City of Randwick

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City of Randwick
New South Wales
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Coordinates 33°55′S 151°15′E / 33.917°S 151.250°E / -33.917; 151.250Coordinates: 33°55′S 151°15′E / 33.917°S 151.250°E / -33.917; 151.250
Population 140,660 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 3,910/km2 (10,120/sq mi)
Established 23 February 1859 (1859-02-23)
Area 36 km2 (13.9 sq mi)
Mayor Lindsay Shurey
Council seat Randwick
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
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Website City of Randwick
LGAs around City of Randwick:
Sydney Waverley Waverley
Bayside City of Randwick Tasman Sea
Sutherland Sutherland Tasman Sea

The City of Randwick is a local government area in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. It comprises an area of 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi) and as at the 2016 census had a population of 140,660.[1]

One of Sydney's largest parks, Centennial Park, lies within the city boundary of Randwick. Other major landmarks in Randwick include the world-famous Randwick Racecourse, the University of New South Wales and Coogee and Maroubra beaches. There is some industry in the south, centered on the container terminals of Port Botany in Botany Bay, which lie partially within the city. Randwick has several golf clubs, including the exclusive Australian and New South Wales golf clubs.

Major commercial centres within Randwick City include the suburb of Randwick, the council seat; Kingsford, which has a large Chinese and Indonesian community, as well as a large student population; Maroubra Junction; and Matraville. The Australian Army has a major presence in Randwick, with the headquarters of the 2nd Division being located in Randwick Barracks, Avoca Street, Randwick. There is a large state prison at Long Bay (Long Bay Correctional Centre). The Prince of Wales Hospitals, adjacent to the University of New South Wales, is one of Sydney's major hospital complexes. The Botany Bay National Park lies partially within the City of Randwick and is notable for preserving some of the last remaining stands of pre-European coastal heath vegetation in the Sydney area, known as Endangered Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub.

The Mayor of the City of Randwick is Cr. Lindsay Shurey, a member of The Greens, who was elected on 26 September 2017.[2][3]

Suburbs and localities in the local government area[edit]

Suburbs and localities in the City of Randwick are:

These localities are also serviced by Randwick Council:


At the 2016 census, there were 140,660 people in the Randwick local government area, of these 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.5% of the population; significantly below the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the City of Randwick was 34 years. Children aged 0–14 years made up 14.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.4% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 38.5% were married and 9.1% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the City of Randwick between the 2001 Census and the 2006 census was 1.10%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 7.59%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Randwick local government area was lower than the national average.[4] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Randwick was higher than the national average.[5][6]

Selected historical census data for Randwick local government area
Census year 2001[4] 2006[6] 2011[5] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 118,580 119,884 128,989 140,660
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 19th
% of New South Wales population 1.90% Decrease 1.86% Increase 1.88%
% of Australian population 0.63% Decrease 0.60% Steady 0.60% Steady 0.60%
Estimated ATSI population on census night 1,351 1,474 1,842 2,144
% of ATSI population to residents 1.1% Increase 1.2% Increase 1.4% Increase 1.5%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 17.5%
English 18.5%
Chinese 9.4%
Irish 9.2%
Scottish 4.9%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 2.7% Increase 3.5% Increase 4.8%
Greek 4.8% Decrease 4.3% Decrease 3.8%
Cantonese 4.2% Decrease 3.8% Decrease 3.4%
Indonesian 2.6% Decrease 2.0% Decrease 1.9%
Spanish n/c n/c Increase 1.5%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 31.6% Decrease 30.2% Decrease 29.4%
No religion 14.6% Increase 17.5% Increase 22.3%
Anglican 15.6% Decrease 14.0% Decrease 12.4%
Eastern Orthodox 7.3% Decrease 7.1% Decrease 6.5%
Judaism n/c Increase 3.6% Increase 4.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$593 A$718 A$834
% of Australian median income 127.3% Decrease 124.4% Increase 126.0%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,185 A$2,066 A$2,421
% of Australian median income 115.4% Increase 139.5% Increase 139.6%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,579 A$1,577 A$1,916
% of Australian median income 134.8% Decrease 127.8% Increase 133.2%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling type Separate house 30.2% Increase 32.3% Decrease 30.6% Decrease 26.4%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse 15.8% Decrease 14.7% Increase 15.6% Increase 16.5%
Flat or apartment 51.7% Increase 52.1% Increase 53.3% Increase 55.8%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Randwick City Council is composed of fifteen Councillors elected proportionally as five separate wards,[7] each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected for a two-year term, with the Deputy Mayor for one year, by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[8][9][10][11][12]

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 5
  Liberal Party of Australia 4
  Independents 3
  Greens NSW 3
Total 15

The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Central Ward[8]   Dylan Parker Labor
  Ted Seng Liberal Mayor 2014–2015
  Anthony Andrews Independent
East Ward[9]   Brendan Roberts Liberal Deputy Mayor 2015–2017
  Tony Bowen Labor Mayor 2012–2013
  Murray Matson Greens Mayor 2004–2005, 2010–2011
North Ward[10]   Christie Hamilton Liberal
  Kathy Neilson Labor
  Lindsay Shurey Greens Mayor 2017–date[2]
South Ward[11]   Noel D'Souza Independent Mayor 2015–2017
  Carlos Da Rocha Independent Elected on Noel D'Souza's ticket
  Danny Said Labor
West Ward[12]   Harry Stavrinos Liberal
  Alexandra Luxford Labor Deputy Mayor 2017–date[2]
  Philipa Veitch Greens


Indigenous Australian history in the area dates back tens of thousands of years. The local people at the time of colonisation were the Cadigal of the Dharug language group. European settlement led to the deaths of many Cadigal via introduced diseases or in conflict with settlers. The surviving Cadigal left the area or were pushed to the fringes of settlement. By the mid-nineteenth century, the original tribal groupings had been effectively destroyed.

The name Randwick comes from the village of Randwick in Gloucestershire, England, birthplace of the district's first mayor Simeon Henry Pearce. The area was home to a few wealthy landowners and the poor residents of several shantytowns until the 1880s, when the coming of trams from Sydney brought extensive suburban development. This development continued steadily, with new tram lines (long since demolished) opening up most of the city for subdivision by the early 1900s.

The New South Wales University of Technology opened at Kensington in 1949 on the site of Kensington Racecourse, eventually becoming the University of New South Wales. The university is now one of Randwick City's major landmarks.

The City of Randwick now has a significant indigenous Australian population, mostly concentrated in the southern half of the city.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the City of Randwick merge with the Waverley and Woollahra councils to form a new council with an area of 58 square kilometres (22 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 274,000.[13] Following an independent review, in May 2016 the NSW Government sought to dismiss the Council and force its amalgamation with Woollahra and Waverley councils. Woollahra Council instigated legal action claiming that there was procedural unfairness and that a KPMG report at the centre of merger proposals had been "misleading". The matter was heard before the NSW Court of Appeal who, in December 2016, unanimously dismissed Woollahra Council's appeal, finding no merit in its arguments that the proposed merger with Waverley and Randwick councils was invalid.[14] In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick local government areas, along with several other proposed forced mergers.[15]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Randwick (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b c Hogg, Marie (26 September 2017). "DEAL DONE, GREENS GET RANDWICK COUNCIL MAYORALTY". Southern Courier. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  3. ^ "Randwick Council elects all-female leadership team for next 12 months" (Media Release). City of Randwick. 26 September 2017. Retrieved 28 September 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Randwick (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Randwick (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Randwick (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Randwick City Council: Wards and Suburbs" (PDF). City of Randwick. September 2008. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "City of Randwick - Central Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "City of Randwick - East Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "City of Randwick - North Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  11. ^ a b "City of Randwick - South Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "City of Randwick - West Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 15 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Merger proposal: Randwick City Council, Waverley Council, Woollahra Municipal Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  14. ^ Visentin, Lisa (22 December 2016). "Woollahra loses merger appeal, hints at High Court challenge". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  15. ^ Blumer, Clare; Chettle, Nicole (27 July 2017). "NSW council amalgamations: Mayors fight to claw back court dollars after backflip on merger". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 

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