Goulburn Mulwaree Council

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional city, see Goulburn, New South Wales. For the Victorian region adjacent to the Goulburn River, see Goulburn Valley.
Goulburn Mulwaree
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 34°44′S 149°44′E / 34.733°S 149.733°E / -34.733; 149.733Coordinates: 34°44′S 149°44′E / 34.733°S 149.733°E / -34.733; 149.733
Population 29,550 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 9.177/km2 (23.77/sq mi)
Established 2004
Area 3,220 km2 (1,243.2 sq mi)
Mayor Geoffrey Kettle
Council seat Goulburn[2]
Region Southern Tablelands
State electorate(s) Goulburn (from 2007 election)
Federal Division(s) Hume
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Website Goulburn Mulwaree
LGAs around Goulburn Mulwaree:
Upper Lachlan Oberon Wingecarribee
Yass Valley Goulburn Mulwaree Shoalhaven
Queanbeyan–Palerang Queanbeyan–Palerang Shoalhaven

Goulburn Mulwaree Council is a local government area located in the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located adjacent to the Hume Highway and the Southern Highlands railway line. The estimated resident population of the area stood at 27,327 on 30 June 2007.[3]

The Mayor of Goulburn Mulwaree Council is Geoff Kettle, an unaligned politician.

Cities, town and localities[edit]

The area covered under administration is 3,220 square kilometres (1,240 sq mi) and includes, Goulburn and the towns and villages of Marulan, Tallong, Towrang, Bungonia, Windellama, Lake Bathurst and Tarago. Parts of the Southern Highlands, the Southern Tablelands and Morton National Park lie within the Goulburn Mulwaree Council area.

Municipal history[edit]

The council was formed as the Greater Argyle Council in 2004 as an amalgamation of Goulburn City and parts of the former Mulwaree Shire. It was renamed in 2005 following objections from the community.[citation needed]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Goulburn Mulwaree Council merge with part of the Palerang Council to form a new council with an area of 4,748 square kilometres (1,833 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 31,000.[4] The outcome of an independent review is expected to be completed by mid–2016.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Goulburn Mulwaree Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire 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:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents 8
  Greens 1
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  Bob Kirk Independent Mayor[6]
  Carol James Unaligned
  Sam Rowland Independent
  Margaret O'Neill Independent
  Alfie Walker Independent Deputy Mayor[6]
  Peter Walker Independent
  Leah Ferrara Greens
  Andrew Banfield Independent
  Denzil Sturgiss Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Goulburn Mulwaree Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 15 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Local Government Area populations". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2007. 
  4. ^ "Merger proposal: Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Palerang Council (part)" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Goulburn Mulwaree Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Mayor Kirk and Deputy Walker". Radio 2GN. 5 October 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.