NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

Murrumbidgee Council

The merger of Jerilderie Shire and Murrumbidgee Shire councils

On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Murrumbidgee Council” through the acceptance of the Jerilderie Shire and Murrumbidgee Shire council proposal.

Murrumbidgee Council includes the following wards:

  1. Murrumbidgee Ward
  2. Murrumbidgee East Ward
  3. Jerilderie 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: 4,047

Area (sq Km): 6,880

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: Austin Evans

Interim General Manager
Name: Craig Moffitt 

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 Murrumbidgee Council

Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Jerilderie Community Gym Purchase equipment for the community gym $47,000
Coleambally Sweatbox Community Gym Purchase of new gym equipment, rubber flooring, commercial fans, TV's and DVD $33,000
Coleambally Pistol Club New clubhouse, new pistol range and water tank $46,500
Coleambally Clay Target Club Construct new trap houses $49,700
Jerilderie Tennis Club Construction of a new storage shed and disabled toilet $50,000
Coleambally Squash Club Resurface Coleambally Squash Courts $25,000
Coleambally Preschool Installation of solar panels $7,400
Coleambally Lions Club New ride-on lawn mower $7,500
Coleambally Preschool Resurface floor and install storage shed $12,500
Jerilderie Tennis Club Reroof Jerilderie Sports Club building $49,000
Coleambally Lions Club Paint Bucyrus Dragline $4,600
Coleambally Chamber of Commerce Purchase equipment for community events for community organisations across the Murrumbidgee Council area $10,500
Riverina Vintage Machinery Club (Coleambally) Purchase portable building with disabled access ramp $45,100
Coleambally Chamber of Commerce Quilting workshops with renowned Australian artists $4,200
Coleambally Community Club Installation of playground and outdoor area $50,000
Coleambally Central School P & C Build sandpit with water trough for experiments and resurfacing of existing basketball court $50,000
Coleambally Water Ski Club New shade shelter $18,900
Jerilderie CWA Upgrade of toilet facility to include disabled access $15,700
Jerilderie Cricket Club Install seating, shade and access to practice nets $21,500
Anglican Parish of Coleambally Darlington Point Install air conditioning at Darlington Point Hall $21,000
Darlington Point Men's Shed Construct meeting room, timber work/paint room. Improve stormwater drainage of land and building north of main shed $50,000
Jerilderie Football Club Replace boundary fence and interchange facilities $39,600
Jerilderie Preschool Indoor refurbishment $44,000
Jerilderie Swimming Club Upgrading swimming equipment $5,000
Coleambally Golf Club Inc. Automatic watering systems for fairways 3 & 9 $49,000
Coleambally Golf Club Inc. Automatic watering system for fairways 1 & 6 $27,900
Jerilderie Public School P & C Soft fall rubber in playground $49,200
Jerilderie Arts and Talent Society Sound equipment, smoke machine and headsets $10,700
Coleambally St Peters Primary School Upgrade school quadrangle $30,990
Coleambally Men's Shed Storage facility for donated used batteries, materials used for furniture restoring $43,700
Coleambally Chamber of Commerce Sewing machines, over lockers and tables $23,200
Murrumbidgee Shire Experiment Farm Develop a 22ha section for farming $50,000
Darlington Point Lions Club Barbecue and bench at Darlington Point Lions Club Park $20,000