City of Shellharbour
|City of Shellharbour
Location in NSW
|• Density||429/km2 (1,110/sq mi)|
|Established||1996 (as the City of Shellharbour)|
|Area||147 km2 (56.8 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Shellharbour City Centre|
The City of Shellharbour is a local government area in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. The City is located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south of Sydney and covers the southern suburbs of the Wollongong urban area centred on Shellharbour, and in 2009 had an estimated population of 66,905.
The area is bordered by the City of Wollongong to the north, with the boundary being the Lake Illawarra entrance (and the suburb of Lake Illawarra) and Macquarie Rivulet (Albion Park Rail). The Municipality of Kiama is to the south of the City of Shellharbour.
Indigenous occupation of the area, particularly of Bass Point, can be traced back to 17,000 BP. The area was discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1796. Free settlers began arriving between 1817 and 1831 and the township was founded in 1851. The Shellharbour (Municipal) Council was constituted on 4 June 1859, and was gazetted as a City in 1996. In May 2009, Shellharbour City Council celebrated its sesquicentenary.
The City of Shellharbour contains the following suburbs and localities:
- Albion Park
- Albion Park Rail
- Barrack Heights
- Barrack Point
- Lake Illawarra
- Macquarie Pass
- Mount Warrigal
- North Macquarie
- Oak Flats
- Oak Heights
- Shell Cove
- Shellharbour City Centre
- Yellow Rock
Current composition and election method
Shellharbour City Council is composed of seven Councillors elected proportionally as a single ward. Under the Local Government (Shellharbour and Wollongong Elections) Act, 2011 (NSW) Councillors are elected to hold office until September 2016. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 3 September 2011 and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
The current Council, elected in 2011, in order of election, is:
Dismissal of Council
On 31 March 2008, the Minister for Local Government initiated a public inquiry into the Shellharbour City Council under section 740 of the Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW). The purpose of the inquiry was to provide advice to the Minister on whether the Council should be dismissed having considered the relationship between Councillors and senior officers of Council; and whether Councillors understood their roles and responsibilities and have adequately acted in the interests of all ratepayers and residents. Richard Colley was appointed to conduct the inquiry and he handed down his findings on 4 July 2008. He recommended that all civic offices at the Shellharbour City Council be declared vacant and that an Administrator be appointed.
Shellharbour City has many attractions for family entertainment and recreation. In Albion Park Rail there is a Light Rail Museum and steam trains, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Museum, and Albion Oval; a local sports ground. Shellharbour Village, the beach and playground are also popular attractions. Excellent fishing at Lake Illawarra and superb surfing at Warilla beach. A cycleway goes from Oak Flats to Barrack Point. The Macquarie Valley (Shellharbour) provides scenic views and also includes the Macquarie Pass National Park.
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