North Sydney Council

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North Sydney Council
New South Wales
North sydney lga.png
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
Coordinates 33°50′S 151°12′E / 33.833°S 151.200°E / -33.833; 151.200Coordinates: 33°50′S 151°12′E / 33.833°S 151.200°E / -33.833; 151.200
Population 67,658 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 6,207/km2 (16,080/sq mi)
Established 29 July 1890 (1890-07-29)
Area 10.9 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Mayor Jilly Gibson
Council seat Council Chambers
Parish Willoughby
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
North-sydney-council-logo.png
Website North Sydney Council
LGAs around North Sydney Council:
Willoughby Willoughby Northern Beaches
Lane Cove North Sydney Council Mosman
Inner West Sydney Woollahra

North Sydney Council is a local government area on the lower north shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, established on 29 July 1890 through the amalgamation of three boroughs.

The area is bounded by Willoughby to the north and north-west, Northern Beaches to the north-east, Mosman to the east, Lane Cove to the west and Sydney Harbour to the south. It covers an area of approximately 10.9 square kilometres (4.2 sq mi) and as at the 2016 census had an estimated population of 67,658.[1] The administrative seat of North Sydney Council is located in the suburb of North Sydney, approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of the Sydney central business district.

The Mayor of North Sydney Council is Cr. Jilly Gibson, an independent politician. Gibson was first elected on 8 September 2012 and was re-elected for a second term on 9 September 2017 at the same time as her daughter, Dr Alanya Drummond, who was elected as a Councillor for Tunks Ward.[2]

Suburbs and localities in the local government area

Suburbs serviced by North Sydney Council are:

Localities serviced by North Sydney Council include:

History

The 1925 extension of the Council Chambers, c. 1930.

The area now covered by North Sydney Council originally comprised three municipalities: the Borough of East St Leonards from 1860 (Kirribilli, Cremorne Point, Milsons Point), the Borough of St Leonards from 1867 (Cammeray, Mosman, Waverton, Wollstonecraft) and the very small Borough of Victoria from 1871 (McMahons Point and parts of North Sydney and Lavender Bay). These boroughs lasted until 29 July 1890 when they merged to form the "Borough of North Sydney".[3]

Following a petition submitted by residents in 1892, on 11 April 1893 the Mossman Ward of North Sydney confirmed its separation as the Borough of Mosman, being proclaimed by Lieutenant-Governor Sir Frederick Darley.[4] From 28 December 1906, following the passing of the Local Government Act, 1906, the council was renamed as the "Municipality of North Sydney".

North Sydney Municipal Council first met in the 1885 East St Leonards Town Hall on Alfred Street, Milsons Point, that had been built for the Borough of East St Leonards, and took up residence in the North Sydney Council Chambers on Miller Street, North Sydney, from 12 July 1926.[5][6]

Post-war council history and Mack era

With the completion of the Warringah Expressway in 1968, a construction that involved the wide-scale demolition of areas in the centre of the municipality, North Sydney was split in two and development in the North Sydney central business district took off. With this development resulting in the destruction of the heritage streetscape of the North Sydney CBD, threatening the character of surrounding areas, several movements of North Sydney residents formed to oppose and manage the pace and extent of development.[7] One prominent group was the North Sydney Civic Group, which came to prominence in the late-1970s amid dissatisfaction with the North Sydney Council. The Council's plans for the demolition of the historic Council Chambers following a fire in 1976, led to further tensions and resulted in the council being turned out at the 1980 elections, replaced by a North Sydney Civic Group-aligned council and Ted Mack elected mayor.[7]

Mack's term as mayor, was marked by a single-minded and innovative approach to the local governance issues facing North Sydney at the time. Mack began his term as mayor by selling the mayoral car to help buy community buses. During his term as mayor, North Sydney Council introduced the "open government policy" which honoured a promise of openness and transparency of council decisions, and established a precinct committee system, which allowed for greater citizen input in council issues. The pioneering North Sydney Heritage Study was released in 1982 and in 1989 the new Local Environmental Plan was gazetted.[7]

With an increase in council revenues, Mack reinvested the funds in a public works program into several new and renovated parks, car parks, childcare facilities, community and sports centres, and major extensions and renovations to the Stanton Library and North Sydney Oval. Infrastructure also took on a distinct local identity, with Council investment on new street signs, bus shelters, colour schemes of public buildings, paving and street furniture.[7] In 1982, council voted to popularly elect the mayor, with Mack being directly elected twice to the position in 1983 and 1987 before retiring in 1988.

With the passing of the Local Government Act, 1993, the Municipality of North Sydney was legally renamed as North Sydney Council and aldermen were renamed councillors.

2016–17 amalgamation proposals

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the North Sydney Council merge with adjoining councils.

The government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger of the North Sydney and Willoughby Councils to form a new council with an area of 33 square kilometres (13 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 145,000.[8] The alternative, proposed by Warringah Council on 23 February 2016, was for an amalgamation of the Pittwater, Manly and Warringah councils. As a consequence of Warringah's proposal, the New South Wales Minister for Local Government Paul Toole proposed that the North Sydney, Willoughby and Mosman Councils merge.[9]

In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the North Sydney, Willoughby and Mosman local government areas, along with several other proposed forced mergers.[10]

Town Clerks and General Managers

Name Term Notes
William Barnett Smith 16 August 1890 – 1 September 1921 [11][12][13][14][15]
Percy Augustus Temple September 1921 – February 1923 [16][17]
Hubert Perry February 1923 – 10 July 1938 [18][19][20]
Leslie Fitzpatrick 11 July 1938 – 1966 [21]
D. W. Geddes 1966 – October 1978 [22]
S. S. Fyfe October 1978 – 1981 [23]
Ross Kempshall January 1989 – 14 May 2001 [24]
Penny Holloway 14 May 2001 – 6 December 2013 [25]
Warwick Winn 6 December 2013 – April 2016 [26][27]
Ken Gouldthorp 11 December 2016 – present [28]

Heritage listings

The North Sydney Council has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Demographics

North Sydney Council signpost at Cammeray

At the 2016 census, there were 67,658 people in the North Sydney local government area, of these 47.2 per cent were male and 52.8 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.3 per cent of the population; significantly below the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the North Sydney Council area was 37 years; slightly below the national average of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 12.6 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.4 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 41.9 per cent were married and 16.6 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the North Sydney Council area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 5.98%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 6.92%. At the 2016 census, the population in the North Sydney Council area increased by 8.62 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in the North Sydney local government area was marginally lower than the national average.[1][52][53] The median weekly income for residents within the North Sydney Council area was significantly higher and nearly double the national average.

Selected historical census data for North Sydney local government area
Census year 2001[54] 2006[52] 2011[53] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 54,970 58,257 62,289 67,658
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 39th Increase 37th Increase 36th
% of New South Wales population 0.90% Steady 0.90% Steady 0.90%
% of Australian population 0.29% Decrease 0.26% Increase 0.29% Steady 0.29%
Estimated ATSI population on census night 97 110 134 199
% of ATSI population to residents 0.2% Steady 0.2% Steady 0.2% Increase 0.3%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English 25.4% Decrease 24.6%
Australian 17.9% Decrease 16.2%
Irish 9.4% Increase 10.0%
Scottish 7.5% Increase 7.6%
Chinese 5.7% Increase 6.3%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 1.2% Increase 1.7% Increase 2.4% Increase 3.4%
Cantonese 2.8% Decrease 2.7% Steady 2.7 Increase 2.5%
Japanese 2.2% Steady 2.1% Decrease 1.9% Decrease 1.8%
Spanish n/c Increase 0.7% Increase 1.1% Increase 1.4%
French 0.7% Steady 0.7% Increase 0.9% Increase 1.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion, self-described 20.5% Increase 23.0% Increase 28.9% Increase 37.3%
Catholic 23.9% Decrease 23.3% Decrease 23.0% Decrease 21.4%
Anglican 22.6% Decrease 19.9% Decrease 17.4% Decrease 13.0%
Not stated n/c n/c n/c Increase 11.8%
Buddhism n/c Increase 2.9% Increase 3.2% Decrease 2.7%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$1,010 A$1,216 A$1,386
% of Australian median income 207.8% Increase 210.7% Decrease 209.4%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,772 A$2,768 A$3,210
% of Australian median income 172.5% Increase 186.9% Decrease 185.1%
Household income Median weekly household income A$2,510 A$2,205 A$2,360
% of Australian median income 214.3% Decrease 178.7% Decrease 164.1%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling type Separate house 12.3% Increase 13.9% Decrease 13.8% Decrease 11.0%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse 15.0% Steady 15.0% Decrease 14.7% Decrease 14.0%
Flat or apartment 70.9% Decrease 70.3% Increase 71.0% Increase 74.4%

Council

Current composition and election method

North Sydney Council is composed of ten Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office, operating on a Mayor–council government system of operation. The Mayor is directly elected while the nine other Councillors are elected proportionally from three wards, each electing three Councillors.

A referendum passed at the same time at the 2012 council elections reduced the number of wards from four to three (Cremorne Ward was abolished) and the number of councillors from 13 to 10, inclusive of the popularly elected mayor, which took effect from the 2017 election.[55] A referendum passed at the 2017 election also altered the system of electing the mayor. Starting in 2020, the mayor will be elected by the councillors from among their members for a two-year term.[56] The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:

Party Councillors
  Independents 9
  Liberal Democratic Party 1
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Mayor[57]   Jilly Gibson Independent Mayor 2012–date[58]
Tunks Ward[59]   Tony Carr Independent
  Dr Alanya Drummond Independent [2]
  Stephen Barbour Independent Deputy Mayor 2017–date
Victoria Ward[60]   Kathy Brodie Independent Elected on Jilly Gibson's ticket
  Jessica Keen Independent
  Maryann Beregi Independent
Wollstonecraft Ward[61]   Zoë Baker Independent Deputy Mayor 2011–2012
  Ian Mutton Independent
  Samuel Gunning Liberal Democrats

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