City of Cessnock

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City of Cessnock
CessnockNew South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates32°50′S 151°21′E / 32.833°S 151.350°E / -32.833; 151.350Coordinates: 32°50′S 151°21′E / 32.833°S 151.350°E / -32.833; 151.350
 • Density32.366/km2 (83.828/sq mi)
Established7 March 1906 (1906-03-07)
(as Cessnock Shire)[3]
Postcode(s)2320-2327, 2330, 2334, 2335[4]
Area1,966 km2 (759.1 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
MayorJay Suvaal (Labor)
Council seatCessnock[5]
State electorate(s)Cessnock[6]
Federal division(s)Hunter[7]
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WebsiteCity of Cessnock
LGAs around City of Cessnock:
Singleton Singleton, Maitland Maitland
Singleton City of Cessnock Newcastle
Hawkesbury Hawkesbury, Central Coast Lake Macquarie,
Central Coast

City of Cessnock is a local government area in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is located to the west of Newcastle. The largest population centre and council seat is the city of Cessnock.

The Mayor of the City of Cessnock Council is Cr. Jay Suvaal, a member of Country Labor.[8]

Main towns and villages[edit]

The Cessnock City Council area includes


At the 2011 census, there were 50,840 people in the City of Cessnock local government area, of these 49.7 per cent were male and 50.3 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.8 per cent of the population, which was nearly double than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Cessnock was 37 years, equal to the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.4 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.1 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 46.6 per cent were married and 13.2 per cent were either divorced or separated.[9]

Population growth in the City of Cessnock between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 2.52 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 10.03 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the City of Cessnock local government area was approximately equal to the national average over the ten-year period.[10][11] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Cessnock was lower than the national average.[9]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the City of Cessnock local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Celtic exceeded 83 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 64% of all residents in the City of Cessnock nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the City of Cessnock local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.1 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93.0 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[9]

Selected historical census data for the City of Cessnock local government area
Census year 2001[10] 2006[11] 2011[9] 2016[12] 2021[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 45,071 Increase 46,206 Increase 50,840 Increase 55,560 Increase 63,632
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 43rd Increase 42nd Increase 40th
% of New South Wales population 0.73% Increase 0.74% Increase 0.79%
% of Australian population 0.24% Decrease 0.23% Increase 0.24% Steady 0.24% Increase 0.25%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 35.3% Decrease 34.9% Increase 44.7%
English 32.2% Decrease 31.7% Increase 42.2%
Scottish 8.4% Steady 8.4% Increase 11.5%
Australian Aboriginal n/c Steady n/c Increase 9.1%
Irish 7.1% Increase 7.2% Increase 9.0%
top responses
(other than English)
Thai n/c Steady n/c Steady n/c Increase 0.1% Increase 0.2%
Tagalog 0.1% Decrease n/c Increase 0.1% Steady 0.1% Increase 0.2%
Spanish n/c Steady n/c Steady n/c Increase 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Vietnamese n/c Steady n/c Steady n/c Steady n/c Increase 0.1%
Mandarin n/c Increase 0.1% Decrease n/c Steady n/c Increase 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No Religion 11.0% Increase 14.5% Increase 18.5% Increase 25.8% Increase 41.1%
Anglican 33.6% Decrease 33.0% Decrease 31.1% Decrease 26.5% Decrease 19.2%
Catholic 22.2% Decrease 21.9% Steady 21.9% Decrease 20.2% Decrease 17.7%
Not stated n/c Steady n/c Steady n/c Increase 10.7% Decrease 8.2%
Uniting Church 9.9% Decrease 8.5% Decrease 7.4% Decrease 5.4% Decrease 3.7%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$358 A$472 A$540 A$696
% of Australian median income 76.8% Increase 81.8% Decrease 81.6% Increase 86.5%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,015 A$1,265 A$1,414 A$1,818
% of Australian median income 86.7% Decrease 85.4% Decrease 81.5% Increase 85.8%
Household income Median weekly household income A$786 A$1,042 A$1,177 A$1,493
% of Australian median income 76.5% Increase 84.4% Decrease 81.8% Increase 85.5%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Cessnock City Council is composed of thirteen councillors, including the mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The mayor is directly elected while the twelve other councillors are elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing three councillors. The most recent election was held on 4 December 2021, and the makeup of the council, including the mayor, is as follows:[8][13][14][15][16]

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Party Councillors
  Labor 6
  Liberal Party 3
  Independent 4
Total 13

The current Council, elected in 2021, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Mayor   Jay Suvaal Labor [8]
A Ward   Jessica Jurd Independent [13]
  James Hawkins Labor
  Paul Dunn Liberal
B Ward   Ian Olsen Independent [14]
  Anthony Burke Labor
  John Moores Liberal
C Ward   Anne-Marie Sander Labor [15]
  Karen Jackson Liberal
  Darren Watton Independent
D Ward   Rosa Grine Labor [16]
  Mitchell Hill Labor
  Paul Paynter Independent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cessnock". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 28 June 2022.
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "PROCLAMATION - Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) - 7 Mar 1906". Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT) - Cessnock City Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Archived from the original on 28 February 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  5. ^ "City of Cessnock Council". New South Wales Department of Local Government. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  6. ^ "Cessnock". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Federal Electorate Search: Hunter". Australian Electoral Commission. 19 October 2007. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  8. ^ a b c "City of Cessnock - Mayoral Election results". NSW Electoral Commission. 21 December 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Cessnock (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 September 2012. Edit this at Wikidata
  10. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Cessnock (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  11. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cessnock (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  12. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cessnock (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  13. ^ a b "City of Cessnock A Ward - Councillor Election results". NSW Electoral Commission. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  14. ^ a b "City of Cessnock B Ward - Councillor Election results". NSW Electoral Commission. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  15. ^ a b "City of Cessnock C Ward - Councillor Election results". NSW Electoral Commission. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2022.
  16. ^ a b "City of Cessnock D Ward - Councillor Election results". NSW Electoral Commission. 23 December 2021. Retrieved 18 March 2022.