Gwydir Shire

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Gwydir Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 29°52′S 150°34′E / 29.867°S 150.567°E / -29.867; 150.567Coordinates: 29°52′S 150°34′E / 29.867°S 150.567°E / -29.867; 150.567
Population 5,425 (2010)[1]
 • Density 0.57390/km2 (1.48640/sq mi)
Established 2004
Area 9,452.8 km2 (3,649.7 sq mi)
Mayor John Coulton (Unaligned)
Council seat Bingara[2]
Region New England
State electorate(s) Northern Tablelands
Federal Division(s) Parkes
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LGAs around Gwydir Shire:
Moree Plains Goondiwindi (Qld) Inverell
Moree Plains Gwydir Shire Guyra
Narrabri Tamworth Uralla

Gwydir Shire is a local government area located in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. The northern boundary of the Shire is located adjacent to the border between New South Wales and Queensland.

The Shire was established on 17 March 2004, when the Yallaroi, Bingara, and a northern portion of the Barraba shires were merged. The seat of the Council is located in the major centre of the area in the town of Bingara. Other major towns include Warialda.

The Mayor of the Gwydir Shire Council is Cr. John Coulton, who is unaligned with any political party.

Towns and localities[edit]

The towns of Gwydir Shire include Warialda and Bingara, and the villages/localities include Bangheet, Caroda, Cobbadah, Coolatai, Copeton, Crooble, Croppa Creek, Dinoga, Elcombe, Gineroi, Gravesend, Gulf Creek, Gundamulda, Myall Creek, North Star, Pallal, Riverview, Upper Bingara, Upper Horton, Warialda Rail, Yagobe, and Yallaroi.


The first local government in the Gwydir region was the Bingara Municipality, incorporated to serve the town of Bingara in early 1889. The town of Warialda followed on 30 March 1900.[3]

With the passage of the Local Government Act 1906 (NSW), which established shires all over New South Wales, the Yallaroi, Gwydir (later Bingara) and Barraba Shires were gazetted on 6 March 1906. The Warialda and Bingara municipalities amalgamated into their respective shires on 29 December 1924 and 17 December 1943 respectively.[3]

On 17 March 2004, the Yallaroi, Bingara and Barraba Shires were abolished. Yallaroi and Bingara were fully amalgamated into the newly formed Gwydir Shire, while Barraba was split between Gwydir, which received 1,259.1 square kilometres (486.1 sq mi) (41%) of its area and 340 people in the former shire's north, and the newly formed Tamworth Regional Council.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Gwydir Shire Council is made up 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
  John Coulton Unaligned Mayor[5]
  Geoff Smith Unaligned
  Peter Pankhurst Unaligned
  Catherine Egan Unaligned Deputy Mayor[5]
  Kerry McDonald Unaligned
  Angela Doering Unaligned
  Marilyn Dixon Unaligned
  David Rose Independent
  Stuart Dick Unaligned


Populations for the Yallaroi and Bingara Shires (including municipalities) over time are listed below. Totals are not provided as it is difficult to quantify the component from Bingara Shire. Using the Australian Bureau of Statistics' time series data and census collection district figures for 2006, this component had a population of 591 in 1996, 447 in 2001 and 340 in 2006.

Year Population
1921 3,228 2,637
1933 4,279 3,237
1947 3,669 2,862
1954 4,672 2,940
1961 4,588 2,851
1966 4,481 2,744
1971 4,302 2,486
1976 4,101 2,245
1981 3,947 2,264
1986 3,821 2,290
1991 3,540 2,133
1996 3,227 2,080
2001 3,124 2,002

The census populations of the Gwydir area, from the 2006 time series spreadsheet, were:

Year Population
1996 5,898
2001 5,573
2006 5,353


  1. ^ "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Gwydir Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 30 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Graham. "Development of Local Government". Gwydir Shire Council. Retrieved 19 June 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Gwydir Shire Council: Election of Councillors". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Councillors". Council information. Gwydir Shire Council. September 2012. Retrieved 19 October 2012.