Berrigan Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Berrigan, New South Wales.
Berrigan Shire
New South Wales
Berrigan Shire Office, Chanter Street, Berrigan.
Berrigan LGA NSW.png
Location of Berrigan Shire, on map of New South Wales.
Coordinates 35°38′S 145°48′E / 35.633°S 145.800°E / -35.633; 145.800Coordinates: 35°38′S 145°48′E / 35.633°S 145.800°E / -35.633; 145.800
Population 8,416 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 4.0736/km2 (10.551/sq mi)
Established 1906
Area 2,066 km2 (797.7 sq mi)
Mayor Cr. Matt Hannan (Unaligned)[2]
Council seat Berrigan
Region Riverina
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Farrer
Website Berrigan Shire
LGAs around Berrigan Shire:
Edward River Murrumbidgee Federation
Murray River Berrigan Shire Federation
Moira (Vic) Moira (Vic) Moira (Vic)

Berrigan Shire is a local government area in the southern Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire lies on the New South Wales State border with Victoria formed by the Murray River. The Shire is adjacent to the Newell and Riverina Highways.

The mayor of Berrigan Shire is Cr. Matt Hannan, an unaligned politician.[2]

Towns and localities[edit]

Towns in the shire are:

Proposed amalgamation[edit]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Berrigan Council merge with parts of the Jerilderie Shire to form a new council with an area of 4,022 square kilometres (1,553 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 10,000.[3] The Jerilderie Shire Council submitted an alternate proposal to the Minister for Local Government that the entire Jerilderie Shire amalgamate with the Murrumbidgee Shire.[4]

The NSW Government decided in May 2016 not to proceed with the proposed amalgamation.[citation needed]


The major transport routes through the Shire are the Newell and Riverina Highways. The Shire is a mainly agricultural region, with dairying, cattle raising, woolgrowing and cropping the main activities. The vast majority of the Shire is irrigated. Tourism is another major activity, concentrated on the river towns of Tocumwal and Barooga.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Berrigan 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:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 8
Total 8

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  John Bruce Unaligned
  Colin Jones Unaligned
  Bernard Curtin Unaligned
  Matt Hannan Unaligned Mayor[2]
  Daryll Morris Unaligned Deputy Mayor[2]
  Denis Glanville Unaligned
  John Taylor Unaligned
  Ross Bodey Unaligned


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bunn, Anthony (22 September 2016). "Berrigan Shire's youngest councillor has become mayor after its oldest decided to step aside". Border Mail. Fairfax. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "Merger proposal: Berrigan Shire Council, Jerilderie Shire Council (part)" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  4. ^ Jerilderie Shire Council (26 January 2016). "Merger proposal: Jerilderie Shire Council and Murrumbidgee Shire Council" (PDF). Council Boundary Review. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Berrigan Shire Council - Candidates in Sequence of Election". Local Council Elections 2016. NSW Electoral Commission. 15 September 2016. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 

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