Spanning an area bigger than Switzerland, at 48,988 square kilometres the Riverina represents one of Australia’s most diverse federal electorates.
We live in a wonderful region, full of exciting opportunities and boasting diverse industries and employment prospects. Ours is a landscape with dry and irrigated farmlands, fabulous tourist attractions and events and, best of all, fantastic and friendly people.
Our region is the home of the world-famous Chiko Roll, the birthplace of the Kelpie, the Elvis capital of Australia and a memorial where a dog sits atop a tuckerbox waiting for its master. It’s an education hub where students are well-serviced from preschool to PhD and one of the nation’s most fertile agricultural areas.
Covering some 14 Local Government Areas – Bland, Coolamon, Cootamundra, Cowra, Forbes, Gundagai, Harden, Junee, Lockhart, Parkes, Temora, Wagga Wagga, Weddin and Young – the Riverina electorate features a wide range of vibrant communities. From the rolling hills of Lockhart and surrounds in the south to the historic wheat silos of Peak Hill in the north, the Riverina is home to countless towns with unique and proud identities. With our legendary country hospitality, the Riverina and Central West are the ideal places to discover the natural and relaxed feel of contemporary rural Australia.
The region’s economy is backed by a thriving agricultural sector and innovative and resilient small businesses. From canola to wheat, crops of almost every variety are grown throughout the Riverina and Central West. As one of the nation’s foodbowls, the region plays a big role in growing some of Australia’s best fresh produce. Coupled with fabulous restaurants, cafés and clubs, the Riverina and Central West are a haven for lovers of fine food and wines.
Some of Australia’s most iconic sportsmen and women also hail from the Riverina and Central West. Cootamundra lays claim to being the home of the finest cricketer ever to represent Australia in Sir Donald Bradman. While down the highway in Wagga Wagga, Mark Taylor, Michael Slater and Geoff Lawson all honed their cricketing skills before going on to don the baggy green. Countless AFL and rugby league legends such as Paul Kelly, Wayne Carey, Steve Mortimer, Laurie Daley and Trent Barrett also hail from the Riverina. The region is also home to numerous outstanding sportswomen, including national cricket team vice-captain Alex Blackwell and former Matildas star Sally Shipard.
From food and wine festivals to racing of all persuasions – be it horse racing, greyhounds, camels, sheep or even yabbies – and humble country shows, the Riverina and Central West boast an action-packed annual calendar of assorted events sure to pique your interests.
The Riverina really is one of the nation’s most picturesque regions with much to offer everyone, no matter your passion or interest. We truly are lucky to call this region home.
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Daryl Maguire MP
Adrian Piccoli MP
Greg Aplin MP
Katrina Hodgkinson MP
Bland Shire is the Local Government Area (LGA) in the Central West of New South Wales on the Newell and Mid-Western Highways. The council's name honours William Bland. The largest town and council seat is West Wyalong. The region also includes the towns of Wyalong, Barmedman, Tallimba, Ungarie, Weethalle and Mirrool. The Shire's major economic activities are agriculture, mining, transport, tourism and wholesale distribution.
Coolamon Shire is a local government area in New South Wales, Australia in the Riverina region. The Newell Highway and the Burley Griffin Way pass through the north-western part of the Shire. It includes the town of Coolamon and the small towns of Marrar, Ganmain, Matong, Ardlethan, Beckom and Mirrool.
The Cowra Local Government Area is located in the Central West region and is centred on the town of Cowra. In addition to Cowra, it includes the small villages of Billimari, Darbys Falls, Gooloogong, Morongla, Noonbinna, Wattamondara, Woodstock and Wyangala.
Forbes Shire was formed in 1981 from the amalgamation of Forbes Municipal Council and Jemalong Shire Council. Its main town of Forbes sits on the Newell Highway on the banks of the Lachlan River. Other towns and villages in Forbes Shire include Bedgerebong, Bundbarrah, Corradgery, Daroobalgie, Eugowra, Ooma North, Paytens Bridge and Wirrinya.
Gundagai Shire is a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia, covering the centres of Gundagai and Cootamundra – the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman – and their surrounds. Gundagai is a primarily rural Local Government Area. There are a number of villages in the Shire: Coolac, Tumblong, Muttama, Nangus, Stockinbingal, Brawlin and Wallendbeen.
Hilltops Council includes the major towns of Young, Harden and Boorowa and their surrounds. The western and southern parts of the Local Government Area around Young and Harden are located in the Riverina electorate, while areas around Boorowa are in the neighbouring electorate of Hume.
Junee Shire is a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. It is on the Olympic Way and the Main South railway line. The Shire includes the town of Junee and the small towns of Bethungra, Illabo, Wantabagery, Harefield, Old Junee, Junee Reefs and Dirnaseer.
Lockhart Shire is located immediately south of Wagga Wagga and includes the towns of Lockhart, The Rock, Yerong Creek, Pleasant Hills and Milbrulong.
The northern-most shire in the Riverina, Parkes Shire includes the town of Parkes – home of the world-famous Parkes Elvis Festival each January and the second-largest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere – and the outlying villages of Alectown, Bogan Gate, Peak Hill, Trundle and Tullamore.
Temora Shire is a local government area in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. It is on Burley Griffin Way. It includes the town of Temora and the small towns of Springdale, Sebastapol, Ariah Park, Gidginbung, Narraburra and Wallundry.
City of Wagga Wagga is a Local Government Area in New South Wales, Australia, in southern New South Wales. The floral emblem for the city is the Silver Banksia. The Wagga Wagga City Council was formed from the amalgamation of City of Wagga Wagga with Mitchell and Kyeamba Shires in 1981. It includes the suburbs of Ashmont, Bomen, Bourkelands, Boorooma, Cartwrights Hill, East Wagga Wagga, Estella, Forest Hill, Glenfield Park, Gumly Gumly, Kapooka, Kooringal, Lake Albert, Lloyd, Mount Austin, North Wagga Wagga, San Isidore, Tatton, Tolland, Turvey Park, and Wagga Wagga as well as the towns of Tarcutta, Ladysmith, Mangoplah, Uranquinty and Collingullie
Weddin Shire is centred on the town of Grenfell – the birthplace of Henry Lawson – located on the Mid Western Highway. The villages of Caragabal, Greenthorpe and Quandialla are also located within the shire's boundaries.