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Cabonne Council
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Molong Town Hall.jpg
The Cabonne Council chambers in Bank Street, Molong.
 • Density 2.22137/km2 (5.7533/sq mi)
Established 1978
Area 6,026 km2 (2,326.7 sq mi)
Mayor Kevin Beatty (Independent)
Council seat Molong
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Orange
Federal Division(s) Calare
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Website Cabonne Council
LGAs around Cabonne Council:
Parkes Dubbo Dubbo
Forbes Cabonne Council Orange
Weddin Cowra Blayney

Cabonne Council is a local government area in the Central West region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire is located adjacent to the Mitchell Highway and the Broken Hill railway line, partly surrounding the City of Orange. The administrative centre is located at Molong.

As at the 2016 census, the population of the Shire was estimated to be 13,860. More than half of the businesses in the region, being 858 of 1683, are classified as part of the agricultural sector.

The mayor of the Cabonne Council is Cr. Kevin Beatty, an independent politician.

Towns and localities

The towns and localities in the Cabonne Council area are:


Selected historical census data for Cabonne Shire local government area
Census year 2011 2016
Population Estimated residents on census night 12,821 13,386
% of New South Wales population 0.19% 0.18%
% of Australian population 0.06% 0.06%
Cultural and language diversity
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English 36.1% 35.8%
Australian 31.8% 31.7%
Irish 10.4% 9.5%
Scottish 7.7% 7.6%
German 2.8% 2.5%
Language English only spoken at home 95.6% 91.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
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Catholic 30.3% 27.9%
Anglican 30.1% 26.6%
No Religion 13.1% 17.5%
Uniting Church 9.5% 7.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income $523 $631
% of Australian median income 93.2% 95.0%
Family income Median weekly family income $1,293 $1,618
% of Australian median income 87.5% 90.9%
Household income Median weekly household income $1,036 $1,301
% of Australian median income 83.8% 87.6%


Current composition and election method

Cabonne 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 4 December 2021, and the makeup of the council is as follows:

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2021, in order of election, is:

Councillor Party Notes
  Marlene Nash Independent
  Kevin Beatty Independent Mayor
  Jamie Jones Independent Deputy Mayor
  Andrew Pull Unaligned
  Peter Batten Independent
  Andrew Rawson Independent
  Kathryn O'Ryan Unaligned
  Jenny Weaver Unaligned
  Libby Oldham Independent


The first Australian gold rush occurred at Ophir within the present shire boundary.

Cabonne Shire was formed in 1978 following the amalgamation of Molong Shire, Boree Shire and the greater part of Canobolas Shire.

Proposed amalgamation

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Cabonne Shire merge with the Orange City and Blayney Shire Councils to form a new council with an area of 7,833 square kilometres (3,024 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 63,000. As a result of the State Government's decision to not proceed with proposed council amalgamations, this no longer applies.


The Manildra Group flour mill, one of the ten largest flour mills globally, is located within the shire at Manildra.

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