Cooma-Monaro Shire

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New South Wales
Cooma monaro LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 36°14′S 149°07′E / 36.233°S 149.117°E / -36.233; 149.117Coordinates: 36°14′S 149°07′E / 36.233°S 149.117°E / -36.233; 149.117
Population 10,073 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 1.92637/km2 (4.9893/sq mi)
Area 5,229 km2 (2,018.9 sq mi)
Mayor Dean Lynch
Council seat Cooma[2]
Region Monaro
State electorate(s) Monaro
Federal Division(s) Eden-Monaro
Website Cooma-Monaro
LGAs around Cooma-Monaro:
Tumut ACT Palerang
Snowy River Cooma-Monaro Eurobodalla
Snowy River Bombala Bega Valley

Cooma-Monaro Shire is a local government area located in the Monaro region of southern New South Wales, Australia. The area is named after the former Cooma Municipality and the former Monaro Shire, that were amalgamated to create it. On 11 February 2004, the Shire absorbed a small part of the former Yarrowlumla Shire, near Michelago.

The Mayor of the Cooma-Monaro Shire Council is Dean Lynch, an independent politician.

Towns and localities[edit]

The Shire developed from the village of Cooma, which was first surveyed in March 1849. It also includes the small towns of Nimmitabel, Numeralla, Bredbo and Michelago. Other populated areas include the villages and surrounding districts of Shannons Flat, Yaouk, Peak View, Countegany, Jerangle and Rock Flat.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Cooma-Monaro Shire Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire 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 9
Total 9

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

Councillor Party Notes
  Dean Lynch Independent Mayor[4]
  Bronnie Taylor Independent Deputy Mayor[4]
  Rogan Corbett Unaligned
  Winston Phillips Independent
  Angela Ingram Independent
  Martin Hughes Independent
  Ignazio Mondello Independent
  Craig Mitchell Independent
  Tony Kaltoum Unaligned


  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. ^ "Cooma-Monaro Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 13 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Cooma-Monaro Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Minutes of Special Council Meeting" (PDF). Cooma-Monaro Shire Council. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.