Cowra Shire is located in central NSW, with the Lachlan River running through the Shire and Wyangala Dam at its headwaters.

The Shire boast a number of small villages and is largely driven by the agriculture sector and supporting industries such as health care, wholesale trade, manufacturing, education and retail trade.

Data for this website has been sourced from Council’s financial statements, Council’s annual report and Council’s data returns. The website also refers to data from a number of agencies and entities. Please refer to the data page of this website for links to definitions, information on performance measures, benchmarks, OLG Groups and the data sources that have been used.

Please contact Council if you would like any further details or explanations regarding individual results and any differences between your Council’s performance and that of another council.

Contacting Council

116 Kendal Street
Cowra NSW 2794
Postal Address:
Private Bag 342, Cowra NSW 2794
Phone: 02 6340 2000
Fax: 02 6340 2011

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 12,753
Area (Km2) 2,808.80
Council Classification Large Rural
OLG Group 11
State Planning Region Central West and Orana
JO Region Central NSW

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 9 9
Population per Councillor (No.) 1,417 1,558
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 182 176
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 54,040,000 62,597,889
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 37,309,000 50,287,889
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 26 21
Population Density (residents per Km2) 5 4
* A NSW council group is determined firstly by whether they are Urban or Rural in nature, and then by population size and density. Please refer to OLG Groups in data tab on website for more information on how individual councils are classified. An OLG group average is then calculated by the average of the same group number eg. All Group 5 Regional Towns/City or all Group 8 Rural.

Your Public Facilities

Result Group Avg.
Public Swimming Pool Complexes (inc rock pools) (No.) 1 1
Public Halls (No.) 1 10
Public Libraries (No.) Not recorded 2
Open Public Space (ha) 48 301
Total Road Length (km) 1,270 1,728

Demographics of Population

under 20 years
20 - 59 years
60 years and older

Council population (%)

Group population (%)


population change last 5 years

Source: ABS, Estimated Resident Population (ERP)

Your Local Population

Latest Outcome Group Avg.
Five Year Population Change (%) 0.5 1.7
Population aged under 20 years (%) 17.3 19.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 56.7 58.5
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 26 22.1
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 8 7
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 3 11
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 19 44

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 3.8 3.5
Avg Taxable Income ($) 46,525 53,624
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.3 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 27,825,834 16,769,104
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 1,347 1,501

Largest Industry Employer

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing