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Early Childhood Intervention Services bid farewell to Berrigan Shire Council and hello to Kurrajong Therapy Plus.


Berrigan Shire, Kurrajong Therapy Plus, Family and Community Services, clients of the service, and local service providers, were on hand at an afternoon tea held Wednesday 9th August to celebrate the transition of Early Childhood Intervention Services from Berrigan Shire Council to Kurrajong Therapy Plus. 

Berrigan Shire Mayor Matthew Hannan, stated “The decision to release the service was a difficult one, and not one made lightly. The Council’s service model for ECIS was not one that would suit the new National Disability Insurance Scheme funding model so we reluctantly sought partners to operate the service, and we are grateful that we have found such a perfect fit in Kurrajong.” 

“Council’s aim in transition was to ensure that service would continue to be delivered locally, by local people for local people, and I am really pleased that Council has been able to deliver on this aim.” 

Berrigan Shire General Manager, Rowan Perkins, in his farewell 
stated “Margaret has been employed with the Council for twelve years, and has been a loyal and dedicated staff member over that time, always putting her client’s needs before her own.”  

Berrigan Shire Director Corporate Services, Matthew Hansen, commended Margaret Graham on her work with ECIS.  “I have watched Marg grow the service in the past twelve years, from working on a shoe-string budget in the small office at Memorial Park, to the greater resources here in the rear of the Finley Library building, where the service will stay.”  

Margaret Graham, Early Intervention Officer, remarked that she will miss the Berrigan Shire Council staff and that staff are now looking at moving forward to working as part of the Kurrajong Therapy Plus team. 

“Thank you to everyone who has supported this service, my clients, the staff who have worked with me through the years, allied professionals, Council staff and the broader community.  My priority through this changing environment is to ensure that clients continue to be looked after” Margaret said.

Manager of Kurrajong Therapy Plus services, Susan Macgillycuddy, who has been working with Margaret and the Early Childhood Intervention team for many years said that “she was keen not only to start planning to expand the local service, but also to maintain the good working relationships that exists between services in the area.”

According to Susan exciting times lay ahead for the area with the potential to expand to cater for more clients and a broader range of clients through the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

“With the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme in the Riverina and Murray Regions from 1
st July this year, previous areas of unmet, reasonable care and support that people with disability and their families have, can now start to be met through the scheme”, Susan said.

Susan also reassured everyone that the service would continue to operate with its current hours, contact numbers, location and staffing.

Free testing for Loose-fill asbestos insulation in Berrigan Shire


Homeowners in the Berrigan Shire Council local government area will be able to register for free sample testing for loose-fill asbestos insulation for a limited period.  NSW Fair Trading’s loose-fill asbestos insulation Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program has completed 1,097 tests in Berrigan, identifying 20 properties with loose-fill asbestos.  

Member for Murray, Adrian Piccoli MP said that the Government was re-opening the registration for free testing in the Berrigan Shire to ensure property owners in the area would have every opportunity to take part in the Program.  “We’re giving eligible homeowners, who have not yet contacted NSW Fair Trading, until 25 August 2017 to register for the Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program,” Mr Piccoli said.  “We are particularly interested in eligible residents in not just Finley, but Berrigan, Tocumwal and Barooga to register with the program and take advantage of the free sample testing.

“Should their property be confirmed to contain loose-fill asbestos insulation, homeowners will be able to access financial assistance and will have the option of selling it to the Government.”  Residents can also register and speak to NSW Fair Trading staff at information stands to be held at: 

Library drop-in sessions:

·         Tuesday 1 August, 9.30am – 4pm, Berrigan Library, 54 Chanter Street, Berrigan

·         Tuesday 15 August, 9.30am – 4pm, Tocumwal Library, 67 Deniliquin Street, Tocumwal

·         Wednesday 16 August, 9.30am – 12pm, Finley Library, 223 Finley Street, Finley


Information stands:

·         Wednesday 2 August, 8am12pm, Outside Finley Bakery, 127 Murray Street, Finley

·         Saturday 5 August, 8am12pm, Finley Famers Markets, Railway Park Endeavour Street, Finley

·         Thursday 10 August, 9am3pm, Outside Berrigan IGA, 81 Chanter Street, Berrigan

·         Monday 14 August, 8am2pm, Outside Fee’s Coffee House, 16 Vermont Street, Barooga

·         Wednesday 16 August, 1pm5pm, Berrigan Dawmac Trade Show, 14 Chanter Street, Berrigan

The NSW Government has now tested more than 46,000 properties across the state for loose-fill asbestos insulation, with 139 properties identified to contain loose-fill asbestos.        83 properties have been acquired by the NSW Government and demolition has commenced on 29 properties, while 15 sites have been remediated and removed from the public register.

Registrations for free sample testing in Berrigan Shire local government area will be available until 25 August 2017. More details and registration are available by visiting or calling Service NSW on 1300 784 379. 

National Disability Insurance Scheme - What is the NDIS?


The NDIS is coming to the Berrigan Shire region. What is the NDIS? It is the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the Federal Government's new way to support people with disabilities.

The National Disability Insurance Agency will be administering the NDIS, and will:

  • work with partners to deliver the NDIS 
  • build community awareness of disability 
  • ensure financial sustainability of the NDIS 
  • develop and enhance the disability sector 
The local area co-ordinator for the NDIS is Intereach, who have recently conducted some information sessions, and from these sessions have released the Powerpoint presentation made for the meetings. If you would like to have a look at this presentation see the link below.

Introduction to NDIS - Southern Murrumbidgee.pdf

Valuer General's Newsletter - July 2017


Click here to see the Valuer General's Newsletter for July 2017.

Berrigan Shire Library Service Questionnaire


Tocumwal Community Survey to ascertain the need to extend Tocumwal Library, enabling space to be utilized as a Multi-Purpose Community room.

See survey here - Berrigan Shire Library Service Questionnaire

Murray Valley Basin Impact RMCG Report


Taking water from productive use in the NSW Murray region is coming at a massive cost to its communities.

That’s the stark finding from a socio-economic study into impacts of the Murray-Darling Basin Plan that was commissioned by the Murray Group and prepared by RM Consulting Group Bendigo.

Murray Valley Basin Impact RMCG Report

Tocumwal Foreshore Levee Works


As a result of recent flooding the Council has reviewed its levee system and the Council has determined that its levee, through the Tocumwal Foreshore area, requires both strengthening, removal of trees within the levee and an increase in overall height.

If these issues are not addressed the Tocumwal township is at increased risk of flooding if the levee is either overtopped by floodwater or fails due to lack of structural integrity.  The inundation map on the next page indicates the level of township flooding that could be expected in the event of levee failure.

To address these shortcomings the Council will concrete core this 550m section of the levee and then raise its height by up to 400mm.  The estimated cost of the works is approx. $200,000 and the Council has received a grant through the Club Grants – Emergency Relief program of $123,000 to assist with the works.

These works are required to be completed by the end of April 2017.

The increase in levee height also requires the levee based to be widened and the Council will focus as much as possible of this on the river side of the levee however some widening will also be required on the town side of the levee which will reduce the amenity of the foreshore area until lawn cover can be restored.

Regrettably, the works will also require some tree removal which is of concern to the Council and undoubtedly the community, however, the Council considers that protection of the community is the highest priority and unfortunately up to 50 trees will require removal.

Completion of the works in the short term will also ensure that works in the foreshore area as proposed by the Tocumwal Foreshore Masterplan ( can also proceed.

Further information regarding this project can be obtained by contacting the Council’s Director of Technical Services, Mr Fred Exton

Asbestos awareness


Was your home built or renovated before 1987? Asbestos could be in any home built or renovated before 1987.

Thousands of different products remain hidden dangers in 1 in every 3 Australian homes including brick, weatherboard, fibro and clad homes, even apartments. It could be anywhere! If sealed, left undisturbed and in good condition asbestos products don’t pose a health risk. However, if disturbed, fibres are released which can be inhaled and cause asbestos-related diseases.

If you are looking at renovating, or conducting repairs, it would be wise to visit the Asbestos Awareness website for guidance before beginning:

half cost scheme for kerb and gutter and footpath works


The infrastructure in our towns – things like roads, footpaths and kerb and gutters – is often taken for granted. However, providing these items comes at a cost.

Generally, these items are provided by the initial developer of the land. The cost of providing this infrastructure is then built into the price of the developed blocks. Hence, each property owner has contributed to the cost of the infrastructure outside his or her land.

Over time, our communities’ expectations about infrastructure have changed. For example, most new urban sub-divisions now include kerb and gutter as standard – an item that older sub-divisions often do not have.

As our towns grow, it becomes important to link up this community infrastructure to allow the footpath and kerb and gutter network to work as it should. This often means installing kerb and gutter and footpaths items in the “gaps” created by older sub-divisions without those items.

Given that the cost of providing this infrastructure in newer sub-divisions has been borne by the property owners there – in the purchase price of their land – it is fair that property owners in older areas contribute to the cost of new kerb and gutter and footpaths installed adjacent to their land.

The NSW government recognises this and the Roads Act 1993 allows for Councils to recover up to half the cost of providing infrastructure like kerb and gutter and footpaths from the adjacent landowners via a contributory charge. Like Council rates, this charge attaches to the land and if the land is sold, the charge is then payable by the new landowner. Where kerb and gutter and/or footpath works are only on one side of a street, the Roads Act only allows the Council to charge those property owners on that side – not the other.

The adjacent property owners will generally be required to meet 50% of the cost of the new footpath and/or kerb and gutter. The cost is divided up across the property owners on the basis of their street frontage. Where a property owner has a corner block and therefore two street frontages, this cost may in some circumstances reduce to 25%.

The Council understands paying this charge upfront and at short notice can be difficult. To assist property owners to meet this cost, the Council has a procedure – the “Half-Cost Scheme” that

·         Requires the Council to inform property owners about the likely cost of the works in advance, the amount they are likely to have to contribute, and allow them the opportunity to have the Council consider any objections, and

·         If the Council decides to go ahead with the works, allows property owners to pay off the charge interest-free over three years.

All property owners are required to contribute to the cost of infrastructure passing their property, either through the initial cost of purchase or via a later contribution. The Council considers that its Half-Cost Scheme provides a simple and fair method of allocating and recovering the contribution to new infrastructure.

How much is too much stuff?


Ask yourself questions like ‘Do I, or someone I know have..: 

1. problems using rooms because they are cluttered with stuff?
2. so many things and can’t seem to throw things out like other people do?
3. a problem with collecting things or buying much more than needed?
4. an attachment to things that can’t be without?
5. disrupted relationships with family, friends, neighbours and authorities due to collecting and clutter? 

As hoarding disorder is an illness, the person might not see they have a problem because they can’t think clearly about the objects and possessions that have so much meaning for them. This may lead to avoidance of social contacts and the onset of other serious concerns like squalor,
self neglect and high risk of fire. 

A brochure is available via this link
 or visit any one of these sites for more information: wellbeing-and-participation/hoarding-and-squalor

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