City of Blue Mountains

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City of Blue Mountains
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°42′S 150°18′E / 33.700°S 150.300°E / -33.700; 150.300Coordinates: 33°42′S 150°18′E / 33.700°S 150.300°E / -33.700; 150.300
Population 79,812 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 55.81/km2 (144.6/sq mi)
Established 1947[2]
Area 1,430 km2 (552.1 sq mi)
Mayor Mark Greenhill (Labor)
Council seat Katoomba[3]
Region Blue Mountains
State electorate(s) Blue Mountains, Penrith
Federal Division(s) Macquarie
Blue Mountains City Council Logo.jpg
Website City of Blue Mountains
LGAs around City of Blue Mountains:
Lithgow Hawkesbury Hawkesbury
Lithgow City of Blue Mountains Penrith
Oberon Wollondilly Liverpool
The Three Sisters, south of Katoomba, in Blue Mountains National Park, are a major attraction of the city.

The City of Blue Mountains is a local government area of New South Wales, Australia, governed by the Blue Mountains City Council. The city is located in the Blue Mountains range west of Sydney.

The Mayor of Blue Mountains City Council is councillor Mark Greenhill, a member of the Labor Party.


According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there:[4]

  • Were 75,770 people as at 30 June 2006, the 28th largest Local Government Area in New South Wales. It was equal to 1.1% of the New South Wales population of 6,827,694
  • Was a fall of 505 people over the year to 30 June 2006. It detracted 0.9% from the 58,753 increase in the population of New South Wales
  • Was, in percentage terms, a decline of 0.7% in the number of people over the year to 30 June 2006. In New South Wales the population grew by 0.9%
  • Was an increase in population over the 10 years to 30 June 2006 of 890 people or 1.2% (0.1% in annual average terms), the 95th highest rate of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 622,966 or 10% (1.0% in annual average terms) over the same period.

Towns and villages in the local government area[edit]

The urban part of the city consists of a ribbon of close or contiguous towns which lie on the Main Western railway line, served by NSW TrainLink's Blue Mountains Line, and Great Western Highway between Emu Plains and Lithgow. About 70% of the city's area is within the Blue Mountains National Park which lies north and south of the ribbon of towns. The National Park is part of the much larger Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site and the city brands itself as "The City Within a World Heritage National Park". The towns and villages are generally grouped into lower, mid, and upper mountains. The economy of the upper mountains is dependent almost entirely on tourism. The road to Sydney, the Great Western Highway, is mostly dual carriageway but is relatively slow due to the urban development and hilly terrain. An electric train service integrates into Sydney Trains, Sydney's suburban rail network.

The main towns and villages in the City of Blue Mountains are:


Current composition and election method[edit]

Blue Mountains City Council is composed of twelve Councillors elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent general election was held on 10 September 2016.

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 5
  Liberal Party of Australia 4
  The Greens 2
  Independents 1
Total 12
Ward Councillor Party Notes
First Ward[5]   Kevin Schreiber Liberal
  Kerry Brown Greens
  Don McGregor Labor
Second Ward[6]   Chris van der Kley Liberal
  Romola Hollywood Labor
  Brent Hoare Greens
Third Ward[7]   Daniel Myles Liberal
  Shae Foenander Independent
  Mick Fell Labor
Fourth Ward[8]   Mark Greenhill Labor Mayor
  Brendan Christie Liberal
  Darryl Bowling Labor

Council Services[edit]


Blue Mountains Library operates 3 full-time branches, 3 part-time branches and a service for train commuters at Springwood and Katoomba stations 2 days a week.[9]

Leisure Centres[edit]

Blue Mountains Leisure Centres operate from five locations. All five locations have pools and the Katoomba and Springwood locations have gyms and offer various fitness classes.[10]

Sister cities[edit]

The City of Blue Mountains has sister city relationships with the following cities:[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Blue Mountains City Council". Division of Local Government. Retrieved 27 November 2006. 
  4. ^ "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2005–06". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 30 July 2007. Retrieved 22 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Blue Mountains Ward 1 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  6. ^ "Blue Mountains Ward 2 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  7. ^ "Blue Mountains Ward 3 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  8. ^ "Blue Mountains Ward 3 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016. 
  9. ^ "Locations, Hours & Contacts". Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  10. ^ Day, Clear Blue. "Blue Mountains Leisure Centres - Centres". Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  11. ^ "Sister Cities". Blue Mountains City Council. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 

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