City of Maitland
|City of Maitland
Maitland, New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|Population||67,478 (2011 census)|
|• Density||172.1/km2 (446/sq mi)|
|Area||392 km2 (151.4 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|Mayor||Peter Blackmore (independent)|
|Website||City of Maitland|
A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended the merger of a number of adjoining councils. In the initial proposal, the City of Maitland was not included in any amalgamation proposals. However, following the lodging of an alternate proposal by Gloucester Shire Council to amalgamate the Gloucester, Great Lakes and Greater Taree councils, the NSW Minister for Local Government proposed a merger between the Dungog Shire with the City of Maitland. The outcome of an independent review is expected to be completed by mid–2016.
At the 2011 census, there were 67,478 people in the City of Maitland 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 3.5 per cent of the population, which was higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Maitland was 36 years, which was marginally lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.0 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.7 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 50.9 per cent were married and 11.8 per cent were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the City of Maitland between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 15.19 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 9.05 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 Maitland local government area was significantly higher than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Maitland was approximately equal to the national average.
At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the City of Maitland local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 82 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 67% of all residents in the City of Maitland 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 Maitland local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (4.7 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93.2 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).
|Selected historical census data for the City of Maitland local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||53,718||61,880||67,478|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales|
|% of New South Wales population||0.98%|
|% of Australian population||0.29%||0.31%||0.31%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Presbyterian and Reformed||4.4%||4.1%||3.7%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$428||A$562|
|% of Australian median income||91.8%||97.4%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,159||A$1,555|
|% of Australian median income||99.0%||105.0%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,025||A$1,292|
|% of Australian median income||99.8%||104.7%|
Current composition and election method
Maitland 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 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:
|Central Ward||Arch Humphery||Independent||Elected on Peter Blackmore's ticket|
|Loretta Baker||Country Labor|
|East Ward||Ben Whiting||Country Labor|
|North Ward||Philip Penfold||Independent|
|Robert Aitchison||Country Labor|
|West Ward||Henry Meskauskas||Country Labor|
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "2011 Community Profiles: Maitland (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census of Population and Housing. Retrieved 6 October 2012.
- "Mayor Tally Sheet" (PDF). Maitland City Council Election 2012. Australian Election Company. September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Muswellbrook (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
- "Final Result in Order of Standing: Central Ward" (PDF). Maitland City Council Election 2012. Australian Election Company. 16 September 2012. p. 17. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Final Result in Order of Standing: East Ward" (PDF). Maitland City Council Election 2012. Australian Election Company. 16 September 2012. p. 5. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Final Result in Order of Standing: North Ward" (PDF). Maitland City Council Election 2012. Australian Election Company. 16 September 2012. p. 5. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Final Result in Order of Standing: West Ward" (PDF). Maitland City Council Election 2012. Australian Election Company. 16 September 2012. p. 18. Retrieved 2 October 2012.