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Cabonne Shire
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Population 13,860 (2015 est)
 • Density 2.3000/km2 (5.957/sq mi)
Established 1978
Area 6,026 km2 (2,326.7 sq mi)
Mayor Ian Gosper (Independent
Council seat Molong
Region Central West
State electorate(s) Orange
Federal Division(s) Calare
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Website Cabonne Shire
LGAs around Cabonne Shire:
Parkes Dubbo Dubbo
Forbes Cabonne Shire Orange
Weddin Cowra Blayney

Cabonne Shire 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. The shire population was estimaed to be 13,860 in 2015. It is a region with more than half of businesses, 858 of 1683, being in agriculture.

Towns and localities

The towns and localities in the Cabonne Shire are:

History

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. The outcome of the independent review is expected to be completed by mid–2016.

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