Upper Lachlan Shire

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Upper Lachlan
New South Wales
Upper lachlan LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 34°27′S 149°28′E / 34.450°S 149.467°E / -34.450; 149.467Coordinates: 34°27′S 149°28′E / 34.450°S 149.467°E / -34.450; 149.467
Population 7,876 (2015 Est)[1]
 • Density 1.10898/km2 (2.8723/sq mi)
Established 2004
Area 7,102 km2 (2,742.1 sq mi)
Mayor Brian McCormack (Independent)
Council seat Crookwell[2]
Region Southern Tablelands
State electorate(s) Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume
Website Upper Lachlan
LGAs around Upper Lachlan:
Cowra Bathurst Oberon
Hilltops Upper Lachlan Goulburn
Yass Valley Queanbeyan–Palerang Goulburn

Upper Lachlan Shire is a local government area in the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was formed in February 2004 from Crookwell Shire and parts of Mulwaree, Gunning and Yass Shires.

The Mayor of Upper Lachlan Shire Council is Cr. Brian McCormack, an unaligned politician.

Towns and localities[edit]

The shire includes the towns of Crookwell, Gunning, Taralga, Bannaby, Dalton, Binda, Bigga, Tuena, Breadalbane, Cullerin, Laggan and Oolong.


The Shire Council office in the main street of Gunning in 2008

Current composition and election method[edit]

Upper Lachlan Shire 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 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  Brian McCormack Independent Mayor[4]
  Pam Kensit Independent
  John Searl Independent
  Ron Cummins Independent
  Richard Opie Independent
  James Wheelwright Unaligned
  Darren O'Brien Independent
  John Stafford Independent Deputy Mayor[4]
  Paul Culhane Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 1. Population Estimates by Local Government Area 2005 to 2015". 30 March 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Upper Lachlan Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "Upper Lachlan Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Upper Lachlan Shire welcomes a new Mayor and Deputy". Upper Lachlan Shire Council. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.