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City of Botany Bay
New South Wales
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Population 39,356 (2011 census)
 • Density 1,471/km2 (3,810/sq mi)
Established 29 March 1888 (Botany)
11 May 1996 (Botany Bay)
Abolished 9 September 2016
Area 26.75 km2 (10.3 sq mi)
Mayor Ben Keneally (Labor)
Council seat Botany Town Hall, Botany
Region South-Eastern Sydney
Parish Botany
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Website City of Botany Bay
LGAs around City of Botany Bay:
Marrickville Sydney Randwick
Marrickville City of Botany Bay Randwick
Rockdale Botany Bay Randwick

The City of Botany Bay was a local government area in the eastern region of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The area encompassed the suburbs to the north of Botany Bay, such as Botany. First proclaimed in 1888 as the "Borough of Botany", the council became the "Municipality of Botany" from 1906 to 1996, when it was proclaimed a city as the "City of Botany Bay".

The administrative centre was located at Mascot, which is 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south of the Sydney central business district. The city was amalgamated with the neighbouring City of Rockdale on 9 September 2016 to form Bayside Council. The last Mayor of the City of Botany Bay prior to amalgamation was Cr. Ben Keneally, a member of the Labor Party and the husband of Kristina Keneally, a former Premier of New South Wales.

Suburbs in the local government area

Suburbs in the City of Botany Bay were:


As of the 2011 census, there were 39,356 people in the Botany Bay local government area, of these 49.5% were male and 50.5% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 1.6% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Botany Bay was 37 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.2% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 14.4% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 47.6% were married and 11.4% were either divorced or separated.

Population growth in the City of Botany Bay between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 5.18%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 5.19%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in Botany Bay local government area was lower than the national average.

Selected historical census data for the City of Botany Bay local government area
Census year 2001 2006 2011
Population Estimated residents on Census night 35,572 37,415 39,356
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 61
% of New South Wales population 0.5% 0.57%
% of Australian population 0.19% Decrease 0.18% Steady 0.18%
Cultural and language diversity
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Australian 16.7%
English 14.5%
Chinese 8.0%
Irish 5.8%
Greek 5.6%
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(other than English)
Greek 7.4% Decrease 6.5% Decrease 5.8%
Bengali 3.4% Increase 3.5% Increase 3.6%
Indonesian n/c n/c Increase 3.2%
Spanish 4.5% Decrease 3.8% Decrease 3.2%
Mandarin Chinese n/c n/c Increase 3.0%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
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Catholic 35.0% Decrease 34.2% Decrease 32.9%
No religion 7.5% Increase 10.1% Increase 13.0%
Anglican 13.2% Decrease 12.2% Decrease 10.8%
Eastern Orthodox 10.9% Decrease 10.2% Decrease 9.5%
Islam 8.3% Decrease 7.8% Increase 8.1%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$453 A$575
% of Australian median income 97.2% 99.7%
Family income Median weekly family income A$995 A$1,488
% of Australian median income 96.9% 100.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,166 A$1,245
% of Australian median income 99.6% 100.9%


Before 1996, the city was known as the Municipality of Botany.

In February 2016, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption commenced a public inquiry into allegations that a former chief financial officer employed by the Council and other Council employees, dishonestly exercised official functions to obtain financial benefits for themselves and others by causing fraudulent payments of more than A$4.2 million to be made by the Council through false invoicing to either themselves, or various entities. It was also alleged that the former Chief Financial Officer and the Council employees dishonestly exercised official functions to obtain financial benefits for themselves and others by using Council resources.

Proposed amalgamation

A 2015 review of local government boundaries recommended that the City of Botany Bay merge with the City of Rockdale to form a new council with an area of 50 square kilometres (19 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 153,000. Following the review, Botany Bay was amalgamated with City of Rockdale] on 9 September 2016 to form Bayside Council.

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