Lockhart Shire

Lockhart Shire is a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was created in 1906 and is an agricultural and pastoral area.

Lockhart Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates35°13′S 146°43′E
  • 3,119 (2016)[1]
  • 3,295 (2018 est.)[2]
 • Density1.07726/km2 (2.7901/sq mi)
Area2,895.32 km2 (1,117.9 sq mi)[3]
MayorRodger Schirmer (Unaligned)
Council seatLockhart
State electorate(s)Wagga Wagga
WebsiteLockhart Shire
LGAs around Lockhart Shire:
Narrandera Wagga Wagga Wagga Wagga
Federation Lockhart Shire Wagga Wagga
Federation Greater Hume Greater Hume

The main towns and villages in the Shire include Lockhart (950 people), The Rock (860), Yerong Creek (145), Pleasant Hills (39) and Milbrulong (35). It has 1302 rural residents.

The mayor of Lockhart Shire is yet to be determined following the 2012 local government election.

Proposed amalgamation

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Lockhart Shire merge with the Corowa and Urana shires to form a new council with an area of 8,581 square kilometres (3,313 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 16,000.[4] In May 2016 the Minister for Local Government announced that following an independent review of merger proposals, the Government decided that the Corowa and Urana shire councils merge to form the Federation Council; while the Lockhart Shire would not amalgamate.[5]

Heritage listings

Lockhart Shire has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Current composition and election method

Lockhart Shire Council is composed of nine councillors elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three councillors. 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. However, in C Ward there was an equal number of candidates, being those below, that nominated for election. There being no additional candidates, the election for C Ward was uncontested.[8] An election was held for A and B Wards. The makeup of the Council is as follows:[9][10][11]

  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:

A Ward[9]   Rodger Schirmer Unaligned Mayor[12]
  Max Day Unaligned
  Andrew Rockliff Unaligned
B Ward[10]   Derek Douglas Unaligned
  Peter Sharp Unaligned
  James Walker Unaligned
C Ward[11]   Gail Driscoll Independent
  Ian Marston Independent
  Greg Verdon Unaligned Deputy Mayor[12]

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lockhart (A) (Local Government Area)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 June 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. "Lockhart Regional Profile". Riverina Regional Development Board. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  4. "Merger proposal: Corowa Shire Council, Lockhart Shire Council, Urana Shire Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  5. "New Councils: Merger proposals not commencing". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  6. "Chinese Crossing". Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 1 August 2018.
  7. "The Rock Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01268. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. "Lockhart Shire Council Summary of Candidate First Preference Votes: C Ward", NSW Electoral Commission, 17 September 2016, retrieved 7 November 2016
  9. "Lockhart Shire Council - A Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  10. "Lockhart Shire Council - B Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  11. "Lockhart Shire Council - C Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  12. "Lockhart Shire Council". www.lockhart.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 7 November 2016.

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