City of Cessnock

City of Cessnock is a local government area in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The area under administration is located to the west of Newcastle. The largest population centre and council seat is the city of Cessnock.

City of Cessnock
Cessnock, New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates32°50′S 151°21′E
Population
 • Density28.260/km2 (73.194/sq mi)
Established7 March 1906 (1906-03-07)
(as Cessnock Shire)[3]
Postcode(s)2320-2327, 2330, 2334, 2335[4]
Area1,966 km2 (759.1 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
MayorBob Pynsent (Labor)[5]
Location
Council seatCessnock[6]
RegionHunter[4]
State electorate(s)Cessnock[7]
Federal Division(s)Hunter[8]
WebsiteCity of Cessnock
LGAs around City of Cessnock:
Singleton Singleton, Maitland Maitland
Singleton City of Cessnock Newcastle
Hawkesbury Hawkesbury, Central Coast Lake Macquarie,
Central Coast

The Mayor of the City of Cessnock Council is Cr. Bob Pynsent, a member of Country Labor.[5]

Main towns and villages

The Cessnock City Council area includes

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 50,840 people in the City of Cessnock local government area, of these 49.7 per cent were male and 50.3 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.8 per cent of the population, which was nearly double than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Cessnock was 37 years, equal to the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 21.4 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.1 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 46.6 per cent were married and 13.2 per cent were either divorced or separated.[9]

Population growth in the City of Cessnock between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 2.52 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 10.03 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the City of Cessnock local government area was approximately equal to the national average over the ten-year period.[10][11] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Cessnock was lower than the national average.[9]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the City of Cessnock local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 83 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 64% of all residents in the City of Cessnock nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the City of Cessnock local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.1 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93.0 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[9]

Selected historical census data for the City of Cessnock local government area
Census year2001[10]2006[11]2011[9]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night45,071 46,206 50,840 55,560
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales43rd 42nd
% of New South Wales population0.73%
% of Australian population0.24% 0.23% 0.24%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian35.3%
English32.2%
Scottish8.4%
Irish7.1%
German2.9%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
German0.3% 0.2% 0.2%
Cantonese0.2% 0.1% 0.1%
Tagalog0.1% n/c 0.1%
Frenchn/c n/c 0.1%
Italiann/c 0.1% 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican33.6% 33.0% 31.1%
Catholic22.2% 21.9% 21.9%
No Religion11.0% 14.5% 18.5%
Uniting Church9.9% 8.5% 7.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed5.3% 4.7% 4.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$358A$472
% of Australian median income76.8% 81.8%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,015A$1,265
% of Australian median income86.7% 85.4%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$786A$1,042
% of Australian median income76.5% 84.4%

Council

Current composition and election method

Cessnock City Council is composed of thirteen Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the twelve other Councillors are elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:[5][12]

PartyCouncillors
  Country Labor 8
  Liberal Party 3
  Independent 2
Total 13

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:

WardCouncillorPartyNotes
Mayor   Bob Pynsent Country Labor [5]
A Ward   Mark Lyons Country Labor [13]
  Paul Dunn Liberal Party
  Allan Stapleford Independent
B Ward   Jay Suvaal Country Labor [14]
  Di Fitzgibbon Country Labor
  Ian Olsen Independent
C Ward   Melanie Dagg Country Labor [15]
  Anne Sander Country Labor
  John Fagg Liberal Party of Australia
D Ward   Darrin Gray Country Labor [16]
  Rod Doherty Liberal Party of Australia
  Anthony Burke Country Labor

See also

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Cessnock (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 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. "PROCLAMATION - Government Gazette of the State of New South Wales (Sydney, NSW : 1901 - 2001) - 7 Mar 1906". nla.gov.au. Retrieved 3 March 2017.
  4. "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT) - Cessnock City Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Archived from the original on 28 February 2015. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  5. "Cessnock City Council: Summary of Candidate First Preference Votes". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  6. "City of Cessnock Council". New South Wales Department of Local Government. Archived from the original on 29 June 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  7. "Cessnock". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  8. "Federal Electorate Search: Hunter". Australian Electoral Commission. 19 October 2007. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 14 May 2009.
  9. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Cessnock (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  10. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Cessnock (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  11. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Cessnock (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  12. "Declaration of Poll Result by Ward - First Preferences" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Cessnock City Council. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  13. "Cessnock City Council: Summary of Group and Candidate First Preference Votes: A Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  14. "Cessnock City Council: Summary of Group and Candidate First Preference Votes: B Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  15. "Cessnock City Council: Summary of Group and Candidate First Preference Votes: C Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  16. "Cessnock City Council: Summary of Group and Candidate First Preference Votes: D Ward". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
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