Local government areas of New South Wales

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The local government areas (LGA) of New South Wales in Australia describes the institutions and processes by which areas, cities, towns, municipalities, regions, shires, and districts can manage their own affairs to the extent permitted by the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW).

Administered by the Government of New South Wales and subject to periodic restructuring involving voluntary and involuntary amalgamation of areas, local government areas are considered a city when an area has received city status by proclamation of the Governor. Some areas retain designations they held under prior legislation, even though these titles no longer indicate a legal status. These include municipalities, that are predominantly inner-city suburban areas and smaller rural towns; and shires, that are predominantly rural or outer suburban areas. Many councils now choose not to use any area title, and simply refer to themselves as councils, e.g. Palerang Council, Burwood Council. The smallest local government area by area in the state is the Municipality of Hunter's Hill.

Reviews of local government areas[edit]

In October 2013 the New South Wales Government released the findings of an independent review of local government in New South Wales. The review findings entitled Revitalising Local Government examined historical and projected demographic data, financial sustainability, and other measures and projected the long-term viability all local government bodies in the state. Included in the report were 65 recommendations to the Government.[1] The Government released its response to the review findings in September 2014 and then facilitated discussions with certain local government authorities with a view towards merger and/or amalgamation.[2] In April 2015 the NSW Government referred the review findings and its responses to the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to act as the Expert Advisory Panel and to review local council Fit for the Future proposals.[3] Releasing its final report in October 2015, the IPART reviewed submissions from local government authorities and others with a view towards establishing authorities that have the scale and capacity to engage effectively across community, industry and government, are sustainable and efficient, and that effectively manage infrastructure and deliver services for local communities.The IPART found that:[4][5]

  • 71 per cent of councils in metropolitan Sydney were 'not fit', primarily because councils did not propose a merger despite clear benefits; and
  • 56 per cent of councils in regional NSW were 'not fit', due to not proposing a merger despite clear benefits, ongoing deficits or both.

The IPART proposed a series of council mergers and amalgamation in both metropolitan and regional areas which proposed a reduction in the number of councils from 152 to 112.[6] The NSW Government invited local government authorities to respond by 20 November 2015. Public response to the proposed amalgamations was mixed.[7] Following consideration of the submissions, the Minister for Local Government referred merger proposals to the Chief Executive of the Office of Local Government (OLG) for examination and report under the Local Government Act. The OLG Chief Executive delegated the examination and reporting functions to Delegates who conducted public inquiries and invited further written submissions by 28 February 2016.[8] On 12 May 2016, following a further review by the Minister for Local Government and the independent Local Government Boundaries Commission, Premier Mike Baird announced the creation of 19 new councils, through amalgamations and mergers, with immediate effect. The Minister indicated in principle support to create a further nine new councils, subject to the decision of the courts.[9][10] On the same day, the Governor of New South Wales acted on the advice of the Minister, and proclaimed the 19 new local government areas.[11]

On 9 May 2016 Strathfield Council challenged the proposed merger between Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay councils and commenced proceedings in the New South Wales Land and Environment Court. After the Court heard that there were legal flaws in the report from the State Government appointed delegate who examined the proposal for merging the councils, on 31 May the NSW Government withdrew from the case and the merger proposal stalled. Mosman, Hunters Hill, North Sydney, Ku-ring-gai, Woollahra, Oberon and Walcha councils also challenged the Government's amalgamations.[12][13]

List of all local government areas in New South Wales[edit]

As of 12 May 2016 there were 129 local government areas in New South Wales,[14] listed below in alphabetical order by region. In addition, there is also the Unincorporated Far West Region which is not part of any local government area, in the sparsely inhabited Far West, and Lord Howe Island, which is also unincorporated but self-governed by the Lord Howe Island Board.

Greater metropolitan Sydney[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Borough / District / Municipality City km2 sq mi rank 2011 census rank
Blacktown, City of 7 March 1906 (1906-03-07) (shire) 7 March 1979 (1979-03-07) 247 95 103 301,099 3 [15]
Botany Bay, City of 1996 27 10 119 39,356 51 [16]
Burwood Council 1874 n/a 7 2.7 130 32,423 57 [17]
Camden Council n/a 201 78 104 56,720 39 [18]
Campbelltown, City of 1882 4 May 1968 (1968-05-04) 312 120 98 145,967 19 [19]
Canada Bay, City of December 2000 (2000-12) 20 7.7 122 75,763 28 [20]
Canterbury-Bankstown Council 17 March 1879 (1879-03-17) 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 72 28 112 350,983 1 [21]
Cumberland Council 9 July 1872 (1872-07-09)
(as the Prospect and Sherwood Municipal District)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 72 28 112 219,147 5 [22]
Fairfield, City of 11 December 1888 (1888-12-11)
(as the Smithfield and Fairfield Municipal District)
18 May 1979 (1979-05-18) 102 39 109 198,301 9 [23]
Georges River Council 22 December 1885 (1885-12-22)
(as the Kogarah municipality)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 38 15 115 146,916 18 [24]
The Hills Shire 7 March 1906 (1906-03-07)
(as Baulkham Hills Shire)
n/a 401 155 95 169,872 14 [25]
Hornsby Shire 6 March 1906 (1906-03-06) n/a 462 178 93 156,847 16 [26]
Hunter's Hill, Municipality of n/a 6 2.3 131 13,215 82 [27]
Inner West Council 1861 (1861)
(as Marrickville municipality)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 35 14 116 185,990 11 [28]
Ku-ring-gai Council 1906 (shire), 1928 (municipality) n/a 86 33 110 109,297 21 [29]
Lane Cove, Municipality of n/a 11 4.2 126 31,510 58 [30]
Liverpool, City of 27 June 1872 (1872-06-27) (municipal district) 9 November 1960 (1960-11-09) 306 118 99 180,143 12 [31]
Mosman, Municipality of n/a 9 3.5 128 27,453 63 [32]
Northern Beaches Council 7 March 1906 (1906-03-07)
(as Warringah municipality)
12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 254 98 102 263,413 4 [33]
North Sydney Council n/a 11 4.2 127 62,289 37 [34]
Parramatta Council, City of 27 November 1861 (1861-11-27) (municipality) 27 October 1938 (1938-10-27) 82 32 111 215,725 6 [35]
Penrith, City of 12 May 1871 (1871-05-12) (municipality) 21 October 1959 (1959-10-21) 405 156 94 178,467 13 [36][37]
Randwick, City of 36 14 116 128,989 20 [38]
Rockdale, City of 13 January 1871 (1871-01-13) (municipality) 1995 (1995) 28 11 118 97,340 24 [39]
Ryde, City of 12 November 1870 (1870-11-12) (municipal district) 1 January 1992 (1992-01-01) 41 16 114 103,038 22 [40]
Strathfield, Municipality of 2 June 1885 (1885-06-02) n/a 14 5.4 124 35,188 55 [41]
Sutherland Shire 6 March 1906 (1906-03-06) n/a 370 140 97 210,863 7 [42]
Sydney, City of 20 July 1842 (1842-07-20) 25 9.7 120 169,505 15 [43][44]
Waverley Council 16 June 1859 (1859-06-16) n/a 9 3.5 128 63,487 36 [45][46]
Willoughby, City of 23 8.9 121 67,356 33 [47]
Woollahra, Municipality of 20 April 1860 (1860-04-20) n/a 12 4.6 125 52,158 42 [48][49]

Sydney surrounds[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Borough / District / Municipality City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Blue Mountains, City of 4 January 1889 (1889-01-04)
(as the Municipality of Katoomba)
1 October 1947 (1947-10-01) 1,432 553 53 78,550 27 [4]:143[50]
Central Coast Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 1,681 649 78 331,007 2 [51]
Hawkesbury, City of 1843
(as Windsor District Council)
1989 2,793 1,078 69 64,350 35 [4]:229[52]
Wollondilly Shire 2,560 990 72 44,600 49 [4]:393

Rural and regional areas[edit]

Mid North Coast[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
Shire / Municipality City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Bellingen Shire 1,602 619 80 12,518 85 [53]
Clarence Valley Council 2004 10,441 4,031 17 49,665 46 [54]
Coffs Harbour, City of 1,175 454 86 68,413 30 [55]
Kempsey Shire 3,380 1,310 62 28,134 62 [56]
Nambucca Shire 1,491 576 82 18,644 71 [56]
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council 15 March 1887 (1887-03-15) 3,686 1,423 56 72,696 29 [57][58]
Lord Howe Island 1913 (Board of Control), 1954 (Board) 15 5.8 123 360 129 [59][60]

Murray[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Albury, City of 1859 1946 164.246 63.416 107 50,243 45 [61][62]
Balranald Shire n/a 21,693 8,376 7 2,343 127 [63]
Berrigan Shire 1906 n/a 2,066 798 75 8,337 97 [63]
Edward River Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) n/a 8,881 3,429 24 8,972 95 [64]
Federation Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) n/a 5,685 2,195 40 12,602 84 [65]
Greater Hume Shire 2004 n/a 5,746 2,219 39 10,176 91 [61]
Murray River Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) n/a 11,865 4,581 14 11,456 90 [66]
Murrumbidgee Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) n/a 6,880 2,660 35 4,047 117 [67]
Snowy Valleys Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) n/a 8,960 3,460 23 14,953 77 [68]
Wentworth Shire 23 January 1879 (1879-01-23) (municipality),
xxxx (shire)
n/a 26,269 10,143 5 6,609 104 [69][70]

Murrumbidgee[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Carrathool Shire n/a 18,933 7,310 9 2,700 125 [71]
Coolamon Shire n/a 2,433 939 73 4,289 116 [71]
Griffith, City of 6 January 1928 (1928-01-06) 1 January 1982 (1982-01-01) 1,640 630 79 25,489 64 [71]
Gundagai Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) n/a 3,981 1,537 54 11,504 88 [72]
Hay Shire 1 January 1965 n/a 11,326 4,373 15 3,002 123 [71]
Junee Shire n/a 2,030 780 76 6,127 108 [71]
Leeton Shire n/a 1,167 451 87 11,498 89 [71]
Lockhart Shire 1906 n/a 2,895 1,118 66 3,082 121 [71]
Narrandera Shire 1 January 1960 (1960-01-01) n/a 4,117 1,590 52 6,071 109 [71]
Temora Shire 1 January 1981 n/a 2,802 1,082 68 5,969 110 [71]
Wagga Wagga, City of 1 January 1981 (1981-01-01) 4,826 1,863 48 62,149 38 [61]

Hunter[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Cessnock, City of n/a 1,966 759 77 50,840 43 [73]
Dungog Shire n/a 2,251 869 74 8,318 98 [74]
Lake Macquarie, City of 1906 (shire); 1977 (municipality) 7 September 1984 (1984-09-07) 648 250 90 189,006 10 [75]
Maitland, City of 392 151 96 67,478 32 [76]
Mid-Coast Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) n/a 10,053 3,881 18 90,504 25 [77]
Muswellbrook Shire n/a 3,405 1,315 61 15,791 75 [78]
Newcastle, City of 187 72 105 148,535 17 [79]
Port Stephens Council n/a 979 378 88 64,807 34 [80]
Singleton Council n/a 4,893 1,889 46 22,694 65 [81]
Upper Hunter Shire May 2004 (2004-05) n/a 8,096 3,126 29 13,754 80 [82]

Illawarra[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Kiama, Municipality of 1859 (municipality) 258 100 101 21,047 69 [61]
Shellharbour, City of 4 June 1859 (1859-06-04) (municipality) May 1996 147 57 108 67,797 31 [61]
Shoalhaven, City of 1 July 1948 (1948-07-01) (shire) 4,567 1,763 50 97,694 23 [61]
Wingecarribee Shire 1 January 1981 (1981-01-01) n/a 2,689 1,038 70 47,054 47 [61]
Wollongong, City of 24 August 1843 (1843-08-24)
(as Illawarra District Council)
11 September 1942 (1942-09-11) 684 264 89 205,231 8 [61]

Richmond-Tweed[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Ballina Shire 1976 (1976) n/a 484 187 92 41,644 50 [83]
Byron Shire 7 March 1906 (1906-03-07) n/a 567 219 91 29,209 61 [84]
Kyogle Council n/a 3,589 1,386 58 9,824 92 [61]
Lismore, City of 1879 (municipality) 9 September 1946 (1946-09-09) 1,290 500 85 45,645 48 [85][86]
Richmond Valley Council February 2000 (2000-02) n/a 3,051 1,178 65 22,037 67 [87]
Tweed Shire 1 January 1947 (1947-01-01) n/a 1,321 510 84 85,105 26 [88]

Canberra Region[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Bega Valley Shire 1981 6,279 2,424 36 33,313 56 [61]
Eurobodalla Shire 1913 3,428 1,324 59 37,234 54 [61]
Goulburn Mulwaree Council 2004 3,220 1,240 64 29,230 60 [61]
Hilltops Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 7,139 2,756 33 18,994 70 [89]
Queanbeyan–Palerang Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 8,960 3,460 22 14,953 76 [90]
Snowy Monaro Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 5,319 2,054 42 56,368 40 [91]
Snowy Valleys Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 8,960 3,460 23 14,953 77 [68]
Upper Lachlan Shire 2004 7,102 2,742 34 7,586 99 [61]
Yass Valley Council 1 January 1980 (1980-01-01) (shire);
11 February 2004 (2004-02-11) (municipality)
3,999 1,544 53 16,270 73 [61]

Northern[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Armidale Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 8,621 3,329 26 29,946 59 [92]
Glen Innes Severn Council 5,487 2,119 41 8,656 96 [93]
Gunnedah Shire 4,994 1,928 45 12,066 87 [94]
Gwydir Shire 17 March 2004 (2004-03-17) 9,453 3,650 21 4,965 113 [95]
Inverell Shire 8,606 3,323 27 16,075 74 [96]
Liverpool Plains Shire 2004 5,086 1,964 44 7,480 100 [97]
Moree Plains Shire 17,930 6,920 10 14,050 79 [4]:287
Narrabri Shire 13,031 5,031 12 12,925 83 [98]
Tamworth Regional Council 2004 9,892 3,819 20 56,292 41 [99]
Tenterfield Shire 7,332 2,831 32 6,811 103 [100]
Uralla Shire 3,230 1,250 63 6,250 107 [4]:367
Walcha Shire 1 June 1955 (1955-06-01) 2,621 1,012 71 3,100 120 [4]:375[101]

Central West[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Bathurst Regional 26 May 2004 (2004-05-26) n/a 3,820 1,470 38,519 52 [102]
Bland Shire n/a 8,560 3,310 5,865 111 [103]
Blayney Shire n/a 1,525 589 7,330 101 [61]
Cabonne Shire 1978 n/a 6,026 2,327 13,695 81 [61]
Cowra Shire 1980 (1980) n/a 2,810 1,080 12,147 86 [104]
Forbes Shire 1981 n/a 4,720 1,820 9,170 94 [105]
Lachlan Shire n/a 7,431 2,869 6,872 102 [61]
Lithgow, City of 4,551 1,757 21,118 68 [61]
Mid-Western Regional 26 May 2004 (2004-05-26) n/a 8,737 3,373 22,318 66 [106]
Oberon Shire n/a 3,659 1,413 5,270 112 [61]
Orange, City of 285 110 38,057 53 [107]
Parkes Shire 1981 n/a 5,958 2,300 14,592 78 [108]
Weddin Shire n/a 3,410 1,320 3,665 119 [109]

North Western[edit]

Local government area Date
established
Area Population References
km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Bogan Shire 1891 (municipality); 1906 (shire) 14,611 5,641 11 3,003 122 [110]
Bourke Shire 41,679 16,092 4 2,868 124 [111]
Brewarrina Shire 19,188 7,409 8 1,766 129 [112]
Cobar Shire 44,065 17,014 3 4,710 114 [113]
Coonamble Shire 9,926 3,832 19 4,030 118 [114]
Gilgandra Shire 1906 4,836 1,867 47 4,386 115 [115]
Narromine Shire 5,264 2,032 43 6,585 105 [116]
Walgett Shire 22,336 8,624 6 6,454 106 [117]
Warren Shire 10,760 4,150 16 2,758 125 [118]
Warrumbungle Shire 2004 12,380 4,780 13 9,588 93 [119]
Western Plains Regional Council 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12) 7,536 2,910 30 50,627 44 [120]

Far West[edit]

Local government area Date established Area Population References
Municipality / Shire City km2 mi2 rank (2011 census) rank
Broken Hill, City of 170 66 106 18,517 72 [121]
Central Darling Shire 1959 n/a 53,511 20,661 2 1,991 128 [122]
Unincorporated Far West n/a 93,300 36,000 1 698 130 [123]

Former local government areas in New South Wales[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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