Bathurst Region

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Bathurst Region
New South Wales
Bathurst LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°25′S 149°34′E / 33.417°S 149.567°E / -33.417; 149.567Coordinates: 33°25′S 149°34′E / 33.417°S 149.567°E / -33.417; 149.567
Population 41,300 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 10.812/km2 (28.00/sq mi)
Established 26 May 2004
Area 3,820 km2 (1,474.9 sq mi)
Mayor Gary Rush (Independent[2])
Council seat Bathurst
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Bathurst
Federal Division(s) Calare
Bathurst Regional Council Logo.png
Website Bathurst Region
LGAs around Bathurst Region:
Cabonne Mid-Western Mid-Western
Orange Bathurst Region Lithgow
Blayney Upper Lachlan Oberon

The Bathurst Region is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located adjacent to the Great Western Highway, Mid-Western Highway, Mitchell Highway and the Main Western railway line. At the 2016 census, the Bathurst Region had a population of 41,300.[1]

The administrative centre of the area is located in the city of Bathurst, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) west of Sydney central business district.

The Mayor of Bathurst is Cr. Gary Rush,[3] an independent politician.[2]

City, towns and localities[edit]

In addition to the city of Bathurst, the area includes the suburbs of Kelso and Raglan and the villages of Eglinton, Perthville, Rockley, Georges Plains, Trunkey Creek, Brewongle, Vittoria, Peel, Wattle Flat, Sofala, Hill End, Meadow Flat and Sallys Flat.


Selected historical census data for Bathurst Regional local government area
Census year 2011[4] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 38,519 Increase 41,300
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 52nd Increase 51st
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
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(other than English)
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion
Eastern Orthodox
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$
% of Australian median income
Family income Median weekly family income
% of Australian median income
Household income Median weekly household income
% of Australian median income


Current composition and election method[edit]

Bathurst Regional 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, and in September annually. The most recent election of Councillors was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  Warren Aubin Independent
  Greg Westman Independent
  Bobby Bourke Unaligned
  Ian North Unaligned Deputy Mayor[3]
  Jess Jennings Independent
  Michael Coote Unaligned
  Graeme Hanger Unaligned
  Gary Rush Independent Mayor;[3] elected on Warren Aubin's ticket
  Monica Morse Unaligned Served as Mayor, 2012-13[3]


Bathurst was proclaimed a city in 1885.[6] The Bathurst Region was created on 26 May 2004 as a result of a merger of Bathurst City and Evans Shire.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Bathurst Region merge with the Oberon Shire to form a new council with an area of 7,443 square kilometres (2,874 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 47,000.[7] The outcome of an independent review was expected to be completed by mid–2016.

Sister cities[edit]

Bathurst has sister city relations with the following city:[8]


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bathurst Regional (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Eddy, Louise (20 September 2013). "Mayor is in no rush to head to state politics". Western Advocate. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d "New Mayor at Bathurst and funding to be provided to city's Simplot plant". ABC News Central West. Australia. 19 September 2013. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bathurst Regional (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ a b "Bathurst Regional Council". Local Government Elections 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Bathurst". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 May 2006. 
  7. ^ "Merger proposal: Bathurst Regional Council, Oberon Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sister Cities". Community. Bathurst Regional Council. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.