Camden Council (New South Wales)

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Camden Council
New South Wales
Camden lga sydney.png
Coordinates 34°03′S 150°42′E / 34.050°S 150.700°E / -34.050; 150.700Coordinates: 34°03′S 150°42′E / 34.050°S 150.700°E / -34.050; 150.700
Population 78,218 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 389.1/km2 (1,007.9/sq mi)
Established 6 February 1889 (1889-02-06)[2]
Area 201 km2 (77.6 sq mi)
Mayor Lara Symkowiak (Liberal)
Council seat Camden
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s) Camden
Federal Division(s)
Camden council logo.jpg
Website Camden Council
LGAs around Camden Council:
Wollondilly Liverpool Liverpool
Wollondilly Camden Council Campbelltown
Wollondilly Wollondilly Campbelltown

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.

The Mayor of Camden is Cr. Lara Symkowiak, a member of the Liberal Party.

Suburbs in the local government area[edit]

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.[1]

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.[3][4][5][1] The median weekly income for residents within the Camden Council area was generally slightly higher than the national average.[1]

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).[1]

Selected historical census data for Camden local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[5] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 43,799 Increase 49,645 Increase 56,720 Increase 78,218
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 39th Increase 28th
% of New South Wales population 0.82% Increase 1.05%
% of Australian population 0.23% Increase 0.25% Increase 0.26% Increase 0.33%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 25.4% Increase 27.0%
English 25.9% Decrease 25.1%
Irish 7.5% Decrease 7.4%
Scottish 6.1% Decrease 6.0%
Italian 4.6% Increase 5.0%
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 0.6% Increase 0.7% Increase 0.8% Increase 1.4%
Italian 1.7% Decrease 1.6% Decrease 1.5% Decrease 1.3%
Spanish 0.7% Increase 0.8% Increase 0.9% Increase 1.3%
Hindi 0.9%
Mandarin 0.7%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 33.5% Increase 34.7% Increase 35.4% Decrease 34.4%
Anglican 30.9% Decrease 29.1% Decrease 28.3% Decrease 21.4%
No religion, so described 9.6% Increase 11.3% Increase 12.9% Increase 18.9%
Not stated 6.6%
Uniting Church 4.8% Decrease 4.0% Decrease 3.5% Decrease 2.4%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$566 A$690 Data
to be
% 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[edit]

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:[6][7][8]

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 5
  Labor 3
  Independents 2
Total 9

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

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Central Ward[6]   Robert Mills Independent
  Ashleigh Cagney Labor
  Therese Fedeli Liberal Deputy Mayor[9]
North Ward[7]   Lara Symkowiak Liberal Mayor[9]
  Cindy Cagney Labor
  Michael Morrison Liberal
South Ward[8]   Eva Campbell Independent
  Paul Farrow Labor
  Peter Sidgreaves Liberal


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)[10] and Gregory Hills (2,600 homes),[11] 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;[12] and the application rejected by the Court on the grounds that the land chosen was suited to rural uses.[13][14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Camden (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) - 6 Feb 1889". Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Camden (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Camden (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Camden (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 November 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ a b "Camden Council – Central Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Camden Council – North Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Camden Council – South Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016. 
  9. ^ a b 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. 
  10. ^ "Oran Park Town Official Website". Archived from the original on 15 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Gregory Hills Official Website". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. 
  12. ^ Murray, Elicia (22 April 2009). "Churches oppose Islamic school". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  13. ^ "Court rejects Sydney Islamic school". ABC News. Australia. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 
  14. ^ "Quranic Society seeks land sale". Camden-Narellan Advertiser. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 13 July 2017. 

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