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.

Walgett Shire Council Newsletter

8 May 2017 9:00 AM -
Walgett Shire Council, 2017 Autumn Newsletter

Council House Auction

Council House Auction 15th July 2017

In Focus Now


Planning Proposal to amend the Walgett Local Environmental Plan 2013

Walgett Shire Council is publicly exhibiting a Planning Proposal to amend the Walgett Local Environmental Plan 2013 from Monday 12 June to Friday 14 July 2017.  A Local Environmental Plan is a legal document prepared by Council to regulate land use and development within the Shire.

 The objectives of the LEP amendment are to provide:

•             Sufficient land stock in Lightning Ridge to facilitate development.

•             A flood planning clause which reflects development standards applied to flood liable areas in the absence of a flood study.

•             Recognition in the LEP of relevant items with local heritage significance.

•             An extension to the airport of 100 metres.

•             Make manufactured homes permissible with consent in the RU1 Primary Production zone, R5 Large Lot Residential zone, and E4 Environmental Living zone.

•             An Additional Permitted Use – Information and Education facility (observatory) in the Lightning Ridge SP1 Special Activities (mining) zone.

Click here to view the Planning Proposal - Amendment - Planning Proposal for Local Environmental Plan 2013 - June 2017 

Hard copies of the Planning Proposal will also be available for public inspection at:

Walgett - Council Office at 77 Fox Street

Lightning Ridge - Library at 51 Pandora Street

Collarenebri - Council Agency office at Wilson Street

Carinda – Service station in Colin Street

Grawin, Glengarry Sheepyard - GGSMA office, Glengarry Opal Field

Council encourages all individuals and groups within the community to consider the Planning Proposal and make written submissions regarding any matters that they would like to raise with Council.  All submissions received prior to the close of business on Friday 14 July 2017 will be considered by Council.

Public information sessions will be held at:

•             The John Murray Room at the Lightning Ridge Bowling Club at 6:00pm on 26 June 2017.

•             Walgett Shire Chambers at 5:30pm on 27 June 2017.

Please contact Council's Town Planner, Matt Clarkson, on (02) 6828 1399 for more information.





Walgett Shire Council is publicly exhibiting the Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) 2017-2021 until the 26 June 2017.

Hard copies of the DIAP are available for public inspection at;

- Walgett – Council office Fox Street

- Walgett Library – Fox Street

- Lightning Ridge – Library at Pandora Street

- Lightning Ridge Visitor Information Centre – Morilla Street

- Collarenebri – Council office at Wilson Street

Draft Disability Inclusion Action Plan 2017-2021

Council encourages all individuals and groups within the community to consider the draft DIAP and make written submissions regarding any matters that they would like to raise with Council. All submissions received prior to the close of business on 26 June 2017 will be considered by Council.

Please contact Council’s Community Development Manager, George McCormick for more information on (02) 6828 1399 or gmccormick@walgett.nsw.gov.au

Notice to Collarenebri Residents - Boiled Water Alert Lifted

Aboriginal Reconciliation Action Plan review

Media Release 01/05/2017 - Aboriginal Reconciliation Action Plan review

Aboriginal Community Development and Reconciliation Plan 2007 - 2010


Public Notice - Community Forums


Public Notice - Lightning Ridge Boil Water Alert Lifted 5/5/2017

New! Council's Online Customer Action Request Portal

Pre-Development Application (DA) Submission Meetings


 As a new service to residents Council wishes to invite all those planning to submit a development application, whether in the early or late stages of preparation, to contact Council for a confidential pre-lodgement meeting with Council Planning & Building staff.

 The Pre-DA is a service for potential applicants to seek feedback on specific concept plans for specific sites. At the pre-DA advice meeting we will discuss the relevant planning policies against which your proposal will be assessed as well as comment on those aspects of a proposal which are non-compliant with Council’s controls.

A pre-lodgement meeting provides the prospective applicant with the opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from Council on the technical and merit aspects of a development proposal. This occurs following a preliminary assessment by staff of submitted plans and documents detailing the proposal. Although pre-lodgement meetings are not mandatory, this service is encouraged by Council because:

  •  It's the most appropriate and transparent means of dealing with enquires of a complex or site-specific nature, or where formal feedback is being sought on a specific development concept or proposed plan;
  •  The pre-DA advice meeting will be attended by Council staff who will be assessing the application;
  • It's an opportunity for Council to advise the applicant of strategic objectives for the development of the area;
  • It allows for any potential issues to be dealt with prior to the formal lodgement of a DA; and
  • It enables Council to provide relevant information to the applicant to assist in resolving any issues prior to lodging an application.

 Applicants may also chose to attend additional Pre-DA meetings as required. Conducting a pre-lodgement meeting may assist in reducing the assessment times of DAs. Where possible, during the pre-lodgement meeting, Council officers will suggest alternative and acceptable solutions for the applicant to consider, which could reduce project costs.

 A pre-lodgement meeting is for discussion and clarification purposes only and may not identify all possible issues. It is not, in any way, intended to pre-empt a final decision in relation to a development application. Where possible, we will endeavour to provide you with a level of certainty about your proposal, but we cannot give absolute commitment. Views of the community, Councillors and other government authorities are not able to be taken into account in the pre-DA consultation process.

 Please contact Council’s Administration Services Officer Lyn Douglas on 0268 286 144 to arrange an appointment with Council’s Planning & Building staff.