Australia Day Award recipients honoured throughout the Murrumbidgee
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said she had great pleasure in attending each ceremony in Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie and joining the community to honour those in the community that have gone that extra mile.
Cr McRae congratulated each Australia Day Award recipient, as well as the nominees.
“Their achievements and contributions are inspiring and genuinely make our community a better place.
“This year we were very fortunate to have Australia Day Ambassador Lyndey Milan OAM attend our events at Coleambally and Darlington Point,” she said.
Ms Milan, who is a well-known cooking and food show personality, said she really enjoyed going to not one but two new places this Australia Day.
“Regionality is as much about the people who live in an area as it is about the produce or the way it is cooked and each place is intrinsically different.
“I really value going to small communities on Australia Day. They put so much into it and it means so much to all involved. It allows me to get a real feeling for this great land of ours and its people. I come away truly an ambassador for the region, having learned more about it and tasted its produce,” she said.
- Citizen of the Year: Paul Muir
- Young Citizen of the Year: Daniel Collier
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Penny Sheppard
- Event of the Year: Taste Coleambally Food and Farm Festival
- Sportsperson of the Year: Daniel Collier
- Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Hannah Pound
- Sub-junior Sportsperson of the Year: Charlize Perkins
- Environmental Citizen of the Year: Coleambally Men’s Bowling Club
- Sporting team of the Year: St Peter’s PP5 Swimming Relay Team: Charlize Perkins, Abbey Muir, Logan Pound and Coco Rossato
- Cultural Award: COLCOM Stage Productions
- Citizen of the Year: Robert Gumbleton
- Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Ivana-Rose Lawson
- Event/Group Achievement of the Year: Darlington Point Riverina Classic Catch & Release Fishing Competition
- Citizen of the Year: Carina Rorato
- Sportsperson of the Year: Fiona Baxter
- Little Aussie Awards:
- Zavier Rorato, St Joseph’s Primary School
- Stella Williams, Jerilderie Public School
Citizen of the Year: Paul Muir
Paul has been a member of the Rural Fire Service since 1997. In 2022 he continued to serve in the position of Deputy Group Captain. He has made many contributions to the Coleambally Football Netball Club in the past year assisting with both football and netball junior teams through many roles, including umpiring netball and goal umpiring football, running water and providing support for coaches. Paul also provided his assistance to the Coleambally Darlington Point Junior Rugby League Club by setting up on game day, acting as ground manager or refereeing. Additionally, Paul is a member of the VRA rescue squad where he is currently Senior Deputy Captain and played an essential role in acquiring the VRA rescue tool replacement program. Paul is currently a member of the Bendigo Bank and Cypress View Lodge boards, as well as the Darlington Point Coleambally Apex with his role as secretary. In 2022, Paul played a large role in organising the Taste Coleambally Food and Farm Festival, particularly the 50 mile meal and smoked meats competition.
Young Citizen of the Year: Daniel Collier
In 2022, Daniel was a year 12 student and school captain of Coleambally Central School. During the year he participated in the Lions Youth of the Year competition where he won at local level progressing to compete at district level in Leeton proudly representing the school and Coleambally community. While working towards his black belt in karate, Daniel helped with instructing a junior karate class each week which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was also one of the Coleambally Central School students who participated in the roadside clean up ran by the Coleambally Lions’ Club.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Penny Sheppard
Penny is a longstanding active community member involved with numerous organisations and community groups. Over the years Penny’s community involvement has included:
- Australia Day Committee where she was chairperson for over 10 years and is currently secretary
- Chair, Coleambally Darlington Point Country Education Foundation (since 2012), as well as chairing interviews and liaising with the National CEF
- Secretary, Coleambally 50th Birthday Committee
- Secretary, Taste Coleambally committee, previously being chairperson
- A member of the Town Life Committee
- Key organiser for the 50 years of education in Coleambally committee
- Active member of the Coleambally Central School P & C committee
Event of the Year: Taste Coleambally Food and Farm Festival
As part of the Taste Coleambally festival an art workshop and exhibition was held to promote and develop the skills of local artists. A workshop with Stephanie Corkhill Hyles was ran with assistance from a Country Arts Support Program grant. Western Riverina Arts provided the prize for the art competition which saw around 80 entries which were all exhibited and judged on.
Sporting team of the Year: St Peter’s PP5 Swimming Relay team, comprising Charlize Perkins, Abbey Muir, Logan Pound and Coco Rossato
Participated in the PP5 small schools relay where they placed 1st at the Diocesan carnival and 1st at MacKillop Trials before progressing to the NSW Primary School Sports Associations swimming championships in Sydney and placed 2nd in the final.
Sportsperson of the Year: Daniel Collier
Daniel had a busy sporting year in 2022 participating in both Aussie Rules and Karate as well as representing Coleambally Central School in athletics. He was awarded most improved player for the CFNC Reserve Grade side. In karate he placed 3rd in the NSW Kyokushin Championships and 1st place in Riverina Kyokushin Championships for 16-17 years non-contact. 1st place in full contact one match at Riverina Kyokushin inter club tournament, 1st place in Australian Kyokushin Karate Championships heavyweight male 16-17 years full contact. He also received the rank of shodan (1st dan black belt) after undertaking numerous hours of grading
Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Hannah Pound
Hannah Pound is a keen and successful sportswoman across a range of sports. She was a member of the Coleambally Football Netball Club Under 15’s Netball side and was awarded best and fairest in the team. Hannah was also awarded league best and fairest for the South West Juniors Football Netball League Under 15s for the second consecutive year and received umpire of the year for the league. Hannah was equal third in the Farrer league B grade Best and Fairest after playing only eight games. Throughout the year Hannah participated in the Under 15’s AFLW Giants Academy and was selected in the Under16-19s AFLW Giants Academy squad. Hannah represented Coleambally central school at zone and Riverina levels for Athletics and Cross Country. She also received a Sporting Blue for representing the Riverina in under 15’s AFLW, the Junior secondary female athletics champion and Coleambally Central School’s Secondary Sportsperson of the Year.
Sub-junior Sportsperson of the Year: Charlize Perkins
In 2022 Charlize was senior girls swimming champion for both St Peter’s primary school and the MIA Deanery and broke 6 records at the school carnival. She represented the school at the Diocesan, Catholic Primary Schools and PSSA carnivals swimming both in individual events and as a member of the PP5 relay team. Charlize was selected in the Southern Inland Swimming Association Blue squad development team. She participated in NSW All Schools AFL State Championships as a member of the Southern Inland Under 12’s team. Charlize also represented St Peter’s at deanery, diocesan, Catholic Primary School and PSSA Athletics carnivals and was awarded senior girls athletics champion at school. Charlize was a member of the CFNC under 13’s netball side and played in the MIA Deanery netball team.
Environmental Citizen of the Year: Coleambally Men’s Bowling Club
The members of the Bowling Club have developed an efficient system allowing for the disposal and collection of recyclable products used by the Community club or other community members. They also travel to the golf club and surrounding farms for collection. These products are taken to the Wagga Wagga recycling centre with funds benefiting the maintenance of the bowling green and surrounds.
Cultural Award: COLCOM Productions
In 2022, COLCOM held their first production in many years called ‘On Broadway- The Musical’. The production involved four months of intensive organization and rehearsals to showcase local children and youth of all ages. A large audience was in attendance at the Coleambally Community Club all of which thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the hard work and commitments of the young cast members and organizers. Funds made from the event went the Coleambally Rescue Squad.
Citizen of the Year: Robert Gumbleton
Robert is a volunteer community transport driver and has been for well over 10 years. Robert goes above and beyond as a volunteer and is always helping the clients in other ways, including shopping for them and checking on their welfare.
Robert started volunteering for Murrumbidgee Council Community Transport many years ago and has been the mainstay of the service. The service was transitioned from Council to Valmar Support Services and Robert has continued to volunteer for the new service, travelling thousands of kilometres each year to deliver clients to Griffith, Wagga and Albury for appointments. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Robert, he is happy to wait hours for people as he takes them from one appointment to another, helps them with their shopping and anything else they need. The service lost many volunteers with the change and also during COVID but Robert has continued to volunteer all this time and he is loved and respected by all those he assists.
Junior Sportsperson of the Year: Ivana-Rose Lawson
In 2022 Ivana represented Darlington Point Public School in zone and Riverina cross country, she represented in zone athletics, was zone under 11’s champion and qualified for Riverina. She has played NRL in school teams competing in Griffith and has participated in soccer gala days. Ivana was captain of the CDP Roosters under 11’s League tag and received the Coaches Award in netball playing for the Coly Blues Under 11’s. She is also involved in Little Athletics, swimming – making it to zone level and was DPPS age champion in athletics and cross country.
Ivy is a team player and is always encouraging others to achieve their goals. She puts 110% into everything she does.
Event/Group Achievement of the Year: Darlington Point Riverina Classic Catch & Release Fishing Competition
The Riverina Classic Fishing Competition raised $20,000 for Rural Outreach Counselling and released 5,000 fingerlings into the river in 2022, with 539 entrants in the event.
The Competition will celebrate 10 years in 2023. Over $170,000 has been raised for local charities in this time and over 65,000 fingerlings have been released. The competition is now 100% photo entry, catch and release and has held DPI accreditation for many years.
For the past four years the organisers have partnered with Rural Outreach Counselling to support their work with rural families. All the Committee members are also engaged in the Outreach’s mate Keeper program. The Competition organisers like to promote sustainable fishing practices as well as good mental health and what to do if you need help.
Citizen of the Year: Carina Rorato
Outstanding contribution to the Jerilderie community over a number of years, through volunteer and professional roles. Her involvement as a volunteer in various community organisations includes support for:
- Jerilderie Preschool Kindergarten’s Management Committee and Long Day Care Subcommittee
- St Joseph’s Primary School Social and Fundraising Committee
- Jerilderie Netball Club and
- Jerilderie Swimming Club
Of significant note has been her enormous contribution to the establishment of the Jerilderie Early Learning Centre, an important community project with a positive purpose and a measurable benefit for the local area.
This project commenced in 2016 and was completed 6 years later, in October 2022, with our citizen being the only community member involved in the project from inception to completion.
This major project saw 100s of hours of volunteer time dedicated to grant writing, community engagement, meetings with stakeholders, planning, design and fit out of the centre, staff recruitment and governance.
Professionally, she is a passionate advocate for children, their wellbeing, social experiences and educational opportunities, and is keen to advance both her personal and professional growth.
She is passionate about improving local social and educational experiences, and is always looking for ways to better our community.
Sportsperson of the Year: Fiona Baxter
Fiona recognises the need to support the community through access to health, fitness and wellbeing classes and has undertaken considerable training to provide these opportunities to people of all ages and abilities. Her regular classes at the Jerilderie Community Gym offer significant positive social experiences, and allow participants to stay fit and active.
As Secretary of the Jerilderie Community Gym Committee since its inception approximately 7 years ago, she has assisted with registering the gym as a not for profit entity, which allowed the Committee to secure funding for much needed gym equipment.
A former coach and player of the Jerilderie Netball Club, and an A grade best and fairest winner, she has also assisted the Jerilderie Football and Netball Clubs with pre-season training.
The second round of the NSW Government’s Go FOGO grants is now open for councils to establish food organics and garden organics or ‘FOGO’ recycling services for households across the state.
Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed the area’s newest citizens at a Citizenship Ceremony on Tuesday 15 August 2023.
Indigenous art and culture now take pride of place in Darlington Point following the official opening of the new Waddi Cultural Centre on Wednesday 9 August 2023.
Locals in Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie will soon be seeing a bright new garbage truck in their neighbourhood. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said the truck is an important part of the new way we manage waste across the Council area, with collection services moving in-house for organics, recycling and garbage.
Murrumbidgee Council is currently surveying local farmers and rural residents to gauge demand for the collection of household waste from property entrances. General Manager John Scarce said we are conducting a survey to gather feedback from rural residents about implementing a roadside collection service for garbage and recycling.
An exciting range of projects will get the green light following the announcement of the 2023 community grants program in the Murrumbidgee Council area. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said there was a tremendous response to this year’s grant program, with 22 applications received.
It was back to the Roaring Twenties on Saturday night in Darlington Point to celebrate the hall’s centenary and reopening, following refurbishments.
Murrumbidgee Council’s new and improved three-bin kerbside service will start across the Council area from Monday 3 July. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said the new service comprises three separate bins for Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO), recycling and garbage.
Aspiring artists have shined in Murrumbidgee Council’s first Waste to Art Competition. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said there was an extraordinary array of entries with people creating inspiring creations by transforming waste into art and design.
Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed the area’s newest citizen at a Citizenship Ceremony on Tuesday 6 June 2023. Mr Paul Wood officially took the Pledge of Commitment to become an Australian citizen, with Mayor Ruth McRae officiating on behalf of the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, the Hon Andrew Giles MP.
Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae has been recognised for her long-standing commitment to local government and the Murrumbidgee community with an Order of Australia Medal in the King’s Birthday Honours List.
In keeping with community expectations, roads and capital projects are key priorities in Murrumbidgee Council’s draft budget for 2023-2024. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said Council plans to deliver more than $7.2 million in road repairs and maintenance during the coming financial year, with almost half of rates income dedicated to the road network.
Community groups located in or servicing the Murrumbidgee Council area can now apply for a grant through the 2023 round of funding. The grants are proudly funded by Murrumbidgee Council, Neoen Coleambally Solar Farm and the former Darlington Point Lions Club. Applications close on Friday 19 May at 12.00 pm.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced seven local students will receive an Education Scholarship, valued at $1,000. Cr Mayor congratulated Abbey A’Vard, Ally Barlow, Jessica Bellato, Sally Foster, Nathan Hodgson, Julie Schubert and Aisha Tomkinson.
Ratepayers in the Murrumbidgee now have certainty of their domestic waste charges when the area moves to three kerbside bins in July this year. Murrumbidgee Council General Manager John Scarce said the new way of managing waste will see every urban property with kerbside collection using separate bins for general waste, recycling and Food Organics and Garden Organics (or FOGO).
The unique story of Ned Kelly and his gang’s bushranging exploits in the south-western town of Jerilderie, New South Wales, can now be shared around the world with a series of new virtual tours of the town’s historic sites. The theme of the project is ‘Hero or Outlaw?”, playing on the polarising effect of the gang and their iconic place in Australian history.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is inviting all schools, community groups and individuals to take up the challenge to showcase reused and recyclable materials with the Waste to Art Competition. Cr McRae said Waste to Art is an innovative way of giving a new life to materials that would otherwise have been thrown away, recycled or considered useless.
The housing shortage in Darlington Point is set to ease in the future with works commencing on the housing subdivision in Young Street. The subdivision will comprise 55 allotments, ranging in size from 725m2 to 1,052m2.
Businesswomen across the Murrumbidgee Council area have the opportunity to network with fellow women and gain a valuable insight into business and personal development at the upcoming Women’s Week event. The free Networking Evening will be held on Tuesday 7 March 2023 at the Punt Hotel in Darlington Point, commencing at 6.30 pm. It will include a light meal and refreshments.
The popular Monash Dinner and Oration is back in Jerilderie after several years’ hiatus. It will be held at the Jerilderie Civic Hall on Friday 17 March 2023, commencing at 6.30 pm.
Tertiary education students from the Murrumbidgee Council area can now apply for a Murrumbidgee Council Education Scholarship. The scholarships, valued at $1,000, are available to students who are studying at a tertiary institution in 2023. This includes university, TAFE and other recognised tertiary education providers.
Australia Day in the Murrumbidgee is sure to be an exciting celebration with events planned throughout the day at Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said the day is always a highlight on the annual calendar and it’s so exciting that our events are back to the normal format this year after being impacted by COVID restrictions for several years.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced applications are open for the 2023 Murrumbidgee Council Foundation Scholarship at Charles Sturt University. Cr McRae said assisting local students to obtain a degree at Charles Sturt University is an extremely important aspect in the development and growth of our community.
With $2.5 billion damage to our roads across the state, Murrumbidgee Council will join the growing band of local councils and peak advocacy groups, calling for an immediate funding boost by the Federal and State Governments.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced James Clarke is the 2022 recipient of the $2,000 Murrumbidgee Council Monash Bursary. Cr McRae said it was a great pleasure to award James with the bursary at the Remembrance Day ceremony in Jerilderie.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is calling on Darlington Point residents to get involved in the Darlington Point Early Childcare Centre project and help make the proposal a reality. Cr McRae said to capture interest in the project, we are hosting a community meeting on Tuesday 6 December 2022 at 6 pm at the Darlington Point Sports Club.
It’s that time of year again where we have the opportunity to nominate local citizens, groups and events for a local Australia Day award. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae encouraged everyone to use the opportunity to publicly recognise those in our community who go that extra mile to achieve great things.
Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed the area’s newest citizens at a Citizenship Ceremony on Wednesday 12 October 2022 in Darlington Point. Taking the pledge were Mrs Rhea Huxley, Mr Hardev Singh and Mr Dmytro Myronyuk.
Visitors to the idyllic Murrumbidgee Council area now have access to a tourist and business guide, packed with spectacular imagery and useful information.
Murrumbidgee Council General Manager John Scarce said we’ve had had another wet winter which has resulted in lush growth, however it will quickly dry off when the summer heat comes. The dates for the collections are: Coleambally: Monday 10 October 2022, Jerilderie: Monday 17 October 2022 and Darlington Point: Monday 24 October 2022.
Murrumbidgee Council is calling on local business owners and operators to share their perspectives on the broader needs of industry in the region, where Council can improve and where the opportunities are.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is calling on local community organisations to work with Council to apply for a share in the latest round of NSW Government Stronger Country Communities Funding.
Demand for childcare in Coleambally is the latest fact finding mission for Murrumbidgee Council as the organisation strives to ensure each town has the services available to meet community needs.
Residents in the Murrumbidgee Council area will be able to manage their household and organic waste more effectively from 1 July next year with the introduction of a three bin system for kerbside waste collection. Murrumbidgee Council General Manager John Scarce said the three bin system will comprise general waste, mixed recyclables and Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO).
Young children in the Jerilderie district will soon have the chance to thrive in the ultimate learning environment with a ceremony held to mark the completion of the new $1.63 million Early Learning Centre building on Wednesday 29 June 2022.
Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed the area’s newest citizens at a Citizenship Ceremony on Thursday 16 June 2022 in Jerilderie. Taking the pledge were Charmé Van der Walt, Johan Van der Walt, Michaela Walsh and Jane McMillan.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced seven recipients of this year’s Education Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Carissa Bellato, Riley Belling, Austin Mauger, Alex A’Vard, Thomas Gill, Danielle Mannes and Phoebe White.
Murrumbidgee Council has announced Kaitlin Salzke has joined the organisation as the new Chief Financial Officer. Murrumbidgee Council General Manager John Scarce welcomed Ms Salzke’s appointment and said she brings a wealth of experience and expertise in financial management.
Community ideas and feedback poured in during Murrumbidgee Council’s first round of engagement for the key strategic document, known as the ‘Community Strategic Plan’. Council is now asking the community to have their say on the draft plan.
Two new skate facilities in the Murrumbidgee Council area have been officially opened this week, at Darlington Point and Jerilderie, both venues completed utilising Government funding. The opening ceremonies have followed free Skate Workshops across the Council area, hosted by Murrumbidgee Council as part of Youth Week and funded by the NSW Government.
Around 40 ladies enjoyed the Women’s Day luncheon at Coleambally, with guest speaker Stina Constantine. Murrumbidgee locals were treated to a fascinating insight into Stina Constantine’s life experiences and achievements and were deeply moved by the love she feels for Australia and commitment to settling here.
Community groups located in or servicing the Murrumbidgee Council area can now apply for funding through Murrumbidgee Council and the Neoen Coleambally Solar Farm Community Grants Programs.
Community groups located in or servicing the Murrumbidgee Council area can now apply for funding through Murrumbidgee Council and the Neoen Coleambally Solar Farm Community Grants Programs.
Murrumbidgee Council has announced Garry Stoll has joined the organisation as the new Director of Planning, Community & Development. Council’s General Manager John Scarce welcomed Mr Stoll’s appointment and said he brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the newly established role as Director of Planning, Community & Development.
Tertiary education students can apply now for a Murrumbidgee Council Education Scholarship. The scholarships, valued at $1,000, are available to students who are attending a tertiary institution in 2022. This includes university, TAFE and other recognised tertiary education providers.
Australia Day events in the Murrumbidgee Council area will be reformatted following continuing concerns about holding large events during the omicron phase of the COVID pandemic.
Ms Viv Kartsounis, founder of charitable organisation, Shoes for Planet Earth, has been named as Australia Day Ambassador for the Murrumbidgee Council area.
The community is encouraged to have a say on the draft blueprint for land use in the Murrumbidgee Local Government Area for the next 20 years.
Murrumbidgee Council is calling for nominations for the local Australia Day Awards for 2022.
Murrumbidgee Council is encouraging residents to clean out the shed and tidy up the yard in preparation for the summer fire season.
Darlington Point locals and visitors will see work start on the new mini skate bowl at the end of October.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced students in the Murrumbidgee Council area have a number of scholarship options open to them at the moment.
The Mayor and Deputy Mayor positions at Murrumbidgee Council will remain the same, with Cr Ruth McRae re-elected unopposed as Mayor and Cr Robert Black re-elected as Deputy Mayor, also unopposed.
As I reach out to inform and assure you that Council’s services are still being delivered, I also encourage all of you to adhere to the ‘Stay at Home’ directive.
A $9 million staged upgrade to Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park could be on the cards with Murrumbidgee Council calling for public comment on a draft Master Plan for the park’s future development.
Murrumbidgee Council is using Local Government Week (2-8 August) as an opportunity to reflect on a busy year. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said Council and the whole community are getting on with business, despite continuing to face unprecedented challenges.
Murrumbidgee Council and Neoen Coleambally Solar Farm have announced the recipients of the 2021 Community Grants program.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced four recipients of this year’s Education Scholarship Program. Congratulations to Dharian Causon, Jonathan Foster, Olivia Mauger and Millie Rossato.
Murrumbidgee Council is commencing rates harmonisation across the Council area.
Murrumbidgee Council’s spending for the coming year will continue to focus on roads and capital projects, with the draft budget now on display for public comment.
Community groups located in or servicing the Murrumbidgee Council area can now apply for funding through the Murrumbidgee Council and the Neoen Coleambally Solar Farm Community Grants Programs.
Murrumbidgee Council is seeking community ideas for the design of Darlington Point’s proposed mini skate bowl. Murrumbidgee Council Director of Infrastructure Tom Dimec said the new facility will build on the facilities already available at the skate park, which are very popular among locals and visitors.
Work to upgrade more than 500 streetlights to energy efficient technology will begin on 10 May in Murrumbidgee Council’s area as part of a major energy efficiency project that will save the Council, and ultimately ratepayers, thousands in electricity bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Coleambally’s new junior change room facilities at Oval Number 2 were officially opened on Saturday 24 April with players, supporters and officials on hand for the occasion.
Farrer MP Sussan Ley today announced a $1.2m agreement to super charge telecommunications for communities in and around Jerilderie, Coleambally and Darlington Point.
Relaxing in the beautiful balmy autumn sunshine, great live music food in the company of family and friends is Murrumbidgee Council’s vision for the Autumn Festivals being held across the Council area.
Skaters, scooters and BMX riders can have their say on the proposed design and location of Jerilderie’s new skatepark and pumptrack. Murrumbidgee Council Director of Infrastructure Tom Dimec said the new facility will be an exciting recreational and social space for locals and visitors to Jerilderie.
Residents and visitors to Jerilderie this week will see a major artwork emerge as work gets underway on the wall at the Jerilderie Swimming Pool. Murrumbidgee Council has commissioned renowned graffiti and street artist, Matt Thompson from MT Design in Melbourne to create the piece.
Fresh new artworks and sculptural pieces are popping up throughout Coleambally, Jerilderie and Darlington Point, as part of Murrumbidgee Council’s vision to showcase the unique aspects of each of the three towns.
Four key infrastructure projects have been officially opened at Jerilderie by Member for Albury Justin Clancy MP and Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae. The projects are Jerilderie Swimming Pool upgrade, Studio addition at Jerilderie Sports Stadium, new grandstand roof at Jerilderie Showground and new amenities at Jerilderie Showground.
The Women's Business Networking event held at Coleambally on 10 March 2021 was a resounding success with 25 women from across the Murrumbidgee Council area attending. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae was the MC for the event, hosted by Murrumbidgee Council as part of NSW Women’s Week.
Telstra has switched on a new mobile base station in Bundure, helping provide new and improved 4G mobile network coverage along the Kidman Highway and more consistent data speeds for rural residents and visitors. The new tower is jointly funded by Telstra and Murrumbidgee Council.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Deputy Premier Steph Cooke has opened two major infrastructure projects in Darlington Point. The NSW Government has supported a $580,712 display centre and amenities at Lions Park, which proudly showcases The Dennis historic firefighting unit, and a new boat ramp and floating pontoon on the Murrumbidgee River with a $1.2 million investment.
Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed the area’s newest citizens at a Citizenship Ceremony on Thursday 4 March 2021 in Jerilderie. Taking the pledge were Mrs Amelita Carpio from Darlington Point and also Mr Maiwand Rasooly and his two sons Rehan and Subhan, now living in Sydney but formerly from Jerilderie.
NSW Women’s Week is running from 8 to 14 March 2021 and business women in the Murrumbidgee Council area have the opportunity to attend a free networking event as part of the celebrations. Murrumbidgee Council, supported by Darlington Point Business Connect, Coleambally Chamber of Commerce and the up-and-coming Jerilderie Chamber of Commerce, is hosting the free networking evening for women in business in Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie.
Drivers of electric vehicles will now be able to stop off in Jerilderie to recharge at a new fast charger in the town centre, as the NSW Government co-funds 20 stations across the regions to extend the travel network and send tourist dollars to town.
Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae congratulated this year’s Australia Day Award recipients for their outstanding contribution to their communities.
Murrumbidgee Council has announced Tom Dimec has joined the organisation as the new Director of Infrastructure. Murrumbidgee Council General Manager John Scarce welcomed Mr Dimec’s appointment and said he brings a wealth of experience and expertise in engineering and asset management, together with excellent managerial and operational skills.
Jerilderie’s Australia Day celebrations will take on a new look this year due to COVID-19 protocols. The usual large scale event with fireworks and live music at Lake Jerilderie has been cancelled, with a high tea for Australia Day awardees and their invited guests instead.
Residents and developers in the Murrumbidgee Council area can look forward to a streamlined application process with Council moving to online lodgement of applications for development.
Jerilderie residents and businesses will be asked to adopt permanent water saving practices following Murrumbidgee Council’s implementation of year-round raw water restrictions for the township.
Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce the newly upgraded Jerilderie Swimming Pool will reopen on Saturday 21 November 2020. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said it is very exciting the new facility is finished in time for summer.
A $2,000 education bursary is currently on offer to residents in the Murrumbidgee Local Government Area who will be studying at a tertiary institution next year.
Murrumbidgee Council is encouraging residents to clean out the shed and tidy up the yard in preparation for the summer fire season.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has announced applications are now open for the 2020 Murrumbidgee Council Foundation Scholarship at Charles Sturt University.
Murrumbidgee Council is calling for nominations for the local Australia Day awards. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said we have a number of awards that recognise the amazing contributions people make in our community.
Murrumbidgee Council is seeking feedback from residents in the locality of Coree, near Jerilderie, to see if they support changing to Jerilderie’s postcode of 2716, rather than using Deniliquin’s postcode of 2710.
Four of Murrumbidgee Council’s unsealed roads will be signposted as ‘Dry weather road only’ as Council is concerned at the dangers to motorists who attempt to use these roads in wet conditions and the damage caused to the roads.
Murrumbidgee Council currently has three exciting art opportunities in the pipeline and is calling on regional artists to take part. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said we are currently calling for Expressions of Interest from experienced artists for the concept development, design and production of three public art projects across our area.
Murrumbidgee Council has formally welcomed Mr Joseph Lia, the area’s newest Australian citizen, at a Citizenship Ceremony in Jerilderie.
Murrumbidgee Council is encouraging families, friends and neighbours to use the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Get Ready Weekend (19-20 September 2020) to prepare for bushfire season and start a broader conversation about being aware of and prepared for all hazards.
Murrumbidgee Council is offering Murrumbidgee’s youth the chance to try out the latest sporting craze with a free game of foot golf.
Sport across the region may have been quieter than usual this year, but Jerilderie’s Monash Park has been a hive of activity with the installation of impressive new light towers and LED lighting.
Murrumbidgee Council’s Wiradjuri Walk proposal is one of 48 successful proposals across the State and will come to life thanks to $460,000 in funding from the NSW Government’s Streets as Shared Spaces program.
Murrumbidgee Council will hold a microchipping clinic at Darlington Point on Thursday 27 August from 9.00 am – 12.00 pm.
Local businesses in the Murrumbidgee Council area have the opportunity to join together for promotion, networking and development activities as part of the new Murrumbidgee Chamber of Commerce, which will be known as ‘Business Murrumbidgee’.
Work has commenced on stage two of the major upgrade to Coleambally’s Sporting Precinct.
Residents across the Murrumbidgee Council area have embraced Murrumbidgee Council’s proposal to revitalise the towns of Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie through the Town Revitalisation Project.
Residents and visitors alike can look forward to a makeover of Murrumbidgee Council’s townships in the coming months. Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae said we have some exciting concepts in mind for each of our towns, including planter boxes, street art, tree planting and focused lighting. We’re now seeking community feedback on these ideas.
Councillors at Murrumbidgee Council have collectively supported the decision to keep their fees the same as for 2019/20 at the June Council meeting.
Making townships more appealing and welcoming to live in and visit will be key influences in how Murrumbidgee Council spends the latest round of Australian Government Drought funding.
Murrumbidgee Council has announced the recipients of the 2020 Community Grants Program.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is delighted to announce Council’s offices and the Jerilderie Library will reopen on 1 June 2020.
Playgrounds in Murrumbidgee Council area will be reopened as COVID-19 restrictions are eased across NSW.
Jerilderie residents and businesses are being asked to change their watering practices in a bid to curb the amount of raw water the township is using.
Community groups can now apply for funding through the Murrumbidgee Council and the Neoen Coleambally Solar Farm Community grants programs.
Community facilities in the Murrumbidgee Council area will receive more than $1 million in funding through Round 3 of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund.
A new $3.4 million feedlot will be built by Beefcorp Farms Pty Ltd in Logie Brae which is part of Murrumbidgee Council area.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is asking for community input to guide Council’s long term planning decisions and future development of the area.
Murrumbidgee Council invites youth across the Murrumbidgee Council area to celebrate Youth Week 2020 with a "Tackling ISO life" creative arts competition and a "Stay at Home" colouring-in competition.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae is appealing to the Murrumbidgee community to stay safe and stay home this Easter.
The Jerilderie Swimming Complex will receive a welcome revamp with working starting in April 2020.
Eighty women have joined together to celebrate 2020 International Women’s Day at a luncheon hosted by Murrumbidgee Council in Jerilderie with guest speaker Dr Hannah MacDougall.
Coleambally Equestrian Centre is looking good following a grant from Murrumbidgee Council for an upgrade to the grounds and equipment.
Jump on the bus to Griffith for a fun day out of bowling, laser tag, rock climbing and arcade games.
Congratulations to the 2020 recipients of Jerilderie Australia Day awards.
The Jerilderie Australia Day Committee posthumously bestowed upon Ian Sneddon the very great honour of being conferred as Patron of the Jerilderie Australia Day Committee at the 2020 Australia Day event.
Murrumbidgee Council is proud to support educational development in the community with the annual Student Scholarship program.
Murrumbidgee Council has introduced restrictions on raw water usage for the Jerilderie township.
Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce the Australia Day Ambassador for 2020 is renowned rifle shooter, Warren Potent.
Murrumbidgee Council has officially welcomed two new citizens to the area at a Citizenship Ceremony.
Jerilderie is set for an afternoon of fun on Saturday 21 December 2019 with the Mid-summer Bash at the swimming pool, hosted by Murrumbidgee Council.
Murrumbidgee Council Mayor Ruth McRae has invited the whole community to join together for special free ‘Escape the Drought’ events in Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie.
Know someone who deserves recognition in the community - nominate them now for a local Australia Day award.
Murrumbidgee Council has announced the pools at Coleambally, Darlington Point and Jerilderie will open for the summer swimming season on Tuesday 5 November 2019. Entry to the pools will be free for the 2019/20 swimming season.
Murrumbidgee Council has placed the draft Community Participation Plan on public exhibition and is encouraging the local community to provide feedback.
Murrumbidgee Council has hosted another successful Monash Dinner, with guest speaker and Monash's great grandson, Michael Bennett. Also part of the evening was the announcement of Grace Leeds as the 2019 Bursary recipient.
Murrumbidgee Councillors have re-elected Cr Ruth McRae as Mayor and Cr Robert Black as Deputy Mayor.
Darlington Point was abuzz on Saturday with visitors and locals enjoying the beautiful weather and a great range of activities.
Have your child car seat checked at a free inspection on Thursday 26 September 2019 at Murrumbidgee Council carpark 9.00 am - 12 noon.
Murrumbidgee Council is seeking feedback from Jerilderie residents who listen to SBS radio on 2SBS FM 91.7
Murrumbidgee Council is advising motorists of the temporary closure of Hay Road from Britts Road to the Sturt Highway, while levee bank construction works are in progress.
Murrumbidgee Mayor Ruth McRae has announced residents and diners can now see how well local food businesses are complying with food hygiene and safety requirements through the Scores on Doors program.
Murrumbidgee Council is calling on community and sporting organisations to provide details on projects they would like included in applications for Round 3 of the NSW Government’s Stronger Country Communities Fund (SCCF).
Murrumbidgee Council is pleased to announce the annual Monash Dinner and Oration will be held on 20 September 2019 at the Jerilderie Civic Hall.
Vote now to capture Jerilderie's extraordinary history when Ned Kelly asked 12 year old John Monash to hold his horse for a shilling.
Murrumbidgee Council is inviting the community to join Councillors for 'Cuppa with a Councillor' as part of the Local Government Week celebrations.
Murrumbidgee Council has thanked the highly popular Dr Ismail Alhejaj who has officially finished up with the Jerilderie Medical Centre and handed the reins over to Dr Assem Swaid.
Murrumbidgee Council's draft Economic Development Strategy is on public exhibition.
Darlington Point’s newest citizen has been officially welcomed at Murrumbidgee Council’s citizenship ceremony on 14 June 2019.
Murrumbidgee Council has adopted its 2019/20 Operational Plan.
Residents logging on to the Murrumbidgee Council website will notice a few changes.
Murrumbidgee Council continues to build the region, with funding for more local projects in its sights.
The future looks brighter for the Jerilderie Men's Shed after Council approved the request of a loan.
Council wishes to advise the residents of Darlington Point that continuous best practice approach is being undertaken to deliver safe drinking water as directed by NSW Health and NSW Department of Primary Industries-Water.
Murrumbidgee Council is today farewelling a staff member who has committed his entire career to local government and in particular the Jerilderie and district community.
It's not often skaters and BMX riders in the Murrumbidgee Council area get the chance to show off their skills. But that's about to change, with plans for YMCA Action Sports to bring the Skate Park Leagues (SPL) series to town.
Recent announcements by NSW State Government indicate more opportunities for investment in significant community infrastructure projects are opening up.
Keep up to date with all of the news across Murrumbidgee Council area with the latest media releases.