Australian Government Mobile Service Centre in Wakool and Tooleybuc

The Australian Government Mobile Service Centre is supporting rural communities by providing convenient access to Australian Government payments and services. This specialised vehicle offers a wide range of face to face and self service assistance for rural families, older Australians, students, job seekers, people with disability, carers, farmers and self-employed people. You can visit the Mobile Service Centre in:

Wakool on Monday 1st February 2016.

Where: Opposite the Post Office, Cook St Wakool

Time: 10am-4pm.

Tooleybuc on Thursday 11th February 2016

Where: Murray St, Tooleybuc

Time: 9am-11am 

Experienced staff travel with the Mobile Service Centre and provide friendly, face-to-face service, information and support. On this trip, the Australian Taxation Office will be available to assist with advice and information about tax and superannuation. If the assistance you’re after is not available, arrangements will be made for someone from the relevant organisation to contact you. For more information, go to humanservices.gov.au and search for Mobile Service Centre or call 132 316.

Kerbside Garbage Collection and Tip Hours- Christmas Period

There will be changes to the kerbside collection schedule over the Christmas period in Barham, Moulamein and Wakool:

These are:

  • Friday 25th December to be collected Sunday 27th 2015
  • Friday 1st January to be collected Sunday 3rd 2015

Normal collection days will resume following these dates.

For further information regarding kerbside collection contact Ellwaste Waste & Recycling Services on 03 5456 2500.



Residents are advised that the tips at Goodnight, Moulamein, Koraleigh and Wakool will be closed from Thursday 24th December 2015 – Tuesday 5th January 2016

The Barham Transfer Station will be open Wednesday 30th December from 1pm -5pm and Sunday 3rd January from 12pm - 5pm.

All Tips will re-open under normal operating hours on Wednesday 6th January 2016.









Asbestos Awareness Month 1-30 November

Asbestos Awareness Month 1-30 November
Asbestos Awareness Month 1-30 November

If you are thinking about renovating, you must be aware of asbestos. It is important for home owners and renovators to be aware of how to safely manage asbestos in and around the home.

Importantly, if you suspect you have asbestos in your home, Don’t cut it! Don’t drill it! Don’t drop it! Don’t sand it! Don’t saw it! Don’t scrape it! Don’t scrub it! Don’t dismantle it! Don’t tip it! Don’t waterblast it! Don’t demolish it! And whatever you do… Don’t dump it!

With Australia having one of the highest incidences of asbestos related cancers in the world, and with confirmed cases of asbestos related cancers continuing to increase as a result of home maintenance and renovation, exposure to asbestos fibres is considered a major threat to the health of Australians.

Having been ranked among the top consumers of asbestos cement products per capita in the world, almost every home built or renovated before the mid 1980s is likely to contain asbestos in one form or another.  

In the past, those affected by asbestos related diseases were exposed to raw fibres in the mining and manufacturing process (first wave) followed by workers who used asbestos products in the workplace (second wave).  The third wave of asbestos-related diseases predominantly affects people exposed to fibres during home renovations and maintenance specifically handymen and DIYers as well as family members present at the time.

If left undisturbed asbestos generally does not pose a health risk however, with DIY renovations on the increase, if you are considering doing renovations or home maintenance, you must visit asbestosawareness.com.au to learn where asbestos can be found in the home and how best to manage it.

Most people can't tell whether building materials contain asbestos just by looking at them.  Asbestos can be under floor coverings such as carpets, linoleum and vinyl tiles, behind wall and floor tiles, in cement floors, internal and external walls, ceilings, eaves, garages, around hot water pipes, fences, extensions to homes, outdoor toilets and backyard sheds - it could be anywhere.

Before commencing any home maintenance or renovation work, homeowners and renovators, particularly young couples and first home buyers excited about renovating their homes, must learn about where they might find asbestos in the home and how best to manage it so they can protect themselves and their families from asbestos fibres.

Don't play renovation roulette, think smart, think safe, think asbestosawareness.com.au- it's not worth the risk!

2015 Citizenship Award Nominations- now open


The Wakool Shire Council is once again inviting nominations for the following awards for 2015.


Citizen of the Year

Junior Citizen of the Year

Sportsperson or Sporting Achievement of the Year

Community Event of the Year


The aim of the awards is to recognise outstanding contributions to the local community, and to highlight the importance and significance of Australia Day.


Persons interested in nominating individuals or community events for the awards can download the nomination forms below:

Citizen, Junior Citizen or Sports Award Nomination Form

Community Event Award Form


If you have any questions please contact Senay Uzal on 03 5887 5007.  Completed nomination forms must be submitted to Council no later than Friday 23rd October 2015. The awards will be presented to the recipients at their local Australia Day celebrations in 2016.


Online Mapping

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Food Safety Supervisor Refresher Training - September 2015

The NSW Food Authority is reminding local businesses that the Food Safety Supervisor (FSS) certificates will expire from 1 September 2015.

The Food Authority's FSS program, which commenced in 2010, requires restaurants, cafes, takeaway shops, caterers, bakeries, pubs, clubs, hotels and supermarket hot food sales to have at least one trained FSS working in the food business.

To assist a FSS with re-certification, Registered Training Organisations approved by the Food Authority are offering refresher training on food safety issues currently affecting the NSW hospitality and retail food service sector.

Under the NSW Food Act 2003, FSS certificates are current for five years from date of issue. Any person wishing to be appointed as an FSS for a food business must attain the required units of competency from an approved Training Organisation.

In recognition of a current FSS having existed food safety skills and knowledge, the Food Authority have engaged Charles Sturt University to develop a refresher training program to fast track the re-attainment of units of competency and FSS certificates.

Based on ongoing analysis the Food Authority have found that poor performance in three key areas - allergen management, handling eggs safely, and cleaning and sanitising – are often contributing to foodborne illness outbreaks. As a result, the refresher training has been designed to enhance knowledge in these key areas.

Food businesses have 30 working days to make sure their appointed FSS participates in the refresher training and obtains a new FSS certificate. By doing so, they will continue to promote and support a highly skilled and compliant retail food sector in NSW.

For further information, visit the website at www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/retail/fss-food-safety-supervisors or call the helpline on 1300 552 406, email contact@foodauthority.nsw.gov.au

Floodplain Risk Management Study & Plan

Picture of a river in flood

Wakool Shire Council has received a funding grant from the NSW Government to assist with the development of Floodplain Risk Management Plans for the townships of Barham, Murray Downs and Tooleybuc.

The NSW Government’s Flood Prone Land Policy is aimed at providing solutions to existing flooding problems as well as ensuring that new development within flood prone areas is compatible with the prevailing flood risk and does not create additional problems.

Council has contracted consultants GHD to investigate river flooding impacts within the town areas at Barham, Murray Downs and Tooleybuc over the coming months and to assess floodplain management options. The findings will then be compiled into a Floodplain Risk Management Plan for each town.

To date, flood studies for each town have been finalised and will assist to inform the Flood Plan process. These can be downloaded below:

Barham Flood Study 

Murray Downs Flood Study

Tooleybuc Flood Study


The Fact Sheets at the bottom of the page contain additional information about the Plans, along with a questionnaire and details of community forums. Council encourages residents to provide input where they can.

The community forums will provide residents with an opportunity to speak to the consultant’s project manager and members of the FRMC in regards to any aspects of the project:


4.00 to 7.00 pm,

Tuesday 28 July 2015

Bridge Keeper’s Cottage

Murray St, Tooleybuc



4.00 to 6.30 pm,

Wednesday 29 July 2015

Riverside Reception Room, Barham



4.00 to 7.00 pm,

Thursday 30 July 2015

Top Lounge, Murray Downs Golf and Country Club


flood plan fact sheet BARHAM july 2015 (PDF) (1.79 MB)

flood plan fact sheet MURRAY DOWNS july 2015 (PDF) (1.22 MB)

flood plan fact sheet TOOLEYBUC july 2015 (PDF) (1.39 MB)