Wakool Shire

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Shire of Wakool
New South Wales
Wakool LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 35°05′S 144°02′E / 35.083°S 144.033°E / -35.083; 144.033Coordinates: 35°05′S 144°02′E / 35.083°S 144.033°E / -35.083; 144.033
Population 4,033 (2012)[1]
 • Density 0.53623/km2 (1.38883/sq mi)
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 7,521 km2 (2,903.9 sq mi)
Mayor Neil Gorey (unaligned)
Council seat Moulamein
Region Riverina
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Farrer
Website Shire of Wakool
LGAs around Shire of Wakool:
Balranald Hay Conargo
Swan Hill (Vic) Shire of Wakool Conargo
Swan Hill (Vic) Gannawarra (Vic) Murray

Wakool Shire was a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was located between the Murray River and the Murrumbidgee River and adjacent to the Sturt Highway. Towns in the Shire are Barham, Moulamein, Tooleybuc, Wakool and Koraleigh.

The last mayor of Wakool Shire was Clr. Neil Gorey, an unaligned politician.

Amalgamation[edit]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Wakool Shire merge with the Murray Shire to form a new council with an area of 11,865 square kilometres (4,581 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 11,500.[2]

Wakool Shire was abolished on 12 May 2016 and along with neighbouring Murray Shire, the area was included in the Murray River Council local government area.[3]

Council[edit]

Council chambers at Moulamein

Composition and election method[edit]

At the time of dissolution, Wakool Shire Council was composed of six councillors elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing two councillors. All councillors were elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The mayor was elected by the councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012. In the B and C Wards, only two candidates, being those below, nominated for election. There being no additional candidates, the election for these wards was uncontested.[4] In the A Ward, an election was held. The makeup of the Council is as follows:[5][6][7]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 6
Total 6

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

Ward Councillor Party Notes
A Ward   Lois Lockhart Unaligned [5]
  Anne Crowe Independent
B Ward   Anthony Jackson Unaligned [6]
  Katarni Lipp Unaligned
C Ward   Neil Gorey Unaligned [7]
  Colin Membrey Unaligned

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3218.0 - Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2012". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 27 March 2014.  Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Merger proposal: Murray Shire Council, Wakool Shire Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 13 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "Murray River Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "No council vote in some Riverina shires". ABC News. Australia. 10 August 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "The Council of the Shire of Wakool - A Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "The Council of the Shire of Wakool - B Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "The Council of the Shire of Wakool - C Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 8 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012.