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Q04-17-18 Tree Watering Services For Berrigan Shire Council Parks and Roadsides


Berrigan Shire Council is seeking submissions for tree watering services for trees planted on parks and roadsides within Finley and Tocumwal.

Specifications can be viewed below and registrations to supply via Vendorpanel can be completed via Tenders and Quotes page.

All submissions must be submitted by 2:00pm Wednesday 8th November, 2017 on the specification document.

If there are any questions contact Jacq-Lyn Davis via or call 03 5888 5100.

Specification for Tree Watering Services

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)

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.

Fill out the form via this link: or 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.

Valuer General's Newsletter - July 2017


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

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

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:

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

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