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")

Bourke selected as an essential NBN gateway

The Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Stephen Conroy, today announced that the north-west NSW town of Bourke will be one of ten towns across Australia that will have a satellite ground station. This ground station will act as an essential satellite gateway, helping deliver fast broadband to rural and remote communities across Australia

The Bourke ground station will be operational in 2015 and contribute to providing between 15,000 and 20,000 Australians with broadband speeds of up to 12 megabits per second.

“For too long, people living in rural and regional Australia have had to live with second class telecommunications infrastructure. Through the rollout of the Gillard Government’s National Broadband Network all Australians will have access to fast affordable broadband – either through fibre to the home, fixed wireless, or satellite services.

“Like water and electricity, the Gillard Government sees fast broadband as an essential utility that should be made available to all Australians, no matter where they live.

Water shepherding arrangements

NSW Water Commissioner, David Harriss, today invited comment on the proposed water shepherding arrangements for the Barwon-Darling river system and its tributaries.

The proposed arrangements look at the feasibility of shepherding Commonwealth environmental water from the Barwon-Darling system and its tributaries, including those commencing in Queensland, through the Menindee Lakes to the River Murray system.

After considering various options an ‘end-of-system’ accounting and dealing framework for water shepherding is proposed. These proposed arrangements ensure a ‘transparent

rules’ based approach, utilising existing frameworks. Consistent with the MoU, one of the guiding principles in the development of the methodology is that there are no adverse impacts on third parties, such as irrigators.”

“We now invite all interested parties to review and comment on the draft proposed water shepherding arrangements during the consultation period. Submissions close on 2 July, 2012.”

Flying Padre program


14-18 Pooncarie, Menindee C.S., Ivanhoe Community and Prison
19-20 White Cliffs Music Festival
21-23 Teaching for Adelaide College in Adelaide
25th Pastoralists Association AGM
27th Menindee Uniting Church Service
29th May to 1st June SOTA Mini School; Big W Patrol - Wanaaring, White Cliffs Wilcannia areas

8-11 Patrol South
12th Menindee Central School and Community
14-15 Possible Training in Cobar
18-21 Pooncarie, Menindee, Ivanhoe
22-24 On leave in Sydney for eldest son's 18th birthday!
24th Menindee Uniting Church Service
26-29 East Patrol

1-6 Various places for NAIDOC week
11-13 South/West towards Wentworth
15-21 Uniting Church National Assembly (Adelaide)

Management of public land in NSW

John Williams The Nationals Member for Murray-Darling welcomed the General Purpose Standing Committee No.5 inquiry into the management of public land in New South Wales during a Private Members Statement in Parliament yesterday.

Mr Williams said the committee will investigate a decision that was made by the previous Labor Government relating to the conversion of State Forests into National Parks.

'The process that was followed by that Government did not recognise the number of people involved in the industry and much of the scientific evidence that was raised by the Natural Resources Commission was challenged by locals.

'The Australian Bureau of Statistics was accurate in its figure of the number of people engaged in the forestry industry – in its last census, 1,300 people had stated they earned their living from forestry.

'As a consequence of the State Forest being converted to a National Park, the fallout has been felt throughout the Riverina communities and many find it difficult to accept that the industry is not sustainable given that a number of reports have highlighted its sustainability,' Mr Williams said.

RSD -- off to a flying start in 2012

Wilcannia is about to get its own Men’s Shed with funding for the project having been provided by Wilcannia’s RSD office. RSD will fund the refurbishment and fitting out of a Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) owned shed situated at the rear of Wilcannia’s LALC office. When finished the shed will include a BBQ area for men and their families to enjoy as well as fitness, woodworking and general mechanical & maintenance equipment.

Local RSD Coordinator Zoe Dobson (photo tba) explains ‘RSD prioritises the importance of supporting the sustainability of community owned assets and that is why we’re fixing up an Aboriginal community owned property instead of funding a new agency or privately controlled building. The shed will provide all local men with a welcoming space in which they can make furniture, hold meetings, work out and share stories over a cuppa. The shed will also provide a male space from which men’s services and programs can be run in private avoiding any shame about men getting health, family, legal and wellbeing support if they need it’.

2012 May RFDS Clinics


Wednesday 2nd: Dr. Fabian Schwart

Friday 4th: Dr. Malcolm Moore

Monday 7th: Dr. Fabian Schwart

Wednesday 9th: Dr. Naomi Wall

Friday 11th: Dr. Erik Jangen

Monday 14th: Dr. Naomi Wall

W’day 16th: Dr. Solange Costermans

Friday 18th: Dr. Erik Jangen

Monday 21st: Dr. Fabian Schwart

Wednesday 23rd: Dr. John Russell

Friday 25th: Dr. Fabian Schwart

M’day 28th: Dr. Solange Costermans

Wednesday 30th: Dr. Fabian Schwart


Monday 7th: Sanjaya Gamage

Monday 14th: Sanjaya Gamage

Monday 21st: Sanjaya Gamage

Monday 28th: Lyn Mayne

Planning for the future of Wilcannia

The town of Wilcannia is one of the major towns in the Shire.

The main part of the town sits on flood free land but there is some floodprone land to the east and south. However, there is sufficient capacity within the township to allow for the construction of new dwellings as well as businesses to cater for future development in the town. The Council has commissioned the preparation of three documents to address the future development of Wilcannia. These are:

  • Draft Central Darling Shire Strategy
  • Draft Central Darling Local Environmental Plan
  • Draft Central Darling Shire Development Control Plan

The Draft Central Darling Shire Strategy assesses the existing situation and provides analysis and options for the future development of Wilcannia.

The main feature of future planning regime for the town is the introduction of residential, business, industrial and infrastructure zoning. This is a change to the current LEP and it reflects the existing land uses and allows for expansion of the current zones.

X Ray Fund Raffle raised over $6,000

Paul Woodbury , winner of the Woolworths gift card with Hospital auxiliary Treasurer Beryl WorboysTwo years ago the residents of Wilcannia, during the consultations for the Remote Services Delivery program, identified the need for modern x ray equipment at the local health service. To show the towns commitment the Hospital Auxiliary offered to auspice the raising of $20,000 to contribute to the purchase of digital x ray equipment. The NSW State Government agreed to this offer.

Early funds were raised through catering, raffles, street stalls and $2 Lucky Number projects. All these were wholeheartedly supported by the town’s residents, business’s and government agencies.

By December 2011 there was over $15,500 invested in the fund. The last fundraising project was a 31 draw raffle which was drawn last Friday night at the Wilcannia Golf Club. The raffle raised over $6,200, bringing the total in the fund to $22,031.74.

Horse dentist and firewood

HORSE DENTIST Will be in Wilcannia


Please let me know is you would like your horse’s teeth done.

Ring Rose Mannion

08 80 919 457




Cut and split, available in 3 1/2 weeks—June long weekend.

Please phone to order or just catch up around town.

Same price as always.

Cash only $100 per load

Cheers, Mick

0429 919 457

$1.72 million on offer for environmental projects

John Williams The Nationals Member for Murray-Darling is encouraging local community groups, schools, Aboriginal organisations and state and local government organisations to apply for $1.72 million in grants on offer for environmental projects.

Mr Williams said the latest round of Environmental Trust funding made available by Environment Minister Robyn Parker would support projects under the Protecting our Places, Environmental Education, Eco Schools and Food Gardens in Schools programs.

“I am delighted that the Minister has added a new program for this round of funding, offering for the first time the Food Gardens in Schools program.” Ms Parker said Food Gardens in Schools has been introduced in recognition of an exciting trend that has been developing over the last few years.