Moree Plains Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Moree, New South Wales.
Moree Plains Shire
New South Wales
Moree plains LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 29°28′S 149°50′E / 29.467°S 149.833°E / -29.467; 149.833Coordinates: 29°28′S 149°50′E / 29.467°S 149.833°E / -29.467; 149.833
Population 14,406 (2009)[1]
 • Density 0.80355/km2 (2.08118/sq mi)
Area 17,928 km2 (6,922.0 sq mi)
Mayor Katrina Humphries (Independent)
Council seat Moree[2]
Region North West Slopes
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Website Moree Plains Shire
LGAs around Moree Plains Shire:
Balonne (Qld) Goondiwindi (Qld) Goondiwindi (Qld)
Walgett Moree Plains Shire Gwydir
Walgett Narrabri Gwydir

Moree Plains Shire is a local government area in the North West Slopes 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 is located adjacent to the Newell and Gwydir Highways and the North West railway line.

The Mayor of Moree Plains Shire Council is Cr. Katrina Humphries, an independent politician.

Towns, villages and localities[edit]

The main town and seat of Council is Moree. Other towns and villages in the Shire include Ashley, Boomi, Boggabilla, Garah, Gurley, Mungindi, Pallamallawa and Weemelah.

Demographics[edit]

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there:[3]

  • were 15,991 people as at 30 June 2006, the 81st largest Local Government Area in New South Wales. It was equal to 0.2% of the New South Wales population of 6,827,694
  • was an increase of 34 people over the year to 30 June 2006, the 110th largest population growth in a Local Government Area in New South Wales. It was equal to less than 0.1% of the 58,753 increase in the population of New South Wales
  • was, in percentage terms, an increase of 0.2% in the number of people over the year to 30 June 2006, the 120th fastest growth in population of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 0.9%
  • was an increase in population over the 10 years to 30 June 2001 of 627 people or 4.1% (0.4% in annual average terms), the 76th highest rate of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 622,966 or 10% (1.0% in annual average terms) over the same period.

However, a 2011 research report contradicted the above assertion[which?] and reported:[4]

  • Population and employment in Moree Plains has steadily declined over the last two decades. Between 2001 and 2006 Moree Plains saw the greatest net migration change amongst the study areas with 1741 people moving out of the area
  • There was a corresponding decline in employment
  • In 2005-06 the Moree Plains economy was estimated to have a Gross Regional Product of $605 million
  • The unstable economy is not conducive to investment and development, including the provision of services

Incomes[edit]

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics during 2003-04 there:[5]

  • were 4,767 wage and salary earners (ranked 83rd in New South Wales and 263rd in Australia, 0.2% of New South Wales's 2,558,415 and less than 0.1% of Australia's 7,831,856)
  • was a total income of $161 million (ranked 85th in New South Wales and 268th in Australia, 0.2% of New South Wales's $107 billion and less than 0.1% of Australia's $304 billion)
  • was an estimated average income per wage and salary earner of $33,790 (ranked 86th in New South Wales and 288th in Australia, 82% of New South Wales's $41,407 and 87% of Australia's $38,820)
  • was an estimated median income per wage and salary earner of $32,010 (ranked 77th in New South Wales and 257th in Australia, 90% of New South Wales's $35,479 and 94% of Australia's $34,149).

Council[edit]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Moree Plains 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:[6]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[6]

Councillor Party Notes
  Katrina Humphries Independent Mayor[7]
  Sue Price Unaligned
  Mick Cikota Unaligned
  John Tranby Unaligned
  James von Drehhen Unaligned
  Rodney Brazel Independent
  Claudia Gall Unaligned
  Theo Tzannes Unaligned
  Brendan Munn Unaligned

Other[edit]

View of farmlands from the Newell Highway at the base of the Nandewar Range in the south east of the shire

The Moree Artesian Aquatics Centre (MAAC), first established in 1896, attracts visitors from around Australia and overseas to "take the waters", an activity particularly popular with immigrants from eastern and southern Europe and eastern Asia. Moree itself sits at the south-eastern extremity of the Great Artesian Basin, a vast underground water resource covering much of eastern and central Australia. The MAAC has recently undergone a $7millon redevelopment. Along with the artesian pools and FINA standard Olympic pool, it also has a program pool, children's hidroplay area and a giant waterslide.

Moree also known as the Home of the Big Rocket. There is 14 metre rocket and a space themed command centre playground, along with a double swing set in local Kirkby Park. A Liberty Swing for disabled children is installed alongside the Rocket.

The Shire has a relatively high Indigenous Australian population (seventeen per cent), and in recent years has achieved recognition for its Aboriginal Employment Strategy, targeting indigenous employment in the mainstream workforce through a process of mentoring and counselling of both employer and employee.

Moree Plains Shire is the most productive agricultural Local Government area in Australia, averaging around A$1Billion per year in agricultural primary production.

Current produce includes wheat, barley, sorghum, pulses, cotton, maize, beef, sheep, wool, olives, pecans, and canola.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Moree Plains Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 30 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2005-06 (catalogue no.: 3218.0)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 March 2007. 
  4. ^ "Social and Economic Analysis of the Moree Community". Cotton Catchment Communities CRC. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia (catalogue no.: 5673.055.003)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2007. 
  6. ^ a b "Moree Plains Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "New England North West News". ABC News (Australia). 30 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.