Councillors

Cowra Shire elects nine Councillors for a 4-year term to direct Council's affairs in line with the Local Government Act.  Their decisions direct local policy and the distribution of Council funds. Their responsibility to the electorate is to ensure Council's policies and objectives are consistent with its broader vision and obligations to the community.

Speak to a Councillor 
Councillors are available to listen to residents' concerns and represent those concerns to Council.  Each Councillor has areas of particular expertise and interest and they all participate in a number of Council committees and meetings.  Individual Councillors can be contacted on any matter through the Council by phoning (02) 6340 2000. 
 

Mayor web

Councillor Bill West - Mayor

Councillor Bill West was first elected to Council in 1999. He was voted Mayor in September 2008 and has been re-elected Mayor each year since then.

A fifth generation farmer, Cr West is keen to convey the community's needs and views to Council.

Cr West is the past Chair of CENTROC and acts as a strong voice and advocate for Central NSW.

He chairs the Saleyards Committee, and is Council's representative on the Audit Committee, Bells Line Expressway Group and Canobolas LAC Community Safety Precinct Committee.

Cr West also represents Council on the Cowra Community Development Trust Committee, Cowra Health Council, Cowra Japanese Garden Board, Japanese Garden Maintenance Foundation, Lachlan Regional Transport Committee Inc and the Western Region Joint Regional Planning Panel.

Cr West can be contacted on 0429 990 085 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 Deputy Mayor web

 

 Councillor Judi Smith - Deputy Mayor

Cr Smith moved to Woodstock in 1978 where she still lives. She taught Japanese and English at Cowra High School and has taught various courses at TAFE in Cowra. Cr Smith and her husband also run a poll Dorset stud.

Cr Smith was first elected in 2008 and re-elected in 2016 as Deputy Mayor. She is Chair of Cowra's Tidy Towns and Urban Landcare Committee, is a member of the Cowra Tourism Board, Cowra Community Development Trust Committee, Cowra Community Grants Working Party and the Cowra Youth Council.

With special responsibility for the communities of Darbys Falls and Woodstock, Cr Smith is passionate about the need to provide suitable recreation, training and job opportunities for our young people.

Cr Smith can be contacted on 0400 450 332 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 Ruth Fagan web

Councillor Ruth Fagan 

Cr Ruth Fagan has extensive advisory board experience in a State and regional capacity and is a current board member of Local Government NSW and a State appointed member of the Western Joint Regional Planning Panel.

She is presently a member of the Cowra Showground Trust, the Cowra Business Chamber and the Central West Regional Development Board.

Trained as a journalist, Ruth has worked in the print media and operated a number of small businesses in Cowra. She has held a variety of community leadership roles, including Chair of the Cowra Tourism Corporation and Western Regional Manager for the NSW Cancer Council. She has been involved in a range of industries, including tourism, agriculture, small business and cultural planning.

Ruth has a Bachelor of Business Studies from Charles Sturt University.

Cr Fagan was first elected in 2004 and again in 2012 and 2016.

Her current Councillor roles include Chair of the Festival of International Understanding, Chair of the Cultural Council, delegate to Central NSW Libraries Committee, a member of the Cowra Nature Based Adventure Playground Committee and the Cowra History book project.

Cr Fagan has special responsibility for the villages of Billimari and Wyangala. 

Cr Fagan can be contacted on 0429 123 736 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

 Bruce Miller web

Councillor Bruce Miller

Cr Bruce Miller was first elected to Council in September 1991, served two years as Deputy Mayor from 1992-1994, then as Mayor for 14 years from 1994-2008.

He is a Past President of the Shires Association of NSW, having served as President for four years from 2007-2011. He has served as a board member of Local Government NSW and the Australian Local Government Association and is currently the Deputy Chair of the board of Directors for Local Government Super.

Cr Miller has a keen interest in all aspects of Council activities, is passionate about the Cowra community and in seeing Cowra Shire being developed and promoted to its full potential and ensuring our residents get full value out of their elected representatives and their rates and charges dollar.

He is Chair of Council’s Traffic Committee and Access Committee and is also a member of the Australia Day Working Party and Cowra Public Art Advisory Panel.

Cr Miller has special responsibility for the village of Morongla.

Cr Miller can be contacted on 0427 300 144 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Michael Nobes

Councillor Michael Nobes

Cr Michael Nobes was first elected to Cowra Council in 2016.

Born and bred in Cowra, Cr Nobes joined the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) when he left school, and completed an Electrical Trade Course. A career path change to the Clearance Diving Unit, led Michael into his Diving and Bomb Disposal roles.

On leaving the RAN, Michael returned to his home town of Cowra where he spent the next eight years travelling to SE Asia to participate in Explosive Ordinance Disposal.

He retired in 2014 after roles in his hometown including Manager PCYC and Aquatic Centre Manager.

Cr Nobes is Council’s representative on the Cowra Breakout Association, Depot Redevelopment Working Party, Belabula Joint Committee and Cowra Showground Racecourse and Paceway Trust.

He has special responsibility for the villages of Noonbinna and Wattamondara.

Cr Nobes can be contacted on 0447 411 919 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Ray Walsh web

Councillor Ray Walsh

Cr Ray Walsh began his working life as a farmer in the Cowra district, both as a farm owner and farm manager. He retired in June 2012 and now lives in Cowra.

From 1966 to 1968, Cr Walsh completed 2 years National Service, serving in Malaya.

Cr Walsh was first elected to Council in September 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

He is Council’s representative on the Natural Resource Management Advisory Committee, Chair of the Board of Cowra Tourism Corporation and a member and Co Chair of the Australia Day Working Party and Cowra Heritage Month Working Party.

Cr Walsh has special responsibility for the villages of Billimari and Gooloogong.

Outside of Council, Cr Walsh is an active community member, with a long standing involvement with Cowra Legacy, Cowra RSL, Chair of St Raphaels Parish Finance Committee and President of the Cowra Historical Society.

Cr Walsh can be contacted on 0429 423 548 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Ian Whitty Web

Councillor Ian Whitty

Cr Ian Whitty was first elected to Cowra Council in 2016.

His family has lived in Cowra for five generations and he grew up on the land, working in the rural sector as well as at the abattoirs and for council.

Cr Whitty is involved in Cowra’s junior league team and also plays in the Lachlan Hotel Cowboy’s cricket team.

With a particular focus on industry, business and youth employment, Cr Whitty is a member of the Cowra Sport and Recreation Council, Cowra Festival of International Understanding Committee and Cowra Youth Council.

He has special responsibility for the villages of Darbys Falls and Gooloogong. 

Cr Whitty can be contacted on 0428 348 687 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 Kevin Wright web

Councillor Kevin Wright

Cr Kevin Wright was first elected to Cowra Council in February 2013 and is by profession a stock and station agent.

Cr Wright grew up in the Shire and was for a number of years a well-known farmer in the district.

He retains a strong interest in rural affairs and is also Chairman of the Board for the Cowra Retirement Village.

Cr Wright is a member of the Australian Chapter of World Peace Bell Association, Cowra Regional Art Gallery Advisory Committee and Friends of the Cowra Regional Art Gallery and also forms part of the Cowra Community Grants Working Party.

He has special responsibility for the villages of Noonbinna and Woodstock.

Cr Kevin Wright can be contacted on 0428 434 877 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


 

Peter Wright web

Councillor Peter Wright

Cr Peter Wright was born in Cowra, completing his Higher School Certificate and TAFE studies here, before commencing his farming business that continues to the present.

Cr Wright was first elected in 2008, before being re-elected in 2012 and 2016.

He is a member of Council’s Audit Committee, Australian Chapter of World Peace Bell Association and Saleyards Committee. Cr Wright also represents Council on the Belabula Joint Committee, Canobolas Zone Rural Fire Service Liaison Committee and Bushfire Management Committee and the Lachlan Regional Transport Committee Inc.

Cr Wright has special responsibility for the villages of Wattamondara and Wyangala within the Shire.

Cr Peter Wright can be contacted on 0429 326 067 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.