Becoming a candidate for the 2024 Local Government elections

Becoming a candidate for the 2024 Local Government elections

Every four years, the community has the opportunity to vote for the Councillors who will represent them and make decisions on their behalf. The next local government elections will be held on Saturday 14 September 2024.

Want to run for Council?

Are you passionate about the future of Wentworth Shire?
Do you want to be a part of Council decisions and help grow our region?

If so, now is your chance to make a difference.

Join our Candidate Briefing Sessions:

  • Tuesday 4 June, 7pm in Council Chambers, Wentworth
  • Wednesday 5 June, 7pm at Midway Service Centre, Buronga

Role of a Councillor

As a Councillor, you will:

  • Advocate for community needs and priorities
  • Make decisions on local policies, services, and projects
  • Collaborate with fellow Councillors to develop and implement plans that foster growth and sustainability
  • Engage with residents to understand their concerns and aspirations

These sessions will provide essential information about the roles and responsibilities of being a Councillor, helping you decide if running for Council is right for you. It’s a unique opportunity to contribute to the community and be part of a team that shapes the future of Wentworth Shire. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a positive impact on our community.

For more information on becoming a Councillor, visit the NSW Electoral Commission website at

Experience the Magic of Outdoor Movie Night – Barbie (PG) at Alcheringa Oval, Gol Gol

Get ready for an unforgettable cinematic experience as NSW Youth Week 2024 brings you Outdoor Movie Night – featuring the beloved Barbie movie! Join us on Friday 12 April from 5:30pm onwards for a delightful evening under the stars.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere with food vans offering delicious treats, EnviroEDU, live music, and even FREE fairy floss! Remember to bring along your own chair, bean bag, or picnic blanket for the ultimate comfort.

Please note that this event is NOT alcohol or pet friendly.

Organised and marketed by the creative minds of Coomealla High School in partnership with Wentworth Shire Council, this event promises to be a highlight of NSW Youth Week 2024.

Gather your friends and family for a magical night of entertainment and community spirit. See you there!

#OutdoorMovieNight #NSWYouthWeek

Australia Day 2024 in Wentworth Shire

B.L.A.S.T School Holiday Program

B.L.A.S.T School Holiday Program (Monday 22 January – Thursday 25 January 2024)

Students in Grades 2-7 can enjoy some great activities including games, craft, singing, snacks and an engaging Bible story.

Wentworth Public School Hall from 9am-12noon daily. $8 per person for 4 days of activities.

For further information and to register, visit

Wentworth Shire celebrates new Australian Citizens

Senior’s Morning Tea

The Australian Inland Botanic Gardens in coordination with Wentworth Shire Libraries, hosted a Senior’s Morning Tea on Tuesday 28 February 2023. Organiser of the day Mackenzie Seddon, Acting Team Leader Libraries, was thrilled to see over 60 seniors in attendance.

The morning tea begun with speeches by Deputy Mayor of Wentworth Shire Council, Cr Daniel Linklater and 2023 Citizen of the Year Gwen Wilkinson.

Deputy Mayor of Wentworth Shire Council, Cr Daniel Linklater said during his speech “Our community consists of 28% of people aged 60 and over, making us a Shire with a wealth of knowledge, life experience and embedded cultures handed down for future generations.” He also spoke of fond experiences throughout his life with the older generations.

Following the speeches, an assortment of sandwiches and sweets were served to attendees for morning tea by the AIBG Catering Team.

After the morning tea, the attendees were priveliged to a Tractor/Train tour of the gardens from experienced driver Vic Eddy, who has run the tour for over 8 years.

Wentworth Winedown

The picturesque Australian Inland Botanic Gardens hosted Wentworth Winedown on Saturday 25 February with raving reviews. Free attendance at the Wentworth Winedown was only made possible through the Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program funded by the NSW Government.

The aim of this program was to promote the social and economic recovery of regional communities, by renewing social connections and providing a revenue-boost to local businesses, following the extended COVID-19 restrictions across regional NSW and impacts of border closures.

Wentworth Winedown provided great live entertainment from some of Australia’s top performers along with local food and wine vendors serving up a variety of gourmet options.

Local food and drink vendors served up a storm to over 3,000 attendees and included a range of options from Monak Wines, Trentham Estate, Fossey’s Gin Distillery, Cappa Stone Wines, SCAD’s Cruisin Café, The Van, El Gringo’s Mexican Street Food, Peter’s Souvlakis, Outback Almonds, Verdict Catering, Two Black Sheep, Enjoy Catering, Grazing Into Brunch and the Lions Club of Buronga Gol Gol & Friends of the Gardens Committee.

Over 5 hours of live performances from Australian artists included Alice Ivy, Allday, Mallrat and the Mildura formed Loose Bricks (now performing on multiple interstate tours). In a Q&A with the artists, they were excited to be playing a regional concert for music fans and to connect the community in one venue. A member of Loose Bricks said “Rural communities often have to travel long distances to get to see live music which is expensive and often time consuming, so events that are local provide accessible experiences for the people in those communities.”

Wentworth Shire Council would appreciate attendee feedback on the event to assist with the planning of future events of this kind. If you would like to have your say, see the feedback form below or visit

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Wentworth Shire Council has welcomed three new citizens to Australia and announced the Australia Day Award winners at their Ceremony held at the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club in Dareton on 25 January 2023.

The Australia Day 2023 Awards had very worthy nominees, each of whom have made outstanding contributions to the community through volunteering, sports, culture and the environment. Nominees for the Citizen of the Year award included Ross Hall, Clair Bates, Gwen Wilkinson and Jan White.

The Wentworth Shire Council 2023 Citizen of the year is Gwen Wilkinson. Gwen is a Life Member of the Gol Gol Rural Fire Service, a wildlife carer for almost 35 years with Sunraysia Wildlife Carers Group and an extremely active member at the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens since 2012.

Other award winners on the night included Daniel Hawkins, Young Citizen of the Year, Bec Marshall Sportsperson of the Year, Kalesita Burton Young Sportsperson of the Year.

Mayor Tim Elstone also conferred citizenship on Miss Anna Kuus, Mrs Brooke Mobilio and Ms Ludivina Macalla.

Mayor of Wentworth Shire, Cr Tim Elstone said “On behalf of the Wentworth Shire community, I warmly welcome our new citizens to the Wentworth Shire and to Australia. I also congratulate the 2023 award winners and of course, all of the deserving nominees. I would also like to acknowledge those who took the time to submit such worthy nominations. In addition, I would like to thank our Australia Day Ambassador, Dr. Clio Cresswell and Senator Perin Davey for being part of our celebrations. It was a pleasure to have them attend.

2023 Australia Day Award Winners – – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone, Senator Perin Davey & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
2023 Citizen of the Year Nominees – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Sportsperson of the Year – Rebecca (Bec) Marshal – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Young Citizen of the Year – Daniel Hawkins – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Young Sportsperson of the Year – Kalesita Burton – – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Citizen of the Year Nominee – Jan White – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell
Senator Perin Davey & Cr Daniel Linklater Deputy Mayor for Wentworth Shire Council
Citizen of the Year – Ross Hall – pictured with Mayor of Wentworth Shire Cr Tim Elstone & Australia Day Ambassador Dr Clio Cresswell

Wentworth Shire to welcome new citizens

Three Wentworth Shire residents will become its newest citizens during a special citizenship ceremony at Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club in Dareton this Australia Day Eve, Wednesday 25 January 2023 from 6:00pm.

Wentworth Shire Mayor, Cr Tim Elstone said: “Our new will join thousands of other Australians who are celebrating their citizenship. They will contribute their skills and cultural diversity to our local community, and enrich it through their hard work and participation in public life.”

Mayor Elstone will preside over the ceremony, which will also include the Australia Day Awards Ceremony and a Welcome to Country by Arthur Kirby from Barkindji Maraura Elders Environment Team (BMEET).

Other events to celebrate Australia Day on Thursday 26 January 2023 will include:

Breakfast in the Australian Inland Botanic Gardens

A breakfast cooked by the Buronga Gol Gol Lions Club in the picturesque Australian Inland Botanic Gardens commencing from 8:00am.

Pooncarie – Breakfast in Pioneers Memorial Park

The Pooncarie and District Development Association will hold a breakfast in Pioneers Memorial Park, Pooncarie commencing from 8:00am.

Dareton Community Brunch in the Park

The Dareton Coomealla Namatjira Community Action Group will hold a brunch in Tapio Park, Dareton commencing from 10:00am.

“I encourage everyone to not only enjoy Australia Day festivities, but to take time and reflect on what it means to be an Australian citizen. Think about how you can become more involved with your local community, to help make it a better place every day,” said Mayor Elstone.

For more information about Australia Day activities in Wentworth Shire, visit the Experience Wentworth website at:

For more information about Australian citizenship (including eligibility criteria and application process) and our shared values, visit