Cobar's Water Restrictions have been tightened and will be enforced.

 From 10 JANUARY 2018 an 'odds and evens' system is being introduced. If your house number is an even number, you can water on even dates, ie 2nd, 4th, 6th of the month. If your house number is odd, you can water on the odd dates, ie 1st, 3rd, 5th of the month.

Watering can occur between 6pm and 8am ONLY. There should be no outside watering other than during these times.

These measures are essential to reduce the demand for treated water to greatly improve water quality for our residents.

Council appreciates your assistance in this matter. If residents continue to ignore the water restrictions, fines will be issued.


  • The main factor influencing the quality of Cobar's water is the build up of iron and manganese deposits in the 6,000m of old cast iron pipes. In periods of hot weather as we are now experiencing the extra demand on the system increases the flow rate through the pipes resulting in the iron and manganese being stripped out and discolouring the water.

  • Other factors influencing the quality of the water are the poor quality of the river water being delivered from the Nyngan storages and the water treatment plant being operated at a rate well in excess of the plants design capacity.


  • Council is seeking State Government funding to replace the 6,000m of old cast iron sections of pipework. Funding assistance is required as this project will cost more than $6 million which equates to $3,000 per connection should the community have to fund the replacement work.

    The contract for the construction of the new water treatment plant has been awarded and site works have commenced. The new plant will be completed in about 18 months and will improve the quality of the treated water. Council was successful in receiving $15.75M funding for this project from the State Government.

Council appreciates that the hot weather conditions make it difficult to reduce water use and that it is also making it difficult to correct the discoloured water you are experiencing. Council will continue to flush the pipes in areas where dirty water appears and your co-operation with restrictions will be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding the above matters please contact Kym Miller or Eric Poga at Council on (02) 6836 5888 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


thumb cobar sign 2WHAT IS YOUTH WEEK?

Youth Week began as a NSW Government Inititiative in 1989 and has since grown to be a celebration of young people in every state and territory across the country.

It is organised by young people, for young people, in communities across NSW and Australia. Following the success of the NSW Youth Week program, Youth Week became a National event in 2000. National Youth Week is jointly supported by the Australian Government, State and Territory Governments and Local Governments.

National Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to:

  • Share ideas;
  • Attend live events;
  • Have their voices heard on issues of concern to them;
  • Showcase their talents;
  • Celebrate their contributions to the community;
  • Take part in competitions;
  • Have fun.

Who is responsible for Youth Week in New South Wales?

The NSW Government invites all local Councils in NSW to jointly fund Youth Week activities in there area. As part of the funding agreement with the NSW Government, Councils agree to involve young people in all aspects of Youth Week, including planning, development and management of activities.

Youth Week is managed at state level by the Youth Week Coordinator (located in the Youth Strategy and Participation Unit, Participation and Inclusion, Department of Family and Community Services) in conjunction with the NSW Youth Week Committee. The Committee is responsible for providing advice on management and operation of Youth Week in NSW.

When is Youth Week held?

NSW Youth Week - Friday, 13 April to Sunday, 22 April 2018.

 If you would like to help organise an activitiy for Youth Week or get involved, please contact Narelle Kriz on 02 6836 2360 or visit her at the Cobar Youth and Fitness Centre.

 Cobar Miners Heritage park 14Cobar Shire Council are seeking community input into the upgrade of Dalton Park.

Council have received grant funding under the Social Housing Improvement Fund ($50K) and Council has contributed ($70K).

We want to increase the use of the park, create a family atmosphere and get people in the area.

Key features of the upgrade include:

- The installation of a toilet (there hasn't been one for many years and having one will encourage families to stay at the park longer);

- Upgrading playgound equipment - recently we have had to remove much of what was there as it no longer met the Australian Standard;

- Installation of some sporting equipment - hit up wall, soccer goals, netball hoo, etc - this will hopefully encourage active use of the park;

- A new barbeque to create somewhere to hold parties and gatherings.

This upgrade will occur in the new year so we would appreciate all comments by Christmas.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding the above matters please feel free to contact Council on (02) 6836 5888 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

pdf_logo  Community Consultation Poster 1.26 MB
pdf_logo  Community Feedback Form 35 KB

 drummond park rotunda to council building and linsley stIn accordance with Section 418(3) of the Local Government Act 1993, Cobar Shire Council advises that the Ordinary Meeting of Council to be held on 14 December 2017 will include the presentation of the audited Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports for the financial year ended 30/06/2017.

A summary of the Financial Statements is provided below:

                                                                                                                       2017                               2016

                                                                                                                       $'000                              $'000

Income statement                                                                                                                        

Total income from continuing operations                                     36,528                           29,575

Total expenses from continuing operations                                (32,523)                        (27,862)

Operating result from continuing operations                            4,005                              1,713 

Net operating result for the year                                                                                            

Net operating result before grants and contributions provided                                 

for capital purposes                                                                               2,719                              456 

Statement of Financial Position                                                                                              

Total current assets                                                                                18,398                           13,024

Total current liabilities                                                                           (4,045)                          (3,547)

Total non-current assets                                                                      297,408                         295,640

Total non-current liabilities                                                                 (1,406)                          (1,721)

Total equity                                                                                              310,355                         303,396 
Other financial information                                                                                                      

Unrestricted current ratio                                                                   4.62x                              3.19x

Operating performance ratio                                                             7.98%                            1.40%

Infrastructure renewal ratio                                                               37.05%                          82.99%

Debt service cover ratio                                                                       25.15x                           8.34x

Rates and annual charges outstanding percentage                        8.21%                           7.23%

In accordance with Section 420 of the Local Government Act, 1993, any person may make a submission in writing to Council with respect to the Council’s Audited Financial Statements or  the Auditor’s Reports. Copies of the Audited Financial Statements and the Auditor’s Reports may be inspected via the internet at and at the following Council locations: Council Offices, Cobar Shire Library, Euabalong Library and the Nymagee Library. Submissions close one week after the above Public Meeting has been held.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding the above matters please feel free to contact Council on (02) 6836 5888.

pdf_logo  Audited Financial Statements 2016/2017 + Auditors Report 1.57 MB

 Tilpa1Donations Policy - Call for 2018 Donation Applicants.

In accordance with Council's Donations Policy and the Local Government Act 1993, Cobar Shire Council may make available to local service, cultural, sporting groups, charities and non-profit organisations which operate within Cobar Shire, or provide a benefit to the residents of Cobar Shire financial assistance.

Cobar Shire Council is calling for applicants for such assistance. The applications close on Wednesday, 31 January 2018.

Donations will be allocated at the February Ordinary Council Meeting on Thursday, 22 February 2018.

Intending applicants should obtain a copy of Council's Donations Policy, guidelines and application form from Council's Administrative Office at 36 Linsley Street, Cobar or from Council's Website:

For further information please contact Council's Director of Finance and Community Services, Kym Miller on 02 6836 5821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.