Wentworth Shire

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This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Wentworth, New South Wales.
Wentworth Shire
New South Wales
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Coordinates 34°05′S 141°54′E / 34.083°S 141.900°E / -34.083; 141.900Coordinates: 34°05′S 141°54′E / 34.083°S 141.900°E / -34.083; 141.900
Population 6,609 (2011)[1]
 • Density 0.25/km2 (0.65/sq mi)
Established 23 January 1879[2]
Area 26,269 km2 (10,142.5 sq mi)
Mayor Don McKinnon (Unaligned)
Council seat Wentworth
Region Far West
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Farrer
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Website Wentworth Shire
LGAs around Wentworth Shire:
OACDT (SA) Unincorporated Far West Central Darling
OACDT (SA) Wentworth Shire Balranald
Renmark Paringa (SA) Mildura (Vic) Mildura (Vic)

Wentworth Shire is a local government area in the far south-west Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. This Shire is located adjacent to the Murray and Darling Rivers. The Shire's major roads are the Sturt and the Silver City Highways. The Shire includes the towns of Wentworth, Buronga, Gol Gol, Dareton and Pooncarie.

The Mayor of Wentworth Shire Council is Cr. Don McKinnon, an unaligned politician.


The area of Wentworth was proclaimed a municipality on 23 January 1879.[2] The first Mayor was Mr. W. Gunn who held office from 1879 to 1880.[3]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Wentworth 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 8 September 2012 and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Brian Wakefield Unaligned
  Don McKinnon Unaligned Mayor[5]
  Bill Wheeldon Unaligned
  Melisa Hederics Unaligned Deputy Mayor;[5] elected on Brian Wakefield's ticket
  Brad Clarke Independent
  Ian Whitfield Unaligned
  Peter Nunan Unaligned Elected on Don McKinnon's ticket
  Paul Cohrs Independent
  Bob Wheeldon Independent Elected on Bill Wheeldon's ticket


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wenthworth (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Wentworth History". Wentworth Shire Council. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Former Councillors of the Wentworth Shire". Wentworth Shire Council. Retrieved 23 January 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Wentworth Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Piscioneri, Ben (5 October 2012). "Wentworth Shire ‘open for business,’ McKinnon vows". Mildura Weekly. Retrieved 10 December 2012. 

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