Warrumbungle Shire

The Warrumbungle Shire is a local government area in the central western region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is traversed by the Newell Highway. The Warrumbungle mountain range and Warrumbungles National Park are major tourist attractions for the Shire. Its capital is Coonabarabran, a city in the southwest.

Warrumbungle Shire
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates31°15′S 149°16′E
 • Density0.7580/km2 (1.9632/sq mi)
Area12,380 km2 (4,779.9 sq mi)
MayorDenis Todd (Unaligned)
Council seatCoonabarabran[3]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Parkes
WebsiteWarrumbungle Shire
LGAs around Warrumbungle Shire:
Coonamble Narrabri Gunnedah & Tamworth
Gilgandra Warrumbungle Shire Liverpool Plains
Dubbo Dubbo Upper Hunter

The Mayor of Warrumbungle Shire Council is Cr. Denis Todd, who is unaligned with any political party.

Main towns and villages

The Shire incorporates the towns of Binnaway, Coolah, Coonabarabran, Dunedoo, Baradine and Mendooran.

Heritage listings

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


Selected historical census data for Warrumbungle Shire local government area
Census year2011[8]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night9,588 9,384
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales93rd 92nd
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
top responses
(other than English)
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion
Eastern Orthodox
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$
% of Australian median income
Family incomeMedian weekly family income
% of Australian median income
Household incomeMedian weekly household income
% of Australian median income


The Shire was created in 2004 by the amalgamation of Coolah and Coonabarabran Shire councils. Following amalgamation, the Shire was run by an administrator, until elections were held in March 2005.

Current composition and election method

Warrumbungle 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 most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[9]

  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, alphabetically, is:[9]

Kodi Brady   Independent
Anne-Louise Capel   Independent
Fred Clancy   Independent
Ambrose Doolan   Unaligned
Wendy Hill   Unaligned
Aniello Iannuzzi   Unaligned
Ray Lewis   Unaligned
Peter Shinton   Unaligned
Denis Todd   Unaligned

The Mayor is elected by the Councillors every two years. At the last Mayoral election held 20 September 2018, Cr Todd was elected at Mayor and Cr Iannuzzi elected as Deputy Mayor.

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Warrumbungle Shire (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 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. "Warrumbungle Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2 December 2006.
  4. "Old Police Station & Courthouse". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00048. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  5. "Burra Bee Dee Mission". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01688. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  6. "Dunedoo Railway Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01134. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. "Wooleybah Sawmill and Settlement". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01846. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  8. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Warrumbungle Shire (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  9. "Warrumbungle Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 20 September 2016.

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