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City of Parramatta

The City of Parramatta Council, is a local government area located west of central Sydney in the Greater Western Sydney region. Parramatta Council is situated between the City of Ryde and Cumberland Council, where the Cumberland Plain meets the Hornsby Plateau, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of the Sydney central business district, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

City of Parramatta Council
New South Wales
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Location in Greater Western Sydney 2016–date
Coordinates33°49′S 151°00′E / 33.817°S 151.000°E / -33.817; 151.000Coordinates: 33°49′S 151°00′E / 33.817°S 151.000°E / -33.817; 151.000
 • Density2,692/km2 (6,970/sq mi)
Established27 November 1861 (Municipality)
27 October 1938 (City)
Postcode(s)2153, 2146, 2145, 2152, 2151, 2150, 2142, 2128, 2127, 2122, 2121, 2119, 2118, 2117, 2116, 2115, 2114
Area84 km2 (32.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
Lord MayorAndrew Wilson
Council seatParramatta Town Hall
RegionGreater Western Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
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WebsiteCity of Parramatta Council
LGAs around City of Parramatta Council:
Blacktown The Hills Hornsby
Cumberland City of Parramatta Council Ryde
Cumberland Cumberland Canada Bay & Strathfield

The City occupies an area of 84 square kilometres (32 sq mi) and as at the 2016 census had an estimated population of 226,149.[1] The City houses the Parramatta central business district which is one of the key suburban employment destinations for the region of Greater Western Sydney.

The Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta Council since 25 September 2017 is The Right Worshipful Andrew Wilson, an independent.[3]


City of Parramatta boundaries, 1949–2016.

First incorporated on 27 November 1861 as the "Municipality of Parramatta",[4] the first Mayor was emancipated convict John Williams who arrived in the colony in 1835. The council became known as the "Borough of Parramatta" on 23 December 1867 following the enactment of the Municipalities Act, 1867, and became a Municipality again following the 1906 Local Government Act. On 27 October 1938, the Local Government (City of Parramatta) Act was passed by the Parliament of New South Wales and proclaimed by the Governor, Lord Wakehurst, making the town the "City of Parramatta".[5][6]

From 1 January 1949 the "City of Parramatta" was re-formed following the passing of the Local Government (Areas) Act 1948, when the councils of Ermington and Rydalmere (incorporated 1891), Dundas (incorporated 1889) and Granville (incorporated 1885) were merged into the council area. In recognition of Parramatta's role Bi-centennial (coinciding with the Australian Bi-centennial), the title of 'Lord Mayor' was granted on 12 December 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II on the recommendation of Premier Nick Greiner. This made Parramatta the third Australian city that was not a capital to receive such an honour, after Newcastle and Wollongong.

2016 AmalgamationEdit

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the City of Parramatta be reformed, adding areas from several adjoining councils. The NSW Government subsequently proposed a merger of parts of Parramatta (Woodville Ward), Auburn and Holroyd and a second merger of parts of the rest of Parramatta and parts of Auburn, The Hills, Hornsby, and Holroyd to form a new council.[7][8]

On 12 May 2016, Parramatta City Council was abolished by the NSW Government. Parts of Auburn City Council (south of the M4 Western Motorway) and Parramatta City Council (Woodville Ward), and Holroyd City Council merged to form the Cumberland Council as a new local government area and the remainder of the Parramatta City Council, Auburn City Council north of the M4 Western Motorway (including parts of the Sydney Olympic Park), and small parts of Hornsby Shire, Holroyd and The Hills Shire were merged into the reformed "City of Parramatta Council".[9][10]

Suburbs in the local government areaEdit

Suburbs in the City of Parramatta Council are:[10]


The City of Parramatta Council has a central library, heritage centre and five branch libraries at Carlingford, Constitution Hill, Dundas Valley, Epping and Ermington. It also provides a public swimming pool at Epping and over ten community centres.[11] The Parramatta Town Hall, completed in 1883, and housing the original Council chamber meeting rooms and function rooms, is heritage-listed.[12]


At the 2016 Census, there were 226,149 people in the City of Parramatta local government area that comprised 84 square kilometres (32 sq mi), of these 50% were male and 50% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.7% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Parramatta was 34 years; notably below the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.2% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 55.4% were married and 9% were either divorced or separated.[1] At the 2016 Census, the Parramatta local government area was linguistically diverse, with a significantly higher than average proportion (54.2%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 22.2%); and a significantly lower proportion (41.47) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 72.7%). The most commonly reported religious affiliation was "No Religion", at 24.5%. The proportion of residents who stated a religious affiliation with Hinduism was approximately six times the national average, with the median weekly income for residents slightly above the national average.[1]

Selected historical census data for Parramatta local government area
Census year 2001[13] 2006[14] 2011[15] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 143,143 148,323 166,858 226,149
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 11th   11th   5th
% of New South Wales population 2.41%   3.02%
% of Australian population 0.76%   0.75%   0.78%   0.97%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 23.9%   22.9%   18.1%   13.1%
English 21.8%   17.8%   16.8%   13.7%
Chinese 9.4%   11.2%   13.0%   16.4%
Lebanese 9.5%   9.7%   9.5%
Indian 3.4%   5.9%   9.1%   10.1%
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 10.1%   10.7%   10.3%   3.2%
Mandarin 3.0%   4.7%   5.9%   10.5%
Cantonese 4.6%   5.0%   5.0%   6.5%
Korean 2.0%   2.1%   2.7%   5.0%
Hindi 1.3%   2.0%   2.6%   3.6%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 27.1%   26.0%   23.4%   20.8%
No religion 10.7%   12.8%   15.0%   24.5%
Anglican 15.8%   12.9%   10.3%   8.3%
Islam 7.0%   8.2%   9.7%
Hinduism 2.8%   5.3%   8.8%   11.3%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$443 A$544 A$722
% of Australian median income 95.1% 94.3% 109.1%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,043 A$1,451 A$1,933
% of Australian median income 101.6% 98.0% 111.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,172 A$1,288 A$1,759
% of Australian median income 100.0% 104.4% 122.3%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling type Separate house 61.2%   56.2%   52.8%   45.7%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse 10.7   12.4%   13.4%   15.2%
Flat or apartment 26.8%   30.7%   33.5%   38.4%


Parramatta Town Hall, the seat of the council since 1883.
City of Parramatta Sign, Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford

Between May 2016 and September 2017, the Council was managed by an Administrator appointed by the Government of New South Wales, Amanda Chadwick, until an election for councillors took place on 9 September 2017.[10] The City of Parramatta Council comprises fifteen Councillors elected proportionally, with three Councillors in each ward. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Lord Mayor is elected for a two-year term, with the Deputy Lord Mayor for one year, by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council.

Office-holder Term Notes
Administrator Amanda Chadwick 12 May 2016 – 25 September 2017 [10][16]
Lord Mayor Andrew Wilson 25 September 2017 – present [3]
Deputy Lord Mayor Michelle Garrard 25 September 2017 – present [3]
CEO[17] Term Notes
Greg Dyer 12 May 2016 – 19 January 2018 CEO, Parramatta City Council 3 February 2014 – 12 May 2016[10][18][19][20][21]
Sue Coleman (interim) 19 January 2018 – present Group Manager City Services

Current compositionEdit

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

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 6
  Australian Labor Party 5
  Our Local Community 2
  Lorraine Wearne Independents 1
  The Greens 1
Total 15
Ward Councillor Party Notes
Dundas Ward[22]   Benjamin Barrak Liberal
  Pierre Esber Labor
  Michelle Garrard Our Local Community Deputy Lord Mayor 2017–date
Epping Ward[23]   Bill Tyrrell Liberal
  Donna Davis Labor
  Lorraine Wearne Lorraine Wearne Independents Lord Mayor 2011–2012
North Rocks Ward[24]   Andrew Jefferies Liberal
  Paul Han Labor
  Bob Dwyer Liberal Lord Mayor 2019-date
Parramatta Ward[25]   Martin Zaiter Liberal
  Samir Pandey Labor
  Phil Bradley Greens
Rosehill Ward[26]   Steven Issa Liberal
  Patricia Prociv Labor
  Andrew Wilson Our Local Community Lord Mayor 2017–2019

Sister citiesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Parramatta (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 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 c Stevens, Kylie (26 September 2017). "Return of democracy". Parramatta Sun. Retrieved 27 September 2017.
  4. ^ "MUNICIPALITY OF PARRAMATTA". New South Wales Government Gazette (265). New South Wales, Australia. 28 November 1861. p. 2552. Retrieved 30 April 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ Arfanis, Peter (22 October 2013). "Parramatta No Longer a Town!". Research Services. City of Parramatta Council. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  6. ^ "PARRAMATTA AS A CITY". The Sun (8984). New South Wales, Australia. 21 October 1938. p. 11. Retrieved 29 April 2018 – via National Library of Australia.
  7. ^ "Merger proposal: Auburn City Council (part), Holroyd City Council (part), Parramatta City Council (part)" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 7. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Merger proposal: Parramatta City Council (part), Auburn City Council (part), The Hills Shire Council (part), Hornsby Shire Council (part), Holroyd City Council (part)" (PDF). Government of New South Wales. January 2016. p. 8. Retrieved 22 February 2016.
  9. ^ Saulwick, Jacob; Kembrey, Melanie; McKenny, Leisha (14 May 2016). "NSW council amalgamations announced". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d e "Local Government (City of Parramatta and Cumberland) Proclamation 2016 [NSW] - Schedule 1 - Provisions for City of Parramatta Council". NSW Government. 12 May 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  11. ^ "Book a Venue". Halls, Community Centres & Meeting Rooms. City of Parramatta Council. 2017. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  12. ^ "Town Hall and Potential Archaeological Site". NSW Heritage Register. NSW Office of Environment & Heritage. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  13. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Parramatta (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  14. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Parramatta (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  15. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Parramatta (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 December 2012.  
  16. ^ Deare, Steven (17 June 2016). "Parramatta Council administrator Amanda Chadwick keen to meet Epping residents". Northern District Times. Retrieved 11 October 2016.
  17. ^ General Manager until August 2017.
  18. ^ "Parramatta appoints Greg Dyer as new CEO". Western Sydney Business Access. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  19. ^ "CONTRACT EXTENSION FOR GREG DYER" (Media Release). City of Parramatta. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  20. ^ Taouk, Maryanne (15 December 2017). "Parramatta Council general manager Greg Dyer resigns". Parramatta Advertiser. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  21. ^ "GREG DYER TO DEPART AS CITY OF PARRAMATTA CEO" (Media Release). City of Parramatta Council. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  22. ^ "City of Parramatta - Dundas Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  23. ^ "City of Parramatta - Epping Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  24. ^ "City of Parramatta - North Rocks Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  25. ^ "City of Parramatta - Parramatta Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  26. ^ "City of Parramatta - Rosehill Ward". NSW Local Council Elections 2017. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  27. ^ "Rama renews ties with Xiamen City". Retrieved 12 July 2014.
  28. ^ "Vietnamese flag raised in Australian city". Vietnamese Consulate General in Sydney. Retrieved 21 March 2017.[dead link]
  29. ^ Minh Thanh (3 May 2005). "Parramatta always supports Vung Tau policies of development, says Lord Mayor of Parramatta". Bao Ba Ria Vung Tau. Retrieved 21 March 2017.

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