Mid-Coast Council

Mid–Coast Council is a local government area (LGA) located in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The council was formed on 12 May 2016 through a merger of the Gloucester Shire, Great Lakes and City of Greater Taree councils.[1]

Mid–Coast Council
New South Wales
Mid-Coast Council in New South Wales
Coordinates32°00′S 151°58′E
  • 90,504 (2016)[1]
  • 93,288 (2018 est.)[2]
 • Density9.0027/km2 (23.3168/sq mi)
Established12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)[1]
Area10,053 km2 (3,881.5 sq mi)[1]
MayorDavid West
RegionMid North Coast
Hunter Region
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Lyne
WebsiteMid–Coast Council
LGAs around Mid–Coast Council:
Port Macquarie-Hastings
Port Macquarie-Hastings Port Macquarie-Hastings
Dungog Mid–Coast Council Tasman Sea
Port Stephens Port Stephens Tasman Sea

The council comprises an area of 10,053 square kilometres (3,881 sq mi) and occupies the Mid North Coast stretching 190 km (118 mi) between the coastal towns of Hawks Nest and Tea Gardens and onto Myall Lakes National Park. The council region includes the three great lakes, the coastal towns of Seal Rocks, Forster, Taree, and onto Crowdy Head north of Harrington. The LGA extends inland to the Barrington Tops National Park near Gloucester. It includes the Manning River and valley adjoining the Three Brothers mountains. At the time of its establishment the council had an estimated population of 90,504.[1]

The Mayor of the Mid-Coast Council is Councillor David West, who was elected on 9 September 2017.[1]

Towns and localities

The following towns and localities are located within Mid–Coast Council:

Heritage listings

The Mid-Coast Council has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


The population for the predecessor councils was estimated in 2015 as:[4]

  • 5,160 in Gloucester Shire
  • 36,720 in Great Lakes Council and
  • 49,095 in City of Greater Taree.


Mid–Coast Council is composed of eleven councillors elected proportionally in a single ward. All councillors were elected to a fixed four-year term of office on 9 September 2017. The positions of Mayor and Deputy Mayor are chosen by councillors.

  Independents and Unaligned 8
  Country Labor 2
  Liberal 1
Total 11

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

  David Keegan Country Labor
  Jan McWilliams Independent
  Brad Christensen Unaligned
  Len Roberts Unaligned
  Peter Epov Independent
  Troy Fowler Liberal Party of Australia
  Kathryn Bell Independent
  Claire Pontin Country Labor
  David West Independent Mayor
  Katheryn Smith Independent Deputy Mayor
  Karen Hutchinson Independent

See also


  1. "Mid-Coast Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 24 May 2016.
  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. "High Conservation Value Old Growth forest". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01487. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  4. "Regional Population Growth, Australia. Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2015), 2005 to 2015 Table 1. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, New South Wales". 30 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. "Mid-Coast Council - Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Election 2017. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 18 September 2017. Missing or empty |url= (help)
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