City of Lismore

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Lismore City
New South Wales
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Location in NSW
Coordinates 28°49′S153°17′E / 28.817°S 153.283°E / -28.817; 153.283 Coordinates: 28°49′S153°17′E / 28.817°S 153.283°E / -28.817; 153.283
Population
 • Density33.44/km2 (86.6/sq mi)
Established1879 (municipality):
9 September 1946 (1946-09-09)(city) [3]
Area1,290 km2 (498.1 sq mi) [4]
MayorIsaac Smith (Country Labor)
Council seat Goonellabah
Region Northern Rivers
State electorate(s) Lismore
Federal Division(s) Page
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Website Lismore City
LGAs around Lismore City:
Kyogle Tweed Byron
Richmond Valley Lismore City Ballina
Richmond Valley Richmond Valley Ballina

The City of Lismore is a local government area in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. The seat of the local government area is Lismore, a major regional centre of the state.

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.

Northern Rivers Region in New South Wales, Australia

Northern Rivers is the most north-easterly region of the Australian state of New South Wales, located between 590 kilometres (370 mi) and 820 kilometres (510 mi) north of the state capital, Sydney, and encompasses the catchments and fertile valleys of the Clarence, Richmond and Tweed rivers. It extends from Tweed Heads in the north to the southern extent of the Clarence river catchment which lies between Grafton and Coffs Harbour, and includes the main towns of Tweed Heads, Byron Bay, Ballina, Kyogle, Lismore, Casino and Grafton. At its most northern point, the region is 102 kilometres (63 mi) south south–east of the Queensland capital, Brisbane.

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.

Contents

The Mayor of Lismore City Council is Cr. Isaac Smith, a member of Country Labor.

In many countries, a mayor is the highest-ranking official in a municipal government such as that of a city or a town.

A Councillor is a member of a local government council.

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 localities

Lismore suburban
Goonellabah, New South Wales town in New South Wales, Australia

Goonellabah is the eastern suburb of Lismore, New South Wales, Australia, and is on the Bruxner Highway. At the 2006 census, Goonellabah had a population of 12,527 people.

South Lismore is a locality in New South Wales.

Other areas
Bexhill, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Bexhill is a small village in New South Wales, Australia. As of 2006, the town had a population of 472 people. It is located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Byron Bay and about 11 kilometres (7 mi) from Lismore and is in the City of Lismore. It is on the Murwillumbah railway line and on Bangalow Road.

Caniaba is a village in New South Wales, Australia, on the outskirts of Lismore.

Clunes, New South Wales Town in New South Wales, Australia

Clunes is a small village in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia. It is located approximately 18 km northeast of Lismore. In 2011 census, Clunes had a population of 559 people.

Heritage listings

The City of Lismore has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 42,766 people in the Lismore local government area, of these 48.9 per cent were male and 51.1 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 4.5 per cent of the population, which was significantly higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Lismore area was 40 years, which was marginally higher than the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 19.7 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.7 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 42.8 per cent were married and 14.5 per cent were either divorced or separated. [6]

Population growth in the City of Lismore area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 1.5 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, the population growth was 1.3 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 Lismore local government area was significantly lower than the national average. [7] [8] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Lismore area was marginally lower than the national average. [6]

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Lismore 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 24 per cent of all residents in the City of Lismore at the 2011 census nominated no religious affiliation, compared to the national average of 22.3 per cent. Meanwhile, affiliation with Christianity was 55 per cent, which was slightly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. As at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Lismore local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.5 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (92.9 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent). [6]

Selected historical census data for the City of Lismore local government area
Census year2001 [7] 2006 [8] 2011 [6]
PopulationEstimated residents on Census night41,57242,21042,766
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 48
% of New South Wales population0.62%
% of Australian population0.22%Steady2.svg 0.22%Decrease2.svg 0.20%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 31.4%
English 30.0%
Irish 10.8%
Scottish 8.2%
German 3.5%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
Italian 0.2%Increase2.svg 0.9%Steady2.svg 0.9%
German 0.6%Decrease2.svg 0.4%Increase2.svg 0.5%
Mandarin n/cn/cIncrease2.svg 0.2%
French 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%Increase2.svg 0.2%
Auslan n/cIncrease2.svg 0.1%Increase2.svg 0.2%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No Religion 15.2%Increase2.svg 19.3%Increase2.svg 24.8%
Catholic 25.8%Decrease2.svg 25.5%Decrease2.svg 24.5%
Anglican 21.9%Decrease2.svg 20.7%Decrease2.svg 18.7%
Uniting Church 7.8%Decrease2.svg 7.3%Decrease2.svg 6.2%
Presbyterian and Reformed 6.4%Decrease2.svg 6.2%Decrease2.svg 5.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$378A$469
% of Australian median income81.1%Increase2.svg 81.3%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$993A$1,123
% of Australian median income84.8%Decrease2.svg 75.8%
Household income Median weekly household incomeA$760A$907
% of Australian median income74.0%Decrease2.svg 73.5%

Council

Current composition and election method

Lismore City Council is composed of eleven Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the ten 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: [9] [10]

PartyCouncillors
  Independents 5
  Country Labor 3
  Greens 2
 Our Sustainable Future1
Total11

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is:

CouncillorPartyNotes
 Isaac Smith Country Labor Mayor [9]
 Darlene Cook Country Labor
 Greg Bennett Independent
 Neil Marks Independent
 Vanessa Grindon-Ekins Greens
 Edwina Lloyd Country Labor
 Nancy Zambelli-Casson Independent
 Elly BirdOur Sustainable Future
 Bill Moorhouse Independent
 Gianpiero Battista Independent
 Adam Guise Greens

Sister cities

Lismore has sister city relations with the following cities: [11]

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