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Council is in receipt of the following Development Application No. 60/18/DA/DM for the Change of Use – Hostel to Place of Worship at 34-36 COREE STREET, FINLEY, NSW 2713 (Lot 9 Section 7 DP758412). The applicant is AECOM Australia. The consent authority is Berrigan Shire Council.

The Development Application and supporting documentation may be inspected during opening hours 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Shire Office, 56 Chanter Street, Berrigan. Written submissions in respect of the Development Application will be accepted by Council until close of business on Friday 8 December, 2017.

Note: Persons lodging submissions are required to declare political donations (including donations of more than $1,000) made in the previous two years. For more details, including a disclosure form, go to



Austin Evans, Member Elect for Murray, announced that the NSW Government is returning four blocks of land to the Finley community after the properties were remediated under the state-wide loose-fill asbestos program.

Mr Evans said the program had tested 1,135 properties in the Berrigan Shire local government area, which identified 20 with loose-fill asbestos insulation. “The NSW Government has offered property owners two options for the removal of this dangerous product,” he said. “The first option allows homeowners to sell their entire property to the government at market price, while the second option sees the government pay for and remove the affected home from the property with the owner keeping the land to rebuild on.

“We have prioritised returning land to those property owners wishing to rebuild in Berrigan Shire. “This is therefore the first release of land where the government has purchased both the house and land. “This program is all about removing this dangerous product from the community while protecting the largest investment most of us will make in our lifetime – the family home.”

“The historic use of loose-fill asbestos is a significant health issue and that’s why we will remain focused on removing this risk to the homeowner, and the broader community,” he said.

Mr Evans said the managing agent selling the properties is Arthur Real Estate. The properties, which will be auctioned on 25 November 2017 at Finley Bowling Club, are located at:
 119 Coree Street, Finley;
 73 Denison Street, Finley;
 73 Howe Street, Finley; and
 52 Murray Street, Finley.

The Loose-fill Asbestos Implementation Taskforce has undertaken almost 58,000 tests for loose-fill asbestos insulation across NSW. For more information about the Loose-Fill Asbestos Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program, visit

The Swimming Pools are opening for the 2017/2018 Season


Finley (5883 1070) Open for squads, opening to the general public 11 November
Mon-Fri 3.30pm-6.00pm
Sat-Sun 2.00pm-6.00pm

Berrigan (5885 2272) Open for lap swimming weekdays from 6am - 7am, opening to the general public 17 November
Sun-Thurs 3.00pm-6.00pm
Fri-Sat 3.00pm-7.00pm

Tocumwal (5874 2504)Open now for squads, opening to the general public 18 November
Mon-Thurs 3.30pm-6.00pm
Sat 2.00pm-7.00pm
Sun 2.00pm-6.00pm
School Holidays 2.00pm-7.00pm everyday

NB: All pools will be closed Christmas Day.

DAILY ENTRY FEES (Finley and Tocumwal)
Single $5.00
Toddlers 3-5 (swimming) $2.50
School $3.00
Aged Pensioners $3.00
Family (up to 2 adults & 3 children; 1adult & 4 children) $19.00
Non–swimmers and Babies 0-2 yrs free of charge

Single $95.00
Family (2 adults & 3 children; 1 adult & 4 children) $180.00

Berrigan - Free for all users thanks to generous donations.

Berrigan Shire Council Financial Statements on Public Exhibition


Berrigan Shire Council Financial Statements are now on Pubic Exhibition and can be viewed by clicking here.

Temporary Lifting – Alcohol Free Zone, Berrigan


In accordance with s645 of the Local Government Act 1993 , Berrigan Shire Council advises of a temporarily lifting of its Alcohol-Free Zone (AFZ) restrictions .


Date: Friday 1 December 2017 from 5:00pm to 11:00pm


Area: The area closed to traffic on Chanter St, Berrigan (see diagram)

Early Childhood Intervention Services bid farewell to Berrigan Shire Council and hello to Kurrajong Therapy Plus.


Berrigan Shire, Kurrajong Therapy Plus, Family and Community Services, clients of the service, and local service providers, were on hand at an afternoon tea held Wednesday 9th August to celebrate the transition of Early Childhood Intervention Services from Berrigan Shire Council to Kurrajong Therapy Plus. 

Berrigan Shire Mayor Matthew Hannan, stated “The decision to release the service was a difficult one, and not one made lightly. The Council’s service model for ECIS was not one that would suit the new National Disability Insurance Scheme funding model so we reluctantly sought partners to operate the service, and we are grateful that we have found such a perfect fit in Kurrajong.” 

“Council’s aim in transition was to ensure that service would continue to be delivered locally, by local people for local people, and I am really pleased that Council has been able to deliver on this aim.” 

Berrigan Shire General Manager, Rowan Perkins, in his farewell 
stated “Margaret has been employed with the Council for twelve years, and has been a loyal and dedicated staff member over that time, always putting her client’s needs before her own.”  

Berrigan Shire Director Corporate Services, Matthew Hansen, commended Margaret Graham on her work with ECIS.  “I have watched Marg grow the service in the past twelve years, from working on a shoe-string budget in the small office at Memorial Park, to the greater resources here in the rear of the Finley Library building, where the service will stay.”  

Margaret Graham, Early Intervention Officer, remarked that she will miss the Berrigan Shire Council staff and that staff are now looking at moving forward to working as part of the Kurrajong Therapy Plus team. 

“Thank you to everyone who has supported this service, my clients, the staff who have worked with me through the years, allied professionals, Council staff and the broader community.  My priority through this changing environment is to ensure that clients continue to be looked after” Margaret said.

Manager of Kurrajong Therapy Plus services, Susan Macgillycuddy, who has been working with Margaret and the Early Childhood Intervention team for many years said that “she was keen not only to start planning to expand the local service, but also to maintain the good working relationships that exists between services in the area.”

According to Susan exciting times lay ahead for the area with the potential to expand to cater for more clients and a broader range of clients through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Riverina and Murray Regions from 1
st July this year, previous areas of unmet, reasonable care and support that people with disability and their families have, can now start to be met through the scheme”, Susan said.

Susan also reassured everyone that the service would continue to operate with its current hours, contact numbers, location and staffing.

half cost scheme for kerb and gutter and footpath works


The infrastructure in our towns – things like roads, footpaths and kerb and gutters – is often taken for granted. However, providing these items comes at a cost.

Generally, these items are provided by the initial developer of the land. The cost of providing this infrastructure is then built into the price of the developed blocks. Hence, each property owner has contributed to the cost of the infrastructure outside his or her land.

Over time, our communities’ expectations about infrastructure have changed. For example, most new urban sub-divisions now include kerb and gutter as standard – an item that older sub-divisions often do not have.

As our towns grow, it becomes important to link up this community infrastructure to allow the footpath and kerb and gutter network to work as it should. This often means installing kerb and gutter and footpaths items in the “gaps” created by older sub-divisions without those items.

Given that the cost of providing this infrastructure in newer sub-divisions has been borne by the property owners there – in the purchase price of their land – it is fair that property owners in older areas contribute to the cost of new kerb and gutter and footpaths installed adjacent to their land.

The NSW government recognises this and the Roads Act 1993 allows for Councils to recover up to half the cost of providing infrastructure like kerb and gutter and footpaths from the adjacent landowners via a contributory charge. Like Council rates, this charge attaches to the land and if the land is sold, the charge is then payable by the new landowner. Where kerb and gutter and/or footpath works are only on one side of a street, the Roads Act only allows the Council to charge those property owners on that side – not the other.

The adjacent property owners will generally be required to meet 50% of the cost of the new footpath and/or kerb and gutter. The cost is divided up across the property owners on the basis of their street frontage. Where a property owner has a corner block and therefore two street frontages, this cost may in some circumstances reduce to 25%.

The Council understands paying this charge upfront and at short notice can be difficult. To assist property owners to meet this cost, the Council has a procedure – the “Half-Cost Scheme” that

·         Requires the Council to inform property owners about the likely cost of the works in advance, the amount they are likely to have to contribute, and allow them the opportunity to have the Council consider any objections, and

·         If the Council decides to go ahead with the works, allows property owners to pay off the charge interest-free over three years.

All property owners are required to contribute to the cost of infrastructure passing their property, either through the initial cost of purchase or via a later contribution. The Council considers that its Half-Cost Scheme provides a simple and fair method of allocating and recovering the contribution to new infrastructure.

How much is too much stuff?


Ask yourself questions like ‘Do I, or someone I know have..: 

1. problems using rooms because they are cluttered with stuff?
2. so many things and can’t seem to throw things out like other people do?
3. a problem with collecting things or buying much more than needed?
4. an attachment to things that can’t be without?
5. disrupted relationships with family, friends, neighbours and authorities due to collecting and clutter? 

As hoarding disorder is an illness, the person might not see they have a problem because they can’t think clearly about the objects and possessions that have so much meaning for them. This may lead to avoidance of social contacts and the onset of other serious concerns like squalor,
self neglect and high risk of fire. 

A brochure is available via this link
 or visit any one of these sites for more information: wellbeing-and-participation/hoarding-and-squalor

Tocumwal Foreshore MasterPlan


The Berrigan Shire Council has adopted the Foreshore Masterplan - a document guiding the future direction and planning for the development of Tocumwal's Foreshore Reserve.

The Foreshore Master Plan is integrated with the Council's Planning for Tocumwal's Town Entries.

Tocumwal's new Foreshore Master Plan drew on the ideas of community members, the expertise of contemporary urban and landscape designers, also engineering and environmental management expertise to ensure that we have a plan for a sustainable natural and built landscape connecting residents, visitors and the broader community to the River.

The Plan has involved months of research and consultation, led by Council and Liesl Malan Landscape Architects resulting in the development of a thorough and integrated understanding of the complexities of the foreshore and its relationship to the River and the town.

Consultation with residents, the Foreshore Committee of Management, local business, government and the wider community was at the core of the planning process. Community engagement included a sausage sizzle on the foreshore. This consultation was open to all and discussed concepts and a preferred site for a splash park. Interviews with young families and school students on water play values also informed the Plan's development. The interviews conducted with local business and Tocumwal's Foreshore Committee also provided insight into the vital role played by the Foreshore and its contribution to the economic and social wellbeing of Tocumwal. Extensive consultation and consideration of professional advice related to the River and the integrity of flood management infrastructure are also evident in the final Plan.

Councillor Matthew Hannan, Mayor of the Berrigan Shire, said 'Tocumwal's Foreshore Master Plan recognises the importance to the Tocumwal community and the broader Shire of the Foreshore and the need to plan for its development.' Planning that is needed he said, to develop one of the Shire’s greatest assets – “Tocumwal's connection to the Murray River."

“Maintaining the natural environment while working toward the development of attractive space open and used by all members of the community is a key challenge and one that has been achieved by the Master Plan.”

Tocumwal Foreshore MasterPlan

ACMA reply to television reception complaint.


We have received a call and the below correspondence from ACMA with regard to our complaint about television reception in the Berrigan Shire.

"It appears as though Ballarat (Lookout Hill) signals are travelling further than expected due to certain weather conditions, also known as atmospheric ducting, and this is causing interference to the Goulburn Valley or Shepparton services (Mt Major). Atmospheric ducting of TV signals happens when distinctive weather conditions—especially high-pressure systems and still conditions—cause distant broadcast signals to travel further than planned.

These weather conditions that make it favourable for the Ballarat services to cause interference also temporarily enhance Bendigo services (Mt Alexander). These unintended ‘rogue’ signals from Ballarat then interfere with the local Goulburn Valley signals because antennas and receivers can’t differentiate between the local signals and those being ducted from distant TV towers. When this occurs, viewer who perform an auto tune pick up Bendigo services. When the weather returns to normal, the Ballarat and Bendigo services disappear and viewers need to retune to pick up the Shepparton services again. When this occurs, it is best to report the issue to the broadcasters so that they are aware of the issue. 

As discussed we have contacted the broadcasters who are aware of the issues with the Goulburn Valley transmitter and are investigating possible options to resolve this issue. They are testing to see if they can get a reliable VHF signal from the Upper Murray (Mt Baranduda) transmitter that the broadcasters may be able to use to rebroadcast and possibly also use as a stable input feed into the Jerilderie and Deniliquin transmitters as the current Goulburn Valley transmitter site is used as an input to these sites and this input feed is also affected by the ducting. However as discussed this issue will take time to resolve.

We can understand this is causing people frustrations but there is little people can do, especially if atmospheric ducting is impacting on TV reception. One option is to attempt to receive the Goulburn Valley services reliably, viewers may need to have a fringe-area high gain UHF antenna located at 10m above ground level to attempt to receive the services reliably. Even then, it is expected that an antenna installer may need to work hard to try to identify a suitable location on the roof that receives all services reliably. Alternatively in some instances viewers can try to get an antenna installer to see if they can receive alternate services by getting reception from an alternative broadcast site possibly the Upper Murray transmitter.

Another option is the government’s VAST service which is an alternative for those viewers who cannot receive adequate reception from existing terrestrial transmitters. The VAST service is intended to provide an alternative reception option for viewers who are unable to get adequate digital television services from existing terrestrial transmission sites. The typical installation cost is around $700-1000 dollars for a VAST installation depending or your location and the hourly rate and equipment costs the installer charges. Information about VAST is available on the ACMA's web site 
at More information about TV reception is available from the ACMA’s TV reception hub:"

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