Mining councils recognise our mayor

Cobar’s mayor, Lilliane Brady OAM, has been honoured with Life Membership of the Association of Mining and Energy Related Councils (AMERC) group. The motion for Life Membership for Cr Brady was put to last week’s AMERC conference in Sydney and accepted unanimously. Cobar Shire’s Cr Jarrod Marsden attended last week’s […]


Regional summit hears of issues

Impediments for growth in Cobar were discussed at the Regional Development Australia (RDA) Orana’s Inland Growth Summit in Dubbo last Thursday. Cobar Shire Council’s general manager, Peter Vlatko was one of 10 guest speakers from different levels of government and industry groups invited to speak at the summit. Mr Vlatko […]

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Tougher water restrictions necessary

The worsening drought and a failed water pump on the pipeline that carries water to our town has prompted Cobar Shire Council to impose tougher water restrictions on its residents. Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko said the Cobar Water Board has asked the council and the mines to start looking […]

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Strong showing in community awards

The Bossie Mitchell Services to the Community award has received the most nominations in this year’s Australia Day awards with 14 names put forward to the judging panel. The ‘Community Event of the Year’ category also polled well this year with nine local events including the Running On Empty Festival, […]

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New air services are a step closer

The reinstatement of an air service to Cobar is one step closer with the Far North West Joint Organisation (FNWJO) calling for public tenders. FNWJO chairperson Cr Lilliane Brady is delighted that after a year without any air services, the process to restore them is now in motion. “I am […]


Park upgrade takes shape

Excavation on the new adventure playground at Cobar’s Drummond Park began on Monday. Cobar Shire Council Parks & Gardens supervisor Paul Sullivan said temporary fencing has been erected while local contractors Country Mile Construction begin levelling the ground to get it ready to lay the park’s softfall. Installation of the […]


Christmas cheer for drought-hit locals

A friendship made while on holidays has helped to bring a generous donation of goods and cash to Cobar for families struggling in the drought. Tracey Kelly from KT OOSH (Out of School Hours) in Rouse Hill, Sydney, met Cobar’s Huon and Gilbert families a number of years ago while […]