Camden Council (New South Wales)
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|Population||78,218 (2016 census)|
|• Density||389.1/km2 (1,007.9/sq mi)|
|Established||6 February 1889|
|Area||201 km2 (77.6 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Lara Symkowiak (Liberal)|
Camden Council is a local government area in the Macarthur region, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The area is located south west of the Sydney central business district and comprises 201 square kilometres (78 sq mi) with an estimated population at the 2016 census of 78,218.
Suburbs in the local government area
Suburbs serviced by Camden Council are:
At the 2016 census there were 78,218 people in the Camden local government area, of these 49.0 per cent were male and 51.0 per cents were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.5 per cent of the population; slightly below the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the Camden Council area was 33 years, which is significantly lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 23.9 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.6 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 55.4 per cent were married and 10.2 per cent were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the Camden Council area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 13.35 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 14.25 per cent. At the 2016 census, the population in the Camden local government area increased by 37.9 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in Camden local government area was in excess of four times the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Camden Council area was generally slightly higher than the national average.
At the 2016 census, the proportion of residents in the Camden local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon approached 70% of all residents. In excess of 56.0% of residents in the Camden Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2016 census, compared with the national average of 50.2%; and the proportion of residents with no religion was about half the national average. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Camden local government area had a low proportion (19.1 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 22.2 per cent); and a very high proportion (81.2 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 72.7 per cent).
|Selected historical census data for Camden local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||43,799||49,645||56,720||78,218|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||39th||28th|
|% of New South Wales population||0.82%||1.05%|
|% of Australian population||0.23%||0.25%||0.26%||0.33%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion, so described||9.6%||11.3%||12.9%||18.9%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$566||A$690||Data
|% of Australian median income||121.5%||119.6%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,353||A$1,865|
|% of Australian median income||131.7%||125.9%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,465||A$1,727|
|% of Australian median income||125.1%||140.0%|
Current composition and election method
Camden Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as three 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:
|Liberal Party of Australia||5|
The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:
|Central Ward||Robert Mills||Independent|
|Therese Fedeli||Liberal||Deputy Mayor|
|North Ward||Lara Symkowiak||Liberal||Mayor|
|South Ward||Eva Campbell||Independent|
Being a significant part of the South-Western Sydney Growth Area, Camden Council represents a rapidly growing region which is expected[by whom?] to house a large portion of Sydney's population growth over the coming decade. To the north are residential developments including Oran Park (8,000 homes) and Gregory Hills (2,600 homes), whilst to the south are further developments of the Elderslie estate.
A Muslim group, the Quranic Society, made a development application in the Camden area for an A$19 million Muslim school with the capacity for 1,200 students. In May 2008 the Council voted unanimously to reject the application. After reducing its proposal to a school catering for 900 students, the Quranic Society took its case to the Land and Environment Court. The application was met with significant community protest; and the application rejected by the Court on the grounds that the land chosen was suited to rural uses.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Camden (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
- "Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation - New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) - 6 Feb 1889". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Camden (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Camden (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Camden (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
- "Camden Council – Central Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Camden Council – North Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Camden Council – South Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- Zautsen, Daniel (28 September 2016). "Camden Mayor Lara Symkowiak will serve a fifth consecutive term after being re-elected in a silent ballot". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
- "Oran Park Town Official Website". Archived from the original on 15 October 2009.
- "Gregory Hills Official Website". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010.
- Murray, Elicia (22 April 2009). "Churches oppose Islamic school". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
- "Court rejects Sydney Islamic school". ABC News. Australia. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2017.
- "Quranic Society seeks land sale". Camden-Narellan Advertiser. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2017.