Berrigan Shire


Whats Happening around the Shire



 3rd               Strathmerton Shuttle - Heritage Train ride from Tocumwal to Strathmerton and
                     return, departs at 12.45pm and returns 1.50pm $10, Child $5, Family (2 & 2) $25
3rd & 4th     Tocumwal Winter Festival featuring the Fergie Muster.  For further information 
                     please see below
4th & 5th     Women walking 4 water4food - Soroptomist International - for further details 
                     please see below
5th - 16th    Kids Camps - NSW Sports and Recreation, for further information
                     please see below
16th            Retreat Hall Old Time Dance
20th            Berrigan Old Time Dance Cox's Hall 7.30pm


6th - 8th      Southern Riverina Youth Council Snow Camp 2010 - for further information
                    please see below
17th            Berrigan Old Time Dance Cox's Hall 7.30pm
20th            Retreat Hall Old Time Dance

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Driver Reviver for Victorian School Holidays

The Lions Club of Finley will once again be conducting their Driver Reviver program at the Finley Fire Brigade Station on the Newell Highway at the following times:

Friday 25th June 2010 from 8.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday 26th June 2010 from 9.00am to 8.00pm
Sunday 27th June 2010 fom 9.00am to 8.00pm

Friday 9th July 2010 from 9.00am to 8.00pm
Saturday 10th July 2010 from 9.00am to 8.00pm
Sunday 11th July 2010 from 8.00am to 8.00pm

Kids Camps - NSW Sports and Recreation

NSW Sport and Recreation's action-packed kids' holiday camps are currently taking bookings for their winter school holiday kids camps.  Young people learn social living skills, experience challenging activities, develop self-esteem and make new friends. They also have great fun and won’t have a moment to spare!

Qualified holiday staff are able to help kids discover hidden talents or aptitudes which often lead to positive life-changing experiences that affect all areas of their lives. Children receive the best instruction and supervision when they take part in fun, adventurous activities such as canoeing or abseiling. Most importantly, they are properly cared for and supported at all other times during the camp. The welfare of campers is paramount. 

If you are interested, or would like further information please go to the Sports and Recreation website at

Tocumwal Winter Festival Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July 2010

 At the Heritage Centre 3kms north on the Newell Highway the gathering of the Fergies takes place from 9am to 3pm demonstrating skills of ploughing sowing tilling etc.  The Tocumwal Lions Club will be providing a sausage sizzle and drinks with gold coin donation at gate entrance.  At 11.15 the fergies will assemble for the trek to the pony club for the start of street parade.  At 1.30 the fergies will return to the Heritage Centre for continuing demonstrations.

Meanwhile at the foreshore there will be fun a plenty with food stalls, market stalls, displays of engines and collectables, a busker and tai chi demonstrations from 10am to 12 noon At 11am there will be kindy yoga and brain train exercises.

At 11.45 The Tocumwal Winter Festival Heritage Train arrives with visitors ready to see and taste the delights of Tocumwal.  There’s an opportunity to enjoy at short trip to Strathmerton and return.

At 11.45, departing from the pony club, the Street parade will travel through the main street and terminate at Anzac Avenue finishing around 1.30pm.  See the fergies, hot rods and classic cars and feel the pull of yesteryear.  If you enjoy something with a difference check out the modified mower pull to be held next to the station.

In the Memorial Hall, next to the Post Office, with a gold coin donation at the door you will experience continuous demonstration of wood turning, art and craft and more.  The Lion’s Heritage Railway Museum, the Tocumwal Historic Aerodrome Museum and the RSL Museum will also be open.

Sunday continuing on with the fun enjoy a swap meet at the Tocumwal Racecourse with the Cobram Brass Band, market stalls and food stalls so you won’t be bored or hungry.

Event enquiries to George Chrystie on 03 5874 3358 or Margaret Rumble on 03 5874 2490.  Tractor enquiries to Ron Cotterill 02 6035 4301

Soroptomists International – Women Walking 4 Water4Food

In the face of the Federal Government's "Water for the Future" program and its $3.1 billion water buyback scheme, as well as the anticipated substantial reduction in irrigation water available for food production to be legislated in the new Murray Darling Basin Plan, RAMROC's Water4Food campaign

is about:

  • Ensuring water justice for our region and its communities
  • maintaining the viability and sustainabilitiy of our rural towns
  • retaining the regions food producing capacity]
  • contributing to long term global food security

The eight Soroptomist International Clubs in the Riverina are supporting the Water4Food campaign, by way of representations to both Federal and State Governments, as well as individual Soroptomist Club donations.

During June 2010, the Soroptomists wil lbe women walking 4 Water4Food to publicly show their ongoing support.  This will take place in and around our towns, both individually and in groups.  The target is to walk the number of kilometers that join the clubs, from Albury to Cootamundra and all points west.  The Soroptomists President Mrs Will Mead has pledged to walk the 190km distance from Tocumwal to Griffith.  The otehr 136 members have a target of 470kms between them.

To watch the walking tally grow please visit the Water4Food website at during the month of June for a weekly update on the progress.

There will also be community meetings in six centres along the Tocmwal to Griffith route for communities to be able to hear first hand about the Water4Food campaign and the implications of the draft Murray Darling Basic Plan which is scheduled for public release in July or early August. 

The meetings to be conducted in the Berrigan Shire will be on Monday 5th July 2010 at
10am to 11am at Tocumwal Community Centre at the Hospital.
12pm to 1pm at the Finley Returned Services Club in Tocumwal Street.

If you are interested in assisting the campaign with a donation or would like further information, please contact your local Soroptomist club, Mrs Will Mead, President Riverina Soroptomists International on 0407 262 514, Councillor Terry Hogan, RAMROC chairman, on 02) 6954 6743 or 0428 546 765 or Mr Ray Stubbs, RAMROC Executive Officer on 02) 6023 8791 or 0408 498 534.

Southern Riverina Youth Council Snow Camp 2010

The Southern Riverina Youth Council Snow Camp is on again from August 6th to 8th 2010.  The camp is for teenagers in year 8 and up. Parent helpers welcome. (Working with Children form required)

The Southern Riverina Youth Council is a committee of the Riverina Presbytery of the Uniting Church. SRYC Members are from most denominations with a heart for youth.

For registration forms or more information Contact: or download from here:
Further information
Registration form

Further information can be obtained from any of the listed people:  Kel and Jacqui Robertson: 03 58861560, 03 58860105, 0428 344747, 0429 861560 and Darren Wright : 02 69719657, 0438380007

A call to our local achievers!

Individuals, organisations and business networks in our community have the chance to be recognised with the NSW/ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards.  These Awards having been running for many years in NSW and the ACT and we have seen many fine achievers recognised.  We want to see many more hardworking individuals and organisations in our community that are making an invaluable contribution, to nominate this year.    We (insert council) are proud of our locals and their achievements, and this is a great opportunity for them to get the recognition and to shine in the spotlight.

Nominations are now open in the following categories:

  • The Land and Property Management Authority Community of the Year Award
  • The Land and Property Management Authority Crown Reserve Trust Award.
  • The Industry and Investment NSW Business Enterprise Award
  • The Industry and Investment NSW Events & Tourism Award
  • The Salvation Army Employment Plus Employment and Training Award
  • The Peabody Environment & Landcare Award

Win a share in a huge $30,000 Commonwealth Bank AwardSaver accounts or Television Air Time Prize Packages on Prime Television.   All category winners will also receive a magnificent hand crafted glass trophy. As an inspiring and innovative community, we have many worthy contenders in our area.  If you would like to nominate an individual, business or community project; or be nominated yourself.

The NSW and ACT Regional Achievement & Community Awards are proudly presented by PRIME Television and the Commonwealth Bank and supported by The Land Newspaper and The Local Government Shires Association of NSW. For more information or nomination forms please contact the Awards Office on 1300 735 445 or visit the website at

Nominations close 13th August 2010!!

Winter Tai Chi in Tocumwal.

Every Monday from 12 noon to 1pm (except for public holidays and in inclement weather) Christine Milton will be conducting Tai Chi practicing in the gardens attached to the Tocumwal Library.   This is anticipated to continue through to the last Monday in September (5 months).

Participants need to wear suitable footwear and clothing and are only required to bring their own water and enthusiasm.  Gold coin DONATION.  For further details contact Christine Milton on 03 5868 2388 or 0407 777 482. 

Contacting Council

Office: 56 Chanter Street, Berrigan.
Office hours are 8.00 am to 5.00 pm
Monday to Friday.
(03) 5888 5100
(03) 5885 2092
Post: Berrigan Shire Council
56 Chanter Street
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