Swimming Pool Splash ParkNotice of Community Consultation for the Disability Inclusion Action Plan.

Last year Council developed their first Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) and it is now time to review it, update it and make imporvements to benefit the community of Cobar Shire.

I would like to invite interested people - Service providers, carers, family, those with disability or interested community people - to a workshop meeting on Thursday, 15 March 2018 at 5.00pm in the Council Chambers (36 Linsley Street, Cobar) to discuss ideas for the updated plan.

This is a chance to find out more, provide ideas and help to make our community more disability friendly.

If you cant make the meeting on Thursday, but you would still like to be involved, please contact Angela or Council.

Your input is greatly appreciated.

For further information please contact Angela Shepherd on (02) 6836 5832 or via email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The first stages of cleaning the town's water pipes is set to start next week.

The cleaning process - known as pigging - involves forcing compressed air through the pipes to remove sediment and built-up deposits from the pipe network.

Residents will be given 24 hours notice of work set to start in their streets.

For more read the Cobar Water Update.

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Construction of the new Water Treatment Plant has commenced.

The current works at the site include clearing of the land and a new access road constructed, while the contractor has started pouring tanks.

These upgrades are being largely funded by the NSW Government, with $7.8 million coming from the Resources for Regions program and $7.75 million from the Water Security for Regions program.

Both programs sit under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Fund. A further $200,000 has been provided by Cobar Shire Council. Total funds available for the project is $15.75 million.

Council does not directly receive the total grant funds, but is required to make monthly progression claims for works completed.

Construction works for this project are is expected to be completed by December 2018.

An open day for the Water Treatment Plant will be scheduled for April 2018 for members of the community to see the site and to ask any questions they may have.

It should be understood the construction of the new Water Treatment Plant will not remove our current problem with the discoloration of our water.

Attached is a photo of the works to date.

Replacing the pipe network and interim works:

Council has made a commitment to address the discolouring of our water in Cobar and to have this problem resolved once and for all.

As this is an expensive problem Council has applied for a State Government grant of $5.1 million (including a Council contribution of $700,000) late last year and we are happy to announce that the application has successfully made it to the second round of the process.

The grant funding that we have applied for will replace the 6km of old cast iron pipes and for ice pigging throughout the remainder of the network. Our second round application was submitted on Monday, 22 January 2018 and we should have notification of the outcome by April 2018.

Prices for air scouring have been sourced and this work will be undertaken in February (dependent on the availability of the contractor). The purpose of these works is to remove as much sediment from the pipes as possible.

Please be advised that during this period you may experience higher levels of dirty water. The contractor will be in contact with our residents when this is likely to occur.

There is a four step process to cleaning the pipe network:

1. Flush the system – this is an interim fix to the discoloured water
2. Air Scour – this removes a deeper layer of the sediment
3. Ice Pigging – Council is currently applying for grants (as well as pipe replacement) to have these works completed
4. Replacement.

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


The application process for the $24 million multipurpose health service upgrade is moving along, with works expected to start in the first half of this year.

Health Infrastructure NSW has released the first of it's scheduled community updates citing a number of key developments, including the rezoning of land around the hospital and Lilliane Brady Village, as breaking new ground on the redeveloped health service.

For more visit http://www.mps.health.nsw.gov.au/.

Aus DayCobar's Australia Day Celebrations will be held on Friday, 26 January 2018 at the Cobar Memorial Swimming Pool.

There are a number of activities planned and we would greatly appreciate if you would come and celebrate with us.

We are a nation of stories and each the owner of our own tales. They are formed by our experiences, backgrounds, ancestors and communities.

All our stories are made to be shared amd we weave them together to shape our home, Australia.

Australia Day is an opportunity for Cobar to come together in the spirit of friendship and harmony, showcasing the unique and diverse culture that makes us Australian.

Lets commemorate this Australia Day in a way that reflects our connection with Australia, whether that be as an Indigenous Australian, as a newly immigrated Australian or as an Australian-born citizen. No matter where people come from or their experience in Australia, our national day is a day for everyone. 

We are please to announce that our Australia Day Ambassador is John Kundereri Moriarty AM and his profile information is listed below along with the Program of Activities.

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