Bourke Shire

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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 2,876 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 0.069/km2 (0.18/sq mi)
Area 41,679 km2 (16,092.4 sq mi)
Mayor Barry Hollman (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. Barry Hollman, 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 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 10
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  Ian Cole Unaligned
  Sam Rice Unaligned
  Barry Hollman Independent Mayor[4]
  Sarah Barton Independent
  Sally Davis Independent
  Victor Bartley Independent
  Lachlan Ford Unaligned Deputy Mayor[4]
  Bob Stutsel Independent
  Cec Dorrington Unaligned
  John Thompson Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  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 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Councillors - Bourke Shire Council". Retrieved 2016-11-03.