The Carrathool Shire is a local government area that borders both the Riverina and Far West regions of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire comprises 18,933 square kilometres (7,310 sq mi) and is located adjacent to the Mid-Western Highway and north of the Sturt Highway.

The largest town in the Shire is Hillston and the council seat is Goolgowi. The Shire also includes the villages of Merriwagga, Rankins Springs, Carrathool.

Where once regular droughts made life almost untenable, the area now has irrigated crops, gardens, greened sporting facilities and village verges. Over 15,000 square kilometres (5,800 sq mi) are now used in rural pursuits, including more than 600 square kilometres (230 sq mi) in wheat, rice, vineyards, cotton, potatoes, vegetables and orchard trees. Most of the change was made possible by the widespread use of river and underground water.[citation needed]


Selected historical census data for Carrathool Council local government area
Census year 2011[6] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 2,587 Increase 2,719
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 126th Increase 124th
% of New South Wales population 0.04 0.04
% of Australian population 0.01 0.01
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 35.5% 34.6%
English 29.8% 27.8%
Irish 9.6% 9.1%
Scottish 8.0% 8.5%
German 3.1% 2.4%
top responses
(other than English)
Korean 0.5% 0.6%
Italian 0.4% 0.5%
Punjabi 0.4% 0.5%
Mandarin N/A 0.5%
Filipino 0.4% N/A
Finnish 0.2% N/A
Afrikaans N/A 0.5%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 31.5% 28.0%
No religion 13.3% 18.1%
Anglican 24.6% 22.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed 5.4% N/A
Uniting Church 11.6% 9.6%
N/A 9.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$527 A$681
% of Australian median income 91 103
Family income Median weekly family income A$1143 A$1538
% of Australian median income 77 89
Household income Median weekly household income A$942 A$1240
% of Australian median income 76 86


Current composition and election method

Carrathool Shire Council is composed of ten councillors elected proportionally as two separate wards, each electing five councillors. 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. However, in both wards there was an equal number of candidates, being those below, that nominated for election. There being no additional candidates, the election for both wards was uncontested. The makeup of the Council is as follows:[7][8]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 10
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
A Ward[7]   David Fensom Independent
  Darryl Jardine Independent Deputy Mayor
  Peter Laird Unaligned Mayor[9]
  Brett Lewis Independent
  Geoff Peters Unaligned
B Ward[8]   Mick Armstrong Unaligned
  Russell Campbell Unaligned
  Bev Furner Unaligned
  Soctt Groat Unaligned
  Bill Kite Unaligned


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Carrathool (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  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. ^ "Carrathool Regional Profile". Riverina Regional Development Board. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 28 August 2008.
  4. ^ "Carrathool Shire Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Archived from the original on 29 July 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2008.
  5. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Farrer (NSW)". Australian Electoral Commission. 25 February 2016. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Carrathool (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  7. ^ a b "Carrathool Shire Council - A Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Carrathool Shire Council - B Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
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