Water Restriction Guidelines

As of Monday the 7th January 2019 Gwydir Shire Council activated a Level 1 Water Restriction.

The Gwydir Shire water supply is designed to be secure but there will be times under prolonged drought conditions when Gwydir Shire will be forced to restrict water usage in order to preserve the supplies to meet essential needs. The water supply scheme and drought management is driven by defined trigger points based on consumption, storage and weather factors.

When the region experiences an extended dry period and the long term outlook by the Bureau of Meteorology indicates a lower than normal prediction for good rainfall, Council has a duty to follow the Drought Management Plan which encompass these events. The Gwydir Shire is not alone with many other towns facing the same issues, in some cases neighbouring shires were forced to impose restrictions at the beginning of summer.

Understandably many residents are concerned about Council’s continued use of water outside the allocated watering times. While Council has a duty to maintain parks and gardens and shared spaces, it is working hard to reduce water consumption and ensure watering is complete in the early parts of the day. It is taking time to refine these processes but we are getting there.

Under the Drought Management Plan, Council has a system where public parks, gardens and playing fields are prioritised from 1-5, with Category 1 the highest priority, Category 5 the lowest. As restrictions are introduced the lower priority sites stop being irrigated completely.

When Level 4 water restrictions are reached irrigation stops completely on all public parks, gardens and playing fields. Level 1 water restrictions are the first step to ensure we keep our water levels as steady as possible as well as prepare us for the dry weeks ahead. If there is no substantial rainfall in the coming months, Level 2 water restrictions would be announced in the future.

A guide to water usage under the five levels of restrictions has been developed so that residents are better equipped to understand their obligations as a water user during drought conditions. For a copy of the water restriction guidelines visit the link.

Position Vacant – Finance Officer

Does a career in Local Government Finance interest you?

If so, Gwydir Shire Council may have the perfect opportunity for you!

Council is currently inviting applications from suitably skilled candidates to fill the position of Finance Officer.  This is a full time position.

Responsibilities include providing an effective and efficient support function that meets the needs of Council and its customers in customer service, accounts receivable, water billing, and general administration.

All interested persons are encouraged to apply.  

Position information can be obtained from both the Warialda and Bingara Offices or by contacting Helen Thomas on (02) 6724 2000.

Applications addressing the selection criteria are to be marked Confidential and addressed to the General Manager, Locked Bag 5, Bingara NSW 2404.

Applications must be received no late than 4:00pm Friday, 1st February 2019.

Download Position Description Finance Officer

Early Childhood Educator (Part time position)

Early Childhood Educator (Part Time Position)

Tharawonga Mobile Resource Unit/Bingara Preschool 

Are you looking for a rewarding career in early childhood education?

Do you want to be a member of a dynamic team that provides the foundation for children to experience care and development through the delivery of educational programs that stimulate self-esteem and creativity?

If so, Gwydir Shire Council has the perfect opportunity for you.

Early Childhood Educator – Permanent part time position for 30.5 hours per week over four days. Successful applicants must have Cert III Early Childhood Education and Care or higher. The position is classified as Grade 3 with a commencing pay rate of $25.76 per hour.

Child Protection Laws in NSW require verification of “Working with Children” checks. Preferred applicants will be required to attend a pre-employment health screening to ensure they are able to meet the inherent physical requirements of the position.

Additional information can be obtained by phoning Council’s Social Services Manager, Suzanne Webber on (02) 67242071 or 0427241931, or via email on swebber@gwydir.nsw.gov.au

Applications, addressing the role requirements, are to be marked ‘Confidential’ and addressed to the General Manager, Locked Bag 5, Bingara NSW 2404. Applications must be received by 12 noon Friday 25th January, 2019.

Download Postion Description – Child Care Educator

Max Eastcott
General Manager

Plant Operator – Bitumen Truck

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the position of Plant Operator – Bitumen Truck.

This is a permanent full time position for 38 hours per week. The successful applicant must hold a heavy rigid (HR) driver licence and be a competent and experienced plant operator. They will be responsible for the safe, efficient and effective management of Council’s bitumen patching operations.

The position is classified as Band 1, Level 4, (Grade 4) in Council’s salary system with a salary range of $999.27 to $1101.70 per week, plus adverse working conditions allowance.

For more information download the position description below. Applications, addressing the role requirements, are to be marked confidential and addressed to the General Manager, Locked Bag 5, Bingara NSW 2404. Applications must be received by 4.00pm Friday 1st February 2019.



 Level 1 Water Restrictions – Bingara, Gravesend, North Star and Warialda Water Supplies

 Starting from Monday 7th January 2019

The use of sprinklers or fixed hand held hoses are prohibited between 8am and 8pm

Reason: All Gwydir Shire water supplies are struggling to keep up with demands and reservoir levels are falling to a critical level where action needs to taken. There has been no recent rainfall and high daily temperatures are drying things out very quickly. Residents need to restrict their use of water to the night time hours to ensure the most effective use of the water.

Estimated Duration of Restrictions: Until end of February 2019

For further information please contact Council’s Town Utilities Section on

(02) 6724 2025

Updates will be posted on web page and Council’s Facebook page

Please note water levels are monitored on a daily basis and a higher level of restriction maybe introduced if supply levels can’t be maintained.

Max Eastcott
General Manager