New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|• Density||16.9/km2 (44/sq mi)|
|Area||2,560 km2 (988.4 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Benn Banasik (Independent)|
Wollondilly Shire is named after the Wollondilly River. The area is traversed by the Hume Highway and the Southern Highlands railway line. Wollondilly Shire contains several small towns and villages broken up by farms and sandstone gorges. To its west is wilderness and includes the Nattai Wilderness and the Burragorang Valley. The majority of the Shire is either national park or forms part of the water catchment for Sydney's water supply. The Shire provides 97% of Sydney's water supply.
Towns and localities
Towns and localities in the Wollondilly Shire are:
- Bingara Gorge
- Belimbla Park
- Brownlow Hill
- Camden Park
- Douglas Park
- Mount Hunter
- Mowbray Park
- Pheasants Nest
- Theresa Park
- The Oaks
At the 2011 Census, there were 43,259 people in the Wollondilly local government area, with an equal proportion of males and females. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.4% of the population which is on par with the national average. The median age of people in the Wollondilly Shire was 36 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 23.1% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.8% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 54.9% were married and 10.4% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the Wollondilly Shire between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 9.18%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 7.23%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Wollondilly local government area was higher than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Wollondilly Shire was marginally higher than the national average.
At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Wollondilly local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 77% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 69.6% of all residents in the Wollondilly Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was significantly above the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Wollondilly local government area had a lower than average proportion (8.3%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly higher proportion (91.2%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).
|Selected historical census data for Wollondilly local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||36,953||40,344||43,259|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||26th|
|% of New South Wales population||0.63%|
|% of Australian population||0.20%||0.20%||0.20%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Presbyterian and Reformed||3.2%||2.8%||2.4%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$502||A$617|
|% of Australian median income||107.7%||106.9%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,186||A$1,661|
|% of Australian median income||115.5%||112.2%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,321||A$1,478|
|% of Australian median income||112.8%||119.8%|
Current composition and election method
Wollondilly Shire Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. 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 current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:
|Central Ward||Michael Banasik||Independent|
|Lou Amato||Independent||Deputy Mayor |
|East Ward||Benn Banasik||Independent||Mayor|
|North Ward||Judith Hannan||Independent|
Wollondilly is home to two local newspapers, the Macarthur Chronicle Wollondilly edition and the Wollondilly Advertiser. Other regional media which serve the area are radio stations, 2MCR and C91.3FM, the District Reporter newspaper, and the Wollondilly Trumpeter, a newsletter.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wollondilly (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 November 2012.
- "Wollondilly Shire Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Wollondilly (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Wollondilly (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
- "Wollondilly Shire Council - Central Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Wollondilly Shire Council - East Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.
- "Wollondilly Shire Council - North Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 24 September 2012.