Municipality of Burwood

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Municipality of Burwood
New South Wales
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Coordinates 33°53′S 151°06′E / 33.883°S 151.100°E / -33.883; 151.100Coordinates: 33°53′S 151°06′E / 33.883°S 151.100°E / -33.883; 151.100
Population 32,423 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 4,632/km2 (12,000/sq mi)
Area 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Mayor John Faker (Labor)
Council seat Burwood
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
LGAs around Municipality of Burwood:
Canada Bay
Strathfield Municipality of Burwood Ashfield

The Municipality of Burwood is a local government area in the inner-west of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

The Mayor of the Municipality is Cr. John Faker, a member of the Labor Party.

Suburbs in the local government area[edit]

Suburbs in the Municipality of Burwood are:

The Municipality also includes portions of:


At the 2011 Census, there were 32,423 people in the Burwood local government area, of these 49.1% were male and 50.9% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4% of the population. The median age of people in the Municipality of Burwood was 35 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 14.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.5% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 47.8% were married and 8.2% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the Municipality of Burwood between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 5.26%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 4.84%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Burwood local government area was lower than the national average.[2][3] The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Burwood of was generally on par with the national average.[1]

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in Burwood local government area who stated their ancestry as Chinese was in excess of seven times the state and national averages; and the proportion of households where an Asian language was spoken at home was approximately eight times higher than the national average.[1]

Selected historical census data for Burwood local government area
Census year 2001[2] 2006[3] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 29,381 30,926 32,423
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.46%
% of Australian population 0.16% Steady 0.16% Decrease 0.15%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Chinese 21.8%
Australian 10.4%
English 9.9%
Italian 8.0%
Irish 4.6%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 5.8% Increase 10.1% Increase 12.7%
Cantonese 7.8% Increase 8.5% Increase 8.8%
Italian 7.3% Decrease 6.5% Decrease 5.7%
Korean 5.4% Decrease 4.7% Decrease 4.5%
Arabic 5.7% Decrease 4.9% Decrease 4.4%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 36.9% Decrease 33.4% Decrease 30.2%
No religion 12.6% Increase 16.6% Increase 21.5%
Buddhism 5.8% Increase 6.3% Increase 7.3%
Hinduism n/c n/c Increase 7.2%
Anglican 9.5% Decrease 7.4% Decrease 6.5%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$403 A$490
% of Australian median income 86.5% 84.9%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,071 A$1,441
% of Australian median income 104.3% 97.3%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,194 A$1,310
% of Australian median income 102.0% 106.1%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Burwood Council is composed of seven Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the six other Councillors are elected proportionally as one ward. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:[4][5]

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 4
  Liberal Party of Australia 2
  Burwood Community Voice 1
Total 7

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  John Faker Labor Mayor[5]
  Ernest Wong Labor Deputy Mayor[6]
  Justin Taunton Liberal
  Lesley Furneaux-Cook Burwood Community Voice A past Mayor, between 2008 - 2009[7]
  Sally Deans Labor
  George Mannah Labor
  Tony Doueihi Liberal


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Burwood (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Burwood (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Burwood (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Candidates in Sequence of Election Report: Burwood Council" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Burwood Council - Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Norington, Brad (16 May 2013). "Labor Right uses Roozendaal seat to reach out to Chinese". The Australian. Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  7. ^ Habib, Rashell (2 March 2009). "Praise for women of wonder". NewsLocal. 

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