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

ward oval

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 ...
Miners Memorial Photo

Miners Memorial in final stages of construction

The Cobar Miners Memorial is a new structure currently being built in the Heritage Park at Cobar. A project, that has been driven by the community for many years, will be a special place for reflection that will be open to the public and will allow a location for services and community gatherings, when it officially opens later this… Find out more ...
hera mine aerial 800x470

Development Application for Hera Mine Camp expansion

Cobar Shire is in receipt of the following development application for consideration: Proposal: Hera Mine Camp expansion Property: The Peak, 353 Burthong Rd (Lot 664 in DP761702), Nymagee Applicant: Aurelia Metals Pty Ltd Application No.: 2021/LD-00010 Exhibition Period: Submissions close Friday, 16 April 2021 at 4pm The application… Find out more ...
New Cobar

Development Application for New Cobar Complex on display

Notice of Proposed Development - Environmental Planning & Assessment Act 1979 Section 79A Cobar Shire Council has received the following development application for determination as the local Consent Authority. The application was received by Council on February 24, 2021. PROPOSAL: Amalgamation of undergorund mining at New Cobar,… Find out more ...
thumb cobar sign 2

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 ...