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City of Newcastle
New South Wales
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Aerial view of Newcastle
City of Newcastle is located in Local government areas of New South Wales
City of Newcastle
City of Newcastle
Location in Local government areas of New South Wales
 • Density 862.2/km2 (2,233/sq mi)
Area 187 km2 (72.2 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes (Labor)
Location 162 km (101 mi) NNE of Sydney
Council seat 12 Stewart Avenue, Newcastle
Region Hunter
County Northumberland
State electorate(s)
  • Newcastle
  • Wallsend
  • Charlestown
  • Port Stephens
Federal Division(s)
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Website City of Newcastle
LGAs around City of Newcastle:
Maitland Port Stephens Port Stephens
Cessnock City of Newcastle Tasman Sea
Lake Macquarie Lake Macquarie Tasman Sea

The City of Newcastle is a local government area in the Hunter region of New South Wales, Australia. The City of Newcastle incorporates much of the area of the Newcastle metropolitan area.

The Lord Mayor of City of Newcastle Council is Councillor Nuatali Nelmes, a Labor politician. Nelmes was elected at a by-election on 15 November 2014 following the resignation of Jeff McCloy, the former Lord Mayor. The Awabakal and Worimi peoples are acknowledged by Council as the traditional custodians of the land and waters of Newcastle.

Proposed amalgamation

After a 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal found that Newcastle City Council was not "fit for the future", it was recommended that the City of Newcastle merge with Lake Macquarie City Council. However, the Minister for Local Government subsequently proposed that Newcastle City Council instead merge with Port Stephens Council to form a new council with an area of 1,045 km2 (403 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 230,000. The outcome of an independent review was completed by mid–2016. On 14 February 2017, the NSW Government announced it would not be proceeding with further regional council mergers, including the Newcastle City Council and Port Stephens Council merger.


At the 2016 census, there were 155,411 people in the City of Newcastle local government area, of these 49.3 per cent were male and 50.7 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.5 per cent of the population, which was higher than the national and state averages of 2.9 and 2.9 per cent. The median age of people in the City of Newcastle was 37 years, just below the national median of 38. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 16.9 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 16 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 40.7 per cent were married and 15.4 per cent were either divorced or separated.

Population growth in the City of Newcastle between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 3.91 per cent; and in the subsequent ten years to the 2016 census, population growth was 9.64 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 17.86 per cent respectively, population growth in the City of Newcastle local government area was significantly lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Newcastle was marginally lower than the national average.

At the 2016 census, over 80% of residents in the City of Newcastle local government area stated their country of birth as Australia significantly exceeding the national average of 66.7%. Almost 60% of all residents in the City of Newcastle nominated a religion with Catholicism being at almost 25%, which was slightly higher than the national average of 22.6%. As at the 2016 census, households in the City of Newcastle local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (11.6%) where a language other than English is spoken (national average was 22.2%).

Selected historical census data for the City of Newcastle local government area
Census year 2001 2006 2011 2016
Population Estimated residents on Census night 136,413 141,753 148,535 155,411
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 18th
% of New South Wales population 2.15% Decrease 2.08%
% of Australian population 0.73% Decrease 0.71% Decrease 0.69% Decrease 0.66%
Cultural and language diversity
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English 29.2% Increase 29.3%
Australian 30.4% Decrease 27.7%
Irish 8.9% Increase 9.6%
Scottish 8.0% Increase 8.3%
German 2.9% Increase 3.0%
top responses
(other than English)
Mandarin n/c Increase 0.4% Increase 0.6% Increase 1.2%
Macedonian 1.1% Decrease 0.9% Decrease 0.8% Decrease 0.7%
Italian 0.9% Decrease 0.7% Steady 0.7% Decrease 0.5%
Greek 0.7% Steady 0.7% Decrease 0.6% Decrease 0.5%
Arabic n/c Steady n/c Increase 0.4% Increase 0.5%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
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No Religion 12.7% Increase 16.3% Increase 22.6% Increase 32.8%
Catholic 26.6% Decrease 26.1% Decrease 25.3% Decrease 22.2%
Anglican 27.0% Decrease 25.0% Decrease 22.3% Decrease 17.0%
Uniting Church 8.2% Decrease 7.0% Decrease 5.9% Decrease 4.2%
Presbyterian and Reformed 4.1% Decrease 3.5% Decrease 3.2%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$409 A$563 A$660
% of Australian median income 87.8% Increase 97.6% Increase 99.7%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,132 A$1,530 A$1,778
% of Australian median income 96.7% Increase 103.3% Decrease 102.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$885 A$1,165 A$1,368
% of Australian median income 86.2% Increase 94.4% Increase 95.1%
Dwelling structure
Dwelling type Separate house 74.6% Decrease 73.3% Increase 73.5% Decrease 71.1%
Semi-detached, terrace or townhouse 10.0% Increase 10.9% Increase 12.1% Increase 15.4%
Flat or apartment 14.1% Increase 14.9% Decrease 13.9% Decrease 12.7%

Sister cities

Newcastle Council has sister city relations with the following cities:

City Prefecture/State Country Year
Ube  Yamaguchi  Japan 1980
Dubbo  New South Wales  Australia 1995
Arcadia  California  United States
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