NSW Government

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Murray River Council

The merger of Murray Shire and Wakool Shire councils

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

Murray River Council includes the following wards:

  1. Moama Ward
  2. Greater Murray Ward
  3. Greater Wakool Ward

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: 11,456

Area (sq Km): 11,865

Number of Wards: 3

Number of councillors per ward: 3


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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: David Shaw

Interim General Manager
Name: Margot Stork

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 Murray River Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Merran Creek Merran Creek Bridge Rehabilitation $280,000
Barham Barham Skate Park Redevelopment $150,000
Moama Moama Recreation Reserve Zone 3 – prioritised work across the Reserve, including a ‘Social Plan and Landscaped Gardens Precinct’ $2,198,550
Barham Barham Recreation Reserve Multi-Purpose Complex $2,512,453
Moama Moama Recreation Reserve Zone 1 – prioritised work including a ‘Regional Sporting Precinct’ $3,201,000
Picnic Point Picnic Point Improvements $100,000
Tooleybuc River Tooleybuc River Precinct Redevelopment $651,000
Mathoura Mathoura Football Netball Club Kitchen redevelopment $171,000
Moulamein Moulamein Pre-school – making room for the next generation $181,342
Moulamein South Moulamein South Recreation Reserve – upgrade of sporting facilities $631,821
Picnic Point Picnic Point Road footbridges $280,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Barham Boardwalk Committee Barham boardwalk lighting $37,858
Barham Consolidated Inc. BK Festival Group "river daze-food wine, music" $15,000
Barham Consolidated Inc. (for the local health medical trust) Dental services for Barham $50,000
Barham Koondrook PA&H Show Society Show office/kitchen upgrade $48,560
Barham Koondrook Cricket Club Replace surface/concrete & nets of training area. Install water system & regenerate surrounds $25,000
Barham Koondrook Historical Society Inc. Technology upgrade for Historical Society $5,398
Barham Recreation Reserve Committee Koondrook Barham junior basketball $22,359
Barook Koondrook Probus Club Purchase PC/digital projector & screen $2,507
Bendigo Regional Young Mens Christian Association Youth Services Inc. Moama outdoor pool $29,919
Bendigo Regional Young Men’s Christian Association Youth Services Inc. Mathoura outdoor pool $10,842
Bendigo Regional Young Mens Christian Association Youth Services Inc. Moama sporting and children's complex $21,413
Bluegate Polocrosse Club Upgrade amenities to include separate male & female showers & toilets $50,000
Border Flywheelers Club Inc. Replacing the mud seal roof on the number 1 brick kiln $36,867
Community Living and Respite Services Inc. Murray River Tea Rooms $50,000
Echuca Moama Artists Inc. Procurement of mobile exhibition screens $5,110
Echuca Moama Beacon Foundation Inc. Computer upgrade $1,198
Echuca Moama Cycling Club Bike and equipment storage/shade facility $20,000
Echuca Moama Family History Publishing the book "Pioneers of the Echuca Moama district $3,660
Friends of old Moama Installation of accessible toilet and shed at old telegraph station $36,700
Golden Rivers Theatre Group Provision of toilet facilities at theatre pavilion $37,835
Koraleigh Public Hall Committee Heating & cooling for main hall $12,850
Lions Club of Moama NSW Refrigerated cool room $3,000
Mallan Recreation Reserve Hall upgrade $16,492
Mathoura Fishing Classic Inc. Mathoura Fishing Classic community catering trailer $12,500
Mathoura Golf Club Safety & security fencing to meet legislative requirement $16,983
Mathoura Gun Club Inc. Purchase of automatic trap, enclose tower to protect from weather $10,870
Mathoura Matters Inc. Purchase of colour printer to publish community newsletter $4,000
Mathoura Recreation Reserve Committee Mathoura Recreational Reserve multipurpose shelter $23,154
Mathoura Recreation Reserve Committee Mathoura Recreational Reserve netball shelter $28,942
Mathoura Retirement Village Mathoura Retirement Village Community Garden $11,092
Mathoura Tennis Club  Equipment for junior tennis club Mathoura $4,095
Moama and Mathoura Community Skate Parks Committee Installation of shade structures at the Moama Skate Park $10,500
Moama Echuca Borders & Raiders Soccer Associate Portable soccer goals $13,210
Moama Football Netball Club New canteen equipment $13,210
Moama Skate Park Committee Moama Skate Park events $4,500
Moulamein Arts & Crafts Council Inc. Saving mural in Moulamein $1,326
Moulamein Football Netball Club Resurface & upgrade netball courts $50,000
Moulamein Preschool Extend and refurbish daycare building $50,000
Moulamein Public School P&C Association Sports shed upgrade $16,800
Murray Downs/ Swan Hill field Amenities block upgrade $25,000
Murray Haven Homes Purchase a motor vehicle to enhance service delivery $29,000
Murray Shire Hall Management Committee Murray Shire Hall audio, visual and lighting improvements $8,460
Tooleybuc Cricket Club Upgrade training nets, uniforms, equipment $13,900
Wakool Bowling Club Wakool Bowling Club shade project $10,542
Wakool Preschool Building extension $33,715
Young Country Networkers Business plan, strategic marketing plan and website for YCN $13,605
Koondrook swimming pool Install new shelter, additional seating & inbuilt electric BBQ $38,223