The Hills Shire
|The Hills Shire
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|Population||157,243 (2016 census)|
|• Density||407.4/km2 (1,055.1/sq mi)|
|Established||6 March 1906|
|Area||386 km2 (149.0 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|Mayor||Cr. Michelle Byrne (Liberal)|
|Council seat||Castle Hill|
|Website||The Hills Shire|
The Hills Shire (from 1906–2008 as Baulkham Hills Shire) is a local government area of in the north western region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The area encompasses 401 square kilometres (155 sq mi) stretching from the M2 Hills Motorway in the south to Wiseman's Ferry on the Hawkesbury River in the north. The Shire had a population of 157,243 as at that 2016 census.
Suburbs in the local government area
Suburbs at least partially within The Hills Shire are:
- Baulkham Hills (shared with City of Parramatta Council)
- Beaumont Hills
- Bella Vista
- Box Hill
- Castle Hill (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Cattai (shared with City of Hawkesbury)
- Dural (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Glenhaven (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Glenorie (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Leets Vale (shared with City of Hawkesbury)
- Lower Portland (shared with City of Hawkesbury)
- Maraylya (shared with City of Hawkesbury)
- Maroota (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Middle Dural (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- North Rocks (shared with City of Parramatta Council)
- Rouse Hill (shared with City of Blacktown)
- Sackville North
- South Maroota
- West Pennant Hills (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Winston Hills (shared with City of Parramatta Council)
- Wisemans Ferry (shared with Central Coast Council, City of Hawkesbury and Hornsby Shire)
At the 2016 census, there were 157,243 people in The Hills local government area; of these 49.3 per cent were male and 50.7 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.5 per cent of the population; significantly below the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in The Hills Shire was 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.4 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.5 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 61.6 per cent were married and 7.1 per cent were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in The Hills Shire between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 15.2 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 6.58 per cent. At the 2016 census, the population in the Shire decreased by 7.43 per cent, brought about by a reduction in the Shire area from 401 square kilometres (155 sq mi) to 386 square kilometres (149 sq mi) due to the 2015 review of local government boundaries when former parts of The Hills Shire were transferred to the City of Parramatta Council. Total population growth of Australia for the period between the 2011 and 2016 census periods was 8.8 per cent. The median weekly income for residents within The Hills Shire was approximately 150% higher than the national average.
At the 2016 census, the proportion of residents in The Hills local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon approached 32 per cent of all residents. In excess of 64 per cent of all residents in The Hills Shire nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2016 census, which was in excess of the national average of 57.7 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in The Hills local government area had a higher than average proportion (37.2 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 22.2 per cent); and a lower proportion (65.3 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 72.7 per cent).
|Selected historical census data for The Hills local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||138,420||159,391||169,872||157,243|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||9th||15th|
|% of New South Wales population||2.46%||2.02%|
|% of Australian population||0.74%||0.80%||0.79%||0.67%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion, so described||10.4%||12.5%||15.7%||21.2%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$625||A$719||Data
|% of Australian median income||134.1%||124.6%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,732||A$2,188|
|% of Australian median income||168.6%||147.7%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,847||A$2,044|
|% of Australian median income||157.7%||165.6%|
Current Council composition and election method
The Hills Shire Council is composed of twelve Councillors elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. A referendum held on 1 September 2015 changed the system of electing the Mayor, from annual election by the councillors in favour of direct election of the Mayor by electors for a four-year term, which took effect from the September 2017 election. The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
|Liberal Party of Australia||10|
|Australian Labor Party||3|
The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election by ward, is:
|Mayor||Dr. Michelle Byrne||Liberal||Mayor 2013–2014, 2015–2016, Deputy Mayor 2014–2015|
|Central Ward||Elizabeth Russo||Liberal|
|Frank De Masi||Liberal|
|Tony Hay OAM||Labor|
|East Ward||Alan Haselden||Liberal|
|North Ward||Robyn Preston||Liberal||Deputy Mayor 2016–date|
|Brooke Collins OAM||Liberal|
|West Ward||Mike Thomas||Liberal|
|Raymond Harty OAM||Labor|
A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) recommended that The Hills Shire merge with adjoining councils. The government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger of parts of The Hills with the Hawkesbury City Council to form a new council with an area of 3,161 square kilometres (1,220 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 224,000. The second proposed a merger of parts of Parramatta, Auburn, The Hills, Hornsby, and Holroyd to form a new council with an area of 82 square kilometres (32 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 215,725. Following an independent review, on 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government announced that the merger of parts of The Hills Shire suburbs south of the M2 Motorway (North Rocks, Northmead and part of Baulkham Hills) with the City of Parramatta to form a revised City of Parramatta Council, with immediate effect. Other proposals impacting The Hills Shire were rejected by the Government.
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Baulkham Hills (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "The Hills Shire (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- Bradley, Penelope (14 September 2012). "Hills residents to elect their own mayor". Hill Shire Times. Retrieved 21 September 2012.
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