Municipality of Mosman

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This article is about the local government area. For the suburb, see Mosman, New South Wales.
Mosman Council
New South Wales
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Location in metropolitan Sydney
Coordinates 33°50′S 151°15′E / 33.833°S 151.250°E / -33.833; 151.250Coordinates: 33°50′S 151°15′E / 33.833°S 151.250°E / -33.833; 151.250
Population 27,453 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 3,050.3/km2 (7,900/sq mi)
Area 9 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Abelson (Serving Mosman)
Council seat Mosman
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s) North Shore
Federal Division(s) Warringah
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Website Mosman Council
LGAs around Mosman Council:
Willoughby Middle Harbour Manly
North Sydney Mosman Council Sydney Heads
Sydney Sydney Harbour Woollahra

The Municipality of Mosman is a local government area on the Lower North Shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The Mayor of the Mosman Council is Cr. Peter Abelson, a representative of the Serving Mosman independent political group.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Municipality of Mosman merge with adjoining councils. The government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger of Manly and Mosman Councils and parts of Warringah Council to form a new council with an area of 49 square kilometres (19 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 153,000.[2] The alternative, proposed by Warringah Council on 23 February 2016, was for an amalgamation of the Pittwater, Manly and Warringah councils. As a consequence of Warringah's proposal, the New South Wales Minister for Local Government Paul Toole proposed that the North Sydney, Willoughby and Mosman Council be merged.[3] The outcome of an independent review is expected by mid–2016.

Suburbs and localities in the local government area[edit]

In February 1997, the Government gazetted that they had assigned the suburb of Mosman as the only suburb in the Municipality of Mosman. However, Mosman Council decided that residents should continue to be allowed to use the traditional locality names if they wished.[4]

The municipality also includes, manages and maintains the following localities and locations:


At the 2011 Census, there were 27,453 people in the Mosman local government area, of these 46.7% were male and 53.3% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.1% of the population. The median age of people in the Municipality of Mosman was 36 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.3% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.7% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 51.4% were married and 10.7% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the Municipality of Mosman between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 2.99%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 4.64%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Mosman local government area was lower than the national average.[5] The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Mosman was significantly higher and nearly double the national average.[1][6]

In excess of 56.0% of residents in the Municipality of Mosman nominated an affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, compared with the national average of 61.1%. The proportion of residents with no religion was on par with the national average. Compared to the national average, at the 2011 Census, households in the Mosman local government area had a low proportion (16.6%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a high proportion (80.5%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).[1]

Selected historical census data for Mosman local government area
Census year 2001[5] 2006[6] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 25,475 26,236 27,453
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 70
% of New South Wales population 0.42% 0.40%
% of Australian population 0.14% Decrease 0.13% Steady 0.13%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
English 29.0%
Australian 20.6%
Irish 9.9%
Scottish 8.3%
German 2.9%
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 0.8% Steady 0.8% Increase 1.0%
German 0.7% Increase 0.9% Increase 1.0%
French 0.7% Steady 0.7% Increase 1.0%
Cantonese 1.0% Decrease 0.9% Decrease 0.8%
Mandarin n/c n/c Increase 0.8%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 25.3% Steady 25.3% Increase 25.6%
Anglican 29.6% Decrease 27.5% Decrease 24.6%
No religion 17.1% Increase 19.2% Increase 23.5%
Presbyterian and Reformed 4.4% Decrease 3.8% Decrease 3.2%
Uniting Church 3.9% Decrease 3.0% Decrease 2.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$969 A$1,117
% of Australian median income 207.9% 193.6%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,916 A$2,838
% of Australian median income 186.6% 191.6%
Household income Median weekly household income A$2,675 A$2,465
% of Australian median income 228.4% 199.8%


Mosman Municipal Council Chambers

Current composition and election method[edit]

Mosman Municipal 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, is as follows:[7][8]

Party Councillors
  Serving Mosman 3
  Independent 3
  Residents for Mosman 1
Total 7

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election, is:[7]

Councillor Party Notes
  Peter Abelson Serving Mosman Mayor[8]
  Tom Sherlock Serving Mosman
  Roy Bendall Residents for Mosman Deputy Mayor
  Simon Menzies Independent
  Carolyn Corrigan Serving Mosman
  Libby Moline Independent
  Peter White Independent

Prior to the 2012 elections, the area was divided into three wards, each electing three councillors.[9]

Sister city[edit]

Mosman has twin town status with Glen Innes, New South Wales.


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Mosman (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  2. ^ "Merger proposal: Manly Council, Mosman Municipal Council, Warringah Council (part)" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  3. ^ Toole, Paul (25 February 2016). "North Sydney, Willoughby and Mosman councils Proposal" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  4. ^ "Ordinary Meeting Agenda" (PDF). Mosman Municipal Council. 29 November 2005. p. 83. 
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Mosman (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Mosman (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Mosman Municipal 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 19 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Mosman Municipal Council - Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 19 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Mosman Municipal Council". 2008 Election results. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. Retrieved 17 September 2012. 

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