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City of Parramatta

City of Parramatta
New South Wales
Location in Metropolitan Sydney
Population 178,226 (2011 census)[1] (23rd)
 • Density 2,921.74/km2 (7,567.3/sq mi)
Established 1938
Area 61 km2 (23.6 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Lord Mayor Paul Garrard
Council seat Parramatta
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website City of Parramatta
LGAs around City of Parramatta:
Blacktown The Hills Hornsby
Holroyd City of Parramatta Ryde
Fairfield Bankstown Auburn

The City of Parramatta is a local government area in the western region of Sydney, situated on the Cumberland Plain, approximately 25 kilometres (16 mi) west of the Sydney central business district, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

The City occupies an area of 61 square kilometres (24 sq mi) and is the eleventh most populous (166,858 as the 2011 Census) local government area in New South Wales, and the twenty–third most populous local government area in Australia. The City houses the Parramatta central business district, the second largest employment destination for the metropolitan area after the Sydney CBD.

The area was formed in 1861 as the Municipality of Parramatta and became The Borough of Parramatta in 1867, eventually becoming the City of Parramatta in 1938. In 1948 Ermington-Rydalmere, Dundas, Granville and Parramatta councils were amalgamated.

The Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta is Cr. Paul Garrard.


  • Suburbs in the local government area 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Council 3
    • Current composition and election method 3.1
  • Sister cities 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Suburbs in the local government area

Suburbs in the City of Parramatta are:


At the 2011 Census, there were 166,858 people in the Parramatta local government area, of these 50.1% were male and 49.9% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.8% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Parramatta was 33 years; notably below the national median of 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.9% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 11.8% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.3% were married and 9.9% were either divorced or separated.[1]

Population growth in the City of Parramatta between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 3.62% and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 12.50%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Parramatta local government area was significantly higher than the national average.[2] The median weekly income for residents within the City of Parramatta was on with par with the national average.

At the 2011 Census, the Parramatta local government area was linguistically diverse, with a significantly higher than average proportion (52.5%) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4%); and a significantly lower proportion (43.4%) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8%). The proportion of residents who stated a religious affiliation with Islam and Hinduism was in excess of four times and six times the national average respectively.[1][3]

Selected historical census data for Parramatta local government area
Census year 2001[2] 2006[3] 2011[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night 143,143 148,323 166,858
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 11th 11th
% of New South Wales population 2.41%
% of Australian population 0.76%  0.75%  0.78%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 23.9%  22.9%  18.1%
English 21.8%  17.8%  16.8%
Chinese 9.4%  11.2%  13.0%
Lebanese 9.5%  9.7%  9.5%
Indian 3.4%  5.9%  9.1%
top responses
(other than English)
Arabic 10.1%  10.7%  10.3%
Mandarin 3.0%  4.7%  5.9%
Cantonese 4.6%  5.0%  5.0%
Korean 2.0%  2.1%  2.7%
Hindi 1.3%  2.0%  2.6%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 27.1%  26.0%  23.4%
No religion 10.7%  12.8%  15.0%
Anglican 15.8%  12.9%  10.3%
Islam 7.0%  8.2%  9.7%
Hinduism 2.8%  5.3%  8.8%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$443 A$544
% of Australian median income 95.1% 94.3%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,043 A$1,451
% of Australian median income 101.6% 98.0%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,172 A$1,288
% of Australian median income 100.0% 104.4%


Parramatta's historic Town Hall
City of Parramatta Sign, Pennant Hills Road, Carlingford

Current composition and election method

Parramatta City Council is composed of fifteen Councillors elected proportionally as five separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Lord Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:[4][5][6][7][8]

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 7
  Australian Labor Party 5
  Lorraine Wearne Independents 2
  Woodville Independents 1
Total 15

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Arthur Phillip Ward[4]   Bakous Makari Liberal Deputy Mayor
  Julia Finn Labor
  Andrew Wilson Lorraine Wearne Independents
Caroline Chisholm Ward[5]   Scott Lloyd Liberal
  Shahadat Chowdhury Labor
  Bob Dwyer Liberal
Elizabeth McArthur Ward[6]   John Chedid Liberal
  James Shaw Labor
  John Hugh Liberal
Lachlan Macquarie Ward[7]   Jean Pierre Abood Liberal
  Lorraine Wearne Lorraine Wearne Independents
  Pierre Esber Labor
Woodville Ward[8]   Steven Issa Liberal
  Paul Garrard Woodville Independents Mayor
  Glenn Elmore Labor

Sister cities


  1. ^ a b c d  
  2. ^ a b  
  3. ^ a b  
  4. ^ a b "Parramatta City Council - Arthur Phillip Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Parramatta City Council - Caroline Chisholm Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Parramatta City Council - Elizabeth McArthur Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Parramatta City Council - Lachlan Macquarie Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Parramatta City Council - Woodville Ward". Local Government Elections 2012. Electoral Commission of New South Wales. 16 September 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rama renews ties with Xiamen City". Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

External links

  • Parramatta City Council website
  • Parramatta Economic Development Strategy 2011–2016
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