Cobar Shire is situated in the centre of New South Wales at the crossroads of the Barrier Highway and the Kidman Way and has excellent road, rail and air links to most of Australia's capital cities. With an area of 45,609 square kilometres, the Shire is approximately two-thirds the size of Tasmania.  It is home to approximately 4,647 people. The Shire's prosperity is built around the thriving mining - copper, lead, silver, zinc, gold - and pastoral industries, which are strongly supported by a wide range of attractions and activities, that make it a major tourist destination.

Cobar Shire Council are also a member of the Far North West Joint Organisation (FNWJO). The Far North West Joint Organisation comprises the three (3) Shire Councils of Bourke, Cobar and Walgett and was established in July 2019 by proclamation of the NSW Government.

For further information on their activities please see the link below:

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Development Applications Currently Under Assessment

This page has information regarding development applications that are currently under assessment by Cobar Shire Council. For further information on the proposals listed below, please contact Council's Planning & Environmental Services Department on 02 6836 5888. All electronic inquiries can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Find out more ...
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Upcoming Grant Funded Projects by Cobar Shire Council

Cobar Shire Council have a number of grant funded projects coming and you have your say. Cobar Community Hub (Ward Oval) The Cobar Community Hub projects includes a new multipurpose pavilion building and an early learning precinct at Ward Oval. The existing buildings have well exceeded their use by date will be demolished and… Find out more ...
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Notice of Public Exhibition of Draft Newey Plan of Management

A Plan of Management is required under both the Crown Land Management Act 2016 and the Local Government Act 1993. The Plan of Management provides direction as to the use and management of the reserve. The draft Plan for the Cobar Newey Reserve will be on public exhibition for a period of 28 days from 24 September 2020 and can be… Find out more ...