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Approval received for a further five bores

With no significant rainfall of the horizon, Council is pleased to receive approval for the final five (5) emergency bores to be converted in to production bores.‚Äč

Mayor of Warrumbungle Shire Council, Councillor Peter Shinton, said, “even though the licenses have been approved, Council has to wait 28 days before the bores can be used. During this 28 day waiting period Council will undertake works to prepare the bores so they can come online as soon as possible after the waiting period has finished”.

“Although Council has received licenses for seven (7) bores, Council will only be equipping six (6) of the bores. This is due to problems encountered when attempting to case one (1) of the bores making it not feasible to progress it”, Clr Shinton said.

“With funding provided by the NSW State Government and by Council there is enough funding to equip all six (6) bores. Once equipped it is hoped that Coonabarabran will have in place a bore supply system capable of supplying a sustainable emergency potable water supply for the town” Clr Shinton said.

“Once the six (6) bores are online it is hoped that they will produce enough water to be able to meet current demand. The emergency bore system will then be the main water supply source for a period of time with both Timor Dam and Castlereagh River being given a bit of a break”, said Clr Shinton.

Clr Shinton said, “as the level of Timor Dam is so low Coonabarabran will remain on Level 6 water restrictions at this point in time. Council will continue to review this regularly. The water level at Timor Dam is something that Council are monitoring on a regular basis and while having the bore system online will help with water supply, it doesn’t put any more water in Timor Dam”.

Clr Shinton said, “while the completion of these works will be a significant achievement, Council will not be stopping work on securing a sustainable water supply for the community of Coonabarabran and Warrumbungle Shire. As well as continuing to look in to the feasibility of raising the wall at Timor Dam Council is also keen to put in place a Drought Management Plan and Water Demand Management Plan”.

“Council staff have, with input from other government agencies, put together a draft Drought Management Plan and draft Water Demand Management Plan. These plans are now on public exhibition and I encourage members of local communities to have a look at these plans and let Council know what you think”, said Clr Shinton.

“Warrumbungle Shire Council is charged with the responsibility of providing a clear long term strategy for the supply of potable water for businesses and residents in the towns within the Shire”, said Clr Shinton.

Clr Shinton said, “these plans set out a long term strategy that acknowledges the realities of our current climate. The plans include strategies that will put us in the best possible position to be able to cope with future droughts, including putting in place strategies that, for example, encourage limiting demand at all times”.

The draft Drought Management Plan and draft Water Demand Management Plan are now on public exhibition. To view the draft plans visit:

• Warrumbungle Shire Council, 14-22 John Street, Coonabarabran

• Warrumbungle Shire Council, 59 Binnia Street, Coolah

Click here to view Draft Drought Management Plans

Click here to View Draft Water Demand Management Plan

To provide comment on the draft plans, please forward your submission to Council no later than 4:30pm on Thursday, 16 August 2018, in one of the following ways:


Warrumbungle Shire Council
PO Box 191
Coonabarabran NSW 2357




Deliver In Person

Warrumbungle Shire Council

14-22 John Street


Deliver In Person

Warrumbungle Shire Council

59 Binnia Street


Submissions should include a reference to the draft Drought Management Plan and draft Water Demand Management Plan as the subject of your submission. Submissions received will be summarised and reported to Council.

Last Updated: 16 Jul 2018