New signage in Wentworth Shire reminds drivers to slow down this festive season

Drivers are being reminded Every K Counts when driving through Wentworth Shire towns this holiday season.

Local Illustrator and Graphic Designer Gary Davis has worked with Coomealla High School Arts students on a collaborative illustration for Council’s tourism signage at the entry to the Shire at Gol Gol, Curlwaa and Wentworth.

The new campaign to target speeding was developed locally by the Local Government Road Safety Program, jointly funded by Wentworth Shire Council and Transport for NSW.

Police are targeting speed during the campaign to enforce the message “Every K counts!” with double demerit point operations over the festive season.

Australia Day will also occur during the campaign period.

Council’s Asset Department have monitored speed in the areas using traffic counter tubes to measure the speed of traffic by vehicle type, time of day, day of week and direction of travel.

This monitoring will be conducted during the campaign as well to measure the impact of the project.  

An official event will be held with the student artists to celebrate their work early in first term 2022.

Driving too fast is the single biggest contributor to death and injury on NSW roads.

Speeding consistently contributes to around 41 per cent of road fatalities and 24 per cent of serious injuries each year.

This means almost 150 lives are lost and 1,270 people are seriously injured each year.

Over the five years from 2015 to 2019, 743 people were killed and 6,372 were seriously injured in speed-related crashes in NSW.

NSW Local Government Election declared

The New South Wales Electoral Commission has now declared the results of the Wentworth Shire Council elections.

The following candidates were declared elected on 21 December 2021:










Pleasingly voter turnout increased by 3.16% from 2016.

This election’s turnout was 79.09%, with 3,426 ballots counted from 4,332 total enrolments.

The new Wentworth Shire Council will officially be sworn in on Monday 10 January 2022 at the first meeting of the new year from 10:00am in the Wentworth Shire Council Chambers.

Community Strategic Plan Consultation – Curlwaa, Anabranch, Pooncarie and Pomona

Resources for Regions funding for Wentworth Shire projects

Wentworth Shire Council has been granted more than $2 million under the New South Wales Resources for Regions program to deliver infrastructure improvements and programs across the Shire.

Six projects received funding under the program, announced by Duty Member of the Legislative Council Wes Fang on Thursday.

This included:

300,000 to install a new toilet block and rising sewer line at the newly created Buronga Riverfront Nature Play area.

$374,000 to build an all-weather surface shared-way from the Buronga Wetlands to the newly created Buronga Riverfront Nature Play area.

$300,000 to seal a car park and road around the northern oval at the George Gordon Sporting Complex in Dareton.

$400,000 to upgrade 2 reserves comprising of a new retaining wall, upgraded stairs and paths at James King Park Gol Gol and commencement of pathway formalisation on Junction Island Wentworth.

$385,129 towards the construction of a purpose built 40 x 50m Men’s Shed.

$292,300 to install a new toilet and amenities block at the Pooncarie camping grounds.

“I am excited to see these projects in Wentworth and surrounds come to fruition as they will have a real benefit to locals as well as visitors,” Mr Fang said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said Resources for Regions has been highly successful with Rounds One through to Seven delivering 149 projects worth $345 million to communities since 2012.

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Plan your drive home this Festive Season

Motorists across the state are being urged not to drink and drive this festive season, as part of a Statewide campaign to raise awareness about planning ahead.

Transport for NSW Acting Director West Kristy Hartwig said patrons are being encouraged to share their Plan B for getting home safely after a night out, by entering the NSW Government’s annual ‘Win a Swag’ competition.

“It has been an especially difficult year for NSW after being locked down for much of it, and with the resumption of regional travel there are now plenty of reasons to celebrate,” Ms Hartwig said.

“However, staying safe on the road must remain front of mind and this means having a Plan B ready if you have too much to drink, so that you don’t get behind the wheel.

“We don’t want to see any crashes on country roads over the holiday period but especially not alcohol-related crashes, which are entirely preventable.”

All pubs, clubs and bottle-shops in the Wentworth Shire are participating in the Plan B campaign this year with 13 swags up for grabs.

Swags will be drawn late January so there’s plenty of time to get entries in.

Wentworth Shire Council Road Safety Officer Belinda Fitzgerald said it was a testament to the commitment to road safety that every venue was so willing to sign up to the campaign.

“Local bar staff are proudly wearing their Plan B shirts and reminding customers to plan a safe way home while they enjoy being merry over the holiday season,” she said.

“In addition, our local radio stations will be giving away cab charge cards throughout December to help listeners get home safely during the silly season.”

Ms Hartwig said drink driving is one of the biggest causes of death and injury on country roads across NSW.

“While country residents make up only one-third of the NSW population, two-thirds of all fatalities occur on country roads. This year 175 people have died on country roads, and at least 19 per cent of those fatalities were from crashes that involved an illegal level of alcohol,” she said.

“In the western region alone, in the five years to 2020 50 people were killed and 184 seriously injured in crashes where alcohol was a contributing factor.”

Patrons at more than 300 participating regional pubs, clubs and bottle shops across the state are being invited to enter a competition to nominate their Plan B for getting home. Each entry will go into the running to win one of hundreds of swags valued at over $250 each.

“This is all about being prepared and having your Plan B mapped out ahead of your night out,” Ms Hartwig said.

“If you’re planning on drinking on your night out, the best advice is always to avoid temptation and leave the car at home. No one wants to start 2022 without a licence.”

Drink driving is a serious offence. It is also an offence if you refuse to take a breath test.

Penalties can include loss of licence, fines, prison terms and a requirement to install an alcohol interlock device. If you are a repeat, high-risk drink driver, police will also have the power to take your number plates or vehicle on the spot. For more information visit

Wentworth Shire Civic Centre Redevelopment, Wentworth, Stage 1 Courtyard

Tender Reference PT2122/05

Closing Date: Tuesday 18 January 2022 12:00pm

Wentworth Shire Council is seeking Tenders from suitably qualified businesses to undertake construction works for Stage One of the Wentworth Shire Civic Centre Redevelopment being the Courtyard, located in Wentworth.

The works will include the construction of an outdoor riverfront gathering space.

Tender documentation is now available.

Interested parties should contact the Office of the General Manager on (03) 5027 5027 to request a copy of the tender documentation.