Muswellbrook Shire

Muswellbrook Shire is a local government area in the Upper Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is situated adjacent to the New England Highway and the Hunter railway line.

Muswellbrook Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates32°16′S 150°54′E
Population
 • Density5.05/km2 (13.1/sq mi)
Area3,405 km2 (1,314.7 sq mi)[3]
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
MayorMartin Rush
Council seatMuswellbrook[4]
RegionHunter[5]
State electorate(s)Upper Hunter[6]
Federal Division(s)Hunter[7]
WebsiteMuswellbrook Shire
LGAs around Muswellbrook Shire:
Upper Hunter Upper Hunter Upper Hunter
Mid-Western Muswellbrook Shire Singleton
Mid-Western Singleton Singleton

The Mayor of the Muswellbrook Shire Council is Cr. Martin Rush.

Main towns and villages

The Shire includes Muswellbrook, Denman, Baerami, McCullys Gap, Martindale, Muscle Creek, Sandy Hollow, Widden and Wybong.[8]

Heritage listings

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

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 15,791 people in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area, of these 51.7 per cent were male and 48.3 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.4 per cent of the population, which was significantly higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Muswellbrook Shire was 34 years, which was lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.8 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.6 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 47.0 per cent were married and 11.8 per cent were either divorced or separated.[3]

Population growth in the Muswellbrook Shire between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 3.25 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 3.64 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area was approximately half the national average.[17][18] The median weekly income for residents within the Muswellbrook Shire was marginally higher than the national average.[3]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 81 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 68% of all residents in the Muswellbrook Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was considerably higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Muswellbrook Shire local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (4.3 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (89.7 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[3]

Selected historical census data for the Muswellbrook Shire local government area
Census year2001[17]2006[18]2011[3]
PopulationEstimated residents on Census night14,75615,23615,791
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population0.23%
% of Australian population0.08% 0.08% 0.07%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian36.2%
English30.4%
Irish8.1%
Scottish6.6%
German2.9%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Shonan/c n/c 0.2%
Cantonese0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
Italian0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Thain/c 0.1% 0.1%
Mandarinn/c 0.1% 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican40.3% 37.5% 35.6%
Catholic28.0% 27.7% 26.1%
No Religion7.6% 11.0% 13.9%
Uniting Church5.2% 4.4% 3.9%
Presbyterian and Reformed3.8% 3.2% 3.1%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$453A$619
% of Australian median income97.2% 107.3%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,213A$1,697
% of Australian median income103.6% 114.6%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$1,060A$1,399
% of Australian median income103.2% 113.4%

Council

Current composition and election method

Muswellbrook Shire Council is composed of twelve 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:[19]

PartyCouncillors
  Independents and Unaligned 12
Total 12

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[19]

CouncillorPartyNotes
  Martin Rush Independent Mayor[20]
  Steve Reynolds Independent
  Jason Foy Independent
  Graeme McNeill Independent
  Stephen Ward Unaligned
  Scott Bailey Independent
  Brett Woodruff Independent
  Rod Scholes Independent
  Janelle Risby Independent
  Mark Bowditch Independent
  Michelle Green Unaligned
  Jacinta Ledlin Independent

Mayors

The following is a list of mayors since the Shire of Denman amalgamated with the Municipality of Muswellbrook to form Muswellbrook Shire Council on 1 July 1979.[21]

CouncillorPartyTerm of office
  J.H. Jobling Unaligned 19791986
  E.I. Wolfgang Unaligned 19861989
  I.E. Seymour Unaligned 19891999
  J.E. Colvin Unaligned 19992008
  Martin Rush Unaligned 2008present

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Muswellbrook (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. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Muswellbrook (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  4. "Muswellbrook Shire Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  5. "Suburb Search – Local Council Boundaries – Hunter (HT) – Muswellbrook Shire Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  6. "Upper Hunter". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  7. "Hunter". Australian Electoral Commission. 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  8. "About Muswellbrook Shire". Muswellbrook Shire Council. Retrieved 28 August 2009.
  9. "Merton". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00159. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  10. "Rous Lench". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00211. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  11. "Weidmann Cottage". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00260. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  12. "Loxton House". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00185. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  13. "Eatons Hotel & St Vincent De Paul Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00331. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  14. "Edinglassie". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00170. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  15. "St. Alban's Anglican Church". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00458. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  16. "Muswellbrook Railway Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01208. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  17. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Muswellbrook (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  18. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Muswellbrook (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  19. "Muswellbrook Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  20. Hughes, Betina (22 September 2016). "The new Muswellbrook Shire councillors elected Cr Martin Rush as mayor". Muswellbrook Chronicle. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  21. Bill Spicer (18 June 2004). "Mayors, Alderman, Shire Presidents, Councillors and Staff" (PDF). Muswellbrook Shire Council. Retrieved 16 August 2009.
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