City of Canterbury (New South Wales)
|City of Canterbury
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|• Density||4,303.45/km2 (11,145.9/sq mi)|
|Area||34 km2 (13.1 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Brian Robson (Labor)|
Canterbury is primarily residential and light industrial in character. The city is home to over 130 nationalities, with a majority of its residents being born overseas. Hence Canterbury calls itself "the City of Cultural Diversity." The City was previously called the Municipality of Canterbury.
Suburbs in the local government area
Suburbs in the City of Canterbury are:
- Ashbury (with a minor portion within the Municipality of Ashfield)
- Belfield (with parts within the Municipality of Strathfield)
- Beverly Hills (with parts within the City of Hurstville)
- Clemton Park
- Croydon Park (with parts within Burwood Council and the Municipality of Ashfield)
- Hurlstone Park (with a minor portion with the Municipality of Ashfield)
- Narwee (with parts within the City of Hurstville)
- Punchbowl (with parts within the City of Bankstown)
- Riverwood (with parts within the City of Hurstville)
- Wiley Park
Localities in the City of Canterbury are:
- McCallums Hill
At the 2011 Census, there were 137,454 people in the Canterbury local government area, with an equal proportion of male and female residents. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.6% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Canterbury was 35 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.5% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.9% were married and 10.8% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the City of Canterbury between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 0.02%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 5.76%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Canterbury local government area was approximately half the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Canterbury is significantly lower than the national average.
|Selected historical census data for Canterbury local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||129,935||129,963||137,454|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales|
|% of New South Wales population||1.99%|
|% of Australian population||0.69%||0.65%||0.64%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$366||A$430|
|% of Australian median income||78.5%||74.5%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$839||A$1,149|
|% of Australian median income||81.7%||77.6%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,007||A$1,029|
|% of Australian median income||86.0%||83.4%|
Current composition and election method
Canterbury City Council is composed of ten Councillors, including the Mayor, elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the nine other Councillors are elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
|Australian Labor Party||6|
|Liberal Party of Australia||3|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:
|Central Ward||Mark Adler||Labor|
|East Ward||Con Vasiliades||Liberal|
|Linda Eisler||The Greens|
|West Ward||Karl Saleh||Labor|
The city area is roughly enclosed by three waterways. The original village of Canterbury Vale was situated on the Cooks River. The upper parts of the river define the northern limits of the city. A major tributary, Wolli Creek forms part of the southern border of the city. The western limit of the city is defined by Salt Pan Creek. The short canal, Cup and Saucer Creek flows within the city area.
Physically the land is slightly hilly, although it is regarded as part of the Cumberland Plain. The underlying rock is sandstone.
- Canterbury Park Racecourse features a 1,578 metres (5,177 ft) track and attracts thousands to its thoroughbred horse racing carnivals.
- Belmore Oval is home to the Canterbury Bulldogs, a team in the National Rugby League. And also home to former National Soccer League Club and current New South Wales Premier League Club Sydney Olympic FC
- Roselands Shopping Centre was the first building of its type in Australia.
- Lakemba Mosque, built for the large number of Lebanese-Muslim's in the area and finished construction in 1977.
The following notable people were born or lived in the area:
- Alex Dimitriades, an actor
- John Howard OM AC, a former Prime Minister of Australia
- Anthony and Tony Mundine, brothers and boxers
The South Western Motorway passes through the city, with exits at Belmore Road, Kingsgrove Road, King Georges Road and Bexley Road. The section west of King Georges Road was finished in 1993 and the remainder completed in 2002. The Motorway connects Sydney to the South West of the state, Canberra and Victoria.
Canterbury Road is another arterial route, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) long. The road connects the inner west suburbs of Sydney with Bankstown and suburbs further to the south-west, however its role in the metropolitan system was largely superseded by the completion of the M5 Motorway.
The area is served by the Bankstown line of the Sydney Trains network. The line was opened in 1895 and electrified in 1926. Additional tracks were laid for goods traffic. Within the city are the stations of Hurlstone Park, Canterbury, Campsie, Belmore, Lakemba, Wiley Park and Punchbowl. An eighth station, Narwee, is on the Airport, Inner West & South Line.
Canterbury is home to the largest Korean born population in Australia.
- Eunpyong-gu, a municipal district within Seoul, South Korea. A special friendship garden in Loft Gardens at Campsie commemorates the relationship.
- Patras, Greece.
In 1793, the area's first land grant was made to the chaplain of the First Fleet, the Reverend Richard Johnson, and given the name Canterbury Vale. Residential development began picking up in the area during the 1880s. A leading developer at this time was Frederick Gibbes, a Member of Parliament for the seat of Newtown, who was also involved in property ventures in Rockdale and in his electorate.
A railway was completed in 1895 encouraging further suburban development which led to the area becoming heavily populated.
After much petitioning of the State Government by local residents, the Municipality of Canterbury was proclaimed on 17 March 1879. A Town Hall was opened in 1889 in Canterbury. However, over time, Campsie became a more important centre and the city administration moved there in 1962.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Canterbury (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Canterbury (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Canterbury (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 November 2012.
- "Canterbury City Council - Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Canterbury City Council - Central Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Canterbury City Council - East Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- "Canterbury City Council - West Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012.
- Canterbury City Council website
- History of Canterbury City
- Map of suburbs in Canterbury City
- Festivals, Arts and Culture in the City of Canterbury
- Demographics and Interesting Statistics