COVID-19 – entry conditions into NSW

In the wake of the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne, conditions of entry into New South Wales have changed.

If you have been in, or guests are coming from, Greater Melbourne on or after 6am on 12 May 2021 you must complete a NSW entry declaration form.

Complete a NSW entry declaration form if you:

  • are entering NSW on or after 6am on 12 May 2021, and
  • have been in Greater Melbourne in the previous 14 days.

You must complete the form:

  • Either within the 24-hour period before you enter NSW or on entry
  • Whether you cross the border by any means including air, road or rail, or
  • Each time you enter NSW, but not more than one per calendar day.

Western Local Land Services Local Strategic Plans – Have Your Say

Every five years, all 11 Local Land Services regions revise their Local Strategic Plans to ensure the we are best meeting the needs of landholders across NSW.

Together with staff and key stakeholders, Western Local Land Services has now drafted a one-page Local Strategic Plan and a Strategic Action Plan for our region and is seeking your ongoing feedback.

The plans have been developed locally by our staff and key stakeholders, but ongoing community and stakeholder input is critical to the development of these priorities and programs at both the regional and state level.

There are several ways for you and/or your organisation to provide feedback via the Have Your Say platform, where you can make quick comment via a survey, or submit a formal written contribution through the submissions portal.

These plans are on public exhibition until Sunday, 6 June 2021.

The local priorities identified in these plans are important to primary industries, landholders and the community – including natural resources, emergencies and natural disaster, biosecurity incursions and pest management.

To find out more and have your say, visit

Board appointments sought for Bottle Bend Reserve Land Manager

The Minister for Water, Property and Housing is seeking nominations for board appointments to the Bottle Bend Reserve Land Manager.

Appointments are for up to 5 years and are voluntary.

It is expected that members of the board live within or close to the reserve. Application for membership can be made via the following link:

Closing date for applications is 25 June 2021

For further information about reserve management in New South Wales go to

Essential maintenance works for Mildura Weir

Essential maintenance works will be conducted at the Mildura Weir from 12 July, which will involve lowering the river level in the weir pool and closing Lock 11 for about three weeks, the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and Goulburn-Murray Water announced on 24 May.

MDBA Executive Director River Management, Andrew Reynolds said Lock 11 was one of the busiest on the Murray River, so timing of the works was agreed after taking on board feedback from tourism operators, irrigators, and the Mildura Rural City Council.

“The Murray River is vital to the region’s economy and recreation, so we have scheduled the works to begin after the school holidays but before the irrigation season to try to minimise the inconvenience to the community as much as we can,” Mr Reynolds said.

“It is critical that river infrastructure is kept in the best possible condition to protect workers and visitors and to support all the communities and industries that depend upon the reliable operation of the River Murray.”

Goulburn-Murray Water’s Storage Operations North Manager David Irvine said the works are expected to take three weeks to complete, including six days to lower the weir pool and six days to refill it.

“We will be commissioning a new winch dedicated to the site and replacing three of the 24 trestles that control the water levels at the weir. The last time refurbished trestles were installed at the Mildura weir was when the weir was reinstated after flood flows in 2016,” he said.

“When work is done on a weir it usually means more water is released downstream to reduce the height of the river immediately upstream in the weir pool. We expect the upstream river level to drop by around 3.5 metres in July, exposing the riverbank, but this will depend on the flow rates in the Murray at the time.”

“Boats and other river vessels will not be able to pass through the lock after 4.30pm Tuesday 13 July. Access by foot to the Lock Island recreation area will be closed during the works.”

Boat operators, river pumpers and other river users are encouraged to take the lowering of the weir pool and lock closure into account when planning their activities on the river.

Weirs are structures across the river that hold back water to create a pool that can extend several kilometres upstream. They enable greater control of the flow in the river and provide a more

predictable supply of water to local townships and industries.

The Mildura Weir and Lock 11 are operated and maintained by Goulburn-Murray Water on behalf of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority.

Rural Aid Australia offering financial assistance

Rural Aid is offering Primary Producers a one off $1000 payment to assist with expenses towards bill payment.

Applicants must be a primary producer and have a current ABN and also already be registered with Rural Aid by completing a farmer registration form.

The application can be completed online via under the Farmers/Rural Communities tab ‘Farmers Register here’ or call 1300 327 624.

Complete and accurate applications submitted online will be processed as quick as possible.

Wentworth Shire Council to hold Extraordinary Meeting

Wentworth Shire Council will hold an Extraordinary Council Meeting at 10am on 26 May 2021 at the Wentworth Council Chambers.

The meeting was scheduled after Council’s May Ordinary Meeting to discuss key Wentworth projects.

Council’s next Ordinary Meeting is on June 30.

Wentworth Civic Centre Redevelopment plans on display at Town Hall

Concept plans for the Wentworth Shire Civic Centre (Old Wentworth Services Club) redevelopment will be on display at the Wentworth Town Hall on Monday 24 May from 10.30am.

The redevelopment plans are currently on public exhibition until 28 May.

Council staff will be on hand between the hours of 1:00pm-3:00pm to answer questions.

Concept plans can also be viewed at

Submissions on the plans can be made in writing to Wentworth Shire Council or via email at until 28 May 2021.

PS Ruby lit up for causes

The PS Ruby has seen a splash of colour this week thanks to go2show’s Greg Harrison.

On Sunday evening 16 May it was lit up in yellow to support National Road Safety Week, on 17-18 May it was lit up in the Green and Blue of the Murray Darling Association while the MDA’s National Conference was in town and on Wednesday 19 May it was lit up Orange to support the State Emergency Service’s Wear it Orange Wednesday.

Hawkeye Photography’s Aaron Hawkins took this image of the PS Ruby lit up in Yellow for National Road Safety Week.
The PS Ruby lit up Orange for Wear it Orange Wednesday. Picture: Greg Harrison
The PS Ruby was lit up in Green and Blue for the Murray Darling Association National Conference. Picture: Greg Harrison

Murray Darling Association National Conference a success for Wentworth Shire

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Susan Nichols with Murray Darling Association National President David Thurley OAM at the conclusion of the Murray Darling Association National Conference in Wentworth. Picture: Michael Blyde

Wentworth Shire Council has hailed this week’s Murray Darling Association National Conference in Wentworth a resounding success.

Wentworth hosted the event, which ran from Sunday 16 May until Wednesday 19 May, at the Wentworth Civic Centre with more than 150 delegates and speakers attending to discuss important matters relating to the Murray-Darling Basin.

Council received thoroughly positive reviews from the Murray Darling Association, delegates at the conference and the wider community who took advantage of local displays and markets in the Civic Centre’s foyer on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“It was fantastic to see the Civic Centre a hive of activity this week for the conference, which was greatly supported and should provide a significant boost to our Shire’s economy,” Wentworth Shire Mayor Susan Nichols said.

“I would like to congratulate the Murray Darling Association, Wentworth Shire Council Staff and all other stakeholders on making this event as great as it was, as well as the Wentworth community for being so welcoming and willing to showcase everything our region has to offer.

“It was equally fantastic to be able to show the potential of the Civic Centre, whose own redevelopment is out for public exhibition, during the conference.”

This week’s event included afternoon tea on the PS Ruby on Sunday followed by a Civic Reception at the Old Wentworth Gaol, a study tour to the Menindee Lakes and Pooncarie on Monday and a gala dinner aboard the PV Mundoo on Tuesday night as well as the two days of the conference itself in the Civic Centre’s auditorium.