Bega Valley Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|Population||33,313 (2013 est)|
|• Density||5.3055/km2 (13.7411/sq mi)|
|Area||6,279 km2 (2,424.3 sq mi)|
The area extends from Bermagui in the north to the Victorian border in the south and includes the towns of Bega, Tathra, Merimbula, Tura Beach, Wolumla, Cobargo, Bemboka, Pambula, Pambula Beach, Towamba and the former whaling port of Eden. The Bega Valley Shire is also known as the Sapphire Coast for tourism and marketing purposes.
The Shire is the largest local government area in coastal New South Wales, with an area of 6,279 square kilometres (2,424 sq mi), and has the longest coastline of any local government area in the state. It is sparsely populated, largely because 75% of the area belongs to various national parks and state forests. The estimated population in June 2012 was 33,259.
In August 1999 the Bega Valley Shire Council was sacked and an administrator was put in place until 2002 where a new council was elected.
Current composition and election method
Bega Valley Shire Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire 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 24 September 2014, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
|Independents and Unaligned||8|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:
Deputy Mayor 
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- "Bega Valley Shire Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
- "Bega Valley Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.