NSW Government

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Edward River Council

The merger of Conargo Shire and Deniliquin councils

On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Edward River” Council.

Stronger more efficient councils will work harder for residents and deliver better services and infrastructure like roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

  • Each new council will receive up to $15 million to invest in community projects like junior sporting facilities, playgrounds and library or pool upgrades.
  • Each new council will receive up to $10 million to streamline administrative processes and cut red tape. (Unspent funds may be redirected to community projects)
  • Ratepayers, in new council areas, will have their rates protected against future increases, meaning they will pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for 4 years.

Elections for new councils will take place on 9 September 2017. Details of the new council are contained in the proclamation.

Key information about the new council:

Population: 8,972

Area (sq Km): 8,881

Number of councillors: 9


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Merger Benefits

Managing the implementation

An Administrator and Interim General Manager have been appointed to oversee the implementation of the new council through to the election. 

Name: Ashley Hall

Interim General Manager
Name: Des Bilske 

For more information please call 1300 813 020 (This service is available 24/7)

Stronger Communities Fund 

With the funding provided by the NSW Government, the Council has funded community projects and major projects. Details of these projects appear below. If there are no major projects listed, this means that the Council has yet to finalise the projects that will be funded.

Projects for Edward River Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Deniliquin Swim Centre Deniliquin swim centre revitalisation $880,000
Community Masterplans and Initial Works Deniliquin River Front, Town Centre Streetscape, Arts and Cultural Precinct and Muti-Use Sports Precinct $2,105,000
Deniliquin Regional Sports and Entertainment Stadium Deniliquin regional sports and entertainment stadium expansion $540,000
Blighty Community Netball and Tennis Facility Enhancements to the Blighty Communtiy Netball and Tennis Facility $550,000
Deniliquin Childrens Centre Extension of the Deniliquin Childrens Centre $500,000
Deniliquin Netball Facility Deniliquin netball facility improvement works $320,000
Rural Villages Beautification Rural villages beautification project $300,000
Beach Walk Improvements Beach to beach walk connectivity improvements $300,000
Urban Road Infrastructure Program Urban road infrastructure improvements $2,390,000
Deniliquin Community Facility Refurbishments Refurbishments of the Deniliquin Boat Club and Scout Hall $165,000
Deniliquin Airport Heritage Project Deniliquin airport heritage centre development $50,000
Sponsorship Deniliquin Ute Muster Increased tourism and economic development $200,000
Improved infrastructure Reduce the assets funding gap. $200,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Blighty School P&C Playscape development $40,000
Blighty Football Club Timekeepers’ box upgrade $6,900
Bush Poets Mobile stage, sound and light $7,500
Boat Club Riverbank Redevelopment $30,000
Deniliquin & District Cricket Association Replace and upgrade facilities $30,000
Deniliquin & District Historical Society Rejuvenation of museum $13,000
Aero Club Redesign/rebuild outdoor roof area $15,000
Deniliquin Bowling Club Installation disabled toilets $20,000
Bridge Club Chairs $6,000
Clay Target Club Amenity block upgrade $16,225
Deniliquin CWA Maintenance and renovations $12,000
Deniliquin Drovers Lighting $44,000
Deniliquin Field and Game Relocation shooting range $35,000
Genealogy Group Updating outdated equipment $8,000
Deniliquin Girl Guides Hall maintenance $20,000
Golf Club Fairway mower $40,000
Gymnastics Club Equipment for safety and development $20,000
High School P & C Kitchen appliance upgrade $6,740
Deniliquin Lawn Tennis Club Court lighting $30,000
Little Athletics Timing equipment $7,500
Deniliquin Men’s Shed Upgrade facilities $25,000
Deniliquin Netball Committee Shelter shed $5,000
North School P&C Irrigation system $32,250
Deniliquin Outdoor Pools Inc. Pool ladder and lane ropes $10,456
Pistol Club Clubhouse/air pistol range $10,000
Deniliquin Pony Club Shed $35,650
Deniliquin Racing Club Machinery and equipment storage shed $25,000
Rams Football and Netball Club Storage shed/seating $44,000
Deniliquin Rhinos Equipment upgrade $7,571
Deniliquin Sports Park Storage building $30,000
Deniliquin Truck Show & Industry Expo Wall of Fame $10,000
Deniliquin Ute Muster Purpose build event sales facility $40,000
Edward School P&C Shade shelter $40,000
Kurrajong Waratah Yallambee: Cool room/freezer $35,000
Mayrung P&C Safety development and enhancement $18,921
Navorina Ladies Auxiliary Equipment upgrade $10,000
Navorina Nursing Home Floor beds $17,000
Outback Theatre for Young People While You Were Sleeping $50,000
Pastoral & Agricultural Society PA system $5,855
Riding for the Disabled Concreting/uniforms $22,730
Rotary/Lions/Soroptimist/RSL joint project Liberty swing $20,000
Rovers Football Club Construction of change rooms $44,000
South West Music Instruments for kids $30,055
Deniliquin South Public School Deniliquin South Public School project completion $10,000