City of Darwin

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City of Darwin
Northern Territory
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Population78,804 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density703.6/km2 (1,822/sq mi)
Area112 km2 (43.2 sq mi)
MayorKon Vatskalis
Council seatDarwin City
RegionMetropolitan Darwin
Territory electorate(s)Casuarina, Fannie Bay, Fong Lim, Johnston, Karama, Nightcliff, Port Darwin, Sanderson, Spillett, Wanguri
Federal Division(s)Solomon
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WebsiteCity of Darwin
LGAs around City of Darwin:
Unincorporated land Unincorporated land Unincorporated land
Unincorporated land City of Darwin Litchfield
Unincorporated land Unincorporated land Unincorporated land
FootnotesAdjoining LGAs[2]

The City of Darwin is a local government area of the Northern Territory, Australia. It includes the central business district of the capital, Darwin City, and represents two-thirds of its metropolitan population. The City covers an area of 112 square kilometres (43 sq mi) and, at the 2016 census, had a population of 78,804 people.[1]


The first Town and District Council was formed in 1874. The Darwin Town Council was created in 1915. From 1921 the five member Council had been elected on a ratepayer's franchise. In 1930 the Mayor and Councillors resigned in protest against the re-introduction of adult suffrage. A caretaker Council was appointed until 1937, when it was abolished at the Council's own request.

In 1955 a statement added to the Local Government Ordinance provided for the Constitution of the Municipality of Darwin. In 1957 the Council was increased to twelve members and a Mayor.

An annual election providing for the Mayor and half of the Council members to be retired at each election, was also introduced at this time. In 1959 an Ordinance provided that the Municipality of Darwin be constituted a city and named 'City of Darwin'.

The first Lord Mayor of Darwin was Dr Ella Stack, who served as the Mayor of Darwin from May 1975 to November 1979, and Lord Mayor from November 1979 until May 1980.

Wards and councillors[edit]

City of Darwin is divided into four wards, governed by 12 alderman across those wards, as well as one directly elected Lord Mayor. Aldermen from each ward are elected using a Single Transferable Vote (STV) proportional system.[3]

Chan Ward
Lyons Ward
Richardson Ward
Waters Ward
  • Robin Knox
  • Peter Pangquee
  • Emma Young
  • Sherry Cullen
  • Simon Niblock
  • Mick Palmer
  • Jimmy Bouhoris
  • George Lambrinidis
  • Rebecca Want de Rowe
  • Andrew Arthur
  • Justine Glover
  • Gary Haslett



Chan Ward
Lyons Ward
Richardson Ward
Waters Ward
Suburb Map
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Most of the suburb of Charles Darwin which is largely occupied by the Charles Darwin National Park reaches outside of the boundaries of the City of Darwin into unincorporated area, as do large parts of Berrimah and Hidden Valley. The last two suburbs, Buffalo Creek and Holmes, were approved in 2007. They are still largely undeveloped, especially Buffalo Creek.


Selected historical census data for City of Darwin local government area
Census year 2001[5] 2006[6] 2011[7] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 69,455 66,291 72,930 78,804
LGA rank in terms of size within Northern Territory 1st Steady 1st Steady 1st
% of Northern Territory population 34.26% Increase 34.36% Increase 34.41% Increase 34.44%
% of Australian population 0.37% Decrease 0.33% Increase 0.34% Steady 0.34%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 24.1% Decrease 21.2%
English 20.7% Decrease 19.8%
Irish 7.2% Increase 7.4%
Scottish 5.7% Decrease 5.6%
Chinese 3.6% Increase 4.1%
top responses
(other than English)
Greek 3.5% Decrease 3.3% Increase 3.4% Increase 3.5%
Tagalog 1.0% Increase 1.6% Increase 2.2%
Cantonese 1.0% Decrease 0.9%
Italian 0.8% Decrease 0.7%
Hakka 0.8% Steady 0.8%
Indonesian 0.9% Increase 1.0%
Mandarin 1.3% Increase 2.0%
Filipino 1.0% Increase 1.5%
Nepali 1.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 25.4% Decrease 24.7% Decrease 24.1% Decrease 22.3%
No religion 20.5% Increase 24.0% Increase 25.0% Increase 31.2%
Anglican 14.5% Decrease 12.2% Decrease 10.6% Decrease 7.6%
Uniting 6.5% Decrease 5.6% Decrease 4.5%
Eastern Orthodox 4.3% Decrease 4.1% Increase 4.3% Increase 4.4%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$687 A$899 A$1039
% of Australian median income 147.4% 155.8% 157.0%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1524 A$2063 A$2385
% of Australian median income 130.2% 139.2% 137.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1286 A$1809 A$2164
% of Australian median income 125.2% 146.6% 150.5%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling type Separate house 55.3% Decrease 54.9% Decrease 54.7% Decrease 52.6%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse 13.2% 11.9%Decrease  Increase 15.8% Decrease 13.3%
Flat or apartment 23.8% Increase 27.2% Decrease 26.7% Increase 31.8%

Sister Cities[edit]

The city of Darwin has six sister cities.[8]

City State Country Year
Kalymnos South Aegean region Greece April 1982
Anchorage Alaska United States July 1982
Ambon Maluku Indonesia October 1988
Haikou Hainan China September 1990
Milikapiti Northern Territory Australia July 1999
Dili Dili District East Timor September 2003


  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Darwin (C) (Local Government Area)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Litchfield Municipality Localities (map)" (PDF). Northern Territory Government. 29 October 1997. Retrieved 16 May 2019. A document re the Litchfield Muncipality has been cited because it is a map which depicts the relationship of the City of Darwin to its surroundings.
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  4. ^ Map with suburb boundaries
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "City of Darwin (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "City of Darwin (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "City of Darwin (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 December 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ "Darwin's Sister Cities". Darwin City Council. Archived from the original on 18 February 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2010.

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Coordinates: 12°24′55″S 130°53′29″E / 12.4152°S 130.8914°E / -12.4152; 130.8914