Nambucca Valley Council

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Nambucca Valley Council
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Coordinates 30°43′S152°55′E / 30.717°S 152.917°E / -30.717; 152.917 Coordinates: 30°43′S152°55′E / 30.717°S 152.917°E / -30.717; 152.917
Population
 • Density12.885/km2 (33.373/sq mi)
Established15 December 1915 (1915-12-15)
Area1,491 km2 (575.7 sq mi)
MayorRhonda Hoban (Independent)
Council seat Macksville
Region Mid North Coast
State electorate(s) Oxley
Federal Division(s) Cowper
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Website Nambucca Valley Council
LGAs around Nambucca Valley Council:
Armidale Bellingen Tasman Sea
Armidale Nambucca Valley Council Tasman Sea
Kempsey Kempsey Tasman Sea

Nambucca Valley Council is a local government area in the mid north coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

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The shire services an area of 1,491 square kilometres (576 sq mi) and is located adjacent to the Pacific Highway and the North Coast railway line. At the 2016 census, Nambucca Valley Council had a high proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people residing within its boundaries; being 7.6 per cent of the population, nearly treble the national and state averages of 2.8 and 2.9 per cent respectively. [1] Within the Shire's boundaries is Bowraville, one of the most socially disadvantaged areas in Australia. [3]

The Mayor of the Nambucca Valley Council is Rhonda Hoban, an independent politician. [4]

The local government area was created on 15 December 1915, from land excised from Bellingen Shire, and was originally called Nambucca Shire. [5] The area was renamed Nambucca Valley from 4 December 2019. [6]

Towns and localities

Towns and localities in the Nambucca Valley Council area:

Heritage listings

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

Demographics

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Nambucca Heads aerial panorama

At the 2016 census, there were 19,212 people in the Nambucca Valley local government area, of these 49 per cent were male and 51 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 7.6 per cent of the population, nearly treble the national and state averages of 2.8 and 2.9 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the Nambucca Valley Council was 51 years; some thirteen years higher than the national median. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 16.6 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 27.6 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 44.9 per cent were married and 17 per cent were either divorced or separated. [1]

The median weekly income for residents within the Nambucca Valley Council was significantly below the national average, [1] [8] being one of the factors that place parts of the Nambucca Valley Council in an area of social disadvantage. [3]

significantly higher proportion (90.1 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 72.7 per cent). Of the 90 Australian residents who stated that they speak Gumbaynggir, an Australian Aboriginal language, 28 live within the Nambucca Valley Council. [1]

Selected historical census data for Nambucca local government area
Census year2001 [9] 2006 [10] 2011 [8] 2016 [1]
PopulationEstimated residents on census night 17,66017,89718,64419,212
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 71st
% of New South Wales population0.27%
% of Australian population0.09%Steady2.svg 0.09%Steady2.svg 0.09%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian 33.4%33.2%
English 32.6%31.9%
Irish 8.7%8.6%
Scottish 7.9%7.8%
German 3.0%2.9%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
German 0.3%Steady2.svg 0.3%Decrease2.svg 0.2%0.1%
Gumbaynggir n/cIncrease2.svg 0.1%Increase2.svg 0.2%0.1%
French 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%Increase2.svg 0.2%0.2%
Dutch 0.2%Decrease2.svg 0.1%Increase2.svg 0.2%
Italian 0.2%Decrease2.svg 0.1%Steady2.svg 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 30.3%Decrease2.svg 28.1%Decrease2.svg 25.7%21.7%
Catholic 22.1%Decrease2.svg 21.4%Increase2.svg 21.8%19.4%
No Religion 13.5%Increase2.svg 17.8%Increase2.svg 21.2%29.2%
Presbyterian and Reformed 6.2%Decrease2.svg 5.8%Decrease2.svg 5.5%4.8%
Uniting Church 6.8%Decrease2.svg 6.4%Decrease2.svg 5.3%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$296A$377A$467
% of Australian median income63.5%Increase2.svg 65.3%70.5%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$562A$853A$1080
% of Australian median income54.7%Increase2.svg 57.6%62.2%
Household income Median weekly household incomeA$642A$700A$835
% of Australian median income54.8%Increase2.svg 56.7%58.1%

Council

Current composition and election method

Nambucca Valley Council is composed of nine Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the eight 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 is as follows: [4] [11]

PartyCouncillors
  Independents and Unaffiliated8
  Country Labor 1
Total9

The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election, is: [11]

CouncillorPartyNotes
 Rhonda Hoban Independent Mayor [4]
 John AinsworthUnaligned
 Susan Jenvey Country Labor
 Martin Ballangarry Independent
 Brian FinlaysonUnaligned
 Anne Smyth Independent
 Janine ReedUnaligned
 John Wilson Independent
 David Jones Independent

See also

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