Bathurst Region

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Bathurst Region
New South Wales
Bathurst LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates33°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
 • Density10.812/km2 (28.00/sq mi)
Established26 May 2004
Area3,820 km2 (1,474.9 sq mi)
MayorBobby Bourke (Unaligned) [3]
Council seatBathurst
RegionCentral West
State electorate(s)Bathurst
Federal Division(s)Calare
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WebsiteBathurst 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. Bobby Bourke, an unaligned politician.[3]

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 0.56% Decrease 0.55%
% of Australian population 0.18% Steady 0.18%
Estimated ATSI population on census night 1,634 Increase2,244
% of ATSI population to residents 4.20% Increase 5.40%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 32.9% Decrease 31.5%
English 30.1% Decrease 29.5%
Irish 10.9% Increase  11.1%
Scottish 7.3% Increase 7.5%
German 2.6% Steady 2.6%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 0.2% Increase 0.3%
Arabic 0.3% Decrease 0.2%
Cantonese 0.2% Steady 0.2%
Punjabi n/a Increase 0.2%
German 0.2% Steady 0.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 34.1% Decrease 31.1%
No religion, so described 16.0% Increase 22.4%
Anglican 23.2% Decrease 19.1%
Not stated n/a Increase 11.3%
Presbyterian and Reformed 4.6% Decrease 4.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$544 A$646
% of Australian median income 94% Increase 98%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,437 A$1,632
% of Australian median income 97% Decrease 94%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,142 A$1,310
% of Australian median income 93% Decrease 91%


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 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 8
  Greens 1
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  Bobby Bourke Unaligned Mayor[3]
  Graeme Hanger OAM Independent Served as Mayor, 2017-19[6]
  Alex Christian Independent
  Ian North Unaligned Deputy Mayor[3]
  Warren Aubin Independent
  Jess Jennings Independent
  Jacqui Rudge Independent
  Monica Morse Unaligned Served as Mayor, 2012-13[7]
  John Fry Greens


Bathurst was proclaimed a city in 1885.[8] 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.[9] 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:[10]


  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. ^ "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. ^ a b c d Nicholls, Murray (20 September 2019). "Bobby Bourke's long journey from Annesley Street to the city's top job". Western Advocate. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  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". Local Government Elections 2017. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Graeme Hanger elected the new mayor of Bathurst". Western Advocate. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  7. ^ "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.
  8. ^ "Bathurst". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 23 May 2006. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ "Merger proposal: Bathurst Regional Council, Oberon Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Sister Cities". Community. Bathurst Regional Council. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.

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