Council Projects

Council is committed to providing, maintaining and improving core services and community infrastructure across our communities that will advance the liveability, sustainability and keep our towns progressive and innovative.

This includes our community's assets, such as roads, community buildings, footpaths, shared pathways and playgrounds.


The works to construct a new stone entranceway to the Nhill Aerodrome is well underway, with footings laid and the supporting pillars almost complete.


The works are scheduled to be completed prior to the Nhill Airshow in late November.


Works are progressing well on the construction of the new bridge across Outlet Creek along Rainbow-Nhill Road, with the opening of the bridge now anticipated to be 5 September 2019 due to inclement weather delaying works. Currently, the box culverts have been installed, with the concrete poured for the four wing walls.


Council’s capital works team have recently begun works on upgrading footpath access along Broadway in Jeparit. The works include the installation of 1.5m wide concrete footpath from Edith Street to Sands Avenue.

The works will result in a safer passageway for pedestrians along with adding to the beautification of the streetscape in the area.


Works to construct Council’s two new e-waste sheds are progressing well, with the slabs now complete and shed construction to begin over the coming weeks. Council is excited to have the new sheds completed as they will assist greatly with the storage of electronic waste items due to the recent ban of e-waste from landfills in Victoria. Council has also installed a new e-waste drop off point in the Nhill Customer Service Centre, which allows residents to dispose of small electronic items safely.


The recently approved Rainbow Weather Radar is currently under construction, with the tower fabrication process complete and the tower now being transported to site. It is hoped that the tower will be constructed over the coming weeks, with the dome to be installed in October.


The tower has been manufactured in Australia and weighs approximately 32 tonnes, and will be erected by two cranes. The project is currently on track for completion by April 2020, to provide much more accurate forecasting of weather systems in the local area.



On Sunday 4 August, Dimboola held its 3rd annual Human Powered Vehicle (HPV) Expo. This year’s event attracted 8 teams from across Victoria, which saw around 20 HPVs on the Dimboola Recreation Reserve circuit at one time. One fast rider was captured at 42kmh, but the fastest by far was from a visiting South Australian team who stopped in on their way back to Adelaide after competing in Casey the day before.

The Adelaide team and the President of the Australian Pedal Prix Super Series spent a few hours at Dimboola to review the location and track for potential to build into a full race event. Representatives from HSC will be attending the Murray Bridge HPV event in September to meet with race organisers and local government to discuss further how to grow the Dimboola HPV event.


On Friday 30 August, Wimmera Mallee Tourism launched their new Augmented Reality app at the SkyMirror Gallery in Sea Lake. The app developed by Plattar, leaders in AR/VR story-telling, is part of the Regional Event Innovation Fund grant funded project which has also seen the development of the new website.

The website is map/itinerary focussed and includes imbedded videos and podcasts to entice tourists to our region. The app and website contain many innovations and new approaches, placing WMT at the forefront of tourism digital marketing.


The Dimboola Rowing Club will be able to showcase their new launch pontoon at their regatta in November with installation underway on the Wimmera River at Dimboola.

An impressive 40m in length, the new pontoon has been made possible by funding from Wimmera CMA, Dimboola Rowing Club and Hindmarsh Shire Council.

The new pontoon provides safer and quicker access to the river for crew and their racing skulls and is sure to be well received by both local rowers and those visiting for the annual regatta in November.


The second FReeZA event of the year for Hindmarsh Shire Youth Council will take place on September 20 at the Rainbow Bowling Club. The event is an Australian themed ‘Lawn Bowls’, is organized by the Youth Council and aims to bring together youth from Nhill, Dimboola, Jeparit, Rainbow and the West Wimmera region, to enjoy of a night of social lawn bowls and Aussie fun. There will be a free bus service from Kaniva, stopping in Nhill, Jeparit, Dimboola to Rainbow and returning back the same way. 

The Youth Councillors will hold a raffle and spinning wheel for fundraising going towards the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for ‘Save the koalas’ campaign. The raffle prizes are sponsored by local businesses and the event is proudly supported by State Government, FReeZA funding, Hindmarsh Shire and the Rainbow Bowling Club. As every FReeZA’s event is alcohol and smoke free.

Details of Event: Green fee $5. Ages 12 years to 25 years old. 

Date: Friday 20 September 2019

Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Rainbow Bowls Club, Park Street, Rainbow, VIC 3424


The Australian Skate Park League (SPL) is coming to Nhill Skate Park on Thursday 26 September for the Western Regional Series part of the VIC League. This League makes up one part of YMCA’s national pathway program that visits skate parks in QLD, SA, TAS, NT, WA & NSW.

The Nhill round is part of an interconnected skate park series that will be held across the region, which will feature Scooter, BMX, and Skateboard competitions for different ages. 

The YMCA, in conjunction with the Victorian Skateboarding Association (VSA), Skate Australia and participating LGA’s will facilitate more than 100 SPL events a year, making up the Australian Skate Park League – the biggest and most established grass roots skateboard, scoot and BMX series in Australia.

The Nhill round has been brought to life through a partnership between Hindmarsh Shire Council, FReeZA, YMCA VIC, Victorian Skateboarding Association (VSA), BMX Victoria (BMXV) and Skate Australia.  Other Major sponsors of the VIC League include: Bad Boy Australia, Element, Goliath, Harsh Protective Gear, Skater Maps, Scooter Hut, Root Industries and Rampfest. 

The new Skate park is a great addition to Jaypex Park, which is already a popular recreational space utilised by both locals and travellers on the Western Highway. This project has been made possible with funding from Hindmarsh Shire Council and Sport and Recreation Victoria.

Details of Competition:

Date: Thursday 26 September 2019

Time: 11:00am – 4:00pm / Scoot 11am, BMX 12:30pm, Skate 1:30pm

Location: Jaypex Park, Western Highway, Nhill.


On 23 September the members of the Youth Council will attend First Aid training in Jeparit. This training is sponsored by FReeZA and Hindmarsh Shire and will cover the skills and knowledge required to provide a first aid response to a person in need. The training is suitable for people in workplaces and include practical and hands on learning.   


Justin Seidel and his Freestyle Dance Hip Hop workshops are back in September at Hindmarsh Shire Council. This time they will visit only Nhill and Rainbow. On Monday September 16 there will be a free workshop at the Nhill Memorial Community Centre from 5:30 p.m. (registration) until 7 pm. it’s open to everyone who wants to learn Hip Hop. On Tuesday 17, the Freestyle team will visit Nhill College in the morning and in the afternoon at Rainbow P-12 College for a special school workshop.  These events are sponsored by the Ministry of OM Australia and the Hindmarsh Shire Council. Justin Seidel is a qualified dance social worker who teaches hip hop routines to kids and teenagers all over Australia. The workshop normally takes about one hour and is all about engaging and empowering children, youth and young adults. 

Details of Workshop:  Free of charge. Youth and Kids all ages welcome. 

Date: Monday 16 September 2019

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: Nhill Memorial Community Centre


Despite once again facing appalling weather conditions the third annual Rainbow Desert Enduro was run and won on August 11. The final round of the Australian Off Road Championships, the Enduro was at one stage at risk of not proceeding at all, with the Saturday component of the event cancelled due to the adverse conditions. Competitors gathered again on Sunday morning and were pleased to be able to get on track and determine who would be crowned Australian Off Road Champion for 2019. After 5 laps of the gruelling 75km course, 2017 winner Greg Gartner took the chequered flag first however a third place finish for former champion Mark Burrows, with his son co-driving, who took out the 2019 title.


Construction of the new Dimboola Library is getting closer to starting with on-site works anticipated to commence by mid-September. Construction is expected to take approximately six – eight months.


On Friday 23 August more than 60 people attended the Victorian Tour of the St Kilda Film Festival held at the Nhill Memorial Community Centre.

Patrons were treated to a variety of short films including ‘Judas Collar’ Winner Best Short Film and Best Director, ‘Shepherd’ Winner Best Screenplay and ‘Lost &Found’ Winner Craft Award and Best Overall Score.


The recently constructed Dimboola netball changerooms and Nhill skate park are set for official openings soon.

The Honourable Martin Pakula, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events will be visiting Hindmarsh Shire on Thursday 19 September to officially open the recently completed Dimboola Football Netball Club netball change rooms and the Nhill skate park.

Times for Minister Pakula’s visit are still to be confirmed but he is expected to be in Hindmarsh Shire between 9.30am and 11.30am.


Town planning in Hindmarsh over the last month has seen the approval of the following types of applications:

  • Subdivisions of Farming Zoned land for the excision of house lots;
  • A large shed within the Farming Zone (under VicSmart planning provisions);
  • A shed within a ‘land subject to inundation’ overlay; and
  • A dwelling on Farming Zoned land in Dimboola.

Other projects being considered include:

  • Native vegetation removal on Rainbow Nhill Road for road safety purposes;
  • Various permits for buildings and works for signage and sheds within the commercial zone;
  • A mobile phone tower in Yanac; and
  • A dwelling in Netherby.

Notably, construction of the weather radar tower has commenced on Pullet Road in Rainbow, with operation expected to commence in early 2020, and amended plans have been received for assessment for the proposed Nhill service station on Victoria Street.