City of Blue Mountains

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City of Blue Mountains
New South Wales
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
Population76,904 (2016 census) [1]
 • Density53.78/km2 (139.3/sq mi)
Established1 October 1947 (1947-10-01) [2]
Area1,430 km2 (552.1 sq mi)
MayorMark Greenhill (Labor)
Council seat Katoomba [3]
Region Blue Mountains
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Macquarie
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.

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.

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

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 towns and villages in the City of Blue Mountains are:

Demographics

Selected historical census data for the City of Blue Mountains local government area
Census year2001 [4] 2006 [5] 2011 [6] 2016 [1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night 73,675Increase 74,067Increase 75,942Increase 76,904
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 28Increase 27Decrease 31
% of New South Wales population1.1%Steady 1.1%
% of Australian population0.39%Decrease 0.37%Decrease 0.35%Decrease 0.33%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
English n/rn/r30.1%Increase 30.5%
Australian n/rn/r28.7%Decrease 26.3%
Irish n/rn/r10.2%Increase 11.1%
Scottish n/rn/r8.3%Increase 8.6%
German n/rn/r3.2%Decrease 3.3%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
German n/r0.6%Steady 0.6%Decrease 0.5%
Spanish n/r0.3%Increase 0.4%Increase 0.5%
Italian 0.3%Increase 0.4%Decrease 0.3%Increase 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%Increase 22.0%Increase 26.8%Increase 35.7%
Catholic 22.6%Decrease 22.5%Decrease 21.5%Decrease 19.7%
Anglican 24.6%Decrease 22.5%Decrease 20.9%Decrease 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.

PartyCouncillors
  Labor Party 5
  Liberal Party 4
  The Greens 2
  Independents 1
Total12
WardCouncillorPartyNotes
First Ward [7]  Kevin Schreiber Liberal
 Kerry Brown Greens
 Don McGregor Labor
Second Ward [8]  Chris van der KleyLiberal
 Romola HollywoodLabor
 Brent HoareGreens
Third Ward [9]  Daniel MylesLiberal
 Shae FoenanderIndependent
 Mick FellLabor
Fourth Ward [10]  Mark GreenhillLaborMayor
 Brendan ChristieLiberal
 Darryl BowlingLabor

Council services

Cemeteries

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. [12]

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. [13]

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: [46]

See also

References

  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Blue Mountains (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. "Council history". Blue Mountains City Council.
  3. "Blue Mountains City Council". Division of Local Government . Retrieved 27 November 2006.
  4. Australian Bureau of Statistics (9 March 2006). "Blue Mountains (C)". 2001 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Blue Mountains (C)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  6. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Blue Mountains (C)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  7. "Blue Mountains Ward 1 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  8. "Blue Mountains Ward 2 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  9. "Blue Mountains Ward 3 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  10. "Blue Mountains Ward 3 Results". Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  11. "Our cemeteries". Blue Mountains City Council.
  12. "Locations, Hours & Contacts". bmcc.ent.sirsidynix.net.au. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  13. Day, Clear Blue. "Blue Mountains Leisure Centres - Centres". www.bmleisurecentres.com.au. Retrieved 2016-11-29.
  14. "Blue Mountains Walking tracks". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00980. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  15. "Blackheath Railway Station Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01088. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  16. "Norman Lindsay Gallery". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01503. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  17. "Glenbrook Railway Residence". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00713. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  18. "Glenbrook Railway and World War Two Mustard Gas Storage Tunnel". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01861. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  19. "Lennox Bridge". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00024. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  20. "Mount St Marys College and Convent". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01681. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  21. "Carrington Hotel". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00280. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  22. "Katoomba Post Office (former)". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01453. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  23. "The Paragon". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01959. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  24. "Katoomba Railway Station and yard group". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01174. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  25. "Lilianfels". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00431. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  26. "Lawson Railway Station Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01177. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  27. "Everglades". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01498. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  28. "Linden Observatory Complex". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01807. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  29. "Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Linden, Linden Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01953. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  30. "Medlow Dam". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01366. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  31. "Medlow Bath Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01190. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  32. "Mount Victoria Railway Station group". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01203. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  33. "Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Mount York, Cox's Pass Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01956. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  34. "Wynstay Estate". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01520. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  35. "Christ Church Anglican Church". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00130. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  36. "Buckland Convalescent Home & Garden". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00371. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  37. "Springwood Railway Station Group". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01247. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  38. "Railway Gatehouse". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00220. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  39. "Valley Heights Railway Station and Locomotive Depot". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01276. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  40. "Track". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01372. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  41. "Davisville". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00401. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  42. "Weatherboard Inn Archaeological Site". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H00595. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  43. "Woodford Academy". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01509. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  44. "Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Woodford, Old Bathurst Road Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01954. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  45. "Cox's Road and Early Deviations - Woodford, Appian Way Precinct". New South Wales State Heritage Register . Office of Environment and Heritage. H01955. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  46. "Sister Cities". Blue Mountains City Council. Retrieved 1 April 2011.