|City of Blue Mountains|
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|Population||76,904 (2016 census)|
|• Density||mi)53.78/km2 ( 139.3/sq|
|Established||1 October 1947|
|Area||1,430 km2 (552.1 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Mark Greenhill (Labor)|
|Website||City of Blue Mountains|
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.
The Mayor of Blue Mountains City Council is councillor Mark Greenhill, a member of the Labor Party.
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 towns and villages in the City of Blue Mountains are:
|Selected historical census data for the City of Blue Mountains local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||73,675|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||28|
|% of New South Wales population||1.1%|
|% of Australian population||0.39%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion (excluding not stated)||18.0%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||n/r||A$501||n/r||A$688|
|% of Australian median income||n/r||107.5%||n/r||103.9%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||n/r||A$1,345||n/r||A$1,866|
|% of Australian median income||n/r||114.9%||n/r||107.6%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||n/r||A$1,093||n/r||A$1,468|
|% of Australian median income||n/r||106.4%||n/r||102.1%|
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.
|First Ward||Kevin Schreiber||Liberal|
|Second Ward||Chris van der Kley||Liberal|
|Third Ward||Daniel Myles||Liberal|
|Fourth Ward||Mark Greenhill||Labor||Mayor|
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.
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.
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:
The City of Blue Mountains has sister city relationships with the following cities: