Bombala Shire

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Bombala Shire
New South Wales
Bombala LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 36°55′S 149°14′E / 36.917°S 149.233°E / -36.917; 149.233Coordinates: 36°55′S 149°14′E / 36.917°S 149.233°E / -36.917; 149.233
Population 2,401 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 0.60862/km2 (1.5763/sq mi)
Established 1977
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 3,945 km2 (1,523.2 sq mi)
Mayor Bob Stewart
Council seat Bombala[2]
Region Monaro
State electorate(s) Monaro
Federal Division(s) Eden-Monaro
Website Bombala Shire
LGAs around Bombala Shire:
Snowy Monaro Region Snowy Monaro Region Bega Valley
East Gippsland (Vic) Bombala Shire Bega Valley
East Gippsland (Vic) East Gippsland (Vic) Bega Valley

The Bombala Shire was a local government area in the Monaro region of south-eastern New South Wales, Australia. The Shire includes the town of Bombala, the villages of Delegate, Cathcart, Bibbenluke and the localities of Ando, Bungarby, Craigie, Mila, Rockton and Creewah. Prior to its abolition, Bombala was the fifth smallest rural shire in New South Wales, by area.[3]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Bombala Shire merge with the Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River shires to form a new council with an area of 15,162 square kilometres (5,854 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 21,000.[4] On 12 May 2016, the Bombala Shire merged with the Cooma-Monaro and the Snowy River shires to form the Snowy Monaro Regional Council.[5]

The last Mayor of Bombala Shire Council was Cr. Bob Stewart, an unaligned politician.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Prior to its dissolution, the Bombala Council was composed of seven Councillors elected proportionally as one entire ward. All Councillors were elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor was elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the last makeup of the Council was as follows:[6]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 7
Total 7

The last Council, elected in 2012 and dissolved in 2016, in order of election, was:[6]

Councillor Party Notes
  Bob Stewart Unaligned Mayor[7]
  Bill Bateman Independent
  Suzanne Haslingden Unaligned
  Brad Yelds Independent
  Steve Goodyer Unaligned
  Diane Hampshire Unaligned
  Joseph Ingram Unaligned Deputy Mayor[7]


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 1. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, New South Wales". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Bombala Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 30 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Snowy Shire joins anti-amalgamation call". ABC News. Australia. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Merger proposal: Bombala Shire, Cooma-Monaro Shire, Snowy River Shire" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Snowy Monaro Regional Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Bombala Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Bombala Mayor re-elected unopposed". Nine News. Australia. ABC News. 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. [permanent dead link]