Local Government Areas of New South Wales

Local Government Areas of New South Wales

The Local Government Areas of New South Wales, Australia have been subject to periodic bouts of restructuring and rationalisation by the State Government, involving voluntary and involuntary amalgamation of areas. This list is therefore subject to being made obsolete from time to time and should not be relied upon.

The state government classifies local governments into two categories: Cities and Areas, there being little significant difference between the two (a City is simply an Area receiving a proclamation of city status by the Governor). Areas often retain the designations they held under pre-reform legislation, though these titles no longer indicate a legal status. These are:

# Municipalities (predominantly inner-city suburban areas and smaller rural towns)
# Shires (predominantly rural or outer suburban areas).

Some areas designated since the 1993 Local Government Act have adopted the title "Region", usually large rural areas dominated by a rural city. Many councils now choose not to use any area title, and simply refer to themselves as "councils", e.g. "Booroowa Council", "Burwood Council".

As of November 2005 there are 152 Local Government Areas in New South Wales. These are listed below in alphabetical order. In addition, there is also the Unincorporated Far West Region which is not part of any Local Government Area, in the sparsely inhabited Far West, and Lord Howe Island, which is also unincorporated but self-governed by the Lord Howe Island Board.


* Albury, City of
* Armidale Dumaresq Council
* Ashfield, Municipality of
* Auburn Council


* Ballina Shire Council
* Balranald Shire Council
* Bankstown, City of
* Bathurst Regional Council
* Baulkham Hills Shire
* Bega Valley Shire
* Bellingen Shire Council
* Berrigan Shire Council
* Blacktown, City of
* Bland Shire Council
* Blayney Shire Council
* Blue Mountains, City of
* Bogan Shire Council
* Bombala Council
* Boorowa Council
* Botany Bay, City of
* Bourke Shire Council
* Brewarrina Shire Council
* Broken Hill, City of
* Burwood Council
* Byron Shire Council


* Cabonne Shire
* Camden Council
* Campbelltown, City of
* Canada Bay, City of
* Canterbury, City of
* Carrathool Shire Council
* Central Darling Shire Council
* Cessnock, City of
* Clarence Valley Council
* Cobar Shire Council
* Coffs Harbour, City of
* Conargo Shire Council
* Coolamon Shire Council
* Cooma-Monaro Shire Council
* Coonamble Shire Council
* Cootamundra Shire Council
* Corowa Shire Council
* Cowra Shire Council


* Deniliquin Council
* City of Dubbo
* Dungog Shire Council


* Eurobodalla Shire Council


* Fairfield, City of
* Forbes Shire Council


* Gilgandra Shire Council
* Glen Innes Severn Council
* Gloucester Shire Council
* Gosford, City of
* Goulburn Mulwaree Council
* Greater Hume Shire Council
* Greater Taree, City of
* Great Lakes Council
* Griffith, City of
* Gundagai Shire Council
* Gunnedah Shire Council
* Guyra Shire Council
* Gwydir Shire Council


* Harden Shire Council
* City of Hawkesbury
* Hay Shire Council
* City of Holroyd
* Hornsby Shire
* Hunter's Hill, Municipality of
* Hurstville, City of


* Inverell Shire Council


* Jerilderie Shire Council
* Junee Shire Council


* Kempsey Shire Council
* Kiama, Municipality of
* Kogarah, Municipality of
* Ku-ring-gai Council
* Kyogle Council


* Lachlan Shire Council
* Lake Macquarie, City of
* Lane Cove, Municipality of
* Leeton Shire Council
* Municipality of Leichhardt
* Lismore, City of
* Lithgow, City of
* Liverpool, City of
* Liverpool Plains Shire Council
* Lockhart Shire Council


* Maitland, City of
* Manly Council
* Marrickville Council
* Mid-Western Regional Council
* Moree Plains Shire Council
* Mosman, Municipality of
* Murray Shire Council
* Murrumbidgee Shire Council
* Muswellbrook Shire Council


* Nambucca Shire Council
* Narrabri Shire Council
* Narrandera Shire Council
* Narromine Shire Council
* Newcastle, City of
* North Sydney Council


* Oberon Council
* Orange, City of


* Palerang Council
* Parkes Shire Council
* Parramatta, City of
* Penrith, City of
* Pittwater Council
* Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
* Port Stephens Council


* Queanbeyan, City of


* Randwick, City of
* Richmond Valley Council
* Rockdale, City of
* Ryde, City of


* Shellharbour, City of
* Shoalhaven, City of
* Singleton Shire Council
* Snowy River Shire Council
* Strathfield, Municipality of
* Sutherland Shire
* Sydney, City of


* Tamworth Regional Council
* Temora Shire Council
* Tenterfield Shire Council
* Tumbarumba Shire Council
* Tumut Shire Council
* Tweed Shire Council


* Upper Hunter Shire Council
* Upper Lachlan Shire Council
* Uralla Shire Council
* Urana Shire Council



* Wagga Wagga, City of
* Wakool, Council of the Shire of
* Walcha Council
* Walgett Shire Council
* Warren Shire, New South Wales
* Warringah Council
* Warrumbungle Shire Council
* Waverley Council
* Weddin Shire Council
* Wellington Council
* Wentworth Shire Council
* Willoughby, City of
* Wingecarribee Shire Council
* Wollondilly Shire Council
* Wollongong, City of
* Woollahra, Municipality of
* Wyong Shire



* Yass Valley Council
* Young Shire Council



External links

* [http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au/dlg/dlghome/documents/Information/lga_a11.pdf Map of Local Government Areas in New South Wales PDF] , showing recent council amalgamations
* [http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au/dlg/dlghome/dlg_regions.asp?regiontype=0 Clickable map of New South Wales LGAs] (New South Wales Department of Local Government)

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