Bland Shire

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Bland Shire
New South Wales
Bland LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°56′S 147°15′E / 33.933°S 147.250°E / -33.933; 147.250Coordinates: 33°56′S 147°15′E / 33.933°S 147.250°E / -33.933; 147.250
Population 6,407 (2009)[1]
 • Density 0.7485/km2 (1.9386/sq mi)
Area 8,560 km2 (3,305.0 sq mi)
Mayor Neil Pokoney (Unaligned)
Council seat West Wyalong[2]
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Murrumbidgee
Federal Division(s)
Website www.blandshire.nsw.gov.au
LGAs around Bland Shire:
Carrathool Lachlan Forbes
Carrathool Bland Shire Weddin
Griffith Narrandera Temora

Bland Shire is a local government area located on the boundary between the central west and Riverina regions of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located adjacent to the Newell and Mid-Western highways.

The council's name honours William Bland.[3]

The largest town and council seat is West Wyalong. The region also includes the towns of Wyalong, Barmedman, Tallimba, Ungarie, Weethalle and Mirrool. The major economic activities of the Shire are agriculture, mining, transport, tourism and wholesale distribution.

The Mayor of Bland Shire Council is Cr. Neil Pokoney, who is unaligned with any political party.

Council[edit]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Bland Shire Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as a single ward. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Brian Monaghan Unaligned
  Liz McGlynn Unaligned Deputy Mayor[5]
  Kerry Keatley Unaligned
  Tony Lord Unaligned
  Neil Pokoney Unaligned Mayor[5]
  Peter Grellman Unaligned
  Robert Bland Independent
  Peter Templeton Unaligned
  Leanne Hampton Independent

Environment[edit]

Average annual rainfall is 482 millimetres (19.0 in). Average temperature are: maximum 23.3 °C (73.9 °F), minimum 9.5 °C (49.1 °F). Prevailing wind direction is: AM: north east; PM: south west, with predominantly calm conditions. Topography is generally undulating or flat, with the altitude ranging from 200 to 486 metres (656–1,594 ft). Main tree species include: kurrajong, cypress pine, mallee, box, ironbark, belah and wilga. Native fauna include: water fowl, red and grey kangaroos, echidnas, goannas, possums, bats and mallee fowls. Soil are predominantly clay with some granite soil and red brown earth, mostly neutral in pH. Native pasture plants include: wallaby grasses, Queensland blue grass and plains and wire grass.

History[edit]

The farm community of Bland Shire, West Wyalong was a former gold prospecting site in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia,[6] The history of Bland Shire has, in part, been documented by West Wyalong Movies.

In 2013, the community joined Dull, Perthshire, Scotland and Boring, Oregon, USA[7] to create a "League of Extraordinary Communities" to group Dull, Boring and Bland[8][9] as a means of encouraging travel,[8] promoting all three communities.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bland Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 1 December 2006. 
  3. ^ Scascighini, Jonh. "West Wyalong". West Wyalong Town Crier. Retrieved 20 March 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "Bland Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Neil Pokoney returned as Bland Shire Mayor" (PDF) (Press release). Bland Shire Council. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Dull and Boring story also to become Bland?". Highland Perthshire News. 2014-07-12. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  7. ^ "Bland hopes to join Dull and Boring - Perth & Kinross". The Courier (UK). 2013-06-01. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  8. ^ a b Feb. 25, 2014, 7:30 a.m. (2014-02-25). "Bland joins Dull and Boring". The Daily Advertiser. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  9. ^ "Scots town Dull joins forces with Bland and Boring". The Scotsman. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  10. ^ "Bland, Dull and Boring: Three towns team up to excite tourists". MSN. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  11. ^ Baskas, Harriet (2014-04-25). "Dull, Boring and Bland Team Up to Lure Tourists". NBC News. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Bland Shire at Wikimedia Commons