Fencing Grant Opportunity

Fencing grants now available for landholders

Landholders have a great opportunity to receive assistance to construct fencing on their properties through the recently announced Fencing Biosecure Production Zones and Pest Knockout Grant Program.

The program will support landholders to control total grazing pressure, improve their biosecurity and undertake pest animal and pest plant control activities.

Expressions of interest are now open for this program – please review the grant guidelines prior to submitting an online EOI form.

The guidelines and online EOI form can be found on the Local Land Services NSW website www.lls.nsw.gov.au/biosecure-zones

The Fencing Biosecure Production Zones and Pest Knockout Grant Program is being delivered by LLS through funding from the NSW Government.

Commonwealth Financial Disaster Support

Commonwealth financial disaster support has been extended to more areas of New South Wales following severe storms and flooding that continues to impact large areas of the state.

The one-off, non-means tested Australian Government Disaster Recovery Payment of $1000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child is now available to eligible residents in Wentworth.

The easiest way for eligible people to claim is online through myGov, which is available 24 hours a day. For information on eligibility and how to apply, visit the Services Australia website or view the video below.

Wentworth Shire Council Christmas & New Year Closure

Please be advised that the main Administration office, Midway Service Centre, Council libraries and the workshop will be closing at 5:00pm Friday 23 December 2022. Normal operating hours re-commence from Tuesday 3 January 2023.

COUNCIL LANDFILLS

Council landfills will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day. Wentworth Transfer Station is currently closed due to flood impacts. Please seek alternate waste facilities during this time.

DEPOT STORE

The depot store will be closed Monday 26 & Tuesday 27 December 2022 and Monday 2 January 2023.

VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE

The Visitor Information Centre will have varied opening times during this period.

OPEN

Saturday 24, Tuesday 27 & Saturday 31 December 2022

9:00am – 1:00pm

Wednesday 28, Thursday 29 & Friday 30 December 2022

9:00am – 4:00pm

Monday 2 January 2023

9:00am – 1:00pm

CLOSED

Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day

Normal services/operating hours re-commence from Saturday 17 December 2022.

EMERGENCIES

For all water, sewerage, waste/landfill, cemetery and animal services emergencies, please call (03) 5027 5027.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from the Wentworth Shire Council.

Special Disaster Grants for Primary Producers

Assistance is now being provided to declared local government areas in NSW through the jointly funded Commonwealth-State Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).

Primary producers recovering from the devastating impacts of floods are receiving vital support, with Category D Special Disaster Grants of up to $75,000 now available.

Flood affected primary producers are encouraged to apply for the grant to support recovery and get back operating as soon as possible.

Once approved, primary producers may be eligible for a $25,000 up-front payment, with a further $50,000 in financial assistance available thereafter upon submission of valid tax invoices.

Further details: https://www.raa.nsw.gov.au/disaster-assistance/storm-and-flood-programs/sdg-aug-sep-2022

Further information can also be found by contacting Graeme Witte on 0447 283 688 at the NSW Rural Financial Counselling Service.

Australia Day 2023 Ambassador announcement

Wentworth Shire Council will hold its Australia Day Citizenship and Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 25 January 2023 at the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club Auditorium in Dareton from 6:00pm. The event will consist of the Australia Day Awards presentation, Citizenship Ceremony and formal proceedings, followed by a light supper.

The Australia Day 2023 ambassador for the Wentworth Shire Council is Dr Clio Cresswell, faculty member of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at The University of Sydney. Dr Clio has research interests focused on the evolution of mathematical thought and the role of mathematics in society. The fascination is mathematics as the epitome of logic, problem solving and abstract thinking. She is the celebrated author of Mathematics and Sex; known for seeing the connecting themes across spectrums. Though the maths she gets called upon to explain most of all – and that includes every single news outlet in Australia – is… what are the odds of winning Lotto!

With English parents, her early childhood was on a Greek island and school was in the south of France where she studied Visual Art. Australia and mathematics were both joyfully discovered at eighteen, where she went on to win the University Medal and focused on Painlevé equations for her Ph.D. at The University of New South Wales. Today, Clio is a very proud Australia Day Ambassador.

Communicating mathematics has become integral to her work where Clio is now called on for comment by media worldwide, always highlighting the ubiquitous mathematical element to our lives. From The B Team with Peter Berner on Sky News Live, to Conan O’Brien on his late night show on TBS in the US, to being voted one of the 25 Most Beautiful People by Who Weekly. Admittedly, the latter was back in 2001 but still not bad for a fastidious mathematician!

Clio has delivered two TEDx presentations. One in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House, and one in Budapest.

This event is open for the general public to attend. Wentworth Shire Council will publicise all award winners at www.wentworth.nsw.gov.au following the awards ceremony.

Council extends their best wishes to all Australia Day Citizenship and Awards nominees for 2023.

Wentworth to Mildura Saturday bus service

From Saturday 17 December, customers in Wentworth will be able to travel to Mildura and back every Saturday.

The trial service aims to provide a new weekend connection to Mildura, to attend medical or health appointments, for shopping, sport and recreational activities and visiting family and friends.

Customers will have easier access to Mildura Base Hospital, Bunnings, the sporting precinct and shopping via a more direct route.

Following the trial, reviews will be undertaken to determine the future of the services.

Note: Public holidays are excluded

View the service timetable:

https://bit.ly/3V2YGMc

WENTWORTH WINEDOWN

💥 NEW LOCATION ANNOUNCEMENT!!! 💥

Due to the current flooding, Wentworth Winedown has been moved to a new location – a hidden gem within the Shire!

Enjoy a day in the garden – the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens Mildura-Wentworth. Located just outside of Buronga.

SATURDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2023

2PM – LATE

AUSTRALIAN INLAND BOTANIC GARDENS, BURONGA

Celebrating our regions great produce, food & wine with a backdrop of some of Australia’s best young artists.

Kick back & relax with –

▶️ MALLRAT

▶️ ALLDAY

▶️ ALICE IVY

▶️ LOOSE BRICKS

‘Make your own platter’ at the farmers markets stalls, delicious gourmet foods from local catering companies + food vans & pop-up cellar doors selling tasty local wines.

Although the event is no longer located at Wentworth, buses will still be running from Wentworth, Dareton, Buronga and Gol Gol to support our local businesses before and after the event.

Buses will also be running to and from Mildura for those living across the border. All bus tickets will be a small fee of $10 + booking fee for a return trip.

Head to www.experiencewentworth.com.au to purchase bus tickets and for more information.

Funded by the Reconnecting Regional NSW – Community Events Program.

FREE TO ATTEND // FOR ALL AGES

Flood Survey for Impacted Businesses

The NSW Government would like to know the financial impacts of the recent storms and floods on businesses in flood affected areas.

If your business has been impacted, please complete this short 5 minute survey. Your input will support ongoing disaster response and help get assistance to those who need it.

Access to Grain Corp wheat dump Yelta detour

Due the breach in the Yelta levee last night, Mildura Rural City Council have closed part of Meridian Road and have a detour in place for trucks delivering grain to the wheat dump. please see traffic management plan below for details.

Truck route via Paschendale Ave and Fifth St (click for full size image)

Early Office Closure – Friday 16 December 2022

Please be advised that all Council offices, depots, workshop, landfill sites, libraries and the visitor information centre will be closing at 3.00pm Friday 16 December 2022.

For all water, sewerage, waste/landfill, cemetery and animal services emergencies, please call (03) 5027 5027. Normal services/operating hours re-commence from Saturday 17 December 2022.