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.

In Focus Now



Walgett Shire Council are undertaking the development of an Active Travel Plan in order to understand the current and future needs of the community in regards to walking and cycling. The Plan will focus on residents, school children, older persons, mobility and vision impaired and tourists.

Council are undertaking the project in conjunction with ROSS Planning, who are inviting residents of Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Collarenebri to come and discuss the project and their walking and cycling needs at the following times and locations:


·         Monday 27th March, 4.30pm – 5.30pm               Outside Walgett IGA, 36 Fox Street

·         Tuesday 28th March, 12.00 - 1.00PM                      Outside Lightning Ridge IGA, 33 Opal Street

·         Tuesday 28th March, 4.30pm-5.30Pm                  Outside Khan’s Foodtown, Wilson Street Collarenebri


In addition to the above community drop-ins, an online survey is available on Council’s website for residents    https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Active_Transport_Plan    to fill in until April 14th 2017
For further information on the project, or if you would like a paper copy of the survey to fill in and return, please phone Council’s Director Engineering/Technical Services on 6828 6100




Proposed Walgett Solar Farm

Development Application and Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Walgett Solar Farm will be on public exhibition from 8 March 2017 until 6 April 2017.

 Link to the Walgett Solar Farm project is: http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=8095


Public Notice - Lightning Ridge Water Supply 20/04/2017

Reduce Mosquito Risk - Information for people who live in or travelling to flood affected areas

New! Council's Online Customer Action Request Portal

Walgett Shire Council Newsletter

24 Oct 2016 9:00 AM -
Walgett Shire Council, 2016/2017 Summer Newsletter

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.

Walgett Artesian Bore Baths

The Artesian Bore Baths at Walgett are closed indefinitely - sorry for any inconvenience. As at April 2017