Forbes Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Forbes, New South Wales.
Forbes Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°22′S 148°00′E / 33.367°S 148.000°E / -33.367; 148.000Coordinates: 33°22′S 148°00′E / 33.367°S 148.000°E / -33.367; 148.000
Population 9,754 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 2.0665/km2 (5.352/sq mi)
Established 1981
Area 4,720 km2 (1,822.4 sq mi)
Mayor Graeme Miller (Independent)
Council seat Forbes[2]
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Orange
Federal Division(s) Calare
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Website Forbes Shire
LGAs around Forbes Shire:
Lachlan Parkes Cabonne
Lachlan Forbes Shire Cabonne
Bland Weddin Cowra

Forbes Shire is a local government area in the central west region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was formed in 1981 from the amalgamation of the Municipality of Forbes and the Shire of Jemalong.[3]

In addition to the town of Forbes, the Shire includes the town and villages of Bedgerebong, Bundbarrah, Corradgery, Daroobalgie, Eugowra, Ooma North and Paytens Bridge and Wirrinya.

The Mayor of Forbes Shire Council is Cr. Graeme Miller, who is unaligned with any political party.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Forbes Shire Council 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:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Phyllis Miller Unaligned
  Grant Clifton Independent Deputy Mayor[5]
  Steven Karaitiana Independent
  Susan Chau Unaligned
  Graeme Miller Independent Mayor[5]
  Jenny Webb Unaligned
  Michele Herbert Independent
  Chris Roylance Unaligned
  Jeff Nicholson Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Forbes Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 12 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "About Forbes Council". Forbes Shire. Forbes Shire Council. Retrieved 21 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Forbes Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Howard, Dennis (29 September 2016). "New Forbes mayor elected in surprise result". Forbes Advocate. Retrieved 6 November 2016.