Local government areas of New South Wales

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Types and titles of LGAs in New South Wales
LGA Regions in New South Wales
Local government areas in Sydney

The local government areas of New South Wales in Australia have been subject to periodic restructuring by the Government of New South Wales, involving voluntary and involuntary amalgamation of areas. The state government currently classifies local governments into two categories: Areas and Cities. A city is an area that has received city status by proclamation of the Governor. Some areas retain designations they held under prior legislation, even though these titles no longer indicate a legal status. These are:

  1. Municipalities (predominantly inner-city suburban areas and smaller rural towns)
  2. Shires (predominantly rural or outer suburban areas).

Some areas designated since the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) have adopted the title "Region", usually large rural areas dominated by a rural city. Many councils now choose not to use any area title, and simply refer to themselves as councils, e.g. Palerang Council, Burwood Council. The smallest local government area by area in the state is the Municipality of Hunter's Hill.

Reviews of local government areas[edit]

In October 2013 the New South Wales Government released the findings of an independent review of local government in New South Wales. The review findings entitled Revitalising Local Government examined historical and projected demographic data, financial sustainability, and other measures and projected the long-term viability all local government bodies in the state. Included in the report were 65 recommendations to the Government.[1] The Government released its response to the review findings in September 2014 and has facilitated discussions with certain local government authorities with a view towards merger and/or amalgamation.[2]

List of all local government areas in New South Wales[edit]

As of November 2005 there were 152 local government areas in New South Wales, listed below in alphabetical order. In addition, there is also the Unincorporated Far West Region which is not part of any local government area, in the sparsely inhabited Far West, and Lord Howe Island, which is also unincorporated but self-governed by the Lord Howe Island Board.

Greater metropolitan Sydney[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 sq mi rank (2011 census) rank
Ashfield, Municipality of 8 3.1 41,214 [3]
Auburn, City of 32 12 80,892 [4]
Bankstown, City of 76.8 29.7 193,398 15th [5]
Blacktown, City of 1979 246.9 95.3 301,099 5th [6]
Botany Bay, City of 1996 26.75 10.33 39,356 [7]
Burwood Council 1874 7 2.7 32,423 [8]
Camden Council 201 78 56,720 [9]
Campbelltown, City of
Canada Bay, City of
Canterbury, City of
Fairfield, City of
The Hills Shire
Holroyd, City of
Hornsby Shire
Hunter's Hill, Municipality of 6 2.3 152nd 13,215 [10]
Hurstville, City of
Kogarah, City of
Ku-ring-gai Council
Lane Cove, Municipality of
Leichhardt, Municipality of
Liverpool, City of
Manly Council
Marrickville Council
Mosman, Municipality of
North Sydney Council
Parramatta, City of
Penrith, City of
Pittwater Council
Randwick, City of
Rockdale, City of
Ryde, City of
Strathfield, Municipality of
Sutherland Shire
Sydney, City of 20 July 1842 (1842-07-20) 25 9.7 169,505 10th [11]
Warringah Council
Waverley Council
Willoughby, City of
Woollahra, Municipality of

Sydney surrounds[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Blue Mountains, City of
Gosford, City of
Hawkesbury, City of
Wollondilly Shire
Wyong Shire

Rural and regional areas[edit]

Mid North Coast[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Bellingen Shire
Clarence Valley Council
Coffs Harbour, City of
Greater Taree, City of
Kempsey Shire
Nambucca Shire
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Lord Howe Island

Murray[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Albury, City of
Balranald Shire
Berrigan Shire
Conargo Shire
Corowa Shire
Deniliquin Council
Greater Hume Shire
Jerilderie Shire
Murray Shire
Tumbarumba Shire
Urana Shire
Wakool Shire
Wentworth Shire

Murrumbidgee[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Carrathool Shire
Coolamon Shire
Cootamundra Shire
Griffith, City of
Gundagai Shire
Hay Shire
Junee Shire
Leeton Shire
Lockhart Shire
Murrumbidgee Shire
Narrandera Shire
Temora Shire
Wagga Wagga, City of

Hunter[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Cessnock, City of
Dungog Shire
Gloucester Shire
Great Lakes Council
Lake Macquarie, City of
Maitland, City of
Muswellbrook Shire
Newcastle, City of
Port Stephens Council
Singleton Council
Upper Hunter Shire

Illawarra[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Kiama, Municipality of
Shellharbour, City of
Shoalhaven, City of
Wingecarribee Shire
Wollongong, City of

Richmond-Tweed[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Ballina Shire
Byron Shire
Kyogle Council
Lismore, City of
Richmond Valley Council
Tweed Shire

South-Eastern[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Bega Valley Shire
Bombala Shire
Boorowa Shire
Cooma-Monaro Shire
Eurobodalla Shire
Goulburn Mulwaree Council
Harden Shire
Palerang Council
Queanbeyan, City of
Snowy River Shire
Tumbarumba Shire
Tumut Shire
Upper Lachlan Shire
Yass Valley Council
Young Shire

Northern[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Armidale Dumaresq Shire 2000 4,235 1,635 24,105 [12]
Glen Innes Severn Council 5,487 2,119 8,656 [13]
Gunnedah Shire 4,994 1,928 12,066 [14]
Guyra Shire 4,395 1,697 4,397 [15]
Gwydir Shire 17 March 2004 (2004-03-17) 9,453 3,650 4,965 [16]
Inverell Shire 8,606 3,323 16,075 [17]
Liverpool Plains Shire 2004 5,086 1,964 7,480 [18]
Moree Plains Shire
Narrabri Shire 13,031 5,031 12,925 [19]
Tamworth Regional Council 2004 9,892 3,819 56,292 [20]
Tenterfield Shire 7,332 2,831 6,811 [21]
Uralla Shire
Walcha Shire

Central West[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Bathurst Regional Council
Bland Shire
Blayney Shire
Cabonne Shire
Cowra Shire
Forbes Shire
Lachlan Shire
Lithgow, City of
Mid-Western Regional Council
Oberon Shire
Orange, City of 285 110 38,057 [22]
Parkes Shire
Weddin Shire

North Western[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Bogan Shire
Bourke Shire
Brewarrina Shire
Cobar Shire
Coonamble Shire
Dubbo, City of
Gilgandra Shire
Narromine Shire
Walgett Shire
Warren Shire
Warrumbungle Shire
Wellington Council

Far West[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Broken Hill, City of
Central Darling Shire
Unincorporated Far West

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sansom, Graham; Munro, Jude; Inglis, Glenn (25 October 2013). "Revitalising Local Government: Final Report" (PDF). Independent Local Government Review Panel. Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  2. ^ "Reform - Fit for the Future". Local Government NSW. 2015. Retrieved 11 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ashfield (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Auburn (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Bankstown (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Blacktown (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Botany Bay (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Burwood (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Camden (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Hunters Hill (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 December 2012. 
  11. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Sydney (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Armidale Dumaresq (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  13. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Glen Innes Severn (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  14. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Gunnedah (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 January 2015. 
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Guyra (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Gwydir (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  17. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Inverell (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  18. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Liverpool Plains (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  19. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Narrabri (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 
  20. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tamworth Regional (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 January 2015. 
  21. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tenterfield (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 January 2015. 
  22. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Orange (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 

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