City of Gosford
|City of Gosford
New South Wales
Location of the City of Gosford in New South Wales
|Population||162,440 (2011) (24th)|
|• Density||172.81/km2 (447.6/sq mi)|
|Area||940 km2 (362.9 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|Mayor||Lawrie McKinna (Independent)|
The City of Gosford covers an area of 940 square kilometres (360 sq mi). Its administrative seat is located in Gosford, approximately 83 kilometres (52 mi) north of Sydney and approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi) south of Newcastle. The City is bounded to the east by the Tasman Sea, to the south by Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, to the west by the Great North Road where it encircles the Dharug National Park taking in the catchment area of the Mangrove Creek Dam, before heading south–east towards the coast, north of Forresters Beach.
As at the 2011 Census, the Gosford local government area had an estimated population of 162,440, making the area the twelfth most populous local government area in New South Wales, and the twenty–fourth most populous local government area in Australia. Census data shows that the area has a high proportion of elderly residents than the national median; reflecting the colloquial term for the area as God's Waiting Room.
The current General Manager is Mr. Paul Anderson. (http://www.gosford.nsw.gov.au/news_events/media/media-releases-2012/november-2012/gosford-city-council-appoints-new-general-manager)
Paul Anderson has had a checkered past in local council.
He was accused of negotiated his new contract directly with the former mayor instead of the recruitment process advocated by the ERA which may have allowed the council to replace Mr Anderson quickly with one of the other applicants.
He has also part of a viral video which garnered the comment “It would be pleasing to see him put as much work into research and reading his council papers as he did imagining something as infantile as this,”.
At Lithgow council as GM, they became the 12th most complained about council, but said this was no indication of efficiency.
Most famously, he was part of a defamation case concerning the General Manager’s tertiary qualifications (and employment).
Suburbs and localities
The local government area includes a moderately densely populated coastal strip that extends northward from the Hawkesbury River, and an extensive sparsely-populated region to the west that is largely native bush. The towns and villages located within the City of Gosford are:
- Avoca Beach
- Bar Point
- Booker Bay
- Box Head
- Central Mangrove (with parts located within Wyong Shire)
- Cheero Point
- Cogra Bay
- Daleys Point
- East Gosford
- Empire Bay
- Erina Heights
- Ettalong Beach
- Forresters Beach
- Glenworth Valley
- Green Point
- Hardys Bay
- Horsfield Bay
- Killcare Heights
- Kincumber South
- Kulnura (with parts located within Wyong Shire)
- Little Wobby
- Lower Mangrove
- MacMasters Beach
- Mangrove Creek
- Mangrove Mountain
- Mooney Mooney
- Mooney Mooney Creek
- Mount Elliot
- Mount White
- Niagara Park
- North Avoca
- North Gosford
- Pearl Beach
- Peats Ridge
- Phegans Bay
- Picketts Valley
- Point Clare
- Point Frederick
- Pretty Beach
- St Huberts Island
- Upper Mangrove
- Wendoree Park
- West Gosford
- Wisemans Ferry
- Woy Woy
- Woy Woy Bay
At the 2011 Census, there were 162,440 people in Gosford local government area, of these 48.2% were male and 51.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.2% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Gosford was 42 years; significantly higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.7% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.2% of the population, compared to 14.0% being the national median of people aged over 65 years. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 48.6% were married and 13.8% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the City of Gosford between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 2.67%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 2.71%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Gosford local government area was nearly one third below the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Gosford was approximately 10% lower than the national average.
At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Gosford local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 78% of all residents. In excess of 60% of all residents in the City of Gosford nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Gosford local government area had a lower than average proportion (7.5%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a higher proportion (89.9%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).
|Selected historical census data for the City of Gosford local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||128,781||144,840||154,045||158,157||162,440|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||9th||12th|
|% of New South Wales population||2.25%||2.40%||2.42%||2.35%|
|% of Australian population||0.76%||0.81%||0.82%||0.80%||0.76%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Presbyterian and Reformed||4.1%||3.5%||3.2%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$438||A$534|
|% of Australian median income||94.0%||92.5%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$944||A$1,395|
|% of Australian median income||91.9%||94.2%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,147||A$1,089|
|% of Australian median income||98.0%||88.2%|
Current composition and election method
Gosford City Council is composed of ten Councillors elected proportionally as one entire ward. 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:
|Liberal Party of Australia||4|
|Australian Labor Party||2|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:
|Bob Ward||Liberal||Deputy Mayor|
|Gabby Bowles||Independent||Elected on McKinna's ticket.|
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Gosford (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- Mode, Dorian (2012). "Coastal Climbing: Central Coast". Australian Traveller. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "Former Mariners coach scores mayoral post". ABC News (Australia). 25 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- http://www.naroomanewsonline.com.au/story/1222724/gm-video-goes-viral-causes-stir/ ,2014
- http://archive.lithgow.nsw.gov.au/agendas/12/120123_ITEM%2011.pdf, 2014
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Gosford (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Gosford (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 December 2012.
- "Gosford City Council - Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012.
- Gosford City Council official website
- Gosford City Council Access to Information (GIPA/FOI) Site
- Central Coast Tourism
- Central Coast Economic Development Organisation website
- NSW Department of Local Government: Suburbs and Towns in Gosford Council (includes map)
- Flickr group Woy Woy to Wyoming, pictures of the Gosford City Council area