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. The local government area covers much the same area as the Hilltops wine region.
New South Wales
The Young offices of Hilltops Council
Location of Hilltops Council in NSW
|• Density||2.59112/km2 (6.7110/sq mi)|
|Area||7,139 km2 (2,756.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr. Brian Ingram (Independent)|
|Region||South West Slopes|
|State electorate(s)||Cootamundra, Goulburn|
|Federal Division(s)||Hume, Riverina|
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.
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|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||18,498|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales|
|% of New South Wales population||0.25%|
|% of Australian population||nom%|
|Estimated ATSI population on census night||819|
|% of ATSI population to residents||4.40%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion, so described||15.7%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$538|
|% of Australian median income||0.81%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,261|
|% of Australian median income||0.73%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$976|
|% of Australian median income||0.68%|
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:
|Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||1|
The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is:
|Brian Ingram||Independent||Mayor; 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|
|Matthew Stadtmiller||Shooters, Fishers and Farmers||Formerly on Harden Shire Council|
|John Horton||Independent||Formerly Mayor of Harden Shire|
|Tony Wallace||Unaligned||Formerly on Young Shire Council|
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hilltops (A) (Local Government Area)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
- "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.
- "Hilltops Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
- Thomson, Craig (21 September 2017). "Ingram is new Hilltops mayor". The Young Witness. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
- "Hilltops". Local Government Elections 2017. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 15 September 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
- "Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party – Our People". Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party. 14 September 2018. Retrieved 14 September 2018.