Gilgandra Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Gilgandra, New South Wales.
Gilgandra Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 31°42′S 148°41′E / 31.700°S 148.683°E / -31.700; 148.683Coordinates: 31°42′S 148°41′E / 31.700°S 148.683°E / -31.700; 148.683
Population 4,368 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 0.90/km2 (2.3/sq mi)
Area 4,836 km2 (1,867.2 sq mi)
Mayor Doug Lummis (Independent)
Council seat Gilgandra
Region Orana
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes
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Website Gilgandra Shire
LGAs around Gilgandra Shire:
Warren Coonamble Warrumbungle
Warren Gilgandra Shire Warrumbungle
Narromine Dubbo Warrumbungle

Gilgandra Shire is a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the junction of the Newell, Oxley and Castlereagh highways and can be reached in about six hours by car from Sydney CBD. The Shire lies on the Castlereagh River and includes part of the Warrumbungles National Park. The shire was constituted in 1906.

Gilgandra Shire includes Gilgandra, Balladoran and Curban.

The geography of Gilgandra is very flat. The soil is composed mostly of sand, making it very porous and difficult to grow certain plants. The weather is hot and dry, reaching 40 °C (104 °F) for consecutive days during summer.

The Mayor of Gilgandra Shire Council is Cr. Doug Batten, an independent politician.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Gilgandra 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:[2]

Party Councillors
  Independents 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[2]

Councillor Party Notes
  Doug Batten Independent Mayor[3]
  Gregory Peart Independent
  Brian Mockler Unaligned
  Ash Walker Independent Deputy Mayor[3]
  Noel Wrigley Independent
  Deidrie Naden Independent
  Noel Mudford Independent
  Gina Johnson Independent
  Susan Baker Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Gilgandra Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Councillors". Your Council. Gilgandra Shire Council. Retrieved 6 November 2016.