Weather conditions in Cobar Shire can change suddenly. Road conditions and closures can change regularly. To check current road conditions within Cobar Shire Council please click the link below.
Cobar Shire Council appeals to all drivers planning to travel within the Cobar Shire area to assist in preventing damage to the unsealed roads by choosing an alternative route or waiting until drier conditions prevail when wet weather occurs. Flagrant and irresponsible disregard for this appeal could lead to prosecution to the full extent of the law.
The Rural Roads Advisory Committee was established in order to provide a forum for ratepayers, in particular rural property owners, to communicate with Council's Senior Staff and Councillors in regard to Council's road network.
There are usually 4 meetings of the committee held annually, generally on the first Wednesday of the month commencing February on a quarterly basis, with the locations rotating around the shire. The purpose of this rotation is to ensure that all rural property owners have the opportunity of attending one committee meeting in their locality. It also gives rural property owners the opportunity to travel on rural roads in other parts of the shire to attend the meetings.
Copies of previous minutes for these meetings are available by accessing the below links.
To obtain copies of minutes prior to 2011 please contact Council's Engineering Services Department on (02) 6836 5888.
Cobar Shire is in the western Region of NSW. It is bounded to the North by Bourke Shire, in the South by Carrathool Shire and the west by Central Darling Shire and the East by Bogan Shire. Cobar has two highways passing through it, the Kidman Way and the Barrier Highway.
The Kidman Way is named in honour of Sir Sidney Kidman, who was an Australian cattle king who owned a large number of cattle stations along its way. In the Cobar Shire the Kidman Way comes from the Bourke end of the shire and goes down towards Griffith and beyond.
The Barrier Highway begins at Nyngan and goes west through Cobar Shire and heads towards Broken Hill and beyond.
There are six main rest areas within our shire all strategically placed to eliminate driver fatigue. We encourage all our road users to stop at these well serviced rest areas and take a much needed break from our vast roads. Our rest areas include:
All of our rest areas are clean, tidy and have plenty of room with lovely shaded areas.
Resealing Road Works
Cobar Shire Council will be completing its 2013 resealing program beginning Wednesday 23 October 2013. These works will be taking place on Kidman Way South (Hillston Road) and Barrier Highway West (Wilcannia Road). The Gilgunnia Rest Area may be affected at this time.
Short delays may occur. Please remember to drive to the prevailing conditions.
Shoulder Widening Road Works
New reduced speed limits may be enforced from approximately 50km to 55km south of Cobar on Kidman Way South (Hillston Road,) from Friday 23 August 2013.
Due to excessive edge break and drop off in this area, Council (in conjunction with the Roads and Maritime Services) is investigating the feasibility of temporarily reducing the speed limit to 60km/h. These speed zones will be enforceable.
In the short term, the drop off will be filled and speed zoning modified according to road work conditions. Restoration, widening and sealing of this section is planned for later in the financial year.
Council would like to remind motorists to drive according to the prevailing road conditions.