Singleton Council

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Singleton Council
New South Wales
Singleton LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 32°34′S 151°10′E / 32.567°S 151.167°E / -32.567; 151.167Coordinates: 32°34′S 151°10′E / 32.567°S 151.167°E / -32.567; 151.167
Population 22,694 (2011)[1]
 • Density 4.64/km2 (12.0/sq mi)
Area 4,893 km2 (1,889.2 sq mi)[1]
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Mayor John Martin[2]
Council seat Singleton[3]
Region Hunter[4]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Hunter[7]
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Website www.singleton.nsw.gov.au
LGAs around Singleton Council:
Muswellbrook Upper Hunter Dungog
Muswellbrook Singleton Council Maitland
Mid-Western Hawkesbury Cessnock

Singleton Council is a local government area in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. It is situated adjacent to the New England Highway and the Hunter railway line.

The mayor of the Council is Cr. John Martin, an independent politician.[2]

Main towns and villages[edit]

The Council area includes Singleton, Broke, Bulga, Howes Valley, Putty, Warkworth, Jerrys Plains, Camberwell, Ravensworth, Mount Olive, Carrowbrook, Mirranie, Elderslie, Belford and Branxton.

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, there were 22,694 people in the Singleton Council local government area, of these 51.3 per cent were male and 48.7 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.7 per cent of the population, which was higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Singleton Council area was 35 years, which was slightly lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.2 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.4 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 51.5 per cent were married and 10.5 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Singleton Council boundary, at the western end of the Hunter Expressway near Black Creek

Population growth in the Singleton Council area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 8.12 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 3.45 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the Singleton Council local government area was slightly lower than the national average.[8][9] The median weekly income for residents within the Singleton Council area was marginally higher than the national average.[1]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Singleton Council local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 83 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 69% of all residents in the Singleton Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Singleton Council local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (4.0 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93.5 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[1]

Selected historical census data for the Singleton Council local government area
Census year 2001[8] 2006[9] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 20,290 21,937 22,694
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.33%
% of Australian population 0.11% Steady 0.11% Steady 0.11%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 36.8%
English 31.5%
Irish 7.8%
Scottish 7.3%
German 3.6%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Afrikaans n/c Increase0.1% Increase 0.4%
German 0.1% Increase 0.2% Steady 0.2%
Italian n/c Steady n/c Increase 0.1%
Filipino 0.1% Decrease n/c Increase 0.1%
Cantonese n/c Increase 0.2% Decrease 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 38.6% Decrease 36.4% Decrease 34.6%
Catholic 26.3% Decrease 26.2% Steady 26.2%
No Religion 9.2% Increase 11.4% Increase 15.5%
Uniting Church 7.5% Decrease 7.0% Decrease 6.2%
Presbyterian and Reformed 3.2% Decrease 2.9% Decrease 2.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$487 A$640
% of Australian median income 104.5% Increase 110.9%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,458 A$1,927
% of Australian median income 124.5% Increase 130.1%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,258 A$1,692
% of Australian median income 122.5% Increase 137.1%

Council[edit]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Singleton Council is composed of ten councillors, including the mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The mayor is directly elected while the nine other councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the mayor, is as follows:[2][10]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 10
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:[10]

Councillor Party Notes
  John Martin Independent Mayor[2]
  Val Scott Independent
  Sue Moore Independent
  Tony McNamara Independent
  Gary Lowe Unaligned
  Godfrey Adamthwaite Independent
  Bob Keown Unaligned
  Ruth Rogers Independent
  Hollee Jenkins Independent
  Tessa Capsanis Unaligned

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Singleton (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Singleton Council – Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Council Search – Singleton Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Suburb Search – Local Council Boundaries – Hunter (HT) – Singleton Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Upper Hunter". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Cessnock". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hunter". Australian Electoral Commission. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Singleton (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  9. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Singleton (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Singleton Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 3 October 2012.