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Planet Ark’s Schools Tree Day – 28 July 2023

Location: Wentworth Ski Reserve

Local students from Pomona and Wentworth Public Schools were encouraged to get out of the classroom and into nature for Planet Ark’s National Tree Day organised by Vanessa Anderson, Regional Landcare Coordinator – Schools (Wentworth based) for Western Landcare NSW.

Students planted 140 native trees and shrubs on Friday 28 July 2023, with a student from Pomona Public School saying “We are planting trees to create oxygen for the environment and want to make things beautiful again.”

The 140 native plants, consisting of Kangaroo Paw, Grevilleas, native grasses, bushes and ground covers were sourced from the growAbility Nursery in Mildura. Councillor Brian Beaumont for Wentworth Shire Council was also in attendance, getting his hands dirty to plant some trees in the flood impacted Wentworth Ski Reserve.

Vanessa Anderson said she is proud to be part of the community, engaging with children in schools and teaching about the importance of the connection with the environment.

She encourages the community to volunteer some time for the National Tree Day Planting on Sunday 6 August from 10:00am – 2:00pm, Cnr Silver City Highway & Pomona Road, Wentworth. Lunch available at the Pomona Hall, supported by Pomona Public School P&C. Bring along your hat, water bottle, gardening gloves and make your effort count!

Since 1996, over 26,000,000 trees have been planted with more than 3,000 preschools, kindergartens, primary and high school students participating nationwide on Schools Tree Day.

To learn more, visit

Council Connects – July 2023

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Pooncarie Road (Wentworth Shire) $9.2 million all weather access upgrade

Wentworth Shire Council has recommenced road works on Pooncarie Road (Wentworth Shire) after 8 months of delays due to widespread flooding.

The $9.2 million project is jointly funded on a 50:50 basis with the Australian Government and NSW Government under the Growing Local Economies Fund with Office of Regional Development.

Planned improvements include over 26km of new seal, allowing road users to access the road in all weather conditions and removing over 600km of road detours when the road is impacted by wet weather-related road closures.

Works are expected to be completed by Christmas 2023.

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Work Experience at Wentworth Shire Council

For the past week, Wentworth Shire Council has hosted Year 12 student Lachlan (aged 18) from Mildura Senior College. With a strong interest in Engineering, the team has shown Lachlan the day to day tasks as an Engineer.

Following the week of experience, Council asked Lachlan the following;

  1. What have you enjoyed during your time with Wentworth Shire Council?
    At the Wentworth Shire Council I have enjoyed being able to spend my week with the Engineering team and have them answer all of my various questions. It has truly been an invaluable experience and has taught me a lot about Civil Engineering as a career and working in a Government setting.
  2. Would Engineering be a career that you would like to pursue?
    After my week here it has solidified my personal thought that I would definitely like to pursue a possible career in the Engineering field.
  3. Is there anything else that you would have liked to experience during your time at Council?
    Nothing that I don’t think wasn’t slightly touched on.

Interested in Work Experience with Wentworth Shire Council?

Contact Glen Norris, Manager Human Resources for further information on (03) 5027 5027.

$50,000 Small Business Grant for flood affected business owners – applications extended to 15 December 2023

Business owners affected by the September 2022 floods will have more time to apply for a $50,000 Small Business Grant, with the NSW Government extending the deadline for both applications and claims to 15 December 2023.

For further information on the extension, visit the Service NSW website.

Aboriginal Community Information – Legal Aid NSW

The Family Law Service for Aboriginal Communities (FamAC) and the Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities (CLSAC) at Legal Aid NSW are returning to Dareton & Wentworth between Tuesday 4 July and Friday 7 July.

Get free legal help with:

Family Law Service for Aboriginal Communities

  • Seeing your kids
  • Problems with the Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) (Formerly DOCS or FACS)
  • Getting your kids back
  • Domestic and family violence
  • Caring for kids within the family
  • Child support
  • Getting a divorce
  • Sorting out property after separation
  • Problems with school attendance

Civil Law Service for Aboriginal Communities

  • Money worries (fines, bills and debts)
  • Paying for funeral insurance
  • Centrelink
  • Housing
  • Discrimination
  • Renting or buying household goods
  • Stolen Generations Reparations
  • Identification
  • Other everyday legal issues.

These clinics are drop-in, clients do not need to make an appointment (but can do so if they would prefer).

P: (02) 9407 2941 (FamAC) or (02) 9219 5057 (CLSAC)

Tuesday 4 July 2023

9.00am-3.00pm at the Memorial Rooms, Wentworth Visitor Information Centre – Darling St, Wentworth

Wednesday 5 July 2023

2.00pm-5.00pm at Dareton Local Aboriginal Land Council – Merinee Rd, Coomealla

Thursday 6 July 2023

9.00am-11.30am at Dareton Youth & Community Centre – Tapio St, Dareton

11.30am-4.00pm at Coomealla Aboriginal Health Corporation – Sturt Pl, Dareton

Friday 7 July 2022

9.00am-12.00pm at Buronga HealthOne – 3 Pitman Ave, Buronga

‘Saluting the Service of Wentworth’s People’ – Book Launch

The Book Launch of ‘Saluting the Service of Wentworth’s People’ has been a roaring success with a large attendance in the Wentworth Shire Library.

Speaking on behalf of the Wentworth Historical Society, Tony Bruce-Mullins spoke of the lengthy journey of two and a half years to the launch of the publication today (Wednesday 28 June).

David McMillan, Secretary of the Wentworth and District RSL, officially launched the book with guests enjoying an assortment of sandwiches and sweets afterwards, supplied by Clarkes Newsagency.

The book, encouraged by the late Rosemary Bruce-Mullins, records and acknowledges the service and lives of military personnel from the Wentworth NSW region. The book covers the service of personnel for all relevant conflicts from the Boer War through to Vietnam and currently serving personnel. Made possible by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs ‘Saluting Their Service Commemorative Grants Program’ and the extensive efforts of Wentworth Historical Society, the book will be a truly valuable resource to researchers and military historians for years to come.

Hard cover books are available to purchase for $50 or can be posted Australia wide for $25. An eBook will also available for $30. Contact the Wentworth Shire Library on (03) 5027 5060 for further information.

L-R: Elaine Grace, Peggy McKenzie, Tony Bruce-Mullins, Dianne Boyd (front), Sherry Lewis, Jenny McLeod and Wilma Follett of the Wentworth Historical Society.
‘Saluting the Service of Wentworth’s People’ hard cover books are available to purchase for $50 or can be posted Australia wide for $25. An eBook will also available for $30. Contact the Wentworth Shire Library on (03) 5027 5060 for further information.
Tony Bruce-Mullins speaking on behalf of the Wentworth Historical Society
‘Saluting the Service of Wentworth’s People’ hard cover books are available to purchase for $50 or can be posted Australia wide for $25. An eBook will also available for $30. Contact the Wentworth Shire Library on (03) 5027 5060 for further information.
David McMillan, Secretary of the Wentworth and District RSL officially launched the book.