About Uralla Shire Council
Uralla Shire Council is constituted under the Local Government Act and was proclaimed on 5 December 1947, coming into effect on 1 January 1948.
Uralla Shire Council is a large and diverse organisation employing over 160 staff and is responsible for assets in excess of $300 million, 32 different service areas and an annual operating budget of approximately $20 million.
The Uralla Shire local government area covers an area approximately 3,230 square kilometres and is home to a permanent resident population of around 6,048 people (2016 census). The main township is Uralla, which is located 22 kilometres south of Armidale and 89 kilometres north of Tamworth on the New England Highway.
Other localities in the Uralla Shire local government area include Abington, Arding, Bakers Creek, Balala, Boorolong, Briarbrook, Bundarra, Camerons Creek, Dangarsleigh, Dumaresq, Enmore, Gostwyck, Invergowrie, Kentucky, Kentucky South, Kingstown, Mihi, Rocky River, Salisbury Plains, Saumarez, Saumarez Ponds, Torryburn, Wollun and Yarrowyck.
Council has two wards "A" and "B" with four Councillors elected for each ward. Uralla's Mayor, Cr Michael Pearce, was a popularly elected in 2016.
- Uralla Township was proclaimed a village on 6 September, 1855 (notified in the Government Gazette on 7 September, 1855).
- Uralla Municipal Council was constituted on 24 April, 1882.
- Gostwyck Shire Council was constituted on 7 March, 1906.
- Uralla Shire Council was formed by the union of Uralla Municipal Council and Gostwyck Shire Council on 1 January, 1948.
That Uralla Shire Council continue to be an active, prosperous, welcoming and environmentally aware community.
The Uralla Shire Council is committed to creating a unique environment which offers an excellent quality of life and economic opportunities for its people.
The Uralla Shire community strives to:
- Enjoy a high quality of life;
- Have thriving business centres;
- Have educational and job opportunities available for people with a wide range of skills and aptitudes;
- Have an innovative, adaptive and diverse economy;
- Have access to good public services and relevant infrastructure;
- Have a continuing improvement in its socio-economic status;
- Treasure its natural and built heritage and continue to be progressive;
- Ensure sustainability;
- Provide security and safety for its residents;
- Have a growing population and a sound demographic structure; and
- Retain its independent community-based local government authority.