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Central Coast Council (New South Wales)

The Central Coast Council is a local government area serving the Lower Hunter area and the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, established on 12 May 2016 following the amalgamation of Gosford City and Wyong Shire councils.[3]

Central Coast Council
New South Wales
Central Coast LGA NSW.png
Location of Central Coast LGA in NSW
Population
 • Density194.96/km2 (504.96/sq mi)
Established12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area1,681 km2 (649.0 sq mi)[3]
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
MayorJane Smith
Council seatGosford
RegionCentral Coast
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Central Coast Council logo.png
WebsiteCentral Coast Council
LGAs around Central Coast Council:
Cessnock Lake Macquarie Tasman Sea
Hawkesbury Central Coast Council Tasman Sea
Hornsby Northern Beaches Tasman Sea

The council comprises an area of 1,681 square kilometres (649 sq mi) and is bounded to the east by the Tasman Sea, to the south by Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury River, and to the west by the Yengo National Park northwards to Bucketty before heading eastward along George Downes Drive, encompassing the Olney State Forest and crossing the Pacific Motorway, meeting the southern edge of Lake Macquarie at Mannering Park and eventually reaching the coast north of Moonee. As at the 2016 census the council area had an estimated population of 327,736.[1]

The inaugural Mayor of the Central Coast Council is Jane Smith (Independent), who was elected on 26 September 2017.[4]

Suburbs and localitiesEdit

The local government area includes a moderately densely populated coastal strip that extends northward from the Hawkesbury River and is bounded by the Pacific Motorway to the west, and an extensive sparsely-populated region to the west of the motorway that is largely native bush. The towns and villages located within Central Coast Council are:

DemographicsEdit

At the 2016 Census the population of the Central Coast local government area was 327,736.[5]

Selected historical census data for Central Coast local government area
Census year 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 327,736
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 3rd
% of New South Wales population
% of Australian population
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English 31.3%
Australian 30.2%
Irish 9.3%
Scottish 7.5%
German 2.5%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Spanish 0.5%
Mandarin 0.5%
Italian 0.4%
German 0.3%
Cantonese 0.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion 27.6%
Catholic 24.7%
Anglican 22.5%
Not Stated 8.2%
Uniting Church 3.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$600
% of Australian median income
Family income Median weekly family income A$1560
% of Australian median income
Household income Median weekly household income A$1258
% of Australian median income

CouncilEdit

From amalgamation on 12 May 2016 to September 2017, the Central Coast Council area was administered by Ian Reynolds, with former Wyong Shire Acting General Manager Rob Noble appointed as Interim General Manager and Gosford City General Manager Paul Anderson appointed Deputy General Manager.[6]

Georges River Council comprises fifteen Councillors elected proportionally, with three Councillors elected in five wards.[7] Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office, with the first term to last for three years.[8] The Mayor is elected by Councillors for a period of two years, the Deputy Mayor is elected for one year.

Mayor Term Notes
Administrator Ian Reynolds 12 May 2016 – 26 September 2017 General Manager of Blacktown City Council 2000–2005[7]
Mayor Jane Smith 26 September 2017 – date [4]
Deputy Mayor Chris Holstein 26 September 2017 – date Mayor of Gosford 2002–2010[4]
General Manager/CEO Term Notes
Rob Noble 12 May 2016 – 20 September 2017 Acting General Manager of Wyong Shire 2015–2016[7]
Brian Bell 20 September 2017 – date General Manager of Lake Macquarie 2006–2017[9]

Current compositionEdit

The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council by order of election, is as follows:

Party Councillors
  Australian Labor Party 6
  Independents 5
  Liberal Party of Australia 4
Total 15
Ward Councillor Party Notes
Budgewoi Ward[10]   Doug Vincent Labor Wyong A Ward Councillor 2008–2016
  Jillian Hogan Labor
  Greg Best Independent Mayor of Wyong 2002–2004
Gosford East Ward[11]   Rebecca Gale Collins Liberal
  Jeff Sundstrom Labor
  Jane Smith Independent Mayor 2017–date
Gosford West Ward[12]   Richard Mehrtens Labor
  Troy Marquart Liberal
  Chris Holstein Independent Deputy Mayor 2017–date
The Entrance Ward[13]   Lisa Matthews Labor Wyong B Ward Councillor 2008–2016
  Jilly Pilon Liberal
  Bruce McLachlan Independent
Wyong Ward[14]   Kyle MacGregor Labor
  Louise Greenaway Independent
  Chris Burke Liberal Gosford City Councillor 2008–2016

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Central Coast (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017.  
  2. ^ "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18". Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019. Estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Central Coast Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Killman, Fiona (26 September 2017). "CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL ELECTS INDEPENDENT COUNCILLOR JANE SMITH AS INAUGURAL MAYOR". Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  5. ^ "2016 Census QuickStats: Central Coast (C) (NSW)". quickstats.censusdata.abs.gov.au. Retrieved 29 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Central Coast Council Officially Underway". City of Gosford. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "Local Government (Council Amalgamations) Proclamation 2016 [NSW] - Schedule 3 - Provisions for Central Coast Council" (PDF). Parliament of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. p. 15. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Central Coast Council". Stronger Councils. Government of New South Wales. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
  9. ^ Killman, Fiona (20 September 2017). "CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL CEO ROB NOBLE STEPS DOWN TODAY". Central Coast Gosford Express Advocate. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Central Coast - Budgewoi Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Central Coast - Gosford East Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Central Coast - Gosford West Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  13. ^ "Central Coast - The Entrance Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 September 2017.
  14. ^ "Central Coast - Wyong Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 29 September 2017.