Council's Weekly Column 29th May 2023

Published on 20 April 2023



On 21st of June 2018 Walgett Shire Council were involved in a road maintenance project under a contract with Transport for NSW (TfNSW), where a worker employed by the Council suffered fatal injuries, consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle/motor plant.

As a result of this catastrophic event Walgett Shire Council has made a commitment to long-term significant improvements on how we manage work health and safety on all future road works programs. Our vision is to provide safe work sites for the community, employees and the transport industry.

The Council have engaged Greg Wear, a long-time provider of traffic control for Local Government in regional NSW to design and present changes to how traffic guidance systems on our road networks can be improved.

TfNSW are hosting a series of regional safety summits and have invited Walgett Shire Council to present their story across NSW. A number of employees will also be attending the seminar to learn and refresh their skills and understanding of best working practices when it comes to road safety.

For further information please call Dave Callander on 6828 6100 or email


The JIMMY LITTLE MUSIC AND ARTS FESTIVAL is taking place on the June Long Weekend (10th and 11th) at the Lightning Ridge Sports Oval.

With some of Australia’s best talents performing including Kasey Chambers, James Blundell, Buzz Bidstrup (The Angels) and Mark Cal-laghan with renowned comedian Anthony Lamond as your master of ceremonies, this is an event not to be missed!

There will be street stalls, a sideshow ally AND local talent quest to keep you and your family entertained over two days!

Best of all, admission to the festival is completely FREE!

Please direct all enquiries to our events team on (02) 6828 6100 or email




Wandering Dogs

Council undertakes patrols for wandering and nuisance dogs within the Shire. Any dogs found on the street, or trespassing on other people’s land, may be seized by Council staff.

The Companion Animals Act 1998 states the owner of a dog must take all reasonable precautions to prevent the dog from escaping the property on which it is being kept. Fines can be imposed on dogs seized and the dog must be microchipped and registered before it can be released from the pound.

Council encourages residents to microchip and register their cats and dogs so animals can be returned promptly. It is also important to keep their address and phone details up to date with Council.

For more information contact the Council Administration Office on     02 6828 6100 or email 


Walgett Shire Council meetings will be held at the Council Chambers, 77 Fox Street, Walgett at 9:00am on the following dates:

  September 26th 
 June 27th   October 24th
 July 25th  November 28th
 August 29th   December 19th


These meetings will be open for the public to attend. Members of the public wishing to address the Public Forum are requested to contact Council to register at least one business day prior to the meeting and may only address listed agenda items.

Council’s business agendas and minutes are published on the website at

For further information or to register your interest please contact the Council on (02) 68286100, email or visit in the office in person Monday to Friday 9am - 4.30pm.


What's On in the Walgett Shire 

Walgett Shire Council wishes to advise the following events taking place in our Shire over the coming months: 




26th May

Syntropic Farming


The Hungry Spirit, Lightning Ridge


28th May

Open Mic Night

The Hungry Spirit,

Lightning Ridge

3rd June

Open Bowl Triples

Lightning Ridge

3rd June

CWA - 37th Annual Wool Day

Lightning Ridge

10th June

Dharriwaa Walaay Cultural Camp

Narran Lake

10th June

Jimmy Little Memorial Music & Arts Festival

Lightning Ridge

11th June

Rowena Cracker Night


 17th June   Walgett Races Walgett Showground



For further information regarding these events or to have your event listed on our website and social media platforms please contact Alana Douglas on (02) 6828 6100 or email You can also find information on our new website

If you have an event, activity or community news you would love to share with our growing list of 900+ subscribers, send an email to with the event details including any   promotional materials or flyers.

*Council reserves the right to exclude any items as they see fit. Any inclusion of materials is not a direct endorsement by Council.


Enquiries to Council's Administrative Centre

77 Fox Street PO Box 31 Walgett 2832 Phone: 6828 6100 Email: Web:


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