Warialda Truck Wash Opening

MEDIA RELEASE – Monday 25 January 2021

Warialda Truck Wash

Heavy vehicles across the region will welcome the opening of the brand new truck wash facility at Warialda.

The newly finished service consists of two wash down bays and several effluent dump points. The facility is also equipped with onsite amenities, including toilets and showers that are available to users of the facility, with access enabled through the Avdata key system.

In addition to an existing Gwydir Shire Council budget allocation of $935,100, Council sourced funding through the Fixing Country Truck Washes Program, which provides funding for construction of new truck washes or upgrades to existing facilities.

Gwydir Shire Council was fortunate to receive $364,900 through this program to go towards the project. The NSW Government and Australian Government each contributed 50% of total funds covered under this program.

Gwydir Shire Council Mayor John Coulton stated this project is a wonderful example of the three tiers of Government working together and went on to say how pleased he is with the finished product.

“We are very proud of our state of the art truck wash, a very modern facility.

“There has been a healthy interest shown by the industry and this facility will help to remove the effluent from our roads that falls from stock trucks.” Cr Coulton said.

Gwydir Shire Council Engineering Manager Alex Eddy said as a result of the construction of the facility, the local trucking industry now has a place where stock effluent can be removed from trucks and trailers in an environmentally appropriate fashion.

“This provides a huge benefit to the broader community through the removal of stock effluent from town streets, rural roads and other areas where effluent tanks were traditionally emptied.” Mr Eddy said.

All members of the trucking community with an Avdata key are now welcome to access the truck wash facility as of today. For further information about using the service please contact Gwydir Shire Council 02 6724 2000.

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

Starting from Monday 23 November 2020

The use of sprinklers are prohibited between 10am and 6pm.

Hand held Hoses are permitted for watering pot plants at all times.

Reason: All Gwydir Shire water supplies are struggling to keep up with demands and reservoirs levels are falling to a critical level where action needs to be 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 April 2021

For further information please contact Council’s Town Utilities Section on phone number (02) 67242025.

Updates will be posted on Council’s website and 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.

Yours faithfully

Max Eastcott

General Manager

2020 BINGARA HAPPY DAYS ORANGE FESTIVAL – POSTPONED UNTIL 2021

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.