New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
Rockdale Town Hall
|• Density||3,120/km2 (8,100/sq mi)|
|Established||9 September 2016|
|Area||50 km2 (19.3 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Rockdale Town Hall|
|Parish||Botany, St George|
Bayside Council is a local government area located around Botany Bay which is split between the eastern suburbs and St George areas of Sydney, located between 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) and 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of the CBD in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The Council was formed on 9 September 2016 from the merger of the Botany Bay and the Rockdale councils.
Suburbs and localities in the local government area
Suburbs in the Bayside Council area are:
- Bardwell Park
- Bardwell Valley
- Bexley North
- Botany Bay
- Carlton (parts are located in Georges River Council)
- Dolls Point
- Kingsgrove (parts are located in Canterbury-Bankstown & Georges River Council)
- Kogarah (parts are located in Georges River Council)
- Mascot (minor part located in Inner West Council)
- Pagewood (parts are located in City of Randwick council)
- Ramsgate (parts are located in Georges River Council)
- Ramsgate Beach
- Rosebery (parts are located in City of Sydney council)
- Sans Souci (parts are located in Georges River Council)
- Sydney Airport
- Wolli Creek
Bayside Council also manages and maintains the following localities:
Early local government history
The City of Botany Bay was first proclaimed on 29 March 1888 as the "Borough of Botany", and met from 1899 to 2016 in the Botany Town Hall. The northern section of the City of Botany Bay was first incorporated as the "Borough of North Botany" on 29 March 1888. From 28 December 1906, following the passing of the Local Government Act, 1906, the councils were renamed as the "Municipality of North Botany" and the "Municipality of Botany". The Municipality of North Botany was renamed as the "Municipality of Mascot" on 31 October 1911. Under the Local Government (Areas) Act 1948, the Municipality of Mascot was amalgamated into Botany, within a reconstituted Municipality of Botany. Botany remained a municipality until to 11 May 1996, when it was proclaimed the "City of Botany Bay".
Establishment of Bayside Council
A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the City of Botany Bay merge with the City of Rockdale to form a new council with an area of 50 square kilometres (19 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 153,000.
There was significant community opposition to the merger from within both communities. In Botany Bay, residents were given the chance to have their say in a community poll which was held on 27 February 2016. Ultimately 97.8 per cent of Botany Bay residents voted 'no' when asked the question 'Do you agree that the City of Botany Bay should merge with Rockdale City Council?'. Rockdale Council indicated their preference to merge with the City of Kogarah and the City of Hurstville, forming a single "St George Council". Botany Bay also attempted to seek a compromise by proposing to merge with the City of Randwick and parts of the City of Sydney.
With the proclamation of the majority of council amalgamations on 12 May 2016, Botany Bay Council appealed the decision in the Supreme Court of New South Wales, thereby delaying the proposed amalgamation until a decision was made by the Court. The Supreme Court rejected the appeal in early September 2016, and the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, moved quickly to proclaim the formation of Bayside Council on 9 September 2016, with the former Administrator of Central Darling Shire, Greg Wright, appointed as the Administrator. On 9 September 2017, the first Council consisting of fifteen Councillors across 5 wards was elected, and the former Mayor of Rockdale, Bill Saravinovski, was elected as the first Mayor on 27 September.
The early period of the Council was punctuated by revelations of the extent of issues inherited from the former Botany Bay Council, including an antiquated vehicle fleet costing millions of dollars to replace, and the legacy of ICAC investigations that uncovered the significant misappropriation of funds and fraud by former Botany Bay Council employees, which had led to 12 individuals being recommended for prosecution. The first Mayor of Bayside Council, Bill Saravinovski, in particular noted that, "The legacy of the misappropriations and costs of remediation result[ed] in a net fund deficit of $17 million, placing Bayside Council at a significant disadvantage".
At the 2016 census, there were 156,058 people in the Bayside local government area; of these 49.5 per cent were male and 50.5 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.0 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 Bayside Council was 35 years; slightly lower than the national median of 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.
At the 2016 census, the proportion of residents in the Bayside local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon approached 29 per cent of all residents. In excess of 51 per cent of all residents in Bayside Council nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2016 census, which was below the national average of 57.7 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Bayside local government area had a lower than average proportion (20.7 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 22.2 per cent); and a lower proportion (41.1 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 72.7 per cent).
|Selected historical census data for Bayside Council local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||156,058|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||17th|
|% of New South Wales population||2.09%|
|% of Australian population||0.67%|
|Estimated ATSI population on census night||1,555|
|% of ATSI population to residents||1.00%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion, as described||20.49%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$693|
|% of Australian median income||104.68%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,833|
|% of Australian median income||105.71%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,601|
|% of Australian median income||111.34%|
The Bayside Council comprises fifteen Councillors elected proportionally, with three Councillors elected in five wards. On 9 September 2017 the current council was elected for a fixed three-year term of office. The Mayor is elected bi-annually and Deputy Mayor annually by the councillors at the first meeting of the council.
|Administrator||Greg Wright||9 September 2016 – 27 September 2017||GM Camden 2004–12, Broken Hill 2013,|
Administrator Central Darling 2013–16.
|Mayor||Bill Saravinovski||27 September 2017 – date||Mayor of Rockdale 2015–2016|
|Deputy Mayor||Joe Awada||27 September 2017 – date||Rockdale Fourth Ward Councillor 2004–2016|
|Meredith Wallace||9 September 2016 – date||General Manager of Rockdale 2011–2016|
The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council, by order of election, is as follows:
|Australian Labor Party||7|
|Liberal Party of Australia||5|
|Bexley Ward||Joe Awada||Labor||Deputy Mayor 2017–date|
|Liza Barlow||Independent||Rockdale Deputy Mayor 2012–2015|
|Ron Bezic||Liberal||Rockdale Fifth Ward Councillor 2012–2016|
|Botany Bay Ward||Ed McDougall||Labor|
|James Macdonald||Independent||Rockdale Deputy Mayor 2010–2011|
|Mascot Ward||Tarek Ibrahim||Labor||Rockdale Second Ward Councillor 2012–2016|
|Michael Nagi||Liberal||Rockdale Deputy Mayor 2015–2016|
|Port Botany Ward||Christina Curry||Labor||Botany Bay Ward Three Councillor 2012–2016|
|Paul Sedrak||Liberal||Rockdale Fourth Ward Councillor 2012–2016|
|Rockdale Ward||Bill Saravinovski||Labor||Mayor 2017–date|
|Petros Kalligas||Liberal||Rockdale Second Ward Councillor 2012–2016|
|Andrew Tsounis||Independent||Rockdale First Ward Councillor 2012–2016|
In August 2017, Bayside Council selected its new logo via a public competition and vote, with Mascot resident, Ray Kurniawan's design winning. The logo depicts a sailing boat above water, with Kurniawan describing its symbolism: "The idea to use the boat came from the idea that to move forward in a boat everyone has to row together. Bayside is a new community and to move forward everyone needs to work together".
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