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.

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Walgett Shire Council wishes to advise residents that over the Christmas and New Year period the residential garbage collection will operate as normal without any change in collection days/times.


Both the Walgett & Lightning Ridge landfills will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day, otherwise the Landfills will be open as usual.


Council’s Contractor will have metal skip bins placed at the front gates for anyone wishing to dispose of rubbish on these three days.


Council apologises for any inconvenience caused to residents/ratepayers during this period.   

Don Ramsland

General Manager





Walgett Shire Council has lodged a Development Application, DA2017/033, from Jennifer Brammall to construct a Field Study Centre located on Lot 2, Section 40, DP 758612, 31 Potch Street, Lightning Ridge.


The facility will provide short term dormitory style accommodation for school and tertiary student groups and others visiting the area on excursions.  The development will include teaching/dining/recreation areas, a self-serve kitchen, BBQ facilities, laundry, storage and supporting facilities situated around a courtyard.  It will also include a caretaker’s cottage to accommodate an on-site caretaker.


The Development Application, Statement of Environmental Effects and plans will be on public display at Walgett Shire Council’s Administration Office, 77 Fox Street, Walgett Lightning Ridge Public Library and the Collarenebri Agency, . The documents may be viewed Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00am until 4.30pm from 29 November 2017 to 15 December 2017.


All written submissions on the proposed developments will be considered by Walgett Shire Council if received prior to 5.00pm on Friday, 15 December, 2017. If a written submission is made that objects to the development, then the grounds of objection should be specified within the submission. Council will not consider any submissions confidential.


If you have any further inquiries regarding these applications please contact Bob Harris, Acting Director Environmental Services on (02) 6828 1399.


Walgett Shire Newsletter Winter Spring 2017



Walgett Shire Council is now calling for Nominations for the 2018 Australia Day Awards. This is an opportunity to recognise someone you know for all their hard work and who makes a significant contribution to the Walgett Shire community.

Mayor Ian Woodcock said “the awards are a great way to recognise the efforts of people and organisations from across the community who contribute to making our shire a wonderful place to live, work and play. We are fortunate to have so many people in the Shire who find the time to go above and beyond to enrich the lives of others. If this sounds like someone you know then I’d strongly encourage you to nominate them in the relevant category so they can be considered for an Australia Day award”.

“While there can only be one winner in each category, it's a wonderful experience for the nominees to be acknowledged and thanked by Council on behalf of the wider community for their efforts."

The award categories are:

·         Citizen of the Year (aged 26yrs or over)

·         Young Citizen (Under 25 years)

·         Sports Achievement of the Year

·         Community Event of the Year

The awards will be announced at the Australia Day Celebrations on Friday 26 January 2018 at the Walgett Sporting Club and everyone is welcome.

Nomination forms for the 2018 Australia Day Awards are available from the Shire Office or from Council’s website and must be submitted to Council.

Nomination Form

For further information please contact Council’s administration on 02 6828 1399. 



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