Alan Mathers Elected as Wakool Shire Councillor

The election was held on Saturday 9th April
The election was held on Saturday 9th April


Alan Mathers from Barham has been elected as Wakool Shire Councillor for C Ward following the ward’s by-election on Saturday.

Cr Mathers, a dairy farmer, will join fellow C Ward Councillor and Wakool Shire Mayor Neil Gorey.

Cr Mathers’ election follows that of B Ward Councillor David Landini, who was elected unopposed in early February.

Wakool Shire Council Mayor Neil Gorey congratulated Cr Mathers, adding that the Council could now represent the community to its fullest.

“Council’s decision to go ahead with the by-election for these wards was about ensuring communities across the Shire were represented by a council made up of all six elected representatives,” Cr Gorey said.

“Ensuring that this representation was in place was seen as critical by the Council, particularly as Council and the community await the Minster for Local Government’s response to Wakool Shire’s submission regarding the proposed merger with Murray Shire Council.

“I congratulate Cr Mathers on his election to Council and together with my fellow Councillors, look forward to working with him.”

Cr Mathers will attend his first Ordinary Council Meeting on Wednesday, 20 April. 

Stepping Up To Leadership Program

Applications are open for the BPW Swan Hill Stepping Up to Leadership Program, funded by the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) and delivered locally by BPW Swan Hill.

The Program is an opportunity for women in the region to improve themselves not just in business, but for those interested in our community to step uo into Leadership.

The confidence to take a leading role isn’t ealways easy.  This program will give participant’s the skills and support to do it.

Community leaders will share their knowledge throughout the six session program, which will also develop skills in media, public relations and marketing, community engagement and advocacy.

The program will build participants’ self understanding and confidence, and facilitate goal setting and achievement.

Women between 20 and 60 years old, living in the Swan Hill, Wakool or Gannawarra region can apply. 

Go to www.bpw.com.au/steppinguptoleadership for more information and application forms.



Tests have revealed the presence of Blue Green Algae in the Edwards River at Moulamein and the Murray River at Barham, Tooleybuc and Murray Downs.

This alert level warning indicates that waters are unsuitable for recreational use or primary contact by domestic users and may also pose a threat to livestock.

Council’s potable (filtered) water systems are not affected, as the water is treated through the filtration plant.

Council strongly recommends that where the only source of water is from the raw system, that an alternative source of water for household use ie drinking, cooking and personal hygiene be arranged.

We advise all water users to avoid drinking untreated water from the river system and also to avoid contact with any water which appears discoloured, or exhibits a musty or septic odour, as blue-green algae may cause skin and eye irritations or gastroenteritis if swallowed.

Boiling the water does not remove toxins and users should not cook with affected water.

Livestock owners are reminded to continue to check stock water supplies for blue green algae and to remove stock from foreshores where surface scum is visible or blue green algae are suspected.

For further information please contact Council’s Water and Sewer Supervisor on 0428 324 886.

Medicine and Allied Health Scholarship- Applications Open

The Wakool Shire Medicine and Allied Health Scholarship supports young people from Wakool Shire and surrounds in the study of medicine and allied health at university.

One scholarship will be awarded in 2016 with the recipient receiving $6,000 towards their living and studying expenses.

Applications are now open for students currently enrolled in one of the following eligible disciplines:

Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Social Work, Psychology and other mental health professions, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Podiatry, Pharmacy, Optometry, Paramedicine, Diatetics or Medical Imaging.

Those who can demonstrate current or previous residency in Wakool Shire will be given preference.

Applications close 31st March 2016.

For further information contact Tim Myers (0400 857 885) or (Graeme Walden-Mills) 0412 351 084. Both Tim and Graeme are Board Members of the Local Health Medical Trust who are administering the grant on behalf of Council.

The 2016 application form can be downloaded below. The form, along with your supporting documents should be emailed to scholarship@wakool.nsw.gov.au by the closing date. 


2016 Medicine and Allied Health Scholarship Application Form

Resident survey regarding possible merger with Murray Shire

In order to gauge community feedback, Council is conducting a poll (mail & phone) of their own to seek ratepayers and residents views of the merger proposal. Ultimately it is you, the community, who will determine Council’s position on the merger proposal. Therefore it is crucial that you participate in the poll to give Council guidance for its submission to the Delegate for consideration.


Merger Proposal Information Brochure, produced by Wakool Shire Council.

Resident survey regarding possible merger with Murray Shire.(docx)

Resident survey regarding possible merger with Murray Shire.(pdf)


Pubic Submission Template


The Merger Proposal- Wakool & Murray

The Government proposes that Murray Shire Council merge with Wakool Shire Council..
The Government proposes that Murray Shire Council merge with Wakool Shire Council.

On 18 December 2015, the NSW State Government outlined its plans to reduce the number of Regional councils from 109 to 87. As part of this process it proposed that Murray Shire Council merge with Wakool Shire Council to form a new council.

The State Government has now released further detail about the local government merger proposal for Murray and Wakool and the consultation process will be implemented over the coming month.

Details of the proposal are available on the Boundary Review website via the link below:


Boundary Review Process

The NSW Government has appointed Cheryl Thomas as the Delegate to examine the Wakool and Murray Shire proposal. Her prior experience is outlined on the Boundary Review website.

The role of the Delegate will be to examine and report on the proposal including review of submissions and holding a public inquiry. 

Their report will be provided to the Boundaries Commission for comment only and the Minister for Local Government.



A public inquiry is part of the examination and reporting process conducted by the Delegate and provides an opportunity for members of the public to express their opinions on the proposal to the Delegate.

Members of the public who would like to attend are requested to register using the on-line registration form HERE or by contacting 1300 813 020. Members of the public who would like to speak at the inquiry are requested to indicate that they wish to do so when they register to attend.

Members of the public may only speak once at the inquiry and the order of speaking will be determined by the Delegate. Registrations to speak will close at 12noon on Friday 29 January for public inquiries held during the week of 1 February and registrations to speak will close at 12noon on Friday 5 February for public inquiries that are held during the week of 8 February.

Please see below the sessions for the public inquiry.

cluBarham Golf & Sports 
9 Feb 2016
9:00am - 11:00am
Moulamein Rd
Barham NSW 2732

Morning Glory Conference Centre
9 Feb 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Gilmour Road 
Moama NSW 2731



  •          Submissions regarding the amalgamation proposal can be made through the website or submitted by mail until Sunday 28 February 2016, 5pm.
  •          Dates of any Public Inquiry meeting/s will be released soon.
  •          Online submissions can be made via the link below:


Wakool Shire Council's submission can be viewed here.


Additional Information

Merger Proposal Information Brochure, produced by Wakool Shire Counci. 

Merger Proposal Budget - February 2016



Australia Day Celebrations 2016

Awards will be presented to the following people at Wakool Shire Australia Day celebrations on 26th January 2016:

Citizen of the Year – Sandra Scalora, Tooleybuc

Young Citizen of the Year – Abbey Hird, Barham

Sportsperson of the Year – Austin Mertz, Moulamein

Sporting Achievement of the Year – Koondrook Barham Raiders Football Netball Club

Community Event of the Year – Moulamein ANZAC Day 2015, 100 year celebrations


The Wakool Shire Council Australia Day Ambassador for 2016 is Mr. Clyde Campbell, Founder of Shake it Up Australia Foundation.  Presentations will be made to all award recipients at Australia Day Breakfasts held across the Shire. 



Barham – Breakfast at Riverside Park starting at 7.00am, presentation of Young Citizen of the Year and Sporting Achievement of the Year & Ambassador speech at 8.00am, followed by the flag raising ceremony at 9.00am.

Moulamein –Breakfast at the Triangle at 8.30am followed by the flag raising ceremony at 9.00am.  Presentation of Sportsperson of the Year & Community Event of the Year.

Wakool – Breakfast at the Wakool Hall starting at 8.00am. Please book through the Wakool Café 03) 5887 1217 for catering purposes.

Tooleybuc– Breakfast is from 7.30am at Mensforth Park followed by the flag raising ceremony and presentation of Citizen of the Year. The duck race will follow at the Murray River.  A donation would be appreciated.

Koraleigh – Breakfast is from 7.30am onwards at the Koraleigh Recreation Reserve followed by the raising of the flag ceremony at 8.30am. 


A bit about our Ambassador- Clyde Campbell:

Clyde is the founder of ‘Shake it Up Australia’- a foundation he launched after coming to terms with his diagnosis with Parkinson’s in 2009.  

As the owner of a company that provides the latest world-leading technology and turnkey automation and robotics solutions, Clyde has always been a man who likes to ‘get things done’.

Just like his steadfast resolve in his work life, Clyde set out to learn as much as possible about Parkinson’s and what was being done worldwide. True to his entrepreneurial spirit, he decided not to sit back and wait for the rest of the world to find a cure but to join the action. Clyde launched Shake it up Australia and partnered with The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, to increase awareness in Australia and increase funding towards finding a cure.