Singleton Council

Singleton Council is a local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. It is situated adjacent to the New England Highway and the Hunter railway line.

Singleton Council
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
Coordinates32°34′S 151°10′E
Population
 • Density4.6979/km2 (12.1676/sq mi)
Area4,893 km2 (1,889.2 sq mi)[3]
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST)AEDT (UTC+11)
MayorCr Sue Moore [4]
Council seatSingleton[5]
RegionHunter[6]
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Hunter[9]
WebsiteSingleton Council
LGAs around Singleton Council:
Muswellbrook Upper Hunter Dungog
Muswellbrook Singleton Council Maitland
Mid-Western Hawkesbury Cessnock

The mayor of the Council is Cr. Sue Moore, an independent politician.[4]

Main towns and villages

The Council area includes Singleton, Broke, Bulga, Howes Valley, Putty, Warkworth, Jerrys Plains, Camberwell, Ravensworth, Mount Olive, Carrowbrook, Mirranie, Elderslie, Belford and Branxton.

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 22,694 people in the Singleton Council local government area, of these 51.3 per cent were male and 48.7 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.7 per cent of the population, which was higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Singleton Council area was 35 years, which was slightly lower than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 22.2 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 10.4 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 51.5 per cent were married and 10.5 per cent were either divorced or separated.[3]

Population growth in the Singleton Council area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 8.12 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 3.45 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 Singleton Council local government area was slightly lower than the national average.[10][11] The median weekly income for residents within the Singleton Council area was marginally higher than the national average.[3]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Singleton Council 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 69% of all residents in the Singleton Council area 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 Singleton Council local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (4.0 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (93.5 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).[3]

Selected historical census data for the Singleton Council local government area
Census year2001[10]2006[11]2011[3]
PopulationEstimated residents on Census night20,29021,93722,694
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population0.33%
% of Australian population0.11% 0.11% 0.11%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian36.8%
English31.5%
Irish7.8%
Scottish7.3%
German3.6%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Afrikaansn/c0.1% 0.4%
German0.1% 0.2% 0.2%
Italiann/c n/c 0.1%
Filipino0.1% n/c 0.1%
Cantonesen/c 0.2% 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican38.6% 36.4% 34.6%
Catholic26.3% 26.2% 26.2%
No Religion9.2% 11.4% 15.5%
Uniting Church7.5% 7.0% 6.2%
Presbyterian and Reformed3.2% 2.9% 2.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$487A$640
% of Australian median income104.5% 110.9%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,458A$1,927
% of Australian median income124.5% 130.1%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$1,258A$1,692
% of Australian median income122.5% 137.1%

Council

Current composition and election method

Singleton Council is composed of ten councillors, including the mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The mayor is directly elected while the nine other councillors are elected proportionally as one entire ward. The most recent election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council, including the mayor, is as follows:[4][12]

PartyCouncillors
  Independents and Unaligned 9
  Australian Labor Party 1
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:[12]

CouncillorPartyNotes
  Sue Moore Independent Mayor[4]
  Danny Thompson Independent
  Tony Jarrett Labor Party
  Tony McNamara Independent
  John Martin Unaligned
  Val Scott Unaligned
  Godfrey Adamthwaite Independent
  Sue George Independent
  Sarah Lukeman Independent
  Hollee Jenkins Independent

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Singleton (A)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 December 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. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Singleton (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 September 2012.
  4. "Singleton Council – Mayoral Election". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
  5. "Council Search – Singleton Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  6. "Suburb Search – Local Council Boundaries – Hunter (HT) – Singleton Council". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  7. "Upper Hunter". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  8. "Cessnock". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  9. "Hunter". Australian Electoral Commission. 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 5 October 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  10. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Singleton (A)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  11. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Singleton (A)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 23 December 2013.
  12. "Singleton Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 19 September 2016. Retrieved 19 October 2016.
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