Young Shire

Young Shire
New South Wales

Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 34°17′S 148°19′E / 34.283°S 148.317°E / -34.283; 148.317Coordinates: 34°17′S 148°19′E / 34.283°S 148.317°E / -34.283; 148.317
Population 12,236 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 4.5419/km2 (11.7636/sq mi)
Abolished 2016
Area 2,694 km2 (1,040.2 sq mi)
Mayor Brian Ingram (Independent)
Council seat Young[2]
Region South West Slopes
State electorate(s) Cootamundra
Federal Division(s) Hume
Website Young Shire
LGAs around Young Shire:
Weddin Weddin Cowra
Bland Young Shire Boorowa
Temora Cootamundra Harden

Young Shire was a local government area in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was located adjacent to the Olympic Highway.

The Shire included the town of Young and the small towns of Maimuru, Milvale, Thuddungra, Bribbaree, Monteagle, Wirrimah, Bendick Murrell and Murringo.

In 2016, Young Shire was amalgamated into Hilltops Council. The last Mayor of Young Shire Council was Cr. Brian Ingram, an independent politician.


Young Shire Hall, Young.

Composition and election method

At the time of dissolution, Young Shire Council was composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire ward. All Councillors were elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor was elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The last election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council was as follows:[3]

  Independents and Unaligned 8
Total 8

The final Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, was:[3]

  Brian Ingram Independent Mayor[4]
  Ben Cooper Independent Deputy Mayor[4]
  John McGregor Unaligned Deceased
  John Walker Unaligned
  Brian Mullany Independent
  Tony Wallace Unaligned
  Brian Ingram Independent
  Sandy Freudenstein Unaligned
  Allan Miller Independent


A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that Boorowa Shire merge with adjoining councils. The NSW Government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger between the Young, Harden and Boorowa shires to form a new council with an area of 7,139 square kilometres (2,756 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 19,000.[5] Following the lodging of an alternate proposal by Harden Shire on 28 February 2016 to amalgamate the Cootamundra, Gundagai and Harden shires,[6] the NSW Minister for Local Government proposed a merger between the Boorowa and Young shires.[7]

Young Shire was abolished on 12 May 2016 and along with Boorowa Shire and Harden Shire, the area was included in a new Hilltops Council local government area.[8]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Young Shire". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 April 2015.
  2. "Young Shire Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 7 November 2006.
  3. 1 2 "Young Shire Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  4. 1 2 Speelman, Christine (21 September 2012). "New council raring to go". The Young Witness. Retrieved 8 October 2012.
  5. "Merger proposal: Boorowa Council, Harden Shire Council, Young Shire Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  6. Harden Shire Council (28 February 2016). "Fit For Future: Alternate Merger Proposal - Harden Shire Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  7. Toole, Paul (March 2016). "Boorowa and Young Shire councils Proposal" (PDF). Minister for Local Government. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
  8. "Hilltops Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.

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