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The City of Blue Mountains is a local government area of New South Wales, Australia, governed by the Blue Mountains City Council. The city is located in the Blue Mountains range west of Sydney.

City of Blue Mountains
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates33°42′S 150°18′E / 33.700°S 150.300°E / -33.700; 150.300Coordinates: 33°42′S 150°18′E / 33.700°S 150.300°E / -33.700; 150.300
Population
 • Density53.78/km2 (139.3/sq mi)
Established1 October 1947 (1947-10-01)[3]
Area1,430 km2 (552.1 sq mi)
MayorMark Greenhill (Labor)
Council seatKatoomba[4]
RegionBlue Mountains
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Macquarie
Blue Mountains City Council Logo.svg
WebsiteCity of Blue Mountains
LGAs around City of Blue Mountains:
Lithgow Hawkesbury Hawkesbury
Lithgow City of Blue Mountains Penrith
Oberon Wollondilly Liverpool
The Three Sisters, south of Katoomba, in Blue Mountains National Park, are a major attraction of the city.

The Mayor of Blue Mountains City Council is councillor Mark Greenhill, a member of the Labor Party.

Towns and villages in the local government areaEdit

The urban part of the city consists of a ribbon of close or contiguous towns which lie on the Main Western railway line, served by NSW TrainLink's Blue Mountains Line, and Great Western Highway between Emu Plains and Lithgow. About 70% of the city's area is within the Blue Mountains National Park which lies north and south of the ribbon of towns. The National Park is part of the much larger Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site and the city brands itself as "The City Within a World Heritage National Park". The towns and villages are generally grouped into lower, mid, and upper mountains. The economy of the upper mountains is dependent almost entirely on tourism. The road to Sydney, the Great Western Highway, is mostly dual carriageway but is relatively slow due to the urban development and hilly terrain. An electric train service integrates into Sydney Trains, Sydney's suburban rail network.

The main towns and villages in the City of Blue Mountains are:

DemographicsEdit

Selected historical census data for the City of Blue Mountains local government area
Census year 2001[5] 2006[6] 2011[7] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on census night 73,675   74,067   75,942   76,904
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 28   27   31
% of New South Wales population 1.1%   1.1%
% of Australian population 0.39%   0.37%   0.35%   0.33%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English n/r n/r 30.1%   30.5%
Australian n/r n/r 28.7%   26.3%
Irish n/r n/r 10.2%   11.1%
Scottish n/r n/r 8.3%   8.6%
German n/r n/r 3.2%   3.3%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
German n/r 0.6%   0.6%   0.5%
Spanish n/r 0.3%   0.4%   0.5%
Italian 0.3%   0.4%   0.3%   0.4%
Mandarin n/r n/r n/r 0.4%
French n/r n/r n/r 0.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion (excluding not stated) 18.0%   22.0%   26.8%   35.7%
Catholic 22.6%   22.5%   21.5%   19.7%
Anglican 24.6%   22.5%   20.9%   17.0%
Not stated n/r n/r n/r 8.4%
Christian (nfd) n/r n/r n/r 2.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income n/r A$501 n/r A$688
% of Australian median income n/r 107.5% n/r 103.9%
Family income Median weekly family income n/r A$1,345 n/r A$1,866
% of Australian median income n/r 114.9% n/r 107.6%
Household income Median weekly household income n/r A$1,093 n/r A$1,468
% of Australian median income n/r 106.4% n/r 102.1%

CouncilEdit

Current composition and election methodEdit

Blue Mountains City Council is composed of twelve Councillors elected proportionally as 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 general election was held on 10 September 2016.

Party Councillors
  Labor Party 5
  Liberal Party 4
  The Greens 2
  Independents 1
Total 12
Ward Councillor Party Notes
First Ward[8]   Kevin Schreiber Liberal
  Kerry Brown Greens
  Don McGregor Labor
Second Ward[9]   Chris van der Kley Liberal
  Romola Hollywood Labor
  Brent Hoare Greens
Third Ward[10]   Daniel Myles Liberal
  Shae Foenander Independent
  Mick Fell Labor
Fourth Ward[11]   Mark Greenhill Labor Mayor
  Brendan Christie Liberal
  Darryl Bowling Labor

Council servicesEdit

CemeteriesEdit

The City of Blue Mountains Council maintains cemeteries at Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Lawson, Megalong Valley, Mount Irvine, Mount Victoria, Mount Wilson, Springwood, and Wentworth Falls.[12]

LibrariesEdit

Blue Mountains Library operates three full-time branches, three part-time branches and a service for train commuters at Springwood and Katoomba stations two days a week.[13]

Leisure centresEdit

Blue Mountains Leisure Centres operate from five locations. All five locations have pools and the Katoomba and Springwood locations have gyms and offer various fitness classes.[14]

Heritage listingsEdit

The City of Blue Mountains has a number of heritage-listed sites, including the following sites listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register:

Sister citiesEdit

The City of Blue Mountains has sister city relationships with the following cities:[47]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Blue Mountains (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. ^ "Council history". Blue Mountains City Council.
  4. ^ "Blue Mountains City Council". Division of Local Government. Archived from the original on 6 September 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Blue Mountains (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Blue Mountains (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  7. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Blue Mountains (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017.  
  8. ^ "Blue Mountains Ward 1 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Blue Mountains Ward 2 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  10. ^ "Blue Mountains Ward 3 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Blue Mountains Ward 3 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Our cemeteries". Blue Mountains City Council.
  13. ^ "Locations, Hours & Contacts". bmcc.ent.sirsidynix.net.au. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  14. ^ Day, Clear Blue. "Blue Mountains Leisure Centres - Centres". www.bmleisurecentres.com.au. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  15. ^ "Blue Mountains Walking tracks". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00980. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  16. ^ "Blackheath Railway Station Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01088. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  17. ^ "Norman Lindsay Gallery". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01503. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Glenbrook Railway Residence". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00713. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  19. ^ "Glenbrook Railway and World War Two Mustard Gas Storage Tunnel". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01861. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  20. ^ "Lennox Bridge". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00024. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  21. ^ "Mount St Marys College and Convent". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01681. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  22. ^ "Carrington Hotel". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00280. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  23. ^ "Katoomba Post Office (former)". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01453. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  24. ^ "The Paragon". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01959. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  25. ^ "Katoomba Railway Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01174. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  26. ^ "Lilianfels". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00431. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Lawson Railway Station Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01177. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  28. ^ "Everglades". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01498. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  29. ^ "Linden Observatory Complex". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01807. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  30. ^ "Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Linden, Linden Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01953. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  31. ^ "Medlow Dam". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01366. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  32. ^ "Medlow Bath Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01190. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  33. ^ "Mount Victoria Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01203. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  34. ^ "Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Mount York, Cox's Pass Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01956. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  35. ^ "Wynstay Estate". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01520. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  36. ^ "Christ Church Anglican Church". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00130. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  37. ^ "Buckland Convalescent Home & Garden". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00371. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  38. ^ "Springwood Railway Station Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01247. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  39. ^ "Railway Gatehouse". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00220. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  40. ^ "Valley Heights Railway Station and Locomotive Depot". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01276. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  41. ^ "Track". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01372. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  42. ^ "Davisville". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00401. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  43. ^ "Weatherboard Inn Archaeological Site". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00595. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  44. ^ "Woodford Academy". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01509. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  45. ^ "Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Woodford, Old Bathurst Road Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01954. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  46. ^ "Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Woodford, Appian Way Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01955. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  47. ^ "Sister Cities". Blue Mountains City Council. Retrieved 1 April 2011.

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