|Waverley Municipal Council|
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
|• Density||mi)7,400/km2 ( 19,200/sq|
|Established||16 June 1859|
|Area||9 km2 (3.5 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Waverley Council Chambers|
|Website||Waverley Municipal Council|
Waverley Municipal Council (or Waverley Council) is a Local government area (LGA) in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. There are four wards within Waverley LGA namely Bondi, Hunter, Lawson, and Waverley.
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.
The Eastern Suburbs is the metropolitan region directly to the east and south-east of the central business district in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds Port Jackson and extends about 70 km (43.5 mi) on its periphery towards the Blue Mountains to the west, Hawkesbury to the north, the Royal National Park to the south and Macarthur to the south-west. Sydney is made up of 658 suburbs, 40 local government areas and 15 contiguous regions. Residents of the city are known as "Sydneysiders". As of June 2017, Sydney's estimated metropolitan population was 5,230,330 and is home to approximately 65% of the state's population.
The current Mayor of Waverley Municipal Council is Cr. John Wakefield, a member of the Labor Party.
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, 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.
Suburbs serviced by Waverley Council are:
Bondi is an eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, seven kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Waverley Council.
Bondi Junction is an eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is 6 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district and is part of the local government area of the Waverley.
Bronte is a beachside suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Bronte beach is located 7 kilometres east of the Sydney central business district, in the Waverley Council local government area of the Eastern Suburbs.
These localities are also serviced by Waverley Council:
Ben Buckler is an urban locality in eastern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the suburb of North Bondi and the local government area of Waverley Council in the Eastern Suburbs.. It is sometimes referred to simply as "the northern headland of Bondi Bay."
Charing Cross is a precinct in the suburb of Waverley, part of eastern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The name "Charing Cross" is used to describe the intersection of Bronte Road and Carrington Road and the short shopping strip extending to the east along Bronte Road, and is used as a reference point for the homes and schools located around it.
Note: On 6 October 1944, the recommendation to remove the Mill Hill area (37 acres) from the Randwick LGA and include it in the Waverley LGA was proclaimed in the NSW Government Gazette. The recommendation was the result of a 1941 NSW Local Government Department Commission of Inquiry.
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On 11 November 1858 a petition for the incorporation of the Municipality of Waverley under the terms of the Municipalities Act of 1858 was presented to the Governor of New South Wales, Sir William Denison and a second petition was presented to Denison on 17 May 1859.Denison approved the proclamation establishing the Municipality of Waverley on 13 June 1859, and it was subsequently published in the New South Wales Government Gazette on 16 June 1859. The first returning officer, Charles St Julian, was appointed to conduct the first meeting of electors.
The Governor of New South Wales is the viceregal representative of the Australian monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, in the state of New South Wales. In an analogous way to the Governor-General of Australia at the national level, the Governors of the Australian states perform constitutional and ceremonial functions at the state level. The governor is appointed by the queen on the advice of the premier of New South Wales, for an unfixed period of time—known as serving At Her Majesty's pleasure—though five years is the norm. The current governor is retired General David Hurley, who succeeded Dame Marie Bashir on 2 October 2014.
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The first Council meeting was held on 16 June 1859, but there was no permanent office for the conduct of Council duties some early meetings were held in the Charing Cross Hotel and others in the old School of Arts building in Bronte Road. [ citation needed ] Discussions were held during the early 1900s over the need for new Council Chambers, and in 1913 a portion of the north-west corner of Waverley Park was dedicated as the site for a new building. A report of the same year stated that the original building was too small for the staff, and had poor ventilation and lighting. It was later sold for £1,600. The new building was completed by the end of 1913, and on 6 January 1914 the Council met for the first time in the new chambers.[ citation needed ]In December 1860 the Council accepted an offer from Francis O'Brien to donate a site for a Council Chambers in Bondi Road. The cost of building was to be limited to ₤500, although approximately £700 was eventually spent. The foundation stone was laid in 1861, and a first meeting of Council was held there on 21 November 1861, the first Council building erected by any municipality under the Municipalities Act of 1858.
Parts of the 1913 chambers still form the shell of the present Council Chambers, although extensive alterations in 1962, and further development in 1976 and 1977 have altered its appearance considerably.
A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the Municipality of Waverley merge with the Woollahra and Randwick councils to form a new council with an area of 58 square kilometres (22 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 274,000. Following an independent review, in May 2016 the NSW Government sought to dismiss the Council and force its amalgamation with Woollahra and Randwick councils. Woollahra Council instigated legal action claiming that there was procedural unfairness and that a KPMG report at the centre of merger proposals had been "misleading". The matter was heard before the NSW Court of Appeal who, in December 2016, unanimously dismissed Woollahra Council's appeal, finding no merit in its arguments that the proposed merger with Waverley and Randwick councils was invalid. In July 2017, the Berejiklian government decided to abandon the forced merger of the Woollahra, Waverley and Randwick local government areas, along with several other proposed forced mergers.
At the 2011 census, there were 63,487 people in Waverley, of these 49.2% were male and 50.8% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.4% of the population. The median age of people in Waverley Council was 35 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 15.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 12.0% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 37.4% were married and 10.0% were either divorced or separated.
Population growth in Waverley Council between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 3.31%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 4.57%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Waverley local government area was a little over half the national average.The median weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Waverley was more than 1.5 times the national average.
The proportion of residents in Waverley who stated their ancestry was Jewish was three times the New South Wales and national averages. The proportion of households where Russian is spoken at home is thirteen times the state and national averages; and of all households where Hebrew is spoken in New South Wales, one third are located in Waverley, and in Australia, one tenth of households where Hebrew is spoken are located in Waverley. The proportion of residents who stated an affiliation with Judaism was in excess of twenty–eight times the state and national averages.
|Selected historical census data for Waverley local government area|
|Population||Estimated residents on census night||58,769||60,715||63,487||66,812|
|LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales||36th|
|% of New South Wales population||0.92%|
|% of Australian population||0.31%|
|Estimated ATSI population on census night||199||196||245||270|
|% of ATSI population to residents||0.3%|
|Cultural and language diversity|
(other than English)
|No religion, so described||16.9%|
|Religion not stated||n/r||n/r||n/r|
|Median weekly incomes|
|Personal income||Median weekly personal income||A$765||A$973||A$1,151|
|% of Australian median income||164.2%|
|Family income||Median weekly family income||A$1,446||A$2,496||A$2,917|
|% of Australian median income||140.8%|
|Household income||Median weekly household income||A$1,928||A$1,912||A$2,308|
|% of Australian median income||164.6%|
|Dwelling type||Separate house||17.9%|
|Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse||18.7%|
|Flat or apartment||51.7%|
NSW Local Government Elections are held every four years on the second Saturday of September as stipulated by the Local Government Act 1993.
Waverley Council is composed of twelve Councillors elected proportionally from the four separate wards, each electing three Councillors. 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 for a two-year term. The most recent election was held on 9 September 2017, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:
|Liberal Party of Australia||5|
|Australian Labor Party||4|
The current Council, elected in 2017, in order of election by ward, is:
|Bondi Ward||Leon Goltsman||Liberal|
|Dominic Wy Kanak||Greens||Deputy Mayor|
|Hunter Ward||Sally Betts||Liberal|
|Lawson Ward||Angela Burrill||Liberal|
|Waverley Ward||Tony Kay||Liberal|
|Ernie Page||Labor||September 1978 – September 1984|
|James R. Markham||Independent||September 1984 – September 1985|
|Ray J. Collins||Independent||September 1985 – September 1986|
|John Douglas Morrison OAM||Independent||September 1986 – September 1987|
|Carolyn Ann Markham||Independent||September 1987 – September 1988|
|Barbara Armitage OAM||Labor||September 1988 – September 1997|
|Paul Pearce||September 1997 – 8 April 2004|
|Peter Moscatt||8 April 2004 – 22 September 2005|
|Mora Main||Greens||22 September 2005 – 21 September 2006|
|George Newhouse||Labor||21 September 2006 – 20 September 2007|
|Ingrid Strewe||20 September 2007 – 30 September 2008|
|Sally Betts||Liberal||30 September 2008 – 22 September 2011|
|John Wakefield||Labor||22 September 2011 – 27 September 2012|
|Sally Betts||Liberal||27 September 2012 – 26 September 2017|
|John Wakefield||Labor||26 September 2017 – date|
The Waverley Council area has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
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