City of Newcastle
|City of Newcastle
Newcastle, New South Wales
Aerial view of Newcastle
|Population||148,535 (2011 census) (25th)|
|• Density||794.3/km2 (2,057/sq mi)|
|Area||187 km2 (72.2 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|Lord Mayor||Nuatali Nelmes (Labor)|
|Location||162 km (101 mi) NNE of Sydney|
|Council seat||282 King Street, Newcastle|
|Website||City of Newcastle|
The Lord Mayor of City of Newcastle Council is Councillor Nuatali Nelmes, a Labor politician. Nelmes was elected at a by-election on 15 November 2014 following the resignation of Jeff McCloy, the former Lord Mayor.
After a 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal found that Newcastle City Council was not "fit for the future", it was recommended that the City of Newcastle merge with Lake Macquarie City Council. However, the Minister for Local Government subsequently proposed that Newcastle City Council instead merge with Port Stephens Council to form a new council with an area of 1,045 km2 (403 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 230,000. The outcome of an independent review is expected to be completed by mid–2016.
At the 2011 census, there were 148,535 people in the City of Newcastle local government area, of these 49.2 per cent were male and 50.8 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 2.6 per cent of the population, which was marginally higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Newcastle was 37 years, equal to the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 17.0 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.4 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 41.6 per cent were married and 12.6 per cent were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the City of Newcastle between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 3.91 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 4.78 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 Newcastle local government area was significantly lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Newcastle was marginally lower than the national average.
At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the City of Newcastle local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 76 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 56% of all residents in the City of Newcastle nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was slightly 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 Newcastle local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (10.1 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (87.3 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).
|Selected historical census data for the City of Newcastle local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on Census night||136,413||141,753||148,535|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales|
|% of New South Wales population||2.15%|
|% of Australian population||0.73%||0.71%||0.69%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Presbyterian and Reformed||4.1%||3.5%||3.2%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$409||A$563|
|% of Australian median income||87.8%||97.6%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,132||A$1,530|
|% of Australian median income||96.7%||103.3%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$885||A$1,165|
|% of Australian median income||86.2%||94.4%|
Current composition and election method
Newcastle City Council is composed of thirteen Councillors, including the Lord Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Lord 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. The Lord Mayor elected at that time, Jeff McCloy, resigned in 2014, and a by-election for Lord Mayor was held on 15 November 2014. The current makeup of the Council, including the Lord Mayor, is as follows:
|Australian Labor Party||5|
|Liberal Party of Australia||4|
The current Council, elected in 2012 in order of election by ward, except for the Lord Mayor who was elected in a by-election in 2014, and for Declan Clausen who was elected in a by-election in 2015, is:
|Lord Mayor||Nuatali Nelmes||Labor|||
|Ward One||Lisa Tierney||Liberal|
|Ward Two||Brad Luke||Liberal|
|Ward Three||Declan Clausen||Labor|
|Ward Four||Jason Dunn||Labor|
Newcastle Council has sister city relations with the following cities:
|Dubbo||New South Wales||Australia||1995|
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Newcastle (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
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- "Final Result in Order of Standing: Ward Two" (PDF). Newcastle City Council Election 2012. Australian Election Company. 21 September 2012. p. 24. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Final Result in Order of Standing: Ward Three" (PDF). Newcastle City Council Election 2012. Australian Election Company. 20 September 2012. p. 22. Retrieved 3 October 2012.
- "Final Result in Order of Standing: Ward Four" (PDF). Newcastle City Council Election 2012. Australian Election Company. 21 September 2012. p. 24. Retrieved 3 October 2012.