Walcha Shire

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Walcha Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 30°59′S151°36′E / 30.983°S 151.600°E / -30.983; 151.600 Coordinates: 30°59′S151°36′E / 30.983°S 151.600°E / -30.983; 151.600
Population
 • Density0.49338/km2 (1.27784/sq mi)
Area6,267 km2 (2,419.7 sq mi)
MayorJanelle Archdale (Unaligned)
Council seat Walcha [3]
Region New England
State electorate(s) Tamworth
Federal Division(s) New England
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Website Walcha Shire
LGAs around Walcha Shire:
Uralla Armidale Kempsey
Tamworth Walcha Shire Port Macquarie-Hastings
Upper Hunter Mid-Coast Council Mid-Coast Council

Walcha Shire is a local government area located in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is situated adjacent to the junction of the Oxley Highway and Thunderbolts Way and is 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of the Main North railway line passing through Walcha Road.

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.

Oxley Highway highway in New South Wales

The Oxley Highway is a rural highway in New South Wales, Australia. It starts at Nevertire where it joins the Mitchell Highway. It links Nevertire, Warren, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Carroll, Tamworth, Bendemeer, Walcha, Yarrowitch, Ellenborough, Long Flat, and Wauchope and ends at Port Macquarie on the coast of the Tasman Sea.

Contents

The Mayor of Walcha Shire Council is Cr. Janelle Archdale an unaligned politician.

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 towns and villages of Walcha Council include Walcha, Walcha Road, Niangala, Nowendoc and Woolbrook. Settlements include: Brackendale, Yarrowitch, Tia and Bendemeer.

Walcha, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Walcha is a town at the south-eastern edge of the Northern Tablelands, New South Wales, Australia.

Walcha Road, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Walcha Road is a rural village with a population of about 20, located 19 kilometres (12 mi) west of Walcha in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.

Niangala, New South Wales Suburb of Tamworth Regional Council, New South Wales, Australia

Niangala is a village located on the south-eastern edge of the Northern Tablelands area of New South Wales, Australia. It is on the Moonbi Range which is part of the Great Dividing Range, at approximately 1,300 metres (4,265 ft) above sea level. The village is in Walcha parish in Parry County. At the 2011 census, Niangala and the surrounding area had a population of 142.

Demographics

Incomes

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics [4] during 2003-04, there:

Australian Bureau of Statistics Australias principal government institution in charge of statistics and census data

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Heritage listings

There are heritage listings in Walcha, Walcha Road, and in Woolbrook.

The heritage-listed sites in Walcha are:

Ohio Homestead Heritage listed homestead in New South Wales, Australia

Ohio Homestead is a heritage-listed farm and former boy's home located at Walcha in the Walcha Shire, in New South Wales, Australia. It was built from 1836 to 1839. The property is owned by Ohio Homestead Pty Ltd and it was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

St Andrews Anglican Church, Walcha "Heritage place or item located at South Street, Walcha New South Wales, Australia"

St Andrew's Anglican Church is a heritage-listed former Anglican church located at South Street, Walcha in the Walcha Shire, New South Wales, Australia. The church is also known as St. Andrew's Anglican Church (former), St Andrew's and St Andrews. The site was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

St Andrews Anglican Rectory, Walcha

The St Andrew's Rectory is a heritage-listed former Anglican clergy house located at Thee Street, Walcha in the Walcha Shire, New South Wales, Australia. It is also known as St. Andrews Rectory (former) and St Andrews Rectory. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

The heritage-listed sites in Walcha Road are:

Walcha Road railway station

The Walcha Road railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the Main Northern line in Walcha Road, Walcha Shire, New South Wales, Australia. The railway station serves the village of Walcha Road and town of Walcha, opening on 2 August 1882 when the line was extended from Kootingal to Uralla. It is also known as Walcha Road Railway Station and yard group. The property is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the NSW Government. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

The heritage-listed sites in Woolbrook are:

Council

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Walcha Shire Council
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Welcome sign near the Shire boundary.

Current composition and election method

Walcha Shire Council is composed of eight Councillors elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing two Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016. The makeup of the Council is as follows: [10] [11] [12] [13]

PartyCouncillors
  Unaligned 8
Total8

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:

WardCouncillorPartyNotes
Ward A [11]  Rachael WellingsUnaligned
 Peter Blomfield Independent
Ward B [12]  Eric NoakesUnalignedMayor [14]
 Clint LyonUnalignedDeputy Mayor [14]
Ward C [13]  Jennifer KealeyUnaligned
 Scott KermodeUnaligned
Ward D [10]  Bill HeazlettUnaligned
 Kevin FerrierUnaligned

At the 2012 local government elections, a referendum to abolish the four wards and elect Councillors as one entire ward was defeated, with 56.1% voting against the resolution. [15]

History

The Shire of Apsley, its predecessor, was constituted by proclamation on 7 March 1906 and is located in the Vernon, Hawes, and Inglis counties, and comprises about 60 parishes. The area is 1,605,590 acres (6,497.6 km2). The Shire of Walcha was constituted by the union of the Municipality of Walcha and the Shire of Apsley on 1 June 1955. [16]

On 28 and 29 November 2008, torrential rain that caused severe flooding in the Apsley River and Macdonald River led to the area being declared a natural disaster area. Walcha Council estimated that it will cost approximately $1.7 million to repair damage caused to roads and infrastructure across the shire. [17]

Proposed amalgamation

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Walcha Shire merge with adjoining councils. The government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger of Walcha Shire with the Tamworth Regional Council to form a new council with an area of 16,146 square kilometres (6,234 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 64,000. [18] An alternative proposal, submitted by the Armidale Dumaresq Council on 1 March 2016, was for an amalgamation of the Armidale Dumaresq, Guyra, Uralla and Walcha councils. [19] On 12 May 2016, the merger proposal was struck down - leaving Walcha Council to stand alone as a solo entity.

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