Tiwi Islands Region

The Tiwi Islands Region is a local government area (LGA) of the Northern Territory, Australia. The LGA covers an area of 7,483 square kilometres (2,889 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 2,753 in June 2018, and is governed by the Tiwi Islands Regional Council, formerly Tiwi Islands Shire Council.

Tiwi Islands Regional Council
Northern Territory
Tiwi Islands Shire.jpg
Population2,753 (2018)[1]
 • Density0.36790/km2 (0.95286/sq mi)
Established2014
Area7,483 km2 (2,889.2 sq mi)[1]
MayorGawin Tipiloura
Council seatMilikapiti
RegionTiwi Islands
Federal division(s)Solomon
Tiwi Islands Council Logo.svg
WebsiteTiwi Islands Regional Council
LGAs around Tiwi Islands Regional Council:
Timor Sea Timor Sea Arafura Sea
Timor Sea Tiwi Islands Regional Council West Arnhem
Wagait Darwin West Arnhem

HistoryEdit

In October 2006 the Northern Territory Government announced the reform of local government areas. The intention of the reform was to improve and expand the delivery of services to towns and communities across the Northern Territory by establishing eleven new shires. The Tiwi Islands Shire Council was created on 1 July 2008 as were the remaining ten shires.[citation needed]

The Tiwi Islands Shire Council became the Tiwi Islands Regional Council under legislation passed by the Northern Territory Government in January 2014.[2]

Description and governanceEdit

The local government area covers an area of 7,483 square kilometres (2,889 sq mi) and had an estimated population of 2,753 in June 2018.[1]

Elections of Councillors were held on 26 August 2017. The current[when?] Mayor of the Tiwi Islands Region is Gawin Tipiloura.[3]

WardsEdit

The Tiwi Islands Regional Council is divided into three wards, which is governed by 12 councillors:

  • Bathurst (6)
  • Milikapiti (3)
  • Pirlangimpi (3)

Localities and communitiesEdit

Land within the Tiwi Islands Region was divided during 2007 into bounded areas for the purpose of creating an address for a property. The bounded areas are called "localities" with those localities associated with existing aboriginal communities being called "communities".[4][5]

LocalitiesEdit

CommunitiesEdit

DemographicsEdit

The demographics of the region are shown in the tables below.[6]

AncestryEdit

Ancestry Number Percentage
  Aboriginal 2,023 82.3%
  Australian 174 7.1%
  English 89 3.6%
  Irish 31 1.3%
  Scottish 22 0.9%
  Fijian 20 0.8%
  Filipino 12 0.5%
Torres Strait Islander 11 0.4%
  New Zealander 8 0.3%
  Greek 6 0.2%
  Estonian 6 0.2%
  Japanese 6 0.2%
  Chinese 5 0.2%
  Samoan 4 0.2%
  Tongan 4 0.2%
  Vietnamese 4 0.2%
  Dutch 4 0.2%
  German 3 0.1%
  South Sea Islander 3 0.1%
  Afghan 3 0.1%
  Italian 3 0.1%
  Indonesian 3 0.1%

BirthplaceEdit

Before 2016, all Tiwi Islanders who stated their country of birth were born in Australia. Between 2011 and 2016, however, over ten arrivals each from the Philippines, the United Kingdom and Fiji arrived in the islands.

Country Number Percentage Change since 2011
  Australia 2,319 94.5% -233
  Philippines 15 0.6% +15
  United Kingdom 13 0.5% +13
  Fiji 12 0.5% +12

LanguageEdit

Language spoken at homeEdit

Language Number Percentage Change since 2011
Australian Aboriginal languages (primarily Tiwi) 2,022 82.4% -3
English 272 11.1% -204
Fijian 15[a] 0.6% +15
Only English 272 11.1% -204
Language other than English 2,063 84.1% +19

Proficiency in EnglishEdit

Proficiency Number Percentage Change since 2011
Speaks another language and English well or very well 1,856 75.7% -22
Speaks only English 272 11.1% -205
Speaks another language, but speaks English not well or not at all 102 4.2% -62

ReligionEdit

Religion Number Percentage Change since 2011
Roman Catholicism 2,080 84.4% -117
No religion 136 5.6% -22
Christianity (not further defined) 24 1.0% -3
Uniting Church 15 0.6% -14
Christianity 2,156 88.1% -156
No religion 136 5.6% -22
Not stated[b] 143 5.9% +61

NotesEdit

  1. ^ 12 of these were born in Fiji.
  2. ^ In the 2016 Census, the religion question was optional and many Australians did not answer it.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ Tollner, David William (18 December 2013). "Local Government Act: Changes to local government areas and councils" (PDF). Northern Territory Government Gazette. Northern Territory Government. p. 3. Retrieved 26 April 2019. with effect from 1 January 2014:
  3. ^ "PressReader.com - Digital Newspaper & Magazine Subscriptions". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 9 May 2022.
  4. ^ "Northern Territory localities and suburbs". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Tiwi Islands Shire (sic)". Place Names Committee. Northern Territory Government. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  6. ^ "About the profile areas - Tiwi Islands Regional Council LGA". profile.id. 11 April 2017. Retrieved 16 March 2022.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 12°27′00″S 130°49′59″E / 12.4500°S 130.8330°E / -12.4500; 130.8330