Bourke Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Bourke, New South Wales.
Bourke Shire
New South Wales
Bourke LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 30°06′S 145°56′E / 30.100°S 145.933°E / -30.100; 145.933Coordinates: 30°06′S 145°56′E / 30.100°S 145.933°E / -30.100; 145.933
Population 2,868 (2011)[1]
 • Density 0.069/km2 (0.18/sq mi)
Area 41,679 km2 (16,092.4 sq mi)
Mayor Andrew Lewis (Independent)
Council seat Bourke
Region Orana
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Bourke Shire Council Logo.jpg
Website Bourke Shire
LGAs around Bourke Shire:
Bulloo (Qld) Paroo (Qld) Balonne (Qld)
Unincorporated Far West Bourke Shire Brewarrina
Unincorporated Far West Cobar Bogan

Bourke Shire is a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Darling River, which is known as the Barwon River upstream from Bourke; and located adjacent to the Mitchell Highway. The northern boundary of the Shire is located adjacent to the border between New South Wales and Queensland. The Shire is a wool and beef producing area.

The Mayor of Bourke Shire Council is Cr. Andrew Lewis, an independent politician.

Main towns and villages[edit]

Bourke Shire includes Bourke and the very small outback towns of Byrock, Enngonia, Fords Bridge, Wanaaring and Louth.


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics during 2003-04 there:[2]

  • were 1,062 wage and salary earners (ranked 141st in New South Wales and 457th 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 $36 million (ranked 137th in New South Wales and 449th 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 $33,611 (ranked 88th in New South Wales and 298th in Australia, 81% of New South Wales's $41,407 and 87% of Australia's $38,820)
  • was an estimated median income per wage and salary earner of $32,426 (ranked 71st in New South Wales and 235th in Australia, 91% of New South Wales's $35,479 and 95% of Australia's $34,149).


Current composition and election method[edit]

Bourke Shire Council is composed of ten 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:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 10
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  Sarah Brown Unaligned
  Andrew Lewis Independent Mayor[4]
  Barry Hollman Independent Deputy Mayor[4]
  Sally Davis Independent
  Victor Bartley Independent
  Lachlan Ford Independent
  Cec Dorrington Unaligned
  Bob Stutsel Independent
  Stuart Johnson Unaligned
  Jack Bennett Independent


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bourke (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia (catalogue no.: 5673.055.003)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2007. 
  3. ^ a b "Bourke Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Herron, Robyn (25 September 2012). "Bourke mayor calls for action on syringes". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 22 October 2012.