Yass Valley Council

Yass Valley Council is a local government area in the Southern Tablelands region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located adjacent to the Hume and Barton Highways and the Main Southern railway line.

Yass Valley
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates34°51′S 148°55′E
 • Density4.0365/km2 (10.4545/sq mi)
Established11 February 2004
Area3,999 km2 (1,544.0 sq mi)
MayorRowena Abbey (Independent)
Council seatYass[3]
RegionSouthern Tablelands
State electorate(s)Goulburn
Federal Division(s)Eden-Monaro
WebsiteYass Valley
LGAs around Yass Valley:
Hilltops Hilltops Upper Lachlan
Cootamundra-Gundagai Yass Valley Goulburn
Snowy Valleys ACT Queanbeyan-Palerang

The Shire includes the towns and extensive rural residential areas of:

It also includes the localities of:

The Yass Shire was proclaimed on 1 January 1980 following the amalgamation of Goodradigbee Shire and the Municipality of Yass. Yass Shire in turn was dissolved and merged into the Yass Valley Council on 11 February 2004, following a further amalgamation of Yass Shire and parts of Gunning and Yarrowlumla Shires.

The Mayor of Yass Valley Council is Cr. Rowena Abbey, an independent politician.


At the 2016 census, Yass Valley had a population of 16,142, 7,931 males and 8,209 females.[1] It had grown from 15,020 at the 2011 census,[4] an increase of 7.5%. In the previous five years it grew by 14.4% from 13,135 at the 2006 census.[5] There were 400 people (2.5%) who identified as being of Indigenous origin in the 2016 census. The median age was 42 years.[1]

82.8% of the population was born in Australia. 3.6% were born in England, 1.2% in New Zealand and 0.4% in each of Germany, the United States and Netherlands. English was stated as the only language spoken at home by 14,550 people (90.2%). The three most common languages spoken at home other than English were Croatian (0.4%), German (0.4%) and Dutch (0.2%). 84.3% of households had at least one resident who accessed the internet by any type of electronic device.

The median weekly individual income for people aged 15 years and over at the 2016 census was $869 (Australian average: $662). The median weekly family was $2,214 (Australian average: $1,734) and the median household family was $1,879 (Australian average: $1,438).

In the 2016 census, there were 5,185 separate houses (94.0%), 216 semi detached, row or terrace houses and townhouses (3.9%), 27 flats, units or apartments (0.5%) and 37 other dwellings (0.7%). Of all occupied private dwellings, 4,343 were either fully owned or being purchased, which represents (78.6%) of all occupied private dwellings, while 1,011 (18.3%) were being rented.[1]

Selected historical census data for Yass Valley local government area
Census year2006[5]2011[4]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night13,135 15,020 16,142
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales73rd 74th
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 82.8%
top responses
(other than English)
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion
Eastern Orthodox
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$ A$869
% of Australian median income 131.3%
Family incomeMedian weekly family income A$2,214
% of Australian median income 127.7%
Household incomeMedian weekly household income A$1,879
% of Australian median income 130.7%


Current composition and election method

Yass Valley Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire 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:[6]

  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[6]

  Rowena Abbey Independent Mayor[7]
  Jasmine Jones Independent
  Geoff Frost Independent
  Allison Harker Independent
  Cecil Burgess Independent
  Mike Reid Independent
  Nathan Furry Independent
  Michael McManus Unaligned
  Kim Turner Independent Deputy Mayor[7]

Transport facilities

Yass Valley is serviced by the following transport facilities:

  • Hume Highway (National Highway 31)
  • Barton Highway (National Highway 25)
  • Lachlan Valley Way (State Route 81)
  • Main Southern Railway (NSW TrainLink)
  • Transborder Express (A local bus & coach firm)


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yass Valley (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 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. "Yass Valley Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 12 November 2006.
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Yass Valley (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  5. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Yass Valley (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  6. "Yass Valley Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
  7. Cole, Jessica (28 September 2016). "Rowena Abbey voted Mayor with Deputy Mayor". Yass Tribune. Retrieved 21 October 2016.
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