Bland Shire

Bland Shire is a local government area in Central West, New South Wales in Australia. it covers an area of 8,560 square kilometres. As of the 2016 census the population is 5995. It is a member of the League of Extraordinary Communities which was established by Dull, Perth and Kinross, Scotland and Boring, Oregon, USA.

Bland Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates33°56′S 147°15′E
Population
 • Density0.7004/km2 (1.8139/sq mi)
Area8,560 km2 (3,305.0 sq mi)
MayorBrian Monaghan (Unaligned)
Council seatWest Wyalong[3]
RegionCentral West
State electorate(s)Cootamundra
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteBland Shire
LGAs around Bland Shire:
Carrathool Lachlan Forbes
Carrathool Bland Shire Weddin
Griffith Narrandera Temora

Toponymy

The council area is named after William Bland.[4]

Location

Bland Shire is located on the boundary between the central west and Riverina regions. The area is adjacent to the Newell and Mid-Western highways.

History

The farm community of Bland Shire, West Wyalong was a former gold prospecting site in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia,[5]

Towns

The largest towns and council seats are Blande and West Wyalong. The region also includes the towns of Wyalong, Barmedman, Tallimba, Ungarie, Weethalle and Mirrool. The major economic activities of the shire are agriculture, mining, transport, tourism and wholesale distribution.

Twin towns

In 2013, the community joined Dull in Perthshire, Scotland and Boring in Oregon, USA[6] to create a "League of Extraordinary Communities" to group Dull, Boring and Bland[7][8] as a means of encouraging travel,[7] promoting all three communities.[9][10]

Economy

The major economic activities of the shire are agriculture, mining, transport, tourism and wholesale distribution.

Climate

Average annual rainfall is 482 millimetres (19.0 in). Average temperature are: maximum 23.3 °C (73.9 °F), minimum 9.5 °C (49.1 °F). The prevailing wind direction is north east in the morning and south west in the afternoon and evening, with predominantly calm conditions.

Topography

Topography is generally undulating or flat, with the altitude ranging from 200 to 486 metres (656–1,594 ft).

Flora and Fauna

Main tree species include: kurrajong, cypress pine, mallee, box, ironbark, belah and wilga. Native pasture plants include: wallaby grasses, Queensland blue grass and plains and wire grass.

Native fauna include: water fowl, red and grey kangaroos, echidnas, goannas, possums, bats and mallee fowls.

Pedology

Soil are predominantly clay with some granite soil and red brown earth, mostly neutral in pH.

Council

Current composition and election method

Bland Shire Council is composed of nine 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 make-up of the council is as follows:[11]

PartyCouncillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[11]

CouncillorPartyNotes
  Liz McGlynn Unaligned Deputy Mayor
  Kerry Keatley Unaligned
  Tony Lord Unaligned
  Penny English Independent
  Brian Monaghan Independent Mayor
  Murray Thomas Independent
  Rodney Crowe Independent
  Jan Wyse Unaligned
  Bruce Baker Unaligned

Demographics

Selected historical census data for Bland Shire local government area
Census year2011[12]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night5,865 5,995
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales111th 109th
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English
Australian
Italian
Chinese
Irish
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Italian
Mandarin
Cantonese
Korean
Greek
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic
No religion
Anglican
Eastern Orthodox
Buddhism
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$
% of Australian median income
Family incomeMedian weekly family income
% of Australian median income
Household incomeMedian weekly household income
% of Australian median income

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Bland (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. "Bland Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 1 December 2006.
  4. Scascighini, Jonh. "West Wyalong". West Wyalong Town Crier. Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2009.
  5. "Dull and Boring story also to become Bland?". Highland Perthshire News. 12 July 2014. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  6. "Bland hopes to join Dull and Boring - Perth & Kinross". The Courier. UK. 1 June 2014. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  7. "Bland joins Dull and Boring". The Daily Advertiser. 25 February 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  8. "Scots town Dull joins forces with Bland and Boring". The Scotsman. 13 November 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  9. "Bland, Dull and Boring: Three towns team up to excite tourists". MSN. Archived from the original on 16 November 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  10. Baskas, Harriet (25 April 2014). "Dull, Boring and Bland Team Up to Lure Tourists". NBC News. Retrieved 9 August 2014.
  11. "Bland Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  12. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bland (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.

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