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Blacktown City Council
New South Wales
Blacktown lga sydney.png
Coordinates 33°46′S 150°55′E / 33.767°S 150.917°E / -33.767; 150.917Coordinates: 33°46′S 150°55′E / 33.767°S 150.917°E / -33.767; 150.917
Population 336,962 (2016 census)[1] (5th (in Australia); 2nd (in NSW))
 • Density 1,364.77/km2 (3,534.7/sq mi)
Established 6 March 1906 (Shire)
17 June 1961 (Municipality)
9 March 1979 (City)
Area 246.9 km2 (95.3 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Mayor Stephen Bali (Labor)
Council seat Civic Centre, Blacktown
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Blacktown City Council Logo.svg
Website Blacktown City Council
LGAs around Blacktown City Council:
Penrith Hawkesbury The Hills Shire
Penrith Blacktown City Council Parramatta
Penrith Fairfield Cumberland

Blacktown City Council is a local government area in western Sydney, situated on the Cumberland Plain, approximately 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of the Sydney central business district, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Established in 1906 as the Blacktown Shire and becoming the Municipality of Blacktown in 1961 before gaining city status in 1979, the City occupies an area of 246.9 square kilometres (95.3 sq mi) and had a population of 336,962 as at the 2016 census, making it the second most populous LGA in Sydney.[1]

The Mayor of the Blacktown City Council is Cr. Stephen Bali, a member of the Australian Labor Party, who is also the State Member for Blacktown.

History[edit]

The first road from Prospect to Richmond became known as the "Black Town Road" and in 1860 the Railway Department gave the name of "Black Town Road Station" to the railway station at the junction of the railway and the Black Town Road, with the name shortening to "Blacktown" by 1862. The Blacktown area was first incorporated on 6 March 1906 as the "Shire of Blacktown" alongside 132 other new shires across the state as a result of the passing of the Local Government (Shires) Act, 1905.[2] The first five-member temporary council was appointed on 15 May 1906 and first met on 20 June in the Rooty Hill School of Arts.[3][4][5][6] The Blacktown Shire became the "Municipality of Blacktown" on 17 June 1961 and was granted city status on 9 March 1979, becoming the "City of Blacktown".[7][8][9]

Suburbs and localities of the City of Blacktown[edit]

These are the suburbs and localities in the local government area:

Demographics[edit]

At the 2016 census, there were 336,962 people resident in the Blacktown local government area, of these 49.7 per cent were male and 50.3 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.8 per cent of the population, which was slightly higher than the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the City of Blacktown was 33 years, which was significantly lower than the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.8 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 9.0%10.3 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.3 per cent were married and 9.9 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the City of Blacktown between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 6.47 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 10.82 per cent. At the 2016 census, the population in the local government area increased by 11.91 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in Blacktown local government area was in excess of 35% more than the national average.[10] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Blacktown was generally on par with the national average.[11][12]

At the 2016 census, the proportion of residents in the Blacktown local government area who stated their ancestry as Filipino, was in excess of six times the national average. The proportion of residents who stated a religious affiliation with Hinduism was in excess of three times the national average; the proportion of Catholics was 33 per cent above the national average; and the proportion of residents with no religion about half the national average. Meanwhile, as at the census date, the area was linguistically diverse, with Tagalog, Hindi, Punjabi, or Filipino languages spoken in households, and ranged from five times to eight times the national averages. Pacific Island languages such as Samoan and Tongan were also noticeable in the area.[1]

Selected historical census data for Blacktown local government area
Census year 2001[13] 2006[12] 2011[11] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 255,195 Increase 271,709 Increase 301,099 Increase 336,962
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 1st Decrease 2nd
% of New South Wales population 3.88% Increase 4.41% Decrease 4.35% Increase 4.50%
% of Australian population 1.36% Increase 1.37% Increase 1.40% Increase 1.44%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 30.0% Decrease 29.6% Decrease 25.5% Decrease 17.8%
English 24.8% Decrease 21.5% Increase 21.7% Decrease 16.2%
Indian 3.7% Increase 5.2% Increase 7.3% Increase 8.9%
Filipino 6.7% Increase 7.7% Increase 8.6% Decrease 7.0%
Irish 6.7% Decrease 5.4% Increase 5.7% Decrease 4.4%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Tagalog 5.1% Decrease 3.6% Increase 4.0% Steady 4.0%
Hindi 1.8% Increase 2.6% Increase 3.6% Increase 4.0%
Punjabi 0.8% Increase 1.1% Increase 2.3% Increase 3.6%
Arabic 2.9% Increase 3.2% Steady 3.2% Decrease 3.0%
Filipino n/c Increase 2.1% Steady 2.1% Decrease 1.9%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 36.3% Decrease 34.8% Decrease 33.3% Decrease 29.2%
No religion, so described 8.4% Increase 9.6% Increase 10.7% Increase 15.0%
Anglican 19.6% Decrease 17.1% Decrease 14.9% Decrease 13.3%
Hinduism 2.3% Increase 3.7% Increase 5.8% Increase 8.5%
Not stated 7.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$473 Decrease A$565 A$672
% of Australian median income 101.5% Decrease 97.9% 101.5%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,105 Increase A$1,492 A$1,817
% of Australian median income 107.6% Decrease 100.7% 104.8%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,188 Increase A$1,388 A$1,711
% of Australian median income 101.5% Increase 112.4% 119%

Council[edit]

Blacktown Civic Centre, Flushcombe Road, Blacktown, has been the council seat since 1961. The foundation was laid by Premier of NSW, Bob Heffron, on 17 June 1961.[14]
Mayor Term Notes
Mayor Stephen Bali MP 17 September 2014 – date MP for Blacktown 2017–date[15][16]
Deputy Mayor Tony Bleasdale OAM 29 September 2016 – date [17]
General Manager Term Notes
Kerry Robinson July 2013 – present [18][19]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Blacktown City Council is composed of fifteen Councillors elected proportionally as five 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 most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[20][21][22][23][24]

Party Councillors
Australian Labor Party 10
Liberal Party of Australia 5
Total 15

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
First ward[20] Chris Quikley Labor
Jess Diaz Liberal
Moninder Singh Labor
Second ward[21] Kevin Gilles Labor
Jaymes Diaz Liberal [25]
Julie Griffiths Labor
Third ward[22] Susai Benjamin Labor
Kathie Collins OAM Labor
Frederick Brillo Liberal
Fourth ward[23] Stephen Bali Labor Deputy Mayor 2009–2010, Mayor 2014–date[26][27]
Carol Israel Labor
Linda Santos Liberal
Fifth ward[24] Tony Bleasdale OAM Labor Deputy Mayor 2016–date
Brad Bunting Labor
Peter Camilleri Liberal

Shire Presidents and Mayors[edit]

Shire President Party Term Notes
  Richard Joseph Sherlock (Chairman) Independent 20 June 1906 – 10 December 1906 [28]
  Thomas Willmot Independent 10 December 1906 – 2 February 1910 [29][30][31][32][33]
  Richard Joseph Sherlock Independent 2 February 1910 – 9 February 1911 [34][35][36]
  Thomas Willmot Independent 9 February 1911 – 4 February 1914 [37][38][39]
  George Best Independent 4 February 1914 – 1 March 1915 [40]
  Adam Thomson Pringle Independent 1 March 1915 – 9 February 1916 [41]
  John Henry Smith Angus Independent 9 February 1916 – 10 February 1920 [42][43][44][45]
  John Charles Page Independent 10 February 1920 – 14 December 1920 [46]
  George Alfred Lalor Independent 14 December 1920 – 12 December 1922 [47][48]
  Arthur Moorehead Independent 12 December 1922 – 21 December 1926 [49][50][51][52][53]
  William Thomas Cable Independent 21 December 1926 – December 1927 [54]
  George Alfred Lalor Independent December 1927 – December 1928
  Arthur Leonard Francis Independent December 1928 – December 1930
  John McMurtrie Independent December 1930 – December 1932
  John Charles Page Independent December 1932 – December 1934
  Arthur Leonard Francis Independent December 1934 – 8 December 1938
  Thomas Russell Stone Independent 8 December 1938 – 13 December 1945 [55][56][57][58][59][60][61]
  John Alexander Fyall Independent 13 December 1945 – 20 December 1950 [62][63][64][65][66]
John Sidney Bromfield 20 December 1950 – December 1956 [67]
Wally Payne December 1956 – December 1957
George Alexander Dryden December 1957 – December 1958 [68]
Gordon Archibald Baker December 1958 – December 1959
  Alfred Ashley-Brown Labor December 1959 – 17 June 1961
Mayor Party Term Notes
  Alfred Ashley-Brown Labor 17 June 1961 – December 1965
Victor John Corcoran December 1965 – December 1966
Hilton Robinson December 1966 – December 1967
  Alfred Ashley-Brown Labor December 1967 – December 1968
Victor John Corcoran December 1968 – 10 December 1969
Col Holden 10 December 1969 – 2 December 1970
  Alfred Ashley-Brown Labor 2 December 1970 – September 1971
Peter Richard Stone September 1971 – September 1974
  George Nicolaidis OAM Independent September 1974 – September 1976 [69][70][71]
Peter James Shinnick September 1976 – September 1977
  John Aquilina Labor September 1977 – September 1981 [72]
James Patrick Lynch September 1981 – September 1985
Leo Kelly September 1985 – September 1987 [73]
  Russ Dickens OAM Independent September 1987 – September 1988 [74][75]
  Bob Sinclair Independent September 1988 – September 1990
  Leo Kelly Labor September 1990 – September 1991 [73]
Jim Anderson September 1991 – April 1995 [76]
Charlie Lowles April 1995 – September 1999 [77]
Alan Pendleton September 1999 – March 2004 [78]
Leo Kelly OAM March 2004 – September 2008 [79][73]
Charlie Lowles OAM September 2008 – September 2010 [77][80]
Alan Pendleton OAM September 2010 – 26 September 2012 [78]
  Len Robinson Liberal 26 September 2012 – 17 September 2014 [81][82]
  Stephen Bali Labor 17 September 2014 – date [16]

Coat of arms[edit]

After becoming a city in 1979, the city council resolved to investigate and if possible obtain a coat of arms.[83] The device features:

  • In the centre, a generic profile of an Australian Aboriginal
  • A kangaroo, kookaburra and wattle boughs, representing the flora and fauna of the region
  • A brumby, signifying early industry in the area (breeding horses and capturing wild horses)
  • The motto, Progress

Sister cities[edit]

Blacktown City Council has sister city relations with the following cities:[84]

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