Muswellbrook Shire is centrally located in the Upper Hunter valley. The Shire consists of two larger towns Muswellbrook and Denman, as well as a number of outlying rural communities including Sandy Hollow, Wybong, Baerami, Martindale, McCullys Gap, Widden and Muscle Creek. 43% of the Shire is covered with national park, which includes the World Heritage Wollemi National Park.

The Shire is predominantly known for coal mining and horse breeding and is also home to wineries and two power stations.

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.

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Contacting Council

Administration Centre, 157 Maitland Street
Muswellbrook NSW 2333
Postal Address:
PO Box 122, Muswellbrook NSW 2333
Phone: 02 6549 3700
Fax: 02 6549 3701

Your Local Government Area

Population (No.) 16,463
Area (Km2) 3,404.90
Council Classification Large Rural
OLG Group 11
State Planning Region Hunter
JO Region Hunter

Your Council

Result Group Avg. *
Councillors (No.) 12 9
Population per Councillor (No.) 1,372 1,558
Equivalent Full Time Staff (EFT) (No.) 160 176
2021/22 Revenue ($'000) 83,450,000 62,597,889
2021/22 Expenses ($'000) 58,188,000 50,287,889
Residential Pensioner Rebates (%) 15 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.) 2 2
Public Halls (No.) 3 10
Public Libraries (No.) 2 2
Open Public Space (ha) 358 301
Total Road Length (km) 608 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 (%) 0.2 1.7
Population aged under 20 years (%) 21.6 19.4
Population aged between 20 and 59 years (%) 63.9 58.5
Population aged 60 years and older (%) 14.5 22.1
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (%) 8 7
Speaks language other than English at home (%) 2 11
Socio-Economic Index Rank (1 low, 128 high) 22 44

Council Population Gender

Aboriginal & Torres
Strait Islander

Language Diversity

Rest of population

Your local population (%)

Your Local Economy

Result Group Avg.
Unemployment Rate (%) 4.8 3.5
Avg Taxable Income ($) 65,353 53,624
Avg Household Size (No.) 2.5 2.4
Value of DA's determined ($'000) 0 16,769,104
Active Businesses in LGA (No.) 1,012 1,501

Largest Industry Employer