Municipality of Burwood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Burwood Council)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Municipality of Burwood
New South Wales
Burwood lga sydney.png
Location in Greater Sydney
Coordinates 33°53′S 151°06′E / 33.883°S 151.100°E / -33.883; 151.100Coordinates: 33°53′S 151°06′E / 33.883°S 151.100°E / -33.883; 151.100
Population 36,809 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 5,300/km2 (13,600/sq mi)
Established 27 March 1874 (1874-03-27)[2]
Area 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Mayor John Faker (Labor)
Council seat Burwood
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s) Strathfield
Federal Division(s)
Burwood Council Logo.jpg
Website Municipality of Burwood
LGAs around Municipality of Burwood:
Canada Bay Canada Bay Inner West
Strathfield Municipality of Burwood Inner West
Cumberland Canterbury-Bankstown Cumberland

The Municipality of Burwood is a local government area in the inner-west of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

The Mayor of the Municipality is Cr. John Faker, a member of the Labor Party, who was first elected on 8 September 2012.

Suburbs in the local government area[edit]

The following suburbs within the Municipality of Burwood are:

The Municipality also includes portions of:


At the 2016 census, there were 36,809 people in the Burwood local government area, of these 48.3 per cent were male and 51.7 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4 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 Municipality of Burwood was 33 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 13.0 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.3 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 42.2 per cent were married and 6.0 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the Municipality of Burwood between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 5.26 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 4.84 per cent. At the 2016 census, the population in the Municipality increased by 13.53 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in Burwood local government area was significantly higher than the national average.[3][4] The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Burwood of was generally on par with the national average.[1]

At the 2016 census, the proportion of residents in Burwood local government area who stated their ancestry as Chinese was in excess of seven times the state and national averages; and the proportion of households where an Asian language was spoken at home was approximately eight times higher than the national average.[1]

Selected historical census data for Burwood local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[5] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 29,381 Increase 30,926 Increase 32,423 Increase 36,809
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 57th Increase 55th
% of New South Wales population 0.46% Increase 0.49%
% of Australian population 0.16% Steady 0.16% Decrease 0.15% Increase 0.16%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Chinese 21.8% Increase 28.1%
English 9.9% Increase 9.2%
Australian 10.4% Increase 8.8%
Italian 8.0% Decrease 6.8%
Irish 4.6% Decrease 4.4%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 5.8% Increase 10.1% Increase 12.7% Increase 20.3%
Cantonese 7.8% Increase 8.5% Increase 8.8% Decrease 8.6%
Italian 7.3% Decrease 6.5% Decrease 5.7% Decrease 4.4%
Korean 5.4% Decrease 4.7% Decrease 4.5% Decrease 3.9%
Arabic 5.7% Decrease 4.9% Decrease 4.4% Decrease 3.7%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion, so described 12.6% Increase 16.6% Increase 21.5% Increase 32.7%
Catholic 36.9% Decrease 33.4% Decrease 30.2% Decrease 24.6%
Not stated 8.2%
Hinduism n/c n/c Increase 7.2% Increase 7.5%
Buddhism 5.8% Increase 6.3% Increase 7.3% Decrease 6.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$403 A$490 Data
to be
% of Australian median income 86.5% Decrease 84.9%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,071 A$1,441
% of Australian median income 104.3% Decrease 97.3%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,194 A$1,310
% of Australian median income 102.0% Increase 106.1%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Burwood Council is composed of seven Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the six other Councillors are elected proportionally as one ward. The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, was as follows:[6][7]

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 4
  Liberal Party of Australia 2
  Independent Community Voice 1
Total 7

The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is:[6]

Councillor Party Notes
  John Faker Labor Mayor: 2012–date[7]
  Heather Crichton Labor
  Joseph Del Duca Liberal
  Lesley Furneaux-Cook Independent Community Voice Mayor: 2008–2009[8] Deputy Mayor: 2017–date[9]
  George Mannah Labor Deputy Mayor: 2016–2017
  Ernest Chan Labor
  Raj Dixit Liberal


The municipality was incorporated on 27 March 1874. The council chambers in Conder Street were designed by architect Jack Hennessy and built in 1877. Hennessy was later mayor of Burwood.[10]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Municipality of Burwood merge with adjoining councils. The government proposed a merger of the Burwood, Canada Bay, and Strathfield Councils to form a new council with an area of 41 square kilometres (16 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 163,000.[11] In May 2016 Strathfield Council challenged the proposed merger between Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay and commenced proceedings in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court. After the Court heard that there were legal flaws in the report from the State Government appointed delegate who examined the proposal for merging the councils, the NSW Government withdrew from the case and the merger proposal stalled.[12] In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay local government areas, along with several other proposed forced mergers.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Burwood (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation - New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) - 27 Mar 1874". Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Burwood (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Burwood (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Burwood (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ a b "Burwood - Councillor Contest". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  7. ^ a b "Burwood - Mayoral Contest". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 27 September 2017. 
  8. ^ Habib, Rashell (2 March 2009). "Praise for women of wonder". NewsLocal. 
  9. ^ "Mayor and Councillors | Burwood Council". Retrieved 2017-10-20. 
  10. ^ "Burwood Council Chambers, 2-4 Conder St, Burwood, NSW, Australia". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  11. ^ "Merger proposal: Burwood Council, City of Canada Bay Council, Strathfield Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  12. ^ Raper, Ashleigh (31 May 2016). "NSW council amalgamations: Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay merger stopped". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  13. ^ Blumer, Clare; Chettle, Nicole (27 July 2017). "NSW council amalgamations: Mayors fight to claw back court dollars after backflip on merger". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 

External links[edit]