Ku-ring-gai Council

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Ku-ring-gai Council
New South Wales
Ku-ring-gai sydney.png
Coordinates33°45′15″S 151°09′06″E / 33.75417°S 151.15167°E / -33.75417; 151.15167Coordinates: 33°45′15″S 151°09′06″E / 33.75417°S 151.15167°E / -33.75417; 151.15167
Population
 • Density1,373/km2 (3,555/sq mi)
Established
  • 6 March 1906 (1906-03-06) (Shire)
  • 22 September 1928 (1928-09-22) (Municipality)
Area86 km2 (33.2 sq mi)
MayorJeff Pettett
Council seatCouncil Chambers, Gordon
RegionMetropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Bradfield
Logo of Ku-ring-gai Council.svg
WebsiteKu-ring-gai Council
LGAs around Ku-ring-gai Council:
Hornsby Hornsby Northern Beaches
Ryde Ku-ring-gai Council Northern Beaches
Ryde Willoughby Willoughby

Ku-ring-gai Council is a local government area in Northern Sydney (Upper North Shore), in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The area is named after the Guringai Aboriginal people who were thought to be the traditional owners of the area. More contemporary research suggests that this was not the case.[3][4][5]

Major transport routes through the area include the Pacific Highway and North Shore railway line. Because of its good soils and elevated position as part of the Hornsby Plateau, Ku-ring-gai was originally covered by a large area of dry sclerophyll forest, parts of which still remain and form a component of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There are also many domestic gardens in the residential parts of Ku-ring-gai.

The Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Council is Cr. Jeff Pettett, an independent politician, elected on 11 January 2022.[6]

Ku-ring-gai is the most advantaged area in Australia to live in, at the top of the Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD).[7]

Suburbs and localities in the local government area[edit]

Suburbs and localities serviced by Ku-ring-gai Council are:

Demographics[edit]

At the 2021 census, there were 124,076 people in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area, of these 48.2 per cent were male and 51.8 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.2 per cent of the population, significantly below the national average of 3.2 per cent. The median age of people in the Ku-ring-gai Council area was 42 years; slightly above the national average of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.5 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 19.3 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 60.7 per cent were married and 7.2 per cent were either divorced or separated; a rate that is more than half the national average.

Population growth in the Ku-ring-gai Council area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 0.93 per cent and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 8.13 per cent. At the 2021 census, the population in the Ku-ring-gai Council area increased by 5.1 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.6 per cent, population growth in the Ku-ring-gai local government area is slower than the national average.[1] The median weekly income for residents within the Ku-ring-gai Council area was significantly higher than the national average.

At the 2021 census, the area was linguistically diverse, with Asian languages spoken in more than 20 per cent of households; more than four times the national average.

Selected historical census data for Ku-ring-gai Council local government area
Census year 2001[8] 2006[9] 2011[10] 2016[1] 2021[11]
Population Estimated residents on census night 100,152 101,083 109,297 118,053 124,076
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 21st Decrease 22nd Decrease23rd
% of New South Wales population 1.58% Steady 1.58% Steady1.58%
% of Australian population 0.53% Decrease 0.51% Steady 0.51% Decrease 0.50% Steady0.50%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English 34.2% Decrease 32.5% Decrease 29.6%
Australian 28.8% Decrease 25.0% Decrease 23.0%
Chinese 11.9% Increase 17.7% Increase23.5%
Irish 10.3% Decrease 10.3% Decrease 8.7%
Scottish 9.6% Decrease 9.3% Decrease 8.6%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Cantonese 4.8% Decrease 4.7% Increase 4.9% Increase 5.0% Increase 5.5%
Mandarin 1.7% Increase 2.3% Increase 3.8% Increase 8.7% Increase 13.1%
Korean 1.3% Increase 1.5% Increase 2.1% Increase 2.5% Steady 2.5%
Persian (excluding Dari) n/c n/c Increase 0.7% Increase 1.0% Increase 1.3%
Japanese 0.9% Decrease 0.7% Steady 0.7% Increase 0.8% Steady 0.8%
Hindi 0.7% Increase 0.9%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion, so described 13.7% Increase 16.3% Increase 21.8% Increase 31.0% Increase40.8%
Catholic 20.9% Increase 21.7% Decrease 21.1% Decrease 18.9% Decrease16.6%
Anglican 28.9% Decrease 27.1% Decrease 23.9% Decrease 18.8% Decrease15.2%
Not stated n/c n/c n/c Increase 7.7% Decrease4.1%
Uniting Church 8.7% Decrease 7.7% Decrease 6.3% Decrease 4.7% Decrease3.7%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$716 A$814 A$942 A$1,117
% of Australian median income 153.6% 141.1% 142.3% 138.8%
Family income Median weekly family income A$2,147 A$2,679 A$3,046 A$3,447
% of Australian median income 209.1% 180.9% 175.7% 162.6%
Household income Median weekly household income A$2,530 A$2,508 A$2,640 A$3,038
% of Australian median income 216.1% 203.2% 183.6% 174.0%

Council[edit]

Map of Ku-ring-gai Council with suburb boundaries, as of 2009.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Ku-ring-gai Council is composed of ten Councillors elected proportionally as five separate wards, each electing two Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office, but due to delays as a result of amalgamation processes, the current term will only run for three years. The Mayor is elected bi-annually by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council, while the Deputy Mayor is elected annually. The most recent full Council election was held on 4 December 2021, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:

The current Council, elected in 2021, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Comenarra Ward[12]   Jeff Pettett Independent Elected 2012 (as Liberal Democrat), Independent from 2017; Deputy Mayor 2018–2019; Mayor 2022–date.[13][6]
  Greg Taylor Independent
Gordon Ward[14]   Barbara Ward Independent Deputy Mayor 2022–date.[6]
  Simon Lennon Independent
Roseville Ward[15]   Sam Ngai Independent Elected 2017; Deputy Mayor 2021–2022.[16]
  Alec Taylor Independent
St Ives Ward[17]   Martin Smith Independent Elected 2017.
  Christine Kay Independent Elected 2017.
Wahroonga Ward[18]   Cedric Spencer Unaligned Elected 2017; Deputy Mayor 2020–2021; Mayor 2021–2022.[16][19]
  Kim Wheatley Independent

Council history[edit]

Ku-ring-gai was first incorporated on 6 March 1906 as the "Shire of Ku-ring-gai" and the first Shire Council was elected on 24 November 1906. The first leader of the council was elected at the first meeting on 8 December 1906, when Councillor William Cowan was elected as Shire President. There would not be a Deputy President until the council election on 1 March 1920.

On 22 September 1928, the Shire of Ku-ring-gai was proclaimed as the "Municipality of Ku-ring-gai" and the titles of 'Shire President' and 'Councillor' were retitled to be 'Mayor' and 'Alderman' respectively. In 1993, with the passing of a new Local Government Act, council was retitled as simply "Ku-ring-gai Council" and Aldermen were retitled as Councillors.[20]

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that Ku-ring-gai Council and parts of the Hornsby Shire north of the M2 merge to form a new council with an area of 540 square kilometres (210 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 270,000.[21] The Ku-ring-gai Council took the NSW Government to court and, on appeal, the NSW Court of Appeal found that the Council had been denied procedural fairness. The proposed merger was stood aside indefinitely.[22] In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai local government areas, along with several other proposed forced mergers.[23]

Planning and development[edit]

Apartments (circa 2008) in Lindfield

During the term of former Planning Minister, Frank Sartor, planning law reforms were passed that gave development approval to a panel and away from local government. These new laws were controversially implemented in Ku-ring-gai, with immense opposition from the local population who claim that their suburbs, with nationally recognised heritage values in both housing and original native forest, are being trashed by slab-sided apartment developments with no effective protection provided by either the Ku-ring-gai Council or the State Government. This has been termed "The Rape of Ku-ring-gai".[24]

The laws are intended to take development approval power away from local councils and to the Planning NSW, via the development panels. Planning panels are about to be introduced across New South Wales under recently passed planning reforms. In 2005-06, Ku-ring-gai had the second highest reported total development value in the state - A$1.7 billion, more than Parramatta, second only to the City of Sydney.

Shire Clerks, Town Clerks and General Managers[edit]

Name Term Notes
Edward Astley 21 June 1906 – 31 August 1911 [25][26]
James A. Gilroy 1 September 1911 – March 1925 [27]
Arthur Havelock Hirst March 1925 – 18 November 1947 [28]
Norman L. Griffiths 18 November 1947 – 22 September 1969
Frederick E. Newton 22 September 1969 – 5 October 1970
Graham Joss 5 October 1970 – 16 August 1971
Lyndhurst Evelyn Whalan 16 August 1971 – 12 November 1973
Warren Taylor 12 November 1973 – 1993 [29]
Joseph Robert Diffen 1993–1997 [30]
Rhonda Bignell 1997–2002
Brian Bell 2002 – February 2006 [31][32]
John McKee 1 March 2006 – present [33]

Heritage listings[edit]

Ku-ring-gai Council has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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