Upper Hunter Shire
|Upper Hunter Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|• Density||1.7/km2 (4.4/sq mi)|
|Area||8,096 km2 (3,125.9 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|State electorate(s)||Upper Hunter|
The Upper Hunter Shire is a local government area in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was formed in May 2004 from the Scone Shire and parts of Murrurundi and Merriwa shires.
The towns of the Upper Hunter are Scone, Aberdeen, Murrurundi, and Merriwa, as well as several villages, including Bunnan, Gundy, Moonan Flat, Ellerston, Wingen, Blandford and Cassilis. Of the towns, only Aberdeen on the Shire's south eastern border is situated on the Hunter River.
At the 2011 census the population was 13,754.
Current composition and election method
Upper Hunter 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:
|Independents and Unaligned||9|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:
The Upper Hunter is the largest horse-rearing region in Australia.
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