City of Wagga Wagga

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Wagga Wagga
New South Wales
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Coordinates 35°08′S 147°22′E / 35.133°S 147.367°E / -35.133; 147.367Coordinates: 35°08′S 147°22′E / 35.133°S 147.367°E / -35.133; 147.367
Population 62,385 (2016)[1]
 • Density 12.92712/km2 (33.4811/sq mi)
Established 1981
Area 4,825.9 km2 (1,863.3 sq mi)[2]
Mayor Greg Conkey[3]
Council seat Wagga Wagga[4]
Region Riverina
State electorate(s) Wagga Wagga
Federal Division(s) Riverina
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Website Wagga Wagga
LGAs around Wagga Wagga:
Coolamon Junee Cootamundra-Gundagai
Narrandera Wagga Wagga Snowy Valleys
Lockhart Greater Hume Snowy Valleys

City of Wagga Wagga is a local government area in the Riverina region of south-western New South Wales, Australia.

On 1 January 1981, the Mitchell and Kyeamba Shires amalgamated with the City of Wagga Wagga.[5]

The Mayor of the City of Wagga Wagga is Cr. Greg Conkey, an independent politician.[3]

City, town and localities[edit]

The City of Wagga Waaga includes the suburbs of Ashmont, Bomen, Bourkelands, Boorooma, Cartwrights Hill, East Wagga Wagga, Estella, Forest Hill, Glenfield Park, Gumly Gumly, Kapooka, Kooringal, Lake Albert, Lloyd, Mount Austin, North Wagga Wagga, San Isidore, Tatton, Tolland, Turvey Park, and Wagga Wagga as well as the villages of Tarcutta, Ladysmith, Mangoplah, Uranquinty, Collingullie, Oura, Humula, Currawarna and Galore.


At the 2016 census, there were 62,385 people in the City of Wagga Wagga local government area, of these 48.9 per cent were male and 51.1 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.6 per cent of the population, which was twice the national and average of 2.9 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Wagga Wagga was 35 years, which was lower than the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.3 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.2 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 46.6 per cent were married and 11.4 per cent were either divorced or separated.[6]

Population growth in the Tamworth Regional Council between the 2011 census and the 2016 census was 4.92 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in the City of Wagga Wagga local government area was around half of the national average.[6] The median weekly income of $1,354 within the City of Wagga Wagga local government area was slightly lower than the national average of $1,438.[6]

At the 2016 census, the proportion of residents in the Tamworth Regional local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 80 per cent of all residents (national average was around 60 per cent). Approximately two-thirds (67%) of all residents in the City of Wagga Wagga nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2016 census, which was higher than the national average of approximately 60 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the City of Wagga Wagga local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (7.6 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 26.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (87.8 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 68.5 per cent).[6]


Cr. Kerry Pascoe, a former Mayor, at the 2012 Lake to Lagoon presentations.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Wagga Wagga City Council (WWCC)[7] 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 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[8]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 7
  Australian Labor Party 2
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[8]

Councillor Party Notes
  Greg Conkey Independent Mayor[3]
  Dan Hayes Labor
  Kerry Pascoe Independent
  Paul Funnell Independent
  Tim Koschel Independent
  Yvonne Braid Independent
  Rod Kendall Independent
  Vanessa Keenan Labor
  Dallas Tout Independent Deputy Mayor

A referendum was held on 8 September 2012 and an absolute majority of voters resolved in favour to reduce the number of Councillors from eleven to nine.[9] The change came into effect at the September 2016 elections.

Administration staff[edit]

In December 2009, Wagga Wagga City Council announced that it had appointed Phil Pinyon as the General Manager of the Wagga Wagga City Council replacing Lyn Russell, who suddenly announced her resignation in October 2009, after completing 18 months of her five-year contract.[10][11][12]

Symbols and emblems[edit]

The floral emblem for the city is the Silver Banksia.[13]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wagga Wagga (C) (Local Government Area)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 June 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "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.
  3. ^ a b c "Wagga has a new mayor". The Daily Advertiser. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "Wagga Wagga City Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 2006-11-30. 
  5. ^ "History". Wagga Wagga City Council. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d Cite error: The named reference Census2016 was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
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  8. ^ a b "Wagga Wagga City Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 17 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Wagga Wagga City Council – Referendum". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Wagga council GM quits". ABC News. Australia. 5 October 2009. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  11. ^ "New Wagga council GM looks to the future". ABC Riverina NSW. Australia. 4 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  12. ^ "New CEO gets straight to it". The Daily Advertiser. 1 April 2008. Retrieved 8 April 2008. 
  13. ^ "Water Wise and Salt Tolerant Plants" (PDF). Wagga Wagga City Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-01. Retrieved 2008-04-08.