City of Auburn

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This article is about local government area. For the suburb, see Auburn, New South Wales.
City of Auburn
New South Wales
Auburn lga sydney.png
Coordinates 33°51′S 151°02′E / 33.850°S 151.033°E / -33.850; 151.033Coordinates: 33°51′S 151°02′E / 33.850°S 151.033°E / -33.850; 151.033
Population 80,892 (2012)[1]
 • Density 2,527.88/km2 (6,547.2/sq mi)
Area 32 km2 (12.4 sq mi)
Mayor Hicham Zraika(Labor)
Council seat Auburn
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s) Auburn
Federal Division(s) Reid
Website www.auburn.nsw.gov.au
LGAs around City of Auburn:
Parramatta Parramatta Ryde
Parramatta City of Auburn Canada Bay
Bankstown Bankstown Strathfield

The City of Auburn is a local government area in the Greater Western Sydney region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is located about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) west of the Sydney central business district. The area's population is culturally diverse.

Major attractions and features in the area include the Gallipoli Mosque, located in the suburb of Auburn. The Mosque is modelled upon the great mosques of Istanbul. The suburb of Homebush Bay, the location of the main venues of the 2000 Summer Olympics, now attracts many visitors to its sporting and cultural events.

The Mayor of Auburn City Council is Cr. Hicham Zraika, a member of the Labor Party.

History[edit]

Prior to European settlement, the Wangal Aboriginal people lived around the Auburn area. European settlement began in the 1790s. The Auburn area was a farming area, known as "Liberty Plains".

Auburn was proclaimed as a Borough on 19 February 1892. Silverwater was added in 1906. On 1 January 1949, the (by now) Municipalities of Auburn and Lidcombe were amalgamated to form the new Auburn Municipality. In 1993, a change in the law meant that "municipality" ceased to be a legal category of local government area. Auburn Municipal Council became "Auburn Council", and the same name was used to refer to the former Municipality of Auburn.[2]

A project by Auburn Council to seek city status began in April 2006. A special poll held on 13 September 2008 found a large proportion of the electorate supported the project. On 24 June 2009 Governor of New South Wales Marie Bashir issued a proclamation granting Auburn city status, which was gazetted on 17 July 2009.[2]

Suburbs in the local government area[edit]

Auburn Council sign, Parramatta Road

Suburbs within the Auburn City boundaries are:

  • Homebush Bay was a suburb but is now divided between Sydney Olympic Park, Wentworth Point and Lidcombe.

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 Census, there were 73,738 people in the Auburn local government area, of these 51.8% were male and 48.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.6% of the population. The median age of people in the Auburn area was 31 years, which is significantly lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 8.5% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 53.2% were married and 8.9% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the Auburn area between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 16.31%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 13.51%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Auburn local government area was double the national average.[3] The median weekly income for residents within the Auburn area was lower than the national average,[1][4] being one of the factors that place the City in an area of social disadvantage.

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Auburn local government area who stated their ancestry as Chinese, or as Lebanese, was in excess of six times the national average. The proportion of residents who stated an affiliation with Islam was in excess of eleven times the national average. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, the area was linguistically diverse, with Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Turkish, and Korean languages spoken in households, and ranged from five times to 22 times the national averages.[1]

Selected historical census data for Auburn local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 55,851 64,959 73,738
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 1.07%
% of Australian population 0.30% Increase 0.33% Increase 0.34%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Chinese 20.1%
Australian 7.5%
English 7.0%
Lebanese 6.3%
Turkish 5.9%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 13.6% Increase 12.5% Decrease 10.7%
Cantonese 11.3% Increase 10.6% Decrease 9.9%
Mandarin 4.8% Increase 7.0% Increase 9.2%
Turkish 7.5% Decrease 7.2% Decrease 6.7%
Korean n/c Increase 3.2% Increase 5.0%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Islam 23.4%  24.8% Increase 25.5%
No Religion 9.7% Increase 11.7% Increase 14.5%
Catholic 22.7% Increase 19.7% Decrease 18.3%
Buddhism 9.9% Decrease 9.2% Decrease 9.1%
Hinduism n/c n/c Increase 5.1%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$343 A$420
% of Australian median income 73.6% 72.8%
Family income Median weekly family income A$906 A$1,161
% of Australian median income 88.2% 78.4%
Household income Median weekly household income A$991 A$1,160
% of Australian median income 84.6% 94.0%

Council[edit]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Auburn Council is composed of ten Councillors elected proportionally as two separate wards, each electing five 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. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5][6]

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 3
  Independents 2
  Australian Labor Party 2
  Residents Action Group for Auburn Area 2
  Communist Party of Australia 1
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
First Ward[5]   Ronney Oueik Liberal
  Hicham Zraika Labor Mayor
  Semra Batik-Dundar Residents Action Group
  Le Lam Independent
  Salim Mehajer Independent Deputy Mayor
Second Ward[6]   Ned Attie Liberal
  George Campbell Labor
  Irene Simms Residents Action Group
  Steve Yang Liberal
  Tony Oldfield Communist

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Auburn (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Auburn City Council (2011) Publication Guide, p.4
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Auburn (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Auburn (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Candidates in Sequence of Election Report: Auburn City Council: First Ward" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Candidates in Sequence of Election Report: Auburn City Council: Second Ward" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 

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