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RMS halts west Cowra work due to “unacceptable” delays

Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West has welcomed the cessation of major road works in west Cowra due to lengthy traffic delays caused by the project today.

“The works caused unacceptable delays to people going to work, taking children to school, and for essential services in the district; Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) are to be thanked for listening to our concerns and immediately ending the work at this stage,” Cr West said.

The remediation road-works being carried out by RMS contractors on the Grenfell Rd/ Boorowa Rd intersection saw the Cowra Bridge reduced to one-lane under traffic control and the low-level bridge closed for the day.

“This led to lengthy delays for traffic in both directions and substantial frustration for motorists; if one good has come out of this, it is to show the importance of the low-level bridge in keeping the volume of traffic flowing through Cowra at this juncture of the Lachlan River,” Cr West said.

The RMS has currently halted all work on the project while it is examines traffic management issues around this intersection.

Who Will You Nominate for Cowra’s Australia Day Awards?

Now’s the time to recognise the volunteers, community leaders, and givers in our community with a nomination in Cowra’s 2018 Australia Day Awards, Cowra Mayor, Councillor Bill West said.

“It’s time to recognise those hard-working people in and around Cowra that quietly toil-away in our community, making our region a better place to live,” Cr West explained.

Cr West — together with Cowra’s Australia Day Committee co-chairs Cr Bruce Miller and Cr Ray Walsh — is encouraging everyone to consider nominating an individual or group they believe deserve recognition for their work in the community.

“Cowra is very fortunate to have so many individuals and groups that volunteer their time, week-after-week, to help others,” he said.

“Although these people don’t do it for the recognition, nomination for an Australia Day Award is a nice way to let these people know that their efforts are appreciated.” Nominations are being taken for the following Awards:

• Cowra Citizen of the Year

• Cowra Young Citizen of the Year

• Cowra Community Group of the Year

• Dr Warren Whiley Memorial Award (for significant contributions to Arts, Culture and Citizenship)

To nominate a worthy individual or group in Cowra, click here

Aussie Backyard Bird Count October 23-29

Cowra Council and the NRM Advisory Committee will once again be taking part in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count run by Birdlife Australia.

From 23 to 29 October 2017, during National Bird Week, thousands of bird-loving Australians will be found in backyards of all shapes and sizes spotting their local birds and discovering how they are coping in the spaces we share.

Participants are asked to spend 20 minutes in their favourite outdoor space and record all birds seen on the Aussie Bird Count App (or website https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/). Throughout the week, participants can instantly see live statistics on how many people are taking part and the number of birds and species counted both locally and nationally.

The project aims to promote awareness and support for Australian birds by engaging the community in the natural world while getting to know the birds that live where they live. It also enables the community to have an active role in researching Australia's beautiful birds and the data collected from their bird count will provide BirdLife Australia with important information allowing them to form a more detailed picture of how Australian bird species are faring.

Top 10 Birds counted in Cowra in 2016 were:

1. House Sparrow*

2. Australian Magpie

3. Common Starling*

4. Sulphur crested Cockatoo

5. Superb Fairy-wren

6. Galah

7. Common Blackbird*

8. Crested Pigeon

9. Red-rumped Parrot

10. Willy Wagtail

*Introduced species

With over one million birds counted nationally last year, we are excited to see how many birds we can count this year!

How to get Involved

1. Download the Aussie Bird Count app and submit your count instantly. Go to https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/ for more information.


2. Submit a checklist through the online web form, go to https://aussiebirdcount.org.au/

Apply now for the 2018 Cowra Youth Council!

Cowra Youth Council is now looking for enthusiastic young people to join our team for 2018. For our 2018 Youth Council brochure, click here.

if you’d like to get involved in running youth events in Cowra and want to make a difference in your community, then the Youth Council may be the place for you. 

Applications should be submitted by 4.30pm, Friday October 27. For a 2018 Youth Council application form, click here.

 Check-out our Facebook page for a taste of the activities we get involved in. 

For more enquiries, contact Linda Barron, Community Projects Officer, email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or phone 6340 2064.