Ballina Shire

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is about the local government area. For the regional town, see Ballina, New South Wales.
Ballina Shire
New South Wales
Ballina LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 28°50′S 153°32′E / 28.833°S 153.533°E / -28.833; 153.533Coordinates: 28°50′S 153°32′E / 28.833°S 153.533°E / -28.833; 153.533
Population 39,274 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 81.14/km2 (210.16/sq mi)
Established 1976
Area 484 km2 (186.9 sq mi)
Mayor David Wright
Council seat Ballina[2]
Region Northern Rivers
State electorate(s) Ballina
Federal Division(s) Page
Website Ballina Shire
LGAs around Ballina Shire:
Lismore Byron Tasman Sea
Lismore Ballina Shire Tasman Sea
Richmond Valley Richmond Valley Tasman Sea

Ballina Shire is a local government area in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The Shire was formed in 1976 by the amalgamation of the Municipality of Ballina and Tintenbar Shire. The Shire is located adjacent to the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Highway. The Council seat is located in the town of Ballina.

The Mayor of Ballina Shire Council is David Wright, an independent politician.

Towns and localities[edit]

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, there were 39,274 people in the Ballina local government area, of these 48.0 per cent were male and 52.0 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.1 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 Ballina Shire area was 45 years, which was significantly higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 17.9 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 21.5 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 49.8 per cent were married and 14.1 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the Ballina Shira area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 3.89 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 2.11 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 Ballina local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[3][4] The median weekly income for residents within the Ballina Shire area was significantly lower than the national average.[1]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Ballina local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 85 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 60% of all residents in the Ballina 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 Ballina local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (4.7 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93.1 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[1]

Selected historical census data for the Ballina Shire local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 37,017 38,461 39,274
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.56%
% of Australian population 0.20% Steady 0.19% Steady 0.18%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English 32.0%
Australian 31.2%
Irish 10.5%
Scottish 8.1%
German 3.1%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 0.3% Increase 0.4% Steady 0.4%
German 0.3% Steady 0.3% Steady 0.3%
Dutch 0.2% Steady 0.2% Steady 0.2%
Spanish n/c n/c Increase 0.2%
Japanese n/c n/c Increase 0.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 25.1% Increase 25.5% Decrease 25.1%
Anglican 28.4% Decrease 26.1% Decrease 24.2%
No Religion 13.4% Increase 17.4% Increase 21.4%
Uniting Church 7.4% Decrease 6.3% Decrease 5.6%
Presbyterian and Reformed 6.4% Decrease 5.6% Decrease 5.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$397 A$496
% of Australian median income 85.2% Increase 86.0%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,017 A$1,153
% of Australian median income 86.8% Decrease 77.9%
Household income Median weekly household income A$779 A$930
% of Australian median income 75.9% Decrease 75.4%

Council[edit]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Ballina Shire 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 three 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:[5][6][7][8]

Party Councillors
  Independents 9
  Australian Greens 1
Total 10

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

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Mayor[5]   David Wright Independent
Ward A[6]   Sue Meehan Independent
  Robyn Horden Independent Deputy Mayor
  Ken Johnston Independent
Ward B[7]   Sharon Cadwallader Independent
  Jeff Johnson Greens
  Keith Williams Independent
Ward C[8]   Paul Worth Independent
  Keith Johnson Independent
  Ben Smith Independent

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Ballina (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ballina Shire Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 2006-11-22. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Ballina (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Ballina (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Ballina Shire Council - Mayoral Election". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Ballina Shire Council - A Ward: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Ballina Shire Council - B Ward: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Ballina Shire Council - C Ward: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Election 2012. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 

External links[edit]