|Port Stephens Council
New South Wales
Location in New South Wales
|• Density||66.2/km2 (171.5/sq mi)|
|Area||979 km2 (378.0 sq mi)|
|Time zone||AEST (UTC+10)|
|• Summer (DST)||AEDT (UTC+11)|
|Council seat||Raymond Terrace|
|Region||Hunter, Mid North Coast|
Port Stephens Council is a local government area in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is just north of Newcastle and is adjacent to the Pacific Highway which runs through Raymond Terrace, the largest town and Council seat. The area is named after Port Stephens, which is the major geographical feature of the area.
Main towns and villages
Most of the population is concentrated in Raymond Terrace and its satellite suburb of Heatherbrae or around or near the shores of Port Stephens in the suburbs of Anna Bay, Boat Harbour, Corlette, Fingal Bay, Fishermans Bay, Karuah, Lemon Tree Passage, Mallabula, Nelson Bay, One Mile, Oyster Cove, Salamander Bay, Shoal Bay, Soldiers Point, Swan Bay, Tanilba Bay and Taylors Beach. However, another significant portion of the population lives in a large rural/semi-rural area to the west of the Pacific Highway in the towns and suburbs of Balickera, Butterwick, Duns Creek, Eagleton, East Seaham, Glen Oak, Hinton, Nelsons Plains, Osterley, Seaham, Wallalong and Woodville and in the predominantly residential estate of Brandy Hill.
In the southern part of the area are the rural communities of Bobs Farm, Fern Bay, Fullerton Cove, Salt Ash, Tomago and Williamtown. Tomago supports both rural and industrial communities while Williamtown is the location for a Royal Australian Air Force base that shares its airfield with Newcastle Airport.
At the northern end of the area are Karuah and Twelve Mile Creek. Located adjacent to Port Stephens and straddling the Karuah River, Karuah is predominantly residential. It is the location of the largest Aboriginal community in the area. Twelve Mile Creek is almost exclusively rural.
Centrally located in the area, between Raymond Terrace and Port Stephens are Campvale, Ferodale and Medowie. Ferodale is dominated by Grahamstown Dam, a man-made dam with a capacity of 131,800 megalitres (4,650×106 cu ft) that is a major source of fresh water in the region. The remainder of this area is a mix of rural, semi-rural and residential developments.
A map of the various towns, suburbs and localities within the Port Stephens Council area is available from the Port Stephens Council website.
- were 67,825 people resident in the area, the 36th largest in New South Wales. It was equal to 0.9% of the New South Wales population of 7,232,589
- was an increase of 1,139 people over the year to 30 June 2009, the 33rd largest population growth in a Local Government Area in New South Wales. It was equal to 1.1% of the 105,421 increase in the population of New South Wales
- was, in percentage terms, an increase of 1.7% in the number of people over the year to 30 June 2009, the 32nd fastest growth in population of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 1.5%
- was an increase in population over the 10 years to 30 June 2010 of 8,860 people or 15% (1.5% in annual average terms), the 18th highest rate of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New South Wales the population grew by 657,372 or 10% (1.0% in annual average terms) over the same period.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, during 2003–04, there:
- were 21,149 wage and salary earners (ranked 42nd in New South Wales and 113th in Australia, 0.8% of New South Wales's 2,558,415 and 0.3% of Australia's 7,831,856)
- was a total income of $757,559,870 (around $758 million) (ranked 45th in New South Wales and 117th in Australia, 0.7% of New South Wales's $107,179,688,262 (around $107 billion) and 0.2% of Australia's $304,034,755,876 (around $304 billion))
- was an estimated average income per wage and salary earner of $35,820 (ranked 66th in New South Wales and 208th in Australia, 87% of New South Wales's $41,407 and 92% of Australia's $38,820)
- was an estimated median income per wage and salary earner of $32,473 (ranked 69th in New South Wales and 233rd in Australia, 92% of New South Wales's $35,479 and 95% of Australia's $34,149).
Current composition and election method
Port Stephens Council is composed of ten Councillors, including the Mayor, for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is directly elected while the nine other Councillors are elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council, including the Mayor, is as follows:
|Independents and Unaligned||10|
The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:
|East Ward||John Nell||Independent|
|Central Ward||Chris Doohan||Independent|
|West Ward||Ken Jordan||Independent|
|Paul Le Mottee||Independent|
Port Stephens Council covers an area of 979 square kilometres (378 sq mi), stretching approximately 57 kilometres (35 mi) from east to west and approximately 30 km (19 mi) from north to south, and experiences various climatic conditions throughout the LGA. These are monitored by five weather stations, four of which are located at the approximate cardinal points of the area, operated by the Bureau of Meteorology. The fifth station is located on RAAF Base Williamtown. The following tables indicate average climatic data throughout the area.
|Climate data for Nelson Head, Nelson Bay|
|Mean maximum (°C)||27.3||27.1||25.9||23.7||20.8||18.4||17.5||18.9||21.4||23.3||24.8||26.3||23.0|
|Mean minimum (°C)||18.2||18.4||17.0||14.6||11.7||9.4||8.4||9.3||11.2||13.5||15.2||17.1||13.7|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||100.8||111.3||119.2||126.7||152.2||153.1||141.1||105.5||88.8||78.3||78.8||95.0||1348.9|
|Climate data for Wallaroo State Forest, Twelve Mile Creek|
|Mean maximum (°C)||28.3||27.8||26.5||23.0||19.8||17.1||16.4||18.0||21.2||23.7||26.2||28.0||23.0|
|Mean minimum (°C)||16.3||16.4||14.8||11.0||7.4||5.8||3.6||4.8||6.7||10.2||12.4||14.6||10.3|
|Highest (°C)||(no data)|
|Lowest (°C)||(no data)|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||124.8||121.7||142.6||100.0||99.7||118.7||63.4||68.1||58.2||79.7||83.0||90.6||1151.8|
|Climate data for RAAF Base Williamtown, Williamtown|
|Mean maximum (°C)||27.9||27.5||26.2||23.7||20.2||17.6||17.0||18.6||21.2||23.6||25.4||27.2||23.0|
|Mean minimum (°C)||18.0||18.1||16.3||13.2||10.1||7.8||6.4||6.9||9.0||12.0||14.2||16.5||12.4|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||99.9||121.4||121.7||104.2||115.0||121.0||71.6||78.1||59.4||74.5||80.9||80.0||1125.6|
|Climate data for Tocal Automatic Weather Station (AWS), Tocal|
|Mean maximum (°C)||29.6||28.8||26.9||24.3||20.7||17.7||17.3||19.3||22.2||24.9||26.6||29.1||24.0|
|Mean minimum (°C)||17.5||17.5||15.6||12.4||9.7||7.4||6.1||6.6||8.8||11.4||13.8||16.2||11.9|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||108.5||116.3||118.1||76.4||76.8||71.1||39.3||37.9||47.8||67.3||81.5||78.2||925.2|
|Climate data for Nobbys Signal Station AWS, Newcastle|
|Mean maximum (°C)||25.5||25.4||24.7||22.8||20.0||17.5||16.7||18.0||20.2||22.1||23.5||24.9||21.8|
|Mean minimum (°C)||19.2||19.3||18.2||15.3||12.0||9.6||8.4||9.2||11.4||14.0||16.1||18.0||14.2|
|Mean rainfall (mm)||89.5||108.0||120.8||116.6||118.0||117.5||95.0||75.1||73.0||73.2||70.5||81.8||1140.8|
Port Stephens has sister city relationships with the following cities:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Port Stephens (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "About Port Stephens". Port Stephens Council. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
- "Declaration of Poll for Mayor" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Port Stephens Council. 14 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Suburb Search – Local Council Boundaries – Hunter (HT) – Port Stephens". New South Wales Division of Local Government. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Port Stephens". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Maitland". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 24 September 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Paterson". Australian Electoral Commission. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Newcastle". Australian Electoral Commission. 26 July 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
- "Grahamstown Dam". Hunter Water. Retrieved 23 September 2007.
- "Council Wards and Boundaries". Port Stephens Council. 12 March 2008. Archived from the original on 22 July 2008. Retrieved 6 June 2008. (map)
- "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009–10" (XLS). Australian Bureau of Statistics. 31 March 2011. Retrieved 31 March 2011.
- "Regional Wage and Salary Earner Statistics, Australia (catalogue no.: 5673.055.003)". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 11 March 2007.
- "Declaration of Poll Result by Ward – First Preferences" (PDF). Local Government Elections 2012. Port Stephens Council. 19 September 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
- "Nelson Bay (Nelson Head)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
- "Raymond Terrace (Wallaroo State Forest)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
- "Williamtown RAAF". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
- "Paterson (Tocal AWS)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
- "Newcastle Nobbys Signal Station AWS". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 6 June 2008.
- "Port Stephens Sister Cities". Port Stephens Council. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
- "Online Directory: Australia, Oceania". Sister Cities International. Retrieved 13 July 2007.[dead link]
- "Port Stephens, Australia". Bellingham Sister Cities Association. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Port Stephens Council.|
- "Port Stephens Urban Settlement Strategy" (PDF). Port Stephens Council. October 2002. Retrieved 24 May 2008.[dead link]
- Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
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