Hay Shire is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River on largely flat terrain including saltbush plains with river red gum and black box corridors along river. The Shire is one of Australia’s leading wool and sheep meat producing areas. A wide variety of fruit and vegetables are grown, picked and packaged in Hay with lettuce, pumpkins, tomatoes, garlic, corn, rockmelons, watermelons and broccoli among them. Irrigated crops grown around the Hay area are maize, cotton, wheat, oats, barley, cereal rye, grain sorghum, sunflowers, soya beans, rapeseed, large seeds and legumes. Pasture crops include paspalum/white clover and sub clover/rye grasses are the normal winter pastures.

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Contacting Council

134 Lachlan Street
Hay NSW 2711
Postal Address:
PO Box 141, Hay NSW 2711
Phone: 02 6993 1003
Fax: 02 6993 1288

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 2,883
Area (Km2) 11,325.90
Council Classification Rural
OLG Group 9
State Planning Region Riverina Murray
JO Region Riverina and Murray

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 8 8
Population per Councillor (No.) 360 360
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 51 81
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 20,584,000 28,867,429
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 13,270,000 20,763,000
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 19 17
Population Density (residents per Km2) 0 1
* 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.) 6 5
Public Libraries (No.) Not recorded 1
Open Public Space (ha) 129 68
Total Road Length (km) 941 1,657

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 (%) -3.2 -3.6
Population aged under 20 years (%) 16.2 19.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 61.3 58.9
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 22.5 21.7
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 6 14
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 4 3
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 26 48

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 3.6 4.4
Avg Taxable Income ($) 49,956 55,048
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.3 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 7,895,148 2,558,755
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 387 430

Largest Industry Employer

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing