New South Wales
|• Density||1,373/km2 (3,555/sq mi)|
|Area||86 km2 (33.2 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Council Chambers, Gordon|
Ku-ring-gai Council is a local government area in Northern Sydney (Upper North Shore), in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The region is named after the Kuringgai tribe who once inhabited the area.
Major transport routes through the area include the Pacific Highway and North Shore railway line. Because of its good soils and elevated position as part of the Hornsby Plateau, Ku-ring-gai was originally covered by a large area of dry sclerophyll forest, parts of which still remain and form a component of the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. There are also many domestic gardens in the residential parts of Ku-ring-gai.
The Mayor of Ku-ring-gai Council is Cr. Jennifer Anderson, an independent politician. Anderson was elected to her sixth term as mayor on 17 September 2019.
Ku-ring-gai is the most advantaged area in Australia to live in, at the top of the Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD).
Suburbs and localities serviced by Ku-ring-gai Council are:
At the 2016 census, there were 118,053 people in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area, of these 48 per cent were male and 52 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.2 per cent of the population, significantly below the national average of 2.8 per cent. The median age of people in the Ku-ring-gai Council area was 41 years; slightly above the national average of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.2 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 18.2 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 61.3 per cent were married and 4.3 per cent were either divorced or separated; a rate that is more than half the national average.
Population growth in the Ku-ring-gai Council area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 0.93 per cent and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 8.13 per cent. At the 2016 census, the population in the Ku-ring-gai Council area increased by 8.1 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in the Ku-ring-gai local government area generally on par with the national average.The median weekly income for residents within the Ku-ring-gai Council area was significantly higher than the national average.
At the 2016 census, the area was linguistically diverse, with Asian languages spoken in more than 18 per cent of households; more than four times the national average. Whilst the rate of all residents in the Ku-ring-gai Council area who nominated a religious affiliation with the Anglican Church has been declining over a number of census periods, the proportion during the 2016 census was 40% greater than the national average of 13.3 per cent.
|Selected historical census data for Ku-ring-gai Council local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||100,152||101,083||109,297||118,053|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||21st||22nd|
|% of New South Wales population||1.58%||1.58%|
|% of Australian population||0.53%||0.51%||0.51%||0.50%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|Persian (excluding Dari)||n/c||n/c||0.7%||1.0%|
| Religious affiliation,|
|No religion, so described||13.7%||16.3%||21.8%||31.0%|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$716||A$814||A$942|
|% of Australian median income||153.6%||141.1%||142.3%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$2,147||A$2,679||A$3,046|
|% of Australian median income||209.1%||180.9%||175.7%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$2,530||A$2,508||A$2,640|
|% of Australian median income||216.1%||203.2%||183.6%|
Ku-ring-gai Council is composed of ten Councillors elected proportionally as five separate wards, each electing two Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office, but due to delays as a result of amalgamation processes, the current term will only run for three years. The Mayor is elected bi-annually by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council, while the Deputy Mayor is elected annually. The most recent full Council election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election by ward, is:
|Comenarra Ward||Jeff Pettett||Independent||Deputy Mayor 2018–2019|
|Callum Clarke||Independent||Deputy Mayor 2017–2018, 2019–2020|
|Gordon Ward||Cheryl Szatow||Independent||Mayor 2015–2016|
|Roseville Ward||Sam Ngai||Independent|
|Jennifer Anderson||Independent||Mayor 2011–2012, 2013–2015, 2016–date|
|St Ives Ward||Christine Kay||Independent|
|Wahroonga Ward||Donna Greenfield||Independent|
|Cedric Spencer||Unaligned||Deputy Mayor 2020-date|
Ku-ring-gai was first incorporated on 6 March 1906 as the "Shire of Ku-ring-gai" and the first Shire Council was elected on 24 November 1906. The first leader of the council was elected at the first meeting on 8 December 1906, when Councillor William Cowan was elected as Shire President. There would not be a Deputy President until the council election on 1 March 1920.
On 22 September 1928, the Shire of Ku-ring-gai was proclaimed as the "Municipality of Ku-ring-gai" and the titles of 'Shire President' and 'Councillor' were retitled to be 'Mayor' and 'Alderman' respectively. In 1993, with the passing of a new Local Government Act, council was retitled as simply "Ku-ring-gai Council" and Aldermen were retitled as Councillors.
A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that Ku-ring-gai Council and parts of the Hornsby Shire north of the M2 merge to form a new council with an area of 540 square kilometres (210 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 270,000. The Ku-ring-gai Council took the NSW Government to court and, on appeal, the NSW Court of Appeal found that the Council had been denied procedural fairness. The proposed merger was stood aside indefinitely. In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the Hornsby and Ku-ring-gai local government areas, along with several other proposed forced mergers.
During the term of former Planning Minister, Frank Sartor, planning law reforms were passed that gave development approval to a panel and away from local government. These new laws were controversially implemented in Ku-ring-gai, with immense opposition from the local population who claim that their suburbs, with nationally recognised heritage values in both housing and original native forest, are being trashed by slab-sided apartment developments with no effective protection provided by either the Ku-ring-gai Council or the State Government. This has been termed "The Rape of Ku-ring-gai".
The laws are intended to take development approval power away from local councils and to the Planning NSW, via the development panels. Planning panels are about to be introduced across New South Wales under recently passed planning reforms. In 2005-06, Ku-ring-gai had the second highest reported total development value in the state - A$1.7 billion, more than Parramatta, second only to the City of Sydney.
|Edward Astley||21 June 1906 – 31 August 1911|
|James A. Gilroy||1 September 1911 – March 1925|
|Arthur Havelock Hirst||March 1925 – 18 November 1947|
|Norman L. Griffiths||18 November 1947 – 22 September 1969|
|Frederick E. Newton||22 September 1969 – 5 October 1970|
|Graham Joss||5 October 1970 – 16 August 1971|
|Lyndhurst Evelyn Whalan||16 August 1971 – 12 November 1973|
|Warren Taylor||12 November 1973 – 1993|
|Joseph Robert Diffen||1993–1997|
|Brian Bell||2002 – February 2006|
|John McKee||1 March 2006 – present|
Ku-ring-gai Council has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
Pymble is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Pymble is 15 kilometres (9 mi) north-west of the Sydney Central Business District in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council.
Gordon is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia 14 kilometres (9 mi) north-west of the Sydney Central Business District and is the administrative centre for the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. East Gordon is a locality within Gordon and West Gordon within West Pymble.
The North Shore is a region of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, a subset of the Northern Sydney region. The region is customary, not legal or administrative, and in customary usage generally includes the suburbs located on the northern side of Sydney Harbour up to Hornsby, and between Middle Harbour and the Lane Cove River.
Wahroonga is a suburb in the Upper North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, 18 kilometres north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government areas of Ku-ring-gai Council and Hornsby Shire. Wahroonga shares the postcode of 2076 with the adjacent suburbs of Normanhurst and North Wahroonga.
Turramurra is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is located 16 kilometres (10 mi) north-west of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. It shares the postcode of 2074 with the adjacent suburbs of North Turramurra, South Turramurra and Warrawee.
Killara is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia 14 kilometres (8.7 mi) north-west of the Sydney Central Business District in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. East Killara is a separate suburb and West Killara is a locality within Killara.
Hornsby Shire is a local government area situated in Northern Sydney, as well as parts of the Hills District, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The shire stretches from the M2 Hills Motorway in the south to the Hawkesbury River town of Wisemans Ferry, some 53 kilometres (33 mi) to the north, making it the largest local government council in the Greater Sydney Metropolitan region by total area. As of the 2016 census the shire had an estimated population of 142,667.
The Division of Bradfield is an Australian electoral division in the state of New South Wales.
West Pymble is a suburb on the Upper North Shore of Sydney in the state of New South Wales, Australia 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north-west of the Sydney Central Business District in the local government area of Ku-ring-gai Council. Pymble is a separate suburb to the east, sharing the postcode of 2073.
Wahroonga railway station is a heritage-listed railway station located on the North Shore line, serving the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga. The station is located in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It is served by Sydney Trains T1 North Shore line services. It was built from 1890 to 1910 by E. Pritchard & Co., contractor. It is also known as Wahroonga Railway Station group and Pearce's Corner; Noonan's Platform. The property was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.
Ku-ring-gai is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. Since 2015 it has been represented by Alister Henskens of the Liberal Party. The electorate covers the suburbs and parts of the suburbs of Gordon, Hornsby, Killara, Lindfield, Normanhurst, North Turramurra, North Wahroonga, Pymble, South Turramurra, Thornleigh, Turramurra, Wahroonga, Waitara, Warrawee and West Pymble.
Northern Tigers FC is a semi-professional Association football club based in the northern suburbs area of Sydney, spanning the Lower North Shore, Upper North Shore and reaching up to Brooklyn on the banks of the Hawkesbury River. The Northern Tigers enter teams in the Football NSW National Premier Leagues NSW Men's 2, National Premier Leagues NSW Women's, FNSW Skills Acquisition Program.
Eric Fergus Heath was an Australian architect active in the second quarter of the 20th century. His work encompassed the numerous Australian architectural styles of the inter-war period and he was considered to be one of the finest draftsmen of his day.
The Jack House is a heritage-listed domestic dwelling at 62 Boundary Road, in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was designed by Russell Jack and Pamela Jack and built from 1956 to 1957 by Donald W. Taylor. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 24 June 2013.
The Briars is a heritage-listed residence located at 14 Woonona Avenue, in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was designed by Charles H. Halstead. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.
The Gordon Public School is a heritage-listed former government public school located at 799 Pacific Highway, in the Sydney suburb of Gordon in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The school was opened in 1871 and closed in 1989. The property was transferred to community use and is owned by Ku-ring-gai Council. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.
Iolanthe is a heritage-listed former residence and post office located at 691 Pacific Highway in the Sydney suburb of Gordon in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was built in 1870. It is also known as Gordon Post Office. The property is owned by the Uniting Church in Australia and is within the perimeter fence of the Ravenswood School for Girls. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999.
The Wahroonga Reservoir is a heritage-listed reservoir located at 1678 Pacific Highway and Woonona Avenue in the Sydney suburb of Wahroonga in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. It was designed and built by the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in 1915. It is also known as Wahroonga Reservoir (Elevated) . The property is owned by Sydney Water, a State-owned statutory corporation of the Government of New South Wales. It was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 18 November 1999.
The Pymble Reservoirs No. 1 and No. 2 are two heritage-listed reservoirs located at Pacific Highway in the Sydney suburb of Pymble in the Ku-ring-gai Council local government area of New South Wales, Australia. The reservoirs are also known as Pymble Reservoir No. 1 (Covered) and (WS 0097); and Pymble Reservoir No. 2 (Covered) and (WS 0098). The property is owned by Sydney Water, a State-owned statutory corporation of the Government of New South Wales. The reservoirs were added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 15 November 2002.