Gilgandra Shire

Gilgandra Shire is a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the junction of the Newell, Oxley and Castlereagh highways and can be reached in about six hours by car from Sydney CBD. The Shire lies on the Castlereagh River and includes part of the Warrumbungles National Park. The shire was constituted in 1906.

Gilgandra Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates31°42′S 148°41′E / 31.700°S 148.683°E / -31.700; 148.683Coordinates: 31°42′S 148°41′E / 31.700°S 148.683°E / -31.700; 148.683
Population
 • Density0.87593/km2 (2.2686/sq mi)
Established1906
Area4,836 km2 (1,867.2 sq mi)
MayorDoug Batten (Independent)
Council seatGilgandra
RegionOrana
State electorate(s)Barwon
Federal Division(s)Parkes
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WebsiteGilgandra Shire
LGAs around Gilgandra Shire:
Warren Coonamble Warrumbungle
Warren Gilgandra Shire Warrumbungle
Narromine Dubbo Warrumbungle

The Mayor of Gilgandra Shire Council is Cr. Doug Batten, an independent politician.

Settlements and geographyEdit

Gilgandra Shire includes Gilgandra, Balladoran and Curban.

The geography of the Gilgandra Shire is very flat. The soil is composed mostly of sand, making it very porous and difficult to grow certain plants. The weather is hot and dry, reaching 40 °C (104 °F) for consecutive days during summer.[citation needed]

DemographicsEdit

Selected historical census data for Gilgandra Shire local government area
Census year 2011[3] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 4,386   4,236
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 115th   115th
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English
Australian
Italian
Chinese
Irish
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Italian
Mandarin
Cantonese
Korean
Greek
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic
No religion
Anglican
Eastern Orthodox
Buddhism
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

Heritage listingsEdit

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

CouncilEdit

Current composition and election methodEdit

Gilgandra 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:[6]

Party Councillors
  Independents 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[6]

Councillor Party Notes
Doug Batten   Independent Mayor[7]
Gregory Peart   Independent
Brian Mockler   Unaligned
Ash Walker   Independent Deputy Mayor[7]
Noel Wrigley   Independent
Deidrie Naden   Independent
Noel Mudford   Independent
Gina Johnson   Independent
Susan Baker   Independent

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gilgandra (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Gilgandra (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2012.  
  4. ^ "Corduroy Road Ruin Historic Site". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H02015. Retrieved 18 February 2020.
  5. ^ "St. Ambrose Church". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01853. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Gilgandra Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Councillors". Your Council. Gilgandra Shire Council. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.