City of Burnie

Burnie City Council (or City of Burnie) is a local government body in Tasmania, located in the city and surrounds of Burnie in the north-west of the state. The Burnie local government area is classified as urban and has a population of 18,895, which also encompasses Cooee, Hampshire, Natone and Ridgley.

Burnie City Council
Map showing the Burnie local government area.
Coordinates41.2156°S 145.8065°E / -41.2156; 145.8065
Population18,895 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density30.9/km2 (80/sq mi)
Established6 January 1908[2]
Area618 km2 (238.6 sq mi)
MayorSteve Kons
Council seatBurnie
RegionBurnie and surrounds
State electorate(s)Braddon
Federal Division(s)Braddon
WebsiteBurnie City Council
LGAs around Burnie City Council:
Bass Strait Bass Strait Bass Strait
Waratah-Wynyard Burnie City Council Central Coast
Waratah-Wynyard Waratah-Wynyard Central Coast

History and attributes

The municipality was established on 6 January 1908. Originally named Emu Bay, the name was changed to Burnie in 1931 following a petition from residents to name the council based on the town it was centred on.[2][3] Burnie became a city council on 26 April 1988.[4]

The city's motto is "non nobis solum" (not for ourselves alone); for many years this was on the council seal but in 1992 a new, more colourful logo was created that did not include the motto. It did also not include the emu (which had been Burnie's unofficial animal emblem). Burnie's floral emblem is the rhododendron.

Burnie is classified as urban, regional and small (URS) under the Australian Classification of Local Governments.[5] Burnie does not include the adjacent town of Somerset that is sometimes classed as part of the Burnie metropolitan area.


The Burnie City Council consists of nine councillors, who each serve a four-year term of office. Traditionally the term "alderman" was used, but was changed by a council vote on 20 November 2018.[6] The members following the 2018 election are:

NamePosition[7]Party affiliation
Steve KonsMayor/Councillor Independent
Giovanna SimpsonDeputy Mayor/Councillor Independent
Alvwyn BoydCouncillor Independent
Teeny BrumbyCouncillor Independent
Themba BulleCouncillor Independent
Ken DorseyCouncillor Independent
Amina KeyganCouncillor Independent
Chris LynchCouncillor Independent
David PeaseCouncillor Independent


Burnie Council recognises the following suburbs:[8] [9]

SuburbCensus population 2016Notes
Acton 1,349
Brooklyn 553
Burnie 596 Central business district
Camdale 72
Chasm Creek 68
Cooee 527
Downlands 240
East Cam 170
East Ridgley 103
Emu Heights 180
Hampshire 51
Havenview 715
Heybridge Partial, west of the Blythe River
Highclere 120
Hillcrest 1,042
Montello 1,217
Mooreville 303
Natone 281
Ocean Vista 306
Park Grove 2,385
Parklands 850
Ridgley 604
Romaine 1,713
Round Hill 109
Shorewell Park 2,008
South Burnie 331
Stowport 404
Tewkesbury 76
Upper Burnie 1,821
Upper Natone 112
Upper Stowport 105
West Mooreville 114
West Ridgley 125
Wivenhoe 220
Total 18870
25 Variance
Local government total 18895 Gazetted Burnie Local Government Area

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Burnie (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  2. "Agency Details: Emu Bay Municipal Council". Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. "Agency Details: Burnie Municipal Council". Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. "Agency Details: Burnie City Council". Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  5. "Local government national report 2014-2015". Australian Government. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  6. Minutes 20 November 2018 Proposal for Council to Adopt the Term Councillor (PDF), Burnie City Council, 20 November 2018
  7. "Elected Representatives - Burnie City". Burnie City Council. Retrieved 13 November 2018.
  8. Burnie City Council (21 August 2018). "Burnie Council Map" (PDF). Retrieved 18 February 2019.
  9. "2016 QuickStats". Australian Bureau of Statistics.
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