Forbes Shire

Forbes Shire is a local government area in the central west region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was formed in 1981 from the amalgamation of the Municipality of Forbes and the Shire of Jemalong.[5]

Forbes Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates33°22′S 148°00′E
 • Density2.0311/km2 (5.261/sq mi)
Area4,720 km2 (1,822.4 sq mi)
MayorPhyllis Miller (Independent)[3]
Council seatForbes[4]
RegionCentral West
State electorate(s)Orange
Federal Division(s)Calare
WebsiteForbes Shire
LGAs around Forbes Shire:
Lachlan Parkes Cabonne
Lachlan Forbes Shire Cabonne
Bland Weddin Cowra

In addition to the town of Forbes, the Shire includes the town and villages of Bedgerebong, Bundbarrah, Corradgery, Daroobalgie, Eugowra, Ooma North and Paytens Bridge and Wirrinya.

Since September 2018, the Mayor of Forbes Shire Council is Cr. Phyllis Miller and Deputy Mayor of Forbes Shire Council is Cr. Jenny Webb, who are both unaligned with any political party.[6]


Current composition and election method

Forbes 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 makeup of the Council is as follows:[7]

  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

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

  Phyllis Miller Independent Mayor[8]
  Grant Clifton Independent Former Deputy Mayor
  Steven Karaitiana Independent
  Susan Chau Unaligned
  Graeme Miller Independent Former Mayor
  Jenny Webb Unaligned Deputy Mayor[9]
  Michele Herbert Independent
  Chris Roylance Unaligned
  Jeff Nicholson Independent


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Forbes (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. "Forbes Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 12 November 2006.
  4. "About Forbes Council". Forbes Shire. Forbes Shire Council. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. "Forbes Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
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