Tenterfield Shire

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Tenterfield Shire
New South Wales
Tenterfield LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 29°03′09″S 152°01′07″E / 29.05250°S 152.01861°E / -29.05250; 152.01861Coordinates: 29°03′09″S 152°01′07″E / 29.05250°S 152.01861°E / -29.05250; 152.01861
Population 6,811 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 0.92894/km2 (2.4059/sq mi)
Area 7,332 km2 (2,830.9 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Petty (Unaligned)
Council seat Tenterfield[2]
Region New England
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) New England
Website Tenterfield Shire
LGAs around Tenterfield Shire:
Southern Downs (Qld) Southern Downs (Qld) Kyogle
Inverell Tenterfield Shire Richmond Valley
Glen Innes Severn Glen Innes Severn Clarence Valley

Tenterfield Shire is a local government area located in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is situated adjacent to the New England Highway.

The Mayor of the Tenterfield Shire Council is Cr. Peter Petty, an unaligned politician.

Main towns, villages and localities[edit]

The Shire includes the town of Tenterfield and villages including Drake, Jennings, Liston, Legume, Bolivia, Sandy Flat, Stannum, Torrington, Urbenville and Mingoola.

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, there were 6,811 people in the Tenterfield Shire local government area, of these 49.8 per cent were male and 50.2 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 6.8 per cent of the population which is approximately two-and-a-half times above both the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Tenterfield Shire was 47 years; significantly higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.0 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 20.9 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 50.4 per cent were married and 15.1 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Between the 2001 census and the 2011 census the Tenterfield Shire experienced nominal population growth in both absolute and real terms. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the Tenterfield Shire local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[3] The median weekly income for residents within the Tenterfield Shire was significantly below the national average; in some cases, nearly half the national average.[1][4]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Tenterfield Shire local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 88 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 68 per cent of all residents in the Tenterfield Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Tenterfield Shire local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.6 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (92.2 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[1]

Selected historical census data[edit]

Selected historical census data for Tenterfield Shire local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 6,363 Increase 6,534 Increase 6,811
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 117th
% of New South Wales population 0.10% 0.10%
% of Australian population 0.03% Steady 0.03% Steady 0.03%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 31.0%
English 29.9%
Irish 10.0%
Scottish 7.9%
German 5.4%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 0.8% Decrease 0.7% Decrease 0.5%
German 0.3% Increase 0.4% Steady 0.4%
Bandjalang n/c n/c Increase 0.2%
French n/c Increase 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Filipino n/c n/c Increase 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 31.5% Decrease 30.0% Decrease 27.6%
Catholic 24.3% Increase 24.4% Decrease 23.8%
No Religion 10.6% Increase 14.0% Increase 17.9%
Uniting Church 8.5% Decrease 6.9% Decrease 5.8%
Presbyterian and Reformed 6.0% Decrease 5.7% Decrease 5.3%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$307 A$377
% of Australian median personal income 65.9% Decrease 65.3%
Family income Median weekly family income A$695 A$865
% of Australian median family income 59.4% Decrease 58.4%
Household income Median weekly household income A$583 A$694
% of Australian median household income 56.8% Decrease 56.2%

Council[edit]

Tenterfield Shire Council, Rouse Street, Tenterfield.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Tenterfield Shire Council is composed of ten Councillors elected proportionally as five separate wards, each electing two Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is 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:[5][6][7][8][9]

Party Councillors
  Independent and Unaligned 10
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Ward A[5]   Peter Petty Unaligned Mayor[10]
  Gary Verri Independent
Ward B[6]   Tom Peters Unaligned
  Blair Maxwell Independent
Ward C[7]   Brian Murray Independent
  Mary Leahey Independent
Ward C[8]   Carol Schiffmann Unaligned
  Don Forbes Independent
Ward C[9]   Toni Hull Independent
  Michale Petrie Unaligned

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tenterfield (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tenterfield Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Tenterfield (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Tenterfield (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  5. ^ a b "Tenterfield Council - A Ward: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Tenterfield Council - B Ward: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Tenterfield Council - C Ward: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Tenterfield Council - D Ward: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Tenterfield Council - E Ward: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  10. ^ "Our line-up". Tenterfield Star. 3 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012.