Major Wentworth Hospital funding in NSW Budget

Wentworth Shire Council is excited by the $30 million of funding granted to the Wentworth Health Service Redevelopment announced in Tuesday’s NSW State Budget.

The hospital redevelopment will receive $0.5 million in 2021-22 for the commencement of the $30 million project for which Wentworth Shire Council has advocated in collaboration with the Far West Local Health District.

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Susan Nichols said the funding was a huge milestone for Wentworth.

 “Wentworth has been crying out for an upgrade to the hospital for years and this funding goes a long way towards making that happen,” Cr Nichols said.

“It has long been fought for by both the existing Council and former Mayor Melisa Hederics and it is wonderful to see the effort paying off.

“This and the other projects funded in the budget will ensure the sustainability and viability of the Wentworth Shire for years to come.”

Wentworth Shire Council area NSW budget highlights:

  • $0.5 million in 2021-22 (as part of a $30.0 million project) for the commencement of the Wentworth Health Service Redevelopment.
  • $250,000 in 2021-22 for the refurbishment of the Dareton Health Facility.
  • Commence construction of the Buronga HealthOne facility, as part of the $100 million HealthOne Strategy.
  • $0.5 million in 2021-22 (as part of $0.9 million State funding) for the relocation project of the Wentworth Visitor Information Centre.
  • $4.5 million in 2021-22 for the sealing of the Pooncarie Road in far west NSW, delivering safer, faster and more reliable journeys and boosting tourism and freight productivity (State and Federal Funded).
  • $3.3 million in 2021-22 (as part of a $8.4 million Restart package) for Wentworth Aerodrome Upgrade.

Rural Aid here for local rural communities

Rural Aid is committed to supporting and empowering rural communities before, during and after natural disasters.

Established in 2015, Rural Aid has become one of Australia’s leading rural charities and is founded on the principles of compassion, hope, reverence and determination.

Rural Aid’s counselling services and community programs support the creation of more sustainable and resilient rural communities as we work towards stronger futures for all Australian farmers and communities.

Rural Aid also provides critical support to assist farmers and communities before, during and after disasters such as drought, flood and fire.

As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, Rural Aid relies on the generosity of industry partners and supporters who fundraise, donate and volunteer to help farming families throughout Australia.

Its supporters make a real difference to the lives of rural communities by providing practical, on-the-ground support through Rural Aid.

Nominations now open for the 2022 Australian Of The Year

Community Resilience, Wellbeing and Recovery Project workshop in Wentworth

A Community Resilience, Wellbeing and Recovery Project workshop in Wentworth will explore how the community is able to support resilience, recovery and wellbeing, particularly after disasters such as drought, floods, fire or other significant community change.

The workshop will bring together participants’ direct experience and insights to identify:

▪ what community assets (organisations, people and places) exist within your community

▪ what is helping or hindering these community assets to support community resilience

▪ what types of support do your community assets need to continue or expand their activities within the community

Workshop date: 10.00am -12.30pm Wednesday, June 23, 2021.

Workshop Location: Wentworth Community Meeting Room, Short Street, Wentworth.

RSVP by Tuesday, 22 June 2021 to Alex Chintock (

Light refreshments will be provided. The Community Resilience, Wellbeing and Recovery Project is supported by the Mental Health Commission of NSW in partnership with the University of Canberra and NSW Council of Social Service.

Broken Hill to host a Getting Women Elected forum

Broken Hill City Council will be hosting a free Australian Local Government’s Women’s Association forum on Friday 11 June 2021 at 4:00pm.

These forums are currently being held for member councils across NSW for potential women candidates.

The forum is run by ALGWA Executive members, with input from female councillors from the host council.

The commencement of the forum includes a welcome speech by the host council Mayor, followed by the first half of the presentation by ALGWA.

Half-way through there will be a short break, before the final part of the presentation.

A Q&A will follow at the conclusion of the presentation.

ALGWA requires all attendees to fill in a feedback form.

The content will cover the current climate across NSW in local government, particularly a snapshot of female representation and the steps involved in running as a candidate for local government.

It will also involve discussion of the lives experiences of councillors in the ALGWA executive from all walks of life.

Potential attendees can register for the in-person or online forum at

Sesame Street Circus in Wentworth

The enormously popular Sesame Street Circus Spectacular is ready to wow audiences, of all ages, in Wentworth!

With new COVID 19 protocols in place, and in close coordination with government agency guidelines, live performances will commence in Wentworth at the showgrounds on 11 June.

This 90-minute Circus spectacular features incredible performers from Argentina, Switzerland, Brazil, Morocco, Spain, Africa and Australia, plus all your favorite Sesame Street characters under the big top, including Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Bert and Ernie and Super Grover.

In an extraordinary circus performance, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Super Grover and the Sesame Street characters all work to find their own personal and unique talent at the circus and join daredevils and a host of other incredible performers in this must-see show.

Every element within the show was newly developed for the tour, which was written and produced locally and includes the original Sesame Street voices that were recorded in New York especially for this production.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be bringing this incredible circus production to Australian families in 2021 and can’t wait for the beloved Sesame Street characters to bring some much-needed smiles to little ones’ faces,” says Keith Brown, Managing Director of Showtime Attractions.

“Not just for little ones, this circus spectacular will leave everyone spellbound. We have a line up of the most incredible circus stars from around the world that will amaze you with their creativity and artistry. And of course, the Sesame Street characters are sure to entertain, no matter what your age!”

The shows dates are:

Wentworth, : Friday 11th June – Sunday 20th June, 2021. Wentworth Showgrounds, Pavilion Rd, Wentworth.

Ticketholders for the Mildura shows affected by the COVID-19 lockdown should contact Ticketmaster or call Sesame Street Circus Spectacular on 0413 880 044 or 0439 450 013 to arrange a transfer of their tickets to a new date or to receive a refund if they are unable to travel.

All current and future tour dates can be found at:

Tickets can be purchased via Ticketmaster at: Tickets can also be purchased with the circus direct: 0413 880 044

Telephone clinics for Aboriginal Legal Aid

Unfortunately due to the current COVID conditions in Victoria, the Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities (Legal Aid NSW) is going to hold telephone advice clinics instead of in-person visits at Dareton & Wentworth next week.

The dates for these telephone clinics are:

•             Dareton – Wednesday 9 June from 10am to 2pm

•             Wentworth – Thursday 10 June from 10am to 2pm

The service will be available to discuss a range of legal matters including:

•             Stolen Generations Reparations

•             Fines, debts and loans

•             Problems with funeral insurance

•             Centrelink

•             Housing – rent, repairs and evictions

•             NDIS

•             Victims compensation

•             COVID-19 related issues

•             Other everyday legal issues.

Any Aboriginal community members are encouraged to refer to the service’s phone advice line should they need civil law advice.

This can be done by calling the Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities on 1800 793 017 or 02 9219 5057, or by emailing us at

Opportunity for businesses to supply for energy project

Transgrid has financially committed to the construction of EnergyConnect, the new transmission link from Wagga Wagga in NSW to Robertstown in South Australia via Buronga, and is now calling for local businesses to help.

EnergyConnect will deliver significant benefits for NSW Electricity customers, the NSW economy and the National Electricity Market.

These benefits include:
• Savings for NSW customers of around $180 million a year, or up to $64 annually on an average household electricity bill
• Creating 1,500 jobs during construction
• Contributing a further $4 billion in economic activity for NSW
• A more secure electricity system at times of high demand and extreme weather events
• Downward pressure on wholesale electricity prices through greater supply, diversity and competition
• Facilitating investment in and connection of more renewable, zero carbon generation in NSW

What this means on the ground

TransGrid and construction partners SecureEnergy are committed to ensuring communities and businesses share in the opportunities created by the project, as well as maximising employment and training opportunities in regional NSW.

Connect with the project via ICN Gateway

Industry Capability Network will be assisting the project to identify local business’s with the capability to support the project and will be calling for expressions of interest via ICN Gateway.

Industry Capability Network Regional Manager, Geoff Reardon, is looking to identify businesses in the region interested in working with and/or supplying to the project.

The project will be looking to engage with many different types of business. Geoff will be heading to the region over the coming months.

If you would like speak with Geoff Reardon in relation to the project, please make contact via email or give him a call on 0402 632 027.

New license application process for asbestos and demolition

The NSW Government is making it easier and faster to apply for asbestos and demolition licences in NSW by digitising the application process.  

The new, easy-to-use digital application will save individuals and businesses time by reducing the number of steps and the amount of paperwork needed, and moving away from postal applications. 

Applicants will still need to book an appointment at a Service NSW Centre to prove their identity in person within 30 days of submitting the application. 

The new digital process only applies to new asbestos and demolition licence applications. For renewals, licence holders will need to follow the previous process.  

Which licences does this affect?  


  • Class A friable asbestos. 
  • Class A friable asbestos fire doors and safes only.  
  • Class B non-friable asbestos.  


  • Demolition licence (DE1). 
  • Restricted demolition licence (DE2). 

How to apply 

To view the eligibility criteria, including relevant certification and proof of identity documentation, and to apply for a new asbestos removal licence, visit:

For demolition licence applications, visit:  

Changes to lodgement of applications

Development Applications, Subdivision, Construction, Complying Development, Occupation Certificates, Principal Certifier Appointments and Building Information Certificate

Applications must be lodged via the NSW Planning Portal.

All of these application types will come to Council via the Portal.

The key benefits to you of the Portal are:

  • Lodgement of your applications without having to make the trip to Council
  • Significant time saved on plan and document printing
  • You can view the progress of your application on the portal

More information about online lodgement is available on the NSW Planning Portal .

For further information regarding lodgement of development application, CDC and Post consent certificate please refer to the following documents:

This system has been introduced by the NSW Department of Planning Industry and Environment.

See Planning & Development / Planning & Building process / ePlanning General Information for an overview