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Berrigan District Development Association

Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture

Tocumwal Chamber of Commerce and Tourism

Tocumwal on the Murray 

Finley Farmers Market

Tocumwal Foreshore Markets

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Mayors Message - January


I hope everybody had a great Christmas period and a positive start to the New Year. To our local business I trust that you all have had a positive start to 2018 and were able to capitalise and the many visitors we have had to our Shire. Last week the Bendigo Bank opened for business in Berrigan at the shire offices. To the Berrigan Bank Steering Committee and the staff of the shire well done for being able to secure this service for the people of Berrigan and surrounds.

I attended the Berrigan Show and Shine the other weekend and was amazed at the number of entries and people at this ever growing event. To the volunteers who assisted in running this event well done to you all.

I had the pleasure of umpiring the state PSSA cricket carnival for both boys and girls the week before last. With more than 700 people in our shire for the week this was a fantastically run event. The skill and sportsmanship shown by all is to be commended. I had many positive comments about our facilities and the conditions of our grounds. To the volunteers that run our recreation reserves we thank you for your dedication in running and presenting these facilities in such good order.

Australia Day awards again will be held in Barooga Community Hall this year. I encourage all to attend and help celebrate our award winners. Finally I encourage all that volunteer throughout our shire to continue to do so, you are the backbone of our events, running our facilities and making the Berrigan Shire a great place to live and visit. I also encourage anyone that hasn’t volunteered before or is looking to help out to make an effort to support our many different organisations in any way you can.

New aqua exercise class in Berrigan


Murrumbidgee Local Health District (MLHD) will be offering aqua classes in Berrigan from Friday 8 December in a partnership with Staying Active.

Local resident Beth Bashford Paul recently trained in aqua exercise and is now a registered volunteer with MLHD’s Physical Activity Leaders Network. “Exercising in water offers many physical and mental health benefits and is a good choice for people with a chronic disease and those with a high risk of developing a chronic disease,” said Beth. “Water aerobics provides a cardiovascular and a light resistance workout. Cardiovascular exercise is especially important for seniors because it directly reduces the participants' risk for circulatory problems such as heart disease.

“Resistance workouts help to maintain strength and stability in the muscles, which can go a long way toward preserving the balance, range of motion and mobility that seniors often begin to lose,” she said. Water aerobics protects the joints as the buoyancy supports a portion of the body weight, reducing the load on joints during movement.

The program aims to improve access to safe physical activity, especially for older adults living in rural communities. MLHD Health Promotion Officer Stephen Burton said: “We know the importance of regular physical activity to maintain good health and this is a great chance for community members to take part in a low cost and fun exercise program offered locally.”

The Aqua exercise classes will be held at Berrigan Swimming Pool at 6pm on Fridays from 8 December at a cost of $2 per session.

For more information about the classes please contact Beth Bashford on 0427 852 276.

For further information about the benefits of physical activity contact Physical Activity Project Officer Carly Barnes on 02 6080 8912.

Swimming Pool opening hours for 2017/18 season


The pools are now open for the summer! 

They will be closed on days of inclement weather, where there is thunder and/or lightning, and also if the outside temperature is too cold.

Finley (5883 1070)  
Mon-Fri 3.30pm-6.00pm 
Sat-Sun 2.00pm-6.00pm 

Berrigan (5885 2272)
lap swimming weekdays from 6am - 7am,  
Sun-Thurs 3.00pm-6.00pm 
Fri-Sat 3.00pm-7.00pm 

Tocumwal (5874 2504)
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 for Finley and Tocumwal.  Berrigan is Free for all users thanks to generous donations.

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 



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

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.

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:"

Television reception issues in the Berrigan Shire - call to action.


We have had numerous residents contact ACMA and, to date, none have received a satisfactory response. There is a website that ACMA have established that advises residents of the quality of their reception. On this website the whole northern region of the Shire is recognised as having poor coverage, as are areas in and around Tocumwal, confirming what we already know. Attached is the map from the mySwitch website:

The next course of action is to have as many people as possible complain about the state of television reception in the region. If you are affected we ask that you write, email,or fax ACMA with your issue to ensure that we, as a community, are heard. Berrigan Shire Council has also written to ACMA in this regard.

By email:

By facsimile: 02 6219 5346

By post: Interference

Australian Communications and Media Authority
              PO Box 78
              Belconnen ACT 2616

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