City of Willoughby

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This article is about the local government area. For the Sydney suburb, see Willoughby, New South Wales.
City of Willoughby
New South Wales
Willoughby lga sydney.png
Coordinates 33°48′S 151°11′E / 33.800°S 151.183°E / -33.800; 151.183Coordinates: 33°48′S 151°11′E / 33.800°S 151.183°E / -33.800; 151.183
Population 67,356 (2011)[2]
 • Density 2,980.4/km2 (7,719/sq mi)
Area 22.6 km2 (8.7 sq mi)
Mayor Gail Giles-Gidney
Council seat Chatswood
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au
LGAs around City of Willoughby:
Ku-ring-gai Ku-ring-gai Warringah
Ryde City of Willoughby Manly
Lane Cove North Sydney Mosman

The City of Willoughby is a local government area on the North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) north of the Sydney central business district.

The main commercial centre of the City of Willoughby is Chatswood, home to one of Sydney's suburban skyscraper clusters. Other commercial centres are the suburbs of Willoughby, St Leonards and Artarmon. Willoughby is situated on an elevated plateau, and all of Sydney's television stations broadcast from towers in the area. Within the City of Willoughby is the Royal North Shore Hospital, located at St Leonards, one of Sydney's major hospitals.

The position of Mayor of the City of Willoughby Council became vacant upon the death of Cr. Pat Reilly on 20 January 2014.[3] Gail Giles-Gidney was elected in a By-Election held on 12 April 2014.

Suburbs in the local government area[edit]

Map of City of Willoughby local government area.

Suburbs in the City of Willoughby are:

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 Census, there were 67,356 people in the Willoughby local government area, of these 48.2% were male and 51.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.2% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Willoughby was 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.6% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 54.0% were married and 8.3% were either divorced or separated.[2]

Population growth in the City of Willoughby between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 9.06%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 5.90%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Willoughby local government area was generally on par with the national average.[4] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Willoughby was higher than the national average.[2][5]

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in Willoughby local government area who stated their ancestry as Chinese was in excess of four times the state and national averages; and the proportion of households where an Asian language was spoken at home was approximately seven times higher than the national average.[2]

Selected historical census data for Willoughby local government area
Census year 2001[4] 2006[5] 2011[2]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 58,319 63,605 67,356
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 19
% of New South Wales population 0.97%
% of Australian population 0.31% Increase 0.32% Decrease 0.31%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English 20.5%
Australian 18.3%
Chinese 14.5%
Irish 7.4%
Scottish 5.6%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Cantonese 6.7% Increase 7.6% Decrease 7.5%
Mandarin 3.6% Increase 5.5% Increase 7.2%
Korean 1.7% Increase 2.7% Increase 3.6%
Japanese 2.4% Steady 2.4% Decrease 2.3%
Armenian n/c Increase 1.4% Decrease 1.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion 18.6% Increase 22.0% Increase 27.6%
Catholic 26.1% Decrease 25.5% Decrease 25.0%
Anglican 19.5% Decrease 17.6% Decrease 15.6%
Buddhism 3.7% Increase 4.4% Increase 4.6%
Presbyterian and Reformed n/c n/c Increase 3.1%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$728 A$858
% of Australian median income 156.2% 148.7%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,667 A$2,479
% of Australian median income 162.3% 167.4%
Household income Median weekly household income A$2,066 A$1,996
% of Australian median income 176.4% 161.8%

Council[edit]

Willoughby City Council chambers, 6 April 2005

Current composition and election method[edit]

The former mayor of Willoughby, Cr. Pat Reilly, died on 20 January 2014.[6]Gail Giles-Gidney was elected to the position of Mayor in a by-election on 12 April 2014.

Willoughby 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:[7][8][9][10][11]

Party Councillors
  Independents 12
  The Greens 1
Total 13

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

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Mayor[7]   Gail Giles-Gidney
Middle Harbour[8]   Wendy Norton Independent
  Judith Rutherford Independent
  Angelo Rozos Independent
Naremburn[9]   Michelle Sloane Independent
  Stuart Coppock Independent
  Nic Wright Independent
Sailors Bay[10]   Vacant
  John Hooper Independent Masters Degree in Management; Justice of Peace NSW
  Hugh Eriksson Independent
West[11]   Tony Mustaca Independent
  Mandy Stevens Independent
  Lynne Saville Greens

Willoughby City Council is very active in the arts sector[12] and run the biennale Willoughby Sculpture Prize [13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.pastvtr.elections.nsw.gov.au/LGE2012/willoughby-city-council.html?type=sailors-bay-ward
  2. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Willoughby (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Robertson, James (21 January 2014). "Mayor of Willoughby Pat Reilly dies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Willoughby (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Willoughby (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 November 2012. 
  6. ^ Robertson, James (21 January 2014). "Mayor of Willoughby Pat Reilly dies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 21 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Willoughby City Council – Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Willoughby City Council – Middle Harbour Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Willoughby City Council – Naremburn Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Willoughby City Council – Sailors Bay Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b "Willoughby City Council – West Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  12. ^ http://ifyoubuildit.com.au/2013/11/willoughby-sculpture-prize-2013-catalogue/
  13. ^ http://www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au/Whats-On/visual-arts---culture/willoughby-sculpture-prize-2013/