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

RECENT NEWS


Further Items of News including any Policies currently subject to review may be listed here.

HAVE A SAY IN THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF OUR SHIRE!

Council is holding a series of Community Meetings to receive feedback and input about 3 important strategic projects to be commenced in the next financial year.  The projects are:

  • Economic Development Strategy
  • Swimming Pools Refurbishment
  • Sewerage Infrastructure.
The projects will all be discussed at the same meeting in sequence and will commence at 6.00pm at each location.  Note:  Sewerage Infrastructure will be the only discussion item at the Yerong Creek meeting.

All residents are encouraged to attend and put forward their views about these important issues for the future of our shire.



PRE-ELECTION SEMINARS FOR PROSPECTIVE COUNCIL CANDIDATES

Local Government Elections will be held on Saturday, 10 September 2016 and nominations for Council open on Monday, 1 August 2016.

City of Wagga Wagga is holding two pre-election seminars on Tuesday, 5 July 2016 at 1.30 to 4.30pm, and 5.30 to 8.30pm.  Cost to attend will be $240.00 per person.

The seminars will be facilitated by Local Government NSW and will be addressed by Mrs Kay Hull AM, and will provide prospective Councillors with information regarding:

  • The benefits and importance of Local Government
  • Understanding the role of Council and the role of the Councillor
  • A typical Council structure
  • Challenges of the role and how to meet them
  • The importance of diverse representation on Council
  • Meeting procedures and rules of debate
  • Support available including information and networks
  • Introduction to Local Government jargon and what it means
  • Putting it together – making the commitment.

To register please contact Neil McDermott, Senior Governance Officer at City of Wagga Wagga on 1300 292 442 or via e-mail to council@wagga.nsw.gov.au.

LOCKHART SHIRE COUNCIL ELECTIONS

Lockhart Shire Council Elections will be held on Saturday, 10 September 2016 and voting is compulsory.

The election will be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Voting will be for 9 Councillors split over 3 Wards with 3 to be elected from each Ward.

All key election information is available at:  http://www.votensw.info

Polling venues will be the same as in the last election, as follows:

A Ward

Lockhart Central School

Halliday Street

B Ward

Lockhart Central School

Halliday Street

B Ward

Pleasant Hills Public School

Crawford Street

B Ward

The Rock Community Hall

Urana Street

B Ward

Yerong Creek Public School

Cole Street

C Ward

Lockhart Central School

Halliday Street

C Ward

The Rock Community Hall

Urana Street

RO Office & Additional Pre-poll Locations

Location

Venue Type

Wagga Wagga

RO Office

Lockhart

Statutory Pre-poll

Proposed Declared Institutions

C Ward

Emily Gardens Lutheran Aged Care

1 Emily Street

A Ward

Lockhart MPS

49-53 Hebden Street

A Ward

Woodhaven Hostel

55a Hebden Stree

Pre-polling will be carried out in the Lockhart Memorial Hall for the 2 week period prior to the election, as well as the Wagga Wagga Returning Officer office.


Lockhart Shire Business Survey

Lockhart Shire Council has committed to engaging with business through its Tourism & Economic Strategy which was adopted in 2013. One of the priorities in the Strategy is to engage with businesses so that we can better understand the state of business in the Shire and the needs of the business community.

A copy of the Lockhart Shire Business Survey has been posted to all known businesses in the Shire. The survey will be used to obtain the views of business to influence, shape and inform the development and delivery of future plans and strategies; to assistwith the  promotion of our area; and for the use of data in admissions for funding and advocacy.

All businesses are urged to participate in the survey, and may also be completed online as follows:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MQV85FF

The closing date for Survey Responses will be 15th July, 2016.  

LOCKHART SHIRE SAVED!

Council greeted the news that it has been saved from forced amalgamation with Corowa and Urana Shires with delight.

A big thank you for the contributions made by our various communities.  Without this unending support it is highly likely the merger may have proceeded.

After four years of fighting to stand alone we can now proceed to deliver the services and provide new infrastructure to the Lockhart Shire community into the future.

We now look forward to our shire remaining prosperous and economically sustainable by continuing to provide good leadership and governance.


Cr Peter Yates
MAYOR

Rod Shaw

GENERAL MANAGER


FREE Workshops

Lockhart Shire Council are running two FREE workshops for Lockhart Shire Residents. The Grant Writers Workshop is on Monday, 20 June and the Computer, Email and Online Training Workshop for Businesses is on Monday, 27 June. Community groups interested in doing the computer workshop can be put on a waiting list in the case of availability.

The NSW Government has released the draft Riverina-Murray Regional Plan which outlines a vision to grow and diversify the economy over the next 20 years.

For the first time, a draft Plan consolidates strategic planning for the 26 local government areas that comprise the Riverina-Murray region.

The Plan outlines the following goals for the region:

  • A growing economy supported by productive agriculture and sustainable use of natural resources.
  • Improved regional transport networks and utility infrastructure to support economic activity.
  • Strong regional cities supported by a network of liveable towns and villages that meet the communities changing needs.
  • A protected environment and a community resilient to natural hazards and climate change. 

Further information is available at www.planning.nsw.gov.au/riverinamurray

Feedback Invited

You can view and comment on the draft plan until 21 July 2016

You can make a submission by:

Petition - Mobile Phone Black Spots and 000 Emergency Call Access

Council through the Riverina Eastern Regional Organisation of Councils (REROC) has been campaigning for some time to improve mobile phone coverage within our Shire.

Council is supporting a petition from Katharine Marsh, from Western Australia, who lost her partner due to no mobile phone coverage and inability to access '000'.

The petition will be at the front counter of the Council Administration Building until COB Monday, 27 June 2016.

For further information please see the attached letter and information package:  Letter from Katherine Marsh dated 11 May 2016.

PUBLIC TOILETS IN WALTER DAY PARK AT LOCKHART

Lockhart Shire Council is due to commence reconstruction of the public toilets at Walter Day Park, Lockhart in mid May 2016.  Completion is expected by late July 2016.

One of the existing toilets will remain in operation during the construction works with additional toilets available at CWA Park which is located at 67 Green Street adjacent to the Council Administration Building.

Lockhart Shire Council apologises for any inconvenience caused during the upgrade of these vital community facilities.  For all enquiries please contact Council on (02) 6920 5305.


Lockhart Shire No Merger Action Group


Name / Position

Phone / Mobile

Email

Justine Isherwood / Chair

6920 3753 / 0419 539 130

justine.isherwood2013@gmail.com

Beverley Haberecht / Secretary

0427 229 649

bevhab@gmail.com

Andrew Bouffler

0427 207 656

info@triggervalesheepstuds.com.au

Bethanie Levarre-Waters

0455 463 216

blevarre@gmail.com

Colin Dick

0402 860 258

cold23@bigpond.com

James Van Strijp

0438 690 509

petraenterprises@outlook.com

Jeff Nimmo

0419 244 926

jeffnimmo@gmail.com

Myra Jenkyn

6920 5577

 

Philip Bouffler

0429 205 372

gurnayvl@bordernet.com.au

Ross Edwards

0428 203 539

 

Ruth Ernest

6920 5209

ruth.ernest@det.nsw.edu.au