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
Forbes LGA NSW.png
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 9,170 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1.9428/km2 (5.032/sq mi)
Established 1981
Area 4,720 km2 (1,822.4 sq mi)
Mayor Phyllis Miller (Unaligned)
Council seat Forbes[2]
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Orange
Federal Division(s) Calare
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. Phyllis 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 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Phyllis Miller Unaligned Mayor
  Grant Clifton[5] Independent
  Brian Mattiske Unaligned
  Jeff Nicholson Independent
  Graeme Miller Unaligned Deputy Mayor[6]
  Dennis Booth Independent
  Graham Falconer Unaligned
  Chris Roylance Unaligned
  Michael Jelbart Unaligned

Forbes Shire Council By-Election May 2015 Results[edit]

Forbes Shire Council By-Election provisional results have been announced by returning officer Alan McCormack and are as follows:

  • Grant Clifton 2713
  • Jenny Webb 1056
  • Robyn Miller 924
  • John Berger 611

Grant Clifton is a publican who owns the Vandenberg pub, won the Forbes shire council by-election held in May 2015 became councillor-elect.[7]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Forbes Shire". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  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 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  5. ^ [1]
  6. ^ Woodburn, Joanna (21 September 2012). "New man at the helm of Forbes Shire Council". ABC News Central West NSW. Australia. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  7. ^ [2]