Clarence Valley Council
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|• Density||4.76/km2 (12.3/sq mi)|
|Established||2004 (as Clarence Valley)|
|Area||10,441 km2 (4,031.3 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Richie Williamson (Independent)|
It was formed in February 2004 by the amalgamation of the City of Grafton and Maclean Shire, and parts of Copmanhurst, Pristine Waters and Richmond Valley local government areas. The Council area is adjacent to the Pacific Highway, the Gwydir Highway and the North Coast railway line. The Clarence Valley region includes the coastal plain and lower valleys of the Clarence River and Nymboida River. Most of the valley is agricultural, however the oceanside towns of Yamba and Iluka are popular holiday resorts.
Towns and localities
Towns and localities in the Clarence Valley Council are:
- South Grafton
- Alumy Creek
- Billys Creek
- Brooms Head
- Carrs Creek
- Carrs Island
- Clouds Creek
- Coutts Crossing
- Diggers Camp
- Gilletts Ridge
- Great Marlow
- Junction Hill
- Minnie Water
- Mountain View
- Palmers Channel
- Palmers Island
- Shark Creek
- South Arm
- Stockyard Creek
- Swan Creek
- Waterview Heights
At the 2011 Census, there were 49,665 people in the Clarence Valley local government area, of these 49.4% were male and 50.6% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.7% of the population which is more than double the national average. The median age of people in the Clarence Valley Council area was 46 years; some 10 years higher than the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 21.3% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 49.3% were married and 14.6% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the Clarence Valley Council area between the 2006 Census and the 2011 Census was 3.15%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.32%, population growth in the Clarence Valley local government area was lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Clarence Valley Council area was significantly below the national average, being one of the factors that place the Clarence Valley Council area in an area of social disadvantage.
At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Clarence Valley local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 82% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 64.1% of all residents in the Clarence Valley Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was above the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Clarence Valley local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.1%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly higher proportion (94.0%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).
|Selected historical census data for Clarence Valley local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||48,146||49,665|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales|
|% of New South Wales population||0.72%|
|% of Australian population||0.24%||0.23%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Presbyterian and Reformed||7.4%||6.7%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$333||A$396|
|% of Australian median income||71.5%||68.6%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$631||A$924|
|% of Australian median income||61.4%||62.4%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$781||A$768|
|% of Australian median income||66.7%||62.2%|
Current composition and election method
Clarence Valley Council is composed of nine 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:
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:
|Craig Howe||Independent||Deputy Mayor|
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Clarence Valley (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- "Clarence Valley Social Plan". Clarence Valley Council. Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2006.
- Deefholts, Terry (25 September 2012). "Williamson returns as mayor". The Daily Examiner. Retrieved 27 September 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Clarence Valley (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
- "Clarence Valley Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 27 September 2012.