Welcome to Lockhart Shire Council

Home of the True Country Spirit

Lockhart Shire nestles in the heart of the Riverina and is one of the regions most productive agricultural and pastoral areas. Of strong pioneering heritage and steeped in history, Lockhart Shire's main towns and villages include Lockhart, The Rock, Yerong Creek, Pleasant Hills and Milbrulong. Each community has it's own unique character and history, and the Shire offers visitors a relaxed country atmosphere steeped in history.

Lockhart is centrally situated 62kms south-west of Wagga Wagga, 62 kms east of Narrandera and 105 kms north of Albury. The Rock is on the Olympic Highway 25 kms south of Wagga Wagga with Yerong Creek another 15 kms down the Highway.

Council is mindful of community consultation and when required public meetings are held to assist with this process. Current community consultation meetings

Draft Operational Plan 2017-18 and Budget, Draft Delivery Program Budget 2017-21

A Draft Operational Plan and Budget 2017-18 and Draft Delivery Program Budget 2017-21 have been developed and endorsed by Council for public exhibition.

The draft documents will be on public exhibition until Wednesday, 14 June 2017 and submissions and comments will be received up until this date.  Council will take into account all submissions received before adopting the final Budget documents at its June 2017 Council Meeting.

The documents may be viewed below, at Council's Administration Building, or at The Rock, Yerong Creek or Pleasant Hills Post Offices:
Anyone wishing to comment on the draft documents is invited to do so in writing, addressed to the General Manager, at mail@lockhart.nsw.gov.au or Council's PO Box.

Peter Veneris
General Manager
Lockhart Shire Council
PO Box 21
LOCKHART  NSW  2656

IPART DECISION DISAPPOINTS

IPART announced its decision regarding Council's application for a Special Rate Variation on 9 May 2017.

Council's application for a Special Rate Variation has not been approved.  This means that Council's general rate income can increase by no more than the rate peg in 2017/18, i.e. 1.5%.

NSW Fire and Emergency Services Levy

From 1 July 2017, the NSW Government is introducing a new system for funding our community's fire and emergency services.  At present, these services are funded by a levy on insurance policies, which will be removed from 1 July.  From this time, all properties, not just insured properties, will directly contribute to the cost of these services through the Fire and Emergency Services Levy (FESL).

Councils will be required to collect the FESL alongside council rates on behalf of the NSW Government.

You will be notified in July of your FESL contribution as part of your council rates notice, or a separate notice for non-rateable properties.  Like council rates, you may pay the FESL annually or quarterly.

The FESL paid will, in part, depend on your property's classification as residential, farmland, industrial, commercial or public benefit, and whether or not the land is vacant.

Notices indicating each property's classification for the purposes of the FESL were issued in April 2017.  You won't need to take any action if you agree with the classification of your property.  If you disagree with your property's classification, you can request a review by contacting Lockhart Shire Council on 6920 5305.

Where you are dissatisfied with this review, you may appeal to the Land and Environment Court.  If a change to your land classification is made by Council, you will be advised within 30 days from the date this change occurs.

FESL rates were published by 30 April 2017, and a FESL calculator is available at http://www.fesl.nsw.gov.au

Intereach New Access Program

TAKE ACTION.  CHANGE THINGS.  GET BACK ON TRACK.

NewAccess is a free coaching program developed by beyondblue and established in partnership with the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network (MPHN), which aims to assist regional people experiencing mild to moderate depresssion, anxiety and life stresses through an easily accessible and confidential support service.

NewAccess can assist anyone 16 years or older with a variety of challenges related to mental health such as:
  • Work stress/uncertainty
  • Unemployment
  • New parent worries
  • Isolation or loneliness
  • Family problems
  • Health concerns/uncertainty
  • Financial worries
  • Change in living arrangements.

Please find attached a fact sheet that provides further details about the service:  Intereach NewAccess Program.