Narrabri Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Narrabri, New South Wales.
Narrabri Shire
New South Wales
Narrabri LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 30°19′S 149°46′E / 30.317°S 149.767°E / -30.317; 149.767Coordinates: 30°19′S 149°46′E / 30.317°S 149.767°E / -30.317; 149.767
Population 12,925 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 0.99187/km2 (2.56892/sq mi)
Area 13,031 km2 (5,031.3 sq mi)
Mayor Conrad Bolton (Nationals)
Council seat Narrabri[2]
Region North West Slopes
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Website Narrabri Shire
LGAs around Narrabri Shire:
Walgett Moree Plains Gwydir
Walgett Narrabri Shire Tamworth
Coonamble Warrumbungle Gunnedah

Narrabri Shire is a local government area in the North West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Namoi River and the Newell and Kamilaroi Highways.

The Mayor of Narrabri Shire Council is Cr. Conrad Bolton, who is a member of The Nationals.

Towns and localities[edit]

The seat of Council and major town in the Shire is Narrabri. Other towns, villages and localities in the Shire include Baan Baa, Bellata, Boggabri, Edgeroi, Gwabegar, Pilliga, and Wee Waa.

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, there were 12,925 people in the Narrabri local government area, of these 50.1 per cent were male and 49.9 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 10.7% of the population which is more than four times higher than both the national and state averages. The median age of people in the Narrabri Shire was 39 years; slightly higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.7% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, half were married and 10.3% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Between the 2001 census and the 2011 census the Narrabri Shire experienced negative population growth in both absolute and real terms. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Narrabri local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[3] The median weekly income for residents within the Narrabri Shire was significantly below the national average.[1][4]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Narrabri local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 88% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 80% of all residents in the Narrabri Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Narrabri local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (2.3%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly higher proportion (93.6%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).[1]

Selected historical census data for Narrabri Shire local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 13,800 Decrease 13,119 Decrease 12,925
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.19%
% of Australian population 0.07% Steady 0.07% Decrease 0.06%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 41.2%
English 29.5%
Irish 7.9%
Scottish 6.7%
German 2.9%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Cantonese 0.1% Steady 0.1% Increase 0.2%
German 0.2% Decrease 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Filipino 0.1 Decrease n/c Increase 0.1%
Afrikaans n/c n/c Increase 0.1%
Spanish n/c n/c Increase 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 41.7% Decrease 40.5% Decrease 38.0%
Catholic 26.9% Decrease 26.3% Steady 26.3%
No Religion 6.3% Increase 9.5% Increase 12.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed 7.0% Decrease 6.2% Decrease 5.7%
Uniting Church 5.1% Decrease 4.4% Decrease 4.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$410 A$520
% of Australian median income 88.0% 90.1%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,034 A$1,246
% of Australian median income 88.3% 84.1%
Household income Median weekly household income A$792 A$982
% of Australian median income 77.1% 79.6%

Council[edit]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Narrabri Shire Council is composed of twelve 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:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 12
Total 12

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  Conrad Bolton The Nationals Mayor[6]
  Bevan O'Regan Unaligned
  Maxine Booby Unaligned
  Robyn Faber Independent
  Ken Flower Independent
  Ron Lowder Unaligned
  Catherine Collyer Independent
  Cathy Redding Unaligned Deputy Mayor
  Les Knox Independent
  Lloyd Finlay Independent
  Tom Scilley Unaligned Retired
  John Tough Independent

A referendum was held on 8 September 2012 and an absolute majority of voters resolved in favour to reduce the number of Councillors from twelve to nine.[7] The change will take effect at the next elections, due to be held in September 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Narrabri (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Narrabri Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 30 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Narrabri (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Narrabri (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Narrabri Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bolton new mayor". Narrabri Courier. 26 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Narrabri Shire Council – Referendum". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.