Snowy River Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the river, see Snowy River.
Snowy River Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 36°22′S 148°49′E / 36.367°S 148.817°E / -36.367; 148.817Coordinates: 36°22′S 148°49′E / 36.367°S 148.817°E / -36.367; 148.817
Population 8,087 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 1.3411/km2 (3.4735/sq mi)
Area 6,030 km2 (2,328.2 sq mi)
Mayor John Cahill (Independent)
Council seat Berridale[2]
Region Monaro
State electorate(s) Monaro
Federal Division(s) Eden-Monaro
Website Snowy River Shire
LGAs around Snowy River Shire:
Tumut Australian Capital Territory Cooma-Monaro
Tumbarumba Snowy River Shire Cooma-Monaro
East Gippsland (Vic) East Gippsland (Vic) Bombala

The Snowy River Shire is a local government area in the Australian Alps region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was named after the Snowy River that runs through it.

The Mayor of Snowy River Shire is Cr. John Cahill, an independent politician.

Towns and localities[edit]

The administrative centre of the Shire is the town of Berridale, with the sub-alpine town of Jindabyne providing the main commercial centre for the southern Snowy Mountains resort area. The town of Adaminaby is the service centre for the northern snowfields resorts and the starting point for most trout fishers eager to test their skills in the rivers and streams or the enormous expanse of Lake Eucumbene. It also includes the village of Dalgety, Anglers Reach, the ghost town of Kiandra, and the ski resorts of Thredbo, Perisher, Smiggin Holes, Guthega, and Blue Cow.


Current composition and election method[edit]

Snowy River Shire Council is composed of seven Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the six other Councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:[3][4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 7
Total 7

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

Councillor Party Notes
  John Cahill Independent Mayor[3]
  Peter Beer Independent
  Vickii Wallace Independent
  John Shumack Unaligned
  Bob Frost Independent
  Colin Stewart-Beardsley Independent
  Bill Smits 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. ^ "Snowy River Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 13 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Snowy River Shire - Mayoral Election". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Snowy River Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.