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Great Lakes Council
New South Wales
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Location in New South Wales
Population 34,430 (2011 census)
 • Density 10.1985/km2 (26.414/sq mi)
Abolished 12 May 2016 (2016-05-12)
Area 3,376 km2 (1,303.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10)
 • Summer (DST) AEDT (UTC+11)
Mayor Jan McWilliams
Council seat Forster
Region Hunter
State electorate(s)
  • Myall Lakes
  • Upper Hunter
  • Port Stephens
Federal Division(s) Paterson
Website Great Lakes Council
LGAs around Great Lakes Council:
Gloucester Greater Taree Greater Taree
Dungog Great Lakes Council Tasman Sea
Port Stephens Port Stephens Tasman Sea

Great Lakes Council was a local government area in the Mid North Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The area is situated adjacent to the shores of Port Stephens, Myall Lakes and Wallis Lake and the Pacific Highway and the Lakes Way. On 12 May 2016 the council was dissolved and the area included in the Mid-Coast Council, along with City of Greater Taree and Gloucester Shire.

The Great Lakes area is home to the globally significant, Ramsar Convention listed Myall Lakes wetlands. These wetlands are an important foundation for the economies of the former suburbs of the Great Lakes Council local government area, particularly the recreational fisheries and tourism sectors.


A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended the merger of a number of adjoining councils. In the initial proposal, the Great Lakes Council was not included in any amalgamation proposals. However, Gloucester Shire Council submitted an alternate proposal to amalgamate the Gloucester, Great Lakes and Greater Taree councils. The outcome of an independent review was completed by May 2016, when the Council was dissolved.


At the 2011 census, there were 34,430 people in the Great Lakes Council local government area, of these 49.0 per cent were male and 51.0 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 3.8 per cent of the population, which was higher than the national and state averages of 2.5 per cent. The median age of people in the Great Lakes Council area was 52 years, significantly higher than the national median of 37 years; and the highest median of any local government area in New South Wales. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 15.4 per cent of the population; and people aged 65 years and over made up 30.6 per cent of the population, with the latter significantly influencing the median age. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 52.4 per cent were married and 15.0 per cent were either divorced or separated.

Population growth in the Great Lakes Council between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 4.00 per cent; and in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 5.08 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same periods, being 5.78 per cent and 8.32 per cent respectively, population growth in the Great Lakes Council local government area was significantly lower than the national average. The median weekly income for residents within the Great Lakes Council area was nearly half the national average.

At the 2011 census, the proportion of residents in the Great Lakes Council local government area who stated their ancestry as Australian or Anglo-Saxon exceeded 82 per cent of all residents (national average was 65.2 per cent). In excess of 66% of all residents in the Great Lakes Council area nominated a religious affiliation with Christianity at the 2011 census, which was significantly higher than the national average of 50.2 per cent. Meanwhile, as at the census date, compared to the national average, households in the Great Lakes Council local government area had a significantly lower than average proportion (3.6 per cent) where two or more languages are spoken (national average was 20.4 per cent); and a significantly higher proportion (92.6 per cent) where English only was spoken at home (national average was 76.8 per cent).

Selected historical census data for the Great Lakes Council local government area
Census year 2001 2006 2011
Population Estimated residents on Census night 31,266 32,766 34,430
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales
% of New South Wales population 0.50%
% of Australian population 0.17% Steady 0.17% Decrease 0.16%
Cultural and language diversity
top responses
English 34.2%
Australian 32.5%
Irish 8.6%
Scottish 7.6%
German 2.7%
top responses
(other than English)
German 0.1% Increase 0.3% Increase 0.4%
Italian 0.2% Steady 0.2% Increase 0.3%
Cantonese 0.2% Decrease 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Dutch 0.1% Steady 0.1% Steady 0.1%
French 0.1% Steady 0.1% Steady 0.1%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
top responses
Anglican 38.1% Decrease 35.8% Decrease 34.0%
Catholic 22.1% Increase 22.4% Decrease 22.3%
No Religion 11.3% Increase 13.9% Increase 16.8%
Uniting Church 7.4% Decrease 6.6% Decrease 6.0%
Presbyterian and Reformed 4.5% Decrease 4.1% Decrease 3.9%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$338 A$395
% of Australian median income 72.5% Decrease 68.5%
Family income Median weekly family income A$747 A$881
% of Australian median income 63.8% Decrease 59.5%
Household income Median weekly household income A$611 A$729
% of Australian median income 59.5% Decrease 59.1%
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