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Newey Plan of Management progresses

Cobar Shire Councillors voted last week that council commence the process to have the Newey Reserve reclassified as a park. A report to last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting from council’s environmental supervisor Melissa Gunn advised, under the Crown Land Management Act 2016, categorisation of the Newey Reserve was required to […]

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Could Ward Oval solve a camping conundrum?

  Cobar Shire Council will look at opening up Ward Oval to free campers. The matter was discussed at last Thursday’s Ordinary Council Meeting following a notice of motion put to the meeting by Cr Peter Yench. “Something needs to be done and I think it can be done legally,” […]

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Businessman speaks on local effects of tourism decline

Local businessman Geoff McGuinness used the public access forum at last week’s Ordinary Council Meeting to speak about his concerns (and that of other local business owners) on the decline of tourists stopping in Cobar. “The town is a laughing stock,” Mr McGuinness told council. “Bourke’s caravan parks are overflowing. […]

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Councillors discuss Newey progress

Councillors were updated at last week’s council meeting on the temporary ban on free camping at the Newey recreation area. Cobar Shire Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko said work was progressing on the creation of a Plan of Management for the Newey. Council has received two applications from consultants to […]

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Community backlash over Newey ban

Cobar Shire Council’s announcement of a ban on free camping at the Newey has prompted strong community backlash. Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko publically announced the ‘no camping until further notice’ rule last week after receiving a directive from the NSW Department of Industry—Crown Lands and Water. Local resident Jill […]

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Campers curtailed

Cobar Shire Council has been forced to curtail camping at the Newey following a directive last week from the NSW Department of Industry—Crown Lands and Water. Council’s general manager Peter Vlatko said he had no choice in the matter which will now see all camping banned at the Newey recreation […]

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Visitor suggests stop and shop trial

A regular visitor to Cobar and advocate of free camping, John Linton has offered a simple idea used in other towns that could be adopted by Cobar. Mr Linton said an innovative ‘Stop and Shop free camping trial’, introduced by a Queensland council, has helped to save money for campers […]