Inverell Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Inverell, New South Wales.
Inverell Shire
New South Wales
Inverell LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 29°46′S 151°07′E / 29.767°S 151.117°E / -29.767; 151.117Coordinates: 29°46′S 151°07′E / 29.767°S 151.117°E / -29.767; 151.117
Population 16,075 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1.86788/km2 (4.8378/sq mi)
Area 8,606 km2 (3,322.8 sq mi)
Mayor Paul Harmon (Unaligned)
Council seat Inverell[2]
Region North West Slopes
State electorate(s) Northern Tablelands
Federal Division(s) New England
Inverell Shire Council Logo.png
Website Inverell Shire
LGAs around Inverell Shire:
Goondiwindi (Qld) Goondiwindi (Qld) Tenterfield
Gwydir Inverell Shire Glen Innes Severn
Gwydir Armidale Armidale

Inverell Shire is a local government area in the North West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia adjacent to the Macintyre River and the Gwydir Highway.

The Mayor of Inverell Shire Council is Cr. Paul Harmon, who is unaligned with any political party.

Main towns and villages[edit]

The shire includes the town of Inverell and small towns and villages including Gilgai, Stannifer, Elsmore, Bukkulla, Ashford, Bonshaw, Yetman, Wallangra, Graman, Oakwood, Delungra and Mount Russell.


At the 2011 census, there were 16,075 people in the Inverell local government area, of these 49.1 per cent were male and 50.9 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 6.5 per cent of the population which is approximately two-and-a-half times above both the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Inverell Shire was 41 years; slightly higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.3 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.2 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 51.3 per cent were married and 11.8 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Between the 2001 census and the 2011 census the Inverell Shire experienced nominal 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 Inverell local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[3] The median weekly income for residents within the Inverell Shire was significantly below the national average.[1][4]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Inverell local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 88 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 68 per cent of all residents in the Inverell Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Inverell local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.2 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (94.5 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 Inverell Shire local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 15,020 Increase 15,510 Increase 16,075
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 82nd Increase 74th
% of New South Wales population 0.23%
% of Australian population 0.08% Steady 0.08% Decrease 0.07%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 36.8%
English 31.7%
Irish 8.2%
Scottish 7.4%
German 3.9%
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 0.4% Steady 0.4% Decrease 0.3%
Portuguese n/c n/c Increase 0.3%
Tagalog n/c n/c Increase 0.2%
German 0.1% Increase 0.2% Decrease 0.1%
Filipino n/c n/c Increase 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 37.0% Decrease 34.0% Decrease 32.8%
Catholic 23.7% Increase 23.8% Decrease 22.8%
No Religion 7.1% Increase 10.7% Increase 13.7%
Presbyterian and Reformed 9.0% Decrease 8.2% Decrease 7.5%
Uniting Church 4.7% Decrease 6.1% Decrease 5.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$352 A$430
% of Australian median personal income 75.5% Decrease 74.5%
Family income Median weekly family income A$840 A$963
% of Australian median family income 71.7% Decrease 65.0%
Household income Median weekly household income A$642 A$792
% of Australian median household income 62.5% Increase 64.2%


Inverell Shire Council chambers

Current composition and election method[edit]

Inverell 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:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  Paul Harmon Unaligned Mayor[6]
  Di Baker Independent
  Kate Dight Unaligned
  Paul King Unaligned
  Anthony Michael Unaligned Deputy Mayor[6]
  Mal Peters Unaligned
  Neil McCosker Independent
  Stewart Berryman Independent
  Jacki Watts Unaligned


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Inverell (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Inverell Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 3 December 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Inverell (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Inverell (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Inverell Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Paul Harmon voted back in as mayor unopposed". Inverell Times. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.