New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|o Density||10.812/km2 (28.00/sq mi)|
|Established||26 May 2004|
|Area||3,820 km2 (1,474.9 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Bobby Bourke (Unaligned) |
The Bathurst Region is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located adjacent to the Great Western Highway, Mid-Western Highway, Mitchell Highway and the Main Western railway line. At the 2016 census, the Bathurst Region had a population of 41,300.
In addition to the city of Bathurst, the area includes the suburbs of Kelso and Raglan and the villages of Eglinton, Perthville, Rockley, Georges Plains, Trunkey Creek, Brewongle, Vittoria, Peel, Wattle Flat, Sofala, Hill End, Meadow Flat and Sallys Flat.
|Selected historical census data for Bathurst Regional local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||38,519||41,300|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||52nd||51st|
|% of New South Wales population||0.56%||0.55%|
|% of Australian population||0.18%||0.18%|
|Estimated ATSI population on census night||1,634||2,244|
|% of ATSI population to residents||4.20%||5.40%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion, so described||16.0%||22.4%|
|Presbyterian and Reformed||4.6%||4.2%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$544||A$646|
|% of Australian median income||94%||98%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,437||A$1,632|
|% of Australian median income||97%||94%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,142||A$1,310|
|% of Australian median income||93%||91%|
Bathurst Regional 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, and in September annually. The most recent election of Councillors was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is:
|Graeme Hanger OAM||Independent||Served as Mayor, 2017-19|
|Ian North||Unaligned||Deputy Mayor|
|Monica Morse||Unaligned||Served as Mayor, 2012-13|
Bathurst was proclaimed a city in 1885. The Bathurst Region was created on 26 May 2004 as a result of a merger of Bathurst City and Evans Shire.
A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Bathurst Region merge with the Oberon Shire to form a new council with an area of 7,443 square kilometres (2,874 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 47,000. The outcome of an independent review was expected to be completed by mid–2016.