Glen Innes Severn

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Glen Innes, New South Wales.
Glen Innes Severn
New South Wales
Glen innes LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 29°43′S 151°45′E / 29.717°S 151.750°E / -29.717; 151.750Coordinates: 29°43′S 151°45′E / 29.717°S 151.750°E / -29.717; 151.750
Population 8,656 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1.57755/km2 (4.0858/sq mi)
Area 5,487 km2 (2,118.5 sq mi)
Mayor Colin Price (Unaligned)
Council seat Glen Innes[2]
Region New England
State electorate(s) Northern Tablelands
Federal Division(s) New England
Website Glen Innes Severn
LGAs around Glen Innes Severn:
Inverell Tenterfield Clarence Valley
Inverell Glen Innes Severn Clarence Valley
Guyra Guyra Clarence Valley

Glen Innes Severn is a local government area in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located adjacent to the New England Highway and was formed by the amalgamation of Severn Shire and Glen Innes City Council.

The Mayor of Glen Innes Severn Council is Cr. Colin Price, who is unaligned in any political party.

Main towns and villages[edit]

The council area includes the town of Glen Innes and villages including Emmaville, Deepwater, Wellingrove, Glencoe, Stonehenge and Red Range.


At the 2011 census, there were 8,656 people in the Glen Innes Severn local government area, of these 49.5% were male and 50.5% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.6% of the population which is approximately double both the national and state averages. The median age of people in the Glen Innes Severn Council area was 46 years; nearly ten years higher than the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 22.0% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 48.7% were married and 14.1% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the Glen Innes Severn Council area between the 2001 census and the 2011 census was marginal. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Glen Innes Severn local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[3][4] The median weekly income for residents within the Glen Innes Severn Council area was below the national average.[1][5]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Glen Innes Severn local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 92% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 69% of all residents in the Glen Innes Severn Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Glen Innes Severn local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (2.7%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly higher proportion (93%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).[1]

Selected historical census data for Glen Innes Severn local government area
Census year 2001[3][4] 2006[5] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 8,488 8,780 8,656
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 103rd
% of New South Wales population 0.13%
% of Australian population 0.05% Decrease 0.04% Steady 0.04%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 34.1%
English 31.1%
Irish 9.8%
Scottish 9.4%
German 3.9%
top responses
(other than English)
Dutch n/c 0.1% Increase 0.2%
German n/c 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Finnish n/c n/c Steady 0.1%
Mandarin n/c n/c Increase 0.1%
Japanese n/c n/c Decrease 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican n/c 37.3% Decrease 35.5%
Catholic n/c 22.3% Decrease 21.8%
No Religion n/c 10.4% Increase 14.0%
Uniting Church n/c 7.6% Decrease 7.1%
Presbyterian and Reformed n/c 4.9% Steady 4.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$337 A$395
% of Australian median income 72.3% 68.5%
Family income Median weekly family income A$765 A$915
% of Australian median income 65.3% 61.8%
Household income Median weekly household income A$613 A$734
% of Australian median income 59.7% 59.5%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Glen Innes Severn Council is composed of seven 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:[6]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 7
Total 7

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[6]

Councillor Party Notes
  Colin Price Unaligned Mayor[7]
  Dianne Newman Unaligned
  Graeme Quinn Independent
  Andrew Parsons Independent
  Michael Scherf Unaligned
  Malcolm Schumacher Unaligned
  James Graham Unaligned


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Glen Innes Severn (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Glen Innes Severn Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Glen Innes (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Severn (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Glen Innes Severn (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Glen Innes Severn 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 17 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Clifford, Catherine (30 September 2012). "New England North West". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 17 October 2012.