Gwydir News Editor

The Gwydir News is currently seeking applications from motivated, creative and outgoing individuals for the role of Gwydir News Editor.

The position is responsible for the production of the weekly rural publication and will be required to source and create compelling content, secure ad sales, prepare layout, maintain the Gwydir News social media presence and perform general day to day administrative duties.

If you thrive by working collaboratively and are passionate about local issues we would love to hear from you.

For more information contact Clarissa Barwick on 0429 290 100

Gwydir Shire Council is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and appoints on the basis of merit. Merit is determined by assessing the applicant’s abilities, qualifications, experience, work performance and personal qualities relative to the requirements of the position.

Applications, addressing the selection criteria, are to be emailed to

Applications close Friday 18 December 2020.

To download a copy of the position description please click the link below.

Position Description – Gwydir News Editor


Gwydir Career Start Program – Various Positions

Gwydir Shire Council is pleased to offer enthusiastic and motivated individuals the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in paid employment while studying to obtain a nationally recognised qualification through the Gwydir Career Start Program.  

The following positions are available and will commence in 2021:

 School Based traineeships:

SBT Gardener (Warialda)

SBT Mechanic (Warialda)

SBT Water & Sewerage Operator

SBT Carpenter

SBT Tourism Officer (Bing & Wlda)

SBT Journalist

SBT Information Services Officer


Apprentice Mechanic (Warialda)

Apprentice Gardener (Bing & Wlda)

To view the positions and application form please click the below links.

Gwydir Career Start – Application Form Dec 2020

Position Description – Apprentice Gardener

Position Description – Apprentice Mechanic

Position Description – SBT Carpenter

Position Description – SBT Gardener

Position Description – SBT Information Services

Position Description – SBT Journalist

Position Description – SBT Mechanic

Position Description – SBT Tourism

Position Description – SBT Water and Sewerage Officer

Applications close 4pm Friday 11 December 2020.


Due to restrictions in place regarding COVID-19, it is with great sadness that the organisers of the 2020 Bingara Happy Days Orange Festival have made the tough call to postpone the festival to 2021.

Organisers understand how important the event is for the Bingara community, retailers and businesses, as well as the stallholders, suppliers and performers who partake in the festival; and for this reason have held off making the decision in hopes of a miraculous resolution to the COVID-19 situation.

Following announcements in Friday’s Cabinet meeting it became apparent that restrictions would not ease enough to allow for such an event.

A fantastic line-up of performers and attractions had been sourced for this year’s festival however; rest assured these acts will be back in 2021 ready and rearing to rock your socks off.

Organisers will be working with the Bingara Central School and RSL Sub-branch to come up with creative ways of continuing the Orange Picking tradition and paying respect to our fallen soldiers. This will be communicated in due course.

Stall holders who have already booked and paid for a site will be contacted by the 30th May 2020 to arrange a refund.

In the meantime, mark Friday the 25th to Sunday 27th June 2021 in your calendar, and we look forward to welcoming you back for the 2021 Bingara Happy Days Orange Festival.

For more information please contact Georgia Standerwick on 0409 901 540.

Naroo Frail Aged Care Facility – Gwydir Shire Council COVID-19 Precautions UPDATED 25/03/2020

As of Thursday 26th March 2020 Naroo Frail Aged Care Facility will be going into voluntary lock down.

This has been a difficult decision but it is imperative to keep our residents as safe and healthy as possible.

This decision has been made on recent information of confirmed COVID-19 cases within the area, and in consultation with local Medical staff and Gwydir Shire Council. All families/carers will be contacted in regards to this decision.

We are very aware of social isolation and are working hard with the IT department to set up Skype and utilise FaceTime so that relatives can remain in contact with their loved ones.

Essential travel to Medical appointments will continue and residents will be assessed on an individual basis.

Families will be contacted on a regular basis by staff to let them know how their loved ones are coping. All staff will be screened at the beginning of each shift to ensure they are fit for work.

If in the event that one of our residents becomes very ill and requires palliative care, visitors will be allowed ensuring infection control measures are kept in place.

We hope this crisis passes quickly and that our residents, families and staff at Naroo remain healthy and safe.

We also thank you all for your understanding and patience during this time.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Aged Care Manager Sharon Baker 0267291314 or Mobile 0437134501 for any concerns or queries.