Oberon Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Oberon, New South Wales.
Oberon Shire
New South Wales
Oberon LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°43′S 149°52′E / 33.717°S 149.867°E / -33.717; 149.867Coordinates: 33°43′S 149°52′E / 33.717°S 149.867°E / -33.717; 149.867
Population 5,270 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 1.4403/km2 (3.730/sq mi)
Area 3,659 km2 (1,412.7 sq mi)
Mayor Kathy Sajowitz (unaligned)
Council seat Oberon[2]
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Bathurst
Federal Division(s) Calare
Website Oberon Shire
LGAs around Oberon Shire:
Bathurst Bathurst Lithgow
Bathurst Oberon Shire Blue Mountains
Upper Lachlan Goulburn Wollondilly

Oberon Shire is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. Oberon Shire includes Oberon, Black Springs, Shooters Hill, Edith, O'Connell and Burraga.

The Mayor of Oberon Shire Council is Cr. Kathy Sajowitz, an unaligned politician.


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics there:[3]

  • were 5,503 people as at 30 June 2006, the 125th largest Local Government Area in New South Wales. It was equal to less than 0.1% of the New South Wales population of 6,827,694
  • was an increase of 60 people over the year to 30 June 2006, the 99th largest population growth in a Local Government Area in New South Wales. It was equal to 0.1% of the 58,753 increase in the population of New South Wales
  • was, in percentage terms, an increase of 1.1% in the number of people over the year to 30 June 2006, the 41st fastest growth in population of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 0.9%
  • was an increase in population over the 10 years to 30 June 2006 of 648 people or 13% (1.3% in annual average terms), the 32nd highest rate of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 622,966 or 10% (1.0% in annual average terms) over the same period.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Oberon 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 due to be held on 8 September 2012. However, only nine candidates, being the below, nominated for election. There being no additional candidates, the election was uncontested. The makeup of the Council is as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in alphabetical order, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Ian Doney Unaligned
  Jill Evans Independent
  Neil Francis Independent
  Kerry Gibbons Independent Deputy Mayor[5]
  Sam Lord Independent
  Clive McCarthy Independent
  John McMahon Independent Mayor[5]
  John Morgan Independent
  Kathy Sajowitz Unaligned


A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Oberon Shire merge with the Bathurst Region to form a new council with an area of 7,443 square kilometres (2,874 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 47,000.[6] The outcome of an independent review is expected to be completed by mid–2016.


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 1. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, New South Wales". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Oberon Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 9 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2005-06 (catalogue no.: 3218.0)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 12 March 2007. 
  4. ^ a b "Oberon Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Woodburn, Joanna (20 September 2012). "Aged care listed as Oberon Mayor's top priority". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Merger proposal: Bathurst Regional Council, Oberon Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016.