Gundagai Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Gundagai, New South Wales.
Gundagai Shire
New South Wales
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Location in NSW
Coordinates 35°04′S 148°07′E / 35.067°S 148.117°E / -35.067; 148.117Coordinates: 35°04′S 148°07′E / 35.067°S 148.117°E / -35.067; 148.117
Population 3,747 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 1.5250/km2 (3.9498/sq mi)
Established 1923
Area 2,457 km2 (948.7 sq mi)
Mayor Cr. Abb McAlister (Unaligned)[2]
Council seat Gundagai[3]
Region Riverina
State electorate(s) Burrinjuck
Federal Division(s) Riverina
Website www.gundagai.nsw.gov.au
LGAs around Gundagai Shire:
Junee Cootamundra Harden
Wagga Wagga Gundagai Shire Yass Valley
Wagga Wagga Tumut Tumut

Gundagai Shire is a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Hume Highway. Gundagai Shire is primarily rural, with a small population. 80% of the Shire's population live in the town of Gundagai. The four villages in the Shire are Coolac, Tumblong, Muttama and Nangus, with populations ranging from 40 to 90 people.

The Mayor of Gundagai Shire is Cr. Abb McAlister, an unaligned politician.[2]

History[edit]

Gundagai was declared a Municipality in 1889, and Adjungbilly Shire Council created in 1906 to administer the district. The Municipality of Gundagai and the Adjungbilly Shire were amalgamated in 1923 to form the Gundagai Shire Council, which is the current administrative body of the area.[4]

Council[edit]

Gundagai Shire Council Chambers

In 1952 Gundagai Shire Council won a coveted A.R. Bluett Memorial Award for progress.[5]

During 2011 Gundagai Shire Council was one of 110 state and local council authorities where employees were under investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption as part of Operation Jarek. It was claimed that employees of some state and local authorities had accepted benefits including gift cards and other items from companies in return for placing orders and continuing business relationships with these companies.[6]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Gundagai Shire Council is composed of eight councillors elected proportionally from 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:[7]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 8
Total 8

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

Councillor Party Notes
  Abb McAlister Unaligned Mayor[2]
  Ron Moses Unaligned
  Mike Kingwill Independent
  Peter Gain Independent
  David Graham Unaligned Deputy Mayor[2]
  Mason Crane Unaligned
  Ronnie Magnone Unaligned
  Peter Batey Independent

References[edit]

  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. ^ a b c d "Councillors". Council. Gundagai Shire Council. 18 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Gundagai Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 9 November 2006. 
  4. ^ "Potted history of Gundagai". Gundagai Shire Council. 2005. Retrieved 12 July 2006. 
  5. ^ "Councils Gey Awards For Progress". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 August 1954. p. 14. 
  6. ^ Public authorities – corruption allegations concerning acceptance of gifts and benefits; and alleged payment of fraudulent invoices (Operation Jarek). Independent Commission Against Corruption, New South Wales. 2011. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Gundagai Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.