Privacy Awareness Week 2024

Privacy Awareness Week is a global campaign that involves both public sector agencies and citizens and aims to improve understanding and awareness of NSW privacy legislation, and to raise awareness of a person’s privacy rights and agency obligations.

Privacy Awareness Week NSW takes place from 6 – 12 May 2024 and this year’s theme is Privacy and technology: Improving transparency, accountability, and security.

Council is a proud Champion of Privacy Awareness Week NSW 2024 and is committed to protecting the privacy of NSW citizens.

In NSW, your privacy is protected by the:

  • Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) which outlines how NSW public sector agencies, including government agencies, local councils and universities, manage and protect personal information
  • Health Records Information Privacy Act 2002 (HRIP Act) which promotes fair and responsible handling of health information. The HRIP Act applies to an organisation in NSW that is a health service provider or that collects, holds or uses health information. This includes both public and private sector organisations.

This Privacy Awareness Week, consider the following recommendations to improve your privacy:

  • Maintain settings: Ensure your information is shared with your permission and oversight.
  • Protect yourself: Avoid using unsecured wi-fi networks for secure transactions, like banking or online shopping.
  • Be aware: The Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act) and the Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2022 (HRIP Act) should be your source of truth in NSW regarding your privacy rights.
  • Keep protected: There are many ways to protect yourself online, including using a secure password or passphrase, adjusting your privacy settings, and keeping your devices secure.
  • Stay proactive: Check for signs that your personal information has been compromised and if you notice something is wrong you can lodge an application for an internal review with the relevant agency or report it to the NSW Privacy Commissioner.

As a citizen of NSW, you have a right to have your personal information protected. If you are concerned about the breach of your privacy by Council, you can request us to conduct an internal privacy review. Learn more here Privacy Information

The Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) can also help you understand privacy laws in NSW and give you information on how to protect your personal information and assert your rights. Learn more by visiting the Privacy Awareness Week webpage

ANZAC Day Services & Council Closure

ANZAC Day services will be held in Curlwaa, Dareton, Pooncarie and Wentworth on Thursday, 25 April.


9:00am – ANZAC Service, Curlwaa Memorial Hall.


11:00am – ANZAC Service, Tapio Park Cenotaph


10:45am – ANZAC March – Pooncarie Hotel to Pooncarie Cenotaph (assemble at 10:30am in front of the Pooncarie Hotel)

11:00am – ANZAC Service, Pooncarie Cenotaph


6:00am – Dawn Service, Wentworth Cenotaph

10:45am – ANZAC March – Adelaide Street to Wentworth Cenotaph

11:00am – ANZAC Service, Wentworth Cenotaph

6:00pm – Going down of the sun service – Wentworth Military Collection Museum

Please note:

All Wentworth Shire Council services including customer service centres, the Buronga animal shelter, Council depot, workshop, stores, libraries, waste facilities and the Wentworth Visitor Information Centre will be CLOSED for ANZAC Day on Thursday 25 April 2024.

Water quality and blue green algae – drinking water is safe

The Murray and Darling Rivers are experiencing high levels of blue green algae. Water NSW has advised that the Darling River is at Red Alert and the Murray River is at Amber Alert.

Red Alert means that untreated water may be toxic and is unsuitable for consumption if it is not treated.

The Wentworth Shire Council website provides updated information of blue green algae, based on the information issued by Water NSW.

Wentworth Shire Council would like to confirm that the drinking (filtered) water for Pooncarie, Wentworth, Dareton, Buronga and Gol Gol townships are all suitable for consumption. The Pooncarie township drinking water is currently being sourced from groundwater and not the Darling River.

Please be aware that the raw (unfiltered) water supplies are not treated and should not be consumed.

For further information, please contact the Roads and Engineering Department on (03) 5027 5027 or Water NSW on 1800 999 457.

Iluka Lends a Hand – Community Funding Program

The Iluka Lends a Hand community funding program is open twice a year – in April and October.

Not-for-profits and organisations with community events, activities or projects are encouraged to apply.

For further information, view the factsheet below or visit:

Upgraded Boat Sewage Pumpout Station Operational

The Wentworth Effluent Disposal Station has been upgraded by Wentworth Shire Council and is now operational in readiness for the busy Easter period. The Station was co-funded by NSW Boating Now.

The Station is controlled via a Smart Fill unit and will require a $1.00 “tap and go” charge to activate the pump for each boat sewage pumpout. This charge is applicable for the initial trial period only.

Council thanks the Wentworth boating community for their patience during this important upgrade.

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

Flood Experience Survey

Were you affected by flooding between August 2022 and March 2023? Natural Hazards Research Australia currently has an online survey looking for the Wentworth Shire community to share their flood experiences. Submissions also have the chance to win one of ten $150 Woolworths vouchers. 

Every story is important as there were a wide range of flood impacts. Not everyone who was affected will have had water in their home or business. You may have chosen to spend the night away due to flood concerns, or perhaps your access roads were cut off by floodwaters and you were isolated for a period of time – all of these experiences are relevant.   

Be part of improving preparedness and response for floods and reduce future flood risk. 

This independent research is conducted by Natural Hazards Research Australia with RMIT, Macquarie University, Monash University and will aid in improving community safety and resilience in future floods. 

Find out more and complete the survey at 

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day to all women across the Wentworth Shire, Australia and the world.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

IWD has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people. Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. IWD is not country, group or organization specific.

#IWD2024 #InspireInclusion

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Changes to waterways in Wentworth Shire