Blayney Shire

Blayney Shire is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Mid-Western Highway and the Main Western railway line, and is centred on the town of Blayney.

Blayney Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Council Chambers, Blayney
Coordinates33°32′S 149°15′E
 • Density4.7587/km2 (12.325/sq mi)
Area1,525 km2 (588.8 sq mi)
MayorScott Ferguson (Unaligned)
Council seatBlayney[3]
RegionCentral West
State electorate(s)Bathurst
Federal Division(s)Calare
WebsiteBlayney Shire
LGAs around Blayney Shire:
Cabonne Orange Bathurst
Cabonne Blayney Shire Bathurst
Cowra Cowra Bathurst

Blayney Shire consists of approximately 1,600 square kilometres (620 sq mi) of well watered, gently undulating to hilly country and the climate is partially suitable for cool climate crops and trees. There is also significant mining industry in the shire.

Towns and localities

Towns and locaties within the Blayney Shire are:


Selected historical census data for Blayney Shire local government area
Census year2011[4]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night6,985 7,257
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales100th
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 0.2%0.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion14.4%20.8%
Not statednot reported8.5%
Uniting Church7.6%6.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$553A$620
% of Australian median income%%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1376A$1581
% of Australian median income%%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$1092A$1227
% of Australian median income%%


Current composition and election method

Blayney Shire Council is composed of seven 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 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5]

  Independents and Unaligned 7
Total 7

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[5]

  Allan Ewin Unaligned Deputy Mayor[6]
  Geoff Braddon Unaligned
  Kevin Radburn Independent
  Scott Ferguson Unaligned Mayor[6]
  Bruce Kingham Unaligned
  Shane Oates Independent
  David Somervaille Unaligned

Proposed amalgamation

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Blayney Shire merge with the Cabonne Shire and the City of Orange to form a new council with an area of 7,833 square kilometres (3,024 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 63,000.[7] The outcome of the independent review was expected to be completed by mid2016.

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Blayney (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. "Blayney Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2006.
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Blayney (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  5. "Blayney Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  6. Young, Ryan (3 October 2012). "Ferguson elected mayor". Blayney Chronicle. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  7. "Merger proposal: Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Shire, Orange City Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016.

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