Guyra Shire

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Guyra Shire
New South Wales
Guyra LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Population 4,397 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1.00046/km2 (2.5912/sq mi)
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 4,395 km2 (1,696.9 sq mi)
Mayor Hans Hietbrink (Unaligned)
Council seat Guyra (Bradley Street)[2]
Region New England
State electorate(s) Northern Tablelands
Federal Division(s) New England
Website Guyra Shire
LGAs around Guyra Shire:
Inverell Glen Innes Severn Clarence Valley
Gwydir Guyra Shire Bellingen
Uralla Armidale Nambucca

Guyra Shire is the name of a former local government area located in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. The shire was abolished on 12 May 2016, where the council, together with the Armidale Dumaresq Shire, was subsumed into the Armidale Regional Council with immediate effect.[3]

The shire was located on the New England Highway.

The Mayor of the Guyra Shire Council was Cr. Hans Hietbrink, from 2008[4] until the council was abolished on 12 May 2016. Hietbrink was unaligned with any political party.

Main towns and villages[edit]

The former Guyra Shire included the town of Guyra and villages including Ben Lomond, Black Mountain, Ebor, Llangothlin and Tingha.


At the 2011 census, there were 4,397 people in the Guyra local government area, of these an approximately equal number were males and females. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 10 per cent of the population which is four times above both the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Guyra Shire was 41 years; slightly higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.0 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 17.9 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 49.3 per cent were married and 11.9 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Between the 2001 census and the 2011 census the Guyra Shire experienced negative population growth in both absolute and real terms. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the Guyra local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[5] The median weekly income for residents within the Guyra Shire was significantly below the national average.[1][6]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Guyra local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 90 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 77 per cent of all residents in the Guyra Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Guyra local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (1.6 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (94.8 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[1]

Selected historical census data[edit]

Selected historical census data for Guyra Shire local government area
Census year 2001[5] 2006[6] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 4,201 Increase 4,229 Increase 4,397
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 131st
% of New South Wales population 0.10% Decrease 0.06%
% of Australian population 0.02% Steady 0.02% Steady 0.02%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 38.6%
English 31.9%
Irish 8.8%
Scottish 7.2%
German 3.5%
top responses
(other than English)
German 0.1% Decrease 0.2% Steady 0.2%
Tongan n/c n/c Increase 0.1%
Romanian 0.1% Decrease n/c Increase 0.1%
Sinhalese n/c n/c Increase 0.1%
Italian n/c Increase 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 40.5% Decrease 38.4% Decrease 35.2%
Catholic 22.7% Decrease 22.4% Increase 23.0%
No Religion 7.3% Increase 9.9% Increase 13.6%
Presbyterian and Reformed 8.5% Decrease 7.9% Decrease 7.1%
Uniting Church 4.7% Decrease 4.3% Decrease 4.1%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$352 A$418
% of Australian median personal income 75.5% Decrease 72.4%
Family income Median weekly family income A$896 A$985
% of Australian median family income 76.5% Decrease 66.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$704 A$805
% of Australian median household income 68.5% Decrease 65.2%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Guyra Shire Council was composed of six councillors elected proportionally. The shire was divided into three wards, each electing two councillors. The mayor was not directly elected.[7] The current makeup of the council, prior to its abolition, was as follows:[7]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaffiliated 6
Total 6

The last Council, elected in 2008 until its abolition in 2016, in order of election, was:[7]

Ward Councillor Party Notes
A Ward   Audrey McArdle Unaffiliated Deputy Mayor[4]
  David McRae Unaffiliated
B Ward   Dot Vickery Unaffiliated
  Hans Hietbrink Unaffiliated Mayor[4]
C Ward   Bruce Howlett Unaffiliated
  Shane Davidson Independent


A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Guyra Shire Council merge with adjoining councils. The government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger of the Guyra Shire and the Armidale Dumaresq Shire merge to form a new council with an area of 8,621 square kilometres (3,329 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 30,000.[8] The alternative, proposed by the Armidale Dumaresq Council on 1 March 2016, was for an amalgamation of the Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha councils.[9] Following an independent review, on 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government announced that the merger with the Armidale Dumaresq Shire would proceed with immediate effect.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Guyra (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Guyra Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 3 December 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Armidale Regional Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Stewart, Janelle (26 September 2013). "Hietbrink back on track". The Guyra Argus. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Guyra (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Guyra (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  7. ^ a b c "Guyra Shire Council". 2008 Election results. Electoral Commission NSW. Retrieved 17 June 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Merger proposal: Armidale Dumaresq Council and Guyra Shire Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Armidale Dumaresq Council (1 March 2016). "Merger proposal: Armidale Dumaresq Council, Guyra Shire Council, Uralla Shire Council and Walcha Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 7 March 2016. 

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Coordinates: 30°12′S 151°40′E / 30.200°S 151.667°E / -30.200; 151.667