will be undertaking remedial works to the 183 regulator structure located on Old Broken Hill Road between Roo Roo Road and Windamingle Road.

Works are scheduled to commence Monday 20 February 2017 through to Wednesday 22 February 2017. During this period the road will be closed to all traffic. Traffic control and detour signage will be in place to indicate changed traffic conditions.

 For more information about these works please contact Council on (03) 5027 5027.

When is garbage collection day?

Monday: Wentworth, Pomona and Dareton
Tuesday: Coomealla, Curlwaa Irrigation Districts, River Road and Boeill Creek
Wednesday: Trentham Cliffs, Gol Gol township, Gol Gol North, Buronga Irrigation Areas, Buronga township and Mourquong
Residents will be notified should there be any change to this routine (for example if Thursday is a public Holiday - Christmas Day or New Years Day)

Bin not collected!  What do I do?

Ensure the bin was put out at the correct time, facing the right direction, clear of obstructions.  If this is correct contact Customer Service on (03) 5027 5027 to arrange pick up.

Damaged/Stolen bins

Contact Council in regard to stolen or damaged bins and arrangements can be made for their maintenance or replacement.

When is the Tip Open?

Opening Hours

Wentworth Transfer Station


8.00am - 4.45pm


12.30pm - 4.45pm


9.00am - 4.45pm

Dareton Transfer Station


8.00am - 4.45pm


8.00am - 12noon


9.00am - 4.45pm

Pomona Landfill


8.00am - 12noon

Pooncarie Landfill


Open 7 days

Ellerslie Landfill


Open 7 days

Buronga Landfill


8.00am - 4.45pm


9.00am - 4.45pm

Fees and Charges apply.

Please refer to the Current Waste Fees

Please note Trucks and industrial waste must be taken to the Buronga Landfill.