Pittwater Council

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Pittwater Council
New South Wales
Australia NSW Pittwater Location Map.svg
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
Coordinates 33°40′39″S151°18′14″E / 33.6776°S 151.3039°E / -33.6776; 151.3039 Coordinates: 33°40′39″S151°18′14″E / 33.6776°S 151.3039°E / -33.6776; 151.3039
Population57,155 (2011 census) [1]
 • Density628.1/km2 (1,627/sq mi)
Established1 May 1992
Abolished12 May 2016
Area91 km2 (35.1 sq mi)
MayorJacqui Townsend (Independent)
Council seat Mona Vale Memorial Hall
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s) Pittwater
Federal Division(s) Mackellar
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Website Pittwater Council
LGAs around Pittwater Council:
Broken Bay
Hornsby Shire Pittwater Council Tasman Sea
Warringah Council

Pittwater Council was a local government area on the Northern Beaches of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It covered a region adjacent to the Tasman Sea about 30 kilometres (19 mi) north of the Sydney central business district. The area is named after Pittwater, the body of water adjacent to much of the area governed. First proclaimed in 1906 as the A Riding of Warringah Shire, the area was proclaimed as the Municipality of Pittwater on 1 May 1992. On 12 May 2016, the Minister for Local Government announced that Pittwater Council would be subsumed into the newly formed Northern Beaches Council. [2] The last Mayor of Pittwater Council was Councillor Jacqui Townsend, an independent politician.

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Aerial view of Sydney Northern Beaches
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Pittwater - panoramio
View at dusk looking west from America Bay walking track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Pittwater, NSW, Australia. America Bay, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, NSW, Australia.jpg
View at dusk looking west from America Bay walking track, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Pittwater, NSW, Australia.

Suburbs and localities

Suburbs and localities serviced by Pittwater Council were:

History

The Pittwater Shire was named after an estuary of Broken Bay which the shire surrounds. Broken Bay forms the mouth of the Hawkesbury River, the main river which formed the Cumberland Plain and Sydney basin. Pittwater was discovered in 1788, the year the first British colony was established in Australia. However, Pittwater and the surrounding region was inhabited for many millennia by local Aboriginal tribes and much evidence of their habitation remains especially their rock etchings in Kuring-gai Chase National Park which borders Pittwater's western side. Pittwater was named in about 1800 by the colony's first Governor, Arthur Phillip, honouring the then British Prime Minister, William Pitt the Younger. [3]

Pittwater in the early 19th century was developed as a new port with loading and unloading facilities erected at what is now the current Newport public wharf. As the port developed so did local industry such as sheep at Mona Vale, orchards at southern Newport and Church Point, salt from Saltpan cove and Scotland Island. During the period from the 1950s to the early 1970s, sand mining operations were undertaken in the upper reaches of McCarr's Creek. After sand mining operations ceased, the tailings ponds were all that remained of the mining operation. Around the 1850s a school was established on the site of what is now Newport Public school. Over later periods, public (primary) schools were established at Mona Vale, Avalon and Bilgola Plateau. In 1963, Pittwater High School was opened at Mona Vale (located on Pittwater Road), Barrenjoey High School (located at the northern end of Avalon beach) was opened in 1968. During the Second World War, unlike Sydney Harbour (Port Jackson), Pittwater was not protected by a boom net. As a consequence local militia and later Australian Army were stationed at the western side of the entrance to Pittwater and were dispersed along the western shore in a network of trenches, pillboxes and gun emplacements.

Pittwater was first incorporated in 1906 when it was included as the "A Riding" of Warringah Shire Council. However for many years there existed a sentiment held by some in A Riding, the northern Riding and the largest in Warringah, taking up more than 40% of Warringah's land area, that they were being increasingly ignored and subject to what they considered inappropriate development and policies for their area. [4] This culminated in 1991 when a non-compulsory postal poll of the residents of A Riding was taken over the question of a possible secession. This resulted in a 73.5% vote in favour of secession, however only 48.18% of residents took part in this vote. This vote was, however, 600 short of the total majority required.

The Minister for Local Government at the time, Gerry Peacocke, nevertheless announced the secession of A Riding from Warringah Council, considering that those who did not vote did not have any particular inclination to how they were governed, and thus Pittwater Council was created. [4] On 1 May 1992, The Governor of New South Wales, Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair, proclaimed the establishment of the Municipality of Pittwater, the area of which roughly followed the area formerly known as 'A' Riding of the Warringah Shire. [5] Also on that day, the offices of Robert Dunn, Eric Green and Ronald Starr, former Warringah 'A' Riding Councillors, were terminated with those persons forming, with others, a nine-member Provisional Council of the Municipality of Pittwater. [6] Despite the Municipality status requiring the new council members to be titled "Alderman", Pittwater obtain the permission of Minister Peacocke to continue the use of "Councillor" to refer to the members. [7]

When the Local Government Act 1993 came into effect from 1 July 1993, the title of the council changed from the Municipality of Pittwater to simply Pittwater Council.

Amalgamation

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Pittwater Council merge with adjoining councils. The government considered two proposals. The first proposed a merger of Pittwater Council and parts of Warringah Council to form a new council with an area of 214 square kilometres (83 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 141,000. [8] The alternative, proposed by Warringah Council on 23 February 2016, was for an amalgamation of the Pittwater, Manly and Warringah councils. [9] [10]

On 12 May 2016, the council was amalgamated with Manly and Warringah Councils to form the Northern Beaches Council.

Council

Mayors/Deputy Mayors

OrderMayorTerm beginTerm endDeputy MayorsYear
1Eric Green [11] 1 May 19923 November 1992Allan Porter1992
2Robert Dunn3 November 199227 September 1993Allan Porter1992–1993
Ron Starr1993–1994
3Ron Starr21 September 1994September 1995John Winter1994–1995
Bob Grace1995–1996
Shirley Phelps [12] 1996–1997
4Patricia GilesSeptember 1997September 2004Bob Dunbar1997–1998
Julie Hegarty1998–1999
Lynne Czinner1999–2002
David James2002–2004
5Lynne CzinnerSeptember 200412 September 2005David James2004–2005
6 Alex McTaggart [13] 12 September 2005September 2007Patricia Giles2005–2009
7David James [14] September 2007September 2009
8Harvey RoseSeptember 2009September 2012Jacqueline Townsend2009–2011
Ian White2011–2012
9Jacqueline TownsendSeptember 201212 May 2016Bob Grace2012–2013
Kylie Ferguson2013–2016

Final composition and election method

Pittwater Council was composed of nine Councillors elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors were elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor and Deputy Mayor were elected annually by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The last election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council was as follows when it was dissolved: [15] [16] [17]

WardCouncillorPartyNotes
Central Ward [15]  Sue Young Independent Elected 2012–2016.
 Ian WhiteIndependentElected 2008–2016. Elected to Northern Beaches Pittwater Ward, 2017.
 Kylie FergusonIndependentElected 2012–2016. Deputy Mayor 2013–2016. Elected to Northern Beaches Pittwater Ward, 2017.
North Ward [16]  Bob GraceIndependentElected 2008–2016. Deputy Mayor 2012–2013
  Alex McTaggart IndependentElected 1999–2008, 2012–2016. Mayor 2005–2007. [13] Elected to Northern Beaches Pittwater Ward, 2017.
 Selena Griffith Greens Elected 2012–2016.
South Ward [17]  Jacqueline TownsendIndependentElected 2008–2016. Mayor 2012–2016 [18]
 Julie HegartyIndependentElected 1995–2016. Deputy Mayor 1998–1999
 Kay MillarIndependentElected 2012–2016.

General Managers

NameTermNotes
Brian Hrnjak1 May 1992 – 1997 [19] [20]
Angus Gordon1997 – September 2005 [21]
Mark FergusonSeptember 2005 – 12 May 2016General Manager of Northern Beaches Council, 2017.

Demographics

At the 2011 Census, there were 57,155 people in the Pittwater local government area, of these 48.8% were male and 51.2% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4% of the population. The median age of people in the Pittwater Council area was 42 years; notably above the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 20.0% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 17.0% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 56.1% were married and 11.0% were either divorced or separated. [1]

Population growth in the Pittwater Council area between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 3.40% and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 5.54%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Pittwater local government area was lower than the national average. [22] The median weekly income for residents within the Pittwater Council area was higher than the national average. [1]

At the 2011 Census, the proportion of residents in the Pittwater local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 75% of all residents (national average was 65.2%). In excess of 57% of all residents in the Pittwater Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 Census, which was slightly higher than the national average of 50.2%. Meanwhile, as at the Census date, compared to the national average, households in the Pittwater local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (10.8%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly higher proportion (88.7%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%). [1]

Selected historical census data for Pittwater local government area
Census year2001 [22] 2006 [23] 2011 [1]
PopulationEstimated residents on Census night52,37654,15757,155
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population0.83%
% of Australian population0.28%Decrease2.svg 0.27%Steady2.svg 0.27%
Cultural and language diversity
Ancestry,
top responses
Australian26.7%
English32.0%
Irish8.7%
Scottish 7.8%
German3.0%
Language,
top responses
(other than English)
German0.8%Increase2.svg 0.9%Increase2.svg 1.0%
Italian0.8%Decrease2.svg 0.7%Steady2.svg 0.7%
Serbian 0.6%Steady2.svg 0.6%Decrease2.svg 0.5%
Spanishn/cIncrease2.svg 0.8%Decrease2.svg 0.5%
Croatian 0.5%Steady2.svg 0.5%Steady2.svg 0.5%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 22.4%Increase2.svg 23.2%Increase2.svg 23.9%
Anglican 29.5%Decrease2.svg 27.3%Decrease2.svg 26.1%
No religion 17.5%Increase2.svg 20.8%Increase2.svg 25.3%
Uniting Church 5.1%Decrease2.svg 4.7%Decrease2.svg 4.2%
Presbyterian and Reformed 3.6%Decrease2.svg 3.1%Decrease2.svg 2.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal incomeMedian weekly personal incomeA$653A$754
% of Australian median income140.1%130.7%
Family incomeMedian weekly family incomeA$1,486A$2,137
% of Australian median income144.7%144.3%
Household incomeMedian weekly household incomeA$1,767A$1,819
% of Australian median income150.9%147.4%

Council seal

The seal of Pittwater Council was the result of a design competition held by the council that was won by retired Newport commercial artist Hugh Seelenmeyer. It was first used in the Manly Daily on 29 June 1991 and featured a mangrove tree surrounded by water, representing the close relationship of the area with water and bushland. [24]

Sister cities

Pittwater Council's suburb Mona Vale is sister city to the United States village of Wilmette, Illinois and they participate in an annual student exchange program between their high schools. Pittwater and Wilmette are both home to a Bahá'í House of Worship. [25]

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