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Tocumwal on the Murray 

Finley Farmers Market

Tocumwal Foreshore Markets

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Driver Reviver Program


The Lions Club of Finley will once again be conducting their Driver Reviver program at the Finley Fire Brigade station on the Newell Highway on the following dates and times to coincide with the Victorian School Holidays:

Friday 30 March 7am - 7.30pm
Saturday 31 March 8am - 7.30pm
Sunday 1 April 8am - 7.30pm
Monday 2 April 8am - 7.30pm

Friday 13 April 10am - 7.30pm
Saturday 14 April 8am - 7.30pm
Sunday 15 April 8am - 7.30pm

40 year celebrations for two of our staff.


We wish to congratulate some of our longest serving employees on reaching 40 years with Berrigan Shire Council, (our longest serving employee has been with us for much longer than this though). Ken Jamieson and Alan Heard both started on the same day, 13 March 1978.



Murrumbidgee Local Health District is asking anyone who was in the Deniliquin CBD on Friday March 9 to be alert to the symptoms of measles after a person who contracted the disease overseas visited the town while still infectious. Director of Public Health, Tracey Oakman said symptoms of measles include fever, sore eyes and a cough, followed three or four days later by a red, blotchy rash spreading from the head and neck to the rest of the body. “Measles is highly infectious among people who are not fully immunised and is easily spread through coughing and sneezing by someone who has disease,” Mrs Oakman said. “The measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine is safe and highly effective protection against measles, and is available for free for those aged one to 51 at your GP. If you are unsure whether you have had two doses, it is quite safe to have another dose. “The time from exposure to the onset of symptoms is typically about 10 days but can be as long as 18 days so people in Deniliquin should remain alert for symptoms until Monday 2 April 2018. “Anyone with measles should not to go school, work or go out in public. If you think you might be infected you should see a doctor, but call ahead to make sure you don’t infect others at the doctor’s surgery,” Mrs Oakman said. Children should receive two doses of vaccine, one at 12 months and the second at 18 months. Anyone born after 1965 should have two doses of vaccine at least four weeks apart. Measles was common before 1966, so most people born before then are immune. For more information on measles, visit:

Truck Wash and Stand Pipe (Berrigan & Finley)


Berrigan Shire Council offer a Truck Wash and Stand Pipe facility in the towns of Berrigan and Finley.

The National Truckwash System is under the guidance of the saleyard and transporters associations and has an easy to use electronic key system which can be set up at the Shire office. Each truck needs just one key and the cost is billed directly to each transporter. Your electronic key can be used at truck wash and stand pipe systems across Australia and it takes the hassle away from finding loose change and tokens.

The once off cost of the electronic key is $27.50 and can be purchased at the Berrigan Shire Council Office. The charge rate per wash is $0.4090 per minute (minimum $4.09) and is billed directly to the transporting business.

The truck and stand pipe facilities are located at:

-          181 Cobram Road, Berrigan

-          78 Dales Road, Finley

For more details, contact the shire office on (03) 5888 5100 and to see a list of National Truckwash Systems go to:



Austin Evans, Member Elect for Murray, announced that the NSW Government is returning four blocks of land to the Finley community after the properties were remediated under the state-wide loose-fill asbestos program.

Mr Evans said the program had tested 1,135 properties in the Berrigan Shire local government area, which identified 20 with loose-fill asbestos insulation. “The NSW Government has offered property owners two options for the removal of this dangerous product,” he said. “The first option allows homeowners to sell their entire property to the government at market price, while the second option sees the government pay for and remove the affected home from the property with the owner keeping the land to rebuild on.

“We have prioritised returning land to those property owners wishing to rebuild in Berrigan Shire. “This is therefore the first release of land where the government has purchased both the house and land. “This program is all about removing this dangerous product from the community while protecting the largest investment most of us will make in our lifetime – the family home.”

“The historic use of loose-fill asbestos is a significant health issue and that’s why we will remain focused on removing this risk to the homeowner, and the broader community,” he said.

Mr Evans said the managing agent selling the properties is Arthur Real Estate. The properties, which will be auctioned on 25 November 2017 at Finley Bowling Club, are located at:
 119 Coree Street, Finley;
 73 Denison Street, Finley;
 73 Howe Street, Finley; and
 52 Murray Street, Finley.

The Loose-fill Asbestos Implementation Taskforce has undertaken almost 58,000 tests for loose-fill asbestos insulation across NSW. For more information about the Loose-Fill Asbestos Voluntary Purchase and Demolition Program, visit

Berrigan Shire Council Financial Statements on Public Exhibition


Berrigan Shire Council Financial Statements are now on Pubic Exhibition and can be viewed by clicking here.

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.

Tocumwal Foreshore MasterPlan


The Berrigan Shire Council has adopted the Foreshore Masterplan - a document guiding the future direction and planning for the development of Tocumwal's Foreshore Reserve.

The Foreshore Master Plan is integrated with the Council's Planning for Tocumwal's Town Entries.

Tocumwal's new Foreshore Master Plan drew on the ideas of community members, the expertise of contemporary urban and landscape designers, also engineering and environmental management expertise to ensure that we have a plan for a sustainable natural and built landscape connecting residents, visitors and the broader community to the River.

The Plan has involved months of research and consultation, led by Council and Liesl Malan Landscape Architects resulting in the development of a thorough and integrated understanding of the complexities of the foreshore and its relationship to the River and the town.

Consultation with residents, the Foreshore Committee of Management, local business, government and the wider community was at the core of the planning process. Community engagement included a sausage sizzle on the foreshore. This consultation was open to all and discussed concepts and a preferred site for a splash park. Interviews with young families and school students on water play values also informed the Plan's development. The interviews conducted with local business and Tocumwal's Foreshore Committee also provided insight into the vital role played by the Foreshore and its contribution to the economic and social wellbeing of Tocumwal. Extensive consultation and consideration of professional advice related to the River and the integrity of flood management infrastructure are also evident in the final Plan.

Councillor Matthew Hannan, Mayor of the Berrigan Shire, said 'Tocumwal's Foreshore Master Plan recognises the importance to the Tocumwal community and the broader Shire of the Foreshore and the need to plan for its development.' Planning that is needed he said, to develop one of the Shire’s greatest assets – “Tocumwal's connection to the Murray River."

“Maintaining the natural environment while working toward the development of attractive space open and used by all members of the community is a key challenge and one that has been achieved by the Master Plan.”

Tocumwal Foreshore MasterPlan

ACMA reply to television reception complaint.


We have received a call and the below correspondence from ACMA with regard to our complaint about television reception in the Berrigan Shire.

"It appears as though Ballarat (Lookout Hill) signals are travelling further than expected due to certain weather conditions, also known as atmospheric ducting, and this is causing interference to the Goulburn Valley or Shepparton services (Mt Major). Atmospheric ducting of TV signals happens when distinctive weather conditions—especially high-pressure systems and still conditions—cause distant broadcast signals to travel further than planned.

These weather conditions that make it favourable for the Ballarat services to cause interference also temporarily enhance Bendigo services (Mt Alexander). These unintended ‘rogue’ signals from Ballarat then interfere with the local Goulburn Valley signals because antennas and receivers can’t differentiate between the local signals and those being ducted from distant TV towers. When this occurs, viewer who perform an auto tune pick up Bendigo services. When the weather returns to normal, the Ballarat and Bendigo services disappear and viewers need to retune to pick up the Shepparton services again. When this occurs, it is best to report the issue to the broadcasters so that they are aware of the issue. 

As discussed we have contacted the broadcasters who are aware of the issues with the Goulburn Valley transmitter and are investigating possible options to resolve this issue. They are testing to see if they can get a reliable VHF signal from the Upper Murray (Mt Baranduda) transmitter that the broadcasters may be able to use to rebroadcast and possibly also use as a stable input feed into the Jerilderie and Deniliquin transmitters as the current Goulburn Valley transmitter site is used as an input to these sites and this input feed is also affected by the ducting. However as discussed this issue will take time to resolve.

We can understand this is causing people frustrations but there is little people can do, especially if atmospheric ducting is impacting on TV reception. One option is to attempt to receive the Goulburn Valley services reliably, viewers may need to have a fringe-area high gain UHF antenna located at 10m above ground level to attempt to receive the services reliably. Even then, it is expected that an antenna installer may need to work hard to try to identify a suitable location on the roof that receives all services reliably. Alternatively in some instances viewers can try to get an antenna installer to see if they can receive alternate services by getting reception from an alternative broadcast site possibly the Upper Murray transmitter.

Another option is the government’s VAST service which is an alternative for those viewers who cannot receive adequate reception from existing terrestrial transmitters. The VAST service is intended to provide an alternative reception option for viewers who are unable to get adequate digital television services from existing terrestrial transmission sites. The typical installation cost is around $700-1000 dollars for a VAST installation depending or your location and the hourly rate and equipment costs the installer charges. Information about VAST is available on the ACMA's web site 
at More information about TV reception is available from the ACMA’s TV reception hub:"

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