Murray Shire

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Murray Shire
New South Wales
Murray LGA NSW.png
Location of the former shire in New South Wales
Coordinates 35°49′S 144°54′E / 35.817°S 144.900°E / -35.817; 144.900Coordinates: 35°49′S 144°54′E / 35.817°S 144.900°E / -35.817; 144.900
Population 7,312 (2012)[1]
 • Density 1.5/km2 (3.9/sq mi)
Established 1906
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 4,345 km2 (1,677.6 sq mi)
Mayor Cr. Thomas Weyrich (Independent)[2]
Council seat Mathoura
Region Riverina
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Farrer
Website Murray Shire
LGAs around Murray Shire:
Conargo Deniliquin Conargo
Wakool Murray Shire Berrigan
Campaspe (Vic) Campaspe (Vic) Moira (Vic)

Murray Shire was a local government area in the Riverina region of south western New South Wales, Australia. It included the towns of Moama and Mathoura. It was abolished on 12 May 2016 and its area merged with the Wakool Shire to establish the Murray River Council.

The last Mayor of Murray Shire was Cr. Thomas Weyrich, an independent politician.[2]


The Murray Shire region was developed in the 1840s by squatters following the route of the overlanders as they drove cattle from Sydney to Adelaide in the late 1830s. From the 1860s onwards, the selectors, mainly from Victoria, moved onto the squatter's land, their interest agriculture. The settlements of Moama and Mathoura survived over the years as centres for the movement of agriculture produce and the growth of the timber industry. The area covered by the Shire of Murray today is unique. The Cadell Fault, which changed the course of the Murray River about 30,000 years ago traverses the area from north to south. The Murray River system supports one of the largest River Red Gum forests in the world.[citation needed]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Murray Shire merge with the Wakool Shire to form a new council with an area of 11,865 square kilometres (4,581 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 11,500.[3] On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government announced the dissolution of the Murray and Wakool shires and the formation of the Murray River Council with immediate effect.[4]


Shire office at Mathoura.

Composition and election method[edit]

Prior to its dissolution, the Murray Shire Council was composed of nine councillors elected proportionally as a single ward. All councillors were elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The mayor was elected by the councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent and last election was held on 8 September 2012 and the makeup of the former Council was as follows:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The former Council, elected in 2012 and dissolved in 2016, in order of election, was:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  Thomas Weyrich Independent Mayor[2]
  Bill Anderson Unaligned
  Brian Sharp OAM Independent
  Betty Murphy Independent
  Ian Moon Independent
  Gavin Burke Independent
  Gen Campbell Independent
  John Pocklington Unaligned Deputy Mayor[2]
  Sue Mulcahy Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2014.  Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d "Councillors". Council. Murray Shire Council. September 2012. Retrieved 30 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Merger proposal: Murray Shire Council, Wakool Shire Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Murray River Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Murray Shire 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 29 September 2012.