Clarence Valley Council

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Clarence Valley
New South Wales
Clarence valley LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
 • Density4.85308/km2 (12.5694/sq mi)
Established24 February 2004 (2004-02-24)
Area10,441 km2 (4,031.3 sq mi)
MayorJim Simmons (Independent)
Council seatGrafton
RegionNorthern Rivers
State electorate(s)Clarence
Federal Division(s)Page
Clarence Valley Council Logo.jpg
WebsiteClarence Valley
LGAs around Clarence Valley:
Tenterfield Richmond Valley Tasman Sea
Glen Innes Severn Clarence Valley Coral Sea
Armidale Bellingen Coffs Harbour

Clarence Valley Council is a local government area in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

The council services an area of 10,441 square kilometres (4,031 sq mi) and draws its name from the Clarence River, which flows through most of the council area. The area under management is adjacent to the Pacific Highway, the Gwydir Highway and the North Coast railway line. The Clarence Valley region includes the coastal plain and lower valleys of the Clarence and Nymboida river. Most of the valley is agricultural; however, the oceanside towns of Yamba and Iluka are popular holiday resorts.[3]

The council was formed in February 2004 by the amalgamation of the City of Grafton and Maclean Shire, and parts of Copmanhurst, Pristine Waters and Richmond Valley local government areas, and the activities of North Coast Water and Clarence River County Council.[4]

The Mayor of Clarence Valley Council is Jim Simmons, an independent politician.[5]

Towns and localities[edit]

Towns and localities in the Clarence Valley Council are:

Heritage listings[edit]

The Clarence Valley Council has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


At the 2011 census, there were 49,665 people in the Clarence Valley local government area, of these 49.4 per cent were male and 50.6 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.7 per cent of the population which is more than double the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Clarence Valley Council area was 46 years; some 10 years higher than the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.6 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 21.3 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 49.3 per cen% were married and 14.6% were either divorced or separated.[7]

Population growth in the Clarence Valley Council area between the 2006 census and the 2011 Census was 3.15 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.32 per cent, population growth in the Clarence Valley local government area was lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Clarence Valley Council area was significantly below the national average,[7][8] being one of the factors that place the Clarence Valley Council area in an area of social disadvantage.

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Clarence Valley local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Celtic exceeded 82 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 64 per cent of all residents in the Clarence Valley Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was above the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Clarence Valley local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.1 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (94.0 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[7]

Selected historical census data for Clarence Valley local government area
Census year 2006[8] 2011[7] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 48,146 49,665 50,671
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 46th
% of New South Wales population 0.72%
% of Australian population 0.24% Decrease 0.23%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 34.6%
English 31.9%
Irish 9.0%
Scottish 8.3%
German 3.4%
top responses
(other than English)
German 0.2% Steady 0.2%
Dutch 0.1% Increase 0.2%
Italian 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Cantonese 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Spanish n/c Increase 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 32.0% Decrease 30.6%
Catholic 22.5% Decrease 22.1%
No religion 15.3% Increase 19.0%
Presbyterian and Reformed 7.4% Decrease 6.7%
Uniting Church 5.0% Decrease 4.7%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$333 A$396
% of Australian median income 71.5% Decrease 68.6%
Family income Median weekly family income A$631 A$924
% of Australian median income 61.4% Increase 62.4%
Household income Median weekly household income A$781 A$768
% of Australian median income 66.7% Decrease 62.2%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Clarence Valley Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire ward. 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 election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[9]

Party Councillors
  Independents 8
  Greens 1
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[9]

Councillor Party Notes
  Richard Williamson Unaligned
  Andrew Baker Independent
  Karen Toms Independent
  Peter Ellem Independent
  Jason Kingsley Independent Deputy Mayor[5]
  Deborah Novak Independent
  Jim Simmons Independent
  Arthur Lysaught Unaligned
  Greg Clancy Greens


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Clarence Valley (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Clarence Valley Social Plan". Clarence Valley Council. Archived from the original on 10 February 2007. Retrieved 19 November 2006.
  4. ^ "About Council and the Clarence Valley". About Council. Clarence Valley Council. 2016. Retrieved 28 May 2016.
  5. ^ a b Morton, Clair (28 September 2016). "Veteran councillor wins mayor vote". The Daily Examiner. Retrieved 13 October 2016.
  6. ^ "High Conservation Value Old Growth forest". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01487. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Clarence Valley (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2012. Edit this at Wikidata
  8. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Clarence Valley (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Clarence Valley Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.

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