Wollondilly Shire

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Wollondilly Shire
New South Wales
Wollondilly LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 34°11′S 150°36′E / 34.183°S 150.600°E / -34.183; 150.600Coordinates: 34°11′S 150°36′E / 34.183°S 150.600°E / -34.183; 150.600
Population 48,519 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 18.95/km2 (49.09/sq mi)
Area 2,560 km2 (988.4 sq mi)
Mayor Judy Hannan (Independent)
Council seat Picton[2]
Region Macarthur, Blue Mountains, Central Tablelands
State electorate(s) Wollondilly
Federal Division(s)
Wollondilly Shire Council Logo.svg
Website Wollondilly Shire
LGAs around Wollondilly Shire:
Blue Mountains Penrith Camden
Oberon Wollondilly Shire Campbelltown
Upper Lachlan Wingecarribee Wollongong

Wollondilly Shire is a periurban local government area adjacent to the south-western fringe of Sydney, parts of which fall into the Macarthur , Blue Mountains and Central Tablelands regions in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Wollondilly Shire is named after the Wollondilly River. The area is traversed by the Hume Highway and the Southern Highlands railway line. Wollondilly Shire contains several small towns and villages broken up by farms and sandstone gorges. To its west is wilderness and includes the Nattai Wilderness and the Burragorang Valley. The majority of the Shire is either national park or forms part of the water catchment for Sydney's water supply. The Shire provides 97% of Sydney's water supply.

The Mayor of Wollondilly Shire Council is Cr. Judith Hannan, an independent politician.

Towns, villages and localities

Towns, villages and localities in the Wollondilly Shire are:


At the 2011 census, there were 43,259 people in the Wollondilly local government area, with an equal proportion of males and females. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.4% of the population which is on par with the national average. The median age of people in the Wollondilly Shire was 36 years. Children aged 0–14 years made up 23.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.8% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 54.9% were married and 10.4% were either divorced or separated.[3]

Population growth in the Wollondilly Shire between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 9.18%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 7.23%. This was higher than the population growth for Australia from 2001 to 2006 (5.78%) but less than the national figure for 2006 to 2011 (8.32%).[4] The median weekly income for residents within the Wollondilly Shire was marginally higher than the national average.[3][5]

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Wollondilly local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon was more than 63% (national average was 65.2%). More than 69% of Wollondilly Shire residents nominated a religious affiliation of Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was well above the national average of 50.2%. Compared to the national average, there was a lower than average proportion of households in the Wollondilly local government area (8.3%) where two or more languages were spoken (national average was 20.4%), and a significantly higher proportion (91.2%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).[3]

Selected historical census data for Wollondilly local government area
Census year 2001[4] 2006[5] 2011[3] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 36,953 40,344 43,259 48,519
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 26th 49th
% of New South Wales population 0.63%
% of Australian population 0.20% Steady 0.20% Steady 0.20%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 33.9%
English 29.2%
Irish 7.9%
Scottish 6.2%
Italian 2.9%
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 0.8% Steady 0.8% Steady 0.8%
Arabic 0.5% Steady 0.5% Decrease 0.4%
Maltese 0.5% Decrease 0.4% Steady 0.4%
Greek n/c Increase 0.3% Steady 0.3%
German 0.4% Decrease 0.3% Steady 0.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 33.4% Decrease 32.3% Increase 32.5%
Catholic 29.3% Decrease 30.1% Increase 30.9%
No Religion 11.2% Increase 13.7% Increase 15.4%
Uniting Church 5.3% Decrease 4.2% Decrease 3.8%
Presbyterian and Reformed 3.2% Decrease 2.8% Decrease 2.4%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$502 A$617
% of Australian median income 107.7% 106.9%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,186 A$1,661
% of Australian median income 115.5% 112.2%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,321 A$1,478
% of Australian median income 112.8% 119.8%


Current composition and election method

Wollondilly Shire Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. :[6][7][8]

Party Councillors
  Independents 9
Total 9

Most of the current Council were elected in 2016, with the exception of Matt Smith, who was elected at a by-election following the resignation of former Councillor Ray Law. The current members of the council are:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Central Ward[6]   Robert Khan Independent Deputy Mayor
  Michael Banasik Independent
  Blair Briggs Independent
East Ward[7]   Matthew Deeth Independent
  Matt Smith Independent
  Noel Lowry Independent Member Australian Labor Party
North Ward[8]   Judith Hannan Independent Mayor
  Simon Landow Independent Member Liberal Party NSW
  Matt Gould Independent

Local media

Wollondilly is home to two local newspapers, the Macarthur Chronicle Wollondilly edition and the Wollondilly Advertiser. Other regional media which serve the area are radio stations, 2MCR and C91.3FM, the District Reporter newspaper, and the Wollondilly Trumpeter, a newsletter.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wollondilly (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017. 
  2. ^ "Wollondilly Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 27 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wollondilly (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Wollondilly (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wollondilly (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Wollondilly Shire Council - Central Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Wollondilly Shire Council - East Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Wollondilly Shire Council - North Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 

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