Hilltops Council

Hilltops Council is a local government area in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. This area was formed on the 12 May 2016 from the merger of Boorowa Council, Harden Shire and Young Shire.[3] The local government area covers much the same area as the Hilltops wine region.

Hilltops Council
New South Wales
The Young offices of Hilltops Council
Location of Hilltops Council in NSW
Coordinates34°25′S 148°28′E
 • Density2.59112/km2 (6.7110/sq mi)
Area7,139 km2 (2,756.4 sq mi)
MayorCr. Brian Ingram (Independent)
Council seatTBD
RegionSouth West Slopes
State electorate(s)Cootamundra, Goulburn
Federal Division(s)Hume, Riverina
WebsiteHilltops Council
LGAs around Hilltops Council:
Bland, Weddin Cowra Upper Lachlan
Temora Hilltops Council Upper Lachlan
Cootamundra-Gundagai Cootamundra-Gundagai Yass Valley

The Mayor of Hilltops Council is Cr. Brian Ingram, an independent politician, who was elected unopposed after the inaugural election held on 9 September 2017.[4]

Main towns and villages

The largest town in Hilltops Council is Young. The other major urban centres are Boorowa, Murrumburrah and Harden. Other towns and localities in the Council include Bendick Murrell, Bribbaree, Frogmore, Galong, Godfreys Creek, Hovells Creek, Jugiong, Kingsvale, Koorawatha, Maimuru, Milvale, Monteagle, Mount Collins, Murringo, Reids Flat, Rugby, Rye Park, Taylors Flat, Thuddungra, Wirrimah, Wombat and Wyangala (part).


Selected historical census data for Hilltops local government area
Census year2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night18,498
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population0.25%
% of Australian populationnom%
Estimated ATSI population on census night819
% of ATSI population to residents4.40%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
top responses
(other than English)
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion, so described15.7%
Not stated8.4%
Uniting Church4.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$538
% of Australian median income0.81%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,261
% of Australian median income0.73%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$976
% of Australian median income0.68%


Current composition and election method

Hilltops Council is composed of eleven 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, and in September annually. The most recent election of Councillors was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5][3]

  Independents 10
  Shooters, Fishers and Farmers 1
Total 11

The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is:[5]

  Brian Ingram Independent Mayor[4]; Formerly Mayor of Young Shire
  Wendy Tuckerman Unaligned Formerly Mayor of Boorowa Shire
  John Walker Unaligned Formerly on Young Shire Council
  Tony Flanery Independent Formerly on Harden Shire Council
  Chris Manchester Unaligned Formerly Mayor of Harden Shire
  Greg Armstrong Unaligned
  Margaret Roles Independent
  Matthew Stadtmiller[6] Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Formerly on Harden Shire Council
  Rita O'Connor Independent
  John Horton Independent Formerly Mayor of Harden Shire
  Tony Wallace Unaligned Formerly on Young Shire Council

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hilltops (A) (Local Government Area)". 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. "Hilltops Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  4. Thomson, Craig (21 September 2017). "Ingram is new Hilltops mayor". The Young Witness. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  5. "Hilltops". Local Government Elections 2017. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  6. "Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party – Our People". Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.

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