City of Parramatta
|City of Parramatta
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|Population||166,858 (2011) (23rd)|
|• Density||2,735.4/km² (7,084.7/sq mi)|
|Area||61 km² (23.6 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|Lord Mayor||John Chedid|
The City of Parramatta is a local government area in the western region of Sydney, situated on the Cumberland Plain, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of the Sydney central business district, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.
The City occupies an area of 61 square kilometres (24 sq mi) and is the eleventh most populous (166,858 as the 2011 Census) local government area in New South Wales, and the twenty–third most populous local government area in Australia. The City houses the Parramatta central business district, the second largest employment destination for the metropolitan area after the Sydney CBD.
The area was formed in 1861 as the Municipality of Parramatta and became The Borough of Parramatta in 1867, eventually becoming the City of Parramatta in 1938. In 1948 Ermington-Rydalmere, Dundas, Granville and Parramatta councils were amalgamated.
Suburbs in the local government area 
Suburbs in the City of Parramatta are:
- Baulkham Hills (shared with The Hills Shire)
- Carlingford (shared with Hornsby Shire and The Hills)
- Constitution Hill
- Dundas Valley
- Eastwood (shared with Hornsby and City of Ryde)
- Epping (shared with Hornsby and Ryde)
- Granville (shared with City of Holroyd)
- Guildford East (shared with City of Bankstown, City of Fairfield and Holroyd)
- Harris Park (shared with Holroyd)
- Merrylands (shared with Holroyd)
- North Parramatta (shared with The Hills)
- Northmead (shared with The Hills)
- Oatlands (shared with The Hills)
- Old Toongabbie
- Parramatta (shared with Holroyd)
- Pendle Hill (shared with Holroyd)
- Sefton (shared with Bankstown)
- South Granville
- Toongabbie (shared with City of Blacktown and Holroyd)
- Winston Hills
- Wentworthville (shared with Holroyd)
- Westmead (shared with Holroyd)
At the 2011 Census, there were 166,858 people in the Parramatta local government area, of these 50.1% were male and 49.9% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.8% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Parramatta was 33 years; notably below the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 11.8% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.3% were married and 9.9% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the City of Parramatta between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 3.62% and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 12.50%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Parramatta local government area was significantly higher than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Parramatta was on with par with the national average.
At the 2011 Census, the Parramatta local government area was linguistically diverse, with a significantly higher than average proportion (52.5%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly lower proportion (43.4%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%). The proportion of residents who stated a religious affiliation with Islam and Hinduism was in excess of four times and six times the national average respectively.
|Selected historical census data for Parramatta local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||143,143||148,323||166,858|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||11th||11th|
|% of New South Wales population||2.41%|
|% of Australian population||0.76%||0.75%||0.78%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$443||A$544|
|% of Australian median income||95.1%||94.3%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,043||A$1,451|
|% of Australian median income||101.6%||98.0%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,172||A$1,288|
|% of Australian median income||100.0%||104.4%|
Current composition and election method 
Parramatta City Council is composed of fifteen Councillors elected proportionally as five separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Lord 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||7|
|Australian Labor Party||5|
|Lorraine Wearne Independents||2|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:
|Arthur Phillip Ward||Bakous Makari||Liberal|
|Andrew Wilson||Lorraine Wearne Independents|
|Caroline Chisholm Ward||Scott Lloyd||Liberal|
|Elizabeth McArthur Ward||John Chedid||Liberal||Lord Mayor|
|Lachlan Macquarie Ward||Jean Pierre Abood||Liberal|
|Lorraine Wearne||Lorraine Wearne Independents|
|Woodville Ward||Steven Issa||Liberal||Deputy Lord Mayor|
|Paul Garrard||Woodville Independents|
Sister cities 
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Parramatta (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Parramatta (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Parramatta (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
- "Parramatta City Council - Arthur Phillip Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Parramatta City Council - Caroline Chisholm Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Parramatta City Council - Elizabeth McArthur Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Parramatta City Council - Lachlan Macquarie Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- "Parramatta City Council - Woodville Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
- Metcalfe, Caryn (26 September 2012). "John Chedid the new lord mayor of Parramatta". Parramatta Advertiser. Retrieved 4 October 2012.