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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Work opportunities available during Council by-election

There are a number of temporary work opportunities available during next month's Council by-election. The NSW Electoral Commission is looking for local people to fill several positions during the lead-up and on the day of polling, which has been penned for Saturday, 26 February. One remaining position will be decided on, reinstating… Find out more ...

Pool makes splash with summer activities for all the family

Needing something to do these summer holidays? Cobar Memorial Swimming Pool has you covered. With plenty of activities for all members of the family the 'Pool' is the perfect place to cool off durinig those hot summer days. Kids activities get underway Wednesday, 22 December with volley ball and pool games. There is also a Senior's… Find out more ...
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Welcome to our new Cobar Youth Council

Cobar Shire Council's General Manager Peter Vlatko has welcomed in the members of Cobar's new-look Youth Council who are eagerly looking forward to getting down to business in 2022. The Youth Council consist of: Joey Neale - Communications Officer Todd Polack - Secretary Amara Bottom - President Maddie Chaplain - Treasurer Ashley… Find out more ...
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Be prepared this bushfire season

Superintendent Vaughn Elsworth, District Manager for the Far West area said “With the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) in place from the 1st October, residents in fire prone areas are reminded to be vigilant and think about how they can prepare for the bush fire season. ” Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property… 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 ...