Mid-Western Regional Council

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Mid-Western Regional
New South Wales
Mid western LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 32°35′S 149°41′E / 32.583°S 149.683°E / -32.583; 149.683Coordinates: 32°35′S 149°41′E / 32.583°S 149.683°E / -32.583; 149.683
Population 22,677 (2009)[1]
 • Density 2.59551/km2 (6.7223/sq mi)
Area 8,737 km2 (3,373.4 sq mi)
Mayor Des Kennedy (Unaligned)
Council seat Mudgee[2]
Region Central West
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website Mid-Western Regional
LGAs around Mid-Western Regional:
Wellington Upper Hunter Muswellbrook
Wellington Mid-Western Regional Singleton
Bathurst Lithgow Lithgow

The Mid-Western Regional Council is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is located adjacent to the Castlereagh Highway that passes through the middle of the area in an approximate southeast-northwest direction.

Mid-Western Regional Council was proclaimed on 26 May 2004 and incorporates the whole of the former Mudgee Shire Council and parts of the former Merriwa and Rylstone Shires. The Mid-Western Regional Council also incorporated the area of the historic Wyaldra Shire, which was abolished in an earlier round of local government amalgamations. An historic building in Gulgong, built in 1910, served as the former shire headquarters.[citation needed]

The Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council is Cr. Des Kennedy, who is unaligned with any political party.

Towns and localities[edit]

The largest town and council seat is Mudgee. The region also includes the towns of Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos and the villages of Bylong and Ilford. Most of the LGA is agricultural with a strong presence from coal mining, but it includes several historical towns.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Mid-Western Regional 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 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  Des Kennedy Independent Mayor[4]
  Percy Thompson Unaligned
  John Weatherley Independent Elected on Des Kennedy's ticket
  Esme Martens Independent
  Lucy White Independent
  Peter Shelley Independent
  John Webb Independent
  Paul Cavalier Independent Deputy Mayor[4]
  Max Walker Independent


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mid-Western Regional Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Mid-Western Regional 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 16 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Paine, Sam (28 September 2012). "Kennedy mayor again". Mudgee Guardian. Retrieved 16 October 2012.