Balranald Shire

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Balranald Shire
New South Wales
Balranald LGA NSW.png
location in NSW
Coordinates 34°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
Population 2,422 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 0.1/km2 (0.26/sq mi)
Area 21,693 km2 (8,375.7 sq mi)
Mayor Leigh Byron
Council seat Balranald
Region Riverina
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Farrer
Website Balranald 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.


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:[2]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 8
Total 8

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[2]

Councillor Party Notes
  Leigh Byron Unaligned Mayor[3]
  Steve O'Halloran Unaligned
  Alan Purtill Unaligned Deputy Mayor[3]
  German Ugarte Independent
  Jo Roberts Independent
  Trevor Jolliffe Independent
  Doug Allen Independent
  Jeff Mannix Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ a b "Balranald Shire Council  » Elected Members". Retrieved 2016-11-04.