Muswellbrook Shire

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Muswellbrook Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 32°16′S150°54′E / 32.267°S 150.900°E / -32.267; 150.900 Coordinates: 32°16′S150°54′E / 32.267°S 150.900°E / -32.267; 150.900
Population
 • Density5.05/km2 (13.1/sq mi)
Established1 July 1979 (1979-07-01)
Area3,405 km2 (1,314.7 sq mi) [3]
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
MayorMartin Rush
Council seat Muswellbrook [4]
Region Hunter [5]
State electorate(s) Upper Hunter [6]
Federal Division(s) Hunter [7]
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Website Muswellbrook Shire
LGAs around Muswellbrook Shire:
Upper Hunter Upper Hunter Upper Hunter
Mid-Western Muswellbrook Shire Singleton
Mid-Western Singleton Singleton

Muswellbrook Shire is a local government area in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is situated adjacent to the New England Highway and the Hunter railway line.

Contents

Muswellbrook Shire was established on 1 July 1979 from the amalgamation of the Municipality of Muswellbrook with the adjacent Denman Shire. [8]

The Mayor of the Muswellbrook Shire Council is Cr. Martin Rush.

Main towns and villages

The Shire includes Muswellbrook, Denman, Baerami, McCullys Gap, Martindale, Muscle Creek, Sandy Hollow, Widden and Wybong. [9]

Coal Mining

Muswellbrook started as coal mining town in late 1800's and began open cut mining in 1944. The oldest coal was opened in 1906. [10]

Heritage listings

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

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 15,791 people in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area, of these 51.7 per cent were male and 48.3 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.4 per cent of the population, which was significantly higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Muswellbrook Shire was 34 years, which was lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.8 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.6 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 47.0 per cent were married and 11.8 per cent were either divorced or separated. [3]

Population growth in the Muswellbrook Shire between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 3.25 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 3.64 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area was approximately half the national average. [19] [20] The median weekly income for residents within the Muswellbrook Shire was marginally higher than the national average. [3]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 81 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 68% of all residents in the Muswellbrook Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was considerably higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (4.3 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (89.7 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent). [3]

Selected historical census data for the Muswellbrook Shire local government area
Census year2001 [19] 2006 [20] 2011 [3]
PopulationEstimated residents on Census night14,75615,23615,791
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population0.23%
% of Australian population0.08%Steady2.svg 0.08%Decrease2.svg 0.07%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 36.2%
English 30.4%
Irish 8.1%
Scottish 6.6%
German 2.9%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Shona n/cSteady2.svg n/cIncrease2.svg 0.2%
Cantonese 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%Increase2.svg 0.2%
Italian 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%
Thai n/cIncrease2.svg 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%
Mandarin n/cIncrease2.svg 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 40.3%Decrease2.svg 37.5%Decrease2.svg 35.6%
Catholic 28.0%Decrease2.svg 27.7%Decrease2.svg 26.1%
No Religion 7.6%Increase2.svg 11.0%Increase2.svg 13.9%
Uniting Church 5.2%Decrease2.svg 4.4%Decrease2.svg 3.9%
Presbyterian and Reformed 3.8%Decrease2.svg 3.2%Decrease2.svg 3.1%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$453A$619
% of Australian median income97.2%Increase2.svg 107.3%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,213A$1,697
% of Australian median income103.6%Increase2.svg 114.6%
Household income Median weekly household incomeA$1,060A$1,399
% of Australian median income103.2%Increase2.svg 113.4%

Council

Current composition and election method

Muswellbrook Shire Council is composed of twelve 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: [21]

PartyCouncillors
  Independents and Unaligned12
Total12

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is: [21]

CouncillorPartyNotes
 Martin Rush Independent Mayor [22]
 Steve Reynolds Independent
 Jason Foy Independent
 Graeme McNeill Independent
 Stephen WardUnaligned
 Scott Bailey Independent
 Brett Woodruff Independent
 Rod Scholes Independent
 Janelle Risby Independent
 Mark Bowditch Independent
 Michelle GreenUnaligned
 Jacinta Ledlin Independent

Mayors

The following is a list of mayors since the Shire of Denman amalgamated with the Municipality of Muswellbrook to form Muswellbrook Shire Council on 1 July 1979. [23]

CouncillorPartyTerm of office
 J.H. JoblingUnaligned19791986
 E.I. WolfgangUnaligned19861989
 I.E. SeymourUnaligned19891999
 J.E. ColvinUnaligned19992008
 Martin RushUnaligned2008present

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