Mid-Western Regional Council

The Mid-Western Regional Council is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located adjacent to the Castlereagh Highway that passes through the middle of the area in an approximate southeast-northwest direction.

Mid-Western Regional
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates32°35′S 149°41′E
 • Density2.75564/km2 (7.1371/sq mi)
Area8,737 km2 (3,373.4 sq mi)
MayorDes Kennedy (Unaligned)
Council seatMudgee[3]
RegionCentral West
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteMid-Western Regional
LGAs around Mid-Western Regional:
Dubbo Upper Hunter Muswellbrook
Dubbo Mid-Western Regional Singleton
Bathurst Lithgow Lithgow

Mid-Western Regional Council was proclaimed on 26 May 2004 and incorporates the whole of the former Mudgee Shire Council and parts of the former Merriwa and Rylstone Shires. The Mid-Western Regional Council also incorporated the area of the historic Wyaldra Shire, which was abolished in an earlier round of local government amalgamations. A historic building in Gulgong, built in 1910, served as the former shire headquarters.

The Mayor of Mid-Western Regional Council is Cr. Des Kennedy, who is unaligned with any political party.

Towns and localities

The largest town and council seat is Mudgee. The region also includes the towns of Gulgong, Rylstone and Kandos and the villages of Bylong and Ilford. Most of the LGA is agricultural with a strong presence from coal mining, but it includes several historical towns.


Current composition and election method

Mid-Western Regional Council is composed of nine 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:[4]

  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[4]

  Des Kennedy Independent Mayor[5]
  Percy Thompson Unaligned
  Alex Karavas Independent
  Paul Cavalier Independent Deputy Mayor[5]
  Sam Paine Independent
  Peter Shelley Independent
  Esme Martens Independent
  Russell Holden Independent
  John O'Neill Independent


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Mid-Western Regional (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 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. "Mid-Western Regional Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006.
  4. "Mid-Western Regional Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  5. "Des Kennedy re-elected as Mid-Western Regional Council mayor". Mudgee Guardian. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.

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