Cootamundra Shire

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Cootamundra Shire
New South Wales
Cootamundra LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 34°39′S 148°02′E / 34.650°S 148.033°E / -34.650; 148.033Coordinates: 34°39′S 148°02′E / 34.650°S 148.033°E / -34.650; 148.033
Population 7,620 (2012)[1]
 • Density 5.000/km2 (12.950/sq mi)
Area 1,524 km2 (588.4 sq mi)
Mayor Jim Slattery
Council seat Cootamundra[2]
Region South West Slopes
State electorate(s) Cootamundra
Federal Division(s) Hume
Website Cootamundra Shire
LGAs around Cootamundra Shire:
Temora Young Young
Temora Cootamundra Shire Harden
Junee Gundagai Gundagai

Cootamundra Shire was a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was located adjacent to the Olympic Highway, the Burley Griffin Way and the Main South railway line. The Shire included the town of Cootamundra and the small towns of Stockinbingal, Brawlin and Wallendbeen and the locality of Frampton. In 2016, it merged with the neighbouring Gundagai Shire to form a new Gundagai Council.[3]

The mayor of Cootamundra Shire is Jim Slattery.[4]


Composition and election method[edit]

Cootamundra Shire Council was composed of nine councillors elected proportionally to a single ward. All councillors were elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The mayor was elected by the councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The last election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council was as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The last Council, elected in 2012, was:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Doug Phillips Unaligned
  Craig Stewart Unaligned
  Dennis Palmer Unaligned
  Stephen Doidge Unaligned
  Jim Slattery Unaligned Mayor
  Paul Braybrooks Unaligned
  Rosalind Wight Unaligned
  Mary Donnelly Independent
  Rod Chalmers Unaligned

Proposed amalgamation[edit]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that Cootamundra Shire merge with adjoining councils. The NSW Government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger between the Cootamundra and Gundagai shires to form a new council with an area of 3,981 square kilometres (1,537 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 11,500.[5] The alternative, proposed by Harden Shire on 28 February 2016, was for an amalgamation of the Cootamundra, Gundagai and Harden shires.[6] The outcome of an independent review was announced in May 2016, with the result that Cootamundra merged with Gundagai Shire to form the Gundagai Council.[3]


  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. ^ "Cootamundra Shire". Cootamundra Shire Council. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Gundagai Council". New South Wales Government. Archived from the original on 11 June 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c "Councillors". Cootamundra Shire Council. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Merger proposal: Cootamundra Council, Gundagai Shire Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 10 March 2016. 
  6. ^ Harden Shire Council (28 February 2016). "Fit For Future: Alternate Merger Proposal - Harden Shire Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 March 2016.