City of Shoalhaven
|City of Shoalhaven
New South Wales
Location in NSW
|Population||97,694 (2013 est)|
|• Density||21.3913/km2 (55.403/sq mi)|
|Established||1 July 1948|
|Area||4,567 km2 (1,763.3 sq mi)|
|Region||Illawarra - South Coast|
|Website||City of Shoalhaven|
The City of Shoalhaven is a local government area in the south-eastern coastal region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) south of Sydney. The area is located adjacent to the Tasman Sea. The Princes Highway passes through the area and the South Coast railway line traverses the northern section of the area and terminates at Bomaderry. In June 2012, the population of the City of Shoalhaven was 96,927.
The City was established on 1 July 1948 as the Shoalhaven Shire following the amalgamation of the Municipalities of Nowra, Berry, Broughton’s Vale, Ulladulla, South Shoalhaven, and the shires of Cambewarra and Clyde.
George Bass explored the area in 1797, following Seven Mile Beach. He crossed the shoals at the entrance to the river, calling it 'Shoals Haven' due to the shallowness of the river mouth. This river is now known as the Crookhaven, but the name was adopted for the Shoalhaven area and the Shoalhaven River.
Towns and localities
Shoalhaven, although designated a city, is a dispersed region spread over 125 kilometres (78 mi) of coastline, with the vast majority of its population located in the north-east around Nowra, Jervis Bay and Sussex Inlet.
It includes the following towns, suburbs and localities:
Current composition and election method
Shoalhaven City Council is composed of thirteen 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 four Councillors. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is in order of elected and as follows:
|Shoalhaven Independents Group||5|
The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:
|Mayor||Amanda Findley||Australian Greens|
|Ward One||Andrew Guile||Shoalhaven Independents Group|
|John Wells||Team Gash|
|Ward Two||Greg Watson||Shoalhaven Independents Group|
|Jo Gash||Team Gash||Former Federal MP for Gilmore.|
|Mitchell Pakes||Shoalhaven Independents Group|
|Ward Three||Mark Kitchener||Shoalhaven Independents Group||Deputy Mayor|
|Patricia White||Team Gash|
|Bob Proudfoot||Shoalhaven Independents Group|
Tourism and culture
The Shoalhaven can be reached from Sydney by car via the Princes Highway and by rail via the South Coast railway line which terminates just north of Nowra at Bomaderry. The Shoalhaven is adjacent to the well known Jervis Bay area. The area is approximately 160 kilometres (99 mi) long along the coastline, including 109 beaches, which allegedly possesses the whitest sand in the world, as well as pristine natural Australian bushland. The Shoalhaven area is home to numerous species of native Australian flora and fauna.
The area is well known for its strong commitment to the arts and music, featuring the See Change and See Celebrations festivals in the Jervis Bay and St Georges Basin areas, as well as the EscapeArtfest festival and Blessing of the Fleet in the Ulladulla area.
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