City of Cessnock

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City of Cessnock
CessnockNew South Wales
Cessnock LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 32°50′3″S 151°21′19.8″E / 32.83417°S 151.355500°E / -32.83417; 151.355500Coordinates: 32°50′3″S 151°21′19.8″E / 32.83417°S 151.355500°E / -32.83417; 151.355500
Population 50,840 (2011)[1]
 • Density 25.4/km2 (66/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2320-2327, 2330, 2334, 2335[2]
Area 1,966 km2 (759.1 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Mayor Bob Pynsent[3]
Council seat Cessnock[4]
Region Hunter[2]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Hunter[7]
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LGAs around City of Cessnock:
Singleton Singleton, Maitland Maitland
Singleton City of Cessnock Newcastle
Hawkesbury Hawkesbury, Gosford Lake Macquarie, Wyong

City of Cessnock is a local government area in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is located to the west of Newcastle. The largest population centre and council seat is the city of Cessnock.

The Mayor of the City of Cessnock Council is Cr. Bob Pynsent, a member of the Country Labor Party.[3]

Main towns and villages[edit]

The Cessnock City Council area includes Kurri Kurri, Weston, Pelaw Main, Abermain, Aberdare, Bellbird, Kearsley, Mulbring, Kitchener, Paxton, Millfield, Ellalong, Wollombi, Neath Branxton and Greta.


At the 2011 census, there were 50,840 people in the City of Cessnock local government area, of these 49.7 per cent were male and 50.3 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.8 per cent of the population, which was nearly double than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Cessnock was 37 years, equal to the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.4 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.1 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 46.6 per cent were married and 13.2 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the City of Cessnock between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 2.52 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 10.03 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the City of Cessnock local government area was approximately equal to the national average over the ten-year period.[8][9] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Cessnock was lower than the national average.[1]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the City of Cessnock local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 83 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 64% of all residents in the City of Cessnock nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the City of Cessnock local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.1 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93.0 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[1]

Selected historical census data for the City of Cessnock local government area
Census year 2001[8] 2006[9] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 45,071 46,206 50,840
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.73%
% of Australian population 0.24% Decrease 0.23% Increase 0.24%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 35.3%
English 32.2%
Scottish 8.4%
Irish 7.1%
German 2.9%
top responses
(other than English)
German 0.3% Decrease 0.2% Steady 0.2%
Cantonese 0.2% Decrease 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Tagalog 0.1% Increase n/c Increase 0.1%
French n/c Steady n/c Increase 0.1%
Italian n/c Increase 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 33.6% Decrease 33.0% Decrease 31.1%
Catholic 22.2% Decrease 21.9% Steady 21.9%
No Religion 11.0% Increase 14.5% Increase 18.5%
Uniting Church 9.9% Decrease 8.5% Decrease 7.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed 5.3% Decrease 4.7% Decrease 4.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$358 A$472
% of Australian median income 76.8% Increase 81.8%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,015 A$1,265
% of Australian median income 86.7% Decrease 85.4%
Household income Median weekly household income A$786 A$1,042
% of Australian median income 76.5% Increase 84.4%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Cessnock City Council is composed of thirteen Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the twelve other Councillors are elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:[3][10]

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 6
  Liberal Party of Australia 2
  Independent 2
  Clean Sweep Independents 1
  The Greens 1
  Palmer United Party 1
Total 13

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

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Mayor[3]   Bob Pynsent Country Labor
A Ward[10]   James Hawkins Country Labor
  Cordelia Troy Independent Resigned from the Liberal Party
  Allan Stapleford Clean Sweep Independents Deputy Mayor
B Ward[10]   Morgan Campbell Country Labor Elected on Bob Pynsent's ticket
  Ian Olsen Independent
  Bryce Gibson Liberal
C Ward[10]   Jeff Maybury Country Labor
  Suellen Wrightson Palmer United Party Defected from the Liberal Party
  Catherine Parsons Country Labor Elected on Jeff Maybury's ticket
D Ward[10]   Graham Smith Country Labor
  Rod Doherty Liberal
  James Ryan Greens


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Cessnock (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT) - Cessnock City Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Declaration of Poll for Mayor" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Cessnock City Council. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "City of Cessnock Council". New South Wales Department of Local Government. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  5. ^ "Cessnock". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  6. ^ "Upper Hunter". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 March 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  7. ^ "Federal Electorate Search: Hunter". Australian Electoral Commission. 19 October 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2009. 
  8. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Cessnock (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cessnock (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Declaration of Poll Result by Ward - First Preferences" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Cessnock City Council. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.