New South Wales
The Young offices of Hilltops Council
Location of Hilltops Council in NSW
|• Density||mi)2.59112/km2 ( 6.7110/sq|
|Area||7,139 km2 (2,756.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr. Brian Ingram (Independent)|
|Region||South West Slopes|
|State electorate(s)||Cootamundra, Goulburn|
|Federal Division(s)||Hume, Riverina|
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.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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
|Selected historical census data for Hilltops local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||18,498|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales|
|% of New South Wales population||0.25%|
|% of Australian population||nom%|
|Estimated ATSI population on census night||819|
|% of ATSI population to residents||4.40%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion, so described||15.7%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$538|
|% of Australian median income||0.81%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,261|
|% of Australian median income||0.73%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$976|
|% of Australian median income||0.68%|
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:
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.
|Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||1|
The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is:
|Brian Ingram||Independent||Mayor ; Formerly Mayor of Young Shire|
|Wendy Tuckerman||Unaligned||Formerly Mayor of Boorowa Shire|
|John Walker||Unaligned||Formerly on Young Shire Council|
|Tony Flanery||Independent||Formerly on Harden Shire Council|
|Chris Manchester||Unaligned||Formerly Mayor of Harden Shire|
|Matthew Stadtmiller||Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||Formerly on Harden Shire Council|
|John Horton||Independent||Formerly Mayor of Harden Shire|
|Tony Wallace||Unaligned||Formerly on Young Shire Council|
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