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 6,883 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 0.26/km2 (0.67/sq mi)
Established 23 January 1879[2]
Area 26,269 km2 (10,142.5 sq mi)
Mayor Melissa Hederics (Independent)
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. Melissa Hederics, an Independent 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 10 September 2016 and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[4]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Melissa Hederics Independent Mayor[5]
  Time Elstone Independent Deputy Mayor[5]
  Don McKinnon Unaligned
  Bill Wheeldon Unaligned
  Greg Evans Unaligned
  Susan Nichols Independent
  Jane Macallister Independent
  Steve Heywood Independent
  Peter Nunan Independent


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  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 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 5 November 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Melisa Hederics is elected Mayor of Wentworth Shire Council". Sunraysia Daily. 21 September 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016. 

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