New citizens welcomed at Wentworth Shire

Vinicius Leao, Ranie Medaglia, Ratana Ponham and Maeva Lopez are congratulated on their Australian Citizenship by Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone

Four Wentworth Shire residents were conferred as our newest Australian citizens at Council’s chambers on 17 August.

Ratana Ponham (Thailand), Ranie Medaglia (Philippines), Maeva Lopez (Spain) and Vinicius Leao (Brazil) were granted their Citizenships at the ceremony held before the August Ordinary Council Meeting.

To mark the special occasion the four were gifted a Native Australian plant and a commemorative citizenship coin by Wentworth Shire Council.

“It is a great honour to welcome Ratana, Ranie, Maeva and Vinicius as citizens of this great nation,” Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone said.

“We wish them well for their futures here in Australia and the Wentworth Shire.”

Wentworth Shire partners with Humm Events

A major concert will be held at the Wentworth Showgrounds in March 2023.

Wentworth Shire Council will utilise the services of the company that delivered events such as the Beyond The Valley Music Festival, the 2020 Fire Fight Benefit Concert held at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and the Sydney Harbour Bridge 90th Anniversary for a major concert in the region next year.

Humm Events were awarded the tender at Council’s June Ordinary Meeting, with the event planned for March 2023 at the Wentworth Showgrounds.

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Tim Elstone said the exciting news would play a major part in revitalising the community after the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This concert promises to be spectacular and a real boost for our Wentworth Shire community,” he said.

“To have a company such as Humm Events with their record and reputation putting on a show I am sure it will be well received by local residents and the visitors it will draw in alike.”

The event will be funded under the NSW Government’s Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program, with Wentworth Shire securing more than $300,000 for this and other events.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the Reconnecting Regional NSW Community Events Program would support the state’s events and hospitality sectors while bolstering economic recovery.

“The past two years have been difficult, with many unpredictable events including floods, drought, bushfires and the

COVID-19 pandemic, but we know NSW residents will come out the other side stronger and more resilient,” he said.

“People have been disconnected from family and friends but now they’re getting out and about again – we want to see communities thriving and businesses benefiting from more local activities, events and opportunities in the regions.”

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.

Council Connects July 2022

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.”

Candidates declared for Wentworth Shire Council Election countback


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.

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