City of Parramatta

The City of Parramatta Council, is a local government area located west of central Sydney in the Greater Western Sydney region. Parramatta Council is situated between the City of Ryde and Cumberland Council, where the Cumberland Plain meets the Hornsby Plateau, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of the Sydney central business district, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

City of Parramatta Council
New South Wales
Location in Greater Western Sydney 2016–date
Coordinates33°49′S 151°00′E
 • Density2,692/km2 (6,970/sq mi)
Established27 November 1861 (Municipality)
27 October 1938 (City)
Postcode(s)2153, 2146, 2145, 2152, 2151, 2150, 2142, 2128, 2127, 2122, 2121, 2119, 2118, 2117, 2116, 2115, 2114
Area84 km2 (32.4 sq mi)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
Lord MayorBob Dwyer[3]
Council seatParramatta Town Hall
RegionGreater Western Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteCity of Parramatta Council
LGAs around City of Parramatta Council:
Blacktown The Hills Hornsby
Cumberland City of Parramatta Council Ryde
Cumberland Cumberland Canada Bay & Strathfield

The City occupies an area of 84 square kilometres (32 sq mi) and as at the 2016 census had an estimated population of 226,149.[1] The City houses the Parramatta central business district which is one of the key suburban employment destinations for the region of Greater Western Sydney.

The Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta Council since 23 September 2019 is The Right Worshipful Bob Dwyer, a member of the Liberal Party.[4]


First incorporated on 27 November 1861 as the "Municipality of Parramatta",[5] the first Mayor was emancipated convict John Williams who arrived in the colony in 1835. The council became known as the "Borough of Parramatta" on 23 December 1867 following the enactment of the Municipalities Act, 1867, and became a Municipality again following the 1906 Local Government Act. On 27 October 1938, the Local Government (City of Parramatta) Act was passed by the Parliament of New South Wales and proclaimed by the Governor, Lord Wakehurst, making the town the "City of Parramatta".[6][7]

From 1 January 1949 the "City of Parramatta" was re-formed following the passing of the Local Government (Areas) Act 1948, when the councils of Ermington and Rydalmere (incorporated 1891), Dundas (incorporated 1889) and Granville (incorporated 1885) were merged into the council area. In recognition of Parramatta's role Bi-centennial (coinciding with the Australian Bi-centennial), the title of 'Lord Mayor' was granted on 12 December 1988 by Queen Elizabeth II on the recommendation of Premier Nick Greiner. This made Parramatta the third Australian city that was not a capital to receive such an honour, after Newcastle and Wollongong.

2016 Amalgamation

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the City of Parramatta be reformed, adding areas from several adjoining councils. The NSW Government subsequently proposed a merger of parts of Parramatta (Woodville Ward), Auburn and Holroyd and a second merger of parts of the rest of Parramatta and parts of Auburn, The Hills, Hornsby, and Holroyd to form a new council.[8][9]

On 12 May 2016, Parramatta City Council was abolished by the NSW Government. Parts of Auburn City Council (south of the M4 Western Motorway) and Parramatta City Council (Woodville Ward), and Holroyd City Council merged to form the Cumberland Council as a new local government area and the remainder of the Parramatta City Council, Auburn City Council north of the M4 Western Motorway (including Sydney Olympic Park), and small parts of Hornsby Shire, Holroyd and The Hills Shire were merged into the reformed "City of Parramatta Council".[10][11]

Suburbs in the local government area

Suburbs in the City of Parramatta Council are:[11]


The City of Parramatta Council has a central library, heritage centre and six branch libraries at Carlingford, Constitution Hill, Dundas Valley, Epping, Ermington and Wentworth Point. It also provides a public swimming pool at Epping and over ten community centres.[12] The Parramatta Town Hall, completed in 1883, and housing the original Council chamber meeting rooms and function rooms, is heritage-listed.[13]


At the 2016 Census, there were 226,149 people in the City of Parramatta local government area that comprised 84 square kilometres (32 sq mi), of these 50% were male and 50% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.7% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Parramatta was 34 years; notably below the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.2% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 55.4% were married and 9% were either divorced or separated.[1] At the 2016 Census, the Parramatta local government area was linguistically diverse, with a significantly higher than average proportion (54.2%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 22.2%); and a significantly lower proportion (41.47) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 72.7%). The most commonly reported religious affiliation was "No Religion", at 24.5%. The proportion of residents who stated a religious affiliation with Hinduism was approximately six times the national average, with the median weekly income for residents slightly above the national average.[1]

Selected historical census data for Parramatta local government area
Census year2001[14]2006[15]2011[16]2016[1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night143,143148,323166,858226,149
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales11th 11th 5th
% of New South Wales population2.41% 3.02%
% of Australian population0.76% 0.75% 0.78% 0.97%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian23.9% 22.9% 18.1% 13.1%
English21.8% 17.8% 16.8% 13.7%
Chinese9.4% 11.2% 13.0% 16.4%
Lebanese9.5% 9.7% 9.5%
Indian3.4% 5.9% 9.1% 10.1%
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic10.1% 10.7% 10.3% 3.2%
Mandarin3.0% 4.7% 5.9% 10.5%
Cantonese4.6% 5.0% 5.0% 6.5%
Korean2.0% 2.1% 2.7% 5.0%
Hindi1.3% 2.0% 2.6% 3.6%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic27.1% 26.0% 23.4% 20.8%
No religion10.7% 12.8% 15.0% 24.5%
Anglican15.8% 12.9% 10.3% 8.3%
Islam7.0% 8.2% 9.7%
Hinduism2.8% 5.3% 8.8% 11.3%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$443A$544A$722
% of Australian median income95.1%94.3%109.1%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,043A$1,451A$1,933
% of Australian median income101.6%98.0%111.5%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$1,172A$1,288A$1,759
% of Australian median income100.0%104.4%122.3%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling typeSeparate house61.2% 56.2% 52.8% 45.7%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse10.7 12.4% 13.4% 15.2%
Flat or apartment26.8% 30.7% 33.5% 38.4%


Between May 2016 and September 2017, the Council was managed by an Administrator appointed by the Government of New South Wales, Amanda Chadwick, until an election for councillors took place on 9 September 2017.[11] The City of Parramatta Council comprises fifteen Councillors elected proportionally, with three Councillors in each ward. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Lord Mayor is elected for a two-year term, with the Deputy Lord Mayor for one year, by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council.

Lord MayorBob Dwyer23 September 2019 - present[4]
Andrew Wilson25 September 2017 – 23 September 2019[17]
Deputy Lord MayorMichelle Garrard25 September 2017 – present[17]
Administrator Amanda Chadwick 12 May 2016 – 25 September 2017 [11][18]
Brett Newman16 September 2019 - presentCEO, Property NSW[20]
Rik Hart (Acting)11 March 2019 - 16 September 2019General Manager Warringah and Inner West Councils[21]
Mark Stapleton 10 July 2018 - 11 March 2019 Director of Property and Significant Assets[22]
Sue Coleman (interim) 19 January 2018 – 10 July 2018 Group Manager City Services
Greg Dyer 12 May 2016 – 19 January 2018 CEO, Parramatta City Council 3 February 2014 – 12 May 2016[11][23][24][25][26]

Current composition

The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council, in order of election by ward, is as follows:

  Liberal Party of Australia 6
  Australian Labor Party 5
  Our Local Community 2
  Lorraine Wearne Independents 1
  The Greens 1
Total 15
Dundas Ward[27]   Benjamin Barrak Liberal
  Pierre Esber Labor Elected 1999 (Parramatta City Council)
  Michelle Garrard Our Local Community Deputy Lord Mayor 2017–date
Epping Ward[28]   Bill Tyrrell Liberal
  Donna Davis Labor
  Lorraine Wearne Lorraine Wearne Independents Elected 1995 (Parramatta City Council)
North Rocks Ward[29]   Andrew Jefferies Liberal Elected 2008 (The Hills Shire Council)
  Paul Han Labor
  Bob Dwyer Liberal Lord Mayor 2019-date
Parramatta Ward[30]   Martin Zaiter Liberal
  Samir Pandey Labor
  Phil Bradley Greens
Rosehill Ward[31]   Steven Issa Liberal Elected 2012 (Parramatta City Council)
  Patricia Prociv Labor
  Andrew Wilson Our Local Community Lord Mayor 2017–2019

Sister cities

See also


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