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  • Sewer Maintenance and Rehabilitation Works – Keep Toilet Seats Down

    During May and August 2018, Moree Plains Shire Council will be undertaking maintenance and rehabilitation of Moree sewer network and has contracted Interflow to conduct maintenance to the sewer mains in the areas indicated in red on the map.

    Households in the affected areas have received letters in their mailboxes describing the activities associated with this works as:

    **  Cleaning and

  • Taking care of your cemetery

    Cemeteries are a special place within our community.  It is the final resting place for loved ones and a sanctuary to memorialise those who have passed on and provide an important historical and genealogical link.

    Moree Plains Shire Council takes great pride in preserving the dignity of the area and maintaining the grounds for family and friends of the dearly departed, so we do regular clean ups to remove deteriorated

  • Cemetery Master Plan survey

    Moree Plains Shire Council is preparing a Master Plan for the existing Moree Cemetery and the southern extension and members of the public are asked to provide their thoughts about the cemetery’s current use and development of the extension area through a survey.

    Engineering Support Manager Fiona McClymont explained the comments from survey respondents will feed into the Moree Cemetery Master Plan being prepared by Gardner

  • Cemetery Master Plan survey

    Moree Plains Shire Council is preparing a Master Plan for the existing Moree Cemetery and the southern extension and members of the public are asked to provide their thoughts about the cemetery’s current use and development of the extension area through a survey.

    Engineering Support Manager Fiona McClymont explained the comments from survey respondents will feed into the Moree Cemetery Master Plan being prepared by Gardner

  • Have your Say

    Council’s Operational Plan and Budget 2018-2019

    Over the last few months, Councillors and senior staff have been reviewing Moree Plains Shire Council’s Operational Plan and Budget for the coming financial year.

    At its most recent meeting, Council resolved to publicly exhibit the draft Operational Plan and Budget 2018-2019 to enable the community to provide comments to Council on the proposed rates, fees and charges

  • Sustainability program delivered to children

    Teaching children to be mindful of the waste they create is one of the first steps in developing environmental values and behaviours for future sustainability.

    Last week, Cleanaway’s kNOw Waste™ Education Program was delivered to local children by Cleanaway in partnership with Moree Plains Shire Council.

    Students from Gwydir Day Care and Preschool, Aussie Kids Moree, Moree Christian School, and

  • Policy Review


    Draft Lawn Cemetery Plaque, Monument and Ornaments Policy

    At its meeting of 24 May 2018, Council resolved to place the Draft Lawn Cemetery Plaque, Monument and Ornaments Policy on public exhibition for a period of 28

  • Sustainability Program Delivered to Children

    Teaching children to be mindful of the waste they create is one of the first steps in developing environmental values and behaviours for future sustainability.

    This week, Cleanaway’s kNOw Waste™ Education Program was delivered to local children by Cleanaway in partnership with Moree Plains Shire Council.

    Students from Gwydir Day Care and Preschool, Aussie Kids Moree, Moree Christian School, and

  • Moree Library Becomes Recycling Drop Off Centre

    The Moree Community Library is making it easier for locals to help the environment by becoming a Community Recycling Station for the recycling of household batteries, mobile phones, e-Waste and printer cartridges.

    The recycling library drop-off initiative complements the existing Community Recycling Centre at the Moree Waste Management Facility, which opened in August last year.

    Acting Waste Manager

  • New Rules for Council’s Community Donations

    Each quarter, Moree Plains Shire Council calls for applications from individuals and community, sporting and educational groups wishing to apply for financial assistance for local events, functions and sponsorship.

    A new Public Donations Policy and associated form has been released and applies to the application period from July to September 2018. It includes some significant changes to ensure it is equitable,

  • Council Crews Resolving Water Pressure Issue in Moree

    More Plains Shire Council Staff are currently working to resolve an issue with the water main at the Broadwater reservoir which is affecting supply to Moree, resulting in lower water pressure.

    It is anticipated that the service will be fully restored by midday today - Friday 18 May. Residents and local businesses are requested to limit their usage to essential use only in the

  • Helping Learner Drivers Become Safe Drivers – Free Workshop

    Moree Plains Shire Council in conjunction with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be holding a free workshop for learner drivers and their parents and supervisors at the Moree Plains Shire Council Committee Room, Level 1, 30 Heber Street Moree on Thursday, 24 May 2018 commencing at 6:00pm.

    The Moree Plains Shire Road Safety Officer, Mrs Renee McMillan said “the two hour workshops offer

  • Volunteer With Tax Help

    Tax HelpThinking of volunteering in your community?

    Help people with simple tax affairs lodge their tax returns.
    Volunteer with Tax Help today. Recruitment meeting at Moree Community Library on Thursday 17th May at 1:00 PM.

    Contact Moree Community Library on 6757 3370 for more

  • Mayor Applauds Appointment of Warren Truss as ARTC Chair

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries has welcomed the appointment of former Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Warren Truss, as Chair of the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, the Hon Michael McCormack MP.

    “As a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Mr Truss was a key driving force in

  • Tech at Twilight – Moree Community Library

    Tech at Twilight Wine and CheeseA wine and cheese evening will be hosted by the Moree Community Library as part of its Library and Information Week event held on Wednesday 23 May 2018 between 5.30pm-7pm.

    The Tech at Twilight event will showcase the wide collection of downloadable

  • Find Yourself in a Library for Library and Information Week 2018

    Library and Information Week is a chance for everyone to discover the resources and services that are available for free from Big Sky Libraries through the Moree Community Library and Mungindi Library.

    This year’s theme is Find Yourself in a Library.

    The Moree Community Library will be celebrating with a junior’s (5-12 year olds) scavenger hunt every afternoon, after

  • Town Hall Arson Meeting Cancelled

    NSW Police Force – New England Police District have advised that the proposed Town Hall Arson Meeting on Monday 14 May 2018 has been cancelled.

    The meeting was scheduled at the prior Town Hall Meeting held in February 2018 which was attended by approximately 200 residents.

    Inspector Martin Burke advised that representatives from the New England Police District, Moree Plains Shire Council, Fire Rescue NSW and the

  • Local Industry Engagement For Inland Rail

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation is undertaking its next phase of industry engagement for the Inland Rail with three city-based Industry Briefing sessions live streamed to allow locals to be part of the process.

    The sessions held in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney on consecutive days from 14-16 May 2018 will be simultaneously recorded and broadcast in real time.  They will provide information for private

  • Mosquito Creek Road Curve Widening

    The newly completed reconstruction of Mosquito Creek Road at Pallamallawa now serves as an important link to the Gwydir and Newell highways for Croppa Creek and Pallamallawa primary producers and the trucking industry.

    The works, funded through the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program, included widening of two intersections, as well as relocation of troublesome culverts and power poles.

    Moree Plains Shire

  • Floodplain Risk Management Committee Kicks Off

    Moree Plains Shire Council commenced community consultation on its draft Floodplain Risk Management Plan last night, with the newly elected Floodplain Risk Management Committee holding its first meeting.

    The Committee – which includes representatives from Pallamallawa, Mungindi, Boggabilla, Moree and the Gwydirfield, Yarraman, Stonnington and Bendygleet areas – will provide local knowledge on flood behaviour to assist Council

  • Opportunity to a part of the Inland Rail Community Consultative Committee

    Members of the public interested in being part of the community consultative committee for the North Star to the NSW/QLD Border Inland Rail project (Boggabilla/Goondiwindi) are encouraged to nominate by 5pm, Friday 25 May 2018 through the Inland Rail links on the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) website.


  • Antique Aeroplanes at Moree Regional Airport

    The community is invited to witness the action of 40 antique aeroplanes and welcome the pilots when they have their stop-over in Moree on 9th and 10th May 2018 as part of the nine-day flight pilgrimage across rural NSW and QLD celebrating 90 years of the Flying Doctor’s service.

    The skies over the black soil plains will herald the antique aeroplane cavalcade on Wednesday 9 May between 10am-12noon and members of the public can

  • Inland Rail Program - Industry Briefing Sessions

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation is undertaking its next phase of industry engagement for the Inland Rail with three Industry Briefing sessions being held in May 2018.

    Industry Briefing sessions will be held in the following locations:

    • Brisbane – 9.00 am – 11.00 am, Monday 14 May
    • Melbourne – 9.00 am – 11.00 am, Tuesday 15 May
    • Sydney – 9.00 am – 11.00 am, Wednesday 16
  • Inland Rail Project Nomination for North Star to NSW/QLD Border Community Consultative Committee

    The Australian Rail Track Corporation is establishing a community consultative committee (CCC) for the North Star to NSW/Qld Border Inland Rail project.

    The role of the committee is to gather and disseminate information regarding Inland Rail throughout the community and to bring representative views to the committee

    Nominations for committee members commence on

  • Council Recognition of Service

    Twenty employees were recognised for their long-service and commitment to Moree Plains Shire Council in a ceremony that also acknowledged the commitment to Excellence in Service to colleagues and the community demonstrated by individual staff members.

    Mayor Cr Katrina Humphries said elected Councillors often get the kudos but it is the staff who are the backbone of the Council.

    “Without a good strong, functionally working team, we

  • Prize Valued at $500 for Survey Response - Transport and Intermodal Study

    Council is calling on a broad range of people within the local agriculture industry including broad acre farmers, irrigators, logistics (road and rail), grain and cotton traders and handlers, cotton gins and horticulturalists to provide their thoughts and opinions on what the Moree Plains agricultural production and logistics might look like in 20 years.

    The respondent’s comments will feed into the

  • Library Survey – We Need Your Help

    Have your say on the services of Big Sky Libraries by following the links on the website or ask one of the Library staff to help you fill out the survey using an iPad or computer.The magic of libraries is personal, subjective and multi-faceted; which is why the Big Sky Libraries is surveying residents for their

  • Great Activities For Kids At The Library

    Big Sky’s Little Readers and Book Blasters are a part of the extensive Children and Young People programs available at the Moree Community Library during the school term.

    Big Sky’s Little Readers meet weekly for an hour with programs designed for Kindergarten to Grade 2 students. Book Blasters meets on a fortnightly basis and is for youth in Grades 3-6.


  • You Can Make The Difference

    Last week, representatives from Moree Plains Shire Council, RMS, ARTC and Moree Police met with other government agencies and residents around Sullivan Place to discuss the incidences of rock throwing, vandalism and illegal crossings of the rail and bypass corridor; in the first of a number of ‘community in the park’ meetings that will be held around Moree.

    The informal setting of the park provided residents with the opportunity to express their

  • Our Continuing Journey: Community Healing

    Local Gamilaroi people are working closely with Moree Plains Shire Council to develop a memorial to acknowledge the Waterloo Creek Massacre.

    This is a positive step in our journey towards community healing and reconciliation, and builds on the significance of Sorry Day, Reconciliation Week and NAIDOC Week.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Mayor, Cr Katrina Humphries and Director Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby

  • UN Youth Ambassador Visits Moree Plains

    Young people in Moree Plains will have the opportunity to have their concerns heard on a global stage, with the upcoming visit from Australia’s UN Ambassador for Youth, Paige Burton.

    Paige will be meeting with students from Moree and Boggabilla/Toomelah schools on Monday 29 May 2017 as part of a nationwide consultation trail being undertaken by Ms Burton, before she delivers a report to the United Nations in New York.


  • Changes at the Pallamallawa Cemetery

    Moree Plains Shire Council would like to advise the Pally community that a concrete beam has now been installed at Pallamallawa Cemetery.

    Therefore, any burials that are requested for this section will now need to comply with Council’s ‘Lawn Cemetery Plaque and Ornaments Policy, Procedures and Guidelines’ and

  • With Boundless Plains to Share…Citizenship Ceremony

    Hosting a citizenship ceremony is one of the key highlights for Cr Katrina Humphries in her role as Mayor and today she swore in 13 new Aussies at a naturalisation ceremony at Moree Plains Shire Council on Thursday 11 May 2017.

    The new Australian’s hail from New Zealand, Thailand, Germany, Fiji and South Africa, and reinforces Moree Plains as a multicultural community that welcomes immigrants and refugees.

    “I love

  • Aboriginal Artwork Flies in Moree for Reconciliation Week

    Moree Plains Shire Council is celebrating Reconciliation Week by flying a contemporary Aboriginal artwork by local artist David “Crocket” Craigie.

    Crocket Craigie art workThe original artwork titled My Country tells the story of the artist’s connection to the Moree Plains and


    Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Federal Government's $8.4 billion dollar commitment towards the continued development of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail Project.

    The Inland Rail will provide a corridor of opportunity between Brisbane and Melbourne via Toowoomba, Moree, Parkes and Albury, linking Australia's state capitals in the north, south, east and west. In addition, the project will improve productivity of the

  • Parking Enforcement to Commence Around Schools

    Moree Plains Shire Council are advising local residents that Council Officers will be patrolling and enforcing school zones to ensure the safety of local children.

    Moree Plains Shire Council's Director Planning and Community Development, Angus Witherby said the parking patrols are part of Council's School Safety Program which enforces parking regulations such as 'no stopping' zones, double parking, 'no parking' zones, bus

  • Maio Amarealo – Speeding Kills on Roads

    National Road Safety Week “Maio Amaraelo” (Yellow Ribbon May) held from 8 –14 May will focus on speeding as a major contributor to death and injury.

    Moree Plains Shire Council’s Road Safety Officer Renee McMillan explained that speeding is one of the leading causes of road crashes and is a major contributor to road deaths and serious injuries; and we all have a shared responsibility to improve road safety outcomes.


  • Redraw of Tait Auto Boat Package

    Over the past few months, Tait Auto Group has been running a competition for those who purchased new or pre-owned vehicles in February, March and April to win a $5,000 boat package.

    During this time, Council has purchased a number of vehicles from Tait Auto and, as a result, was inadvertently included in the competition. On Wednesday, Council was announced as the winner of this competition.

    Under its procurement policies and in

  • Water Leak Detection Saves Thousands

    A water leak detection program throughout Moree Plains has led to estimated water savings of 106 mega- litres per year – a win for the environment!

    Moree Plains Shire Council engaged the services of Detection Services Pty Ltd to perform leak detection on water infrastructure across Moree and surrounding villages by testing water meters, hydrants, valves and associated fittings to assess the amount of water leaking in the water

  • Moree Mobile Neighbourhood Watch

    Mayor Katrina Humphries would like to inform the community that a second meeting of the Moree Men’s Group was held last night to discuss options that can be implemented in Moree to assist local Police and state agencies in dealing with local crime and anti-social behaviour.

    The key sentiment shared by all attendees was that “the community must be vigilant but we don’t need anyone who wants to be a vigilante”.

    This group is about the

  • Works to Start on Inland Rail Future-Proofing

    Moree Plains Shire Council welcomes the Federal Government’s announcement that two new railway bridges will be constructed in regional NSW, to meet the load specifications required to support delivery of the Inland Rail project when construction on the nation building project begins.

    “This announcement is further evidence that we are making progress in the construction of Inland Rail,” said Mayor, Cr Katrina

  • Our History: Moree’s Part in Broadcasting the Walk on the Moon

    Next year marks 50 years since the opening of the Moree OTC facility, Australia’s second earth-station, which paved the way for tele-communications across the Pacific to Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, throughout Asia, Canada and the United States of America.

    OTC - Australia's Telecommunication Link...

  • Stand for the Mob

    People of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who are interested in Standing for the Mob at the local government elections are invited to come and yarn with Aboriginal Councillors from around NSW at 5pm on Wednesday 8 June 2016 at the Moree Plains Shire Council Chambers, Level 1, 30 Heber Street, Moree.

    Director of Corporate Services Mitchell Johnson explained the Aboriginal Councillors have walked in two worlds – firstly, being part of the mob,

  • Local History Collection

    History collection 1The Moree Community Library is dedicated to collecting and preserving items relating to the History and heritage of the Moree region.

    Did you know the Moree Community Library has resources for family history researches? Resources include books, microfilm/microfiche, local newspapers, Birth,

  • Thank You to Our Remarkable Youth

    The Harvey Norman Moree Superstar Grand Final provided a fitting start to a very successful celebration of National Youth Week in Moree Plains.

    Twelve Moree and six Mungindi Youth Council members, along with assistance from Moree Plains Shire Council staff delivered nine fun-packed events across the Shire.

    Youth Week is an important way we celebrate and highlight the youth of our Shire and the fabulous contribution they make to our

  • Blitz on Roaming Dogs

    A blitz on roaming dogs and pet owners that don't clean up their dog droppings is being launched by Moree Plains Shire Council due to the number of complaints Council is receiving about roaming dogs and poop on the footpaths around Moree.

    Director of Planning and Development Angus Witherby explained there are public safety concerns with dogs that either escape or allowed to freely wander the streets.


  • Was Your Water Bill Higher Than You Expected?

    Moree Plains Shire Council has been fielding calls from ratepayers who are concerned their water bill is higher than they expected.

    Council's Water Services Manager Roland Heatley explained understanding why bills are high is a process of elimination.

    "Typically, we find the summer water bills are the highest of the year as householders are watering more to combat the heat and keep their lawns and gardens

  • Swimming Pool Rules Have Changed

    From 29 April 2016 properties sold or leased with a spa or pool must have a relevant compliance certificate.

    Swimming pool laws have changed1. Vendors can transfer the obligation of obtaining a certificate of compliance to the

  • Health Alert! Burning of Rail Sleepers

    During maintenance and upgrading works on rail tracks in eastern Australia unserviceable timber rail sleepers are regularly replaced by concrete sleepers or new timber sleepers. Regrettably, some of the old timber sleepers from this track maintenance work are being offered for sale as firewood.

    Health alert...