City of Hobart

Hobart City Council (or City of Hobart) is a local government body in Tasmania, covering the central metropolitan area of the state capital, Hobart. The Hobart local government area has a population of 50,439 and includes the suburbs of West Hobart, Mount Stuart, South Hobart, New Town, Sandy Bay and most of Fern Tree, North Hobart and Mount Nelson .

Hobart City Council
Flag of the City of Hobart
Map showing the Hobart local government area.
Coordinates42.8978°S 147.2877°E / -42.8978; 147.2877
Population50,439 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density647.5/km2 (1,677/sq mi)
Established1 January 1852
Area77.9 km2 (30.1 sq mi)
MayorAnna Reynolds
Council seatHobart
RegionCentral Hobart
State electorate(s)Clark
Federal Division(s)Clark
WebsiteHobart City Council
LGAs around Hobart City Council:
Glenorchy Glenorchy Clarence
Glenorchy Hobart City Council Clarence
Kingborough Kingborough Derwent River

History and attributes

The present city council was created in 1852 by act of parliament, and the city mayor raised to Lord Mayor in 1934.[2][3]

Mount Wellington and the River Derwent are major features of the natural environment of the City of Hobart. 61% of the area is bushland.[4]

Sister cities


The City of Hobart is governed by the Hobart City Council, consisting of twelve aldermen headed by the Lord Mayor of Hobart. The current Lord Mayor is Anna Reynolds, after winning the 2018 Council Election. Aldermen are elected every four years.

NamePosition[6] Party affiliation
Anna ReynoldsLord Mayor/AldermanIndependent
Helen BurnetDeputy Lord Mayor/AldermanTasmanian Greens
Holly EwinAldermanIndependent
Zelinda SherlockAldermanIndependent
Tanya DenisonAldermanIndependent
Mike Dutta Alderman Independent
Bill HarveyAldermanTasmanian Greens
Jeff BriscoeAldermanIndependent
Peter SextonAldermanIndependent
Damon ThomasAldermanIndependent
Simon BehrakisAldermanIndependent
Marti ZuccoAldermanIndependent


The Hobart City Council estimates that on weekdays "close to 50% of the population of Greater Hobart would be in the City for working, shopping, education, personal business or leisure purposes".[4]

Major industries by employment:[4]

  • Health and Community Services 17%
  • Retail Trade 13%
  • Property and Business Services 12%
  • Government Administration 12%
  • Education 9%

The City has five major hospitals and fire, police, and emergency service headquarters.[4]


Hobart is classified as an urban capital city (UCC) under the Australian Classification of Local Governments.[7]

Selected historical census data for City of Hobart local government area
Census year2001[8]2006[9]2011[10]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night46,62247,70048,70350,439
LGA rank in terms of size within Tasmania3rd 3rd 3rd
% of Tasmania population10.25% 10.01% 9.83% 9.89%
% of Australian population0.25% 0.24% 0.23% 0.22%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
English29.6% 29.4%
Australian26.6% 23.7%
Irish9.1% 9.7%
Scottish7.8% 8.3%
Chinese3.2% 4.4%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin0.7% 1.5% 2.3% 4.0%
Cantonese0.6% 0.7% 0.7% 0.8%
Italian1.0% 0.9% 0.8% 0.7%
Greek1.1% 1.1% 1.0% 0.9%
German0.5% 0.6% 0.6%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican25.8% 22.2% 18.7% 13.7%
No religion23.5% 28.5% 37.5% 46.4%
Catholic20.7% 19.5% 17.7% 14.2%
Uniting4.6% 4.0% 3.0% 2.1%
Presbyterian2.2% 1.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$526A$641A$718
% of Australian median income112.9%111.1%108.5%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1380A$1782A$2023
% of Australian median income117.9%120.3%116.7%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$1036A$1260A$1439
% of Australian median income100.9%102.1%100.0%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling typeSeparate house67.1% 68.7% 68.3% 68.6%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse9.3%10.6%  10.8% 10.8%
Flat or apartment22.1% 19.9% 20.0% 19.7%

Coat of arms

See also


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hobart (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 November 2017.
  2. "About Council". Hobart City Council. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  3. "Agency Details: Hobart City Council". Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  4. Draft City of Hobart Planning Scheme 2009 Archived 2009-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, Hobart City Council
  5. Sister Cities. City of Hobart (2006). Retrieved on 24 December 2006.
  6. "Alderman - Hobart City". Hobart City Council. Archived from the original on 23 January 2015. Retrieved 1 February 2015.
  7. "Local government national report 2014-2015". Australian Government. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  8. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "City of Hobart (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  9. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "City of Hobart (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
  10. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "City of Hobart (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2017.
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