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





EOI – 17/01

Council is seeking Expressions of Interest from suitability qualified consultants to develop a concept plan for the construction of a new Tourist Information Centre in Lightning Ridge NSW.

It is envisaged that the proposed centre would include provision for the following functions;
Public Information area
Office environment to accommodate staff  and volunteers
Public toilets which can be accessed internally and externally
Conference area (approx. 50 people)
Sealed carpark to accommodate cars, caravans and tourist buses
Preferred location for the proposed centre
Council agency facility to provide all Council functions
The concept should include plans of the proposed facility and a preliminary cost estimate.
Interested parties should provide details of their experience and qualifications in projects of this sort in writing to the undersigned by 31 March 2017.
For Further information please contact Council’s General Manager Mr Don Ramsland during office hours on 02 6828 6116.
D. Ramsland                                                                P.O Box 31
General Manager                                                         Walgett
                                                                                    NSW 2832       



Expression of Interest for Membership - Burren Junction Hall Committee

Expression of Interest for Membership of the Burren Junction Hall Committee - a Section 355 Committee of Walgett Shire Council. Please return completed Expression of Interest to Walgett Shire Council by 4pm, Friday 7th April 2017.

Expression of Interest for Membership - Burren Junction Hall Committee

Burren Junction Hall Committee - Terms of Reference



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


CAWS Desexing Program February 2017

Would you like to desex your dog or cat?

A low cost desexing program for the pets of Pensioners and low income earners

Being run in Walgett from 6 February 2017

Contact North West Vets Walgett: 6828 3370



Planning Proposal to amend the Walgett Local Environmental Plan 2013

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 23 January to Friday 10 March 2017.  A Local Environmental Plan is a legal document prepared by Council to regulate land use and development within the Shire.  

 The Planning Proposal can be accessed via Council’s web site at www.walgett.nsw.gov.au

 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 St.

·         COLLARENEBRI - Council office at Wilson St.

·         CARINDA – Service station in Colin St.

·         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 10 March 2017 will be considered by Council.

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

Planning Proposal to amend the Walgett Local Environmental Plan 2013

Walgett CBD Upgrade Program – Shopfront Mesh Removal

 In order to facilitate improvements to the appearance of the Central Business District in Walgett, Council set aside $160,000 in the 2014 -2015 budget. To date, funds have been allocated to garden works, decorative lighting, new bins, and several shop front upgrades. Early in 2017, these works will be complimented by a state of the art $150,000 closed circuit television system and mobile camera trailer, generously paid for under the NSW Community Safety Program.

For a number of years, Council has been receiving feedback from the travelling public that the Walgett township appears barricaded and uninviting, mainly due to the thick mesh on several shopfronts. In order to encourage the owners of these businesses to remove the mesh, it is proposed to use the remainder of the CBD Upgrade budget to fully fund their removal  and replacement with ‘Crim-Safe’ mesh. Owners will be invited to participate in the program on a priority basis, continuing until the funds are spent.

Council encourages all  interested parties to lodge a submission regarding the proposed funding.  All written submissions from the general public and relevant property owners received  by 14 March 2017 will be considered before Council determines whether to proceed with the funding program, or amend the proposal.

 Please contact Council’s Town Planner, Matt Clarkson, on 6828 1399 for further information on the program, or the Walgett CBD Upgrade

PUBLIC NOTICE - Walgett Water Supply 9/12/2016

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 until further notice - sorry for any inconvenience. As at March 2017