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Blue Green Algae Reports

Murray and Sunraysia Combined Blue Green Algae Report

Results derived from weekly sampling at Hume Dam show potentially toxic species Dolichospermum and Microcystis present, with biovolume at the lower end of the recreational Amber alert level at Heywood’s Bay. Torrumbarry Weir is also on Amber alert. – Update Friday 17 December 2021

Lachlan River Alerts

This blue-green algal alert reort is based on routing monitoring at sites in the Lachlan Algae Reporting area. The sites are monitored by WaterNSW and local Councils. – Update 17 December 2021

Murrumbidgee River Alerts

This blue-green algal alert reort is based on routing monitoring at sites in the Murrumbidgee Algae Reporting area. The sites are monitored by WaterNSW and local Councils. – Update 17 December 2021

Mungo National Park

Wander the sands of time in ancient Mungo National Park at the heart of NSW’s Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. This extraordinary place is of great significance to the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi people.

Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, found resting just meters apart, were buried more than 42,000 years ago on Lake Mungo’s shores. The planet’s oldest ritual burials, Mungo Lady was cremated, Mungo Man adorned with ochre. They represent the early emergence of human spiritual beliefs and provide a glimpse into the care provided to kin through Australia’s deep history. Along with 20,000-year-old fossil human footprints, they tell an incredible story of First Australians’ long history, and led to the establishment of Mungo National Park.

Take a guided tour to the incredible Walls of China, where erosion has sculpted sand and clay into fragile yet imposing formations; or explore on wheels with a cycling or drive tour through the stunning landscape.

For further Visitor information, including how to get there and the latest update on Mungo National Park closures click on the available links – Update – 30 November 2021 the only access to Mungo National Park is via Balranald. Access roads to Mungo via Wentworth Shire Council (Arumpo Road and Top Hut Road) are currently closed.

NSW SES FLOOD WATCH – MURRUMBIDGEE RIVER AT NARRANDERA, DARLINGTON POINT AND HAY

Minor Flooding occurring at Darlington Point and Hay – Update 21 December 2021.

NSW SES Flood Bulletin #9 – Mirrool Creek – 4 January 2022

Community Survey – Shaping Balranald Shire 2032

All Councils in NSW are required to prepare a community Strategic Plan (CSP) to define the local comunity’s vision and aspirations for the future.

We have prepared an Issues Paper that suggests some issues and new directions which should be included into the new Balranald Shire 2032.

Tell us how you want Balranald Shire to evolve in the future! We are committed to gaining feedback on our new strategic directions. There are a number of ways you can get involved:

  1. Please contact our community engagement consultant Sarah Artist at sarah@lgthinking.com.au or 0409 830 283 if you or your community group would like to discuss the issues in this paper.
  1. Please send your written submissions to:

Community Strategic Plan – Submission

Balranald Shire Council

PO Box 120

Balranald NSW 2715

  1. If you would like to complete our survey, please go to Shaping Balranald Shire 2032 – Survey and complete our ten minute survey.

Surveys and submissions must be received before 3rd December 2021.

ISSUES PAPER

SURVEY – SHAPING BALRANALD SHIRE 2032

Discovery Centre – Modification Works

NSW Government has allocated to the Far West Joint Organisation (FWJO) five million dollars to spend on the tourism funding. The FWJO split this funding equally to the four Shires – $1.25M each. As part of this funding arrangement, Balranald Shire was required to identify an appropriate proposal for its allocation and demonstrate the project is:


· tourism related· regionally significant· deliverable and affordable· has community strategic alignment Balranald Shire Council has previously nominated the redevelopment of the Visitor Information Centre/Discovery Centre complex as its tourism funding proposal. In summary, the project involves:


· integration of the three existing pavilion buildings into a single linked complex with a common foyer

. relocation and expansion of interpretive material into the main pavilion to provide better public access and exposure.· repurposing and extending the existing interpretive centre pavilion into an expanded and modern library.· consolidation of customer service and visitor information functions, so as to enable longer opening hours for locals and visitors.

Balranald Discovery Centre Modication Works – Review of Environmental Factors

Changed Road Conditions – Atlas/Campaspe Mineral Sands Project

Motorists using local roads in the north of the Shire are advised of the following changes to roads in the vicinity of the Atlas-Campaspe Mineral Sands Project:

  • The Magenta-Wampo Road between Marma-Box Creek Road and the Boree Plains-Gol Gol Road, will re-open to all traffic from Thursday 4th November 2021. Council thanks residents for their patience and cooperation while this road has been closed for construction.
  • Construction work is continuing on the Magenta-Wampo Road between the Boree Plains-Gol Gol Road and Langleydale Station, and north to Magenta Station, with the road open to traffic but under traffic control conditions. Motorists are advised to use extreme caution if using this road as heavy earthmoving machinery is in operation.
  • The Hatfield-The Vale Road between Magenta Station and the Balranald-Ivanhoe Road at Hatfield will be CLOSED to through traffic from Monday 15th November 2021 until late February 2022 to enable construction of the mine haul road to be completed. Motorists are advised to detour  via Langleydale for travel through this area. The road will be made trafficable and available for use over the Christmas break (22nd December 2021 until 8th January 2022).

Second-hand Goods for Sale by Tender

Council has the following available for dispersal for Sale by Tender, Inspections will be available by appointment.

  1. 10 old stock grids, no bases or side walls
  2. Fabricated rear Truck Bumper, BENT
  3. 1 Old Tool Trailer Suitable for scrap
  4. 2 Old Combination Rollers, Suit Wrecking or Scrap
  5. 2 Trailer Axles suit 14 inch Wheels, One BENT
  6. Tank Stand to suit Slide Out Truck Water Tank
  7. 4 Hydraulic Rams
  8. 4- 3 Point Linkage Arms
  9. 1 Small Tar Pig Suit Wrecking or Scrap
  10. 1 Silver Mazda Hatch Back Suit Parts or Wrecking
  11. 1 Black Jeep Wagon V8 Suit Wrecking or Parts

Further items will be added to the list, the website will be updated regularly

Please email council@balranald.nsw.gov.au with your details, including a phone number by Wednesday 17th November 2021 to register for an appointment for inspecting any or all the goods.

If you require any further information please email any enquiry to the above email.

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Drought Community Outreach Program

Swan Hill Rotary Club are seeking assistance of identified community members to assist their local primary producers, suppliers and workers to apply for Government funded $500 debit cards to families that have been financially impacted by drought. This included those currently in drought as well as those recovering from the intense drought of the past few years.

If you have or know someone that has been impacted by the drought read the guidelines and complete the application form and forward to swanhillrotary@gmail.com or Post a copy to John Brookshaw, President Rotary Club of Swan Hill, PO Box 656 Swan Hill VIC 3585

Covid Vaccinations

AUSMAT will be in Balranald to assist the Local Health Services to keep our community safe by assisting with the rollout of the COVID19 vaccination – Thursday 9 September 2021

Where: Old ED site at the Balranald MPS/Hospital

When: 9 September 2021 from 10am – 4pm

What to Bring: Medicare Card and ID

Vaccinations will be available for anoone over the age of 12 years. (12-16 needs parental consent)

Trasport assistance will be available – please call

Maari Ma 50 200 009

Connie @ Livebetter – 0428 335 711

Balranald MPS 50 719 800

Kyalite Bridge Works

Tansport NSW is carrying out essential maintenance works on Kyalite Bridge on Yanga Way. Works will be carried out from 7am – 6pm weekdays commencing Monday 20 September and is expected to be completed by Friday 19 November 2021 – Weather Permitting. For further information please click on the links – Emergency Services Access During Kyalite Bridge Work and Bridge Closures on Kyalite Bridge from Monday 20 September