Georges River Council

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Georges River Council
New South Wales
Georges River LGA Sydney.jpg
Coordinates 33°58′S 151°08′E / 33.967°S 151.133°E / -33.967; 151.133Coordinates: 33°58′S 151°08′E / 33.967°S 151.133°E / -33.967; 151.133
Population 146,841 (2016 census)[1] (47th)
 • Density 3,828.0/km2 (9,914.4/sq mi)
Established 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 38.36 km2 (14.8 sq mi)[2]
Mayor Kevin Greene
Council seat Civic Centre, Hurstville
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Georges River Council logo.png
Website Georges River Council
LGAs around Georges River Council:
Canterbury-Bankstown Canterbury-Bankstown Bayside
Canterbury-Bankstown Georges River Council Bayside
Canterbury-Bankstown Sutherland Bayside

The Georges River Council is a local government area located in the St George region of Sydney located south of the CBD, in New South Wales, Australia. The Council was formed on 12 May 2016 from the merger of the Kogarah City Council and Hurstville City Council.[3]

The Council comprises an area of 38.36 square kilometres (14.81 sq mi)[2] and as at the 2016 census had a population of 146,841.[1]

The inaugural mayor of Georges River Council is Kevin Greene, who was elected unopposed by his fellow councillors on 25 September 2017.[4]

Suburbs and localities in the local government area[edit]

Suburbs in the Georges River Council area are:[2]

Georges River Council also manages and maintains the following localities:

  • Bald Face
  • Boggywell Creek
  • Carss Point
  • Connells Bay
  • Edith Bay
  • Gertrude Point
  • Gungah Bay
  • Hurstville Bay
  • Jew Fish Bay
  • Jew Fish Point
  • Harness Cask Point
  • Kingsway
  • Lime Kiln Bay
  • Lime Kiln Head
  • Neverfail Bay
  • Oatley Bay
  • Oatley West
  • Shipwright Bay
  • Soilybottom Point
  • Tom Uglys Point

Demographics[edit]

At the 2016 census, there were 146,841 people resident in the Georges River local government area; of these 48.9 per cent were male and 51.1 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.5 per cent 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 Georges River Council was 37 years; marginally lower than the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 16.8 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.3 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 53.1 per cent were married and 9.1 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

At the 2016 census, the proportion of residents in the Georges River local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon approached 29 per cent of all residents. In excess of 51 per cent of all residents in Georges River Council nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2016 census, which was below the national average of 57.7 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Georges River local government area had a significantly higher than average proportion (56.1 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 22.2 per cent); and a lower proportion (42.3 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 72.7 per cent).[1]

Selected historical census data for Georges River Council local government area
Census year 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 146,841
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 19th
% of New South Wales population 1.96%
% of Australian population 0.63%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Chinese 22.8%
English 13.3%
Australian 12.6%
Greek 6.0%
Irish 4.8%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 14.4%
Cantonese 9.9%
Greek 5.4%
Arabic 3.6%
Nepali 3.4%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion, as described 27.4%
Catholic 21.3%
Eastern Orthodox 10.0%
Anglican 8.7%
Not stated 7.5%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income $640
% of Australian median income 96.68%
Family income Median weekly family income $1,817
% of Australian median income 104.79%
Household income Median weekly household income $1,654
% of Australian median income 115.02%

Council[edit]

Georges River Civic Centre, MacMahon Street, Hurstville.

Georges River Council comprises fifteen Councillors elected proportionally, with three Councillors elected in five wards.[5][6] Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office, with the first term to last for three years.[3] The Mayor is elected by Councillors for a period of two years, the Deputy Mayor is elected for one year.[7] The council first met in the Kogarah Civic Centre on 19 May 2016 and the new seat of the council is the Georges River Civic Centre (formerly Hurstville Civic Centre) in MacMahon Street, Hurstville.[8][9]

Mayor Term Notes
Administrator John Rayner PSM 12 May 2016 – 25 September 2017 Shire Clerk/General Manager of Sutherland Shire 1982–2015[10][11][12]
Mayor Kevin Greene 25 September 2017 – date MP for Georges River and Oatley 1999–2011
Deputy Mayor Kathryn Landsberry 25 September 2017 – date [4]
General Manager Term Notes
Gail Connolly 12 May 2016 – date General Manager of Ryde 2015–2016[13][14][6]

Current composition[edit]

The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council by order of election, is as follows:

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 6
  Liberal Party of Australia 5
  Independents 3
  Kogarah Residents' Association 1
Total 15
Ward Councillor Party Notes
Blakehurst Ward[15]   Sam Elmer Liberal
  Kathryn Landsberry Labor Deputy Mayor 2017–date, Kogarah Middle Ward Councillor 2004–2016
  Sandy Grekas Independent
Hurstville Ward[16]   Vince Badalati Labor Mayor of Hurstville 2015–2016
  Christina Wu Liberal Hurstville Penshurst Ward Councillor 2012–2016
  Nancy Liu Independent Hurstville Hurstville Ward Councillor 2008–2016
Kogarah Bay Ward[17]   Nick Katris Labor Mayor of Kogarah 2007–2008
  Stephen Agius Liberal Mayor of Kogarah 2013–2016
  Leesha Payor Kogarah Residents' Association
Mortdale Ward[18]   Warren Tegg Labor
  Con Hindi Liberal Mayor of Hurstville 2014–2015
  Lou Konjarski Independent
Peakhurst Ward[19]   Kevin Greene Labor Mayor 2017–date
  Rita Kastanias Liberal Hurstville Peakhurst Ward Councillor 2012–2016
  Colleen Symington Labor

[edit]

On 3 April 2017, Georges River Council adopted its new logo and branding as required by the NSW state government proclamation. The logo, one of three designed by council staff, was adopted following a community consultation process which looked at the three options. The successful choice, featuring a dragon (which is representative of the St George region and appeared on Hurstville council's logo and coat of arms[20]), was chosen due to "perceived meaning, diversity, relevance to the local area including connections to St George and the logo’s representation to the community including links to multiculturalism and sport".[21]

The consultations resulted in several changes before its unveiling, including changing the direction of the dragon, the adoption of the red colour from the interim council typeface logo used since amalgamation, and the addition of a Port Jackson fig tree leaf motif, to represent the indigenous heritage of the area.[21]

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

The traditional Aboriginal inhabitants of the land now in the Georges River Council area were thought to be the Cadigal and Biddegal indigenous people.[2]

Local government history[edit]

The St George County Council building in Montgomery St, Kogarah, c. 1937.

The "Municipal District of Kogarah" was proclaimed on 23 December 1885 and the District’s boundaries commenced at the intersection of the Illawarra Railway Line with the northern shore of George’s River. The Municipal District was re-named the "Municipality of Kogarah" following the passage of the Municipalities Act, 1897 on 6 December 1897.[22] On 22 December 1916 and 1 January 1969, parts of Rockdale Municipality were transferred to Kogarah.[22] In 1993, following the passing of the new Local Government Act, the Municipality of Kogarah became known as "Kogarah Council". Kogarah Council was proclaimed a city in 2008.

In December 1920, Kogarah combined with the councils of Rockdale, Hurstville, and Bexley to form the St George County Council. The elected County Council was established to provide electricity to the Kogarah, Rockdale, Hurstville, and Bexley areas and ceased to exist when it was amalgamated with the Sydney County Council on 1 January 1980.[23][24]

On 25 March 1887 the NSW Government Gazette published a proclamation declaring the "Municipal District of Hurstville". On 28 June 1900, a further proclamation declared Bexley Ward of Hurstville be separated and named the Borough of Bexley.[25] On 28 June 1900 a new proclamation declared the "Municipality of Hurstville". On 2 August 1922, a part of Hurstville was transferred to the Sutherland Shire, on 5 December 1924 part of Canterbury Municipality was transferred to Hurstville, and on 1 January 1931 part of Hurstville was given to Kogarah Municipality. On 25 November 1988 Hurstville was proclaimed a city, becoming the "Hurstville City Council".[25]

Efforts to bring about a unified council for the St George area were raised regularly since 1901 and the 1946 Clancy Royal Commission into local government boundaries recommended the amalgamation of the municipalities of Hurstville, Kogarah, Rockdale and Bexley. In the following act of parliament passed in December 1948, the Local Government (Areas) Act 1948, the recommendations of the commission were modified, leading only to the merger of Bexley and Rockdale councils. A merger was again considered in the 1970s, but 1977 plebiscites run in Hustville and Kogarah rejected the idea. A further idea of amalgamating Kogarah and Hurstville with Sutherland Shire to the south was raised in 1999 but did not progress.[26]

Establishment of Georges River Council[edit]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that Kogarah merge with Hurstville to form a new council with an area of 38 square kilometres (15 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 147,000.[27] However these proposals met with some opposition, including those in favour of a single "St George Council" combining Hurstville, Kogarah and Rockdale (which was to amalgamate with the City of Botany Bay).[28][29] Despite these concerns however, on 12 May 2016, with the release of the Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016, the Georges River Council was formed from Hurstville and Kogarah city councils, with former Sutherland Shire General Manager, John Rayner as administrator.[6] The first meeting of the Georges River Council was held at Kogarah Civic Centre on 19 May 2016.

Heritage listings[edit]

The Georges River Council has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d "Georges River Council". Community profile. id. 2017. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Georges River Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b Beichert, Kahlia (25 September 2017). "Georges River Council elects first mayor". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Local government area and ward boundaries". Council elections. Georges River Council. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016 [NSW] - Schedule 6 - Provisions for Georges River Council" (PDF). Parliament of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. p. 18. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Councillor information". Council elections. Georges River Council. Retrieved 22 July 2017.
  8. ^ Trembath, Murray (17 May 2016). "Administrator John Rayner tells how new Georges River Council will work". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
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  11. ^ Trembath, Murray (12 May 2016). "Hurstville and Kogarah councils merged - Rockdale still up in the air". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 23 September 2017.
  12. ^ "RAYNER, John Wilfred - Public Service Medal". It's an Honour database. Australian Government. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2017. For outstanding public service to local government in New South Wales.
  13. ^ "Council Praises Former General Manager, Gail Connolly" (Media Release). City of Ryde. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  14. ^ Bastians, Kate (27 November 2014). "Gail Connolly will become the City of Ryde's first general manager". Northern District Times. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Georges River - Blakehurst Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Georges River - Hurstville Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  17. ^ "Georges River - Kogarah Bay Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  18. ^ "Georges River - Mortdale Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Georges River - Peakhurst Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 24 September 2017.
  20. ^ "INSIGNIA - COAT OF ARMS". Library Museum Gallery. Georges River Council. Archived from the original on 16 February 2017. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  21. ^ a b Gainsford, Jim (6 April 2017). "Meet the red dragon - Georges River Council launches new logo". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  22. ^ a b "3802 Kogarah Council". State Records Archives Investigator. State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  23. ^ "3489 St George County Council". State Records Archives Investigator. State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  24. ^ Gainsford, Jim (3 October 2013). "Debate on council mergers revives memories". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  25. ^ a b "2636 Hurstville City Council". State Records Archives Investigator. State Archives and Records Authority of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  26. ^ "Council > About Your Council > History of Georges River Council". Georges River Council. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  27. ^ "Merger proposal: Hurstville City Council, Kogarah City Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  28. ^ Galinovic, Maria (3 February 2016). "Kogarah and Hurstville Council amalgamation talks continue". St George and Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  29. ^ Bliss, Raylene (8 March 2016). "BOTANY BAY, ROCKDALE, KOGARAH AND HURSTVILLE CALL FOR MINISTER TO QUASH AIRPORT COUNCIL MERGER PROPOSAL". Southern Courier. Retrieved 25 September 2017.
  30. ^ "Beverly Hills Railway Station group, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H01086". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Thurlow House, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H01980". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  32. ^ "Carss Cottage, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H00587". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Oatley Railway Station group, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H01214". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  34. ^ "Como Rail Bridge, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H01624". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  35. ^ "West Maling (Revival Life Centre), New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H00269". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Penshurst Reservoirs, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H01330". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018.