Carrathool Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Carrathool, New South Wales.
Carrathool Shire
New South Wales
Carrathool LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°58′S 145°42′E / 33.967°S 145.700°E / -33.967; 145.700Coordinates: 33°58′S 145°42′E / 33.967°S 145.700°E / -33.967; 145.700
Population 2,700 (2012)[1]
 • Density 0.1426/km2 (0.369/sq mi)
Area 18,932.61 km2 (7,309.9 sq mi)[2]
Council seat Goolgowi[3]
Region Riverina and Far West
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Riverina
Website Carrathool Shire
LGAs around Carrathool Shire:
Central Darling Cobar Lachlan
Balranald Carrathool Shire Bland
Hay Hay Griffith

Carrathool Shire is a local government area that borders both the Riverina and Far West regions of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is adjacent to the Mid-Western Highway and north of the Sturt Highway.

The largest town in the Shire is Hillston and the council seat is Goolgowi. The Shire also includes the villages of Merriwagga, Rankins Springs, Carrathool.

Where once regular droughts made life almost untenable, the area now has irrigated crops, gardens, greened sporting facilities and village verges. Over 15,000 square kilometres are now used in rural pursuits, including more than 600 km² in wheat, rice, vineyards, cotton, potatoes, vegetables and orchard trees. Most of the change was made possible by the widespread use of river and underground water.[citation needed]

The mayor of the Carrathool Shire Council is yet to be determined following the 2012 local government election.

Council[edit]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Carrathool Shire Council is composed of ten councillors elected proportionally as five separate wards, each electing two councillors. 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 due to be held on 8 September 2012. However, in all five wards there was an equal number of candidates, being those below, that nominated for election. There being no additional candidates, the election for all five wards was uncontested.[4] The makeup of the Council is as follows:[5][6][7][8][9]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 10
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
A Ward[5]   Mick Armnstrong Unaligned
  Darryl Jardine Independent
B Ward[6]   Russell Campbell Unaligned
  Margaret Merrylees Independent
C Ward[7]   Jim Caughey Unaligned
  Bill Kite Independent
D Ward[8]   David Fensom Unaligned
  Geoff Peters Unaligned
E Ward[9]   Vince Cashmere Unaligned
  Peter Laird Unaligned Mayor (to be confirmed)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2014.  Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Carrathool Regional Profile". Riverina Regional Development Board. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008. 
  3. ^ "Carrathool Shire Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "No council vote in some Riverina shires". ABC News (Australia). 10 August 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Carrathool Shire Council - A Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Carrathool Shire Council - B Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Carrathool Shire Council - C Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Carrathool Shire Council - D Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Carrathool Shire Council - E Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012.