Palerang Council

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New South Wales
Palerang LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 35°15′S 149°27′E / 35.250°S 149.450°E / -35.250; 149.450Coordinates: 35°15′S 149°27′E / 35.250°S 149.450°E / -35.250; 149.450
Population 15,306 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 2.9813/km2 (7.7215/sq mi)
Established 2004
Area 5,134 km2 (1,982.2 sq mi)
Mayor Pete Harrison
Council seat Bungendore[2]
Region Southern Tablelands
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Eden-Monaro
Website Palerang
LGAs around Palerang:
Yass Valley Upper Lachlan Goulburn Mulwaree
Queanbeyan Palerang Shoalhaven
ACT Cooma-Monaro Eurobodalla

Palerang Council is a local government area located in the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia.

The Mayor of the Palerang Council is Cr. Pete Harrison, an independent politician.


Originally known as the Eastern Capital City Regional Council, Palerang was proclaimed on 11 February 2004 when Tallaganda Shire was amalgamated with most of Yarrowlumla Shire and small parts of Cooma-Monaro Shire, Gunning Shire and Mulwaree Shire.

Towns and localities[edit]

The area is named after Mount Palerang, located close to the geographical centre, and one of the highest points in the Council's area. The area covered under administration extends to Lake George in the north, the Tallaganda State Forest in the south, Queanbeyan to the west and the Morton and Budawang National Parks to the east. The Kings Highway and the Sydney-Canberra railway pass through the Palerang Council area.

Predominantly rural in nature, the Palerang Council area comprises the towns of Bungendore, Braidwood and Captains Flat, and the villages of Araluen, Majors Creek, Mongarlowe and Nerriga. It also encompasses the rural residential areas of Wamboin, Bywong, Burra, Urila, Hoskinstown, Rossi and parts of Carwoola, Royalla, and Sutton.

Around two thirds of the Palerang population is concentrated in Bungendore and the rural residential areas adjacent to the Australian Capital Territory border, with many residents commuting daily to Canberra or Queanbeyan. Cattle grazing is the primary agricultural pursuit in the area, with more recent development of niche rural industries such as vineyards, olive groves and alpaca breeding. About one quarter of the Palerang Council area is managed for conservation, with significant areas of national park.[citation needed]


Current composition and election method[edit]

Palerang Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire 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 8
  Country Labor 1
Total 9

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

Councillor Party Notes
  Pete Harrison Independent Mayor[4]
  Mark Schweikert Independent
  Belinda Hogarth-Boyd Unaligned Deputy Mayor
  Garth Morrison Country Labor
  Keith France Independent
  Trevor Hicks Independent
  Paul Cockram Independent
  Peter Marshall Unaligned Member of The Greens
  Richard Graham Independent


  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. ^ "Palerang Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 12 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Palerang Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Mosley, Lisa (26 September 2012). "New Palerang mayor to target roads". ABC News (Australia). Retrieved 7 October 2012. 

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