NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

Federation Council

The merger of Corowa Shire and Urana Shire councils

On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Federation” 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: 12,602

Area (sq Km): 5,685

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: Mike Eden

Interim General Manager
Name: Chris Gillard 

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 Federation Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Howlong and Urana New synthetic tennis courts in Howlong and multi-purpose netball/tennis courts in Urana $275,000
Oaklands Medical Centre Cooperative model of sharing General Practitioner Services between Urana and Oaklands $346,942
Corowa New play spaces at Bangerang Park and RSL Park $500,963
Corowa and Howlong Skateparks in Corowa and Howlong $333,170
Kyffins Reserve Improvements to the 2.3km walking track along the foreshore of Lake Mulwala $197,087
Oaklands RV Park Construction of an RV park in the main street of Oaklands $87,173
Corowa New swimming pool $1,500,000
Various - Local Roads Local road maintenance and renewal $3,800,000
Corowa Creation of a 50 seat cinema $585,000
Mulwala All abilities adventure playground at Murtle Park $1,200,000
Rand Sportsground Renovation work at Rand Sportsground $70,506
Urana Upgrade to Victoria Park $79,592
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Boree Creek Community Committee Memorial hall repairs $40,000
Corowa Rugby Club Club room improvements $9,000
Corowa Lawn Tennis Club Fence installation $15,000
Corowa Cricket Club Cricket net and seat upgrade $49,000
Corowa Racecourse and Showground Trust Installation of water line $47,000
Corowa District Landcare Inc. Renewable energy forum $3,000
Corowa District Historical Society Upgrade to security at Corowa Federation Museum $20,000
Corowa Rutherglen Football Netball Club Construction of a new netball court at John Foord Oval $50,000
Howlong football Club Club room upgrade $40,000
Yarrawonga Mulwala Historical Society Heating and cooling and lighting renovation at Pioneer Museum Mulwala $50,000
Tunzafun Amusement Park Mulwala Solar panels $11,000
Oaklands Recreation Ground Committee Netball/tennis court fencing $36,000
Rand Sports Ground Committee and Rand Town Improvement committee Rand community playground $50,000
Rennie Netball Club Rennie Rural Community Hub $50,000
Saversnake School of Arts Reserve Trust Facilities upgrade and Saversnake Hall $17,000
Urana Hall Committee Exterior painting, window and door refurbishment at Urana Soldiers Memorial Hall $40,000
Urana Progress Association Urana Adventure and Skate Park $40,000
Urana Bowling Club New kitchen $28,000
Corowa Civic Bowls External ramp from Clubroom to greens $9,130
Corowa Race Club Connect toilets to town sewerage $50,000
Rotary Club of Corowa Whitehead Street wetlands improvements $50,000
Corowa Tree of Life Community Garden Corowa Men's Shed $22,710
Daysdale Memorial Hall Flooring restoration $10,469
Howlong Cricket Club Replace turf roller $15,000
Howlong Golf Resort All access restroom and storage upgrade $50,000
Howlong Pony Club Shade extension $14,386
Morundah Bush Entertainment Committee Paradise Palladium Theatre $25,000
Mulwala Football Netball Club Solar power generation $10,000
Oakland Lions Club The Ruston cold starting oil engine restoration project $15,200
Urana Progress Association and Urana Arts and Historical Society Recarpeting the courthouse $5,785
Urana Progress Association Free flight bird aviary construction $16,000