Palerang Council was proclaimed on 11 February 2004, following an amalgamation of all of Tallaganda Shire Council, 44% of Yarrowlumla Shire Council and parts of Mulwaree, Gunning and Cooma-Monaro Councils.
The Palerang Council area comprises the towns of Bungendore, Braidwood and Captains Flat, and the villages of Araluen, Mongarlowe, Majors Creek and Nerriga. It also encompasses the rural residential settlements of Wamboin/Bywong and Sutton East, Royalla, Burra, Carwoola and Stoney Creek, Hoskinstown and Rossi.
Palerang is unique in NSW Local Government Areas in that it has a very high percentage of rural residential living. The thousands of rural residential allotments are typically between two and 16 hectares in size and house more than three-quarters of the Council's population in Bywong, Wamboin, Sutton East, Burra, Stoney Creek and parts of Carwoola and Royalla.
In recent years, boutique rural industries such as vineyards, olive orchards and alpaca studs have proliferated across the shire.
Palerang has the biggest recreational horse population in the Southern Tablelands.
Private plantations, primarily of radiata pine, are generally located on marginal agricultural land in the north-eastern part of the Council area, north of Mongarlowe and the Durran Durra range. Other pockets of pine plantation exist to the west of Braidwood and south in the Parish of Krawarree.
The National Parks & Wildlife Service has established 63,422ha of national park in Palerang.
The Australian Defence Force Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) has been built off the Kings Highway seven kilometres from Bungendore towards Queanbeyan. This was the largest construction in the ACT region since the new Parliament House in Canberra.
10 Majara Street, Bungendore, NSW 2621
144 Wallace Street, Braidwood, NSW 2622
All mail to:
PO Box 348, Bungendore NSW 2621
Telephone: (02) 6238 8111
Fax: (02) 6238 1290
Emergency (all hours): 1300 735 025
ABN 7060 5876 877
Ordinary Council Meetings: Council holds its Ordinary Meetings on the first Thursday of the month (excluding January) commencing at 5.00 pm.
Extraordinary Council Meetings: Council holds extraordinary meetings from time to time. These are advertised in the local media and on Council's website.
Population: 15,000 approx
Area: 5,144 square kilometres