About Us
MIssion & Values

Council's mission reflects what we will do to achieve the vision:

"Council's MISSION is to provide the community of Carrathool Shire with cost effective works, services and planning."

Council's mission is council's medium term planning focus.

We value:

  • Honest, open, objective and accountable decision making;
  • Our diverse communities;
  • Responsiveness to community needs
  • Open, fair and practical business relationships;
  • Cost effective and commercially competitive service delivery, and
  • Continuous improvement and best value in everything we do.

History Of The Shire

Council was actively engaged in supporting and fostering substantial economic growth.

The 90's saw the development of Prime City Feedlot, the growth of the local cotton industry and a number of agricultural and horticultural developments.

Other major projects of the 1990's included:

  • The potable water supplies at Goolgowi and Merriwagga
  • Completion of the bitumen seal for Kidman Way

  • Reconstruction of Tabbita Lane
  • Establishment of the banking franchise at Hillston
  • Upgrading of bush fire equipment
  • Upgrading and expansion of the Hillston Caravan Park
  • Technological improvements such as telemetry control for water supplies, PC computer network, electronic recordkeeping system and the establishment of a mobile base station at Hillston

Visiting Our Area
Picnic and Fishing at Willanthry Bridge Reserve

Carrathool Shire consists of the town of Hillston, and the surrounding villages of Goolgowi, Merriwagga, Rankins Springs and Carrathool. The Shire boasts two rivers, two national parks, and a booming agricultural industry. From the wide open plains of Willandra National Park, to the Conapaira Ranges at Rankins Springs, the Shire offers an abundance of diversity.

Carrathool Shire is well known for its rich agricultural industry. Traditionally a grazing and cropping area, with new innovations in irrigation, the industry has now expanded into citrus, cotton, viticulture, walnuts, olives, potatoes, lettuce, almonds, cherries, corn, rice and a large cattle feedlot.

Hillston High Street Redevelopment

The reconstruction of High Street Hillston is now complete. The Street was officially reopened by the Hon John Cobb MP on Saturday 9th May 2009.

Mayor of Carrathool Shire Council, Cr Peter Laird said the multi-million dollar revitalisation of Hillston High Street was the culmination of over 12 months of concentrated effort by Carrathool Shire Council.

"Carrathool Shire Council recognised the need to freshen up the Hillston High Street and turn it into what we see today - a revitalised and vibrant place that is attracting visitors"

Community Events
Youth Week 2013 - Totem Skate School

It's that time of year again! and this year the motto of Youth Week is Be active. Be happy. Be you.

More information will be available, check Council Corner or Council’s website in March.

“Totem Skate School support young people in the implementation of experiences that are socially inclusive and celebrate difference!

We believe in developing self esteem, personal identity and self image through positive attitudes and activities. Skateboarding is simply our vehicle for this message."