Wentworth Junction Junk Garage Sale

Easter Sunday, 17th April 2022, throughout Wentworth area

Clean out your cupboards and sheds, the Junction Junk Garage sale is on again this Easter.

To register a site contact the Wentworth Visitor Information Centre at 66 Darling Street, Wentworth, or telephone 03 5027 5080.

Site fees are $20.

On Easter Sunday pick up a map from 8:00am at Ruby’s Cargo, Corner Adams and Sandwych Streets, and find treasure throughout the township.

Planting trees for the Queen’s Jubilee

In 2022, community-based tree planting events will be held across Australia to mark the Jubilee (70 years of service) of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

The objective of the program is to mark the significant occasion of Her Majesty’s Jubilee through community tree planting events across Australia.

The program also intends to:

  • increase community awareness and celebration of Her Majesty’s Jubilee
  • create a legacy of tree plantings across the nation
  • increase and/or enhance the area of tree canopy.

Member for Farrer Sussan Ley would like to invite your organisation to apply for funding through the program. Grants can range for $2,500 to $20,000 GST exclusive.

Click the link for an Expression of Interest form for the Planting Trees for the Queen’s Jubilee Program , which you can complete and return to Sussan Ley’s office by Thursday, 31 March 2022.

Should you require further information or if you have any questions please contact Ms Ley’s office on 02 6021 3264 (Albury) or 02 6964 1212 (Griffith) or visit https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/planting-trees-for-the-queens-jubilee

Wentworth Shire transport services survey

Transport for NSW would like to hear from the Wentworth Shire community about public transport needs – how are the current services working and what future services would be nice to have?

The Transport team will be visiting the region on Tuesday 29 March at various locations listed below. Come along and have a chat and complete a survey.

9:00am – 10:30am Gol Gol Town Centre

10:30am – 12 noon Buronga Town Centre

1:00pm – 3:00pm Wentworth Town Centre

3:00pm – 5:00pm Dareton Town Centre

To complete a survey online visit https://yoursay.transport.nsw.gov.au/wentworth-transport-services

Wentworth Shire Youth Week Celebration

Junction Island re-opens

Picture: Mallee Media

One of Wentworth’s biggest tourism attractions, Junction Island, is again opened to the public.

A fire on the island in April 2021 forced its closure until it could be declared safe.

Following an arborist’s inspection, which identified several safety hazards preventing the early re-opening of the Island, and remedial works by Wentworth Shire Council’s Parks and Gardens team the popular Murray Darling Junction spot can now be accessed by locals and visitors.

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone said it was great to see Junction Island be accessible once again.

“Junction Island forms a large part of the identity of Wentworth, both the town and the wider Shire, and having it closed really robbed us of one of the jewels in our crown,” Cr Elstone said.

“I am glad to see it re-opened and I encourage locals and visitors alike to take a trek across and re-acquaint themselves with the Island and its surrounds.”

In further good news for Junction Island planning is well under way for the replacement of the existing bridge to the Island. The new bridge will also be able to accommodate light service vehicles which may be required on the island for minor maintenance.

NSW Wild Dog Fence Consultation

The next round of community consultation for the NSW Wild Dog Fence Extension project is being held the week of 21-25 March along the NSW and South Australian border, with anyone with an interest or question about the project encouraged to attend.

Open community sessions covering all aspects of the project have been organised for landholders, community members, fencing and employment contractors, and environmentalists, as well as targeted sessions for the Aboriginal community.

The targeted sessions for the Aboriginal community will focus on the assessments for cultural heritage and biodiversity, as well as employment opportunities, while each session will include a presentation on the project.

The project team is keen to get a broad range of feedback and everyone, regardless of their viewpoint, is encouraged to attend a session, ask any questions they have, and provide formal feedback to be considered and responded to.

All feedback, ideas, suggestions and concerns that are raised during the sessions will be considered and help inform the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The EIS is currently in development and will address biodiversity, construction methodology, soil and sediment, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage, flora and fauna and sustainability.

Once the EIS is drafted, it will be lodged with the NSW Department of Planning and Environment, where it will be put on public exhibition for further feedback.

For COVID-19 and catering purposes, please register your interest to attend a session to Project Officer, Jean Holley on (02) 5852 1215 or email wilddogfence@scs.nsw.gov.au.

If you’re unable to attend a session in person, you can organise an online session with the project team, or provide feedback and ask questions via (02) 5852 1215 or wilddogfence@scs.nsw.gov.au.

The extension of the 583 km NSW Border Wild Dog Fence by around 750km will be a game-changer for livestock producers and community members in Western NSW, offering employment and procurement opportunities for local businesses.

Prior to construction commencing, the project is undergoing an extensive assessments, approvals and community consultation process, providing relevant experts and local landholders and stakeholders an opportunity to have input into the project.

The economic impact of wild dogs is estimated to exceed $100 million every year across Australia, with around $22 million of this attributed to NSW.

Information and feedback sessions for landholders and all other interested parties
• Monday 21 March, 2-4pm — Tennis Club, Wentworth
• Wednesday 23 March, 9-11am — Community Hall, Anabranch
• Wednesday 23 March,10:30am-12:30pm — Community Hall, Pooncarie
• Wednesday 23 March, 2-4 pm — Coombah Station, Scotia
• Thursday 24 March, 1:30-3:30pm — Thyme on Argent, Broken Hill
• Friday 25 March, 9-11am — Roadhouse, Packsaddle

Information and feedback sessions for Aboriginal community groups and individuals
• Monday 21 March, 9:30-11:30am — Coomealla Club, Dareton
• Tuesday 22 March, 9-11am — Wompinni Station, Rufus
• Tuesday 22 March, 2-4pm — Calperum Station, Cooltong, South Australia
• Thursday 24 March, 9:30-11:30am — Thyme on Argent, Broken Hill

Community Outreach Events – Wentworth, Mungo, Pooncarie

The National Recovery and Resilience Ageny works hand-in-hand with communities, all levels of government, charities and agricultural organisations to support farmers and rural and regional Australians living through the immediate and longer-term effects of drought, flood, bushfires and other disasters.

Its aim is to ensure people and communities are given the support they need to be better prepared now and into the future.

The Agency is conducting community outreach events throughout affected districts in regional Australia to bring together community members and share with them important information about available government support and how to access it.

Under this Australian Government initiative, agencies (in partnership with state government agencies and non-government organisations) will travel to affected communities, to assist farming households.

Events are held in town halls or similar style venues, where community members can come and go over a period of time and chat to stakeholders and other community members.

Sessions will be held at Wentworth, Pooncarie and Mungo in April, see attached flyers.