Narrandera Shire is a local government area in the Riverina region of south-western New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Newell Highways; the present Narrandera Shire was formed on 1 January 1960 by an amalgamation of the previous Narrandera Municipality and part of the Yanko Shire. The first Narrandera Municipality was incorporated on 18 March 1885. Narrandera Shire is a large shire in the geographical centre of the Riverina, with over 1,500 kilometres of roads within its boundaries; the Shire includes the town of Narrandera and the villages of Grong Grong and Barellan. The mayor of Narrandera Shire is Cr. Neville Kschenka, an independent politician. Narrandera 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 mayor is elected by the councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016; the makeup of the Council is as follows: The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is: The list of mayors of Narrandera Council appears below.
The list of mayors of Narrandera Shire Council appears below
Waddi, New South Wales
Waddi is a village community in the central part of the Riverina on the Sturt Highway. It is situated by road, about 2 kilometres south from Darlington Point and 29 kilometres north from Coleambally
Federation Council, New South Wales
The Federation Council is a local government area located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. This area was formed in 2016 from the merger of the Corowa Shire with its neighbouring Urana Shire; the council comprises an area of 5,685 square kilometres and covers the urban areas of Corowa and Mulwala and the surrounding cropping and pastoral region to the north. It is bounded to the state of Victoria. At the time of its establishment the council had an estimated population of 12,602; the inaugural mayor of Federation Council is Patrick Bourke from Urana, elected by his fellow councillors on 26 September 2017. In addition to the main urban centres of Corowa and Mulwala, localities in the area include Balldale, Boree Creek, Coreen, Hopefield, Lowesdale, Oaklands, Rennie and Urana; the Federation Council has a number of heritage-listed sites, including: Corowa, 8 Church Street: Corowa Courthouse Corowa, Culcairn-Corowa railway: Corowa railway station Corowa, Steel Street: Corowa Flour Mill Savernake, 2341 Mulwala Road: Savernake Station Urana, Anna Street: Urana Soldiers' Memorial Hall Federation Council comprise nine Councillors elected proportionally as a single ward.
All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The interim Administrator of the Federation Council was solicitor and former professional rugby league footballer Michael Eden, until elections were held on 9 September 2017 The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, the makeup of the council is as follows: The Federation Council was created by the Government of New South Wales as a result of an amalgamation of some local government bodies through a reform program between 2013 and 2016; as part of the review, all New South Wales local government authorities were assessed by the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal on their historical and projected demographic data, financial sustainability, other measures including their impact on the State's resources. Those council deemed "unfit" were asked to nominate their preferred merger partner in order to achieve economies of scale. Corowa and Urana shires both nominated to merge with each other. In addition Lockhart Shire nominated Urana Shire as a preferred merger partner.
In December 2015, the Minister for Local Government Paul Toole proposed the amalgamation of all three Councils. All three Councils opposed the proposal and a group of residents in the town of Mulwala in Corowa Shire threatened to secede and join Berrigan Shire if the three-way merger went ahead. Corowa Shire put forward the alternate proposal being a merger of Corowa and Urana shires, despite objections from Urana Shire; the Minister accepted the Corowa and Urana merger proposal and the Federation Council was proclaimed on 12 May 2016. Local government areas of New South Wales "Local Government Area Boundary: Federation Council". Land & Property Information. Government of New South Wales. 19 April 2016
Jerilderie is a town in the southern Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the largest town in the Murrumbidgee Council local government area. At the 2011 census, Jerilderie had 1,070 people, it can be found along the Newell Highway 674 kilometres south-west of Sydney and 45 kilometres north of the Victorian state border. Jerilderie's post code is 2716; this is where Ned Kelly and his Gang robbed the'Jerilderie Bank'. Jerilderie is an irrigated farming centre, the area around Jerilderie produces a quarter of all tomatoes grown in Australia, as well as being a prime Merino stud region. Additionally Jerilderie has a diverse number of crops such as rice, canola and soybeans, liquorice, grapes and a number of cattle farms; the town has two primary schools, Jerilderie Public School and Jerilderie Catholic School, an 18-hole golf course, three pubs, a hospital, the first in regional Australia to operate with solar power. This hospital has now been rebuilt as a multi purpose medical centre that incorporates an emergency room, aged care beds and a palliative care bed.
The town has an Australian rules football team competing in the District Football League. Jerilderie is the home of the biannual Ned Kelly weekend, the Jerilderie Letter Event; this event was first held in 2006. The event consists of a parade up the main street, a car bike truck and tractor show and shine, there is a small show and farmers market. One of the main attractions on this weekend is the reading of the famous Jerilderie letter, written by Ned Kelly; the first Australian Ned Kelly Songwriting Awards was a feature of the 2010 event. The Jerilderie Shire Council have rare windmills of unusual design. Both are situated on National Route 39, which provides a straight run from Victoria to the Queensland tropical coast; the windmill was produced by the Steel Wings Company, in North Sydney between 1907 and 1911 with only six models erected. The windmills comprise a steel frame and fan which turns to the wind between a bearing at the bottom and a swivel at the top, all supported by guy-wires; the restored windmills, the only two known working examples in the world, are unique because their fan is contained and spins within the pivoting frame.
The Jerilderie Steel Wings windmill, built in 1910, was transported by rail from Sydney and taken by bullock wagon to Goolgumbula Station for Sir Samuel McCaughey. It provided water to ram sheds and dams along a 43-kilometre channel system; the mill suffered storm damage in 1977, was offered to the town as a historical exhibit and placed in Luke Park, named after Thomas Raymond Luke, one of the main'stirrers' for the construction of the lake. Shortly after the lake was completed'Tommy' Luke died while water-skiing on the lake he had been so instrumental in creating. A secondary use for the lake was to hold excess water from the Billabong Creek which flooded annually. In 1989, members of Lions and Jerilderie Shire Council repaired and refurbished the windmill with two people, Clive Langfield and George Cornish spending some 600 hours to bring it to its present working condition, pumping 9 litres per revolution from the Billabong Creek to the Jerilderie Lake using a 15-centimetre draw plunger with a 48-centimetre stroke.
The Jerilderie windmill, the larger of the two stands 17 metres high with a 9-metre fan. Jerilderie was visited by Ned Kelly and his gang in 1879; the outlaws captured the town's two policemen and imprisoned them in their own cell before dressing in the police uniforms. They told the locals that they were reinforcements from Sydney sent to protect them from the notorious Kelly Gang; the gang held up the local Bank. More than two thousand pounds were stolen before Kelly and his gang walked to the Telegraph Office and chopped down the telegraph poles, he and his gang held 30 people hostage overnight in the Royal Mail Hotel where Ned Kelly wrote the famous Jerilderie Letter which documents Kelly's passionate pleas of innocence and desires for justice for both his family and the poor Irish settlers of Victoria's north-east. It has been described as the Ned Kelly'manifesto' and remains the only source providing a direct link between the Kelly Gang and the actions they are accused of; the current Jerilderie Police Station features no less than 19 structural components mimicking Ned Kelly's distinctive face plate.
Some examples include walls made of differently toned bricks making up his image to storm drains with holes cut in the same pattern. Jerilderie is the childhood home of Sir John Monash honoured military commander whose image adorns the Australian one hundred dollar note, he attended and achieved dux at Jerilderie Public School and his name can be seen on the wall in the head office of Jerilderie Public on the official record. The John Monash Memorial Drive in memory of the man in just outside the town on the road to Finley. Medieval scholar, Dr Michael Jones, claims Queen Elizabeth's claim to the throne is illegitimate because King Edward IV, who reigned from 1461 to 1483, was not of royal blood. Dr Jones concluded that, tracing the correct path, The 14th Earl of Loudoun, who migrated to Jerilderie in the 1960s, was the true King of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. Jerilderie is the childhood home of former AFL Geelong player Billy Brownless, he is a panelist on The Sunday Footy Show
Widgiewa, New South Wales
Widgiewa is a small community in the central part of the Riverina in New South Wales, Australia. Widgiewa is situated by road, about 9 kilometres south west of Morundah and 25 kilometres north east of Bundure; the place name Widgiewa is derived from the local Aboriginal word meaning "What do you want?". Widgiewa was a station on the Tocumwal railway line; the station opened on 16 September 1884 and closed on 4 May 1975. Widgiewa Post Office opened on 15 March 1912 and closed in 1970. Media related to Widgiewa, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons Widgiewa Rail Siding
City of Griffith
The City of Griffith is a local government area in Riverina region of south-western New South Wales, Australia. The area comprises 1,640 square kilometres and is located in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and on Kidman Way; the Mayor of the City of Griffith Council is Clr. John Dal Broi, an unaligned politician. In addition to Griffith, the area includes the towns and villages of Willbriggie, Beelbangera, Yoogali, Yenda, Lake Wyangan and Warburn and the suburbs of Collina, North Griffith,East Griffith, West Griffith, South Griffith, Mayfair, Pioneer Mooreville and Wickhams Hill. At the 2011 census, there were 24,364 people in the City of Griffith local government area, of these 50.2 per cent were male and 49.8 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.1 per cent of the population, higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Griffith LGA was 36 years, lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.5 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.8 per cent of the population.
Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 53.7 per cent were married and 9 per cent were either divorced or separated. Population growth in the City of Griffith between the 2011 census and the 2011 census was 0.97 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 12.73 per cent, population growth in the City of Griffith local government area was lower than the national average. The median weekly income of $1056 for residents within the City of Griffith was lower than the national average of $1,234; the agricultural industry and value added food and beverage manufacturing / processing underpins the strength of the region. The area is a major wine grape growing area, prune and citrus with emerging industries such as; the Griffith area relies on the gravity fed irrigation scheme, managed by owned Murrumbidgee Irrigation. Our red loam soils and Mediterranean climate is conducive to ideal growing conditions for most crops. Agriculture is a vitally important industry economically for the region in terms of value, the number of people the industry employs, value added processing and the global and dynamic business that exists here because of agriculture.
Griffith is a major service centre for the agricultural sector and services a region with a population of 50,000 people. Griffith has 12 wineries – 5 of whom are on the top 10 exporters list for Australia, all of which are family owned and run businesses. Griffith's largest winery, Casella Family Wines employs 650 people, employment in the wine industry increases during the vintage season; the region supplies 75 % of NSW wine exports over $800m worth of wine each year. Griffith has two large juice companies – Real Juice and Harvey Fresh which supports the Valencia growers in the region, as well as carrots, beetroot and pear; the region supplies 70% of NSW citrus, many of the navels and mandarins grown here are exported. Treetops Olives Plantation process olives in brine for the table market. Many of these are sold to a local food processor who marinades, makes tapenade as well as other sauces and product. Griffith producers 25% of Australia's poultry with an emphasis on growth. Baiada Poultry purchased Bartters and the Steggles brand 5 years ago and has identified Griffith as one of the major centre's for chicken production in Australia.
The plan is to double production from processing 750,000 birds a week to 1.5million a week. This phenomenal growth will require addition broiler chicken farms in the order of 200 sheds in the region. Baiada Poultry is the largest employer in Griffith, employing close to 700 people and with their growth plans complete will employ close to 900 people with up to 200 external jobs created; the broader region supplies Australia with 90% of their rice and an above average year for rice would produce more than 1,000,000 tonnes of rice, there is major processing of rice at Sunrice in Leeton and Deniliquin who are a major employer with a global footprint. Griffith is a major centre for health services with an excellent facility in Griffith Base Hospital and the addition of St Vincent's Community Private Hospital soon to be built to cater for day surgeries and specialist appointments; the new St Vincent's Private Hospital will employ 40 at full capacity. Education is well catered for in Griffith with an MOU signed with Deakin University, TAFE NSW – Riverina Institute, Griffith and Albury Councils to encourage degree pathways through TAFE and research collaborations with local industry.
An existing MOU exists with CSU. Griffith City Council is composed of twelve Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office; the Mayor is directly elected while the eleven other Councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows: The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is: Griffith has sister city relations with the following cities: Harbin, China Comunita Montana del Grappa, Italy City of Fairfield, New South Wales, Australia
Coolamon Shire is a local government area in the Riverina region of south-western New South Wales, Australia. The Shire comprises 2,433 square kilometres and is located adjacent to the Newell Highway and the Burley Griffin Way; the Shire includes the towns of Coolamon and Ardlethan, the villages of Matong and Beckom. The mayor of the Coolamon Shire Council is Cr. John Seymour, an unaligned politician. Coolamon 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 mayor is elected by the councillors at the first meeting of the Council. In the most recent election held on 10 September 2016, there was an equal number of candidates, being those below, that nominated for election. There being no additional candidates, the election was uncontested and the makeup of the Council is as follows: The current Council, elected in 2016, is