Wellington Council

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This article is about the former local government area in New South Wales, Australia. For other uses, see Wellington Council (disambiguation).
Wellington Council
New South Wales
Wellington LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 32°33′S 148°56′E / 32.550°S 148.933°E / -32.550; 148.933Coordinates: 32°33′S 148°56′E / 32.550°S 148.933°E / -32.550; 148.933
Population 8,493 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2.06/km2 (5.3/sq mi)
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 4,113 km2 (1,588.0 sq mi)
Mayor Anne Jones (Independent)
Council seat Wellington[2]
Region Orana
State electorate(s) Orange
Federal Division(s) Parkes
Website Wellington Council
LGAs around Wellington Council:
Dubbo Warrumbungle Upper Hunter
Dubbo Wellington Council Mid-Western
Cabonne Cabonne Mid-Western

Wellington Council was a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The former area is located adjacent to the Macquarie River and the Mitchell Highway.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Wellington Council merge with the City of Dubbo to form a new council with an area of 7,536 square kilometres (2,910 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 51,000.[3] Following an independent review, on 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government announced the dissolution of the Welington Shire Council and the Dubbo City Council, together with the establishment of the Western Plains Regional Council with immediate effect.[4]

The former Wellington Council area included Wellington, Maryvale, Geurie, North Yeoval, Dripstone, Mumbil, Stuart Town and Euchareena.

The final Mayor of Wellington Council was Clr. Anne Jones, an independent politician.

Council[edit]

Council offices, in Wellington.

Former composition and election method[edit]

Prior to its dissolution, Wellington Council was composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as a single ward. 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, and the makeup of the former Council was as follows:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents 9
Total 9

The final Council, elected in 2012 and dissolved in 2016, in order of election, was:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  Anne Jones Independent Mayor
  Pip Smith Independent
  Mark Griggs Independent
  David Grant Independent
  Rod Buhr Independent
  Graham Cross Independent Deputy Mayor
  Terry Dray Independent
  Marcus Hanney Independent
  Alison Conn Independent

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wellington (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Wellington Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 9 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Merger proposal: Dubbo City Council, Wellington Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Western Plains Regional Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 17 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Wellington Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 25 October 2012.