Wentworth Shire recognises volunteers for National Volunteers Week

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Susan Nichols has praised the work of volunteers in the community.

National Volunteers Week runs from 17-23 May and is Australia’s largest annual celebration of volunteers.

With many volunteer organisations contributing so much to the Wentworth Shire community in a range of fields it is a pertinent time to recognise the sterling work these people put in.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of any community, not just in the Wentworth Shire but all around Australia,” Cr Nichols said.

“Without these people, our communities would not function.

“They provide much needed services which especially in the country makes their contribution to the fabric of our towns so vital.”

The theme for National Volunteers Week 2021 is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine. which acknowledges it is time to:

• RECOGNISE, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital role they play in our lives.

• RECONNECT to what is important by giving our time to help others and ourselves.

• REIMAGINE how we better support volunteers and communities they help.


Enrol To Vote – Non-Residential Rolls

There are two non-resident rolls:

•          the roll of non-resident owners of rateable land, and

•          the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees

The non-residential rolls provide people who are not-resident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the Council area an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to Council.

If you are an owner, rate-paying lessee or occupier of rateable land, you or a nominee may be entitled to be enrolled on the roll of non-residential owners of rateable land or the roll of occupiers and rate-paying lessees for this election.

The claim must be completed and lodged with the General Manager of Wentworth Shire Council by 6pm Monday 26 July 2021.

After each Council election the non-residential roll lapses therefore if you made a claim for non-residential enrolment for a previous election and you wish to claim enrolment for this election you must re-apply.

Details of the eligibility criteria and enrolment claim forms may be obtained from the Wentworth Shire Council, Phone (03) 5027 5027 or at the below links:


Individuals who would like to work at the September local government elections can now submit an application through the ‘expression of interest’ section of the NSW Electoral Commission website at https://eoi.elections.nsw.gov.au/EOI/?EEID=LG2101.

Applicants can work on the day (Saturday 4th September 2021) in a polling place, or for longer periods in a returning office or in one of our pre-poll voting centres.

For more information, visit https://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/lge21.

Wentworth Civic Centre redevelopment concept plans

Concept plans for the redevelopment of the Wentworth Civic Centre are now on public exhibition.

Submissions can be made in writing to Wentworth Shire Council or via email at council@wentworth.nsw.gov.au until 4 June 2021

Click on the below gallery to view concept plans of the redevelopment.

Wentworth Shire Council supports Wear it Orange Wednesday

Wentworth Shire Council will light up the PS Ruby in orange on the night of Wednesday 19 May in support of the State Emergency Service’s Wear it Orange Wednesday.

Wear it Orange Wednesday, or WoW Day, helps the SES celebrate its volunteers.

While the service’s primary focus is to protect local communities from storms and floods its volunteers also make invaluable contributions by supporting other emergency service agencies in road crash rescues, vertical rescues and even as first responders.

Wentworth Shire Council Mayor Susan Nichols said Council was pleased to support all the Shire’s volunteers across all fields and services.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of country communities and it is great to acknowledge them wherever possible,” Cr Nichols said.

“I thank the SES for their tireless work in our communities and wish them all the best in their service.”

The lighting up of the PS Ruby for WoW day follows the Ruby being lit in yellow on Sunday 16 May for National Road Safety Week and then green and blue on Monday and Tuesday for the Murray Darling Association National Conference.

Community display at Murray Darling Association Conference

The community is invited to check out a wonderful array of local and presenter exhibits and discovery booths at the Wentworth Civic Centre as part of the 77th Murray Darling Association National Conference and Annual General Meeting.

There will be exhibitions from the likes of the Wentworth Makers and Riverboat Rod’s Model Paddle Steamer Display on Tuesday 18 May and Wednesday 19 May for the community to visit.

Delegates for the conference will arrive on Sunday May 16, embarking on a study tour to the Menindee Lakes and Pooncarie on Monday 17 May before the conference on Tuesday 18 May and Wednesday 19 May.

To celebrate the conference the PS Ruby will be lit up in green and blue, the colours of the Murray Darling Association.

Domestic hard rubbish kerbside collection

Wentworth Shire Council would like to give their residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted household items such as old furniture, electrical appliances, BBQ’s, beds, mattresses, mowers, hot water services, scrap metal and other hard waste items not exceeding the total volume of 2x2x1 cubic meters per address. 

The collection will take place on the same day as the normal waste collection.  Located below is a Collection Schedule of what days apply to your town for normal waste collection and the day your domestic hard rubbish collection will be picked up.

This is a domestic hard rubbish collection only!   No commercial hard rubbish will be collected.

Collection Officers work in pairs. 
If the item is too heavy to be safely lifted by two people to shoulder height, it will not be accepted. 
Please ensure your hard rubbish is out for collection prior to 5:00am on collection day and no earlier than 48 hours prior to collection. 
You do not need to be home on collection day but please ensure that clear access is available to your nature strip and avoid parking cars next to the domestic hard rubbish.

Download the attached file for collection details and schedule.

Algae alerts remain for Murray River

Blue-green algae red alerts remain in place along the lower Murray River at the following locations: Euston weir, Mt Dispersion, Red Cliffs/Colignan, Buronga, Merbein, Curlwaa, Wentworth and Fort Courage.

The latest results from Water NSW and Lower Murray Water indicate there’s been a modest reduction in cell growth over the past 10 days where Dolichospermum and Chrysosporum spp. dominate the algal assemblage.

Blooms comprising predominantly Nostocales (e.g. D. plantonicum) tend to occur in mid-Autumn, and in some systems can be followed by Microcystis blooms.

A successional shift to densities of colony forming species, such as Microcystis is unlikely at this point.

The cyanobacteria population in the lower Murray River contains <5% species from the Orders, Chroococcales (Microcystis) or Oscillatoriales, and water temperatures are within the low risk range (<16 DegC).

The Red Alert previously issued for the Neimur River has been lifted.

Prescribed burning at Tarawi Nature Reserve

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service staff will be continuing prescribed burning from this afternoon (Wednesday 5 May) until Friday 7 May at Tarawi Nature Reserve, Scotia NSW.

Smoke may be visible at times.

Dareton street lighting upgrade

Wentworth Shire Council will be upgrading the street lighting in the commercial area of Tapio Street, Dareton, from Monday 3 May 2021.

The works are expected to take approximately four weeks weather permitting.

Some interruption to through traffic, parking and pedestrian access may occur, with Council undertaking Traffic Control around the site.

Council apologises for any inconvenience that may occur during to these necessary works.

Should you require further information regarding any matter noted in this correspondence, please contact Locky (Roy) Harvey, Wentworth Shire Council Senior Technical Officer in the Roads and Engineering Department on telephone: (03) 5027 5027.