Municipality of Ashfield is a Local Government Area of
Sydney, New South
Ashfield Council Administration
approximately 10 kilometres west of the central business district
According to the Australian Bureau Statistics
- were 40,262 people as at 30 June 2006, the 54th largest Local
Government Area in New South Wales. It was equal to 0.6% of the New
South Wales population of 6,827,694
- was an increase of 152 people over the year to 30 June 2006, the
74th largest population growth in a Local Government Area in New
South Wales. It was equal to 0.3% of the 58,753 increase in the
population of New South Wales
- was, in percentage terms, an increase of 0.4% in the number of
people over the year to 30 June 2006, the 109th fastest growth in
population of a Local Government Area in New South Wales. In New
South Wales the population grew by 0.9%
- was a fall in population over the 10 years to 30 June 2006 of
1,496 people or 3.6% (0.4% in annual average terms). In New South
Wales the population grew by 622,966 or 10% (1.0% in annual average
terms) over the same period.
The municipality comprises:
It also includes parts of:
Ashfield Municipal Council is composed of twelve councillors
elected proportionally; the municipality is divided into four
wards, each electing three councillors. The mayor not directly
elected. The current makeup of the council is as follows:
The Municipality of Ashfield became a
"no war zone" following a 2004 motion
The current council, elected in 2008, is:
Housing is characterised equally by a mixture of 'grand Victorian'
and Federation-era freestanding homes, and post-war medium-density
unit dwellings ('flats' in Australian parlance).
In October 2006, Cr Nick Adams was "formally condemned by fellow
councillors after racking up thousands of dollars worth of phone
calls and Cabcharges for personal benefit."
In November 2005, the Deputy Mayor, Nick Adams, called for the
eradication of pigeons from the municipality as a way of preventing
the spread of so-called 'bird flu'. His motion was met with a
combination of disbelief, laughter, and subsequent national
notoriety. Councillor Marc Rerceretnam was widely quoted in
response: "The mind boggles when I think of Ashfield pigeons flying
to the border of Ashfield and stopping directly at the border,
saying "oh no, that's Canterbury, I can't go into there" and flying
back in again. I mean this, this is, what exactly is this motion
trying to do?". The motion failed.
In 2006, former Deputy Mayor, Nick Adams, denounced multiculturalism
on national television
only to be condemned by the community and the Ethnic Communities
Council of NSW.