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:

Latest News

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Ward Oval public hearing postponed

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions Cobar Shire Council has suspended its public hearing on the Ward Oval Masterplan. Originally slated for 1 September a new date will be proposed following the conclusion of the lockdown. View the Draft Plan of Management. Find out more ...
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Community feedback welcomed on Ward Oval Master Plan

Cobar Shire Council wishes to invite the Community to review and provide feedback on the Draft Ward Oval Master Plan. The Master Plan is currently open to the public for comment unitl the close of business, Thursday 20 May 2021. Cobar Shire Council will be holding two community information sessions. These sessions will be held at… Find out more ...

New access ramp a Yellow Brick Road for local tourism

The new accessible ramp has been installed at the Heritage Centre, allowing equal access to the ground floor where new exhibitions will be displayed when renovations are completed later this year. Building works commenced at the Museum in October 2020. Things are now really starting to take shape at the Cobar Museum Project. With… Find out more ...
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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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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 ...