The Municipality of Broken Hill was incorporated on September 22, 1888, just five years after boundary rider Charles Rasp pegged the first mineral lease on the site.
At that time, Broken Hill was a rough and ready community of timber and corrugated iron buildings and the need for public health controls was one of the main driving forces behind incorporation. The City was divided into four wards, Burke, Wills, Sturt and King, each returning three aldermen. The ward system has since been abandoned and Councillors are elected to represent the whole of the City.
Following application by Council in 2006, the then Minister for Local Government approved that the number of Councillors for Broken Hill City Council be reduced from the current 12 to 10 councillors at the next local government election for Broken Hill. The Mayor of Broken Hill is popularly elected. The Deputy mayor is elected by the sitting Councillors on an annual basis.
The Mayor of Broken Hill is Councillor Darriea Turley.
Council currently employs 190 full time, part time and casual employees who provide more than 200 services and manage assets of $236M across a number of complex areas to provide for a wide range of community needs. It works closely with its partners, business, industry and each tier of government to ensure that the City has a sustainable future.
Information on the Council's Management Team and Structure is available here.