Eurobodalla Shire

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Eurobodalla Shire
New South Wales
Eurobodalla LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Population 37,234 (2013)[1]
 • Density 10.86109/km2 (28.1301/sq mi)
Established 1913
Area 3,428.2 km2 (1,323.6 sq mi)
Mayor Lindsay Brown
Council seat Moruya[2]
Region South Coast
State electorate(s) Bega
Federal Division(s) Eden-Monaro
LGAs around Eurobodalla Shire:
Palerang Shoalhaven Shoalhaven
Cooma-Monaro Eurobodalla Shire Tasman Sea
Bega Valley Bega Valley Tasman Sea

Eurobodalla Shire is a local government area located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located in a largely mountainous coastal region and situated adjacent to the Tasman Sea, the Princes Highway and the Kings Highway.

The Mayor of Eurobodalla Shire Council is Cr. Lindsay Brown, an independent politician.

Towns and localities[edit]

The shire chambers are located in the town of Moruya in the central part of the Shire. Other major towns within the shire include Batemans Bay and Narooma. Smaller towns and hamlets include Durras, Nelligen, Mogo, Malua Bay, Tomakin, Broulee, Mossy Point, Rosedale, Bodalla, Potato Point, Nerrigundah, Mystery Bay, Central Tilba, and Wallaga Lake Koori Village.


The Eurobodalla Shire was originally the home of the South Coast Bugelli-Manji and Yuin Aboriginal peoples. The Council signed a Commitment to Indigenous Australians and a Local Agreement with the Aboriginal Community.[3]

The Eurobodalla Shire Council was formed in 1913 with the responsibility for administering local government functions along 110 kilometres (68 mi) of the NSW coast between Durras and Wallaga Lake. The Council administers only about 30% of the area of the Shire as the remaining 70% is non-rateable crown land held as national park and state forest: 40% of the shire is national park, 30% is state forest, 20% is productive farmland and 10% is urban settlement.[4]

The Shire is unusual in that nearly half of ratepayers are non-residents. Just over 17% of ratepayers are residents of Canberra. Although the permanent population is around 34,100, the visiting population (who stay more than 3 nights) is 3.1 million per year.[4]


The main growth industries in the area are construction, government services, real estate, retail, retirement, aged care, tourism, while dairy farming, forestry, sawmilling and commercial fishing are traditional industries in decline. Eurobodalla Shire is serviced by two highways - the Princes Highway between Sydney and Melbourne (part of Highway One around Australia), and the Kings Highway (National Route 52) linking Batemans Bay to Canberra. Moruya Airport, just east of the township of Moruya, is serviced by regular scheduled commuter flights to Sydney and Melbourne. There are no railways or major seaports in Eurobodalla Shire.

Census 2001 statistics[edit]


  • Population is 33,167[5]
  • Area of 3,422 square kilometres
  • Population density 9.8 people per square kilometre
  • Aged 15 years and over: 80.7% with a significant proportion of young people leave the shire to continue their studies or seek work.
  • Aged 65 years and over: 22.2% with the proportion of older residents is growing as retirees move into the shire.
  • Median age: 44
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders: 4.2%

Nation of birth[edit]

Languages spoken at home[edit]

  • Speaks English only - 96.1%
  • German - 0.7%
  • Italian - 0.4%
  • Croatian - 0.4%
  • Netherlandic - 0.3%


Anglican Church - 31.3%
Roman Catholic Church - 25.2%
Uniting Church in Australia - 6.0%
Presbyterian and Reformed Churches - 4.7%
Other Christian denominations - 6.4%
Non-Christian religions - 1.2%
No religion - 15.5%
Did not answer question - 9.7%


  • Median weekly rent: $100–$149
  • Median monthly home loan repayments: $600–$799
  • Median weekly individual income: $200–$299
  • Median weekly household income: $400–$499
  • Mean household size: 2.3

Household car ownership[edit]

  • No car - 8.8%
  • One car - 53.3%
  • Two cars - 29.9%
  • Three or more cars - 8.0%

Housing tenure[edit]

  • Fully owned - 54.5%
  • Being purchased - 18.5%
  • Department of Housing (public housing) - 2.4%
  • Private rental - 21.0%
  • Other type of tenure - 3.7%

Structure of inhabited dwellings[edit]

  • Fully detached house - 82.0%
  • Semi-detached, terrace or town house - 6.9%
  • Apartment - 5.8%
  • Caravan, cabin, houseboat, etc. - 3.7%
  • Other - 1.5%

Housing stock vacancy rate[edit]

  • 29.5%

Internet usage rate[edit]

  • 27.3%


  • Unemployment rate: 13.0%
  • Labour force participation rate: 46.7%. In 2004, the Shire had 10,338 jobs.[4]


Offices of the Eurobodalla Shire Council at Moruya.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Eurobodalla Shire Council is composed of nine Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the eight 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:[6][7]

Party Councillors
  Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association 4
  Independents 3
  Eurobodalla First 1
  Australian Greens 1
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[7]

Councillor Party Notes
  Lindsay Brown Independent Mayor[6]
  Peter Schwarz Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association
  Milton Leslight Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association
  Rob Pollock Eurobodalla First
  Gabi Harding Greens
  Neil Burnside Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association
  Danielle Brice Independent Elected on Lindsay Brown's ticket
  Liz Innes Eurobodalla Ratepayers Association Elected on Peter Schwarz's ticket
  Fergus Thompson Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 1. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, New South Wales". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Eurobodalla Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 15 November 2006. 
  3. ^ Shain, Kathryn (2005). "Eurobodalla Shire Council". Agreements, Treaties and Negotiated Settlements Project - Agreements Database. University of Melbourne. Archived from the original on 20 May 2006. Retrieved 22 May 2006. 
  4. ^ a b c "Rosedale Association Newsletter" (PDF). Rosedale Association. December 2004. Retrieved 15 November 2006. 
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Eurobodalla (A) (Local Government Area)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-06-30. 
  6. ^ a b "Eurobodalla Shire Council - Mayoral Election". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Eurobodalla Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 

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Coordinates: 35°55′S 150°06′E / 35.917°S 150.100°E / -35.917; 150.100