City of Shellharbour

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City of Shellharbour
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Location in NSW
Coordinates 34°35′S 150°52′E / 34.583°S 150.867°E / -34.583; 150.867Coordinates: 34°35′S 150°52′E / 34.583°S 150.867°E / -34.583; 150.867
Population 67,797 (2013 est)[1]
 • Density 461.2/km2 (1,195/sq mi)
Established 1996 (as the City of Shellharbour)
Area 147 km2 (56.8 sq mi)
Mayor Marianne Saliba
Council seat Shellharbour City Centre[2]
Region Illawarra
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website City of Shellharbour
LGAs around City of Shellharbour:
Wingecarribee Wollongong Tasman Sea
Wingecarribee City of Shellharbour Tasman Sea
Wingecarribee Kiama Tasman Sea

The City of Shellharbour is a local government area in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. The City is located about 100 kilometres (62 mi) south of Sydney and covers the southern suburbs of the Wollongong urban area centred on Shellharbour, and in 2013 had an estimated population of 67,797.

The area is bordered by the City of Wollongong to the north, with the boundary being the Lake Illawarra entrance (and the suburb of Lake Illawarra) and Macquarie Rivulet (Albion Park Rail). The Municipality of Kiama is to the south of the City of Shellharbour.

The Mayor of the Shellharbour City Council is Cr. Marianne Saliba, a member of the Australian Labor Party.


Indigenous occupation of the area, particularly of Bass Point, can be traced back to 17,000 BP.[citation needed] The area was discovered by Bass and Flinders in 1796.[3] Free settlers began arriving between 1817 and 1831 and the township was founded in 1851. The Shellharbour (Municipal) Council was constituted on 4 June 1859, and was gazetted as a City in 1996. In May 2009, Shellharbour City Council celebrated its sesquicentenary.[4]


The City of Shellharbour contains the following suburbs and localities:


Current composition and election method[edit]

Shellharbour City Council is composed of seven Councillors elected proportionally as a single ward. Under the Local Government (Shellharbour and Wollongong Elections) Act, 2011 (NSW) Councillors are elected to hold office until September 2016. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 3 September 2011 and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[5]

Party Councillors
  Independents 4
  Labor 2
  Liberal 1
Total 7

The current Council, elected in 2011, in order of election, is:[5]

Councillor Party Notes
  Marianne Saliva Labor Mayor
  Kellie Marsh Liberal
  John Murray Labor
  David Boyle [[Independent (politician)|Independent] - Member of Labor]
  Paul Rankin Liberal - Resigned from party after alleged deal with ALP - Now regularly votes with Labour
  Peter Moran Independent - member of the Greens
  Helen Stewart Independent

Dismissal of Council[edit]

On 31 March 2008, the Minister for Local Government initiated a public inquiry into the Shellharbour City Council under section 740 of the Local Government Act, 1993 (NSW). The purpose of the inquiry was to provide advice to the Minister on whether the Council should be dismissed having considered the relationship between Councillors and senior officers of Council; and whether Councillors understood their roles and responsibilities and have adequately acted in the interests of all ratepayers and residents. Richard Colley was appointed to conduct the inquiry and he handed down his findings on 4 July 2008. He recommended that all civic offices at the Shellharbour City Council be declared vacant and that an Administrator be appointed.[6]

Having considered the findings, on 9 July 2008, the Minister, Paul Lynch announced the dismissal of Shellharbour City Council, and appointed David Jesson as the Administrator.[7]


Shellharbour City has many attractions for family entertainment and recreation. In Albion Park Rail there is a Light Rail Museum and steam trains, Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) Museum, and Albion Oval; a local sports ground. Shellharbour Village, the beach and playground are also popular attractions. Excellent fishing at Lake Illawarra and superb surfing at Warilla beach. A cycleway goes from Oak Flats to Barrack Point. The Macquarie Valley (Shellharbour) provides scenic views and also includes the Macquarie Pass National Park.


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 1. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, New South Wales". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Shoalhaven City Council". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 26 November 2006. 
  3. ^ "Bass and Flinders". Australian History. 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "Our History". Shellharbour City Council. Retrieved 16 March 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Shellharbour City Council election: 3 September 2011". Local Government Elections 2011. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 7 September 2011. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  6. ^ Colley, Richard (4 July 2008). "Shellharbour City Council Public Inquiry Report" (PDF). Division of Local Government. Government of New South Wales. pp. 5–6. ISBN 1-920766-74-X. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  7. ^ Creagh, Sunanda; Gibson, Jano (10 July 2008). "Shellharbour is latest to join the ranks of sacked councils". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 

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