Waverley Municipal Council

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Waverley Municipal Council
New South Wales
Waverley lga sydney.png
Coordinates 33°54′S 151°16′E / 33.900°S 151.267°E / -33.900; 151.267Coordinates: 33°54′S 151°16′E / 33.900°S 151.267°E / -33.900; 151.267
Population 66,812 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density 7,400/km2 (19,200/sq mi)
Established 16 June 1859
Area 9 km2 (3.5 sq mi)
Mayor John Wakefield (Labor)
Council seat Bondi Junction
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Wentworth
Waverley Council Logo.jpg
Website Waverley Municipal Council
LGAs around Waverley Municipal Council:
Woollahra
Sydney Waverley Municipal Council Tasman Sea
Randwick

Waverley Municipal Council (or Waverley Council) is a Local government area (LGA) in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. There are four wards within Waverley LGA namely Bondi, Hunter, Lawson, and Waverley.[2]

The current Mayor of Waverley Municipal Council is Cr. John Wakefield, a member of the Labor Party.

Suburbs and localities in the local government area[edit]

Diamond Bay from Vaucluse

Suburbs serviced by Waverley Council are:

These localities are also serviced by Waverley Council:

Note: On 6 October 1944, the recommendation to remove the Mill Hill area (37 acres) from the Randwick LGA and include it in the Waverley LGA was proclaimed in the NSW Government Gazette. The recommendation was the result of a 1941 NSW Local Government Department Commission of Inquiry. [3]

Demographics[edit]

At the 2011 census, there were 63,487 people in the Waverley LGA, of these 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4% of the population. The median age of people in the Municipality of Waverley was 35 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 15.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.0% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 37.4% were married and 10.0% were either divorced or separated.[4]

Population growth in the Municipality of Waverley between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 3.31%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 4.57%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Waverley local government area was a little over half the national average.[5] The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Waverley was more than 1.5 times the national average.[4][6]

The proportion of residents in Waverley LGA who stated their ancestry was Jewish was three times the New South Wales and national averages. The proportion of households where Russian is spoken at home is thirteen times the state and national averages; and of all households where Hebrew is spoken in New South Wales, one third are located in the Municipality of Waverley, and in Australia, one tenth of households where Hebrew is spoken are located in Waverley LGA. The proportion of residents who stated an affiliation with Judaism was in excess of twenty–eight times the state and national averages.[4]

Selected historical census data for Waverley local government area
Census year 2001[5] 2006[6] 2011[4] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 58,769 60,715 63,487 66,812
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 36th
% of New South Wales population 0.92%
% of Australian population 0.31% Steady 0.31% Decrease 0.30%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English 20.9%
Australian 16.1%
Irish 9.3%
Scottish 5.5%
Jewish 3.1%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Russian 3.2% Decrease 2.6% Steady 2.6%
Hebrew 1.2% Increase 1.3% Increase 1.6%
Italian 1.5% Increase 1.3% Increase 1.4%
French n/c n/c Increase 1.3%
Spanish n/c Increase 1.0% Increase 1.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion 16.9% Increase 18.0% Increase 24.3%
Catholic 22.9% Decrease 20.8% Increase 22.1%
Judaism 16.1% Increase 16.8% Increase 17.1%
Anglican 13.5% Decrease 11.7% Decrease 11.0%
Eastern Orthodox 3.0% Decrease 2.8% Steady 2.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$765 A$973
% of Australian median income 164.2% 168.6%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,446 A$2,496
% of Australian median income 140.8% 168.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,928 A$1,912
% of Australian median income 164.6% 154.9%

Council[edit]

NSW Local Government Elections are held every four years on the second Saturday of September as declared by the NSW Local Government Act 1993 No. 30 Part 4, Clause 287 (1).[7][8]

Current composition and election method[edit]

Waverley Municipal Council is composed of twelve Councillors elected proportionally from the four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 5
  Australian Labor Party 4
  The Greens 3
Total 12

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

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Bondi Ward[9]   Leon Goltsman Liberal
  Dominic Wy Kanak Greens Deputy Mayor
  John Wakefield Labor Mayor
Hunter Ward[10]   Sally Betts Liberal
  Will Nemesh Liberal
  Steven Lewis Labor
Lawson Ward[11]   Angela Burrill Liberal
  Elaine Keenan Greens
  Paula Masselos Labor
Waverley Ward[12]   Tony Kay Liberal
  George Copeland Greens
  Marjorie O'Neill Labor

History[edit]

On 11 November 1858, a petition for the incorporation of the Municipality of Waverley was presented to the Governor-General and Governor-in-Chief of the Colony of NSW, Sir William Thomas Denison; a second petition was presented to Sir Denison on 17 May 1859. Sir Denison approved the proclamation establishing the Municipality of Waverley on 13 June 1859, and it was subsequently published on 16 June 1859[13][14] as a fourth supplement to the NSW Government Gazette of 14 June 1859. The legislation that enabled the Municipality of Waverley to be established is the Municipalities Act of 1858 (22 Vic. No. 13). [15][16]

On 15 June 1859, the first returning officer for the Municipality of Waverley, Charles St. Julian, Esquire of Paddington was proclaimed by Sir Denison. Sir Denison also stated that the first meeting of the Municipality of Waverley was to be held at midday on 14 July 1859. [17]

The first Council meeting was held on 16 June 1859, but there was no permanent office for the conduct of Council duties some early meetings were held in the Charing Cross Hotel and others in the old School of Arts building in Bronte Road.[citation needed]

In December, 1860 the Council accepted an offer from Francis O'Brien of a site for a Council Chambers, free of cost, in Bondi Road. The cost of building was to be limited to ₤500, although approximately £700 was eventually spent. The foundation stone was laid in 1861, and a first meeting of Council was held there on 21 November 1861, the first Council building erected by any municipality under the Municipalities Act of 1858.[citation needed] Discussions were held during the early 1900s over the need for new Council Chambers, and in 1913 a portion of the north-west corner of Waverley Park was dedicated as the site for a new building. A report of the same year stated that the original building was too small for the staff, and had poor ventilation and lighting. It was later sold for £1,600. The new building was completed by the end of 1913, and on 6 January 1914 the Council met for the first time in the new chambers.[citation needed]

Parts of the 1913 chambers still form the shell of the present Council Chambers, although extensive alterations in 1962, and further development in 1976 and 1977 have altered its appearance considerably. There is clear evidence - in the form of significant Aboriginal rock carvings in particular - that Aboriginal people occupied sites in the area now known as Waverley in the period before European settlement. A number of place names within Waverley Municipal Council area, most famously Bondi, have been based on words derived from Aboriginal languages of the Sydney region.(https://www.creativespirits.info/australia/new-south-wales/sydney/bondi-golf-course-aboriginal-site)

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Municipality of Waverley merge with the Woollahra and Randwick councils to form a new council with an area of 58 square kilometres (22 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 274,000.[18] Following an independent review, in May 2016 the NSW Government sought to dismiss the Council and force its amalgamation with Woollahra and Randwick councils. Woollahra Council instigated legal action claiming that there was procedural unfairness and that a KPMG report at the centre of merger proposals had been "misleading". The matter was heard before the NSW Court of Appeal who, in December 2016, unanimously dismissed Woollahra Council's appeal, finding no merit in its arguments that the proposed merger with Waverley and Randwick councils was invalid.[19] In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick local government areas, along with several other proposed forced mergers.[20]

In 2017, the council banned the construction of a synagogue near Bondi Beach due to fears of Islamic terrorism. The ban was widely criticized as antisemitic and a reward to terror.[21][22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Waverley (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 July 2017.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Electoral Commission NSW - Waverley Council". 
  3. ^ DOWD, B.T (Bernard Thomas) (1959). The history of the Waverley Municipal District : published by the Council of the Municipality of Waverley (New South Wales) to commemorate its centenary of municipal government (1859-1959) - also known as The Centenary of the Municipality of Waverley,1859-1959 (PDF). Waverley, N.S.W. : Municipal Council. p. 83. 
  4. ^ a b c d Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Waverley (A)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 November 2012.  Edit this at Wikidata
  5. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Waverley (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Waverley (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "Local Government". Electoral Commission NSW. 
  8. ^ "NSW Legislation - Local Government Act 1993 No 30". Government of New South Wales. 
  9. ^ "Waverley Council - Bondi Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "Waverley Council - Hunter Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Waverley Council - Lawson Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Waverley Council - Waverley Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 15 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  13. ^ DOWD, B.T (Bernard Thomas) (1959). The history of the Waverley Municipal District : published by the Council of the Municipality of Waverley (New South Wales) to commemorate its centenary of municipal government (1859-1959) - also known as The Centenary of the Municipality of Waverley,1859-1959 (PDF). Waverley, N.S.W. : Municipal Council. pp. IV – V and pages 50 – 58. 
  14. ^ "Proclamation of the incorporation of the district of Waverley as a Municipality". NSW Government Gazette No. 115, 16 June 1859, folios 1343-1344. 16 June 1859. 
  15. ^ "Municipalities Act of 1858 (22 Vic. No. 13)" (PDF). 
  16. ^ "Waverley Council Chambers" (PDF). Waverley Council. Retrieved 5 November 2015. 
  17. ^ DOWD, B.T (Bernard Thomas) (1959). The history of the Waverley Municipal District : published by the Council of the Municipality of Waverley (New South Wales) to commemorate its centenary of municipal government (1859-1959) - also known as The Centenary of the Municipality of Waverley,1859-1959 (PDF). Waverley, N.S.W. : Municipal Council. p. 59. 
  18. ^ "Merger proposal: Randwick City Council, Waverley Council, Woollahra Municipal Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016. 
  19. ^ Visentin, Lisa (22 December 2016). "Woollahra loses merger appeal, hints at High Court challenge". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2016. 
  20. ^ 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. 
  21. ^ Bondi synagogue ban over terrorism risk leaves Jewish community shocked and furious, news.com.au, Joe Hildebrand, 3 August 2017
  22. ^ Even in Sydney, Jews still being made to run away and hide, The Australian, Caroline Overington, 12 August 2017

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