Tamworth Regional Council

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Tamworth Regional Council
New South Wales
Tamworth LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 31°05′S 150°55′E / 31.083°S 150.917°E / -31.083; 150.917Coordinates: 31°05′S 150°55′E / 31.083°S 150.917°E / -31.083; 150.917
Population 61,121 (2015)[1]
 • Density 6.17864/km2 (16.00261/sq mi)
Established March 2004
Area 9,892.3 km2 (3,819.4 sq mi)[2]
Mayor Col Murray (Independent)
Council seat Tamworth
Region New England
State electorate(s) Tamworth
Federal Division(s) New England
Website Tamworth Regional Council
LGAs around Tamworth Regional Council:
Narrabri Gwydir Uralla
Gunnedah Tamworth Regional Council Walcha
Liverpool Plains Liverpool Plains Upper Hunter

Tamworth Regional Council is a local government area in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is located adjacent to the New England Highway and the Main North railway line. It was established in March 2004 through the amalgamation of the former City of Tamworth with surrounding shires of Barraba, Manilla, Nundle and Parry.[3]

The Mayor of Tamworth Regional Council is Cr. Col Murray, an independent politician.

Towns and villages[edit]

The area includes the city of Tamworth and the towns and villages of Attunga, Barraba, Bendemeer, Dungowan, Duri, Kootingal, Limbri, Manilla, Moonbi, Niangala, Nundle, Somerton, Upper Manilla, Woolbrook and the suburbs of Calala, Coledale, Daruka Estate, East Tamworth, Forest Hills, Hillvue, Kingswood, Nemingha, North Tamworth, Oxley Vale, South Tamworth, Taminda, Tamworth Central Business District, Westdale, West Tamworth.


At the 2011 census, there were 56,292 people in the Tamworth Regional local government area, of these 48.9 per cent were male and 51.1 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 8.4 per cent of the population, which was three times higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Tamworth Regional Council was 39 years, which was marginally higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.0 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.8 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 49.5 per cent were married and 12.3 per cent were either divorced or separated.[4]

Population growth in the Tamworth Regional Council between the 2006 census and the 2011 census was 5.04 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.32 per cent, population growth in the Tamworth Regional local government area was slightly lower than the national average.[5] The median weekly income for residents within the Tamworth Regional Council was significantly lower than the national average.[4]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Tamworth Regional local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 87 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 72% of all residents in the Tamworth Regional Council nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Tamworth Regional local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.0 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93.5 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[4]

Selected historical census data for the Tamworth Regional local government area
Census year 2001 2006[5] 2011[4]
Population Estimated residents on Census night n/a 53,590 Increase 56,292
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 43rd
% of New South Wales population 0.80% Increase 0.81%
% of Australian population n/a 0.27% Decrease 0.26%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 37.5%
English 31.0%
Irish 8.5%
Scottish 7.3%
German 3.2%
top responses
(other than English)
Tagalog n/c Increase 0.1%
Cantonese 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Mandarin 0.1% Steady 0.1%
German 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Italian 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 38.4% Decrease 36.2%
Catholic 26.5% Decrease 25.9%
No Religion 9.5% Increase 12.6%
Uniting Church 6.3% Decrease 5.5%
Presbyterian and Reformed 5.3% Decrease 5.0%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$405 A$515
% of Australian median income 86.9% Increase 89.3%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,041 A$1,181
% of Australian median income 88.9% Decrease 79.7%
Household income Median weekly household income A$818 A$958
% of Australian median income 79.6% Decrease 77.6%


Tamworth Regional Council chambers, in Tamworth.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Tamworth Regional 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 held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[6]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[6]

Councillor Party Notes
  Mark Rodda Unaligned
  Russell Webb Unaligned
  Col Murray Independent Mayor[7]
  Glen Inglis Independent
  Helen Tickle Independent Deputy Mayor[7]
  Phil Betts Unaligned
  Juanita Wilson Independent
  Jim Maxwell Independent
  Charles Impey Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10 - Environment/Energy". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 4 November 2011. Retrieved 28 January 2012. 
  3. ^ http://www.tamworth.nsw.gov.au/Council/Council-Overview/default.aspx
  4. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tamworth Regional (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Tamworth Regional (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "Tamworth Regional Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Tamworth Regional Council (27 September 2016). "Tamworth region welcomes first female Deputy Mayor". Retrieved 2 November 2016.