Latest news and announcements

For latest news on services, roads, tours and events, please call Tourism Association president, Bill Elliott on mob. 0429 915467, or enquire via our contact form.

See also "Wilcannia News newspaper" for newspaper contact details (e.g. "letters to the editor")

June long weekend Driver Reviver

Driver Reviver will be operating on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the rest stop near Burke Park, Barrier Highway, Wilcannia from 10.00am to 4.00pm

The Australian Yarn Package: Experience Bourke

Be welcomed with a smile and G’Day as the story begins of the people who lived before you...

Embrace the raw beauty of the ancient river red gums along the banks of the Darling River when you jump aboard a river cruise on the PV Jandra Paddleboat, just 2 hours drive north of the Gundabooka National Park.

Departing daily at 9am and 3pm from Kidman’s Camp, be taken on a journey back through time reliving memories of life on the river when river trade was king.

The world-class Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre share the stories of how both white settler and traditional Aboriginal occupiers impacted the development of the town in a series of interactive story-telling installations.

But it’s the Outback Stockman’s Show that brings Bourke to life with its unique sense of Australian humour, and performances of man and his animals from a bygone era.

Wilcannia/White Cliffs RFDS

WILCANNIA Phone 08 8083 8777 RFDS DOCTOR W’day 10th: Dr. Michael McKeough Friday 12th: Dr. Michael McKeough Monday 15th: Dr. Paul Ryan and Dr. Kylie Vuong W’day 17th: Dr. Michael McKeough Friday 19th: Dr. Paul Ryan and Dr. Kylie Vuong Monday 22nd: Dr. Michael McKeough Wednesday 24th: Dr. Rebecca Jacobs Friday 25th: Dr. John Wenham Monday 29th: Dr.

Passing through town

Michelle Johnston and  Matthew Pulloz were travelling from Brisbane to Darwin, which is probably going the long way round, and stopped in at the Driver Reviver stop here on Monday 1st April for a coffee.

Public Consultation for Rural Road Names

Central Darling Shire Council (CDSC) has been requested to review the name of Reola Road.

This request has come from various property owners who were not aware of the original naming submission. Investigation into this submission has failed to locate all the required documents. As a result of this Council has agreed to publish a new document for public discussion. The document is available at the following locations to allow for the general public to make comment:

Australia Day Awards

Puddin Bugmy and Jordan Martin were the joint winners in the Young Australian of the Year Award for Wilcannia. Citizen of the year was Chris Elliott and the Event of the Year was the NAIDOC Ball.

Australian Day celebrations were smaller this year in Wilcannia, with around 50 people attending the family fun afternoon at the swimming pool.

Instead of the traditional gum boot throwing, swimming races were held for the children. Prizes, some of which were donated by former shire employee Joy Walker who sent down a large collection of small prizes. The most popular were the pencil cases in football team colours.

The gate prize of 3 small electrical items was won by Rashaun Harris-Wilson. The prize was courtesy of Central Darling Shire Council Australia Day grant and Patrick Cunningham at the Liberty Roadhouse. 

Organisers would like to thank Jim   , new principal for St. Thereses, Sandra Bradley, new Central School Principal and her husband “JB” for their help on the day. It is inspiring to see new comers to our town step up and contribute to community activities.

February Hospital Clinics


Phone 08 8083 8777


Wednesday 30th: Dr. John Wenham

Friday 1st: TBA

Monday 4th: Dr. Ron Sperman

Wednesday 6th: Dr. Rebecca Jacobs

Friday 8th: Dr. Malcolm Moore

Monday 11th: Dr. Rebecca Jacobs

Wednesday 13th: Dr John Russell

Friday 15th: Dr. John Russell

Monday 18th: Dr. john Russell

Wednesday 20th: Dr. Ron Sperman

Friday 22nd: Dr. Malcolm Moore

Monday 25th: Dr. Jacqueline Heagney

Wednesday 27th: Dr. Malcolm Moore

Monday 18th: Acibheann Wall

Monday 25th:  Acibheann Wall

Monday 4th: Denise Perkins

Monday 11th: Denise Perkins

Monday 18th: Denise Perkins

Monday 25th: Denise Perkins

Does the electorate of Murray Darling need to be made bigger?


The NSW Electoral Commission is set to conduct a redistribution of Electoral districts, John Williams The Nationals Member for Murray-Darling said.

Key dates for the 2013 Redistribution are as follows:

  • Monday 4 February 2013 – Opening of suggestions and Public hearing in Sydney
  • Wednesday 6 March 2013 – Deadline for suggestions
  • Wednesday 20 March 2013 – Deadline for comments on suggestions.

'The Redistribution process is governed by legislation and in NSW takes place after every two State elections or if more than one quarter of electoral districts differ from the average voters by more or less than 5% for more than two months. Redistributions cannot commence later than one year prior to the next general election (which will be held in March 2015) when the new boundaries from this distribution process will come into effect,' Mr Williams said.

Advice for parents about computer games

On 1 January 2013, new law about computer games commenced.

The new law places obligations on anyone selling, advertising or demonstrating R 18+ computer games, as well as parents/guardians and young people aged 15-17 years. There are significant financial penalties for breach of these laws.

A “minor” in this article means a person under 18 years of age.
As at the date of this article, every $110 is equal to one penalty unit.

New offences for R 18+ computer games
Under the NSW Classification Act, it is an offence:

1. for a person to sell or deliver to a minor a computer game classified R 18+ (or an unclassified computer game that would, if classified, be classified R 18+), unless the person is a parent or guardian of the minor. Maximum penalty: $11,000 for an individual. $22,000 penalty units for a corporation (section 30(1A)). Note: defences available.

Mayor positive about the future

The Mayor of Central Darling Shire Council, Councillor Ray Longfellow, said he has been encouraged by comments in two recent addresses to Council regarding its financial performance and what is emerging as a challenging yet very positive outlook for the future of the Shire.

Loss of $614,000 for 2012: The first of these was a report and address to Council on its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2012 which, although generally favourable, expressed strong concerns about a decline in its cash position.