Bogan Shire

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the local government area. For the regional river, see Bogan River.
Bogan Shire
New South Wales
Bogan LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 31°34′S 147°12′E / 31.567°S 147.200°E / -31.567; 147.200Coordinates: 31°34′S 147°12′E / 31.567°S 147.200°E / -31.567; 147.200
Population 3,003 (2009)[1]
 • Density 0.21/km2 (0.54/sq mi)
Established 1906
Area 14,611 km2 (5,641.3 sq mi)
Mayor Ray Donald (Unaligned)
Council seat Nyngan[2]
Region Orana
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Website Bogan Shire
LGAs around Bogan Shire:
Bourke Brewarrina Warren
Cobar Bogan Shire Warren
Cobar Lachlan Lachlan

Bogan Shire is a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Mitchell and Barrier highways and its only significant town is Nyngan.

The Municipality of Nyngan was proclaimed on 17 February 1891 with Nyngan having a population of 1,355. In 1906 the Bogan Shire was incorporated. The Bogan Shire and the Nyngan municipality amalgamated in 1972.

The Mayor of Bogan Shire Council is Cr. Ray Donald, who is unaligned with any political party.


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics during 2003-04 there:[3]

  • were 798 wage and salary earners (ranked 151st in New South Wales and 484th in Australia, less than 0.1% of both New South Wales's 2,558,415 and Australia's 7,831,856)
  • was a total income of $26 million (ranked 150th in New South Wales and 484th in Australia, less than 0.1% of both New South Wales's $107 billion and Australia's $304 billion)
  • was an estimated average income per wage and salary earner of $32,823 (ranked 99th in New South Wales and 338th in Australia, 79% of New South Wales's $41,407 and 85% of Australia's $38,820)
  • was an estimated median income per wage and salary earner of $29,413 (ranked 111th in New South Wales and 388th in Australia, 83% of New South Wales's $35,479 and 86% of Australia's $34,149).


Current composition and election method[edit]

Bogan Shire 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. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Ray Donald Unaligned Mayor[5]
  Kevin Ryan Independent
  Greg Deacon Unaligned
  Glen Neill Unaligned
  Jodi Douglas Independent
  Jim Hampstead Independent Deputy Mayor[5]
  Danny Dutton Unaligned
  Hazel Griffiths Unaffiliated
  Elaine McLaughlin Unaligned


Bogan Shire is supported by agricultural production, grazing of sheep and cattle and cropping, primarily wheat. The area averages about 17 inches (430 mm) per year. However, there is great variability in the rainfall. In 1888 Nyngan had only 7.5 inches (190 mm) recorded, while in 1950 it had nearly 45 inches (1,100 mm).


  1. ^ "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 March 2010. Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Bogan Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 3 December 2006. 
  3. ^ "Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia (catalogue no.: 5673.055.003)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Bogan Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Caught on camera". Nyngan Observer. 3 October 2012. p. 10. Retrieved 21 October 2012.