Gunnedah Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Gunnedah, New South Wales.
Gunnedah Shire
New South Wales
Gunnedah LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Population 12,162 (2009)[1]
 • Density 2.4353/km2 (6.3075/sq mi)
Area 4,994 km2 (1,928.2 sq mi)
Mayor Owen Hasler (Unaligned)
Council seat Gunnedah[2]
Region North West Slopes
State electorate(s) Tamworth
Federal Division(s) New England
LGAs around Gunnedah Shire:
Narrabri Narrabri Tamworth
Warrumbungle Gunnedah Shire Tamworth
Warrumbungle Liverpool Plains Liverpool Plains

Gunnedah Shire is a local government area in the North West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Liverpool Plains in the Namoi River valley and is traversed by the Oxley Highway and the Kamilaroi Highway.

The Shire includes the towns of Gunnedah, Curlewis, Breeza, Carroll, Mullaley, Emerald Hill, Tambar Springs and Kelvin.

The Mayor of Gunnedah Shire Council is Cr. Owen Hasler, who is unaligned with any political party.


The Gunnedah Shire is situated 264 metres (866 ft) above sea level and is very flat; the tallest hills are 400 metres (1,300 ft) to 500 metres (1,600 ft) above sea level. The climate is hot in summer, mild in winter and dry, although heavy rain in catchment areas occasionally cause flooding of the Namoi River. Major floods cut transport links to Gunnedah, briefly isolating it from the outside world. The Gunnedah area is noted for its abundance of native wildlife, including kangaroos, echidnas and koalas. Koalas can often be found in trees within the town, as well as in the surrounding countryside with the help of signs placed by the local tourist centre.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Gunnedah 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:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  Gae Swain Unaligned Deputy Mayor[4]
  Colleen Fuller Independent
  Steve Smith Independent
  Hans Allgayer Independent
  Owen Hasler Unaligned Mayor[4]
  Rebecca Ryan Unaligned
  Tim Duddy Independent
  David Quince Unaligned
  Gwen Griffen Unaligned


  1. ^ "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Gunnedah Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 10 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Gunnedah Shire Council: Election of Councillors". Local Government Elections 2012. Gunnedah Shire Council. September 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Gunnedah Shire Council Elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor" (Press release). Gunnedah Shire Council. 28 September 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.