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Municipality of Strathfield
New South Wales
Strathfield sydney lga.png
 • Density 2,859/km2 (7,400/sq mi)
Established 2 June 1885 (1885-06-02)
Area 14.1 km2 (5.4 sq mi)
Mayor Matthew Blackmore
Council seat Strathfield
Region Metropolitan Sydney
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
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Website Municipality of Strathfield
LGAs around Municipality of Strathfield:
Parramatta Canada Bay Canada Bay
Cumberland Municipality of Strathfield Burwood
Canterbury-Bankstown Canterbury-Bankstown Burwood

The Municipality of Strathfield, also known as Strathfield Council, is a local government area in the Inner West of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia.

Strathfield Council was incorporated on 2 June 1885. The Council area was made up of parts of three existing localities: Redmire (in the northeast), Homebush (in the northwest) and Druitt Town (in the south). The name "Strathfield" was adopted as the name of the new council upon incorporation. In 1886, the suburb of Redmire was renamed Strathfield, as was the railway station. The Council incorporated the suburb of Flemington in 1892, after which the entire council area was usually referred to as the suburb of "Strathfield". In the 20th century, the Council further expanded southward by taking in the western part of former Enfield Council (which became Strathfield South), and northward by taking in the Municipality of Homebush (north of the railway line).

Strathfield Council today comprises an area of 14.1 square kilometres (5.4 sq mi) and as at the 2016 census had an estimated 40,312 residents. The Council area is made up of residential neighbourhoods and town centres, with significant local heritage, open space, lifestyle amenities, public and private schools and access to tertiary institutions such as a campus of Australian Catholic University and the University of Sydney and TAFE Sydney Institute.

The Mayor of Strathfield Municipal Council is Cr. Matthew Blackmore, a member of the Strathfield Independents elected on 12 January 2022. The Deputy Mayor is Cr. Karen Pensabene

Suburbs and localities in the local government area

The Strathfield Local Government Area comprises:


OSB LGA Strathfield
Overseas-born birthplaces based on 2001 Australian Census data for the Strathfield local government area.

At the 2016 census there were 40,312 people in the Strathfield local government area, of these 50.7 per cent were male and 49.3 per cent were female. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 0.3 per cent of the population; significantly below the NSW and Australian averages of 2.9 and 2.8 per cent respectively. The median age of people in the Strathfield local government area was 32 years; significantly lower than the national median of 38 years. Children aged 0 – 14 years made up 18.7 per cent of the population and people aged 65 years and over made up 15.7 per cent of the population. Of people in the area aged 15 years and over, 48.1 per cent were married and 11.7 per cent were either divorced or separated. Strathfield has become an important multicultural centre (for Korean, Chinese and Sri Lankan minority populations).

Population growth in the Strathfield local government area between the 2001 census and the 2006 census was 15.14 per cent; while in the subsequent five years to the 2011 census, population growth was 10.02 per cent. At the 2016 census, the population in the Municipality increased by 14.56 per cent. When compared with total population growth of Australia for the same period, being 8.8 per cent, population growth in Strathfield local government area was significantly higher than the national average. The median household weekly income for residents within the Municipality of Strathfield was 24% higher than the national average.

Historical census data for Strathfield local government area
Census year 2001 2006 2011 2016
Population Estimated residents on census night 27,777 Increase 31,983 Increase 35,188 Increase 40,312
LGA rank in terms of size within New South Wales 55th Increase 53rd
% of New South Wales population 0.51% Increase 0.54%
% of Australian population 0.15% Increase 0.16% Steady 0.16% Increase 0.17%
Cultural and language diversity
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Chinese (excludes SARs and Taiwan) 17.3% Increase 17.8%
Indian 8.0% Increase 11.1%
South Korean 7.5% Increase 7.9%
English 7.7%
Australian 9.2% Decrease 7.5%
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(other than English)
Mandarin 4.2% Increase 6.4% Increase 8.0% Increase 10.0%
Korean 7.0% Increase 8.4% Increase 8.9% Decrease 8.8%
Cantonese 8.7% Decrease 8.4% Decrease 8.0% Decrease 7.0%
Tamil 6.4% Decrease 5.8% Decrease 5.3% Increase 5.6%
Arabic 5.8% Steady 5.8% Decrease 5.7% Decrease 5.0%
Religious affiliation
Religious affiliation,
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Catholic 34.0% Decrease 30.7% Decrease 27.5% Decrease 23.0%
No religion, so described 10.2% Increase 12.3% Increase 15.0% Increase 21.6%
Hinduism 9.0% Increase 10.3% Increase 13.2% Increase 16.4%
Buddhism n/c Increase 6.4% Increase 6.8% Decrease 5.7%
Not stated n/c n/c n/c 9.3%
Median weekly incomes
Personal income Median weekly personal income A$458 A$558 A$682
% of Australian median income 98.3% 96.7% 103.0%
Family income Median weekly family income A$1,256 A$1,595 A$1,894
% of Australian median income 106.4% 107.7% 109.2%
Household income Median weekly household income A$1,256 A$1,421 A$1,781
% of Australian median income 107.3% 115.2% 123.9%

Current composition and election method

Strathfield Municipal Council Chambers, located in Strathfield.

Strathfield Municipal Council is composed of seven Councillors elected proportionally as one entire ward. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held on 8 September 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:

The current Council as at 29 September 2015 are:

Councillor Party Notes
  Andrew Soulos Independent Mayor
  Stephanie Kokkolis Liberal Deputy Mayor
  Daniel Bott Labor Former Mayor
  Sang Ok Liberal Former Mayor
  Gulian Vaccari Liberal Former Mayor
  Helen McLucas Independent Former Deputy Mayor
  Raj Datta Labor


Throughout its history, there have been movements to amalgamate local councils in the Sydney area: the first major 'threat' was with the 'royal commission for a greater Sydney (1913)', known as 'The Greater Sydney Movement'. The Royal Commission brought together Sidney Webb,

In 1992, a section of the northern part of the Municipality was transferred to the Auburn Council area. In return, the area of and between Boundary Creek and the railway line, occupied by the former Ford factory building, was transferred from Auburn to Strathfield Council.

A 2015 review of local government boundaries by the NSW Government Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal recommended that the Strathfield Municipal Council merge with adjoining councils. The government proposed a merger of the Burwood, Canada Bay, and Strathfield Councils to form a new council with an area of 41 square kilometres (16 sq mi) and support a population of approximately 163,000. On 6 May Strathfield Council commenced legal action in the NSW Land and Environment Court against the proposed amalgamation. After the Court heard that there were legal flaws in the report from the State Government appointed delegate who examined the proposal for merging the councils, the NSW Government withdrew from the case and the merger proposal stalled.


Strathfield Saye Plaque

Strathfield Council was proclaimed on 2 June 1885 by the NSW Governor, Sir Augustus Loftus. The Council was incorporated following petitions by residents of the Redmire area to form local government. This move was opposed by residents of Homebush and Druitt Town, possibly fearing the dominance of the more affluent and politically connected residents of Redmire. Despite counter petitions, the Municipality was incorporated in 1885.

Strathfield Council built the current Council Chambers in 1887. Between 1885 and 1887 the Council operated from various private homes in Strathfield, pending the building of a permanent Council Chambers. Until 1923, when the current Strathfield Town Hall was built, the Council Chambers building was used between meetings of Council as a community hall.

The Strathfield Council area has expanded in geography and population over time and now includes the suburbs of Strathfield, Homebush and Homebush West, Flemington, Greenacre, Strathfield South, Chullora (part) and Belfield (part).


The population of Strathfield is made up of a number of ethnic groups, and about 48% of the population born overseas. As a result, there are a number of services for newly arrived immigrants and overseas students who live in the area. Two such organisations are the Russian Ethnic Community Council of NSW Inc (RECNSW), and the Sydney Tamil Resource Centre Inc (STRC). RECNSW provides access to information and referral to mainstream services to recent immigrants of Russian and Russian speaking background and disseminates information to remote and offshore areas on a number of issues. STRC provides resources to Tamil immigrants.

In the 1990s, a large number of South Korean migrants settled in Strathfield Strathfield now has a large number of shops selling Korean food and cultural items.

Strathfield also has a number of community centres, including a Rotary club, Latvian theatre, Lantern Club, and libraries. The local Rotary club provides support to the community and has a number of projects in the area, as well as a Musical Society (part of Rotary?), which normally produces two shows a year in the Latvian Theatre in Strathfield. Their main social activity is rehearsing twice weekly and they present seven performances of their musical production over two weekends. Strathfield Lantern Club Voluntary is located in Strathfield and provides fundraising organisation for raising funds specifically for the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children in North Rocks.

Strathfield has made its own unique contribution to pop. Strathfield was home during part of the 1960s to the Bee Gees (Redmyre Road) and several Australian indie rock and indie pop bands have emerged from Strathfield including Prince Vlad & the Gargoyle Impalers, Lunatic Fringe, The Upbeat, Women of Troy member Paul O'Reilly, and The Mexican Spitfires. Grant McLennan of The Go-Betweens also lived in Carrington Avenue, Strathfield for a number of years in the 1990s.

The lyrics of the song by Radio Birdman, Murder City Nights refers to Woodward Road, Strathfield:

Cruising down Woodward gotta find me some action
Looking for a lover with a power reaction.

Strathfield has also been home to a number of famous sporting identities including cricketers Bobby Simpson and Alan Davidson and three Prime Ministers, Frank Forde, Billy Hughes and George Reid.


The Strathfield Council area is located at 33°52'10" North, 151°5'59" West (33.8717, 151.0899). It covers a total area of approximately 14.1 square kilometres (5.4 sq mi) and includes the suburbs of Strathfield, Strathfield South, Homebush, Homebush West, Greenacre, Flemington and part of Belfield (in Australia, a local government area, incorporates many suburbs into its area). Homebush Bay Drive bounds Strathfield Council to the north, Powells Creek, The Boulevarde and Coronation Parade bounds it to the east, Punchbowl Road and Juno Parade form the southern border and Roberts Road, Chullora rail yards, Rookwood Cemetery and the Sydney Olympic Park Rail line bound the Municipality to the west.

For NSW state elections, the Municipality of Strathfield is divided between the Strathfield, Lakemba and Auburn electorates and for Federal elections it is in the electorates of Reid and Watson.

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