Have Your Say - Real Country Strategic Project

Published on 15 January 2024

A Milestone in Regional Collaboration

Coonamble, Gilgandra and Warrumbungle Shire Councils are thrilled to announce the development of the Real Country Strategic Project and present the Draft Strategy and concepts of the Castlereagh River Infrastructure elements.

Mayor Doug Batten says the collaboration represents a significant milestone in our region’s development. It is an opportunity to showcase the potential of our region and focus on enhancing our visitor experience, promoting the Real Country experience, and supporting economic initiatives and local infrastructure projects.

The Real Country Strategic Project has been a multi-year journey, bringing together the expertise and dedication of the three Councils to shape the future of our communities for locals and visitors alike. It is an initiative that places engagement and collaboration at its core.

Mayor Batten says, the project is a reflection of our shared values and goals. It is an exciting step forward in showcasing the potential of our region.

We invite you to participate in the online exhibition where you can explore project documents and provide valuable feedback.

We value your perspective and input is vital in ensuring that our plans reflect the aspirations of our residents.

The Real Country Strategic Project represents a unique partnership between three regional Councils, demonstrating our commitment to working together to address common challenges and opportunities. In developing the draft documents, including the Real Country Strategy, Infrastructure Business Case, Cost Schedule and Engagement Report, there were seven community workshops held across the three regions, including three villages along the Castlereagh River; Binnaway, Mendooran and Tooraweenah and an online workshop

To view the concepts, DRAFT documents and Have Your Say, head to:



Thank you for your interest and support, we look forward to continuing this project together with our community.

This project is funded by the NSW Government Business Case and Strategy Development Fund.


Concepts of the Castlereagh River Infrastructure for the three regions, can be found here > gilgandra.nsw.gov.au/Connect/Have-your-say/Have-Your-Say-Real-Country


Contact:         Kathryn Larkin         

                        Project Manager Strategy & Collaboration

                        Gilgandra Shire Council

                        02 6817 8800



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