Balranald Shire

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Balranald Shire
New South Wales
Balranald LGA NSW.png
location in NSW
Coordinates34°37′S 143°34′E / 34.617°S 143.567°E / -34.617; 143.567Coordinates: 34°37′S 143°34′E / 34.617°S 143.567°E / -34.617; 143.567
 • Density0.105426/km2 (0.27305/sq mi)
Area21,693 km2 (8,375.7 sq mi)
MayorAlan Purtil(Labor)
Council seatBalranald
State electorate(s)Murray
Federal Division(s)Farrer
WebsiteBalranald Shire
LGAs around Balranald Shire:
Wentworth Central Darling Carrathool
Wentworth Balranald Shire Hay
Mildura (Vic) Swan Hill (Vic) Murray River

Balranald Shire is a local government area in the Riverina area of western New South Wales, Australia on the Sturt Highway. It is the location of World Heritage listed Mungo National Park. It includes the towns of Balranald and Euston. Other localities in the Shire include Kyalite, Hatfield, Penarie, Clare and Oxley.

The Mayor of Balranald Shire Council is Clr Leigh Byron, an independent politician.


Selected historical census data for Balranald Shire local government area
Census year 2011[3] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 2,283 Increase 2,287
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 127th Increase 126th
% of New South Wales population 0.03 0.03
% of Australian population 0.01 0.01
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 32.3% 31.6%
English 24.9% 25.1%
Irish 8.9% 10.1%
Italian 10.3% 9.0%
Scottish 5.7% 5.9%
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 4.4% 3.0%
Tongan 0.6% 0.4%
Arabic 0.4% 0.4%
Mandarin 0.3% 0.5%
Greek 0.2% N/A
Fijian N/A 0.6%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 39.3% 35.7%
No religion 13.6% 20.8%
Anglican 16.5% 15.0%
Presbyterian and Reformed 8.6% 6.9%
Uniting Church 4.5% N/A
Not stated N/A 12.7%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$470 A$624
% of Australian median income 81 94
Family income Median weekly family income A$1126 A$1438
% of Australian median income 76 83
Household income Median weekly household income A$894 A$1174
% of Australian median income 72 82


Current composition and election method[edit]

Balranald Shire Council is composed of eight 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 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the council is as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 6
  Labor 1
  National 1
Total 8

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Leigh Byron Independent Deputy Mayor[5]
  Steve O'Halloran National
  Alan Purtill Labor Mayor[5]
  German Ugarte Independent
  Jo Roberts Independent
  Trevor Jolliffe Independent
  Doug Allen Independent
  Jeff Mannix Independent


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Balranald (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Balranald (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  4. ^ a b "Balranald Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Balranald Shire Council » Elected Members". Retrieved 4 November 2016.

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