Warrumbungle Shire

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Warrumbungle Shire
New South Wales
Warrumbungle LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 31°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
Population 9,728 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 0.77/km2 (2.0/sq mi)
Area 12,380 km2 (4,779.9 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Shinton (Unaligned)
Council seat Coonabarabran[2]
Region Orana
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Website Warrumbungle 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.

Main towns and villages[edit]

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


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:[3]

The Mayor of Warrumbungle Shire Council is Cr. Peter Shinton, who is unaligned with any political party and was drawn from a hat 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,[4] 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:[3]

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


Large numbers of people[citation needed] visit the Warrumbungle mountain range and Warrumbungles National Park, which are fascinating[clarification needed] geological areas of New South Wales.


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Warrumbungle Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ https://web.facebook.com/Coonabarabran/posts/1118871548166326