Council appealing to residents during wet weather events

Residents in the Narromine Shire are reminded that following wet weather events some unsealed roads could be closed to all traffic. If Council is required to close roads due to wet weather, the roads would remain closed until further notice. School buses, emergency and Council maintenance vehicles are exempt during this time. 

Following the recent rainfall, a significant portion of the Shire’s unsealed road network (772km) needs some maintenance. With more rain forecast, Council is appealing to drivers to assist, where possible, in preventing damage to unsealed roads by choosing alternative routes or waiting until drier conditions prevail. Where it is necessary that residents undertake essential travel on the roads, they are encouraged to drive to the conditions with many of the unsealed roads impassable or temporarily closed when wet, as Council cannot accept responsibility for any damages that may arise during these periods.

Road condition reports are posted on Council’s website (, facebook page and via radio broadcast.

Narromine Shire Council’s General Manager, Jane Redden said “residents are encouraged to assist Council where possible, limiting unnecessary travel on the roads to prevent further damage occurring”

“Due to prolonged drought conditions and now a wet winter, Council’s Unsealed Roads Maintenance Schedule has been delayed”

“Council is working hard to resume regular road maintenance, however the key message for people using these roads is to always consider the road’s condition, watch for changing conditions, slow down, travel with care and only use the road when necessary” she said.

Council’s Roads Maintenance Schedule identifies that road maintenance and repairs are primarily based on the primary use (i.e school bus route), the condition and the overall safety of the road, with roads carrying a higher volume of traffic being addressed first.

Residents are encouraged to report hazards to Council as safety remains a priority on local roads. Feedback can be provided through Council’s website or by phoning 6889 9999.

Media Contact: Narromine Shire Council, General Manager, Jane Redden 

T: 0407 438 422