Narrabri Shire

Narrabri Shire is a local government area in the North West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Namoi River and the Newell and Kamilaroi Highways.

Narrabri Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates30°19′S 149°46′E
 • Density1.00407/km2 (2.60052/sq mi)
Area13,031 km2 (5,031.3 sq mi)
MayorCathy Redding (Independent)
Council seatNarrabri[3]
RegionNorth West Slopes
State electorate(s)Barwon
Federal Division(s)Parkes
WebsiteNarrabri Shire
LGAs around Narrabri Shire:
Walgett Moree Plains Gwydir
Walgett Narrabri Shire Tamworth
Coonamble Warrumbungle Gunnedah

The Mayor of Narrabri Shire Council is Cr. Cathy Redding, who is an Independent.

Towns and localities

The seat of Council and major town in the Shire is Narrabri. Other towns, villages and localities in the Shire include Baan Baa, Bellata, Boggabri, Edgeroi, Gwabegar, Pilliga, and Wee Waa.

Heritage listings

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


At the 2011 census, there were 12,925 people in the Narrabri local government area, of these 50.1 per cent were male and 49.9 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 10.7% of the population which is more than four times higher than both the national and state averages. The median age of people in the Narrabri Shire was 39 years; slightly higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.7% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, half were married and 10.3% were either divorced or separated.[5]

Between the 2001 census and the 2011 census the Narrabri Shire experienced negative population growth in both absolute and real terms. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Narrabri local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[6] The median weekly income for residents within the Narrabri Shire was significantly below the national average.[5][7]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Narrabri local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 88% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 80% of all residents in the Narrabri Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Narrabri local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (2.3%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly higher proportion (93.6%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).[5]

Selected historical census data for Narrabri Shire local government area
Census year2001[6]2006[7]2011[5]
PopulationEstimated residents on Census night13,800 13,119 12,925
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population0.19%
% of Australian population0.07% 0.07% 0.06%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
top responses
(other than English)
Cantonese0.1% 0.1% 0.2%
German0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Filipino0.1 n/c 0.1%
Afrikaansn/cn/c 0.1%
Spanishn/cn/c 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican41.7% 40.5% 38.0%
Catholic26.9% 26.3% 26.3%
No Religion6.3% 9.5% 12.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed7.0% 6.2% 5.7%
Uniting Church5.1% 4.4% 4.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$410A$520
% of Australian median income88.0%90.1%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,034A$1,246
% of Australian median income88.3%84.1%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$792A$982
% of Australian median income77.1%79.6%


2018 AR Bluett Award Recipient

The Narrabri Shire Council was awarded the prestigious AR Bluett Memorial Award in 2018.

The Mayor and General Manager (CEO) at the time were Cr. Cathy Redding and Stewart Todd respectively.

The AR Bluett Award is awarded to the most progressive council in the state (of NSW) judged by a Trustee panel for the Award. The Award is considered as "The greatest accolade a council can achieve" and "The pinnacle of local government achievement".

Winning the Award was quite a significant achievement, as the General Manager, Stewart Todd, had only been appointed for a little over 3 years in the role and was his first appointment as a General Manager.

Current composition and election method

Narrabri Shire 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:[8]

  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[8]

  Cameron STAINES Independent Deputy Mayor[9]
  Ron CAMPEY Independent
  Maxine BOOBY Independent
  Ann LODER Independent
  Ron CAMPBELL Unaligned
  Cathy REDDING Independent Mayor[9]
  Lloyd FINLAY Independent
  Annie McMAHON Independent
  Robert KNEALE Independent


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Narrabri (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 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. "Narrabri Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 30 November 2006.
  4. "Narrabri Gaol and Residence". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00344. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Narrabri (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Narrabri (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  7. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Narrabri (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  8. "Narrabri Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  9. "Announcement of Mayor & Deputy Mayor". Narrabri Shire Council. Narrabri Shire Council. 20 September 2016. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
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