Thursday, 12 December 2019 Sydney

Visit, Live & Invest in Eurobodalla Shire::

Eurobodalla Shire is located on the south coast of New South Wales, 280 kilometres south of the Sydney and 150 kilometres south-east of Canberra.

Our 110 kilometres of coastline includes the Batemans Marine Park and 3,400 square kilometres of land. More than 80 percent of the land is either national park or state forest.

Eurobodalla Shire Council's boundaries stretch from South Durras in the north to Wagonga inlet in the south and Nerrigundah in the west. Within this area we have three major towns, Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma and numerous smaller villages.

Information about our local population


History of local government in Eurobodalla


Since 1844, there have been three councils in the area that is now covered by Eurobodalla Shire Council.

Our first Council


The first council for the region linked the south coast to Braidwood and served as a single police and administrative body but did not collect rates or make any decisions which regulated the lives of local residents.

A Municipal Council for Moruya


In 1889, with 1236 people, Moruya had the population to apply for Municipal status as a semi-urban council. This status was granted in 1890 and included a right to collect rates. In 1905, the boundaries of local government grew under the Shires Act which divided NSW into local government shires.

While the Municipal Council continued to look after Moruya, the new Eurobodalla Shire Council – which was proclaimed by the NSW Government in 1906 - was to be responsible for a much larger area that stretched from Durras Lake in the north to Dignams Creek in the south.

The first Eurobodalla Shire Council


The new Shire was governed by an interim Council of public men. They were responsible for organising the Shire's first election, including the paper supplies, the ballot boxes and the advertising and for supervising the police who verified the name of all the eligible voters. The election when it was held was a tight one, with one of the areas within the Shire won by a Councillor by a single vote.

The six new Councillors were:

  • Henry Anderson, a successful Irish-born (1859) dairy farmer from Bergalia and later Pyree near Nowra
  • Samuel William Bate, a Sydney-born (1841), Central Tilba  and Tuross River dairy, cattle and sheep farmer who was one of the founders of the ABC cheese factory at Central Tilba and the cheese factory at CorunnaEurobodalla first councillors in 1906
  • Edward M. Mort, a Sydney-born (1860) cheese maker who was the well-respected director of the Bodalla Company.
  • Alfred Allen Shoebridge was born in Araluen in 1862 and lived around the Nelligen area. He worked as a miner, a store-keeper, a saw miller and a promoter of co-operative cheese making and was also a local agent for a steamship company.
  • Henry Joseph Mallon, born in Mullenderree in 1845, was a stock dealer when he was younger and later became a beef farmer at Merricumbene on the Deua River who supplied beef to the Araluen miners and local butchers.
  • Thomas Taylor, of Balmain in Sydney, was an engineer and worked as a director of the iron and wood bridge building company, Johnston and Taylor and as a Councillor and five-times Mayor of the Borough of Auburn before he retired to Narooma. He was a financial whizz who brought with him invaluable experience building roads and bridges. 

Council's first jobs


Moruya was chosen as the seat of the new government because of its central location, commercial importance and because there was a newspaper here.

Council then had to appoint a Councillor to the top role of President (the title of Mayor was not used until the 1950s) and Thomas Mort was unanimously elected because of his social position.

Council's priorities were engineering new roads and maintaining old roads, managing finances and the health of the community and gradually the Moruya Municipal Council became irrelevant. In 1913, Eurobodalla ratepayers voted to amalgamate it with the Shire. Five days after the Municipal Council met for the last time on 17 November 1913, Eurobodalla Shire Council became the sole local government authority.

Eurobodalla Shire Council today


We now have nine councillors and a popularly elected Mayor but in terms of essential council services little else has changed in the last 100 years.


Moving to Eurobodalla


A daily routine without traffic jams and crowded public transport is a choice many people make by moving to the Eurobodalla.

Our lifestyle is one that others envy – unhurried, uncrowded shopping centres, with easy parking and a range of good-quality housing, schools and a university campus along with other tertiary education providers.

We also have a good range of sport and leisure activities – boating, cycling, bushwalking, golf, boating, tennis, fishing – indeed almost all sports are played here.

If you can see yourself enjoying this lifestyle, visit the Eurobodalla and have a look around. You will be impressed with what's on offer. Allow plenty of time to look at the opportunities available to you and your family - talk to real estate agents about the range of properties  to rent or to buy and visit local schools and facilities. You will see for yourself how you can fit into this lifestyle.

Come and join those who have already made the move.

Regional relocation grant

Find out more about the NSW Government's one-off payment of $7,000 to assist with the cost of relocating from your metropolitan home to the Eurobodalla.

Skilled Regional Relocation Grant

The NSW Government is also introducing a Skilled Regional Relocation Incentive. It will offer $10,000 to people who relocate from Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong  for a specific job . Applicants will not need to purchase a property. Further details will be available soon.

If you are interested in this grant, please register for an information pack and we will send more information when it is available.

Like to find out more?

Contact Council
T 02 4474 1000