Clarence Valley Council

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Clarence Valley
New South Wales
Clarence valley LGA NSW.png
Location in New South Wales
Population
 • Density4.85308/km2 (12.5694/sq mi)
Established24 February 2004 (2004-02-24)
Area10,441 km2 (4,031.3 sq mi)
MayorJim Simmons (Independent)
Council seat Grafton
Region Northern Rivers
State electorate(s) Clarence
Federal Division(s) Page
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Website Clarence Valley
LGAs around Clarence Valley:
Tenterfield Richmond Valley Tasman Sea
Glen Innes Severn Clarence Valley Coral Sea
Armidale Bellingen Coffs Harbour

Clarence Valley Council is a local government area in the Northern Rivers region of New South Wales, Australia.

Contents

The council services an area of 10,441 square kilometres (4,031 sq mi) and draws its name from the Clarence River, which flows through most of the council area. The area under management is adjacent to the Pacific Highway, the Gwydir Highway and the North Coast railway line. The Clarence Valley region includes the coastal plain and lower valleys of the Clarence and Nymboida river. Most of the valley is agricultural; however, the oceanside towns of Yamba and Iluka are popular holiday resorts. [3]

The council was formed in February 2004 by the amalgamation of the City of Grafton and Maclean Shire, and parts of Copmanhurst, Pristine Waters and Richmond Valley local government areas, and the activities of North Coast Water and Clarence River County Council. [4]

The Mayor of Clarence Valley Council is Jim Simmons, an independent politician. [5]

Towns and localities

Towns and localities in the Clarence Valley Council are:

Heritage listings

The Clarence Valley Council has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:

Demographics

At the 2011 census, there were 49,665 people in the Clarence Valley local government area, of these 49.4 per cent were male and 50.6 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 5.7 per cent of the population which is more than double the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Clarence Valley Council area was 46 years; some 10 years higher than the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.6 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 21.3 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 49.3 per cen% were married and 14.6% were either divorced or separated. [7]

Population growth in the Clarence Valley Council area between the 2006 census and the 2011 Census was 3.15 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.32 per cent, population growth in the Clarence Valley local government area was lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Clarence Valley Council area was significantly below the national average, [7] [8] being one of the factors that place the Clarence Valley Council area in an area of social disadvantage.

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Clarence Valley local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Celtic exceeded 82 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 64 per cent of all residents in the Clarence Valley Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was above the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Clarence Valley local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.1 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (94.0 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent). [7]

Selected historical census data for Clarence Valley local government area
Census year2006 [8] 2011 [7] 2016 [1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night 48,14649,66550,671
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 46thIncrease2.svg 45th
% of New South Wales population0.72%Decrease2.svg 0.68%
% of Australian population0.24%Decrease2.svg 0.23%Decrease2.svg 0.22%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 34.6%Decrease2.svg 33.2%
English 31.9%Decrease2.svg 31.4%
Irish 9.0%Increase2.svg 9.1%
Scottish 8.3%Increase2.svg 8.6%
German 3.4%Steady2.svg 3.4%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
German0.2%Steady2.svg 0.2%Steady2.svg 0.2%
Cantonese 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%
Spanish n/cIncrease2.svg 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%
Mandarin n/cSteady2.svg n/cIncrease2.svg 0.1%
Dutch 0.1%Increase2.svg 0.2%Decrease2.svg 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
No religion 15.3%Increase2.svg 19.0%Increase2.svg 26.4%
Anglican 32.0%Decrease2.svg 30.6%Decrease2.svg 25.7%
Catholic 22.5%Decrease2.svg 22.1%Decrease2.svg 20.0%
Not statedn/cSteady2.svg n/cIncrease2.svg 10.4%
Presbyterian and Reformed 7.4%Decrease2.svg 6.7%Decrease2.svg 6.0%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$333A$396A$477
% of Australian median income71.5%Decrease2.svg 68.6%Increase2.svg 72.1%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$631A$924A$1133
% of Australian median income61.4%Increase2.svg 62.4%Increase2.svg 65.3%
Household income Median weekly household incomeA$781A$768A$910
% of Australian median income66.7%Decrease2.svg 62.2%Increase2.svg 63.3%

Council

Current composition and election method

Clarence Valley Council is composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as one entire ward. 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 election was held on 10 September 2016, and the makeup of the Council is as follows: [9]

PartyCouncillors
  Independents 8
  Greens 1
Total9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is: [9]

CouncillorPartyNotes
 Richard WilliamsonUnaligned
 Andrew Baker Independent
 Karen TomsIndependent
 Peter EllemIndependent
 Jason KingsleyIndependentDeputy Mayor [5]
 Deborah NovakIndependent
 Jim SimmonsIndependent
 Arthur LysaughtUnaligned
 Greg Clancy Greens

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  9. 1 2 "Clarence Valley Council: Summary of First Preference Votes for each Candidate". Local Government Elections 2016. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 17 September 2016. Retrieved 13 October 2016.