Welcome To The Walgett Shire Council

As a major highway junction for touring routes, Walgett Shire plays host to a number of unique experiences. 

Walgett Shire proudly offers all the ingredients for a great outback holiday; scenery, relaxation, recreation and revitalisation. It has an abundance of wildlife and flora on display, not to mention the spectacular sunrises and brilliant sunsets to open and close your day. During the year Walgett Shire conducts annual events that you can enjoy and participate in, making your holiday a very memorable and fulfilling experience.
Walgett Shire invites you to come and experience genuine country hospitality and guarantees that you will take home a unique and memorable holiday experience.

WSC Special Rate Variation Proposal

An alternative suggestion to road funding put forward by local farmers during last year’s budget discussions is the basis of a fresh approach being taken by Walgett Shire.

The suggestion made was that Council should use loan funds while interest rates are relatively low to undertake a major upgrade programme and then use income from a rate rise to pay off the loan.

As a result, Walgett Shire Council is currently seeking community input and feedback with regards a proposal to lodge an application with IPART for a Special Rating Variation of 10.9% to upgrade the Shire local road network to make the transportation of goods and services to and from rural properties easier and also enable children to lose less time away from school.

Council is distributing a special householder through local mailing outlets to alert local residents of the proposal. It has also prepared a detailed briefing paper which is available for all ratepayers/residents from Council’s Walgett Administrative Office as well as at other locations throughout the Shire. The briefing paper is also available via the link below.

Current rating levels are insufficient to achieve any real reduction in the backlog of road maintenance works and Council believes the combination of a Special Rating Variation, coupled with loan and grant funds as a smart approach as it leverages a relatively small amount of funding to maximise the amount of resealing works that can be delivered and make an immediate reduction in the back log of works.

Council is currently seeking submissions which close on 8 February, 2018 ahead of lodging a submission with IPART on 12 February, 2018. Ratepayers/residents are invited to attend a number of community forums being held across the shire. Details of the times and dates of the forums are available below -

Cumborah - 29/01/2018 - 10am - Cumborah Hall
Walgett - 29/01/2018 - 4pm - Walgett Council Chambers
Rowena - 30/01/2018 - 2pm - Rowena Public Hall
Collarenebri - 30/01/2018 - 5pm - Collarenebri Town Hall
Lightning Ridge - 31/01/2018 - 4pm - Lightning Ridge District Bowling Club
Burren Junction - 01/02/2018 - 1pm - Burren Junction School of Arts Hall
Come By Chance - 01/02/2018 - 4pm - Come By Chance School of Arts Hall
Carinda - 02/02/2018 - 4pm - Carinda Public Hall

Links to documents 

In Focus Now







“Launch of Community Consultation - Walgett Waste Strategy - Review of Current Practices”

Please click here to download the document : Walgett-Shire-Council-Review-of-Current-Practices.pdf


  Walgett Shire Newsletter Winter Spring 2017



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