Local government areas of New South Wales

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Map of Local Government Areas in New South Wales
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Types and titles of LGAs in New South Wales
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LGA Regions in New South Wales
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Local government areas in Sydney

The local government areas (LGA) of New South Wales in Australia describes the institutions and processes by which areas, cities, towns, municipalities, regions, shires , and districts can manage their own affairs to the extent permitted by the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).

Local government in Australia

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.

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.

A shire is a traditional term for a division of land, found in Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and some other English-speaking countries. It was first used in Wessex from the beginning of Anglo-Saxon settlement, and spread to most of the rest of England in the tenth century. In some rural parts of Australia, a shire is a local government area; however, in Australia it is not synonymous with a "county", which is a lands administrative division.

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Local government authorities provide a wide range of services. The most important of these are the general services of administration, health, community amenities, recreation and culture, roads and debt servicing throughout the area controlled by the council. Councils also provide a range of trading activities, mainly in country areas of NSW. These trading activities include water supply, sewerage services, gas services and abattoir facilities. [1]

Administered by the Government of New South Wales and subject to periodic restructuring involving voluntary and involuntary amalgamation of areas, local government areas are considered a city when an area has received city status by proclamation of the Governor. Some areas retain designations they held under prior legislation, even though these titles no longer indicate a legal status. These include municipalities (that are predominantly inner-city suburban areas and smaller rural towns) and shires (that are predominantly rural or outer suburban areas). Many councils now choose not to use any area title, and simply refer to themselves as councils, e.g. Northern Beaches Council, Burwood Council. The smallest local government by area in the state is the Municipality of Hunter's Hill; the largest by area is Central Darling Shire Council.

Government of New South Wales state government of New South Wales, Australia

The Government of New South Wales, also referred to as the New South Wales Government or NSW Government, is the Australian state democratic administrative authority of New South Wales. It is currently held by a coalition of the Liberal Party and the National Party. The Government of New South Wales, a parliamentary constitutional monarchy, was formed in 1856 as prescribed in its Constitution, as amended from time to time. Since the Federation of Australia in 1901, New South Wales has been a state of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Constitution of Australia regulates its relationship with the Commonwealth. Under the Australian Constitution, New South Wales ceded legislative and judicial supremacy to the Commonwealth, but retained powers in all matters not in conflict with the Commonwealth.

Governor of New South Wales vice-regal representative of the Australian monarch in New South Wales

The Governor of New South Wales is the viceregal representative of the Australian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in the state of New South Wales. In an analogous way to the Governor-General of Australia at the national level, the Governors of the Australian states perform constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level. The governor is appointed by the queen on the advice of the premier of New South Wales, for an unfixed period of time—known as serving At Her Majesty's pleasure—though five years is the norm. The current governor is retired judge Margaret Beazley, who succeeded David Hurley on 2 May 2019.

Municipality of Hunters Hill Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The Municipality of Hunter's Hill is a local government area on the Lower North Shore and Northern suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The municipality was first proclaimed in 1861, which includes the suburbs of Hunters Hill, Woolwich, Huntleys Point, Tarban, Henley and part of Gladesville.

History

Legislation

The formation of local government in New South Wales predates the formation of responsible government in the state. The Sydney Corporation was formed in 1842, an elected body to manage primary services such as street lighting and drainage. [2] The Municipalities Act, 1858 introduced a system of local government. Municipalities were compulsorily incorporated by legislation in 1876, the third Municipalities Act, 1897 consolidated municipal law, and in 1905 the Local Government (Shires) Act 1905 was enacted to establish shires. [3] The Local Government Act, 1906 reformed the municipal system, replaced by the Local Government Act, 1919, which lasted until the most recent 1993 Act.

City of Sydney Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The City of Sydney is the local government area covering the Sydney central business district and surrounding inner city suburbs of the greater metropolitan area of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Established by Act of Parliament in 1842, the City of Sydney is the oldest, and the oldest-surviving, local government authority in New South Wales, and the second-oldest in Australia, with only the City of Adelaide being older by two years.

Local Government (Shires) Act 1905 act of the Parliament of New South Wales

Local Government (Shires) Act 1905 was a landmark New South Wales statute notable for the compulsory incorporation of local government areas for around 40% of the area of New South Wales. The Act created 134 rural shires, many surrounding a small urban area separately and voluntarily incorporated under the Municipalities Act 1858 and the following Municipalities Act 1867 and Municipalities Act 1897 As well as the compulsory incorporation of rural areas, the Local Government (Shires) Act repealed the Municipalities Act - bringing local government under one legislative framework.

The core principles of the 1993 legislative reforms were:

  1. greater accountability by councils to their communities through better reporting, management plans, consultation on key issues, and access to information;
  2. changes to the relationship between councillors and staff, whereby the elected council held all powers given under the Act, but could delegate most powers and appoint General Managers to have responsibility for “day-to-day” management, council staff and financial resources; and
  3. a better distinction between service provision and regulatory activity was drawn. Maximum flexibility was given in respect to service provision, with some constraints, and accountability was increased. In regard to regulatory functions, proper attention had to be given to due process and procedural correctness. [3]

Reviews of local government areas

NSW LGAs over time
YearNumber
of LGAs
Ref.
1906327 [3]
1910324
1991176
1992177
2001173
2004152
2016132 [4]

The NSW Government has undertaken periodic reviews of local government since the early 1900s. Reforms included providing enfranchisement for women and for residents who did not own property in the LGA, standardising land valuation systems, and the introduction of ordinances.

A review is an evaluation of a publication, service, or company such as a movie, video game, musical composition, book ; a piece of hardware like a car, home appliance, or computer; or an event or performance, such as a live music concert, play, musical theater show, dance show, or art exhibition. In addition to a critical evaluation, the review's author may assign the work a rating to indicate its relative merit. More loosely, an author may review current events, trends, or items in the news. A compilation of reviews may itself be called a review. The New York Review of Books, for instance, is a collection of essays on literature, culture, and current affairs. National Review, founded by William F. Buckley, Jr., is an influential conservative magazine, and Monthly Review is a long-running socialist periodical.

A local ordinance is a law for a political division smaller than a state or nation, i.e., a local government such as a municipality, county, parish, prefecture, etc.

1930s

The Greater Newcastle Act 1937 amalgamated 10 municipalities with the City of Newcastle to form Greater Newcastle.

Greater Newcastle Act 1937

Greater Newcastle Act 1937 was a New South Wales statute with the purpose of amalgamating a series of local government areas to create the City of Greater Newcastle. The Act also transferred parts of Lake Macquarie Shire and Tarro Shire to the new city. The amalgamations and transfers took effect from 2 April 1938.

City of Newcastle Local government area in New South Wales, Australia

The City of Newcastle is a local government area in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The City of Newcastle incorporates much of the area of the Newcastle metropolitan area.

1940s

In the post-war period, the Labor Party government of James McGirr, led by Joseph Cahill as Minister for Local Government, decided, following the recommendations of the 1945–46 Clancy Royal Commission on Local Government Boundaries, that Local Government reform would assist the process of improving state infrastructure and community facilities. [5] This vision for a local government reform agenda, including large-scale amalgamations, was largely implemented in the Sydney basin through the Local Government (Areas) Act 1948.

1970s

The Barnett Committee Review of Local Government Areas, conducted during 1973-74, sought to create stronger economic LGAs through a substantial reduction in council numbers. The Barnett Report recommended the forced merging of the then 223 existing local government entities into 97 districts; a proposal that was initially rejected by the Askin–led coalition government. However by 1980 and after several references to the NSW Local Government Boundaries Commission, the Wran-led Labor government amalgamated 38 councils into 17 entities. [3]

The Bains of 1978 influenced the adoption of corporate management in councils whereby council affairs were dealt with as a whole and with co-ordinated forward planning, comprehensive distribution of resources and proper performance monitoring. Bains' review had major influence on the engagement of more powerful general managers, councillors becoming policy makers, and staff free from administrative councillor interference. [3]

1980s

Completed by the NSW Local Government Boundaries Commission, this review focused on the efficiencies in the mergers of rural and regional councils and the anticipated economies of scale in service provision. The Local Government Areas Amalgamation Act 1980 saw the amalgamation of many municipalities with the shires that neigboured - and in some instances, surrounded - them.

1990s

The Carr-led Labor government initiated the Local Government Reform Task Force of 1995-97, the principal outcome of which was to promote resource sharing through the various regional organisations of councils. [3] Triggered by a paper issued by the NSW Local Government and Shires Association, twenty-one councils reviewed their own position and explored three options including the status quo, models for resource sharing and a merger. However, only four councils entered into voluntary mergers in order to avoid potential forced amalgamations. [3]

2000s

The Sproats Inquiry into the structure of local government in eight council areas of the Inner City and Eastern Suburbs of Sydney was commissioned by the state government in October 2000. Despite recommendations for mergers, with the Carr government maintaining a no-forced amalgamation policy, no mergers transpired until late 2008 when Sproats was invited to review his earlier paper, including revisiting the controversial proposal to amalgamate the City of Sydney Council with the South Sydney City Council. [3]

The Carr government abandoned its policy of no forced mergers after the 2003 state election. Within a year, regional “super” councils were legislated for Inner Sydney, surrounding Canberra, Goulburn and Tamworth; four general purpose and two county councils were merged in Clarence Valley, as well as a number of other smaller-scale rural council amalgamations. [3]

2010s

In October 2013, the NSW Government released the findings of an independent review of local government in New South Wales. The review findings, entitled Revitalising Local Government, examined historical and projected demographic data, financial sustainability, and other measures and projected the long-term viability all local government bodies in the state. Included in the report were 65 recommendations to the government. [6]

The government released its response to the review findings in September 2014 and then facilitated discussions with certain local government authorities with a view towards merger and/or amalgamation. [7] In April 2015, the NSW Government referred the review findings and its responses to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to act as the Expert Advisory Panel and to review local council Fit for the Future proposals. [8] Releasing its final report in October 2015, the IPART reviewed submissions from local government authorities and others with a view towards establishing authorities that have the scale and capacity to engage effectively across community, industry and government, are sustainable and efficient, and that effectively manage infrastructure and deliver services for local communities. The IPART found that: [9] [10]

The IPART proposed a series of council mergers and amalgamation in both metropolitan and regional areas which proposed a reduction in the number of councils from 152 to 112. [11] The NSW Government invited local government authorities to respond by 20 November 2015. Public response to the proposed amalgamations was mixed. [12] Following consideration of the submissions, the Minister for Local Government referred merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act. The OLG Chief Executive delegated the examination and reporting functions to Delegates who conducted public inquiries and invited further written submissions by 28 February 2016. [13] On 12 May 2016, following a further review by the Minister for Local Government and the independent Local Government Boundaries Commission, Premier Mike Baird announced the creation of 19 new councils, through amalgamations and mergers, with immediate effect. The Minister indicated in principle support to create a further nine new councils, subject to the decision of the courts. [14] [15] On the same day, the Governor of New South Wales acted on the advice of the Minister, and proclaimed the 19 new local government areas. [16]

On 9 May 2016, Strathfield Council challenged the proposed merger between Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay councils and commenced proceedings in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court. After the Court heard that there were legal flaws in the report from the State Government-appointed delegate who examined the proposal for merging the councils, on 31 May, the NSW Government withdrew from the case and the merger proposal stalled. Mosman, Hunters Hill, North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai, Woollahra, Oberon and Walcha councils also challenged the Government's amalgamations. [17] [18] The proclamation of the new Bayside Council occurred on 9 September 2016, following the conclusion of legal action by Botany Bay City Council in the Court of Appeal. [19] In December, the NSW Court of Appeal unanimously dismissed Woollahra Council's appeal, finding no merit in its arguments that the proposed merger with its neighbouring councils was invalid. [20] In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the Sydney local government areas, following an earlier move to abandon proposed forced mergers in rural and regional NSW. [21]

List of all local government areas in New South Wales

As of 9 September 2016 there were 128 local government areas in New South Wales, [4] listed below in alphabetical order by region. There is also the Unincorporated Far West Region which is not part of any local government area, in the sparsely inhabited Far West, and Lord Howe Island, which is also unincorporated but self-governed by the Lord Howe Island Board.

Greater metropolitan Sydney

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Borough / District / Municipality / ShireCity km2 sq mi Rank 2016 census Rank
Bayside Council 13 January 1871(as Rockdale municipality)9 September 2016501998156,05817 [22] [23] [24]
Blacktown, City of 6 March 1906 (Shire) [25] 7 March 197924795103336,9622 [26]
Burwood, Municipality of 27 March 1874n/a72.713036,80955 [27] [28]
Camden Council 6 February 1889n/a2017810478,21929 [29] [30]
Campbelltown, City of 21 January 18824 May 196831212098157,00616 [31] [32]
Canada Bay, City of 11 August 1883 (Municipal District of Concord)
18 January 1890 (Borough of Drummoyne)
December 2000207.712288,01527 [33] [34]
Canterbury-Bankstown, City of 17 March 1879(Municipal District of Canterbury)
7 September 1895(Municipal District of Bankstown)
12 May 2016110.842.8112346,3021 [35] [36]
Cumberland Council 9 July 1872
(as the Prospect and Sherwood Municipal District)
12 May 20167228112216,0797 [37] [38]
Fairfield, City of 11 December 1888
(as the Smithfield and Fairfield Municipal District)
18 May 197910239109198,81711 [39]
Georges River Council 22 December 1885
(as the Kogarah municipality)
12 May 20163815115146,84119 [40] [41]
The Hills Shire 6 March 1906 [25]
(as Baulkham Hills Shire)
n/a40115595157,24315 [42]
Hornsby Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a45517693142,66720 [43]
Hunter's Hill, Municipality of 7 January 1861n/a62.313113,99979 [44] [45]
Inner West Council 1 November 1861(Municipality of Marrickville)
28 December 1871(Borough of Ashfield)
29 December 1871(Municipal District of Leichhardt)
12 May 20163514116182,04314 [46] [47]
Ku-ring-gai Council 1906 (shire), [25] 1928 (municipality)n/a8633110118,05322 [48]
Lane Cove Council 11 February 1895 (Borough of Lane Cove)n/a114.212636,05156 [49] [50]
Liverpool, City of 27 June 1872(municipal district)9 November 196030611899204,3269 [51]
Mosman Council 11 April 1893
(as Borough of Mosman)
n/a93.512828,47562 [52] [53]
Northern Beaches Council 6 January 1877(Manly Municipality)
7 March 1906(as Warringah Shire) [25]
1 May 1992(as Pittwater Municipality)
12 May 201625498102252,8784 [54] [55]
North Sydney Council 31 July 1890 (as Borough of North Sydney)n/a114.212767,65836 [56] [57]
Parramatta, City of 27 November 1861(municipality)27 October 19388232111226,1495 [58] [59]
Penrith, City of 12 May 1871(municipality)21 October 195940515694196,06613 [60] [61]
Randwick, City of 23 February 18593614116140,66021 [62] [63]
Ryde, City of 12 November 1870(municipal district)1 January 19924116114116,30223 [64]
Strathfield, Municipality of 2 June 1885n/a145.412440,31253 [65]
Sutherland Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a37014097218,4646 [66]
Sydney, City of 20 July 1842259.7120208,3748 [67] [68]
Waverley, Municipality of 16 June 1859n/a93.512866,81237 [69] [70]
Willoughby, City of 23 October 186517 November 1989238.912174,30232 [71] [72] [73]
Woollahra, Municipality of 20 April 1860n/a124.612554,24043 [74] [75]

Sydney surrounds

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Borough / District / MunicipalityCitykm2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Blue Mountains, City of 4 January 1889
(as the Municipality of Katoomba)
1 October 19471,4325535376,90431 [76] [77]
Central Coast Council 11 November 1886
(as Borough of Gosford)
12 May 20161,68164978327,7363 [78] [79] [80]
Hawkesbury, City of 1843
(as Windsor District Council)
19892,7931,0786964,59238 [81] [82]
Wollondilly Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a2,5609907248,51947 [83] [84]

Rural and regional areas

Mid North Coast

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Shire / MunicipalityCitykm2mi2Rank(2016 census) Rank
Bellingen Shire 30 November 19561,6026198012,66884 [85] [86]
Clarence Valley Shire (Grafton Shire)2004 (as Grafton Town10,4414,0311750,67145 [87]
Coffs Harbour, City of 30 November 1956 (Shire)1 May 19871,1754548672,94433 [86] [88] [89]
Kempsey Shire 11 June 1886 (Borough)3,3801,3106228,88561 [90] [91]
Nambucca Shire 15 December 19151,4915768219,21270 [92] [93]
Port Macquarie-Hastings City Council 15 March 1887 (municipal)3,6861,4235678,53928 [94] [95]
Lord Howe Island 1913 (Board of Control), 1954 (Board)155.8123382130 [96] [97]

Murray

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Municipality / Shire Citykm2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Albury, City of 18591946164.24663.41610751,07644 [98] [99]
Balranald Shire 27 September 1882n/a21,6938,37672,287126 [100]
Berrigan Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a2,066798758,46297 [101]
Edward River Council 12 May 2016n/a8,8813,429248,85195 [102] [103]
Federation Council 12 May 2016n/a5,6852,1954012,77783 [104] [105]
Greater Hume Shire 2004n/a5,7462,2193910,35190 [106]
Murray River Council 12 May 2016n/a11,8654,5811411,68087 [107] [108]
Wentworth Shire 23 January 1879(municipality),
xxxx (shire)
n/a26,26910,14356,794101 [109] [110]

The Riverina

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Municipality / Shire Citykm2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Bland Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a8,5603,310295,995109 [111]
Carrathool Shire 27 October 1943 [112] n/a18,9337,31092,719124 [113]
Coolamon Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a2,433939734,315114 [114]
Griffith, City of 6 January 19281 January 19821,6406307925,64163 [115]
Cootamundra-Gundagai Regional Council 12 May 2016n/a3,9811,5375411,14189 [116] [117]
Hay Shire 1 January 1965n/a11,3264,373152,946121 [118]
Junee Shire 26 July 1886 (Borough) [119] n/a2,030780766,295104 [120]
Leeton Shire 20 December 1927

(Willimbong Shire) [121]

n/a1,1674518711,16888 [122]
Lockhart Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a2,8951,118663,119119 [123]
Murrumbidgee Council 12 May 2016n/a6,8802,660353,836117 [124] [125]
Snowy Valleys Council 12 May 2016n/a8,9603,4602314,39577 [126] [127]
Narrandera Shire 1 January 1960n/a4,1171,590525,853110 [128]
Temora Shire 1 January 1981n/a2,8021,082686,110106 [129]
Wagga Wagga, City of 15 March 1870 (Borough)1 January 19814,8261,8634862,38539 [130] [131]

Greater Metropolitan Newcastle [132] and Hunter

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Municipality / Shire Citykm2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Cessnock, City of 7 March 1906 (shire)n/a1,9667597755,56042 [133] [134]
Dungog Shire 16 May 1893n/a2,251869748,97593 [135] [136]
Lake Macquarie, City of 1906 (Shire); 1977 (municipality)7 September 198464825090197,37112 [137]
Maitland, City of 12 March 1862
(as Municipality of East Maitland)
7 December 19453921519677,30530 [138] [139]
Mid-Coast Council 12 May 2016n/a10,0533,8811890,30326 [140] [141]
Muswellbrook Shire 13 April 1870
(Municipal District of Musclebrook) [142]
n/a3,4051,3156116,08675 [143]
Newcastle, City of 8 June 1859 (Municipality)26 January 1848 [144] 18772105155,41118 [145] [146]
Port Stephens Council 7 March 1906 (Shire) [25] n/a9793788869,55634 [147]
Singleton Council 2 February 1866 (Municipality)n/a4,8931,8894622,98765 [148] [149]
Upper Hunter Shire May 2004n/a8,0963,1262914,11278 [150]

Illawarra

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Municipality / Shire Citykm2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Kiama, Municipality of 1859 (municipality)n/a25810010121,46467 [151]
Shellharbour, City of 4 June 1859(municipality)May 19961475710868,46035 [152]
Shoalhaven, City of 1 July 1948(shire)13 July 1979 [153] 4,5671,7635099,65024 [154]
Wingecarribee Shire 1 January 1981n/a2,6891,0387047,88248 [155]
Wollongong, City of 24 August 1843
(as Illawarra District Council)
11 September 194268426489203,63010 [156]

Richmond-Tweed

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Municipality / Shire Citykm2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Ballina Shire 1976n/a4841879241,79050 [157]
Byron Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a5672199131,55658 [158]
Kyogle Council 6 March 1906
(Shire) [25]
n/a3,5891,386588,94094 [159] [134]
Lismore, City of 1879 (municipality)9 September 19461,2905008543,13549 [160] [161]
Richmond Valley Council February 2000n/a3,0511,1786522,80766 [162]
Tweed Shire 1 January 1947n/a1,3215108491,37125 [163]

Canberra Region

Local government areaDate
established
AreaPopulationReferences
km2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Bega Valley Shire 19816,2792,4243633,25357 [164]
Eurobodalla Shire 19133,4281,3245937,23254 [165]
Goulburn Mulwaree Council 20043,2201,2406429,60959 [166]
Hilltops Council 12 May 20167,1392,7563318,49871 [167] [168]
Queanbeyan–Palerang Regional Council 12 May 20168,9603,4602256,02741 [169] [170]
Snowy Monaro Regional Council 12 May 20165,3192,0544220,21869 [171] [172]
Upper Lachlan Shire 20047,1022,742347,69598 [173]
Yass Valley Council 1 January 1980(shire);
11 February 2004(municipality)
3,9991,5445316,14274 [174]

Northern

Local government areaDate
established
AreaPopulationReferences
km2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Armidale Regional Council 12 May 20168,6213,3292629,44960 [175]
Glen Innes Severn Council 15 September 2004
17 June 1872 (Municipal District of Glen Innes) [176]
5,4872,119418,83696 [177]
Gunnedah Shire 19 September 1885
(Municipal District)
4,9941,9284512,21586 [178] [179]
Gwydir Shire 17 March 20049,4533,650215,258112 [180]
Inverell Shire 5 March 1872
(Municipal District)
8,6063,3232716,48373 [181] [182]
Liverpool Plains Shire 20045,0861,964447,68799 [183]
Moree Plains Shire 5 December 1890
(Municipal District of Moree)
17,9306,9201013,15981 [184] [185]
Narrabri Shire 28 September 1895
(Municipal District of West Narrabri) [186]
13,0315,0311213,08482 [187]
Tamworth Regional Council 20049,8923,8192059,66340 [188]
Tenterfield Shire 23 November 1871
(Municipal District)
7,3322,831326,628102 [189] [190]
Uralla Shire 24 April 1882
(Municipal District)
3,2301,250636,048108 [191] [192]
Walcha Shire 1 June 19552,6211,012713,092120 [193] [194]

Central West

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Municipality / Shire Citykm2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Bathurst Regional 26 May 2004n/a3,8201,4705641,30051 [195]
Blayney Shire 1 November 1882n/a1,525589827,257100 [196] [197]
Cabonne Shire 1978n/a6,0262,3273813,38680 [198]
Cowra Shire 1980n/a2,8101,0806812,46085 [199]
Forbes Shire 4 June 1870 (as Municipal District)n/a4,7201,820509,58791 [200] [201]
Lachlan Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a7,4312,869326,194105 [202]
Lithgow, City of 4 June 1889 (Municipality)21 December 19454,5511,7575221,09068 [203] [204] [205]
Mid-Western Regional 26 May 2004n/a8,7373,3732624,07664 [206]
Oberon Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a3,6591,413585,301111 [207] [134]
Orange, City of 9 January 1860 (Municipality)10 July 194628511010140,34452 [208] [209]
Parkes Shire 1 March 1883 (as Municipal District)n/a5,9582,3003914,60876 [210] [211]
Weddin Shire 6 March 1906 [25] n/a3,4101,320613,664118 [212]

North Western

Local government areaDate
established
AreaPopulationReferences
km2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Bogan Shire 1891 (municipality); 1906 (shire) [25] 14,6115,641112,692125 [213]
Bourke Shire 4 July 187841,67916,09242,834123 [214] [215]
Brewarrina Shire 15 January 190119,1887,40981,651128 [216] [217]
Cobar Shire 18 March 188444,06517,01434,647113 [218] [219]
Coonamble Shire 3 May 18809,9263,832193,918116 [220] [221]
Dubbo Regional Council 12 May 20167,5362,9103050,07746 [222] [223]
Gilgandra Shire 6 March 1906 [25] 4,8361,867474,236115 [224]
Narromine Shire 23 April 18985,2642,032436,444103 [225] [226]
Walgett Shire 6 March 1906 [25] 22,3368,62466,107107 [227]
Warren Shire 24 April 189510,7604,150162,732122 [228] [229]
Warrumbungle Shire 25 August 200412,3804,780139,38492 [230]

Far West

Local government areaDate establishedAreaPopulationReferences
Municipality / Shire Citykm2mi2Rank(2016 census)Rank
Broken Hill, City of 24 September 18881706610617,70872 [231] [232]
Central Darling Shire 20 March 1959
6 February 1883 (as Municipal District of Wilcannia)
n/a53,51120,66121,833127 [233] [234] [235]
Unincorporated Far West n/a93,30036,00011,056129 [236]

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