Mourquong Water Main Extension project update

Council has received many requests from residents in Mourquong for the provision of filtered water.

After several proposals and feasibility studies, Council approved approximately 1.3km of a filtered water main to service 9 properties in Stage 1 of the project.

The project consists of an under road bore, under pressure tapping of the rising main, installation of pipe and property connections.

Council engaged the services of Urban H2O to undertake the work

The project is almost complete with testing and commissioning to be completed prior to Christmas.

Buronga Pump Track project update

Works commenced last week on the construction of a new sealed Pump Track at the Buronga Riverfront, west of the George Chaffey Bridge near the Discovery Caravan Park.

The track will be around 150m in length and will create an environment for the community to enjoy, whilst challenging their varying levels of skill through rollers and berms.

The project is funded under the Local Roads & Community Infrastructure Program and will be completed in December 2021.

Dareton Travellers Rest project update

Wentworth Shire Council and Dareton Community Action Team (CAT) have worked together to provide the town a new Traveller’ Rest, which is now nearing completion.

The project will provide a permanent memorial with names to commemorate those from the Dareton and Coomealla District who served their country in wartime.

With the town’s existing Anzac Memorial site unsuitable for the listing of names a new site in Tapio Park was chosen as an extension of the registered war memorial site.

Works were planned by Council in conjunction with the CAT and the Coomealla Memorial Sporting CLub.

The CAT proposed the construction of the Travellers Rest pergola, interpretive panels, new granite war memorial and associated pathways and have been successful in securing funds from the club as well as further government funding to complete the project.

Local historian and author Malcolm Williams provided the story and images to be used on the panels.

Works on stage one of the project will be completed by Christmas with placement of the new granite memorial expected to be completed in January 2022.

Wentworth Showgrounds Sewer Upgrade

With support from the Crown Reserve Improvement Fund’s Showgrounds Stimulus Program Council is undertaking works at the Wentworth Showgrounds to replace multiple septic systems with a combination of gravity and pressure sewage network to cater for the rise in usage of the facilities.

These works include:

  • Installation of a gravity sewer system;
  • Installation of a central Sewer Pump Station to connect to the existing rising main;
  • Decommissioning of old septic tank systems throughout the Showgrounds and connecting plumbing to the network.

Council engaged the services of MH2 Engineering & Architectural Services for the design with works undertaken by Waters Excavations PTY LTD.

Construction commenced on 16 November and is well underway with just over 100 metres of pipe and 5 Ezipits installed so far.

The project concludes in early February with the installation of the sewer pump station, electrical switchboard, testing and commissioning.

Staff profile – Governance Officer Voleak Sroeung

Meet Wentworth Shire Council’s new Governance Officer Voleak Sroeung.

Born and raised in Cambodia, Voleak left home at age 18 to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Politics, Philosophy and Economics in New York City.

Upon completion of that degree she moved to Sydney and completed a Master of Arts in International Relations at the University of New South Wales in 2019.

Voleak’s professional experience has included time spent working for the United Nations.

As Governance Officer at Council, she is committed to ensuring that Council complies with all of its legal obligations and successfully mitigates risks so that Council can uphold its integrity and continue fulfilling its role of faithfully and effectively serving the needs of the people of Wentworth Shire.

Council continues to recruit personnel to fill the vacancies within the approved structure adopted by Council in February 2020.

Staff profile – Manager Tourism and Promotion Lexi Stockman

Meet Lexi Stockman, Wentworth Shire Council’s Manager Tourism and Promotion.

After growing up in Loxton in South Australia’s Riverland for most of her life, Lexi moved to Mildura around eight years ago after completing her university degree in Adelaide.

Since then her career has mostly been spent at Mildura Central Shopping Centre as the Retail Marketing Manager from 2016 to 2021 followed by a short stint in Event Management.

Lexi said working for many years to create Mildura Central into an ideal destination for people to meet, shop and dine has given her the skills and expertise necessary to assist in evolving the Wentworth Shire into a top destination for locals and tourists.

“My aim within my new role of Manager Tourism and Promotion is to work with the local communities to create opportunities for tourism, focus on completing our upcoming major projects and ensuring they are successfully marketed to potential tourists to increase economic growth in the region,” she said.

“I’m very passionate about tourism and travel and I’m always looking out for new ideas to put into play as a point of difference for our region. “

Lexi believes Wentworth Shire can become an ideal destination in itself, catering for all walks of life from single travellers to families to retirees.

“This will be achieved by promoting and preserving our beautiful natural attractions, hosting various events and continuing to bring new and exciting projects to life,” Lexi said.

“I’m very excited to be on board and can’t wait to see what the future holds for tourism in the Shire within the next few years and beyond.”

Council continues to recruit personnel to fill the vacancies within the approved structure adopted by Council in February 2020.

Staff profile – Manager Engineering Services Bernard Rigby

Meet Wentworth Shire Council’s new Manager Engineering Services Bernard Rigby.

Bernard is a familiar face to many in the region, having grown up in Dareton.

A qualified electrician, Bernard worked in that trade for “quite a few” years as he puts it following his apprenticeship.

In 2007 he moved into the distribution industry where he has worked ever since across Essential Energy and Powercor.

Initially working on the tools Bernard then moved into the Works Delivery Space in this industry, where he held numerous leadership roles primarily focusing on the delivery of the Annual Works programs across the footprints of both Essential Energy and Powercor.

Bernard is looking forward to the future with Wentworth Shire Council.

“Wentworth Shire is a quickly growing and emerging region,” he said.

“It’s exciting to see so much happening in terms of development and also the varying types of projects that will be delivered in the immediate future.”

Council continues to recruit personnel to fill the vacancies within the approved structure adopted by Council in February 2020.

EnergyConnect business and employment forum for Wentworth Shire area businesses

Regional business owners and workers are encouraged to attend a forum in Wentworth, NSW to learn more about opportunities being created by Transgrid’s major transmission project EnergyConnect, a 700 kilometre interconnector being built from the New South Wales/South Australian border to Wagga Wagga.

Executive Manager of Delivery Craig Stallan said “We encourage regional communities to get involved in the project, which will create up to 1500 jobs in NSW over the next two and a half years.

“Transgrid, through its construction partner SecureEnergy, is building one of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects and this will provide opportunities to a wide range of local suppliers and workers.”

Jobs will include construction, road transport, accommodation, cleaning services, catering, fencing, surveying and geotechnical services, labourers and trades, plant operators and construction engineers.

SecureEnergy is holding an information evening on the employment and business opportunities on Thursday, 2 December 2021 in Wentworth, NSW.

It will include some of SecureEnergy’s major subcontractors as well as representatives from SecureEnergy’s Human Resources Team.

David Whatmough, SecureEnergy Project Director said the forum will explain the different types of work packages available over the life of EnergyConnect.

“The work will be staged and so will the jobs over the duration of the project – which will provide a boost to regional economies even after the project is completed in late 2024. We want to build a legacy so that the skills training needed on our project remains in the regions for years to come.”

SecureEnergy is also collaborating with the NSW Government’s Business Connect and Industry Capability Network (ICN), NSW to help regional businesses become pre-qualified for work on the EnergyConnect Project.

Works packages are found on the Industry Capability Network (ICN) website at

The forum is 4:30pm- 7:30pm, Thursday 2 December at The Crown Hotel, Corner Sandwych Street and Darling St, Wentworth.

Suppliers can find more information by going to the SecureEnergy website and accessing the Supplier Information Guide:

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