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Carrathool Shire Council

Cocoparra National Park. Credit: Beth Liddicoat

Located in the Riverina region of western NSW, Carrathool Shire Council spans an area of almost 19,000 square kilometres and is home to approximately 2866 people (according to the 2021 census).

Carrathool Shire is a primarily rural area, and is comprised of the town of Hillston, as well as the surrounding villages of Goolgowi, Merriwagga, Rankins Springs, and Carrathool. Carrathool is named after a Wiradjuri word meaning “brolga” or “native companion”.

Towns & Villages

Hillston, Goolgowi, Merriwagga, Carrathool and Rankins Springs.

Credit: Carrathool Bridge, Destination NSW
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Carrathool Shire Council

12. Carrathool :: GEOCADDER
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Taxi & Bus

Mildura to Cootamundra Coach Service 726

Route: Mildura, Buronga, Euston, Robinvale, Balranald, Hay, Carrathool turnoff

Carrathool turnoff, Sturt Hwy (Stop ID 27113), continue by Taxi to Carrathool Shire

Cootamundra to Mildura Coach Service 725

Route: Carrathol turnoff, Darlington Point, Griffith, Yenda, Binya, Barellan, Ardlethan, Beckom, Ariah Park, Temora, Stockinbingal, Cootamundra

Carrathool turnoff, Sturt Hwy (Stop ID 27113), continue by Taxi to Carrathool Shire

School Buses

S415 Goolgowi to Griffith Schools


Griffith Taxis (02) 6325 0004

Note: Please call to confirm availability to travel out of Griffith.

Routes Servicing Griffith (continue by Taxi to Carrathool Shire)

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Merriwagga Aerial. Credit: Beth Liddicoat
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Industries & Opportunities

Top Industries of Employment in the Carrathool Shire are Grain Growing; Grain Sheep Farming; and Grain Beef Cattle Farming. The key propulsive sectors in Carrathool Shire Council are agriculture, forestry and fishing and public administration and safety.

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Poultry Technician
Poultry Technician Goolgowi NSW Farm Management (Farming, Animals & Conservation) Full time Agright is a newly established agribusiness that specialises in poultry farming and agribusiness investment. Its founder and shareholders have in excess of 30 years’ experience in the meat chicken industry and are looking to grow the business and bring staff and stakeholders on the journey. Agright currently operate across Australia and New Zealand. We are seeking an experienced Poultry Technician with demonstrated expertise in the operation of broiler farm electronic equipment and control systems to support the Farm Manager in managing modern Barn Chicken Farms in Goolgowi, North West of Griffith NSW. The role is a live in position and accommodation will be provided. Role Description: We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Poultry Technician to autonomously assist the Farm Manager in all aspects of the farming operation at Goolgowi – postcode 2652. In this role you will be responsible for whole of site management with the greatest priority being the welfare of the chickens that Agright is entrusted to care for. You will ensure the facilities, equipment and systems are maintained to the highest standard and the site is immaculately presented at all times, whilst ensuring that the business operates efficiently to deliver agreed performance targets. This role reports directly to the Farm Manager. You will lead a team of up to ten staff and be involved with managing the relevant contractors. Duties include (But not limited to): • Monitoring and reporting on KPI’s and other metrics as required. • Monitoring poultry systems and timely response to control system alarms. The control systems will cover electrical, hydraulic and hydrological applications. • Calibrating and adjust control system settings to achieve the optimum growing environment • Ensuring biosecurity, health and safety, environmental and animal welfare procedures are always adhered to and maintain standards of quality • Collecting and collate data for research and process improvement • Develop and implement improved farming techniques, water management, heating and cooling and farm management utilising new and existing instrumentation and control systems • Ensuring positive working relationships are maintained with processor company representatives. • Working with processing company to plan and optimise batch growing cycle • Maintaining and presenting the farm and equipment to the highest standards possible at all times • Training, motivating and leading the farming team to achieve quality outcomes in a professional manner. Direct Reports: A Trainee Farm Manager and Farm Staff will report to this position. The management team roles will work within a 24/7 farm monitoring roster. The successful applicant must be able to demonstrate the following: • 3 years’ experience in managing / assisting fully environmentally controlled broiler farms; • Experience operating, maintaining and developing the control systems that are typically used in a poultry application. • Proven people management and industrial relations skills; • Proven Workplace Health and Safety systems management and creating a culture of safety first work practices; • Maintaining and managing key stakeholder relationships; • A desire to develop a continuous improvement culture that constantly delivers performance and process improvement; • Day to day on-site testing and maintenance capabilities; • An ability to challenge the norm and think outside of the square to achieve results; • Knowledge of budgets and cost management; What we offer: • Career opportunities in a fast growing industry where hard work is rewarded. Agright is a market leader in its field and prides itself on ensuring candidates are well set up for a career in poultry. Agright will invest in your development and career by being supportive and proactive. • A highly attractive remuneration package based on skills and experience, including - generous performance-based incentives, plus superannuation, new 4 bedroom house onsite accommodation including utilities (water, electricity and gas). • All positions have the scope to progress into further levels of management as the operations continue to expand in several regions. Your application will include the following questions: • This position requires you to have the right to work in Australia. Do you have the right to work in Australia? Applicants for this position must be an Australian citizen, Australian resident or hold a valid Australian work visa. Please apply below with a resume and Cover Letter.
Tue, 16 Apr
Carrathool, 2711, NSW
Poultry Farmers Required
Tabbita NSW 38 hrs per week * Full Time Pastoral Award 2020 Employee level 1 -$22.61 per hour August 2024 start. We are looking for two permanent full-time staff members, with great attention to detail, to join our team at Tabbita, NSW. The position will include but is not limited too-farm hand duties such as tending to birds, removing deceased birds from sheds daily and general farm maintenance. There will be opportunities to develop skills within the position. Candidates must have no access to poultry birds or pigs at their home. Opportunities to upskill and job specific training will be offered to acceptable candidates. We require: • Must be physically fit as the job involves repetitive manual handling and heavy lifting. • The ability to work unsupervised and as part of a team • Must have good literacy and numeracy skills • Must be able to work 7 days a week as required How to apply To apply, please forward your current resume with details of recent work and references as well as a cover letter attached addressing the selection criteria to with the subject "Application for Poultry Labourer August 2024”. Please include your current contact details, including your phone number and email address. Only applicants who address the criteria and attach a resume and cover letter will be considered. Only successful applicants will be contacted. Applications close on Friday 19th April 2024.
Fri, 05 Apr
Tabbita, 2652, NSW
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Simplify and speed up your application process by applying through this link: (Copy and Paste the Link to your Browser)Calibre Cleaning is currently looking for casual domestic cleaners who share our values of reliability, empathy, genuineness, accessibility, and leadership. We are in need of Private House Cleaners to assist us through helping our clients with general cleaning tasks such as: Vacuuming mopping sweeping dusting removing cobwebs from the household Cleaning the bathroom: Mirrors/ glass, shower screens, baths, toilet, basins, Cleaning the kitchen: Cleaning the microwave, refrigerator, sink and emptying rubbish bins And on occasion for some pet owners: (If required) Emptying/replacing kitty litter, removing/cleansing any other related pet waste Cleaning windowsills and skirting boards as well as disinfecting high-touch areas if needed. Summary of role requirements: Looking for candidates available to work:Monday: Morning, Afternoon Tuesday: Morning, Afternoon Wednesday: Morning, Afternoon Thursday: Morning, Afternoon Friday: Morning, Afternoon Saturday: Morning, Afternoon Sunday: Morning, Afternoon No experience required for this role Working rights required for this role Expected start date for role: 22 March 2024 Expected salary: $35 - $40 per hour
Thu, 21 Mar
Darlington Point, 2706, NSW
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Carrathool is named after a Wiradjuri word meaning ""brolga"" or ""native companion"", with the original inhabitants of the Carrathool being the Wiradjuri people.

European settlement of the Carrathool Shire area occurred during the 1830s, with land used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing.

The population of Carrathool Shire has gone up and down over the years, with the 2021 census reporting  a population of around 2866 people.

Carrathool Shire is a rural area, with a total land area of approximately 19,000 square kilometres. The land is predominately used for agriculture and horticulture, particularly sheep and cattle grazing and cotton and rice growing.

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Paddleboarding Lake Woorabinda. Credit: Beth Liddicoat
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Recreation & Arts

Like many regional areas, the Carrathool Shire is abundant with thrive with community and sporting groups. Sporting options available include golf, basketball, cricket, rugby league, junior rugby league, touch football, swimming, tennis and volleyball. Community organisations include the Creative arts Council, SES (for community members aged 16+) and Lions Club.  

These community and sporting groups provide an awesome opportunity for the young people of Carrathool Shire to come and work together for the good of the community.

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