Gilgandra Shire

Gilgandra Shire is a local government area in the Orana region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the junction of the Newell, Oxley and Castlereagh highways and can be reached in about six hours by car from Sydney CBD. The Shire lies on the Castlereagh River and includes part of the Warrumbungles National Park. The shire was constituted in 1906.

Gilgandra Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates31°42′S 148°41′E
 • Density0.87593/km2 (2.2686/sq mi)
Area4,836 km2 (1,867.2 sq mi)
MayorDoug Batten (Independent)
Council seatGilgandra
State electorate(s)Barwon
Federal Division(s)Parkes
WebsiteGilgandra Shire
LGAs around Gilgandra Shire:
Warren Coonamble Warrumbungle
Warren Gilgandra Shire Warrumbungle
Narromine Dubbo Warrumbungle

Gilgandra Shire includes Gilgandra, Balladoran and Curban.

The geography of the Gilgandra Shire is very flat. The soil is composed mostly of sand, making it very porous and difficult to grow certain plants. The weather is hot and dry, reaching 40 °C (104 °F) for consecutive days during summer.

The Mayor of Gilgandra Shire Council is Cr. Doug Batten, an independent politician.


Selected historical census data for Gilgandra Shire local government area
Census year2011[3]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night4,386 4,236
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales115th 115th
% 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

Gilgandra 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:[4]

  Independents 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[4]

Doug Batten   Independent Mayor[5]
Gregory Peart   Independent
Brian Mockler   Unaligned
Ash Walker   Independent Deputy Mayor[5]
Noel Wrigley   Independent
Deidrie Naden   Independent
Noel Mudford   Independent
Gina Johnson   Independent
Susan Baker   Independent


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gilgandra (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Gilgandra (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  4. "Gilgandra Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  5. "Councillors". Your Council. Gilgandra Shire Council. Archived from the original on 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 November 2016.

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