Port Macquarie-Hastings Council

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Port Macquarie-Hastings
New South Wales
Hastings LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 31°26′S 152°54′E / 31.433°S 152.900°E / -31.433; 152.900Coordinates: 31°26′S 152°54′E / 31.433°S 152.900°E / -31.433; 152.900
Population 78,128 (2015 Est.)[1]
 • Density 21.20/km2 (54.9/sq mi)
Established 1 January 1981 (Hastings)
13 July 2005 (Port Macquarie-Hastings)
Area 3,686.1 km2 (1,423.2 sq mi)
Mayor Lisa Intemann (acting)
Council seat Port Macquarie
Region Mid North Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Port Macquarie-Hastings logo.png
Website Port Macquarie-Hastings
LGAs around Port Macquarie-Hastings:
Walcha Kempsey Tasman Sea
Walcha Port Macquarie-Hastings Tasman Sea
Mid-Coast Mid-Coast Tasman Sea

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is a local government area in the mid north coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

The area is located adjacent to the Hastings River, the Pacific Highway, the Oxley Highway and the North Coast railway line. Major population centres in the local government area are Port Macquarie, Camden Haven, Wauchope, Lake Cathie and Kendall.

The acting Mayor of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council since 8 May 2017 is Cr. Lisa Intemann, an independent politician.[2]

Towns and localities[edit]

Towns and localities in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council are:

History[edit]

Local government in the Hastings region started with the passage of the District Councils Act 1842, which allowed for limited local government in the form of a warden and between 3 and 12 councillors to be appointed by the Governor. Between July and September 1843, 28 such entities had been proclaimed by Governor George Gipps. The Macquarie District Council, the 8th to be declared, was proclaimed on 12 August 1843, with a population of 2,409 and an area of 10,174 square kilometres (3,928 sq mi).[3]:208–209 Due to various factors, the District Councils were ineffective, and most had ceased to operate by the end of the decade.[4]

After the enactment of the Municipalities Act of 1858,[5] which gave the councils more authority and which allowed for residents to petition for incorporation of areas and also to elect councillors, the town of Port Macquarie, population 984, petitioned to be incorporated as a municipality twice: in 1859 and again in 1867; but on both occasions, counter-petitions from other residents prevented it from being incorporated.[3]:274 Finally, on 15 March 1887, the Port Macquarie Municipal District was proclaimed, with the first elections on 25 May 1887 electing James McInherney as the first mayor.[6]

The Local Government (Shires) Act 1905 (NSW) enabled the Shire of Hastings, based in the town of Wauchope, to come into being in June 1906, in time for elections in November 1906. The first Shire President was James O'Neill.[6]

In 1981, the two councils were amalgamated to form the Municipality of Hastings, with Norm Matesich becoming the council's inaugural mayor. In 1991, the council moved into its present premises in Burrawan Street, Port Macquarie. With the enactment of the Local Government Act 1993 (NSW), which changed the responsibilities of the Mayor and Councillors, the Hastings Council was created. In 2005, the name was changed to Port Macquarie-Hastings following a community survey, showing that many people thought that the new name would better reflect the area.[6]

Glasshouse controversy[edit]

On 27 February 2008 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Lynch, dismissed the Council and appointed an administrator, Dick Persson. The dismissal of Council was made after alleged mishandling of a project initiated in 2001 to build a cultural and entertainment centre, known to locals as the Glasshouse.[7] The project, initially a joint venture with the management of the neighbouring shopping centre, Port Central, was initially expected to cost the Council A$7.3 million, but by late 2007, despite the centre not yet having opened, the costs had blown out to over A$41.7 million, with interest repayments likely to extend the Council's liability to A$66 million. On 27 July 2007, a full public inquiry was announced by the Minister for Local Government, which reported back in February 2008.[8]

The inquiry report found that the Council had failed to provide appropriate financial and project management and had lost control of the costs, that the project costs had harmed the Council's ability to provide services and amenities to the community, and that the Council's "communications management strategies" had resulted in inadequate consultation with the public or appropriate regard to their concerns. The outgoing Mayor, Rob Drew, was critical of the process throughout, maintaining that errors had been made and misinformation had been accepted as fact; however, the New South Wales Urban Task Force, a property development lobby group, believed the dismissal served as a warning to other councils to stick to "core responsibilities". In 2009 it was revealed that the Glasshouse would cost ratepayers around A$6 million a year to run.[9]

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 Census, there were 72,696 people in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area, of these 48.1% were male and 51.9% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.3% of the population, slightly higher than the national average. The median age of people in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area was 47 years; some ten years higher than the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 17.8% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 24.7% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.4% were married and 14.7% were either divorced or separated.[10]

Population growth in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 6.68%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census was 6.23%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area was generally on par with the national average.[11] The median weekly income for residents within the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area was slightly below the national average.[10][12]

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 83% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 64% of all residents in the Port Macquarie-Hastings Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was higher than the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.6%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly higher proportion (93.7%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%).[10]

Selected historical census data for Port Macquarie-Hastings local government area
Census year 2001[11] 2006[12] 2011[10]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 64,146 68,430 72,696
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 1.05%
% of Australian population 0.34% Steady 0.34% Steady 0.34%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English 33.4%
Australian 32.8%
Irish 9.5%
Scottish 7.7%
German 2.8%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
German 0.3% Steady 0.3% Steady 0.3%
Italian 0.2% Steady 0.2% Steady 0.2%
Dutch 0.2% Steady 0.2% Steady 0.2%
French 0.1% Steady 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Spanish n/c n/c Increase 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 33.1% Decrease 31.3% Decrease 29.4%
Catholic 24.2% Steady 24.2% Increase 24.7%
No Religion 11.5% Increase 14.5% Increase 18.1%
Uniting Church 8.4% Decrease 7.2% Decrease 6.0%
Presbyterian and Reformed 5.6% Decrease 4.9% Decrease 4.5%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$361 A$447
% of Australian median income 77.5% 77.5%
Family income Median weekly family income A$679 A$1,008
% of Australian median income 66.1% 68.1%
Household income Median weekly household income A$891 A$837
% of Australian median income 76.1% 67.8%

Council[edit]

Current composition and election methods[edit]

Port Macquarie-Hastings Council is composed of nine Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the eight other Councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[2][13]

On 8 May 2017, the elected mayor since 2012, Peter Besseling, resigned effective immediately to take up an executive business position. Deputy Mayor Lisa Intemann will be serving as acting mayor until a by-election is held for the mayoral position, scheduled for 29 July 2017.[14][15]

Party Councillors
  Independents and Unaligned 7
  Country Labor (Labor) 1
Vacant 1
Total 9 (including mayor)

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:[13]

Councillor Party Notes
Vacant Mayor
  Robert Turner Independent Elected on Besseling's ticket
  Michael Cusato Independent
  Sharon Griffiths Independent
  Peter Alley Country Labor (Labor)
  Justin Levido Independent Elected on Besseling's ticket. Deputy Mayor 2014–2015
  Geoff Hawkins Independent Elected of Besseling's ticket
  Lisa Intemann Unaligned Deputy Mayor 2015–date (acting Mayor since 8 May 2017)
  Lee Dixon Independent

Mayors, Shire Presidents and General Managers[edit]

Municipality of Port Macquarie, 1887–1980[edit]

Mayor Period Notes
James McInherney 24 May 1887 – 10 February 1890 [16]
Frederick Hayward 10 February 1890 – 16 February 1893 [17]
James Butler 16 February 1893 – 15 February 1894 [18]
Frederick Hayward 15 February 1894 – 11 February 1898 [19]
William Andrew Spence 11 February 1898 – 12 January 1899 [20][21]
Frederick Hayward 16 January 1899 – 15 February 1901 [22][23]
Richard Woodlands 15 February 1901 – 14 February 1902 [24]
William Andrew Spence 14 February 1902 – 13 February 1903 [25]
Richard Arthur Ayres 13 February 1903 – 15 February 1904 [26]
Frederick Hayward 15 February 1904 – 19 January 1906 [27]
George Evan Bennett 23 January 1906 – 3 April 1906 [28][29]
William Rosenbaum 3 April 1906 – February 1910 [30]
Duncan Stewart February 1910 – 8 February 1916 [31]
John Hooke Hill 8 February 1916 – 20 December 1921 [32]
Albert Denham 20 December 1921 – 11 June 1924 [33]
John Bransdon 11 June 1924 – June 1925 [34][35]
Alban Charles Elliot 25 June 1925 – 2 March 1936 [36][37][38]
Ernest Aubrey Mowle 9 April 1936 – December 1941 [39]
Charles George Orr December 1941 – December 1944
Charlie Allan Ryan December 1944 – December 1947
Noel William Walter Joscelyne December 1947 – December 1948
Charlie Allan Ryan December 1948 – December 1949
Alfred Leslie Crisp December 1949 – June 1952
Edmond Francis Brownlow June 1952 – December 1954 [40]
Duncan Stewart Kennedy December 1954 – December 1956 [40]
Alfred Leslie Crisp December 1956 – December 1960 [40]
Duncan Stewart Kennedy December 1960 – December 1961 [40]
Alfred Leslie Crisp December 1961 – December 1963 [40]
Duncan Stewart Kennedy December 1963 – December 1965 [40]
Alfred Leslie Crisp MBE December 1965 – December 1966 [40]
Cyril Charles Adams December 1966 – September 1970 [40]
Duncan Stewart Kennedy September 1970 – September 1971 [40]
Cyril Charles Adams OAM MBE September 1971 – September 1974 [40]
Norm Matesich September 1974 – September 1976 [40]
Keith Stevenson September 1976 – 4 September 1978 [40]
Jim Boardman 4 September 1978 – 16 December 1980 [40]

Hastings Shire, 1906–1980[edit]

Shire President Period Notes
Patrick Joseph O'Neill 18 December 1906 – February 1908 [40][41]
Thomas Toms February 1908 – 21 August 1908 [42]
James Gamack 8 September 1908 – February 1909 [43]
Robert Longworth February 1909 – February 1910 [40]
John Hooke Hill February 1910 – February 1911 [40]
James Gamack February 1911 – February 1912 [40]
Jacob Decan Healey February 1912 – February 1914 [40]
Albert Edward Rose February 1914 – February 1915 [40]
John Downes Jnr. (ALP) February 1915 – February 1916 [40]
Albert Edward Rose February 1916 – February 1917 [40]
John Downes Jnr. (ALP) February 1917 – February 1918 [40]
William Campbell Lindsay February 1918 – February 1919 [40]
John Downes Jnr. (ALP) February 1919 – February 1920 [40]
Robert Longworth February 1920 – December 1920 [40]
Henry Warlters Snr. December 1920 – December 1921 [40]
John James Warrall December 1921 – December 1925 [40]
Edwin Suters December 1925 – December 1926 [40]
James Gamack December 1926 – December 1927 [40]
Thomas Miles Breckenridge December 1927 – December 1928 [40]
Patrick Henry Secombe December 1928 – December 1929 [40]
John Downes Jnr. (ALP) December 1929 – December 1930 [40]
Albert Edward Rose December 1930 – December 1931 [40]
William Hastings Blythe December 1931 – December 1932 [40]
John Downes Jnr. (ALP) December 1932 – December 1933 [40]
John James Warrall December 1933 – December 1934 [40]
Radford Gamack December 1934 – December 1935 [40]
Robert Barrie Walsh December 1935 – December 1936 [40]
Albert Edward Rose December 1936 – December 1937 [40]
John Downes Jnr. (ALP) December 1937 – December 1938 [40]
Harold Austin Waller Rose December 1938 – December 1939 [40]
John James Warrall December 1939 – December 1940 [40]
Harrie Stewart Bransdon December 1940 – December 1941 [40]
George Hollis December 1941 – December 1942 [40]
Charles Perrott December 1942 – December 1943 [40]
Radford Gamack December 1943 – December 1944 [40]
Harold Austin Waller Rose December 1944 – December 1947 [40]
Harrie Stewart Bransdon December 1947 – December 1955 [40]
George Hollis December 1955 – December 1956 [40]
Harrie Stewart Bransdon December 1956 – December 1960 [40]
Harry Warlters December 1960 – December 1964 [40]
Joseph Robert Andrews (ALP) December 1964 – September 1970 [40]
John Abi-Saab September 1970 – September 1976 [44]
John Joseph Steinmetz September 1976 – September 1977 [40]
John Abi-Saab September 1977 – September 1978 [40][45]
William Poole September 1978 – 16 December 1980 [40]

Hastings/Port Macquarie-Hastings, 1980–date[edit]

Hastings Municipal Council/Hastings Council
Mayor Period Notes
Norm Matesich OAM 16 December 1980 – September 1983 [40][46]
John Sterndale September 1983 – September 1985 [40]
Bob Woodlands September 1985 – September 1991 [40]
John Barrett September 1991 – September 1992 [40]
Ray Cooper September 1992 – September 1995 [40]
Frank Harrison September 1995 – September 1998 [40]
Wayne Richards September 1998 – September 2003 [47]
Rob Drew September 2003 – 13 July 2005 [47]
Port Macquarie-Hastings Council
Rob Drew 13 July 2005 – 27 February 2008 [9]
Dick Persson AM (Administrator) 27 February 2008 – 31 January 2009 [48][49]
Garry Payne (Administrator) 31 January 2009 – 29 April 2011 [50]
Neil Porter (Administrator) 29 April 2011 – 8 September 2012 [51]
Peter Besseling 8 September 2012 – 8 May 2017 [52]
Lisa Intemann (acting) 8 May 2017 – date [14]

General Managers[edit]

General Manager Period Notes
Bernard Smith 2000 – 31 March 2008 [53]
David Mead (acting) 1 April 2008 – 25 August 2008 [53]
Andrew Roach 25 August 2008 – 16 February 2011 [53]
Jeffery Sharp (acting) 16 February 2011 – 18 July 2011 [53]
Tony Hayward 18 July 2011 – 10 February 2014 [54][55]
Craig Swift-McNair 26 June 2014 – date [56]

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