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Cowra Shire

Cowra Shire
New South Wales
Shire offices in Cowra
Location in New South Wales
Population 12,147 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 4.323/km2 (11.196/sq mi)
Area 2,810 km2 (1,084.9 sq mi)
Mayor Bill West
Council seat Cowra[2]
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Cootamundra
Federal Division(s) Hume
Website Cowra Shire
LGAs around Cowra Shire:
Forbes Cabonne Blayney
Weddin Cowra Shire Bathurst
Young Boorowa Upper Lachlan

The Cowra Shire is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Lachlan River, the Mid-Western Highway and the Lachlan Way.

The largest town and council seat is Cowra. The municipality also has a number of small villages: Billimari, Darbys Falls, Gooloogong, Morongla, Noonbinna, Wattamondara, Woodstock, and Wyangala.

The Mayor of Cowra Shire Council is Bill West.


Cowra Shire Council has 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 by-election was held on 23 February 2013, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  Bill West Unaligned Mayor
  Judi Smith Unaligned Deputy Mayor
  Ian Brown Unaligned
  Ruth Fagan Unaligned
  Jack Mallon Unaligned
  Bruce Miller Unaligned
  Raymond Walsh Unaligned
  Kevin Wright Unaligned
  Peter Wright Unaligned
Panoramic view from Cowra Mountain at the Cowra Japanese Garden. The view takes in the gardens and the plains of the Cowra Shire across to the nearby mountains.


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  2. ^ "Cowra Shire Council".  
  3. ^ a b "Cowra Shire Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 

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