National Tree Day

One hundred new trees were planted on the Silver City Highway near the Wentworth Aerodrome as part of this year’s National Tree Day celebrations on Thursday.

While National Tree Day is traditionally the last Sunday in July, and Schools Tree Day the last Friday in July, Pomona and Wentworth public schools got an early start this year.

The day was coordinated by Western Landcare NSW Local Landcare Coordinator – Wentworth Vanessa Anderson with the assistance of Wentworth Shire Council’s Parks and Gardens team.

“I think the day went extremely well, the weather was perfect and the children were really engaged,” Mrs Anderson said.

“They really did enjoy it, being outside, getting their hands dirty which is what it was all about.” 

The planting was also attended by Wentworth Shire Councillor Brian Beaumont and Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer Lynda Watson.

Mrs Anderson said she planned to make the tree planting an annual event, involving other schools in the district and other parts of the Shire.

Declaration of Councillor Election count back result

The New South Wales Electoral Commission has announced Jane MacAllister as the successful candidate in the count back to fill the vacancy created following Councillor Greg Evans’ resignation in June.

Cr MacAllister previously served on Council between 2016-2021.

“On behalf of my fellow Councillors and staff we look forward to working with Jane to continue representing our community and delivering positive outcomes for the residents of Wentworth Shire,” Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone said.

Willow Bend Caravan Park update

Underground asset services are ready to be undertaken at the Willow Bend Caravan Park site in readiness for the much-anticipated project to move forward.

Following internal Council resources completing the earthwork for the park’s foundation a local contractor in Wall Constructions has been engaged to help progress the major infrastructure upgrade.

In conjunction with contractors, internal council resources will construct retaining walls and install concrete RV pads and footpaths throughout as well as road infrastructure.

Works are scheduled to commence in August to be completed in early 2023 in preparation for the Caravan Park to be operational at Easter that year.

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone said the prospect of a completed Willow Bend Caravan Park was exciting for the entire Shire.

“Having an accommodation site of that size reopened and able to catch the many visitors who pass through is going to help boost the economy of our entire Shire,” he said.

“I look forward to the local contractors being able to deliver a spectacular Caravan Park in conjunction with Council’s Works teams that will continue to be a focal point for our tourism industry.”

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Wentworth Long Day Care Centre update

Members of Wentworth Preschool and Long Day Care Committees and educators Tegan Douglas, Annabelle & Camilla Walsh, Holli Mumford, Thel O’Shea, Breeon Cole, Annita Hawkins and Mandy Bone with Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone after inspecting the progress of the Wentworth Long Day Care Centre.

Construction works are continuing at the site of the Wentworth Long Day Care Centre and Preschool in Murray Street, Wentworth.

The project is a major revamp of the existing Preschool which will further expand its services to meet the community’s needs, accommodating a new entrance and foyer, office, two daycare rooms, staff room and amenities.

Windows and plasterboard have been installed, with the brickwork nearing completion in preparation for rendering.
“To see the building finally coming together is a realisation of a significant amount of hard work across the local community,” Wentworth Preschool staff and the Wentworth Preschool and Long Day Care committees said in a joint statement.

“From those early committee members lobbying to get the idea for the centre going to the period now of transitioning to operations the combined effort of all involved has been significant. The benefit the centre will have not only for the younger children and their parents of Wentworth and District, but also the added structural support for the great team already operating the preschool is incredibly exciting”

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone toured the facility last week to inspect the progress and was looking forward to its expected impact on the local community.

“When this centre is completed it will provide great benefit to parents who have had to take their children out of town for care while they work,” Mayor Elstone said.

The extension of the existing Wentworth Preschool site is anticipated to be finished in September and is being conducted by CPM Building Contractors, with funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund, the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund, Wentworth and District Bendigo Bank and major contributions from the Wentworth Shire Council, David and Liz Dawes, Bob Jolley and the Wentworth community.

The Preschool’s Facebook page has up to date information or please contact the Preschool on 5027 3067 for all Enrolment Expressions of Interests or by email to

Come along to the Wentworth Winter Art Festival

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone encourages all to come along to the Wentworth Winter Art Fest on Sunday 31 July.

The festival will run from 10:00am until 3:00pm and see Darling Street transformed into a hive of activity for the occasion, with kids art classes, fantastic demonstrations, market stalls, food vans and live entertainment.

“Wentworth has a terrific local arts scene and it will be great to showcase that to the public,” Mayor Elstone said.

“After missing out on a lot of events in the past two years this is the chance to get out and enjoy a day with friends and family.”

Please note Darling Street, Wentworth, will be closed between Sandwych Street and Adelaide Street for the Wentworth Winter Art Fest on Sunday 31 July. The closure will be between 9:00am-3:30pm, with detours in place.

SecureEnergy Milestone – First camp and laydown underway

SecureEnergy has hit the ground running commencing one of the first milestones of the EnergyConnect Project with the construction of the first camp and laydown area in Buronga, NSW.

The camp and laydown area is nearly 30 hectares in size and when complete in early November will house up to 400 employees.

The site is currently being prepared to house 200 modules, with office space for 70 desks and a laydown yard that will hold site deliveries, general yard operations, a main office and a range of heavy vehicles.

The main office compound and camp buildings are already starting to roll in, with camp provider APC commencing deliveries from South Australia. 

This camp is one of six camps and seven laydown areas that will accommodate over 1,450 staff for the 700km build.

Local communities from the SA border to Buronga can expect to see construction activities ramp up as SecureEnergy gets on with building Project EnergyConnect – Australia’s largest transmission line.

New Wentworth Health Service site announced

The NSW Government has announced the existing Wentworth Hospital site will be transformed as part of the $30 million Wentworth Health Service redevelopment to enhance health services and facilities for residents of the state’s south-western region.

Minster for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said in addition to announcing the preferred location overlooking the Darling River, the redevelopment’s master plan has been unveiled today.

“The Wentworth community is one step closer to gaining its new health service that will ensure we can deliver better health services for the Wentworth community now and into the future,” Mrs Taylor said.’

“This location, at the existing hospital site, will provide all inpatient bedrooms with a direct view of the beautiful Darling River, offering a therapeutic environment for patients as they receive treatment and care, as well as their families.

“This location is significant to our local Aboriginal community, allowing connection to Country, while also supporting the wellbeing of all patients, staff and visitors to the health service.”

The preferred location was confirmed following a comprehensive review of more than 10 potential sites by Health Infrastructure and the Far West Local Health District, and in consultation with hospital staff, local council and the community.

Duty MLC for Murray Wes Fang said a range of criteria was considered in determining the hospital site including zoning, size, and location.

“The current hospital is located on a large site that will enable a completely new facility to be constructed, while ensuring the existing hospital remains operational as works are completed,” Mr Fang said.

“The site also offers opportunities for future expansion and options to retain the existing staff accommodation buildings, as well as on-site parking for patients, visitors and staff.

“Positioned on the Silver City Highway, it will provide key access for residents in Curlwaa, Dareton, Coomealla and beyond and also reduce the need for patients to travel to Victoria to access health services.”

The community of Wentworth are being invited to share their feedback and ask questions at a series of stakeholder and community information sessions with the project team.

All community are invited to attend the information sessions as follows:

Thursday 21 July 2022
4:00pm – 5:30pm

Friday 22 July 2022
9:00am – 10:30am

Location: Memorial Room, Wentworth Visitors Information Centre, Darling Street, Wentworth.

The NSW government committed $30 million to redevelop the Wentworth Health Service in June 2021. The full range of services to be delivered as part of the Wentworth Health Service redevelopment will be identified as part of the community consultation process.

The construction schedule will be determined after further planning is undertaken.

The Wentworth Health Service redevelopment is part of the NSW Government’s record $11.9 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to 2025-26, with nearly a third of the capital allocation in this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities.

Since 2011, the NSW Government has delivered more than 180 hospitals and health facilities across NSW, with more than 130 currently underway – of those, more than 90 are in rural and regional areas.

Notice to mobile food vendors for Wentworth Show

Mobile food vendors registered with the Wentworth Show Society for the 2022 Wentworth Show on August 27-28 are also required to apply to Wentworth Shire Council to be permitted to operate at the event.

These applications are to be submitted to Council no later than 2 weeks before the event.

This will allow Council time to process applications and issue the relevant permits.

Please note that any applications received after this date may not be processed or accepted by Council.