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 Council staff and contractors have completed the installation a reverse osmosis (RO) filtration drinking water refilling station in the Visitor Centre carpark. The filtration system is used to remove salt content from the water to make it more palatable for drinking. The refill station is free and is open 24/7. 

Due to the prolonged drought conditions affecting the quality of source water from the Barwon River in which Brewarrinas town water is supplied, Council has been working closely with NSW DPIE Water and the Ministers office since October 2019 to install an alternate drinking water refill station that allows residents and visitors access water that is much more palatable.

Council advises, although there is an alternate supply for access to drinking water such as the refill station, the towns filtered water supply is still safe to consume and use for all other domestic household purposes including showering and bathing. The town’s water supply is still sent to the Department of Analytical Laboratories in Sydney for testing weekly and to date has had no non-compliant samples of both the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines and the NSW Health requirements. Council will continue is strict water sampling regime under its Water Quality Management Plan and applied systems and controls. 

A special thank you to Tenterfield Council who have kindly given us a loan of their unit whilst ours is being constructed and also DPIE Water who have worked closely with Council during its installation. Also we thank all residents for their patience during this prolonged dry period and acknowledge the work currently undertaken by community and businesses in sourcing and distributing bottled water also.

Finally residents are reminded if they have any concerns about the water or for any queries relating to the towns water supply in general,  please contact the Council office on 6830 5100 or after hours on 0427 392 101.

 Jeff Sowiak

General Manager

Welcome to the Brewarrina Shire

Welcome to the Shire of Brewarrina, a rural and remote community located in the outback region of New South Wales on the banks of the Barwon/Darling River.

The shire covers an area of 19,000 square km’s and borders the state line of Queensland and is surrounded by the local governments of Walgett, Warren, Bogan and Bourke.

The shire includes the towns and villages of Brewarrina, Goodooga, Weilmoringle, Angledool and Gongolgon. Brewarrina has great historical significance to the Aboriginal people of the region, as the town was one of the great inter-tribal meeting places of eastern Australia.
The fisheries are elaborate man made stone constructions in the riverbed designed to trap fish. The Brewarrina Fish Traps are a National Heritage listed site and of spiritual significance to Aboriginal people.

The Shire boasts many other attractions like the Old Barwon Bridge, Culgoa National Park, Narran Lakes, Cobb & Co trails, Four Mile Skiing Reserve, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Visitor Information & Exhibition Centre, Darling River Run, Ochre Bed Pits and the State Heritage Aboriginal Mission just to mention a few.

Many significant events also occur in the Shire including the Brewarrina Races, Barwon River Rodeo, Agricultural Field Day, NAIDOC celebrations, Weilmoringle Cancer Council Tennis Day, Goodooga Wool Day, Bre Big Fish competition and the Bald Archy Art Prize Exhibition.

Brewarrina Shire Council acknowledges and pays its respects to the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work, and to Elders past, present and future.