City of Lismore

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This article is about the local government area. For the Australian regional city, see Lismore, New South Wales.
Lismore City
New South Wales
Lismore LGA NSW.png
Location in NSW
Coordinates 28°49′S 153°17′E / 28.817°S 153.283°E / -28.817; 153.283Coordinates: 28°49′S 153°17′E / 28.817°S 153.283°E / -28.817; 153.283
Population 45,645 (2009)[1]
 • Density 35.38/km2 (91.6/sq mi)
Area 1,290 km2 (498.1 sq mi)[2]
Mayor Jenny Dowell
Council seat Goonellabah
Region Northern Rivers
State electorate(s) Lismore
Federal Division(s) Page
Website www.lismore.nsw.gov.au
LGAs around Lismore City:
Kyogle Tweed Byron
Richmond Valley Lismore City Ballina
Richmond Valley Richmond Valley Ballina

The City of Lismore is a local government area in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The seat of the local government area is Lismore, a major regional centre of the state.

The Mayor of Lismore City Council is Cr. Jenny Dowell, a member of Country Labor.

Towns and localities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

In the 2006 Census of Population and Housing there were 42,210 usual residents living in Lismore City Council. Of this count, 20,543 (or 48%) were males and 21,667 (or 51%) were females. By age, 20% of the population was under 15 years old, 66% were between 15 and 65, and 14% were over 65 years old. Most people living in Lismore City Council were born in Australia (86%). The median age was 38 years.

Economy[edit]

According to the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, the median individual income was $378 per week (equal to approximately $19,710 per year). The median family income in 2006 was $993 per week (equal to approximately $51,778 per year); and, the median household income in 2006 was $779 per week (equal to approximately $39,629 per year).

There were 17,834 people employed in 2006 (to give an employment to working age population ratio of 0.64), and 1,812 people unemployed. The most common occupations were Professionals (19%); Technicians and Trades Workers (14%); and, Clerical and Administrative Workers (13%). The top 5 industries for employment were Hospitals (6.2%); School Education (5.8%); Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services (4.2%); Tertiary Education (3.3%); and, Supermarket and Grocery Stores (3.0%).

Housing[edit]

In the 2006 Census of Population and Housing, the median housing loan repayment was $1,083 per month. This equated to marginally under 35% of median household income. The median rent in 2006 was $165 per week. This equated to just over 21% of median household income. The average household size was 2.5 persons. There is a large population of commission housing situated in the city of Lismore.

Council[edit]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Lismore City Council is composed of eleven Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the ten other Councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:[3][4]

Party Councillors
  Independents 6
  Country Labor 4
  Australian Greens 1
Total 11

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

Councillor Party Notes
  Jenny Dowell Country Labor Mayor[3]
  Isaac Smith Country Labor Elected on Jenny Dowell's ticket
  Neil Marks Independent
  Vanessa Grindon-Ekins Greens
  Ray Houston Country Labor Elected on Jenny Dowell's ticket
  Glenys Ritchie Country Labor Elected on Jenny Dowell's ticket
  Simon Clough Our Sustainable Future
  Graham Meineke Independent
  Gianpiero Battista Independent
  Mathew Scheibel Independent
  Greg Bennett Unaligned

Sister cities[edit]

Lismore has sister city relations with the following cities:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Lismore City Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 2006-11-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Lismore City Council - Mayoral Election". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Lismore City Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sister Cities". Lismore City Council.