City of Campbelltown (New South Wales)

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City of Campbelltown
New South Wales
Campbelltown lga sydney.png
Coordinates 34°04′S 150°49′E / 34.067°S 150.817°E / -34.067; 150.817Coordinates: 34°04′S 150°49′E / 34.067°S 150.817°E / -34.067; 150.817
Population 158,941 (2015 Est.)[1]
 • Density 509.4/km2 (1,319/sq mi)
Established 4 May 1968 (as a city)
Area 312 km2 (120.5 sq mi)
Mayor George Brticevic (Labor)
Council seat Campbelltown
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Campbelltown City Council.svg
Website City of Campbelltown
LGAs around City of Campbelltown:
Camden Liverpool Sutherland
Camden City of Campbelltown Sutherland
Wollondilly Wollondilly Wollongong

The City of Campbelltown is a local government area in the Macarthur region of south-western Sydney, in New South Wales, Australia. The area is located about 55 kilometres (34 mi) south west of the Sydney central business district and comprises 312 square kilometres (120 sq mi).

The Mayor of the City of Campbelltown for 2016-18 is Cr George Brticevic and the Deputy Mayor is Cr Meg Oates.


Suburbs in the City of Campbelltown are:


At the 2011 Census, there were 145,967 people in the Campbelltown local government area, of these 48.9% were male and 51.1% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.2% of the population; 30% more than the national average. The median age of people in the City of Campbelltown was 33 years, which is significantly lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 9.3% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 47.3% were married and 12.1% were either divorced or separated.[2]

In the City of Campbelltown between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census, the population decreased by 1.53%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 2.02%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Campbelltown local government area was significantly below the national average.[3] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Campbelltown was generally on par with the national average.[2][4]

Selected historical census data for Campbelltown local government area
Census year 2001[3] 2006[4] 2011[2]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 145,294 143,076 145,967
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 2.11%
% of Australian population 0.77% Decrease 0.72% Decrease 0.68%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 25.1%
English 22.1%
Irish 5.9%
Scottish 5.0%
Indian 2.9%
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 2.3% Increase 2.7% Steady 2.7%
Samoan 1.4% Increase 1.7% Increase 2.1%
Hindi 1.2% Increase 1.6% Increase 2.1%
Bengali n/c n/c Increase 1.8%
Spanish 1.8% Decrease 1.7% Steady 1.7%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 32.1% Decrease 30.9% Decrease 30.3%
Anglican 25.9% Decrease 23.3% Decrease 21.0%
No Religion 9.1% Increase 10.7% Increase 12.5%
Islam 3.3% Increase 4.5% Increase 5.7%
Hinduism n/c n/c Increase 3.0%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$464 A$549
% of Australian median income 99.6% 95.1%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,066 A$1,390
% of Australian median income 103.8% 93.9%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,156 A$1,251
% of Australian median income 98.7% 101.4%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Campbelltown City Council is composed of fifteen Councillors elected proportionally as one entire ward. 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 Council election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5]

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 7
  Liberal Party of Australia 3
  Totally Locally Committed Party 2
  Community First Team 1
  The Greens 1
  Bob Thompson's Independent Team 1
Total 15

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  George Brticevic Labor Mayor
  George Greiss Liberal
  Fred Borg Totally Locally Committed Deceased*
  Paul Lake Community First team
  Meg Oates Labor Deputy Mayor
  Ted Rowell Liberal
  Darcy Lound Labor
  Margaret Chivers Labor
  Rey Manoto Labor
  Masood Chowdhury Labor
  Karen Hunt Labor
  Ben Moroney Greens
  Bob Thompson Bob Thompson's Independent Team
  Ralph George Liberal
  Warren Morrison Totally Locally Committed
  • Cr Borg died 20 December 2016.[6] A by-election to elect a replacement councillor will be held 18 March 2017

Past Mayors[edit]

The following individuals have served as Mayor of the City of Campbelltown, since 1988:[7]

Councillor Party Term
  Paul Hawker Liberal Party 2015–16
  Paul Lake Independent 2014–15
  Clinton Mead Liberal Democrats 2013–14
  Sue Dobson Community Service 2012–13
  Anoulack Chanthivong Labor 2011–12
  Paul Lake Community First team 2010–11
  Aaron Rule Labor 2009–10
  Russell Matheson Independent 2008–09
  Aaron Rule Labor 2006–08
  Russell Matheson Independent 2005–06
Brenton Banfield 2002–05
  Russell Matheson Independent 2001–03
Jim Kremmer 2000–01
  Meg Oates Labor 1999–2000
Paul Sinclair 1998–99
  Meg Oates Labor 1997–98
  Russell Matheson Independent 1996–97
  Meg Oates Labor 1995–96
  Russell Matheson Independent 1994–95
  Meg Oates Labor 1993–94
Leslie Patterson 1992–93
  Gordon Fetterplace OAM Independent 1991–92
Jim Kremmer 1988–91

History and growth[edit]

Campbelltown was founded in 1820, named after Elizabeth Macquarie née Campbell,[8] wife of the then Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The town was one of a series of south-western settlements being established by Macquarie at that time. Others include Ingleburn and Liverpool.

Campbelltown Council was originally incorporated in 1882. The present boundaries of the City of Campbelltown were largely formed in 1949, following the amalgamation of the Municipalities of Ingleburn (incorporated in April 1896) and Campbelltown, as part of a rationalisation of local government areas across New South Wales following World War II.

Campbelltown was designated in the early 1960s in the Sydney Region Outline Plan, prepared by the Planning Commission of New South Wales as a satellite city, and a regional capital for the south west of Sydney. There was extensive building and population growth in the intervening time and the government surrounded the township with areas which were set aside for public and private housing and industry.

Campbelltown was declared a City by the Hon. P.H. Morton MLA, Minister for Local Government and Highways, on 4 May 1968. That same day saw the arrival of the first electric train to Campbelltown from Sydney.

As a City, Campbelltown honoured the 1st Signals Regiment (now the 1st Joint Support Unit) with the medieval custom of the Freedom of the City. The Mayor, Alderman Clive Tregear, wanted to recognise the contribution to the units based at the Ingleburn Army Barracks. The Regiment marched through Campbelltown until it got transferred to Queensland in the late 1980s.

Campbelltown was presented with its own coat of arms in 1969. The Arms were based those on the Arms of the Campbell Family in Scotland.

Campbelltown today acts as a significant regional centre for Southwestern Sydney with a rail line, major hospital, university and several shopping centres.

Campbelltown Arts Centre was opened in 2005. It is a cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council and is assisted by the New South Wales Government through Arts NSW.

Transport links[edit]

Road transport corridors[edit]

The principle access roads to and from Campbelltown are:

  • Appin Road and The Hume Highway to the south;
  • Narellan Road to the west; and
  • The Hume Highway and Cambridge Avenue to the north.

There is no direct eastern road access. As a fast-growing regional centre, road infrastructure has yet to catch up with the historically strong population growth. Areas of greatest concern include congestion on Narellan Road,[9][10] numerous road fatalities on Appin Road and the inadequate causeway over the Georges River at Cambridge Avenue, Glenfield.[11]

Rail transport corridor[edit]

Campbelltown is served by trains on the Sydney suburban rail network (Sydney Trains), with railway stations:

Major council facilities[edit]

  • Campbelltown Civic Centre, Queen Street, Campbelltown.
  • Campbelltown Arts Centre, a contemporary arts centre located at the corner of Camden & Appin Roads, Campbelltown.
  • Campbelltown Stadium, Leumeah, a sports stadium used mainly for football and rugby league.
  • The Gordon Fetterplace Aquatic Centre, The Parkway, Bradbury.
  • Eagle Vale Leisure Centre, Emerald Drive, Eagle Vale.
  • Macquarie Fields Indoor Sports Centre, Fields Road, Macquarie Fields.
  • Macquarie Fields Leisure Centre, Fields Road Macquarie Fields.


  • Festival of Fisher's Ghost: Held annually in the Campbelltown CBD every November. Campbelltown's biggest Festival and one of the longest running Festivals in Australia, dating back to 1956. Featuring 10 days of family fun with more than 30 events, including a grand parade of community groups a street fair, music gigs and fireworks.
  • Ingleburn Alive! Festival: Held annually in Oxford Road in the Northern suburb of Ingleburn in March. Free entertainment, rides and family activities, usually followed by a firework display in Milton park.
  • Riverfest, held annually in August in Koshigaya Park, to raise awareness of the city’s local environment and cultural diversity.


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Campbelltown (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Campbelltown (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Campbelltown (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Campbelltown City Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
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  8. ^ "Mawson Park Campbelltown - Plaque" (image). Panoramio. Roger Powell. 1988. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Pleffer, Alexandra (11 April 2012). "Plea for new link to avoid gridlocked Narellan Road". Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Campbell, David (7 March 2011). "Macarthur roads named and shamed in RTA top-100 list". Macarthur Chronicle. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  11. ^ Campbell, David (2 August 2010). "Glenfield's Cambridge Ave causeway back for debate". Macarthur Chronicle. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 

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