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City of Rockdale
New South Wales
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Population 97,340 (2011)
 • Density 3,476.4/km2 (9,004/sq mi)
Established 13 January 1871
Abolished 9 September 2016
Area 28 km2 (10.8 sq mi)
Council seat Rockdale Town Hall
Region St George
Parish St George
Rockdale City Council Logo.jpg
Website City of Rockdale
LGAs around City of Rockdale:
Canterbury-Bankstown Inner West Botany Bay
Hurstville/Georges River City of Rockdale Botany Bay
Kogarah/Georges River Sutherland Sutherland

The City of Rockdale was a local government area in southern and St George regions of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. The city centre was located 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) south of the Sydney central business district, on the western shores of Botany Bay. First proclaimed on 13 January 1871, Rockdale was formerly known as the Municipality of West Botany until 1887 and the Municipality of Rockdale before being proclaimed as a City in 1995. Rockdale was amalgamated with the neighbouring City of Botany Bay on 9 September 2016 to form the new municipality of Bayside Council.

The last Mayor of the City of Rockdale at amalgamation was Cr. Bill Saravinovski, a member of the Labor Party.

Suburbs and localities in the local government area

City of Rockdale
City of Rockdale signpost, Stoney Creek Road, Kingsgrove

Suburbs in the City of Rockdale were:

The City of Rockdale also managed and maintained the following localities:

  • Bardwell Creek
  • Cooks Cove
  • Lady Robinson Beach
  • Muddy Creek
  • Rocky Point
  • Sandringham Bay
  • St Kilda Point


At the 2011 Census, there were 97,340 people in the Rockdale local government area, of these 49.4% were male and 50.6% were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.6% of the population. The median age of people in the City of Rockdale was 36 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 17.4% of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.1% of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 50.9% were married and 10.8% were either divorced or separated.

Population growth in the City of Rockdale between the 2001 Census and the 2006 Census was 5.09%; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 Census, population growth was 5.66%. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78% and 8.32% respectively, population growth in the Rockdale local government area was on par with the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the City of Rockdale was on par with the national average.

The proportion of residents who stated their ancestry was Macedonian was 6.5 times the New South Wales and national averages; the proportion of households where Macedonian is spoken at home is in excess of eight times the state and national averages; and the proportion of residents who stated an affiliation with Eastern Orthodox religion was in excess of six times the state and national averages.

Selected historical census data for Rockdale local government area
Census year 2001 2006 2011
Population Estimated residents on Census night 87,657 92,126 97,340
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 1.41%
% of Australian population 0.47% Decrease 0.46% Decrease 0.45%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
Australian 12.4%
English 12.2%
Chinese 10.0%
Greek 9.2%
Lebanese 6.1%
top responses
(other than English)
Greek 9.7% Decrease 9.4% Decrease 9.2%
Arabic 8.3% Increase 9.0% Steady 9.0%
Mandarin 3.2% Increase 4.3% Increase 5.1%
Macedonian 6.3% Decrease 5.4% Decrease 5.0%
Cantonese 4.5% Steady 4.5% Increase 4.6%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Catholic 25.6% Decrease 24.2% Decrease 23.3%
Eastern Orthodox 19.2% Decrease 18.9% Decrease 18.3%
No religion 9.5% Increase 11.2% Increase 13.7%
Islam 8.2% Increase 9.7% Increase 10.6%
Anglican 12.9% Decrease 10.3% Decrease 8.6%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$457 A$555
% of Australian median income 98.1% 96.2%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,035 A$1,443
% of Australian median income 100.8% 97.4%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,163 A$1,276
% of Australian median income 99.3% 103.4%


The City of Rockdale was originally known as the West Botany Municipality. The Municipality of West Botany was declared on 13 January 1871 and covered 23 square kilometres (9 sq mi) in 1884. It included much of the land which was later used to build Sydney Airport. The West Botany name was officially changed to Rockdale in 1887, when land was being sub-divided for residential development. Among the main developers during this period was Frederick Jamison Gibbes, a member of parliament whose name is perpetuated by Gibbes Street in Banksia.

The area of the municipality was reduced when the mouth of Cooks River was moved further south of its original position in the mid-1940s, to allow for the extension of Sydney Airport. Only a small part of the airport remains in the local government area today. As the city's population increased, more suburbs were created within its boundaries. The Municipality of Rockdale was declared a city in 1995, and is now known as the City of Rockdale.

2002 corruption inquiry

During 2002, two elected officials of Rockdale City Council were at the centre of an Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) inquiry. The inquiry revealed that the Deputy Mayor, Adam McCormick (Labor) and Councillor Andrew Smyrnis (Liberal) engaged in corrupt conduct with two property developers Con Chartofillis and Terry Andriotakis via two intermediaries, Manuel Limberis and Tony Retsos. The ICAC recommended to the New South Wales Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) that charges be laid against all six individuals under the and the . Both councillors resigned from Council and a by-election was held on 31 August 2002 to replace the two disgraced councillors.

Following consideration of the briefs and evidence involved, the DPP commenced action. It was successful in recording convictions, and the known determinations made by the Courts are as follows:

  • Smyrnis was sentenced to two years periodic detention.
  • Retsos was fined $80,000 and sentenced to three years periodic detention.
  • McCormick, protested his innocence; with Smyrnis agreeing to testify against him. McCormick was sentenced to a maximum of five years in custody for receiving $70,000 in bribes in return for delivering Labor Party support for a development application and for lying to the inquiry.

Proposed amalgamation

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

Sister cities

The City of Rockdale has sister city links that encourage cultural and social contact, as well as giving the cities involved the chance to explore educational and economic opportunities. The sister cities are:

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