Snowy River Shire

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This article is about the former local government area. For the current local government area, see Snowy Monaro Regional Council. 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)
Established 1906 (as Dalgety Shire)
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
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 was a local government area in the Australian Alps region of New South Wales, Australia from 1939 until May 2016. It was named after the Snowy River that runs through it. Prior to 1936, it had been named as Dalgety Shire since establishment in 1906.


The Dalgety Shire Council changed its name to Snowy River Shire in 1939.[3] The council seat was at Berridale, which caused delays when mail and deliveries were erroneously sent to Dalgety.[4] Dalgety was one of several new shires established in June 1906.[5][6]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Snowy River Shire merge with the Bombala and Cooma-Monaro shires to form a new council with an area of 15,162 square kilometres (5,854 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 21,000.[7] On 12 May 2016, the Snowy River Shire merged with Bombala and Cooma-Monaro shires to form the Snowy Monaro Regional Council.[8]

The last Mayor of the Snowy River Shire was Cr. John Cahill, an independent politician.

Towns and localities[edit]

The administrative centre of the former Shire was 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.


Final composition and election method[edit]

Prior to its abolition, Snowy River Shire Council was composed of seven Councillors, including the Mayor, elected for fixed four-year terms of office. The Mayor was directly elected while the six other Councillors were elected proportionally as one entire ward. The last election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the former Council, including the Mayor, was as follows:[9][10]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 7
Total 7

The last Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, was:[10]

Councillor Party Notes
  John Cahill Independent Mayor[9]
  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. ^ "LOCAL AND GENERAL". Delegate Argus. 44, (2263). New South Wales, Australia. 14 September 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 18 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. The name of Dalgety Shire has been altered to Snowy River Shire. 
  4. ^ "LOCAL AND GENERAL". Delegate Argus. 44, (2235). New South Wales, Australia. 2 March 1939. p. 2. Retrieved 18 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  5. ^ "DALGETY.". The Queanbeyan Leader (143). New South Wales, Australia. 19 June 1906. p. 4. Retrieved 18 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  6. ^ "SHIRE COUNCILS.". The Sydney Morning Herald (21,313). New South Wales, Australia. 27 June 1906. p. 10. Retrieved 18 May 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  7. ^ "Merger proposal: Bombala Shire, Cooma-Monaro Shire, Snowy River Shire" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 8 March 2016. 
  8. ^ "Snowy Monaro Regional Council". New South Wales Government. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "Snowy River Shire - Mayoral Election". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  10. ^ 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.