Cobar Shire

Cobar Shire is a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located in an outback area that is based on the mining town of Cobar. The Shire is traversed by the Barrier Highway and the Kidman Way. With a total area of 44,065 square kilometres (17,014 sq mi), about two-thirds the size of Tasmania, Cobar Shire is larger than Denmark and 99 other countries and self-governing territories.

Cobar Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates31°29′S 145°48′E
 • Density0.105458/km2 (0.27313/sq mi)
Established18 March 1884 (1884-03-18)[3]
Area44,065 km2 (17,013.6 sq mi)
MayorLilliane Brady (Unaligned)
Council seatCobar
State electorate(s)Barwon
Federal Division(s)Parkes
WebsiteCobar Shire
LGAs around Cobar Shire:
Central Darling Bourke Brewarrina
Central Darling Cobar Shire Bogan
Central Darling Carrathool Lachlan

The Mayor of Cobar Shire Council is Cr. Lilliane Brady, who is unaligned with any political party.

Villages and localities

The shire also includes four very small outback towns; the twin villages of Euabalong and Euabalong West in the far south east of the shire, Mount Hope, and Nymagee.[4]


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics during 2003-04 there:[5]

  • were 1,898 wage and salary earners (ranked 116th in New South Wales and 376th in Australia, less than 0.1% of both New South Wales's 2,558,415 and Australia's 7,831,856)
  • was a total income of $79 million (ranked 108th in New South Wales and 359th in Australia, less than 0.1% of both New South Wales's $107 billion and Australia's $304 billion)
  • was an estimated average income per wage and salary earner of $41,386 (ranked 27th in New South Wales and 85th in Australia, 100% of New South Wales's $41,407 and 107% of Australia's $38,820)
  • was an estimated median income per wage and salary earner of $36,856 (ranked 27th in New South Wales and 81st in Australia, 104% of New South Wales's $35,479 and 108% of Australia's $34,149).
Selected historical census data for Cobar Shire local government area
Census year2011[6]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night4,710 4,647
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales114th 113th
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
top responses
(other than English)
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion
Eastern Orthodox
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$
% of Australian median income
Family incomeMedian weekly family income
% of Australian median income
Household incomeMedian weekly household income
% of Australian median income


Current composition and election method

Cobar 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. However, only twelve candidates, being those below, nominated for election. There being no additional candidates, the election was uncontested. The makeup of the Council is as follows:[7]

  Independents and Unaligned 12
Total 12

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of appointment, is:[7]

Janine Lea-Barrett   Independent
Lilliane Brady   Unaligned Mayor[8]
Peter Abbott   Unaligned Deputy Mayor[8]
Peter Yench   Independent
Julie Payne   Independent
Gregory Martin   Independent
Harley Toomey   Unaligned
Peter Maxwell   Unaligned
Tracey Kings   Independent
Christopher Lehmann   Unaligned
Jarrod Marsden   Independent
Bob Sinclair   Independent


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cobar (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. "Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation - New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) - 18 Mar 1884". Trove. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. "Cobar Shire villages page". Retrieved 5 February 2008.
  5. "Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia (catalogue no.: 5673.055.003)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2007.
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Cobar (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 October 2012.
  7. "Cobar Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2016. Archived from the original on 4 November 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  8. "Mayor & Councillors" (Press release). Cobar Shire Council. 22 September 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
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