Warrumbungle Shire

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Warrumbungle Shire
New South Wales
Warrumbungle LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates31°15′S 149°16′E / 31.250°S 149.267°E / -31.250; 149.267Coordinates: 31°15′S 149°16′E / 31.250°S 149.267°E / -31.250; 149.267
Population9,384 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density0.7580/km2 (1.9632/sq mi)
Area12,380 km2 (4,779.9 sq mi)
MayorPeter Shinton (Unaligned)
Council seatCoonabarabran[2]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Parkes
WebsiteWarrumbungle Shire
LGAs around Warrumbungle Shire:
Coonamble Narrabri Gunnedah
Gilgandra Warrumbungle Shire Liverpool Plains
Dubbo Dubbo Upper Hunter

The Warrumbungle Shire is a local government area in the central western region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is traversed by the Newell Highway. The Warrumbungle mountain range and Warrumbungles National Park are major tourist attractions for the Shire.

The Mayor of Warrumbungle Shire Council is Cr. Peter Shinton, who is unaligned with any political party.

Main towns and villages[edit]

The Shire incorporates the towns of Binnaway, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo, Baradine and Mendooran.

Heritage listings[edit]

The Warrumbungle Shire has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Selected historical census data for Warrumbungle Shire local government area
Census year 2011[7] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 9,588 Decrease 9,384
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 93rd Increase 92nd
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
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(other than English)
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion
Eastern Orthodox
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$
% of Australian median income
Family income Median weekly family income
% of Australian median income
Household income Median weekly household income
% of Australian median income


The Shire was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of Coolah and Coonabarabran Shire councils. Following amalgamation, the Shire was run by an administrator, until elections were held in March 2005.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Warrumbungle Shire 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:[8]

Cr Peter Shinton was elected as mayor when his name was drawn from a hat following a poll when he drew 4-4 with Cr Ray Lewis. Cr Shinton was also mayor from 2012 to 2016. Cr Denis Todd was also drawn from a hat for Deputy Mayor after drawing 4-4 with Cr Anne-Louise Capel. The method of election was unpopular with ratepayers,[9] who believed that the election should have been postponed until all Councillors were present.

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, alphabetically, is:[8]

Councillor Party Notes
Kodi Brady   Independent
Anne-Louise Capel   Independent
Fred Clancy   Independent
Ambrose Doolan   Unaligned
Wendy Hill   Unaligned
Aniello Iannuzzi   Unaligned
Ray Lewis   Unaligned
Peter Shinton   Unaligned Mayor
Denis Todd   Unaligned Deputy Mayor

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Warrumbungle Shire (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Warrumbungle Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006.
  3. ^ "Old Police Station & Courthouse". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00048. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Burra Bee Dee Mission". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01688. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. ^ "Dunedoo Railway Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01134. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Wooleybah Sawmill and Settlement". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01846. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Warrumbungle Shire (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2012. Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ a b "Warrumbungle Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
  9. ^ https://web.facebook.com/Coonabarabran/posts/1118871548166326