Fit for the future

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:



Additional Information 

Merger Proposal Information Brochure, produced by Wakool Shire Counci. 


Fit for the Future – Local Government Reform in NSW

As part of the widespread review of the NSW Local Government Sector known as 'Fit for the Future', The Independent Local Government Review Panel (ILGRP) recommended two alternate options for Wakool Shire Council – to become a Rural Council in a Mid-Murray Joint Organisation or potentially a merger with Murray, Conargo and Deniliquin councils.

Council adopted its response to the New South Wales Government’s Fit for the Future package in mid 2015, proposing that Wakool Shire becomes a Rural Council.

IPART handed down its assessment of all NSW Councils in mid-October 2015. On 10 November 2015, the NSW Premier and Minister for Local Government released these assessments with Wakool Shire Council deemed Fit as a Rural Council. 


2014 Citizen Award Nominations

The Wakool Shire Council is once again inviting nominations for the following awards for 2014.

1.                   Citizen of the Year

2.                  Junior Citizen of the Year

3.                  Sportsperson or Sporting Achievement of the Year

4.                  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 may obtain nomination forms from the Moulamein Office, Moulamein Business Centre, Barham Branch Office or Council’s website: www.wakool.nsw.gov.au

If you have any questions please contact Kate Redfearn on 03 5887 5007.  Completed nomination forms must be submitted to Council no later than Friday 24th October 2014. The awards will be presented to the recipients at their local Australia Day celebrations in 2015.

NominationForm-CitizenshipAwards (PDF) (45.2 KB)

NominationForm-Community Event (PDF) (33.56 KB)

Bruce Graham

General Manager

Vision 2022- Community Strategic Plan

The  Combined Delivery Program 2012-2017 & Operational Plan 2012-2013, and the Resourcing Strategy 2012-2022 for delivering the goals and objectives of Wakool Shire Council's Vision 2022 - Community Strategic Plan adopted earlier this year, were adopted at the Special Council Meeting held 27th June 2012.


Community Strategic Plan Delivery Program Resourcing Strategy 


Asset Management Plans - referred to in Resourcing Strategy 2012- 2022



The Combined Delivery Program 2012-2017 & Operational Plan 2012-2013 describes what Council and the local community will do each year over the next five years to achieve the objectives of  Vision 2022, and more precisely, what will occur during the 2012-2013 financial year. It also includes the proposed Revenue Policy for 2012-2013 and sets out the rates and charges proposed to apply to land and services within the Wakool Shire area, and other Council fees and charges for 2012-2013.

The Resourcing Strategy 2012-2022 describes the resources that will be gathered and applied over the next ten years towards achieving the objectives of Vision 2022. It includes Council's Asset Management Plans, Workforce Management Strategy and 10 Year Financial Plan 2012-2022.

The documents can be accessed by clicking on them above.