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About Us

Central Darling Shire Council is a rural shire in the Far West Region of New South Wales encompassing the communities of Wilcannia, Menindee, Ivanhoe, Tilpa, White Cliffs, Darnick, Sunset Strip, Copi Hollow and Mossgiel.

Total Population: 2600 Approx.

Total Area: 53,000 Square Kilometers

Principal Town: Wilcannia

ABN: 65 061 502 439


Mission Statement

"To promote the Central Darling Shire area by encouraging development through effective leadership, community involvement and facilitation of services."


Central Darling Shire Council encompasses four towns, being Wilcannia, Ivanhoe, Menindee and White Cliffs. There are also several villages including Sunset Strip and Tilpa. The area of the Shire is over 53,000 sq klms, but the popluation is only approximately 2,600.

Community services are run by Section 355 Committees of Council, e.g. community halls, swimming pools, commons and saleyards.


Welcome to our Tourist Information page. You can access a number of online resources to find out more about tourism, tourist attractions, accommodation and general tourist information in our area.

Launch of the Darling River Run will be held at Menindee on the 25th March 2009. For more information click here.


Council takes its environmental responsibility seriously and encourages its ratepayers to do the same in some of the following ways:

  • Install Compost Bins and Worm Farms, encouraging environmentally friendly waste disposal
  • Step-by-Step Compost Bin
  • Use paper or fabric shopping bags rather than plastic ones, and recycle products where possible

Council takes this opportunity to remind householders that the raw water that is supplied by Council is not recommended for any domestic use and is not for human consumption.

About The Shire

Central Darling Shire is the largest Shire in NSW and yet has the smallest population. It covers an area about the size of the main island of Tasmania and yet has a population of less than 2000 people. The Shire is extremely diverse with four main communities that are all different in their commerce, geography and cultures.

Wilcannia, the administration centre of the Shire has a fascinating history of river heritage having once been the prime port for the shipping of wool for the entire western district of NSW. It has a large number of sandstone buildings and a rich indigenous culture.

For more on our history visit our website.