City of Griffith
|City of Griffith
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|• Density||15.5430/km2 (40.2562/sq mi)|
|Area||1,639.9 km2 (633.2 sq mi)|
|Mayor||John Dal Broi (Unaligned)|
The City of Griffith is a local government area in Riverina region of south-western New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and on Kidman Way. In addition to Griffith, the area includes the towns and villages of Willbriggie, Hanwood, Beelbangera, Bilbul, Yoogali, Widgelli, Yenda, Lake Wyangan, Tharbogang and Warburn and the suburbs of Collina, North Griffith, Murrumbidgee Estate, Mayfair and Pioneer.
The agricultural industry and value added food and beverage manufacturing / processing underpins the strength of the region. The area is a major wine grape growing area, prune, rice and citrus with emerging industries such as; nuts (Almonds and Walnuts), chicken breeding, growing and processing, cotton, cereals, mixed farming, fruit (melons, pumpkins, onions, cherries, tomatoes, olives) and aquaculture.
The Griffith area relies heavily on the gravity fed irrigation scheme, managed by privately owned Murrumbidgee Irrigation. Our red loam soils and Mediterranean climate is conducive to ideal growing conditions for most crops. Agriculture is a vitally important industry economically for the region in terms of value, the number of people the industry employs, innovation, value added processing and the global and dynamic business that exists here because of agriculture. Griffith is a major service centre for the agricultural sector (among others) and services a region with a population of 50,000 people.
Agriculture is a dynamic and ever changing industry in the region with new markets, varietals, skills and opportunities being developed
Griffith has 12 wineries – 5 of whom are on the top 10 exporters list for Australia, all of which are family owned and run businesses. Griffith's largest winery, Casella Family Wines employs 650 people, employment in the wine industry increases during the vintage season (December through to April). The region supplies 75% of NSW wine grapes and exports over $800m worth of wine each year.
Griffith has two large juice companies – Real Juice and Harvey Fresh which supports the Valencia growers in the region, as well as carrots, beetroot, apple and pear. The region supplies 70% of NSW citrus, many of the navels and mandarins grown here are exported.
Treetops Olives Plantation also process olives in brine for the table market. Many of these are sold to a local food processor who marinades, makes tapenade as well as other sauces and product.
Griffith producers 25% of Australia's poultry with an emphasis on growth. Baiada Poultry purchased Bartters and the Steggles brand 5 years ago and has identified Griffith as one of the major centre's for chicken production in Australia. The plan is to double production from processing 750,000 birds a week to 1.5million a week. This phenomenal growth will require addition broiler chicken farms in the order of 200 sheds in the region. Baiada Poultry is the largest employer in Griffith, employing close to 700 people and with their growth plans complete will employ close to 900 people with up to 200 external jobs created.
The broader region supplies Australia with 90% of their rice and an above average year for rice would produce more than 1,000,000 tonnes of rice, there is also major processing of rice at Sunrice in Leeton, Coleambally and Deniliquin who are a major employer with a global footprint.
Griffith is a major centre for health services with an excellent facility in Griffith Base Hospital and the addition of St Vincent's Community Private Hospital soon to be built to cater for day surgeries and specialist appointments. The new St Vincent's Private Hospital will employ 35 staff, 40 at full capacity.
Education is well catered for in Griffith with an MOU recently signed with Deakin University, TAFE NSW – Riverina Institute, Griffith, Wagga and Albury Councils to encourage degree pathways through TAFE and research collaborations with local industry. An existing MOU exists with CSU.
Current composition and election method
Griffith City Council is composed of twelve Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the eleven other Councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:
|Independents and Unaligned||12|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:
|John Dal Broi||Unaligned||Mayor|
|Anne Napoli||Unaligned||Elected on Mike Neville's ticket|
|Leon Thorpe||Unaligned||Elected on John Dal Broi's ticket|
|Simon Croce||Unaligned||Elected on Christine Stead's ticket|
|Paul Rossetto||Independent||Elected on Mike Neville's ticket|
|Doug Curran||Independent||Deputy Mayor|
|Alison Balind||Independent||Elected on Bill Lancaster's ticket|
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- "Griffith City Council – Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "Griffith City Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 9 November 2006.
- "Griffith City Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
- "International Relations". City of Griffith Council. Retrieved 30 September 2012.
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