Municipality of Woollahra
|Woollahra Municipal Council
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|Population||54,240 (2016 census)|
|• Density||4,520/km2 (11,700/sq mi)|
|Area||12 km2 (4.6 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Peter Cavanagh (Liberal)|
|Council seat||Double Bay|
|Website||Woollahra Municipal Council|
Woollahra Municipal Council (or Woollahra Council) is a local government area in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Woollahra is bounded by Sydney Harbour in the north, Waverley Council in the east, Randwick City in the south and the City of Sydney in the west.
Suburbs in the local government area
Suburbs in the area include:
At the 2011 Census, there were 52,158 people in the Woollahra local government area, of these 47.1% were male and 52.9% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.2% of the population. The median age of people in the Municipality of Woollahra was 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 15.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16.3% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 43.1% were married and 10.3% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in the Municipality of Woollahra between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 0.70%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 3.98%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Woollahra local government area was significantly lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Woollahra was double the national average.
|Selected historical census data for Woollahra local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||49,814||50,161||52,158||54,240|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||19th||42nd|
|% of New South Wales population||1.90%||0.75%|
|% of Australian population||0.26%||0.25%||0.24%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$976||A$1,145||A$1,365|
|% of Australian median income||209.4%||198.4%||206.2%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,917||A$2,832||A$3,626|
|% of Australian median income||186.7%||191.2%||209.1%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$2,654||A$2,398||A$2,687|
|% of Australian median income||226.6%||194.3%||186.7%|
Woollahra Municipal Council
Current composition and election method
Woollahra Municipal Council is composed of fifteen Councillors elected proportionally as five separate wards, each electing three Councillors. Councillors are usually elected for a fixed four-year term of office, however the current Councillors will serve a three-year term until the next election to be held in 2020. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent Council election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
|Liberal Party of Australia||8|
|Residents First Woollahra||5|
The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election by ward, is:
|Bellevue Hill Ward||Isabelle Shapiro||Liberal|
|Lucinda Regan||Residents First|
|Cooper Ward||Anthony Marano||Liberal|
|Luise Elsing||Residents First|
|Megan McEwin||The Greens|
|Double Bay Ward||Toni Zeltzer||Liberal|
|Mark Silcocks||Residents First|
|Paddington Ward||Peter Cavanagh||Liberal||Mayor|
|Matthew Robertson||The Greens|
|Harriet Price||Residents First|
|Vaucluse Ward||Mary-Lou Jarvis||Liberal|
|Claudia Cullen||Residents First|
|Susan Wynne||Liberal||Deputy Mayor|
History of Woollahra
The name 'Woollahra' is thought to be derived from an Aboriginal word meaning 'camp' or 'meeting ground'.
A petition was submitted in 1859 with 144 signatures of local residents from Darling Point, Paddington and Watsons Bay for the formation of the Municipality. With no petition against formation of the Municipality, Woollahra was proclaimed to be named so on 17 April 1860, and gazetted on 20 April 1860. At the first meeting, The Hon. George Thornton was elected as the first Chairman of Woollahra.
Woollahra largely developed as a residential locality. A few small local industries were established in Woollahra, Double Bay and Paddington; but with the residential gentrification of Paddington and Woollahra in the 1960s, most of these cottage industries had vanished by the end of the 20th century.
Woollahra's cultural heritage has been enriched by the influx of people from many different cultural backgrounds. Some of the influential immigrants to Woollahra have been the Chinese market gardeners, who began leasing land in Double Bay gully and Rose Bay in the 1880s; the Portuguese whalers who settled at Watsons Bay in the 19th century, building a church and becoming a part of the village life, and the many Europeans who migrated after World War II and helped change the face of commercial centres such as Double Bay.
A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Municipality of Woollahra merge with the Waverley 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. Following an independent review, in May 2016 the NSW Government sought to dismiss the Council and force its amalgamation with Waverley 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 the council's appeal, finding no merit in its arguments that the proposed merger with its neighbouring councils was invalid. 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.
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- Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Woollahra (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 November 2012.
- "Council Circular 16-44 Election Timing and Cycle of Council Elections". NSW Office of Local Government. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
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- "Woollahra Municipal Council - Vaucluse Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
- Jarvis & Kelly (1960). The History of Woollahra. Sydney: Halstead Press.
- "Merger proposal: Randwick City Council, Waverley Council, Woollahra Municipal Council" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
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