Greater Taree City Council is located on the mid north coast of New South Wales. Located less than 3 hours north of Sydney, the region ranges from Johns River to the north, south toward Bunyah and west to Nowendoc. The Council covers an area of 3,752 km² and has a population of appriximately 48,000.
Population centres located within the municipality include Taree, Cundletown, Wingham, Tinonee, Old Bar, Kolodong, Harrington, Wallabi Point, Manning Point, Crowdy Head, Croki, Coopernook, Lansdowne, Moorland, Hannam Vale, Johns River, Stewarts River, Krambach, Dyers Crossing, Nabiac, Possum Brush and Hallidays Point.
The main administrative town is Taree, adjacent the Manning River. Taree and nearby Cundletown were settled in 1831 by William Wynter. Since then Taree has grown to a population of around 20,000 people and is the centre of a significant agricultural district. It is 16 km from the sea coast, and 317 km north of Sydney. Taree can be reached by train via the North Coast Railway, by the Pacific Highway and by air travel from Sydney by REX Airlines. The name Taree is derived from "tareebit" the local native Biripi word meaning tree by the river, or more specifically, the Sandpaper Fig.
The first movement to establish a City of Greater Taree began in November 1959. The Taree Municipal Council applied to the Department of Local Government to extend its boundaries to the coastal area between Old Bar and Seal Rocks. In 1981, the City of Greater Taree was proclaimed, encompassing the Municipalities of Taree and Wingham and the Manning Valley Shire
Greater Taree City Council is composed of eight councillors elected proportionally, in addition to the mayor, who is directly elected. The current makeup of the council, elected in September 2008, is as follows: Mayor Paul J Hogan, Deputy Mayor David West, Councillor Kathryn Bell, Councillor David Keegan, Councillor Trent Jennison, Councillor Eddie Loftus, Councillor Mal Marks, Councillor Mave Richardson PSM and Councillor Alan Tickle.
General Manager: Gerard José
Executive Leader Futures Planning: Laura Black
Executive Leader Resource Planning: Craig Swift-McNair
Executive Leader Service Delivery: Ron Posselt
Asset Management System: Unknown
Document/Records Management System: TRIM
Financial System: Sun
Geographical Information System: Mapinfo
Library Management System: Libero
Payroll System: Chris21
Property System: Pathway
Council Administration Offices:
Street Address: 2 Pulteney Street, Taree
Postal Address: PO Box 482 Taree NSW 2430
Phone: (02) 6592 5399
Fax: (02) 6592 5311
Council Works Depot: 36 Arkwright Crescent, Taree NSW 2430
Sealed Local Roads: 654 km
Sealed Regional Roads: 102 km
Unsealed Local Roads: 940 km
TOTAL Road Network: 1,696 km
Bridges & Culverts:
- Concrete 103
- Timber 123
TOTAL BRIDGES: 226
- Concrete 2,933
- Timber 63
- Causeway 90
TOTAL CULVERTS: 3,086
Name: Stephen Yam
Position: Senior Leader Infrastructure Services
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