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Mungo National Park

Red Top lookout and boardwalk is currently closed while repairs to weather-related subsidence and damage of the access road is undertaken.

Mungo lakebed bicycle trail is closed until further notice due to the wet conditions.

Other options for cycling include Walls Road and Zanci pastoral loop. These park roads are shared with vehicles, so please take care and cycle with caution.

Mungo self-guided drive tour road (from Red Top lookout) remains closed. Road works have commenced to undertake cultural site protection and improvements to the road surface. 

Belah campground is closed until further notice.

This closure remains in place while site protection works are completed on the Mungo Self-guided Drive Tour road.

These works will take some time to complete and ongoing wet weather is delaying the works program.

Please continue to monitor Council road conditions, weather and the alerts page on the NPWS Website for updates.

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 updates on Mungo National local alerts and updates visit the Mungo National Park Webpage

Algae Reports for the Region

Far West RACC Algae Report

Far West Blue-Green Algal Reports are based on samples collected by various councils; Moree Plains, Walgett, Brewarrina, Bourke and Central Darling Shire Councils and Water NSW – Barwon River, Darling River at Wilcannia and Louth are on Amber Alert and Namoi River at Walgett and the Darling River at Bourke are on Green Alert – Update 9 March 2022

Murray and Sunraysia Combined Blue Green Algae Report

All monitoring stations at Hume Dam remain on amber alert. Amber alerts are also current for several sites along the Murray River, the Edward/Wakool Rivers and the Gulpa Creek. Update 17 June 2022 and Media Statement – BGA Red Alert Lifted at Hume Dam – Media Statement – Red Alert for Wakool River Stoney Creek to Kyalite

Murrumbidgee Region Blue Green Algal Alerts

This blue-green algal alert reort is based on routine monitoring at sites in the Murrumbidgee Algae Reporting area. The sites are monitored by WaterNSW and local Councils. – Update 8 June 2022 and Amendment for Yanga Lake

Lachlan Regional Alerts

Blue-Green Algal alert report is based on routine monitoring sites in the Lachlan Algae Reporting Area. The sites are monitored by WaterNSW and local Councils. – update 7 June 2022 and Media Statement – Willandra Weir – 25 May 2022

Yanga National Park – Update

Yanga Update – 27 June 2022 OR Visit Yanga National Park | NSW National Parks for latest updates

The Willows Campground has dried out enough to reopen. Unfortunately the River campgrounds, Mamanga and Woolpress Bend remain flooded and will not be open for the school holidays

Yanga Woolshed carpark is available for 1 night only camping if you are happy to stay in a big gravel clearing. Alternatively, if you prefer to camp on a river, if fully self-contained you might consider camping at the Kyalite reserves. There are 2 rivers to choose from Kyalite campground | NSW National Parks

DOMESTIC FIREWOOD PERMITS – YANGA NATIONAL PARK

Permits are available from 1st May until 30th September 2022 for domestic firewood collection on Yanga National Park. The available firewood is from a single collection point and consists of redgum milled timber offcuts (sleeper backs). – Firewood Application Form

Permits cost $25/tonne or $12.50/tonne for pensioner concession with a limit of 6 tonne per household per year.

Permits are only available to residents of Balranald and Murray Rivers Shires.

PLEASE NOTE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS APPLICATIONS AND PERMITS WILL BE PROCESSED BY EMAIL FROM THE NPWS BURONGA OFFICE.

For more information or permit applications please call the Yanga park office on 0350 201764 or email

npws.lowerdarlingfirewood@environment.nsw.gov.au

https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/yanga-national-park

https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/mamanga-campground

https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/the-willows-campground-and-picnic-area

https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/woolpress-bend-campground

And don’t forget Kyalite Regional Park reserves where things are a bit more relaxed; people can collect wood for their campfires and even take their pets.

https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/camping-and-accommodation/campgrounds/kyalite-campground

Drinking Water Pressure Reduction

As part of a program to improve service to customers and to renew and replace old assets in line with good asset management practice, Balranald Shire has engaged contractors to inspect the drinking water towers at both Balranald and Euston.

This work will be carried out on Wednesday 8 June 2022 and will reduce the water pressure.

The pressure will be affected in FILTERED WATER from Tuesday evening until COB Wednesday evening.

If you require more information please contact Council’s office during working hours 0350 201300.

Balranald Shire thanks our residents for their cooperation during this work and apologises for any inconvenience.

Food Recall – Dineamic Creamy Pesto Pumpkin Gnocchi with Broccoli

31 May 2022
The NSW Food Authority advises:
Product information
Dineamic Australia Pty Ltd is conducting a recall of Dineamic Creamy Pesto Pumpkin Gnocchi With Broccoli 360g. The product has been available for sale at independent food retailers in NSW & ACT, independent food retailers including IGA & Dineamic Foodstore in VIC, and has been sold to customers online in NSW, ACT, QLD, VIC, TAS, SA & WA. 
Date markings ·   
Use By 08 JUN 22, 10 JUN 22, 12 JUN 22
Problem: 
The recall is due to the presence of foreign matter (plastic).
Food safety hazard: 
Food products containing plastic may cause illness/injury if consumed. 
Country of origin: 
Australia
What to do:
Consumers should not eat this product and should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.  

For more information please contact:
Dineamic Australia Pty Ltd
Customer Experience Team 
03 8669 0587 / Team@Dineamic.com.au 
https://www.dineamic.com.au/ See: all current food recalls

Community Sponsorship Program

Applications are now open for the Sunarysia Solar Farm 2022 Community Sponsorship Program. The total sponsorship funding amount is $20,000 and proposals must be submitted by 8 July 2022 via email at sunraysia.sponsorships@res-group.com – Over the last 3 years several committee/organisations within Balranald Shire have benefited from this funding, this year could be your organisation. For further information click on the link

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

Minor Flooding occurring in Murrumbidgee River – Update 31 January 2022.

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

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).

Appointment of Acting General Manager

Administrator, Mike colreavy has announced the interim appointment as Acting General Manager, of Mr Glenn Wilcox who will take up the position on 20 August, until a permanent replacement is found for Mr Oliver McNulty who has accepted a senior position in Melbourne. – Further information please read the Media Release