The City of Parramatta, also known as 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, 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. The city occupies an area of 84 square kilometres (32 sq mi) spanning across suburbs in Greater Western Sydney including the Hills District, and a small section of Northern Sydney to the far north east of its area. According to the 2016 census, City of Parramatta had an estimated population of 226,149. The city houses the Parramatta central business district which is one of the key suburban employment destinations for the region of Greater Western Sydney.
|City of Parramatta|
New South Wales
|Population||256,729 (2021 census) (12th)|
|• Density||3,056/km2 (7,920/sq mi)|
|Established||27 November 1861 (Municipality)|
27 October 1938 (City)
|Postcode(s)||2153, 2152, 2151, 2150, 2147, 2146, 2145, 2142, 2141, 2128, 2127, 2122, 2121, 2119, 2118, 2117, 2116, 2115, 2114|
|Area||84 km2 (32.4 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|Lord Mayor||Donna Davis|
|Council seat||Parramatta Town Hall|
|Region||Greater Western Sydney|
|Website||City of Parramatta|
First incorporated on 27 November 1861 as the "Municipality of Parramatta", 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".
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. The Parramatta local government area was further expanded through the transfer of 10.7 km2 from the Municipality of Blacktown in 1972. 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.
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.
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 Sydney Olympic Park), and small parts of Hornsby Shire, Holroyd and The Hills Shire were merged into the reformed "City of Parramatta".
Suburbs in the local government areaEdit
Suburbs in the City of Parramatta are:
- Baulkham Hills (shared with The Hills Shire)
- Beecroft (shared with Hornsby Shire)
- Constitution Hill
- Dundas Valley
- Eastwood (shared with the City of Ryde)
- Granville (shared with Cumberland Council)
- Harris Park
- Lidcombe (shared with Cumberland Council)
- Mays Hill (shared with Cumberland Council)
- Melrose Park (shared with City of Ryde)
- North Parramatta
- North Rocks (shared with The Hills Shire)
- Old Toongabbie
- Pendle Hill (shared with Cumberland Council)
- Seven Hills (shared with City of Blacktown)
- Sydney Olympic Park [Autonomous]
- Toongabbie (shared with City of Blacktown and Cumberland Council)
- Winston Hills
- Wentworth Point
- Wentworthville (shared with Cumberland Council)
- Westmead (shared with Cumberland Council)
The City of Parramatta Council operates a central library, heritage centre and six branch libraries at Carlingford, Constitution Hill, Dundas Valley, Epping, Ermington and Wentworth Point. It also provides a public swimming pool at Epping, five childcare centres and over ten community centres. The heritage-listed Parramatta Town Hall was completed in 1883 and houses the original Council chamber meeting rooms as well as other function rooms.
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. 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.
|Selected historical census data for Parramatta local government area|
|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|
(other than English)
|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 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%|
Between May 2016 and September 2017, the council was managed by an Administrator appointed by the Government of New South Wales, Amanda Chadwick, until the first election for councillors took place on 9 September 2017. 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.
|Lord Mayor||Donna Davis||10 January 2022 – present|||
|Deputy Lord Mayor||Sameer Pandey||10 January 2022 – present|||
|Brett Newman||16 September 2019 – present||CEO, Property NSW|
|Rik Hart (Acting)||11 March 2019 – 16 September 2019||General Manager Warringah and Inner West Councils|
|Mark Stapleton||10 July 2018 – 11 March 2019||Director of Property and Significant Assets|
|Sue Coleman (interim)||19 January 2018 – 10 July 2018||Group Manager City Services|
|Greg Dyer||12 May 2016 – 19 January 2018||CEO, Parramatta City Council 3 February 2014 – 12 May 2016|
The most recent election was held on 4 December 2021, and the makeup of the council, in order of election by ward, is as follows:
|Australian Labor Party||7|
|Our Local Community||4|
|Lorraine Wearne Independents||1|
|Dundas Ward||Pierre Esber||Labor||Elected 1999–2016, 2017–present.|
|Michelle Garrard||Our Local Community||Elected 2017, Deputy Lord Mayor 2017–2022.|
|Epping Ward||Donna Davis||Labor||Elected 2017, Lord Mayor 2022–date.|
|Lorraine Wearne||Lorraine Wearne Independents||Elected 1995–2016, 2017–present, Lord Mayor 2000–2001, 2011–2012.|
|North Rocks Ward||Ange Humphries||Labor|
|Donna Wang||Our Local Community|
|Parramatta Ward||Henry Green||Our Local Community|
|Sameer Pandey||Labor||Elected 2017, Deputy Lord Mayor 2022–date.|
|Phil Bradley||Greens||Elected 2017.|
|Rosehill Ward||Patricia Prociv||Labor||Elected 2017.|
|Dan Siviero||Our Local Community|
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