Cabonne Council

Cabonne Council is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Mitchell Highway and the Broken Hill railway line, partly surrounding the City of Orange. The administrative centre is located at Molong.

Cabonne Council
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
The Cabonne Council chambers in Bank Street, Molong.
Coordinates33°06′S 148°51′E
 • Density2.22137/km2 (5.7533/sq mi)
Area6,026 km2 (2,326.7 sq mi)
MayorKevin Beatty (Independent)
Council seatMolong[3]
RegionCentral West
State electorate(s)Orange
Federal Division(s)Calare
WebsiteCabonne Council
LGAs around Cabonne Council:
Parkes Dubbo Dubbo
Forbes Cabonne Council Orange
Weddin Cowra Blayney

As at the 2016 census, the population of the Shire was estimated to be 13,860. More than half of the businesses in the region, being 858 of 1683, are classified as part of the agricultural sector.[4]

The mayor of the Cabonne Council is Cr. Kevin Beatty, an independent politician.[5]

Towns and localities

The towns and localities in the Cabonne Council area are:


Selected historical census data for Cabonne Shire local government area
Census year2011[6] 2016
PopulationEstimated residents on census night12,821 13,386
% of New South Wales population0.19% 0.18%
% of Australian population0.06% 0.06%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
English36.1% 35.8%
Australian31.8% 31.7%
Irish10.4% 9.5%
Scottish7.7% 7.6%
German2.8% 2.5%
LanguageEnglish only spoken at home95.6% 91.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic30.3% 27.9%
Anglican30.1% 26.6%
No Religion13.1% 17.5%
Uniting Church9.5% 7.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal income$523 $631
% of Australian median income93.2% 95.0%
Family incomeMedian weekly family income$1,293 $1,618
% of Australian median income87.5% 90.9%
Household incomeMedian weekly household income$1,036 $1,301
% of Australian median income83.8% 87.6%


Current composition and election method

Cabonne 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 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[7]

  Independents and Unaligned 12
Total 12

The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is:[7]

Kevin BEATTY (IND) was declared elected to position 1 on 14 September 2017.
Peter BATTEN (IND) was declared elected to position 2 on 14 September 2017.
Kevin WALKER was declared elected to position 3 on 14 September 2017.
Greg TREAVORS (IND) was declared elected to position 4 on 14 September 2017.
Marlene NASH (IND) was declared elected to position 5 on 14 September 2017.
Cheryl NEWSOM (IND) was declared elected to position 6 on 14 September 2017.
Jamie JONES (IND) was declared elected to position 7 on 14 September 2017.
Anthony DURKIN (IND) was declared elected to position 8 on 14 September 2017.
Ian DAVISON (IND) was declared elected to position 9 on 14 September 2017.
Jenny WEAVER (IND) was declared elected to position 10 on 14 September 2017.
Paul MULLINS (IND) was declared elected to position 11 on 14 September 2017.
Libby OLDHAM (IND) was declared elected to position 12 on 14 September 2017.

Kevin Beatty was elected Mayor on 26 September 2017
Anthony Durkin was elected Deputy Mayor on 26 September 2017


The first Australian gold rush occurred at Ophir within the present shire boundary.

Cabonne Shire was formed in 1978 following the amalgamation of Molong Shire, Boree Shire and the greater part of Canobolas Shire.[8]

Proposed amalgamation

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Cabonne Shire merge with the Orange City and Blayney Shire Councils 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.[9] As a result of the State Government's decision to not proceed with proposed council amalgamations, this no longer applies.


The Manildra Group flour mill, one of the ten largest flour mills globally, is located within the shire at Manildra.[10]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cabonne (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. "Cabonne Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Archived from the original on 7 September 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2006.
  4. "Cabonne (A) (LGA)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 29 June 2015.
  5. "Former deputy elected Cabonne mayor". ABC News. Australia. 25 September 2012. Retrieved 15 October 2012.
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Cabonne (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  7. "Cabonne Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2017. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  8. "100 years of local government in Molong, 1879-1979" (PDF).
  9. "Merger proposal: Blayney Shire Council, Cabonne Shire, Orange City Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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