Balranald Shire

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Balranald Shire
New South Wales
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location in NSW
Coordinates 34°37′S143°34′E / 34.617°S 143.567°E / -34.617; 143.567 Coordinates: 34°37′S143°34′E / 34.617°S 143.567°E / -34.617; 143.567
Population
 • Density0.105426/km2 (0.27305/sq mi)
Area21,693 km2 (8,375.7 sq mi)
Mayornone
Council seat Balranald
Region Riverina
State electorate(s) Murray
Federal Division(s) Farrer
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Website Balranald Shire
LGAs around Balranald Shire:
Wentworth Central Darling Carrathool
Wentworth Balranald Shire Hay
Mildura (Vic) Swan Hill (Vic) Murray River

Balranald Shire is a local government area in the Riverina area of western New South Wales, Australia on the Sturt Highway. It is the location of World Heritage listed Mungo National Park. It includes the towns of Balranald and Euston. Other localities in the Shire include Kyalite, Hatfield, Penarie, Clare and Oxley.

Contents

As of January 29, 2020, the Balranald Shire Council Mayor and elected members were dismissed by NSW local government minister Shelley Hancock, after the recommendations of the report of commissioner Roslyn McCulloch. Mike Colreavy has been appointing the administrator until local council elections in 2024.

Demographics

Selected historical census data for Balranald Shire local government area
Census year2011 [3] 2016 [1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night 2,283Increase2.svg 2,287
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 127thIncrease2.svg 126th
% of New South Wales population0.03% Steady2.svg 0.03%
% of Australian population0.01% Steady2.svg 0.01%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 32.3% Decrease2.svg 31.6%
English 24.9% Increase2.svg 25.1%
Irish 8.9% Increase2.svg 10.1%
Italian 10.3% Decrease2.svg 9.0%
Scottish 5.7% Increase2.svg 5.9%
Language,
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(other than English)
Italian 4.4% Decrease2.svg 3.0%
Fijian n/c Increase2.svg 0.6%
Mandarin 0.3% Increase2.svg 0.5%
Tongan 0.6% Decrease2.svg 0.4%
Arabic 0.4% Steady2.svg 0.4%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 39.3% Decrease2.svg 35.7%
No religion 13.6% Increase2.svg 20.8%
Anglican 16.5% Decrease2.svg 15.0%
Not statedn/c Increase2.svg 12.7%
Presbyterian and Reformed 8.6% Increase2.svg 6.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$470A$624
% of Australian median income81.5% Increase2.svg 94.3%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1126A$1438
% of Australian median income76.0% Increase2.svg 82.9%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$894A$1174
% of Australian median income72.4% Increase2.svg 81.6%

Council

Current composition and election method

The Balranald Shire Council is currently under administration, as of January 29, 2020. NSW local government minister Shelley Hancock accepted the recommendations of the report created by commissioner Roslyn McCulloch.

Local Government Minister Shelley Hancock accepted the recommendation from the independent commissioner of the public inquiry to dismiss the council's mayor and councillors and appoint an administrator to address financial and structural issues.

The report, which has been tabled in Parliament, found: • The council has failed to command the confidence of its community • Councillors have failed to appreciate the need for sound and consistent financial principles, with division among councillors affecting decision making; • An absence of understanding by councillors of the importance of transparency in decision making, including inappropriate closure of council meetings; • The council has failed to act as a responsible employer, particularly regarding the interaction between councillors and council staff, resulting in the loss of valuable personnel; and • The council has failed to comply with its obligations as Reserve Trust Manager under the Crown Lands Act in relation to Balranald Caravan Park.

“I have not taken the decision to dismiss the council lightly,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The ratepayers of Balranald Shire deserve a strong council that is representing the best interests of the community.

“I have accepted the recommendation by Commissioner Roslyn McCulloch to dismiss the elected representatives and appoint an administrator to perform the role of the mayor and councillors until 2024.

“This course of action will provide the best possible way to strengthen the operation, performance and sustainability of the council and ensure it is serving the best interests of the local community.”

Mike Colreavy has been appointed administrator of Balranald Shire Council. Mr Colreavy has 37 years’ experience in the local government sector at metropolitan, regional and rural councils including holding various general manager positions.

Localities

TownPopulation
Balranald 1,343
Clare
Condoulpe
Euston 839
Hatfield 11
Kyalite 82
Oxley 33
Penarie

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References

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  2. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
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