History

Fees and Charges

Access To Information

Annual Reports

Meeting Minutes

Policies

 

History 

Cobar has suffered from lack of a reliable water supply from the time of its establishment in the 1870’s.

Water supply at that time was a single small earth dam. This soon proved inadequate for the developing mines and increasing population. Large in-ground storages for rainwater, called “tanks”, were constructed but also proved inadequate, especially at times of constant drought. 

Full scale development of promising mines were hampered by the lack of water, and also falling copper prices, and eventually all mines in Cobar closed. 

After the turn of the century other inland communities were feeling the disadvantages from the lack of a reliable water source, and so prompted the investigation into an open water channel. The project, called the Albert Priest Channel, from Warren to Nyngan was constructed in 1942 into which runs regulated water from Burrendong Dam and the Macquarie river. 

The supply of water to the township of Cobar was now a little more reliant, being trucked from Nyngan to Cobar via the railway, where townspeople gathered the water in large iron tanks or whatever receptacles they could. 

With the prospect of re-opening of a mine, water supply was once again on the agenda. Two options were investigated: pumping water to Cobar from the Darling River at Louth, and pumping from the Bogan River at Nyngan. As the Bogan River at Nyngan was fed from a more reliable source, the Macquarie River, the second option was chosen. 

An Act of Parliament, “The Cobar Water Supply Act, 1963” was proclaimed in 1963 setting up the Cobar Water Board.  The Board was given power as a Constructing Authority, and thus given the authority to construct the pipeline and install pumping machinery to transport water from Nyngan to Cobar.

The first pipeline, a 300mm diameter pipe, was constructed in 1963.  A second pipeline, 375mm diameter, was laid parallel to existing line in 1983. 

With the fore-sight of a handful of citizens, Cobar now enjoys a permanent water supply for both the township and its supporting mining industry. 

The Cobar Water Board, a statutory body now administered under the “Water Management Act 2000”, continues to maintain a permanent water supply by employing best practice in the planning, management and operation of its assets.

Fees and Charges

Cobar Water Board would like to notify the current minor users and prospective future minor users of the charges for the relevant financial year, these charges are displayed in the Minor Consumer Agreement below.
Please feel free to contact the Board's Contract Technical Services Officer or Council's Service Manager on (02) 6836 5888 during business hours if further information required.

pdf_logo Minor Consumers Agreement 45 KB

Access to Information

On 1 July 2010 new right to information legislation, The Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 (the GIPA Act) came into effect, replacing the former Freedom of Information (FOI) Act.

The GIPA Act focuses on making certain government information publicly available.

There are four ways in which government information is available.

  1. Mandatory Release:
    This generally includes information found on this website such as policy and general documents, the current Publication Guide and Disclosures Log.
  2. Proactive Release:
    These are additional documents that are made available to the public onthis website and at the Administration Centre.
  3. Informal Request:
    This is for specific information. Under the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 Cobar Water Board can choose to release this information without the need for a formal access application.  Access via this path may be subject to reasonable conditions such as photocopying charges.  Requests for information should be emailed to Cobar Water Board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contacting Cobar Water Board c/o Cobar Shire Council at the Administration Centre on 02 6836 5888.
  4. Formal Access Application:
    If you have not been able to obtain the information you need through any other form of access you can lodge a Formal Access Application.  Unlike the Informal Request you have a legally enforceable right to be provided with access unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure of the information.  An application fee and processing charge may apply.  A formal Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 Application Form will need to be completed and submitted to Cobar Water Board with the application fee.

You can find out more about the new legislation by going to the Office of the Information Commissioner NSW website

Contracts Register

Annual Reports

A full and comprehensive report of the Board's activities may be viewed in its Annual Report by accessing the link below.

Under Section 125(1) of the Government Information (Public Access) Act, the Cobar Water Board must, within 4 months after the end of each reporting year, also prepare an Annual Report on the agency's obligations under this Act for submission to the Minister responsible for the agency.  A copy of this Annual Report is also available for perusal by accessing the link below.

pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Annual Report 2015/2016 3 MB 
pdf_logo GIPA Annual Report 2015/2016


pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Annual Report 2014/2015 3 MB 
pdf_logo GIPA Annual Report 2014/2015

 

pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Annual Report 2013/2014 3 MB
pdf_logo GIPA Annual Report 2013/2014

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pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Annual Report 2012/2013 2.23 MB
pdf_logo GIPA Annual Report 2012/2013 58 KB

 

pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Annual Report 2011/2012 60 KB
pdf_logo GIPA Annual Report 2011/2012 60 KB

Meeting Minutes

There are usually 4 meetings of the Cobar Water Board held annually, generally on the second Thursday of the month commencing March on a quarterly basis in the Council Chambers. 

Copies of previous minutes are available by accessing the below links.

To obtain copies of any minutes prior to 2011 please contact Council's Executive Assistant to the General Manager on (02) 6836 5888.

 Month  Date  Minutes
 March  9  Minutes
 June  8
 September  14
 Special October Meeting  19  
 December  14

 

 Month  Date  Minutes
 March  10  Minutes
 June  9  Minutes
 September  8  Minutes
 Special October Meeting  20  No Meeting held
 December  8  Minutes
 Month  Date  Minutes
 March  12  Minutes
 June  11  Minutes
 September  10  Minutes
 Special October Meeting  22  Minutes
 December  10 Minutes
 Month  Date  Minutes
 March  13 Minutes
 May  1  Minutes
 June  12  Minutes
 September  11  Minutes
 October  14  Minutes
 December  11  Minutes

 Month  Date  Minutes
 March  14  Minutes
 June  13  Minutes
 September  12  Minutes
 October  16  Minutes
 December  12  Minutes
 Month  Date  Minutes
 March  8  Minutes
 June  28  Minutes
 September  13  Minutes
 December  20  Minutes
 Special July Meeting  25  Minutes
 Special October Meeting  31  Minutes
     
 Month  Date  Minutes
 March  10  Minutes
 June  9  Minutes
 September  8  Minutes
 October  19 & 20  Minutes

Policies

Listed below are the policies and codes adopted by Cobar Water Board for the conduct of its business.  These policies are subject to an ongoing review process to ensure that they remain relevant over time to changes in work practices and changing legislation.

pdf_logo WHS Policy  
pdf_logo Purchasing System and Authority Levels  
pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Strategic Business Plan  
pdf_logo Cobar Socioeconomic Assessment of Increased Water Price  
pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Asset Management Plan  
pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Publication Guide  
pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Foreign Exchange Policy  
pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Liquidity Risk Policy  
pdf_logo Cobar Water Board Investement Management Policy