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 157,006 (2016 census)[1] (37th)
 • 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, a member of the Labor Party.


Suburbs in the City of Campbelltown are:


At the 2016 census there were 157,006 people in the Campbelltown local government area, of these 49 per cent were male and 51 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.8 per cent of the population; 30 per cent more than the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the City of Campbelltown was 34 years, which is significantly lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.6 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 11.8 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 47.1 per cent were married and 87. per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

In the City of Campbelltown between the 2001 census and the 2006 census, the population decreased by 1.53 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 2.02 per cent. At the 2016 census, the population in the Campbelltown local government area increased by 7.56 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in the Campbelltown local government area was slightly below the national average.[2][3][4] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Campbelltown was generally on par with the national average.[1]

Selected historical census data for Campbelltown local government area
Census year 2001[2] 2006[3] 2011[4] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 145,294 Decrease 143,076 Increase 145,967 Increase 157,006
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 19th Increase 16th
% of New South Wales population 2.11% Decrease 2.10%
% of Australian population 0.77% Decrease 0.72% Decrease 0.68% Decrease 0.67%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 25.1% Decrease 21.6%
English 22.1% Decrease 20.3%
Irish 5.9% Decrease 5.8%
Scottish 5.0% Decrease 4.7%
Indian 2.9% Increase 4.2%
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 2.3% Increase 2.7% Steady 2.7% Increase 3.4%
Bengali n/c n/c Increase 1.8% Increase 3.0%
Hindi 1.2% Increase 1.6% Increase 2.1% Increase 2.4%
Samoan 1.4% Increase 1.7% Increase 2.1% Increase 2.2%
Spanish 1.8% Decrease 1.7% Steady 1.7% Steady 1.7%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 32.1% Decrease 30.9% Decrease 30.3% Decrease 26.6%
No religion, so described 9.1% Increase 10.7% Increase 12.5% Increase 17.9%
Anglican 25.9% Decrease 23.3% Decrease 21.0% Decrease 15.2%
Not stated 8.3%
Islam 3.3% Increase 4.5% Increase 5.7% Increase 7.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$464 A$549 Data
to be
% 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 8
  Liberal Party of Australia 3
  Totally Locally Committed Party 1
  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
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
Ben Gilholme   Labor

^a Cr. Borg died 20 December 2016. A by-election to elect a replacement councillor was held on 18 March 2017 and Ben Gilholme was elected.[needs update]

Past Mayors[edit]

History and growth[edit]

Campbelltown was founded in 1820, named after Elizabeth Macquarie née Campbell,[6] wife of the then Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The town was one of a series of south-western settlements established by Macquarie at that time; the others include Ingleburn and Liverpool.

Campbelltown Council was originally incorporated on 21 January 1882.[7] 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 presented with its own coat of arms in 1969. The coat of arms were based those on the arms of the Campbell family in Scotland.

Campbelltown was designated as a satellite city and a regional capital for the south west of Sydney in the early 1960s in the Sydney Region Outline Plan, prepared by the Planning Commission of New South Wales. 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 on 4 May 1968 by the Hon. Pat Morton, Minister for Local Government and Highways. 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.

Opened in 2005, the Campbelltown Arts Centre is a cultural facility of Campbelltown City Council that is partially funded 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,[8][9] numerous road fatalities on Appin Road and the inadequate causeway over the Georges River at Cambridge Avenue, Glenfield.[10]

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 Central, 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Campbelltown (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Campbelltown (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Campbelltown (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Campbelltown (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 19 November 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  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. 
  6. ^ "Mawson Park Campbelltown - Plaque" (image). Panoramio. Roger Powell. 1988. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation - New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) - 21 Jan 1882". National Library of Australia. Australian Government. Retrieved 3 March 2017. 
  8. ^ Pleffer, Alexandra (11 April 2012). "Plea for new link to avoid gridlocked Narellan Road". Campbelltown Macarthur Advertiser. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  9. ^ Campbell, David (7 March 2011). "Macarthur roads named and shamed in RTA top-100 list". Macarthur Chronicle. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  10. ^ Campbell, David (2 August 2010). "Glenfield's Cambridge Ave causeway back for debate". Macarthur Chronicle. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 

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