Manly Council

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This article is about the local government area. For the suburb, see Manly, New South Wales.
Manly Council
New South Wales
Manly lga sydney.png
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
Coordinates 33°48′S 151°17′E / 33.800°S 151.283°E / -33.800; 151.283Coordinates: 33°48′S 151°17′E / 33.800°S 151.283°E / -33.800; 151.283
Population 39,747 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2,649.8/km2 (6,863/sq mi)
Area 15 km2 (5.8 sq mi)
Mayor Jean Hay AM (Liberal)
Council seat Manly
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s) Manly
Federal Division(s) Warringah
Manly Council logo.png
Website Manly Council
LGAs around Manly Council:
Ku-ring-gai Warringah
Willoughby Manly Council Tasman Sea
Mosman Sydney Harbour

Manly Council is a local government area on the northern beaches region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The Mayor of Manly Council is Cr. Jean Hay AM, a member of the Liberal Party.

Suburbs in the local government area[edit]


At the 2011 Census, there were 39,747 people in the Manly local government area, of these 48.8% were male and 51.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.3% of the population. The median age of people in the Manly Council area was 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 13.5% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 48.5% were married and 10.3% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the Manly Council area between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 1.55% and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 7.11%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Manly local government area was lower than the national average.[2] The median weekly income for residents within the Manly Council area was significantly higher than the national average.[1][3]

Selected historical census data for Manly local government area
Census year 2001[2] 2006[3] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 36,544 37,110 39,747
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 57
% of New South Wales population 0.57%
% of Australian population 0.19% Steady 0.19% Decrease 0.18%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 21.5%
English 30.5%
Irish 9.7%
Scottish 8.0%
German 2.9%
top responses
(other than English)
French 0.8% Increase 0.9 Increase 1.1%
German 0.8% Steady 0.8% Increase 1.0%
Italian 0.8% Steady 0.8% Increase 0.9%
Greek 0.9% Decrease 0.9% Decrease 0.8%
Spanish n/c n/c Increase 0.8%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion 17.5% Increase 20.9% Increase 27.8%
Catholic 24.2% Increase 25.0% Steady 25.0%
Anglican 26.4% Decrease 25.0% Decrease 22.6%
Presbyterian and Reformed 4.0% Decrease 3.5% Decrease 2.9%
Uniting Church 4.4% Decrease 3.4% Decrease 2.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$790 A$985
% of Australian median income 169.5% 170.7%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,705 A$2,649
% of Australian median income 166.0% 178.9%
Household income Median weekly household income A$2,262 A$2,221
% of Australian median income 193.2% 180.0%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Manly Council is composed of nine Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the eight other Councillors are elected proportionally as one ward. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:[4][5]

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 5
  Manly Independents 2
  The Greens 1
  Independent 1
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[4]

Councillor Party Notes
  Jean Hay Liberal Mayor[5]
  James Griffin Liberal
  Barbara Aird Manly Independents
  Candy Bingham Independent
  Adele Heasman Liberal
  Alan Le Surf Liberal
  Steve Pickering Liberal
  Cathy Griffin The Greens
  Hugh Burns Manly Independents

Past Mayors[edit]

Further information: List of mayors of Manly

Sister cities[edit]

Manly has sister city relationships with a number of cities around the world:[6]

Manly also has three friendship cities:

Annual goodwill tours between the cities take place, as well as a popular student exchange program for secondary students.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Manly (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Manly (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Manly (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Manly Council: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Manly Council – Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Sister City Program". Community Services. Manly Council. 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.