Municipality of Burwood
|Municipality of Burwood
New South Wales
Location in Greater Sydney
|Population||36,809 (2016 census)|
|• Density||5,300/km2 (13,600/sq mi)|
|Established||27 March 1874|
|Area||7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)|
|Mayor||John Faker (Labor)|
|Website||Municipality of Burwood|
Suburbs in the local government area
The following suburbs within the Municipality of Burwood are:
The Municipality also includes portions of:
- Croydon (shared with Inner West Council)
- Croydon Park (shared with the Canterbury-Bankstown Council and Inner West Council)
- Strathfield (shared with the City of Canada Bay and Strathfield Council)
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.
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. The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Burwood of was generally on par with the national average.
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.
|Selected historical census data for Burwood local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||29,381||30,926||32,423||36,809|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||57th||55th|
|% of New South Wales population||0.46%||0.49%|
|% of Australian population||0.16%||0.16%||0.15%||0.16%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion, so described||12.6%||16.6%||21.5%||32.7%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$403||A$490||Data
|% of Australian median income||86.5%||84.9%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,071||A$1,441|
|% of Australian median income||104.3%||97.3%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,194||A$1,310|
|% of Australian median income||102.0%||106.1%|
Current composition and election method
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:
|Australian Labor Party||4|
|Liberal Party of Australia||2|
|Independent Community Voice||1|
The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election, is:
|John Faker||Labor||Mayor: 2012–date|
|Joseph Del Duca||Liberal|
|Lesley Furneaux-Cook||Independent Community Voice||Mayor: 2008–2009 Deputy Mayor: 2017–date|
|George Mannah||Labor||Deputy Mayor: 2016–2017|
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. 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. 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.
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