Applications close Friday 20 November 2020

Who Inspires You?

Wentworth Shire Council’s Australia Day Awards celebrate the achievements and contributions of individuals and community organisations or groups in our region.

We want to recognise the outstanding service of residents who have made a valuable contribution to our community.

There are five award categories

Citizen of the Year

Young Citizen of the Year

Sportsperson of the Year

Young Sportsperson of the Year

Environmental Award (individual or groups)

2021 winners will be announced at our annual Australia Day Ceremonies, pending Covid-19 restrictions. Further details will be advised when known.

Australia Day 2021 Award Nomination Form

Australia Day 2021 Award Selection Criteria


Wentworth Shire is experiencing considerable economic growth with the latest statistics released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) confirming the trend.

“Wentworth Shire continues to buck the trends experienced across the rest of NSW in terms of building approvals,” said Ken Ross, General Manager.  “When you compare the value of the building approvals granted in the 2018/19 financial year with the 2019/20 financial year, you can see that Wentworth Shire experienced an increase of 65.8% in the value of building approvals.”

“This compares to the NSW average of an 8% decrease” he said.

This coupled with a total increase of output from industry of over $56M (5.6%) highlight the fact that Wentworth Shire is a sought-after destination for people to invest in. 

With a thriving region, supported by a robust economic base, distinctive open spaces and strong local governance and leadership, Wentworth Shire is a desirable Shire to visit, live, work and invest.


Wentworth Shire Council are excited to collaborate with Sunraysia Daily in celebration of their 100 years Centenary. It is a unique opportunity to reflect on the past, whilst keeping our eyes firmly fixed on the future. We have a united community, with a pioneering spirit that enables us to meet challenges head on.

Wentworth is located at the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers and is our region’s oldest settlement, named after William Charles Wentworth on the 21 June 1859.

Proclaimed a municipality on 23 January 1879 and becoming a Shire on 1 January 1957, Wentworth Shire covers an area of 2,616.926 hectares and includes the towns of Wentworth, Buronga, Gol Gol, Dareton, Curlwaa and Pooncarie.

Throughout the prosperous river trade days, Wentworth Shire suffered extremes in fortune and despair. Floods, droughts, rabbit plagues, to name a few have tested our community. Nonetheless, we have continued to thrive and grow at a rapid pace.

Wentworth Shire is a very different region to what it was 100 years go, and we have seen many changes and overcome many challenges.

As  your  Mayor,  I  invite  you  to  join  us  on  this  journey  of  self-reflection  and discovery.

Cr Melisa Hederics Mayor

Wentworth Shire


Over $8,000.00 has been allocated during the August round of Council’s 2020/21 Donations, Contributions and Grants Program. The Successful applicants were:


  • Rotary Club of Wentworth Inc
  • Pomona Public School
  • Alcheringa Saints Basketball Club Inc
  • Fort Courage & OzFish Unlimited
  • Murray House Wentworth Aged Care
  • Wentworth Makers Inc
  • Wentworth Bowling Club Inc

The program was established to assist community groups through donations, rate reductions and exemptions, fee waivers, cash sponsorships, and in-kind support.


Dareton Primary Health COVID-19 screening and testing drive through clinics will be operating from the following:

Midway Centre, Midway Drive, Buronga

Monday to Friday

 10am – 2pm

Wentworth District Hospital, Wentworth

Monday to Friday

10am – 2pm

Screening for COVID-19 is available to all the community.  The clinics are drive-through , and we urge everyone attending to be patient, to drive slowly and to obey directions.

For all enquiries, contact Dareton Primary Health Centre on 5021 7200


You may experience delays when crossing the border checkpoints at the George Chaffey Bridge and the Abbotsford Bridge.

There are some things that we can do all to streamline our crossings through border checkpoints at this time.


With the NSW Government declaring borders closed as of midnight Tuesday 7 July, Wentworth Shire Council were quick to rise to the logistical challenge of preparing border closure checkpoints with very little notice.

In the first twelve (12) hours since the closure announcement, two (2) command centres were erected on the George Chaffey Bridge at the designated checkpoint. With the border checkpoint operating 24 hours – 7 days per week until further notice, it was necessary to prioritise command facilities. The command centre includes offices, kitchens, toilet facilities and a catering tent with full catering provided throughout all shifts 24/7.

Mayor of Wentworth, Cr Melisa Hederics spoke of the great community spirit displayed this week. “Our own staff immediately rose to the challenge, but we could not have done this without the support of the community and local suppliers.” She said. “It has been an amazing collaborative effort in bringing all this together “said the Mayor.

The Abbotsford Bridge re-opened for NSW traffic on Thursday 9 July, with another full border checkpoint and command centre currently being constructed.  At 6am on Monday 13 July 2020 the Bridge will become another State Border checking station for traffic on both sides of the border.

“The whole week has been an exercise in adapting to a rapidly changing climate, and I would like to thank everyone from staff to the NSW authorities, and of course, to our community who are taking this new challenge in their stride “ said the Mayor.

Apply for a Border Crossing Permit

  • NSW residents do not need a permit to enter Victoria, however permits are required if there is a need to enter and return from NSW to go about daily life (ie work, medical, childcare etc)
  • If you live within a 50 kilometre radius of the border, you can now apply for a border entry permit but please be aware that high levels of demand are being experienced with Service NSW.
  • Presently, you can still demonstrate your eligibility to cross the border to police by carrying relevant documentation based on your exemption category.
  • We ask our residents to plan ahead for possible delays and to adhere to all traffic directions.


Wentworth Shire prepares for border closure as deadline looms

With NSW borders closing from 11.59pm Tuesday 7 July 2020, Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Melisa Hederics has called for community patience during unprecedented times.

Cr Hederics together with Ken Ross, General Manager met today with NSW Police and other relevant authorities to manage the logistical requirements presented by the border closure.

“We have entered new territory with very little notice, and our staff are working around the clock to ensure as smooth a transition as possible,” she said.

The NSW Government is finalizing a permit system that will enable people to apply for an exemption to cross the NSW-Victorian border.

We eagerly await the release of the latest Public Health Order to clarify the situation relating to this.

Motorists entering NSW from Mildura can expect to encounter vehicle checkpoints in place on the New South Wales side of the Murray River.

Cr Hederics also advised that the Abbotsford Bridge will be closed to all traffic in line with 11.59pm deadline. Emergency vehicles will have access across both bridges at all times.

The Mayor has asked for calmness, consideration and patience. ‘We know that the next few days will be challenging,” she said.  “The NSW Government has warned the first 72 hours of border closures will be disruptive for local residents.”

Motorists are asked to obey all traffic directions, adhere to the 25 km speed limit and prepare to stop when required by authorities. 

“I know that our community will take this in their stride and we will adapt” she said.

For more information on border closures, restrictions and permit applications head to: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/what-you-can-and-cant-do-under-rules/border-restrictions