Upper Lachlan Shire

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This article is about the local government area based in Crookwell. For the local government area based in Condobolin, see Lachlan Shire.
Upper Lachlan
New South Wales
Upper lachlan LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 34°27′S 149°28′E / 34.450°S 149.467°E / -34.450; 149.467Coordinates: 34°27′S 149°28′E / 34.450°S 149.467°E / -34.450; 149.467
Population 7,586 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 1.06815/km2 (2.7665/sq mi)
Established 2004
Area 7,102 km2 (2,742.1 sq mi)
Mayor John Shaw
Council seat Crookwell[2]
Region Southern Tablelands
State electorate(s) Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume
Website Upper Lachlan
LGAs around Upper Lachlan:
Cowra Bathurst Oberon
Boorowa Upper Lachlan Goulburn
Yass Valley Palerang Goulburn

Upper Lachlan Shire is a local government area in the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was formed in February 2004 from Crookwell Shire and parts of Mulwaree, Gunning and Yass Shires.

The Mayor of Upper Lachlan Shire Council is Cr. John Shaw, an unaligned politician.

Towns and localities[edit]

The shire includes the towns of Crookwell, Gunning, Taralga, Bannaby, Dalton, Binda, Bigga, Tuena, Breadalbane, Cullerin, Laggan and Oolong.


The Shire Council office in the main street of Gunning in 2008

Current composition and election method[edit]

Upper Lachlan Shire Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire 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:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  John Shaw Unaligned Mayor[4]
  Brian McCormick Independent
  Darren O'Brien Independent
  James Wheelwright Unaligned Deputy Mayor[4]
  Scott Craig Independent
  Malcolm Barlow Independent
  Jo Marshall Independent
  John Searl Independent
  Paul Culhane Unaligned


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 1. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, New South Wales". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Upper Lachlan Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Upper Lachlan Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "John Shaw again Mayor". Crookwell Gazette. 27 September 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.