Cowra Shire

The Cowra Shire is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Lachlan River, the Mid-Western Highway and the Lachlan Way.

Cowra Shire
New South Wales
Shire offices in Cowra
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates33°49′S 148°44′E
 • Density4.434/km2 (11.484/sq mi)
Area2,810 km2 (1,084.9 sq mi)
MayorBill West
Council seatCowra[3]
RegionCentral West
State electorate(s)Cootamundra
Federal Division(s)Hume
WebsiteCowra Shire
LGAs around Cowra Shire:
Forbes Cabonne Blayney
Weddin Cowra Shire Bathurst
Hilltops Hilltops Upper Lachlan

The largest town and council seat is Cowra. The municipality also has a number of small villages: Billimari, Darbys Falls, Gooloogong, Morongla, Noonbinna, Wattamondara, Woodstock, and Wyangala.

The Mayor of Cowra Shire Council is Bill West.


Cowra Shire Council has 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 by-election was held on 23 February 2013, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[4]

  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council is:[4]

  Bill West Unaligned Mayor
  Judi Smith Unaligned Deputy Mayor
  Ian Brown Unaligned
  Ruth Fagan Unaligned
  Jack Mallon Unaligned
  Bruce Miller Unaligned
  Raymond Walsh Unaligned
  Kevin Wright Unaligned
  Peter Wright Unaligned


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cowra (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 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. "Cowra Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 28 November 2006.
  4. "Cowra Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Archived from the original on 20 May 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2012.

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