City of Lismore

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Lismore City
New South Wales
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Location in NSW
Coordinates28°49′S 153°17′E / 28.817°S 153.283°E / -28.817; 153.283Coordinates: 28°49′S 153°17′E / 28.817°S 153.283°E / -28.817; 153.283
 • Density33.44/km2 (86.6/sq mi)
Established1879 (municipality):
9 September 1946 (1946-09-09) (city)[3]
Area1,290 km2 (498.1 sq mi)[4]
MayorSteve Krieg
Council seatGoonellabah
RegionNorthern Rivers
State electorate(s)Lismore
Federal division(s)Page
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WebsiteLismore City
LGAs around Lismore City:
Kyogle Tweed Byron
Richmond Valley Lismore City Ballina
Richmond Valley Richmond Valley Ballina

The City of Lismore is a local government area in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The seat of the local government area is Lismore, a major regional centre of the state.

The mayor of Lismore City Council since December 2021 is Steve Krieg.[5]

Towns and localities[edit]

Other areas

Heritage listings[edit]

The City of Lismore has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


At the 2016 census, there were 43,135 people in the Lismore local government area, of these 48.6 per cent were male and 51.4 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5 per cent of the population, which was significantly higher than the national average of 2.8 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Lismore area was 43 years, higher than the national median of 38 years. 82 percent of people in the city were born in Australia, some 15 percent higher than the nation as a whole.[7]

Population growth in the City of Lismore area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 1.5 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, the population growth was 1.3 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 Lismore local government area was significantly lower than the national average.[8][9] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Lismore area was marginally lower than the national average.[10]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Lismore 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 24 per cent of all residents in the City of Lismore at the 2011 census nominated no religious affiliation, compared to the national average of 22.3 per cent. Meanwhile, affiliation with Christianity was 55 per cent, which was slightly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. As at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Lismore local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.5 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (92.9 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[10]

Selected historical census data for the City of Lismore local government area
Census year 2001[8] 2006[9] 2011[10]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 41,572 42,210 42,766
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 48
% of New South Wales population 0.62%
% of Australian population 0.22% Steady 0.22% Decrease 0.20%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 31.4%
English 30.0%
Irish 10.8%
Scottish 8.2%
German 3.5%
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 0.2% Increase 0.9% Steady 0.9%
German 0.6% Decrease 0.4% Increase 0.5%
Mandarin n/c n/c Increase 0.2%
French 0.1% Steady 0.1% Increase 0.2%
Auslan n/c Increase 0.1% Increase 0.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No Religion 15.2% Increase 19.3% Increase 24.8%
Catholic 25.8% Decrease 25.5% Decrease 24.5%
Anglican 21.9% Decrease 20.7% Decrease 18.7%
Uniting Church 7.8% Decrease 7.3% Decrease 6.2%
Presbyterian and Reformed 6.4% Decrease 6.2% Decrease 5.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$378 A$469
% of Australian median income 81.1% Increase 81.3%
Family income Median weekly family income A$993 A$1,123
% of Australian median income 84.8% Decrease 75.8%
Household income Median weekly household income A$760 A$907
% of Australian median income 74.0% Decrease 73.5%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Lismore City Council is composed of eleven councillors, including the mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The mayor is directly elected while the ten other councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held in 2021, and the makeup of the council, including the mayor, is as follows:[11]

Party Councillors
  Country Labor 1
  Independents 7
  Our Sustainable Future 1
  Greens 2
Total 11

Executive management[edit]

Lismore City Council is managed by a general manager and three senior managers. General Manager Shelley Oldham's employment was terminated on 9 February 2021. The current acting general manager is Michael Donnelly. A decision is expected on a permanent appointment to general manager in mid-2021.

The three senior management roles are currently occupied by Kate Webbe – director of corporate services, Peter Jeuken – director of infrastructure services, and Eber Butron – director of partnerships, planning & engagement.

Sister cities[edit]

Lismore has sister city relations with the following cities:[12]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Lismore (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  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. ^ "Historical information about the City of Lismore". City of Lismore. 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Lismore City Council". Department of Local Government. Archived from the original on 6 September 2006. Retrieved 19 November 2006.
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  6. ^ "High Conservation Value Old Growth forest". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01487. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
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  8. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Lismore (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
  9. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Community Profile Series : Lismore (C) (Local Government Area)". 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 27 May 2016.
  10. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lismore (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 May 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
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  12. ^ "Sister Cities". Lismore City Council. Archived from the original on 30 August 2007.

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