Glen Innes Severn

Glen Innes Severn is a local government area in the New England region of New South Wales, Australia. The council serves an area of 5,487 square kilometres (2,119 sq mi) and is located adjacent to the New England Highway. The council was formed by the amalgamation of Severn Shire and Glen Innes City Council.

Glen Innes Severn
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates29°43′S 151°45′E
 • Density1.61035/km2 (4.1708/sq mi)
Area5,487 km2 (2,118.5 sq mi)
MayorCarol Sparks (Greens)
Council seatGlen Innes[3]
RegionNew England
State electorate(s)Northern Tablelands
Federal Division(s)New England
WebsiteGlen Innes Severn
LGAs around Glen Innes Severn:
Inverell Tenterfield Clarence Valley
Inverell Glen Innes Severn Clarence Valley
Armidale Armidale Clarence Valley

The Mayor of Glen Innes Severn Council is Cr. Carol Sparks, who is a Greens party member.

Main towns and villages

The council area includes the town of Glen Innes and villages including Emmaville, Deepwater, Wellingrove, Glencoe, Stonehenge and Red Range.

Heritage listings

The Glenn Innes Servern has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


At the 2011 census, there were 8,656 people in the Glen Innes Severn local government area, of these 49.5 per cent were male and 50.5 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.6 per cent of the population which is approximately double both the national and state averages. The median age of people in the Glen Innes Severn Council area was 46 years; nearly ten years higher than the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.1 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 22.0 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 48.7 per cent were married and 14.1 per cent were either divorced or separated.[5]

Population growth in the Glen Innes Severn Council area between the 2001 census, the 2006 census, and the 2011 census was marginal. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent for each fiveyear period respectively, population growth in the Glen Innes Severn local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[6][7] The median weekly income for residents within the Glen Innes Severn Council area was below the national average.[5][8]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Glen Innes Severn local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 92 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 69 per cent of all residents in the Glen Innes Severn Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Glen Innes Severn local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (2.7 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[5]

Selected historical census data for Glen Innes Severn local government area
Census year2001[6][7]2006[8]2011[5]
PopulationEstimated residents on Census night8,4888,7808,656
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales103rd96th
% of New South Wales population0.13%
% of Australian population0.05% 0.04% 0.04%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
top responses
(other than English)
Dutchn/c0.1% 0.2%
Germann/c0.1% 0.1%
Finnishn/cn/c 0.1%
Mandarinn/cn/c 0.1%
Japanesen/cn/c 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglicann/c37.3% 35.5%
Catholicn/c22.3% 21.8%
No religionn/c10.4% 14.0%
Uniting Churchn/c7.6% 7.1%
Presbyterian and Reformedn/c4.9% 4.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$337A$395
% of Australian median income72.3%68.5%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$765A$915
% of Australian median income65.3%61.8%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$613A$734
% of Australian median income59.7%59.5%


Current composition and election method

Glen Innes Severn Council is composed of seven 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:[9]

  Independents and unaligned 6
  The Greens 1
Total 7

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[9]

  Steve Toms Independent [10]
  Andrew Parsons Independent
  Colin Price Independent
  Dianne Newman Independent
  Carol Sparks The Greens Mayor[10]
  Jeff Smith Independent
  Glenn Frendon Independent


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Glen Innes Severn (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 December 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. "Glen Innes Severn Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006.
  4. "High Conservation Value Old Growth forest". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01487. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Glen Innes Severn (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Glen Innes (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  7. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Severn (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  8. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Glen Innes Severn (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
  9. "Glen Innes Severn Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  10. Thomson, Craig (23 September 2016). "Upset result in Glen Innes Severn Council mayoral election". Northern Daily Leader. Australia. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
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