New Residents: Welcome to Walgett Shire


6100 people call the Walgett Region home and our community will always welcome new residents.

If you are considering moving to Walgett, Lightning Ridge, Collarenebri, Burren Junction or any of our towns and villages please contact the Walgett Visitor Information Centre and they will provide you with all the information that you need. Please contact or 02 6828 6139

If you have recently moved to the region please contact Walgett Shire Council to collect your New Residents pack. The New Residents pack includes the New Residents Guide which has information on: employment; housing, education; community groups; health services; sport and recreation; events and more. You will also be invited to our annual Welcome Events  for new residents. It is an ideal way to meet other community members and learn what the region has to offer.

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Welcome to Walgett New Residents Event 2021

Welcome to Walgett: New Residents Event.
Another successful night for our second annual new resident event.
Guests received a warm welcome from CWA President Terri Holcombe and a New Residents’ Kit upon arrival and were able to enjoy food and drinks in a relaxed atmosphere, thanks to the very talented Walgett Branch of the CWA.
We are very grateful to the CWA for providing the lovely location, and all of their hard work; planning, cooking and serving it is wonderful to have their continued support.
An added bonus of the evening was the presence of local groups and organisations such as Walgett Quilters Group, Walgett Community Markets, Walgett Show, Walgett Aboriginal Medical Service Blend & Co and more.
Newcomers were able to connect with these bodies according to their level of interest. It was beneficial for everyone to have that networking opportunity.
General Manager Walgett Shire Council Michael Urquhart got the task of drawing the winners of our lucky draw prizes. Winners were lucky enough to receive gift bags from local businesses; Blend & Co, Stones Throw, Walgett Newsagency, Walgett Library and Walgett Visitor Information Centre.
It was wonderful to meet new staff from Walgett Ambulance, Ochre Health, Walgett Shire Council and Walgett Community College.
If you are new to town and couldn’t get to the event but would like a New Residents Pack please contact the Walgett Visitor Information Centre on 0268286139 or email

Lightning Ridge New Residents Event 2021

What a fantastic way to welcome all our new residents to Lightning Ridge.
An absolutely wonderful turnout of “new” and “old,” sharing of information, stories and lots of laughs.
We welcomed teachers, nurses, hairdressers and more and they were all excited to become part of our community!
Thanks to Lightning Ridge Rotary for organising such a wonderful evening.