Nominations are now open for the 2019 Gwydir Community Business Awards!

Now in its 22nd year, the awards aim to celebrate the achievements of local vocational education students and businesses throughout the shire.

The awards are broken up into the following categories:
Senior Employee/Proprietor 30yrs and over
Junior Employee under 30yrs
Small Business (5 employees or less)
Large Business (5 or more)
Enterprise with Energy – For further details on this category please see below.

Download a copy of the nomination form here 2019 Voc Ed Nomination Form

Nomination forms can be placed in the nomination boxes at the Warialda and Bingara Newsagents and Council Offices. Nominations close Friday 25th October.

The Awards night will be held on Thursday 22nd November at the Warialda Town Hall and will be on sale from the 1st November.

For more information contact Georgia Standerwick on 0409 901 540 or email


‘The Idea Factory – Enterprise with Energy’ is a join initiative between Warialda High School and Gwydir Shire Council that aims to encourage Warialda High school students, as well as others with great business ideas, to jump in and start their own small business.

The initiative encourages budding entrepreneurs to submit their business idea to a panel of judges. Along the way, applicants will be provided with advice and support to fully develop their concept, to ensure their ideas become a viable and sustainable business. Information such as budgeting, business planning, marketing and tips to navigating red tape will be provided through access to expert business advisers.

To further assist, each applicant will be assigned with a business mentor. These mentors are local business men and women with extensive experience in their chosen field, who will advise and guide the start-up on a range of business matters.

An added incentive of $500 for the best high school business ideas, and $1,000 for the best community business idea is up for grabs to help get the winning ideas off the ground.

If you are interested in submitting an idea please download a copy of the Expression of Interest and return to:

Georgia Standrewick
0409 901 540

Rod Smith
0437 446 309

Expression of interest – Community

Expression of interest – Student

Expressions of Interest close Friday 11th October



Water for the Future

Namoi Unlimited has endorsed its “Water for the Future” strategy, which outlines in detail the region’s water resources and what actions Local Government members should take into the future. 

The detailed documents are the biggest investment from the Joint Organisation in the past 12 months and will now be placed on public exhibition for a period of 28 days. 

Chair of Namoi Unlimited and Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council Jamie Chaffey says, “this is an important step forward for our member councils as this documents will help guide our actions as a regional collaboration, our advocacy platform and decision making, moving forward. 

“While this is a technical and complex report about the region’s water resources and a second volume of analysis with recommended actions, I believe both documents assess the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats to water security in our region. 

“A professional report to this standard would be near impossible for an individual council to fund, and action alone. 

“We know water crosses council boundaries, as do the effects of drought, and by working together we can better navigate this dry period and plan for future drought events.” 

The report makes 33 recommendations including potential short and long term infrastructure to strengthen water security and changes to water planning and policy. It also highlights the need for further studies and assessment to address data gaps to enable regional improvements to water management. 

“While the water needs and concerns of each member council may vary, we are united in our belief that Local Government should embrace best practice water management and fight on behalf of its residents for secure town water supplies. 

“We know water is a critical enabler for economic growth and in many ways this report complements work already being done by Namoi Unlimited to understand and diversify economies and build vibrant and sustainable communities,” concludes Cr Chaffey. 

Namoi Unlimited is now seeking public comment on the documents before the reports are endorsed for adoption and implementation. These reports can be viewed at and submissions can be made by emailing the Executive Officer Rebel Thomson at 

Download media release: Water-for-the-Future-Report

Operational Plan 2019/20

Copies of the Draft 2019 Gwydir Shire Operational Plan can be viewed at the Warialda Council Office, Bingara Council Office and Gwydir Libraries in Bingara and Warialda.

Click here to download the Operations plan 2019/20

Expression of Interest – Purchase of Abandoned Vehicles

Council currently has in its possession abandoned/seized vehicles that have been impounded in accordance with the Impounding Act 1993.

The listed vehicles remain unclaimed and Council is seeking Expressions of Interest for the purchase and removal of these vehicles.

ITEM: IMP004    MAKE MODEL DETAILS: Blue Hyundai Sedan    LOCATION: Warialda Work Depot

ITEM: IMP005  MAKE MODEL DETAILS: White 1999 Mazda B220 Utility Holden    LOCATION: Warialda Works Depot

ITEM: IMP006 MAKE MODEL DETAILS:White VY Holden Commodore Station Wagon  LOCATION: Warialda Works Depot

ITEM: IMP007  MAKE MODEL DETAILS: Silver VZ Holden Commodore Sedan  LOCATION: Warialda Landfill

Each Expression of Interest will be required to be formally submitted in writing and addressed to:

Expression of Interest – Abandoned Vehicles
Environment and Sustainability Department
Gwydir Shire Council
Locked Bag 5
BINGARA   NSW   2404

The Expression of Interest will need to clearly identify:

  1. The full name of the person submitting the Expression of Interest
  2. Full address of the person
  3. Phone number of the person
  4. Item number on which the offer is being made
  5. The amount in dollars that is being offered for the purchase

The person/s submitting the highest offer will be deemed as the successful Expression of Interest, and will be advised in writing by Council, and will then have 48 hours to remove the vehicle at their own cost. The person/s who submits the successful Expression of Interest will be required to produce valid identification upon acceptance and removal of the vehicle.

The condition of the vehicles vary and Council offers no warranty or after sale service on the vehicles.

Expressions of Interest must be received by 4.00pm Wednesday 8th May 2019.

The vehicle at the Warialda Waste Depot may be inspected during opening hours after speaking to the landfill attendant.  The vehicles located at the Warialda Works Depot may be inspected by appointment during normal business hours.

To arrange an appointment for inspection or for more information please contact Council’s Compliance Officer, Aaron Brooks, on 0427 241 783.

Agendas/Minutes 2019

Council Meeting 24 October 2019 Download Agenda   (pdf 1MB)

Download Public Infrastructure Committee Meeting 10 October 2019  Minutes (pdf < 1MB) 
Download Community Services and Planning Committee Meeting 10 October 2019 Minutes (pdf 5MB)

Council Meeting 26 September 2019 Download  Minutes (pdf 8MB) 

Council Meeting 29 August 2019 Minutes  (pdf 2MB) 

Committee Meetings – 8 August 2019
Public Infrastructure Minutes  (pdf 1MB)  Community Services and Planning Minutes  (pdf 3MB)

Council Meeting – 25 July 2019
Download Minutes  (pdf 5MB)  

Committee Meetings 11 July 2019
Public Infrastructure  Minutes  (pdf 1MB)  Community Services and Planning Minutes  (pdf 6MB)

Council Meeting 27 June 2019
Download Minutes  (pdf 14MB)

Committee meetings 13 June 2019
Download Minutes  PI Committee (pdf 1MB)   Download Minutes CSPL Committee (pdf 6MB)

Council Meeting – Thursday 30 May 2019
Download Minutes minus attachments Minutes 30 May 2019  (pdf <1MB) Download Minutes with Attach Minutes 30 May 2019  (pdf 20MB)
Download Agenda – five documents Pt1 of 5  (pdf 1MB)  Pt2 of 5 (pdf 5MB)  Pt3 of 5  (pdf 4MB)  Pt4 of 5   (pdf 1MB)  Pt5 of 5  (pdf 5MB)

Committee Meetings – Thursday 09 May 2019
Download Minutes – Public Infrastructure  (pdf 4MB)  Comm Serv & Planning (pdf 6MB)

Council Meeting – Thursday 11 April 2019
Download Minutes   (pdf 7MB)

Council Meeting – Thursday 28 March 2019
Download Minutes 28 March 2019 (pdf 5MB) 

Committee Meetings – 14 March 2019
Download Minutes – Public Infrastructure Meeting – 14 March 2019 (pdf 2MB) Minutes – CSPL Meeting – 14 March 2019 (pdf 2MB)

Council Meeting – Thursday 28 February 2019
Download Minutes – 28 February 2019 (pdf 7MB)

Minutes Special Ordinary Meeting – Thursday 24 January 2019
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