Hilltops Council

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Hilltops Council
New South Wales
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The Young offices of Hilltops Council
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Location of Hilltops Council in NSW
Coordinates 34°25′S148°28′E / 34.417°S 148.467°E / -34.417; 148.467 Coordinates: 34°25′S148°28′E / 34.417°S 148.467°E / -34.417; 148.467
Population
 • Density2.59112/km2 (6.7110/sq mi)
Established2016
Area7,139 km2 (2,756.4 sq mi)
MayorCr. Brian Ingram (Independent)
Council seatTBD
Region South West Slopes
State electorate(s) Cootamundra, Goulburn
Federal Division(s) Hume, Riverina
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Website Hilltops Council
LGAs around Hilltops Council:
Bland, Weddin Cowra Upper Lachlan
Temora Hilltops Council Upper Lachlan
Cootamundra-Gundagai Cootamundra-Gundagai Yass Valley

Hilltops Council is a local government area in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. This area was formed on the 12 May 2016 from the merger of Boorowa Council, Harden Shire and Young Shire. [3] The local government area covers much the same area as the Hilltops wine region.

Local government in Australia is the third tier of government in Australia administered by the states and territories, which in turn are beneath the federal tier. Local government is not mentioned in the Constitution of Australia and two referenda in the 1970s and 1980s to alter the Constitution relating to local government were unsuccessful. Every state government recognises local government in their respective constitutions. Unlike Canada or the United States, there is only one level of local government in each state, with no distinction such as cities and counties.

The South West Slopes is a region predominantly in New South Wales, Australia. It covers the lower inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range extending from north of Cowra through southern NSW into western Victoria. More than 90% of the region is in the state of New South Wales and it occupies about 10% of that state.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

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The Mayor of Hilltops Council is Cr. Brian Ingram, an independent politician, who was elected unopposed after the inaugural election held on 9 September 2017. [4]

In many countries, a mayor is the highest-ranking official in a municipal government such as that of a city or a town.

A Councillor is a member of a local government council.

Main towns and villages

The largest town in Hilltops Council is Young. The other major urban centres are Boorowa, Murrumburrah and Harden. Other towns and localities in the Council include Bendick Murrell, Bribbaree, Frogmore, Galong, Godfreys Creek, Hovells Creek, Jugiong, Kingsvale, Koorawatha, Maimuru, Milvale, Monteagle, Mount Collins, Murringo, Reids Flat, Rugby, Rye Park, Taylors Flat, Thuddungra, Wirrimah, Wombat and Wyangala (part).

Young, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Young is a town in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia and the largest town in the Hilltops Region. The "Lambing Flat" Post Office opened on 1 March 1861 and was renamed "Young" in 1863.

Boorowa Suburb of Hilltops Council, New South Wales, Australia

Boorowa is a farming village in the Hilltops Region and is located in South West Slopes of New South Wales, Australia. At the 2011 census, Boorowa had a population of 1,211 people. It is located in a valley 340 kilometres (210 mi) west of Sydney and 487 metres (1,598 ft) above sea-level. The town is in Hilltops Council local government area.

Murrumburrah Town in New South Wales, Australia

Murrumburrah is a township in New South Wales, Australia, part of a twin town with Harden. The town is in Hilltops Council local government area in the South West Slopes area of NSW. It is on the Burley Griffin Way, the major link from the Riverina to the Hume Highway near Yass, and ultimately Sydney, Canberra and the coast. At the 2011 census, Murrumburrah had a population of 479.

Demographics

Selected historical census data for Hilltops local government area
Census year2016 [1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night 18,498
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population0.25%
% of Australian populationnom%
Estimated ATSI population on census night819
% of ATSI population to residents4.40%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 35.5%
English 30.8%
Irish 11.1%
Scottish 6.9%
German 2.7%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 1.1%
Italian 0.2%
Mandarin 0.2%
Serbian 0.2%
Tagalog 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 34.4%
Anglican 25.9%
No religion, so described15.7%
Not stated8.4%
Uniting Church 4.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal incomeA$538
% of Australian median income0.81%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,261
% of Australian median income0.73%
Household income Median weekly household incomeA$976
% of Australian median income0.68%

Council

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Hilltops Council offices in Harden

Current composition and election method

Hilltops Council is composed of eleven 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, and in September annually. The most recent election of Councillors was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows: [5] [3]

The single transferable vote (STV) is a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation through ranked voting in multi-seat organizations or constituencies. Under STV, an elector (voter) has a single vote that is initially allocated to their most preferred candidate. Votes are totalled and a quota derived. If their candidate achieves quota, he/she is elected and in some STV systems any surplus vote is transferred to other candidates in proportion to the voters' stated preferences. If more candidates than seats remain, the bottom candidate is eliminated with his/her votes being transferred to other candidates as determined by the voters' stated preferences. These elections and eliminations, and vote transfers if applicable, continue until there are only as many candidates as there are unfilled seats. The specific method of transferring votes varies in different systems.

PartyCouncillors
  Independents 10
  Shooters, Fishers and Farmers 1
Total11


The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is: [5]

CouncillorPartyNotes
 Brian Ingram Independent Mayor [4] ; Formerly Mayor of Young Shire
  Wendy Tuckerman UnalignedFormerly Mayor of Boorowa Shire
 John WalkerUnalignedFormerly on Young Shire Council
 Tony FlaneryIndependentFormerly on Harden Shire Council
 Chris ManchesterUnalignedFormerly Mayor of Harden Shire
 Greg ArmstrongUnaligned
 Margaret RolesIndependent
 Matthew Stadtmiller [6] Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Formerly on Harden Shire Council
 Rita O'ConnorIndependent
 John HortonIndependentFormerly Mayor of Harden Shire
 Tony WallaceUnalignedFormerly on Young Shire Council

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References

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