City of Botany Bay

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City of Botany Bay
New South Wales
Botany Bay lga.png
Population 39,356 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,471/km2 (3,810/sq mi)
Established 1996
Area 26.75 km2 (10.3 sq mi)
Mayor Ben Keneally (Labor)
Council seat Mascot
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Kingsford Smith
Website City of Botany Bay
LGAs around City of Botany Bay:
Marrickville Sydney Randwick
Marrickville City of Botany Bay Randwick
Rockdale Botany Bay Randwick

The City of Botany Bay was a local government area in the eastern region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The area encompassed the suburbs to the north of Botany Bay, such as Botany. The administrative centre was located at Mascot, which is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of the Sydney central business district. The City was amalgamated with the neighbouring City of Rockdale on 9 September 2016 to form Bayside Council.

The Mayor of the City of Botany Bay Council prior to amalgamation was Cr. Ben Keneally, a member of the Labor Party and the husband of Kristina Keneally, a former Premier of New South Wales.

Suburbs in the local government area[edit]

Suburbs in the City of Botany Bay were:


As of the 2011 census, there were 39,356 people in the Botany Bay local government area, of these 49.5% were male and 50.5% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.6% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Botany Bay was 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.4% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 47.6% were married and 11.4% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the City of Botany Bay between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 5.18%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 5.19%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Botany Bay local government area was lower than the national average.[1][2][3]

Selected historical census data for the City of Botany Bay local government area
Census year 2001[2] 2006[3] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 35,572 37,415 39,356
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 61
% of New South Wales population 0.5% 0.57%
% of Australian population 0.19% Decrease 0.18% Steady 0.18%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 16.7%
English 14.5%
Chinese 8.0%
Irish 5.8%
Greek 5.6%
top responses
(other than English)
Greek 7.4% Decrease 6.5% Decrease 5.8%
Bengali 3.4% Increase 3.5% Increase 3.6%
Indonesian n/c n/c Increase 3.2%
Spanish 4.5% Decrease 3.8% Decrease 3.2%
Mandarin Chinese n/c n/c Increase 3.0%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 35.0% Decrease 34.2% Decrease 32.9%
No religion 7.5% Increase 10.1% Increase 13.0%
Anglican 13.2% Decrease 12.2% Decrease 10.8%
Eastern Orthodox 10.9% Decrease 10.2% Decrease 9.5%
Islam 8.3% Decrease 7.8% Increase 8.1%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$453 A$575
% of Australian median income 97.2% 99.7%
Family income Median weekly family income A$995 A$1,488
% of Australian median income 96.9% 100.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,166 A$1,245
% of Australian median income 99.6% 100.9%


City of Botany Bay Admin Building, Mascot

Botany Bay City Council was composed of seven Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor was directly elected while the six other Councillors are elected proportionally as six separate wards, each electing one Councillor. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012. In Wards One and Five, only one candidate, being those below, nominated for election. There being no additional candidates, the election for these Wards was uncontested.[4] The makeup of the Council at the last election, including the Mayor, was as follows:[5]

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 7
Total 7

The current council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:[5]

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Mayor   Ben Keneally Labor
Ward One   George Glinatsis Labor
Ward Two   Brian Troy Labor
Ward Three   Christina Curry Labor
Ward Four   Stan Kondilios Labor Deputy Mayor
Ward Five   Greg Mitchell Labor
Ward Six   Mark Castle Labor


Before 1996, the city was known as the Municipality of Botany.

In February 2016, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption commenced a public inquiry into allegations that a former chief financial officer employed by the Council and other Council employees, dishonestly exercised official functions to obtain financial benefits for themselves and others by causing fraudulent payments of more than A$4.2 million to be made by the Council through false invoicing to either themselves, or various entities. It was also alleged that the former Chief Financial Officer and the Council employees dishonestly exercised official functions to obtain financial benefits for themselves and others by using Council resources.[6]

Proposed amalgamation[edit]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the City of Botany Bay merge with the City of Rockdale to form a new council with an area of 50 square kilometres (19 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 153,000.[7] Following the review, Botany Bay was amalgamated with City of Rockdale] on 9 September 2016 to form Bayside Council.[8]


Qantas's head office, the Qantas Centre, is at 203 Coward Street in the Mascot suburb of Botany Bay.[9] The regional airline Eastern Australia Airlines has its head office on the grounds of Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport in Mascot.[10] The airline Impulse Airlines, when it existed, had its head office in the airport property.[11]


Government schools[edit]

Residents are zoned to schools in the Department of Education and Communities. The following schools are in Botany Bay:

  • Banksmeadow Public School
  • Botany Public School
  • Daceyville Public School
  • Eastlakes Public School
  • Mascot Public School
  • Pagewood Public School
  • J J Cahill Memorial High School
  • John Brotchie Nursery School

Private schools[edit]

  • St Therese's Catholic School
  • St Bernard's Catholic School


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (21 June 2012). "2011 Census QuickStats: Botany Bay (C)". Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Botany Bay (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Botany Bay (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Council of the City of Botany Bay". 2012 NSW Local Council Elections. Australia: ABC News. September 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Declaration of Election Results 2012". Local Government Election 2012. Botany Bay City Council. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "ICAC public inquiry into allegations concerning former City of Botany Bay Council CFO starts Monday" (Press release). NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption. 26 February 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Merger proposal: City of Botany Bay Council, Rockdale City Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 2 March 2016. 
  8. ^ Stronger Councils
  9. ^ "Other Qantas Contacts." Qantas. Retrieved on 10 February 2009.
  10. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 23–29 March 2004. 66.
  11. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 4–10 April 2000. 85.

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