City of Lismore

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This article is about the local government area. For the Australian regional city, see Lismore, New South Wales.
Lismore City
New South Wales
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Location in NSW
Coordinates 28°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
Population 44,741 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 34.68/km2 (89.8/sq mi)
Established 1879 (municipality):
9 September 1946 (1946-09-09) (city)[2]
Area 1,290 km2 (498.1 sq mi)[3]
Mayor Issac Smith (Country Labor)
Council seat Goonellabah
Region Northern Rivers
State electorate(s) Lismore
Federal Division(s) Page
Lismore City Council Logo.png
Website Lismore 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 is Cr. Issac Smith, a member of Country Labor.

Towns and localities[edit]

Lismore suburban
Other areas

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, there were 42,766 people in the Lismore local government area, of these 48.9 per cent were male and 51.1 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.5 per cent of the population, which was significantly higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Lismore area was 40 years, which was marginally higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.7 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.7 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 42.8 per cent were married and 14.5 per cent were either divorced or separated.[4]

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.[5][6] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Lismore area was marginally lower than the national average.[4]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Lismore local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon 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).[4]

Selected historical census data for the City of Lismore local government area
Census year 2001[5] 2006[6] 2011[4]
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
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 31.4%
English 30.0%
Irish 10.8%
Scottish 8.2%
German 3.5%
Language,
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%

Council[edit]

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 on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:[7][8]

Party Councillors
  Independents 5
  Country Labor 3
  Australian Greens 2
  Our Sustainable Future 1
Total 11

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

Councillor Party Notes
  Isaac Smith Country Labor Mayor[7]
  Darlene Cook Country Labor
  Greg Bennett Independent
  Neil Marks Independent
  Vanessa Grindon-Ekins Greens
  Edwina Lloyd Country Labor
  Nancy Zambelli-Casson Independent
  Elly Bird Our Sustainable Future
  Bill Moorhouse Independent
  Gianpiero Battista Independent
  Adam Guise Greens

Sister cities[edit]

Lismore has sister city relations with the following cities:[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Historical information about the City of Lismore". City of Lismore. 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "Lismore City Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 2006-11-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Lismore (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Lismore (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 May 2016. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ a b "Lismore City Council - Mayoral Election". Local Government Election 2016. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  8. ^ "Lismore City Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Election 2016. New South Wales Electoral Commission. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "Sister Cities". Lismore City Council.