Warrumbungle Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the mountain range, see Warrumbungles. For the national park, see Warrumbungle National Park.
Warrumbungle Shire
New South Wales
Warrumbungle LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 31°15′S 149°16′E / 31.250°S 149.267°E / -31.250; 149.267Coordinates: 31°15′S 149°16′E / 31.250°S 149.267°E / -31.250; 149.267
Population 9,588 (2011)[1]
 • Density 0.77/km2 (2.0/sq mi)
Area 12,380 km2 (4,779.9 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Shinton (Unaligned)
Council seat Coonabarabran[2]
Region Orana
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Website Warrumbungle Shire
LGAs around Warrumbungle Shire:
Coonamble Narrabri Gunnedah
Gilgandra Warrumbungle Shire Liverpool Plains
Dubbo Wellington Upper Hunter

The Warrumbungle Shire is a local government area in the central western region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is traversed by the Newell Highway.

The Mayor of Warrumbungle Shire Council is Cr. Peter Shinton, who is unaligned with any political party.

Main towns and villages[edit]

The Shire incorporates the towns of Binnaway, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo, Baradine and Mendooran.


The Shire was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of Coolah and Coonabarabran Shire councils. Following amalgamation, the Shire was run by an administrator, until elections were held in March 2005.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Warrumbungle 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:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

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

Councillor Party Notes
  Peter Shinton Unaligned Mayor[4]
  Chris Sullivan Unaligned
  Anne-Louise Capel Unaligned
  Denis Todd Unaligned
  Ron Sullivan Unaligned
  Victor Schmidt Independent
  Fred Clancy Independent
  Murray Coe Unaligned[4] Deputy Mayor
  Gary Andrews Unaligned


Large numbers of people[citation needed] visit the Warrumbungle mountain range and Warrumbungles National Park, which are fascinating[clarification needed] geological areas of New South Wales.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Warrumbungle Shire (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Warrumbungle Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Warrumbungle Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Minutes of the Special Meeting of the Warrumbungle Shire Council" (PDF). Warrumbungle Shire Council. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012.