Municipality of Kiama

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Municipality of Kiama
New South Wales
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Location of Kiama in New South Wales
Coordinates 34°39′S 150°51′E / 34.650°S 150.850°E / -34.650; 150.850Coordinates: 34°39′S 150°51′E / 34.650°S 150.850°E / -34.650; 150.850
Population 21,047 (2013)[1]
 • Density 81.58/km2 (211.3/sq mi)
Established 1859
Area 258 km2 (99.6 sq mi)
Mayor Brian Petschler
Council seat Kiama[2]
Region Illawarra
State electorate(s) Kiama
Federal Division(s) Gilmore
Website Municipality of Kiama
LGAs around Municipality of Kiama:
Wingecarribee Shellharbour Tasman Sea
Wingecarribee Municipality of Kiama Tasman Sea
Shoalhaven Shoalhaven Tasman Sea

The Municipality of Kiama is a local government area in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is situated south of Shellharbour and the City of Wollongong and is located adjacent to the Pacific Ocean, the Princes Highway and the South Coast railway line.

Towns and localities[edit]

The Municipality of Kiama contains the following towns and localities:

  • Broughton Village
  • Budderoo
  • Carrington Falls
  • Curramore
  • Foxground
  • Jerrara
  • Rose Valley
  • Saddleback Mountain
  • Toolijooa (shared with Shoalhaven)
  • Willow Vale


As of the 2011 Census, the total population was 20,806 people. The median age of the community is 48.

Almost 18% of the population was born outside of Australia, predominately migration from North-West Europe. The Indigenous Australian population is 2% of the total community population, in line with the New South Wales and Australian rate.

English is spoken as a first language by 96% of the population. The biggest non-English population spoken is Italian.



The municipality of Kiama was created in 1859. There was three wards: Kiama, Gerringong and Jamberoo.

The first council was: - Kiama Ward: James Colley, John Sharpe and Joseph Pike - Jamberoo Ward: John Hukins, John Colley and John Hanrahan - Gerringong Ward: Joseph Blow, Robert Miller and James Robinson.

The first mayor of Kiama was James Colley.

In 1871, Gerringong separated from the Kiama municipality and Jamberoo in 1892.

In 1954, the Gerringong, Jamberoo and Kiama municipalities were amalgamated forming today's current municipal boundaries.

Kiama has had three female mayors: Ruth Devenney (1991 until 1992), Joyce Wheatley (1992 until 2000) and Sandra McCarthy (2000 until 2012).

Current composition and election method[edit]

The Council of the Municipality of Kiama is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as a single 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 8 September 2012 and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[3]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaffiliated 7
  The Greens 2
Total 9

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[3]

Councillor Party Notes
  Brian Petschler Independent Mayor[4]
  Andrew Sloan Greens
  Warren Steel Independent Deputy Mayor[4]
  Dennis Seage Independent
  Mark Honey Independent
  Kathy Rice Greens
  Mark Way Independent
  Neil Reilly Independent
  Gavin McClure Independent

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "3218.0 Regional Population Growth, Australia. Table 1. Estimated Resident Population, Local Government Areas, New South Wales". 3 April 2014. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Council of the Municipality of Kiama". Department of Local Government. Retrieved 26 November 2006. 
  3. ^ a b "The Council of the Municipality of Kiama: Summary of First Preference and Group Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Arnold, Alex (18 September 2012). "Brian Petschler elected Kiama mayor". Illawarra Mercury. Retrieved 4 October 2012. 

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