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 is a local government area in the eastern region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The area encompasses the suburbs to the north of Botany Bay, such as Botany. The administrative centre is located at Mascot, which is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of the Sydney central business district. Before 1996, the city was known as the Municipality of Botany.

The Mayor of the City of Botany Bay Council is 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 are:


At 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 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 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, including the Mayor, is 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


Qantas's head office, the Qantas Centre, is at 203 Coward Street in the Mascot suburb of Botany Bay.[6] The regional airline Eastern Australia Airlines has its head office on the grounds of Sydney Kingford Smith Airport in Mascot.[7] The airline Impulse Airlines, when it existed, had its head office in the airport property.[8]


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. ^ "Other Qantas Contacts." Qantas. Retrieved on 10 February 2009.
  7. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 23–29 March 2004. 66.
  8. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 4–10 April 2000. 85.

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