Municipality of Burwood

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Municipality of Burwood
New South Wales
Burwood lga sydney.png
Coordinates 33°53′S 151°06′E / 33.883°S 151.100°E / -33.883; 151.100Coordinates: 33°53′S 151°06′E / 33.883°S 151.100°E / -33.883; 151.100
Population 36,139 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 5,163/km2 (13,370/sq mi)
Area 7 km2 (2.7 sq mi)
Mayor John Faker (Labor)
Council seat Burwood
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s) Strathfield
Federal Division(s)
Burwood Council Logo.jpg
Website Municipality of Burwood
LGAs around Municipality of Burwood:
Canada Bay Canada Bay Inner West
Strathfield Municipality of Burwood Inner West
Cumberland Canterbury-Bankstown Cumberland

The Municipality of Burwood is a local government area in the inner-west of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

The Mayor of the Municipality is Cr. John Faker, a member of the Labor Party.


The municipality was established in 1874. The council chambers in Conder Street were designed by architect Jack Hennessy and built in 1877. Hennessy was later mayor of Burwood.[2]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Municipality of Burwood merge with adjoining councils. The government proposed a merger of the Burwood, Canada Bay, and Strathfield Councils to form a new council with an area of 41 square kilometres (16 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 163,000.[3] In May 2016 Strathfield Council challenged the proposed merger between Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay 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, the NSW Government withdrew from the case and the merger proposal stalled.[4]

Suburbs in the local government area[edit]

The following suburbs within the Municipality of Burwood are:

The Municipality also includes portions of:


At the 2011 census, there were 32,423 people in the Burwood local government area, of these 49.1 per cent were male and 50.9 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4 per cent of the population. The median age of people in the Municipality of Burwood was 35 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 14.7 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.5 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 47.8 per cent were married and 8.2 per cent were either divorced or separated.[5]

Population growth in the Municipality of Burwood between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 5.26 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 4.84 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in Burwood local government area was lower than the national average.[6][7] The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Burwood of was generally on par with the national average.[5]

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in Burwood local government area who stated their ancestry as Chinese was in excess of seven times the state and national averages; and the proportion of households where an Asian language was spoken at home was approximately eight times higher than the national average.[5]

Selected historical census data for Burwood local government area
Census year 2001[6] 2006[7] 2011[5]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 29,381 30,926 32,423
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 57th
% of New South Wales population 0.46%
% of Australian population 0.16% Steady 0.16% Decrease 0.15%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Chinese 21.8%
Australian 10.4%
English 9.9%
Italian 8.0%
Irish 4.6%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 5.8% Increase 10.1% Increase 12.7%
Cantonese 7.8% Increase 8.5% Increase 8.8%
Italian 7.3% Decrease 6.5% Decrease 5.7%
Korean 5.4% Decrease 4.7% Decrease 4.5%
Arabic 5.7% Decrease 4.9% Decrease 4.4%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 36.9% Decrease 33.4% Decrease 30.2%
No religion 12.6% Increase 16.6% Increase 21.5%
Buddhism 5.8% Increase 6.3% Increase 7.3%
Hinduism n/c n/c Increase 7.2%
Anglican 9.5% Decrease 7.4% Decrease 6.5%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$403 A$490
% of Australian median income 86.5% Decrease 84.9%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,071 A$1,441
% of Australian median income 104.3% Decrease 97.3%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,194 A$1,310
% of Australian median income 102.0% Increase 106.1%


Current composition and election method[edit]

Burwood Council is composed of seven Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the six 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, was as follows:[8][9]

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 4
  Liberal Party of Australia 2
  Burwood Community Voice 1
Total 7

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[8]

Councillor Party Notes
  John Faker Labor Mayor[9]
vacant n/a Occupied by Clr Ernest Wong (Labor) until his resignation and subsequent appointment on 24 May 2013 to fill a casual vacancy in the Legislative Council of New South Wales.[10]
  Justin Taunton Liberal
  Lesley Furneaux-Cook Burwood Community Voice A past Mayor, between 2008 - 2009[11]
  Sally Deans Labor
  George Mannah Labor Deputy Mayor
  Tony Doueihi Liberal


  1. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Burwood Council Chambers, 2-4 Conder St, Burwood, NSW, Australia". Australian Heritage Database. Australian Government. Retrieved 1 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Merger proposal: Burwood Council, City of Canada Bay Council, Strathfield Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Raper, Ashleigh (31 May 2016). "NSW council amalgamations: Strathfield, Burwood and Canada Bay merger stopped". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Burwood (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Burwood (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Burwood (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Candidates in Sequence of Election Report: Burwood Council" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Burwood Council - Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Ernest Wong elected to replace Roozendaal in NSW Parliament". ABC News. Australia. 24 May 2013. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Habib, Rashell (2 March 2009). "Praise for women of wonder". NewsLocal. 

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