North Sydney Council

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North Sydney Council
New South Wales
North sydney lga.png
Coordinates 33°50′S 151°12′E / 33.833°S 151.200°E / -33.833; 151.200Coordinates: 33°50′S 151°12′E / 33.833°S 151.200°E / -33.833; 151.200
Population 67,658 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 6,207/km2 (16,080/sq mi)
Established 29 July 1890 (1890-07-29)
Area 10.9 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Mayor Jilly Gibson
Council seat Council Chambers
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website North Sydney Council
LGAs around North Sydney Council:
Willoughby Willoughby Northern Beaches
Lane Cove North Sydney Council Mosman
Inner West Sydney Woollahra
North Sydney Council signpost at Cammeray

North Sydney Council is a local government area on the lower north shore of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The area is bounded by Willoughby to the north and north-west, Northern Beaches to the north-east, Mosman to the east, Lane Cove to the west and Sydney Harbour to the south. It covers an area of approximately 10.9 square kilometres (4.2 sq mi) and as at the 2016 census had an estimated population of 67,658.[1] The administrative seat of North Sydney Council is located in the suburb of North Sydney, approximately 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north of the Sydney central business district.

The Mayor of North Sydney Council is Cr. Jilly Gibson, an independent politician. Gibson was first elected on 8 September 2012 and was re-elected for a second term on 9 September 2017 at the same time as her daughter, Dr Alanya Drummond, who was elected as a Councillor for Tunks Ward.[2]

Suburbs and localities in the local government area[edit]

Suburbs serviced by North Sydney Council are:

Localities serviced by North Sydney Council include:


At the 2016 census, there were 67,658 people in the North Sydney local government area, of these 47.2 per cent were male and 52.8 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.3 per cent of the population; significantly below the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the North Sydney Council area was 37 years; slightly below the national average of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 12.6 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.4 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 41.9 per cent were married and 16.6 per cent were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the North Sydney Council area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 5.98%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 6.92%. At the 2016 census, the population in the North Sydney Council area increased by 8.62 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in the North Sydney local government area was marginally lower than the national average.[1][3][4] The median weekly income for residents within the North Sydney Council area was significantly higher and nearly double the national average.

Selected historical census data for North Sydney local government area
Census year 2001[5] 2006[3] 2011[4] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 54,970 58,257 62,289 67,658
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 39th Increase 37th Increase 36th
% of New South Wales population 0.90% Steady 0.90% Steady 0.90%
% of Australian population 0.29% Decrease 0.26% Increase 0.29% Steady 0.29%
Estimated ATSI population on census night 97 110 134 199
% of ATSI population to residents 0.2% Steady 0.2% Steady 0.2% Increase 0.3%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
English 25.4% Decrease 24.6%
Australian 17.9% Decrease 16.2%
Irish 9.4% Increase 10.0%
Scottish 7.5% Increase 7.6%
Chinese 5.7% Increase 6.3%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin 1.2% Increase 1.7% Increase 2.4% Increase 3.4%
Cantonese 2.8% Decrease 2.7% Steady 2.7 Increase 2.5%
Japanese 2.2% Steady 2.1% Decrease 1.9% Decrease 1.8%
Spanish n/c Increase 0.7% Increase 1.1% Increase 1.4%
French 0.7% Steady 0.7% Increase 0.9% Increase 1.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion, self-described 20.5% Increase 23.0% Increase 28.9% Increase 37.3%
Catholic 23.9% Decrease 23.3% Decrease 23.0% Decrease 21.4%
Anglican 22.6% Decrease 19.9% Decrease 17.4% Decrease 13.0%
Not stated n/c n/c n/c Increase 11.8%
Buddhism n/c Increase 2.9% Increase 3.2% Decrease 2.7%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$1,010 A$1,216 A$1,386
% of Australian median income 207.8% Increase 210.7% Decrease 209.4%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,772 A$2,768 A$3,210
% of Australian median income 172.5% Increase 186.9% Decrease 185.1%
Household income Median weekly household income A$2,510 A$2,205 A$2,360
% of Australian median income 214.3% Decrease 178.7% Decrease 164.1%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling type Separate house 12.3% Increase 13.9% Decrease 13.8% Decrease 11.0%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse 15.0% Steady 15.0% Decrease 14.7% Decrease 14.0%
Flat or apartment 70.9% Decrease 70.3% Increase 71.0% Increase 74.4%


Current composition and election method[edit]

North Sydney Council is composed of ten Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the twelve other Councillors are elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. A referendum passed at the same time at the 2012 council elections reduced the number of wards from four to three (Cremorne Ward was abolished) and the number of councillors from 13 to 10, inclusive of the popularly elected mayor, which took effect from the 2017 election.[6] A referendum passed at the 2017 election also altered the system of electing the mayor from a popularly-elected four year term to a bi-annual councillor-elected term, to take effect from the next council elections in 2020.[7] The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:

Party Councillors
  Independents 9
  Liberal Democratic Party 1
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Mayor[8]   Jilly Gibson Independent Mayor 2012–date[9]
Tunks Ward[10]   Tony Carr Independent
  Dr Alanya Drummond Independent [2]
  Stephen Barbour Independent Deputy Mayor 2017–date
Victoria Ward[11]   Kathy Brodie Independent Elected on Jilly Gibson's ticket
  Jessica Keen Independent
  Maryann Beregi Independent
Wollstonecraft Ward[12]   Zoë Baker Independent Deputy Mayor 2011–2012
  Ian Mutton Independent
  Samuel Gunning Liberal Democrats


The area now covered by North Sydney Council originally comprised three municipalities: the Borough of East St Leonards from 1860 (Kirribilli, Cremorne Point, Milsons Point), the Borough of St Leonards from 1867 (Cammeray, Mosman, Waverton, Wollstonecraft) and the very small Borough of Victoria from 1871 (McMahons Point and parts of North Sydney and Lavender Bay). These boroughs lasted until 29 July 1890 when they merged to form the "Borough of North Sydney".[13]

Following a petition submitted by residents in 1892, on 11 April 1893 the Mossman Ward of North Sydney confirmed its separation as the Borough of Mosman, being proclaimed by Lieutenant-Governor Sir Frederick Darley.[14] From 28 December 1906, following the passing of the Local Government Act, 1906, the council was renamed as the "Municipality of North Sydney". With the passing of the Local Government Act, 1993, the Municipality of North Sydney was legally renamed as North Sydney Council and aldermen were renamed councillors.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the North Sydney Council merge with adjoining councils. The government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger of the North Sydney and Willoughby Councils to form a new council with an area of 33 square kilometres (13 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 145,000.[15] 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 Councils merge.[16] In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the North Sydney, Willoughby and Mosman local government areas, along with several other proposed forced mergers.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "North Sydney (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b McCullagh, Andrea (20 September 2017). "North Sydney Council welcomes mum and daughter team". Mosman Daily. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "North Sydney (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "North Sydney (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 22 October 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "North Sydney (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Council Election Results". North Sydney Council. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  7. ^ Green, Antony. "2017 NSW Local Government Elections - North Sydney Council". ABC Elections. ABC News. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  8. ^ "North Sydney - Mayoral Contest". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  9. ^ McCullagh, Andrea (11 September 2017). "Mayor Jilly Gibson declares victory at North Sydney Council". Mosman Daily. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "North Sydney - Tunks Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  11. ^ "North Sydney - Victoria Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  12. ^ "North Sydney - Wollstonecraft Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 September 2017. 
  13. ^ "Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation". New South Wales Government Gazette (411). New South Wales, Australia. 31 July 1890. p. 6059. Retrieved 7 April 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  14. ^ "Government Gazette Proclamations and Legislation". New South Wales Government Gazette (234). New South Wales, Australia. 11 April 1893. p. 2835. Retrieved 4 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  15. ^ "Merger proposal: North Sydney Council, Willoughby City Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 27 February 2016. 
  16. ^ Toole, Paul (25 February 2016). "North Sydney, Willoughby and Mosman councils Proposal" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. Retrieved 27 February 2016. [permanent dead link]
  17. ^ Blumer, Clare; Chettle, Nicole (27 July 2017). "NSW council amalgamations: Mayors fight to claw back court dollars after backflip on merger". ABC News. Australia. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 

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