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Tocumwal on the Murray 

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Expression of Interest - Caretaker Town Beach Tocumwal


Berrigan Shire Council through the Tocumwal Foreshore Committee of Management is responsible for the area in Tocumwal known as Town Beach. This area is made available to the public to utilise as day visitors or through short stay camping.

To continue maintaining this area to a high standard, the Council is seeking expressions of interest for the supply of caretaker services. This will be a 12 month contracted service with the option of a further 12 months. The successful applicant/s must have an ABN, and at a minimum $20million Public Liability insurance. An area specifically allocated for the Caretaker’s residence will be identified however the caretaker will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

 Responsibilities include:
• Maintaining the amenity block
• Maintaining the general camping area
• Maintaining cleaning supplies;
• Monitoring facilities and reporting any concerns;
• Collecting camping fees on behalf of the Tocumwal Foreshore Committee;
• Monitoring campers;
• Reporting any incidents.

Hours of service will be negotiated between both parties, and paid according to the agreed hourly rate and upon presentation of a monthly invoice.

Contractors will be required to provide evidence of a current Working with Children Check, are required to undergo an Induction with Council staff, and must abide by Council’s Code of Conduct and relevant workplace policies.

A copy of the agreement will be made upon request. Please contact Michelle Koopman, Enterprise Risk Manager, Berrigan Shire Council on 03) 5888 5100 or email to request a copy and to register your interest.

Applications close at 4:00pm on Friday 8th September, 2017.

Unwanted urban fruit tree removal project


  • Do you have unwanted fruit trees in your backyard? 
  • Does fallen fruit make a mess of your yard each year? 
  • Would you participate in a program to have the trees removed if Council can find a way to get it done at little or no cost to you? 
Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF) can destroy backyard orchards, vegetable gardens and commercial orchards. One of the keys to minimising this insidious pest is to not allow fruit trees to flower, fruit and drop fruit. Infested fruit left lying on the ground allows the life cycle of the QFF to perpetuate.

If you answered YES to the questions posed, look out for the form below in your letter box in the coming weeks or alternatively use the link on the Council website to submit an electronic version. If you rent the property Council may be able to contact the owner of the property to obtain permission to remove the tree(s).

(Please note that by completing this form you under no obligation to participate you are just helping us gauge the community interest.)


Q -This program is free in Victoria, why not in NSW?
A - The program in Moira, Shepparton, Campaspe and Strathbogie Local Government Area’s is currently funded by the Victorian State Government. Berrigan Shire Council is working on the broader Fruit Fly program with Victoria but must fund a tree removal program on its own.

Q – When will the program be implemented?

A – Council needs to assess the number of applications received and consider how a program can be implemented. All those who express interest will be kept informed of developments.

Download an expression of interest form below or get one at the Council offices, fill it out and return it to Council or any of the libraries.

Expression of Interest Form

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.

Free testing for Loose-fill asbestos insulation in Berrigan Shire


Homeowners in the Berrigan Shire Council local government area will be able to register for free sample testing for loose-fill asbestos insulation for a limited period.  NSW Fair Trading’s loose-fill asbestos insulation Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program has completed 1,097 tests in Berrigan, identifying 20 properties with loose-fill asbestos.  

Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli MP said that the Government was re-opening the registration for free testing in the Berrigan Shire to ensure property owners in the area would have every opportunity to take part in the Program.  “We’re giving eligible homeowners, who have not yet contacted NSW Fair Trading, until 25 August 2017 to register for the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program,” Mr Piccoli said.  “We are particularly interested in eligible residents in not just Finley, but Berrigan, Tocumwal and Barooga to register with the program and take advantage of the free sample testing.

“Should their property be confirmed to contain loose-fill asbestos insulation, homeowners will be able to access financial assistance and will have the option of selling it to the Government.”  Residents can also register and speak to NSW Fair Trading staff at information stands to be held at: 

Library drop-in sessions:

·         Tuesday 1 August, 9.30am – 4pm, Berrigan Library, 54 Chanter Street, Berrigan

·         Tuesday 15 August, 9.30am – 4pm, Tocumwal Library, 67 Deniliquin Street, Tocumwal

·         Wednesday 16 August, 9.30am – 12pm, Finley Library, 223 Finley Street, Finley


Information stands:

·         Wednesday 2 August, 8am12pm, Outside Finley Bakery, 127 Murray Street, Finley

·         Saturday 5 August, 8am12pm, Finley Famers Markets, Railway Park Endeavour Street, Finley

·         Thursday 10 August, 9am3pm, Outside Berrigan IGA, 81 Chanter Street, Berrigan

·         Monday 14 August, 8am2pm, Outside Fee’s Coffee House, 16 Vermont Street, Barooga

·         Wednesday 16 August, 1pm5pm, Berrigan Dawmac Trade Show, 14 Chanter Street, Berrigan

The NSW Government has now tested more than 46,000 properties across the state for loose-fill asbestos insulation, with 139 properties identified to contain loose-fill asbestos.        83 properties have been acquired by the NSW Government and demolition has commenced on 29 properties, while 15 sites have been remediated and removed from the public register.

Registrations for free sample testing in Berrigan Shire local government area will be available until 25 August 2017. More details and registration are available by visiting or calling Service NSW on 1300 784 379. 

National Disability Insurance Scheme - What is the NDIS?


The NDIS is coming to the Berrigan Shire region. What is the NDIS? It is the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Federal Government's new way to support people with disabilities.

The National Disability Insurance Agency will be administering the NDIS, and will:

  • work with partners to deliver the NDIS 
  • build community awareness of disability 
  • ensure financial sustainability of the NDIS 
  • develop and enhance the disability sector 
The local area co-ordinator for the NDIS is Intereach, who have recently conducted some information sessions, and from these sessions have released the Powerpoint presentation made for the meetings. If you would like to have a look at this presentation see the link below.

Introduction to NDIS - Southern Murrumbidgee.pdf

Valuer General's Newsletter - July 2017


Click here to see the Valuer General's Newsletter for July 2017.

Berrigan Shire Library Service Questionnaire


Tocumwal Community Survey to ascertain the need to extend Tocumwal Library, enabling space to be utilized as a Multi-Purpose Community room.

See survey here - Berrigan Shire Library Service Questionnaire

Murray Valley Basin Impact RMCG Report


Taking water from productive use in the NSW Murray region is coming at a massive cost to its communities.

That’s the stark finding from a socio-economic study into impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan that was commissioned by the Murray Group and prepared by RM Consulting Group Bendigo.

Murray Valley Basin Impact RMCG Report

Tocumwal Foreshore Levee Works


As a result of recent flooding the Council has reviewed its levee system and the Council has determined that its levee, through the Tocumwal Foreshore area, requires both strengthening, removal of trees within the levee and an increase in overall height.

If these issues are not addressed the Tocumwal township is at increased risk of flooding if the levee is either overtopped by floodwater or fails due to lack of structural integrity.  The inundation map on the next page indicates the level of township flooding that could be expected in the event of levee failure.

To address these shortcomings the Council will concrete core this 550m section of the levee and then raise its height by up to 400mm.  The estimated cost of the works is approx. $200,000 and the Council has received a grant through the Club Grants – Emergency Relief program of $123,000 to assist with the works.

These works are required to be completed by the end of April 2017.

The increase in levee height also requires the levee based to be widened and the Council will focus as much as possible of this on the river side of the levee however some widening will also be required on the town side of the levee which will reduce the amenity of the foreshore area until lawn cover can be restored.

Regrettably, the works will also require some tree removal which is of concern to the Council and undoubtedly the community, however, the Council considers that protection of the community is the highest priority and unfortunately up to 50 trees will require removal.

Completion of the works in the short term will also ensure that works in the foreshore area as proposed by the Tocumwal Foreshore Masterplan ( can also proceed.

Further information regarding this project can be obtained by contacting the Council’s Director of Technical Services, Mr Fred Exton

Asbestos awareness


Was your home built or renovated before 1987? Asbestos could be in any home built or renovated before 1987.

Thousands of different products remain hidden dangers in 1 in every 3 Australian homes including brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes, even apartments. It could be anywhere! If sealed, left undisturbed and in good condition asbestos products don’t pose a health risk. However, if disturbed, fibres are released which can be inhaled and cause asbestos-related diseases.

If you are looking at renovating, or conducting repairs, it would be wise to visit the Asbestos Awareness website for guidance before beginning:

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