City of Kogarah

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City of Kogarah
New South Wales
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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 55,806 (2011)[1]
 • Density 2,860.4/km2 (7,408/sq mi)
Established 2008
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 19.51 km2 (7.5 sq mi)a
Website City of Kogarah

The City of Kogarah was a local government area in the St George region of southern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The centre of the city is located 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) south-west of the Sydney central business district and west of Botany Bay.

The Municipality of Kogarah was established on 22 December 1885 and in 2008 Kogarah became the first local government area in New South Wales to become a city by popular vote. The city was bounded by the Illawarra railway line, Georges River, Rocky Point Road, Princes Highway and Harrow Road. The name Kogarah is Aboriginal, meaning place of reeds and takes its name from the reeds that grew in the inlets along the Georges River and at the head of Kogarah Bay.[2]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the City of Kogarah merge with the City of Hurstville to form a new council with an area of 38 square kilometres (15 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 147,000.[3] On 12 May 2016 the NSW Government announced that the City of Kogarah would merge with the City of Hurstville to form the Georges River Council with immediate effect.[4]

Suburbs and localities in the former local government area[edit]

Suburbs in the City of Kogarah were:

Kogarah City Council also managed and maintained the following localities:

  • Bald Face
  • Carss Point
  • Connells Bay
  • Harness Cask Point
  • Neverfail Bay
  • Oatley Bay
  • Shipwright Bay
  • Tom Uglys Point


At the 2011 Census, there were 55,806 people in the Kogarah local government area, of these 48.8% were male and 51.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Kogarah was 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 17.6% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.1% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 54.5% were married and 8.8% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the City of Kogarah between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 5.32%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 6.22%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Kogarah local government area was marginally lower than the national average.[5] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Kogarah was generally on par with the national average.[1][6]

Selected historical census data for Kogarah local government area
Census year 2001[5] 2006[6] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 49,885 52,537 55,806
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.81%
% of Australian population 0.27% Decrease 0.26% Steady 0.26%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Chinese 18.7%
Australian 14.4%
English 14.1%
Greek 8.7%
Irish 5.1%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 4.0% Increase 8.1% Increase 10.5%
Cantonese 7.0% Increase 7.9% Increase 8.7%
Greek 8.0% Increase 8.1% Steady 8.1%
Arabic 3.6% Increase 3.8% Decrease 3.6%
Macedonian n/c Increase 2.2% Increase 2.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 27.8% Decrease 26.2% Decrease 24.6%
No religion 12.1% Increase 16.2% Increase 20.0%
Eastern Orthodox 13.3% Increase 14.5% Increase 14.8%
Anglican 17.4% Decrease 14.0% Decrease 12.0%
Buddhism n/c Increase 3.6% Increase 4.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$514 A$605
% of Australian median income 110.3% 104.9%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,164 A$1,667
% of Australian median income 113.3% 112.6%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,354 A$1,463
% of Australian median income 115.6% 118.6%


Kogarah City Council administration building.

Composition and election method[edit]

Kogarah City Council was composed of twelve Councillors elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors were elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor was elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The last election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council was as follows:[7][8][9][10]

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 6
  Australian Labor Party 4
  Independents 1
  Unity Party 1
Total 12

The last Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, was:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
East Ward[7]   Sam Stratikopoulos Liberal
  Michael Platt Labor
  Annie Tang Unity Deputy Mayor
Middle Ward[8]   Nick Varvaris Liberal
  Nathaniel Smith Liberal
  Kathryn Landsberry Labor
North Ward[9]   Lachlan McLean Independent
  Stephen Agius Liberal Mayor
  Nick Katris Labor
West Ward[10]   Nicholas Aroney Liberal
  George Katsabaris Liberal
  Jacinta Petroni Labor


  1. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Kogarah (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kogarah Residents' Guide: History" (PDF). Kogarah City Council. 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Merger proposal: Hurstville City Council, Kogarah City Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  4. ^ Trembath, Murray (12 May 2016). "John Rayner leads new Georges River Council". St George & Sutherland Shire Leader. Retrieved 15 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Kogarah (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kogarah (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Kogarah City Council - East Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Kogarah City Council - Middle Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  9. ^ a b "Kogarah City Council - North Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "Kogarah City Council - West Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 


^a  Land component is 15.55 square kilometres (6.00 sq mi)

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