City of Blue Mountains

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City of Blue Mountains
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 33°42′S150°18′E / 33.700°S 150.300°E / -33.700; 150.300 Coordinates: 33°42′S150°18′E / 33.700°S 150.300°E / -33.700; 150.300
Population
 • Density53.78/km2 (139.3/sq mi)
Established1 October 1947 (1947-10-01) [3]
Area1,430 km2 (552.1 sq mi)
MayorMark Greenhill (Labor)
Council seat Katoomba [4]
Region Blue Mountains
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Macquarie
Blue Mountains City Council Logo.svg
Website City of Blue Mountains
LGAs around City of Blue Mountains:
Lithgow Hawkesbury Hawkesbury
Lithgow City of Blue Mountains Penrith
Oberon Wollondilly Liverpool
The Three Sisters, south of Katoomba, in Blue Mountains National Park, are a major attraction of the city. Blue mountains - three sisters.jpg
The Three Sisters, south of Katoomba, in Blue Mountains National Park, are a major attraction of the city.

The City of Blue Mountains is a local government area of New South Wales, Australia, governed by the Blue Mountains City Council. The city is located in the Blue Mountains range west of Sydney.

Local government in Australia

Local government in Australia is the third tier of government in Australia administered by the states and territories, which in turn are beneath the federal tier. Local government is not mentioned in the Constitution of Australia and two referenda in the 1970s and 1980s to alter the Constitution relating to local government were unsuccessful. Every state government recognises local government in their respective constitutions. Unlike Canada or the United States, there is only one level of local government in each state, with no distinction such as cities and counties.

New South Wales State of Australia

New South Wales is a state on the east coast of Australia. It borders Queensland to the north, Victoria to the south, and South Australia to the west. Its coast borders the Tasman Sea to the east. The Australian Capital Territory is an enclave within the state. New South Wales' state capital is Sydney, which is also Australia's most populous city. In September 2018, the population of New South Wales was over 8 million, making it Australia's most populous state. Just under two-thirds of the state's population, 5.1 million, live in the Greater Sydney area. Inhabitants of New South Wales are referred to as New South Welshmen.

Blue Mountains (New South Wales) Region in New South Wales, Australia

The Blue Mountains are a mountainous region and a mountain range located in New South Wales, Australia. The region borders on Sydney's metropolitan area, its foothills starting about 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of centre of the state capital. The public's understanding of the extent of the Blue Mountains is varied, as it forms only part of an extensive mountainous area associated with the Great Dividing Range. Officially the Blue Mountains region is bounded by the Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers in the east, the Coxs River and Lake Burragorang to the west and south, and the Wolgan and Colo rivers to the north. Geologically, it is situated in the central parts of the Sydney Basin.

Contents

The Mayor of Blue Mountains City Council is councillor Mark Greenhill, a member of the Labor Party.

The Australian Labor Party , also known as NSW Labor and Country Labor in regional areas, is the New South Wales branch of the Australian Labor Party. The parliamentary leader is elected from and by the members of the party caucus, comprising all party members in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council. The party factions have a strong influence on the election of the leader. The leader's position is dependent on the continuing support of the caucus and the leader may be deposed by failing to win a vote of confidence of parliamentary members. By convention, the premier sits in the Legislative Assembly, and is the leader of the party controlling a majority in that house. The party leader also typically is a member of the Assembly, though this is not a strict party constitutional requirement. Barrie Unsworth, for example, was elected party leader while a member of the Legislative Council. He then transferred to the Assembly by winning a seat at a by-election.

Towns and villages in the local government area

The urban part of the city consists of a ribbon of close or contiguous towns which lie on the Main Western railway line, served by NSW TrainLink's Blue Mountains Line, and Great Western Highway between Emu Plains and Lithgow. About 70% of the city's area is within the Blue Mountains National Park which lies north and south of the ribbon of towns. The National Park is part of the much larger Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Site and the city brands itself as "The City Within a World Heritage National Park". The towns and villages are generally grouped into lower, mid, and upper mountains. The economy of the upper mountains is dependent almost entirely on tourism. The road to Sydney, the Great Western Highway, is mostly dual carriageway but is relatively slow due to the urban development and hilly terrain. An electric train service integrates into Sydney Trains, Sydney's suburban rail network.

The Main Western Railway is a major railway in New South Wales, Australia. It runs through the Blue Mountains, Central West, North West Slopes and the Far West regions.

NSW TrainLink operator of passenger rail services in New South Wales (exclusive of the Sydney suburban network)

NSW TrainLink is an Australian brand for the medium and long distance passenger rail and coach services in New South Wales. It operates services throughout New South Wales and into the neighbouring Australian states and territories of Victoria, Queensland and the Australian Capital Territory. Train services are operated by the government's NSW Trains. Coach services are contracted to private operators. It is an agency of Transport for NSW.

Blue Mountains Line rail service in New South Wales, Australia

The Blue Mountains Line is an intercity rail service operated by NSW TrainLink serving the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. The line travels west from Sydney to the major town of Katoomba and on to Lithgow on the western foothills of the mountains. 2 Express services per day in each direction, known as the Bathurst Bullet, extend to the regional city of Bathurst, which is supplemented by road coaches connecting Bathurst to Lithgow. The Blue Mountains Line operates over a mostly duplicated section of the Main Western line. As such, the tracks are also traversed by the Central West XPT, Outback Xplorer and Indian Pacific passenger services and by freight trains.

The main towns and villages in the City of Blue Mountains are:

Bell, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Bell is a small rural and residential village in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia. It is the north-westernmost village in the City of Blue Mountains, located approximately 125 kilometres (78 mi) west of Sydney central business district by road or 137 kilometres (85 mi) by rail, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Lithgow and 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of Mount Victoria. It is a locality on the junction of the Bells Line of Road, Chifley Road and the Darling Causeway, with an elevation of approximately 1,100 metres (3,600 ft) AHD .

Blackheath, New South Wales Suburb of City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Blackheath is an Australian town located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, between Katoomba and Mount Victoria in New South Wales. The town's altitude is about 1,065 metres (3,494 ft) AHD  and it is located about 120 kilometres (75 mi) west north-west of the Sydney central business district, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) north-west of Katoomba, and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) south-east of Lithgow.

Blaxland, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Blaxland is a town in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. Blaxland is located 70 kilometres west of Sydney in the local government area of the City of Blue Mountains. It is at an altitude of 234 metres and borders the townships/suburbs of Glenbrook, Mount Riverview and Warrimoo.

Demographics

Selected historical census data for the City of Blue Mountains local government area
Census year2001 [5] 2006 [6] 2011 [7] 2016 [1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night 73,675Increase2.svg 74,067Increase2.svg 75,942Increase2.svg 76,904
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 28Increase2.svg 27Decrease2.svg 31
% of New South Wales population1.1%Steady2.svg 1.1%
% of Australian population0.39%Decrease2.svg 0.37%Decrease2.svg 0.35%Decrease2.svg 0.33%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English n/rn/r30.1%Increase2.svg 30.5%
Australian n/rn/r28.7%Decrease2.svg 26.3%
Irish n/rn/r10.2%Increase2.svg 11.1%
Scottish n/rn/r8.3%Increase2.svg 8.6%
German n/rn/r3.2%Decrease2.svg 3.3%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
German n/r0.6%Steady2.svg 0.6%Decrease2.svg 0.5%
Spanish n/r0.3%Increase2.svg 0.4%Increase2.svg 0.5%
Italian 0.3%Increase2.svg 0.4%Decrease2.svg 0.3%Increase2.svg 0.4%
Mandarin n/rn/rn/r0.4%
French n/rn/rn/r0.3%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion (excluding not stated)18.0%Increase2.svg 22.0%Increase2.svg 26.8%Increase2.svg 35.7%
Catholic 22.6%Decrease2.svg 22.5%Decrease2.svg 21.5%Decrease2.svg 19.7%
Anglican 24.6%Decrease2.svg 22.5%Decrease2.svg 20.9%Decrease2.svg 17.0%
Not statedn/rn/rn/r8.4%
Christian (nfd)n/rn/rn/r2.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomen/rA$501n/rA$688
% of Australian median incomen/r107.5%n/r103.9%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomen/rA$1,345n/rA$1,866
% of Australian median incomen/r114.9%n/r107.6%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomen/rA$1,093n/rA$1,468
% of Australian median incomen/r106.4%n/r102.1%

Council

Current composition and election method

Blue Mountains City Council is composed of twelve Councillors elected proportionally as four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent general election was held on 10 September 2016.

A Councillor is a member of a local government council.

Single transferable vote Proportional representation voting system

The single transferable vote (STV) is a voting system designed to achieve proportional representation through ranked voting in multi-seat organizations or constituencies. Under STV, an elector (voter) has a single vote that is initially allocated to their most preferred candidate. Votes are totalled and a quota derived. If their candidate achieves quota, he/she is elected and in some STV systems any surplus vote is transferred to other candidates in proportion to the voters' stated preferences. If more candidates than seats remain, the bottom candidate is eliminated with his/her votes being transferred to other candidates as determined by the voters' stated preferences. These elections and eliminations, and vote transfers if applicable, continue until there are only as many candidates as there are unfilled seats. The specific method of transferring votes varies in different systems.

PartyCouncillors
  Labor Party 5
  Liberal Party 4
  The Greens 2
  Independents 1
Total12
WardCouncillorPartyNotes
First Ward [8]  Kevin Schreiber Liberal
 Kerry Brown Greens
 Don McGregor Labor
Second Ward [9]  Chris van der KleyLiberal
 Romola HollywoodLabor
 Brent HoareGreens
Third Ward [10]  Daniel MylesLiberal
 Shae FoenanderIndependent
 Mick FellLabor
Fourth Ward [11]  Mark GreenhillLaborMayor
 Brendan ChristieLiberal
 Darryl BowlingLabor

Council services

Cemeteries

The City of Blue Mountains Council maintains cemeteries at Blackheath, Faulconbridge, Katoomba, Lawson, Megalong Valley, Mount Irvine, Mount Victoria, Mount Wilson, Springwood, and Wentworth Falls. [12]

Cemetery Place of burial

A cemetery or graveyard is a place where the remains of dead people are buried or otherwise interred. The word cemetery implies that the land is specifically designated as a burial ground and originally applied to the Roman catacombs. The term graveyard is often used interchangeably with cemetery, but a graveyard primarily refers to a burial ground within a churchyard.

Libraries

Blue Mountains Library operates three full-time branches, three part-time branches and a service for train commuters at Springwood and Katoomba stations two days a week. [13]

Leisure centres

Blue Mountains Leisure Centres operate from five locations. All five locations have pools and the Katoomba and Springwood locations have gyms and offer various fitness classes. [14]

Heritage listings

The City of Blue Mountains has a number of heritage-listed sites, including the following sites listed on the New South Wales State Heritage Register:

Sister cities

The City of Blue Mountains has sister city relationships with the following cities: [47]

See also

Related Research Articles

Katoomba, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Katoomba is the chief town of the City of Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, and the administrative headquarters of Blue Mountains City Council. Katoomba is situated on the Great Western Highway 110 km (68 mi) west of Sydney and 39 km (24 mi) south-east of Lithgow. Katoomba railway station is on the Main Western line.

Blue Mountains National Park Protected area in New South Wales, Australia

The Blue Mountains National Park is a protected national park that is located in the Blue Mountains region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The 267,954-hectare (662,130-acre) national park is situated approximately 80 kilometres (50 mi) west of Sydney, and the park boundary is quite irregular as it is broken up by roads, urban areas and inholdings. Despite the name mountains, the area is an uplifted plateau, dissected by a number of larger rivers. The highest point in the park is Mount Werong at 1,215 metres (3,986 ft) above sea level; while the low point is on the Nepean River at 20 metres (66 ft) above sea level as it leaves the park.

Glenbrook, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Glenbrook is a suburb of the Lower Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 70 kilometres west of Sydney in the local government area of the City of Blue Mountains. At the 2016 Australian census Glenbrook had a population of 5,051 people.

Medlow Bath, New South Wales Suburb of City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Medlow Bath is an Australian small town located near the highest point of the Blue Mountains, between Katoomba and Blackheath. Its altitude is about 1,050 metres (3,440 ft) AHD  and it is about 115 kilometres (71 mi) west-north-west of the Sydney central business district and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) north-west of Katoomba. At the 2011 census, Medlow Bath had a population of 517 people.

Springwood, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Springwood is a town in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. Springwood is located 72 kilometres west of Sydney in the local government area of the City of Blue Mountains. At the 2016 census, Springwood had a population of 8,475 people.

Valley Heights, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Valley Heights is a small township of the City of Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia. It is about 70 km (43 mi) from Sydney and is located east of the township of Springwood. At the 2006 census, Valley Heights had a population of 1,337 people.

Linden, New South Wales Suburb of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Linden is a village in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is in the City of Blue Mountains, 81 km west of Sydney and 19 km east of Katoomba. The village is on the Great Western Highway and has a railway station on the Main Western railway line served by NSW TrainLink's Blue Mountains Line. It shares a post office, and therefore the 2778 postcode, with adjoining Woodford. In the 2011 census, its population was 594, including 19 indigenous people (3.2%).

Mount Victoria, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Mount Victoria is a small township in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. It is the westernmost village in the City of Blue Mountains, located about 120 kilometres (75 mi) by road from the Sydney central business district and at an altitude of about 1,052 metres (3,451 ft) AHD . The settlement had a population of 823 people at the 2011 Census.

The Blue Mountains Dams are a series of six dams in the Blue Mountains which supply water to the Blue Mountains and Sydney, Australia. The Dams are managed by the Sydney Catchment Authority. Water in this scheme may be supplemented from the Fish River Scheme.

Springwood railway station

The Springwood railway station is a heritage-listed former railway bridge and now railway station located on the Main Western line in Springwood, City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. It was designed by NSW Government Railways and built from 1883 to 1884 by John White, Chas. & Wm. Coghill & Thos. Proull. It is also known as Springwood Railway Station Group. The property is owned by RailCorp, an agency of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999. The station opened on 11 July 1867. It previously had a passing loop to the east of Platform 1.

Medlow Bath railway station

The Medlow Bath railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the Main Western line in Medlow Bath in the City of Blue Mountains local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was designed by NSW Government Railways and built from 1902 to 1922. The property is owned by RailCorp, a agency of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999. The station opened on 21 January 1880 as Browns Siding Pulpit Hill, and was renamed Medlow on 1 March 1883 and Medlow Bath on 1 October 1903.

Woodford, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Woodford is a village in the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Australia, about 90 kilometres west of Sydney. Its elevation is 609 metres (1,998 ft) above sea level. It is situated on the Great Western Highway and has a railway station on the Main Western railway line served by NSW TrainLink's Blue Mountains services. At the 2016 census, Woodford had a population of 1,934.

Hartley Vale, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Hartley Vale is a small village in the Blue Mountains area of New South Wales, Australia. It is approximately 150 kilometres west of Sydney and 12 kilometres south-east of Lithgow. It is in the local government area of the City of Lithgow.

Coxs Road and Early Deviations - Woodford, Appian Way Precinct

The Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Woodford, Appian Way Precinct is a heritage-listed former colonial road and now access road off The Appian Way, near Woodford, in the City of Blue Mountains local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was designed and built by William Cox between 1814 and 1825, with the assistance of a convict road party. It is also known as Bathurst Road; Old Bathurst Road and Coxs Road. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 25 March 2015.

Coxs Road and Early Deviations - Linden, Linden Precinct

Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Linden, Linden Precinct is a heritage-listed former road and now fire trail and road at off Railway Parade, Linden, City of Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia. It was designed and built by William Cox from 1814, with the assistance of a convict road party.. It is also known as Old Bathurst Road and Coxs Road. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 31 July 2015.

Medlow Dam

Medlow Dam is a heritage-listed major gated concrete-walled arch dam across the Adams Creek in the Blue Mountains region, located at Beauchamp Road, Medlow Bath in the City of Blue Mountains local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The dam was designed and built in 1907 by the NSW Department of Public Works. The dam's purpose includes is primarily for the potable water supply of the upper Blue Mountains region. The impounded reservoir is called Medlow Bath Reservoir. The dam is also known as Medlow Bath Dam, Lake Medlow Dam, Adams Creek Dam and Medlow Bath Reservoir. The property is owned by Sydney Water, a state-owned corporation of the Government of New South Wales. The dam was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 18 November 1999.

Valley Heights railway gatehouse

The Valley Heights railway gatehouse is a heritage-listed railway gatehouse located at 110 and 112 Green Parade, Valley Heights in the City of Blue Mountains local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built in 1867. It is also known as the Valley Heights Gatekeeper's Cottage. The property is privately owned. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.

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