Liverpool Plains Shire
|Liverpool Plains Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|• Density||1.55/km2 (4.0/sq mi)|
|Area||5,086 km2 (1,963.7 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Ian Lobsey (Independent)|
|Region||North West Slopes|
|Federal Division(s)||New England|
Liverpool Plains Shire is a local government area located in the North West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was formed on 17 March 2004 by the amalgamation of Quirindi Shire with parts of Parry, Murrurundi and Gunnedah shires.
The main town and Council seat is located in Quirindi. Other towns and villages in the Shire include Ardglen, Blackville, Caroona, Currabubula, Premer, Spring Ridge, Wallabadah, Werris Creek, and Willow Tree.
Current composition and election method
Liverpool Plains Shire Council is composed of seven 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:
|Independents and Unaligned||7|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:
|Col Stewart||Unaligned||Deputy Mayor|
The Liverpool Plains have a generally flat to undulating terrain formed from the remnants of old volcanoes such as that of the Liverpool Ranges to the southwest. To the south and east, it merges into the higher and cooler Northern Tablelands.
The Liverpool Plains is generally regarded as the richest agricultural region in Australia owing to its rich black soils, which originally supported a mixed grassland vegetation containing both annual and perennial grasses, which early in the region's history were used to feed cattle and sheep.
Wheat and cotton are the chief crops, although production fluctuates wildly according to rainfall and soil erosion is a major problem occurring both after droughts and floods. The climate is hot in summer, mild in winter, and of moderate rainfall. The average is generally around 635 millimetres (25.0 in) with a slight summer maximum, but is quite erratic and can vary from 1,150 millimetres (45 in) in very wet years to as little as 370 millimetres (15 in). Temperatures in summer frequently exceed 35 °C (95 °F) and make cropping without irrigation risky without sophisticated meteorological forecasting techniques.
- "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010.
- "Liverpool Plains Shire Council: Election of Councillors". Local Government Elections 2012. Gunnedah Shire Council. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- "Councillor Ian Lobsey returned as LPSC Mayor and Councillor Col Stewart elected Deputy Mayor" (PDF) (Press release). Liverpool Plains Shire Council. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 18 October 2012.