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Sydney New South Wales

The Sydney Opera House and Sydney CBD at dusk

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4,336,374 [1] (1st) 2058/km² (5,330.2/sq mi) (2006)[2] 26 January 1788 33°51′35.9″S 151°12′40″E / 33.859972°S 151.21111°E / -33.859972; 151.21111Coordinates: 33°51′35.9″S 151°12′40″E / 33.859972°S 151.21111°E / -33.859972; 151.21111 12144.6 km² (4,689.1 sq mi) AEST (UTC+10) AEDT (UTC+11) • 881 km (547 mi) NE of Melbourne • 938 km (583 mi) S of Brisbane • 3970 km (2,467 mi) E of Perth • 1406 km (874 mi) E of Adelaide • 4003 km (2,487 mi) SE of Darwin various (38) Cumberland various (49) various (22) Mean Min Temp 13.8 °C
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Location of Sydney within Australia Sydney is situated on Australia’s southeast coast. The city is built around Port Jackson, which includes Sydney Harbour, leading to the city’s nickname, "the Harbour City". It is noted for the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge, and its beaches. The metropolitan area is surrounded by national parks, and contains many bays, rivers and inlets. It is listed as an alpha+ world city by the Loughborough University group’s 2008 inventory[6] and ranked 16th among global cities by Foreign Policy’s 2008 Global Cities Index.[7] The city has hosted international sporting events, including the 1938 British Empire Games, 2000 Summer Olympics and the final of the 2003 Rugby World Cup. The main airport serving Sydney is Kingsford Smith International Airport, commonly referred to as Sydney Airport. Sydney is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, which reflects its role as a major destination for immigrants to Australia.[8] According to the Mercer cost of living survey, Sydney is Australia’s most expensive city, and the 15th most expensive in the world.[9] Sydney also ranks among the top 10 most livable cities in the world according to Mercer Human Resource Consulting and The Economist.[10][11]

LGA: County: State District: Federal Division: Mean Max Temp 21.7 °C
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Annual Rainfall 1,213.4 mm
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Sydney (pronounced /ˈsɪdni/[3]) is the largest city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.34 million (2008 estimate).[4] It is the state capital of New South Wales, and was the site of the first British colony in Australia. It was established in 1788 at Sydney Cove by Arthur Phillip, admiral of the First Fleet from Britain.[5] A resident of the city is referred to as a Sydneysider.


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The early colony
In 1770, British sea captain Lieutenant James Cook landed in Botany Bay on the Kurnell Peninsula. It is here that James Cook made first contact with an Aboriginal community known as the Gweagal[17]. Under instruction from the British government, a convict settlement was founded by Arthur Phillip, who arrived at

Artwork depicting the first contact between the Gweagal Aborigines and Captain James Cook on the shores of the Kurnell Peninsula

Sydney circa 1828, looking north over Hyde Park towards the harbour Botany Bay with a fleet of 11 ships on 18 January 1788. This site was soon determined to be unsuitable for habitation, owing to poor soil and a lack of reliable fresh water. Phillip subsequently founded the colony further up the coast, at Sydney Cove on Port Jackson on 26 January 1788. He named it after the British Home Secretary, Thomas Townshend, Lord Sydney, in recognition of Sydney’s role in issuing the charter authorising Phillip to establish a colony. The original name was intended to be Albion until Phillip decided upon Sydney.[18] In April 1789 a disease, thought to be smallpox, killed an estimated 500 to 1000 Aboriginal people between Broken Bay and Botany Bay.[14] There was violent resistance to British settlement, notably by the warrior Pemulwuy in the area around Botany Bay, and conflicts were common in the area surrounding the Hawkesbury River. By 1820 there were only a few hundred Aborigines and Governor Macquarie had begun initiatives to ’civilize, Christianize and educate’ the Aborigines by removing them from their clans.[14] Macquarie’s tenure as Governor of New South Wales was a period when Sydney was improved from its basic beginnings. Roads, bridges, wharves and public buildings were constructed by British and Irish convicts, and by 1822 the town had banks, markets, wellestablished thoroughfares and an organised constabulary. The 1830s and 1840s were

Indigenous history prior to 1788
Radiocarbon dating suggests that the Sydney region has been inhabited by indigenous Australians for at least 30,000 years.[12] The traditional Indigenous inhabitants of Sydney Cove are the Cadigal people, whose land once stretched from south of Port Jackson to Petersham.[13] While estimates of the population numbers prior to the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 remains contentious, approximately 4,000 to 8,000 Aboriginal people lived in the Sydney region prior to contact with British settlers. The British called the Indigenous people the "Eora",[14] because being asked where they came from, these people would answer: "Eora", meaning "here", or "from this place" in their language.[15] There were three language groups in the Sydney region, which were divided into dialects spoken by smaller clans. The principal languages were Darug (the Cadigal, original inhabitants of the City of Sydney, spoke a coastal dialect of Darug), Dharawal and Guringai. Each clan had a territory, the location of that territory determined the resources available. Although urbanization has destroyed much evidence of these settlements (such as shell middens), a number of Sydney rock engravings, carvings and rock art remain visible in the Hawkesbury sandstone of the Sydney basin.[16]


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The International Exhibition of 1879 at the Garden Palace Sydney overtook Melbourne in population in the early years of the 20th century,[22] and has remained the largest city in Australia since this time. During the 1970s and 1980s Sydney’s CBD with the Reserve Bank and Australian Stock Exchange clearly surpassed Melbourne as the nation’s financial capital.[23] Throughout the 20th century, especially in the decades immediately following World War II, Sydney continued to expand as large numbers of European and later Asian immigrants populated the metropolitan area. The culture brought about by immigrants was a major factor in the city’s diverse and highly cosmopolitan atmosphere. A survey conducted in 2009 placed Melbourne as a much better city to live in than Sydney, with this being confirmed by Melbourne’s higher growth rate and more affordable housing.

Part of the Sydney Royal Easter Show , circa 1900. periods of urban development, including the development of the first suburbs, as the town grew rapidly when ships began arriving from Britain and Ireland with immigrants looking to start a new life in a new country. On 20 July 1842 the municipal council of Sydney was incorporated and the town was declared the first city in Australia, with Charles H. Chambers the first mayor.[19] The first of several gold rushes started in 1851, and the port of Sydney has since seen many waves of people arriving from around the world. Rapid suburban development began in the last quarter of the 19th century with the advent of steam powered tramways and railways. With industrialisation Sydney expanded rapidly, and by the early 20th century it had a population well in excess of one million. The Great Depression hit Sydney badly. One of the highlights of the Depression era, however, was the completion of the Sydney Harbour Bridge in 1932.[20]

Sydney’s urban area is in a coastal basin, which is bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the East, the Blue Mountains to the West, the Hawkesbury River to the North and the Royal National Park to the South. It lies on a submergent coastline, where the ocean level has risen to flood deep river valleys (ria) carved in the hawkesbury sandstone. Port Jackson, better known as Sydney Harbour, is one such ria and is the largest natural harbour in the world.[24] The Sydney area is not affected by significant earthquakes. The urban area has around 70 harbour and ocean beaches, including the famous Bondi Beach. Sydney’s urban area covers 1,687 km2 (651 sq mi) as

19th and early 20th century
A rivalry has traditionally existed between Sydney and Melbourne since the gold rushes of the 1850s grew the capital of Victoria into Australia’s largest and richest city.[21]


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Image of Sydney taken by NASA RS satellite. The city centre is about a fourth of the way in on the south shore of the upper inlet, the Parramatta River, directly south of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at 2001.[25] The Sydney Statistical Division, used for census data, is the unofficial metropolitan area [26] and covers 12,145 km2 (4,689 sq mi).[27] This area includes the Central Coast, the Blue Mountains, and national parks and other unurbanised land. This makes Sydney the third largest urban agglomeration in the world (with a population of over 3 million) behind Brasília (14,400 km²) and Tokyo (13,500 km²).[28] Geographically, Sydney lies over two regions: the Cumberland Plain, a relatively flat region lying to the south and west of the harbour, and the Hornsby Plateau, a sandstone plateau lying mainly to the north of the harbour and dissected by steep valleys. The parts of the city with the oldest European development are located in the flat areas south of the harbour. The North Shore was slower to develop because of its hilly topography and lack of access across the harbour. The Sydney Harbour Bridge was opened in 1932 and linked the North Shore to the rest of the city.

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78 78 76 72 67 62 61 64 68 72 74 77 65 66 64 58 53 49 46 48 52 56 60 64 average temperatures in °F precipitation totals in inches Sydney has a temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters, and rainfall spread throughout the year.[29][30][31][32] The weather is moderated by proximity to the ocean, and more extreme temperatures are recorded in the inland western suburbs. The warmest month is January, with an average air temperature range at Observatory Hill of 18.6-25.8 °C (65.5-78.4 °F). There is an average of 14.6 days a year over 30 °C (86.0 °F). The maximum recorded temperature was 45.3 °C (113.5 °F) on 14 January 1939 at the end of a 4-day heat wave across Australia.[33] The winter is mildly cool, with temperatures rarely dropping below 5 °C (41 °F) in coastal areas. The coldest month is July, with an average range of 8-16.2 °C (46.4-61.2 °F). The lowest recorded minimum at Observatory Hill was 2.1 °C (35.8 °F). Rainfall is fairly evenly divided between summer and winter, but is slightly higher during the first half of the year, when easterly winds dominate. The average annual rainfall, with moderate to low variability, is 1,217 mm (48 in), falling on an average 138 days a year.[34] Snowfall was last reported in the Sydney City area in 1836.[35] However, a July 2008 fall of graupel, or soft hail, mistaken by many for snow, has raised the possibility that the 1836 event was not snow, either.[36] The city is not affected by cyclones. The El Niño Southern Oscillation plays an important role in determining Sydney’s weather patterns: drought and bushfire on the one hand, and storms and flooding on the other, associD ated with the opposite phases of the oscillation. Many areas of the city bordering bushland have experienced bushfires, notably in 78 1994 and 2001–02 — these tend to occur during the spring and summer. The city is also 25 prone to severe hail storms and wind storms. 18 One such storm was the 1999 hailstorm, which severely damaged Sydney’s eastern


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months of 2006 the mean temperature was 18.41 °C (65.1 °F); the warmest year previously was 2004 with 18.51 °C (65.32 °F). Since November 2003, there have been only two months in which the average daily maximum was below average: March 2005 (about 1 °C below average)[39] and June 2006 (0.7 °C below average).[40] The summer of 2007-08 proved to be one of the coolest on record. The Bureau of Meteorology reported that it was the coolest summer in 11 years, the wettest summer in six years, and one of only three summers in recorded history to lack a maximum temperature above 31 °C (88 °F).[41]

Bondi Beach in Sydney’s east. Sydney’s warm weather in summer makes its beaches very popular. and city suburbs. The storm produced massive hailstones of at least 9 cm (3.5 in) in diameter and resulting in insurance losses of around AUD $1.7 billion in less than five hours.[37] The city is also prone to flash flooding from enormous amounts of rain caused by East Coast Lows (a low pressure depression which deepens off the state usually in winter and early spring which can bring significant damage by heavy rain, cyclonic winds and huge swells). The most notable event was the great Sydney flood which occurred on 6 August 1986 and dumped a record 327.6 mm (12.9 in) on the city in 24 hours. This caused major traffic problems and damage in many parts of the metropolitan area.[38]

Urban structure

Sydney Sun Times The Bureau of Meteorology has reported that 2002 through 2005 were the warmest summers in Sydney since records began in 1859. 2004 had an average daily maximum temperature of 23.39 °C, 2005 - 23.35 °C, 2002 - 22.91 °C and 2003 - 22.65 °C. The average daily maximum between 1859 and 2004 was 21.6 °C (70.9 °F). For the first nine

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world (ahead of such cities as Los Angeles and São Paulo).[46] The extensive area covered by urban Sydney is formally divided into 642 [47] suburbs (for addressing and postal purposes), and administered as 40 [48] local government areas. There is no city-wide government, but the Government of New South Wales and its agencies have extensive responsibilities in providing metropolitan services.[49] The City of Sydney itself covers a fairly small area comprising the central business district and its neighbouring inner-city suburbs. In addition, regional descriptions are used informally to conveniently describe larger sections of the urban area. These include Eastern Suburbs, Hills District, Inner West, Canterbury-Bankstown, Northern Beaches, Northern Suburbs, North Shore, St George, Southern Sydney, South-eastern Sydney, South-western Sydney, Sutherland Shire and Western Sydney. However, many suburbs are not conveniently covered by any of these categories.

Houses and apartments line the cliff top in Dover Heights See also: Buildings and architecture of Sydney, Heritage homes of Sydney, and Regions of Sydney Sydney’s central business district (CBD) extends southwards for about 3 kilometres (1.25 mi) from Sydney Cove to the area around Central station. The Sydney CBD is bounded on the east side by a chain of parkland, and the west by Darling Harbour, a tourist and nightlife precinct. Although the CBD dominated the city’s business and cultural life in the early days, other business/cultural districts have developed in a radial pattern since World War II. As a result, the proportion of white-collar jobs located in the CBD declined from more than 60 per cent at the end of World War II to less than 30 per cent in 2004. Together with the commercial district of North Sydney, joined to the CBD by the Harbour Bridge, the most significant outer business districts are Parramatta[43] in the central-west, Penrith[44] in the west, Bondi Junction in the east, Liverpool[45] in the southwest, Chatswood to the north, and Hurstville to the south. Sydney’s skyline has been ranked as the best in Australia and the 25th best in the

The largest economic sectors in Sydney, as measured by the number of people employed, include property and business services, retail, manufacturing, and health and community services.[50] Since the 1980s, jobs have moved from manufacturing to the services and information sectors. Sydney provides approximately 25 percent of the country’s total GDP.[51] The Australian Securities Exchange and the Reserve Bank of Australia are located in Sydney, as are the headquarters of 90 banks and more than half of Australia’s top companies, and the regional headquarters for around 500 multinational corporations.[51] Of the ten largest corporations in Australia (based on revenue),[52] four have headquarters in Sydney (Caltex Australia, the Commonwealth Bank, Westpac, and Woolworths). Fox Studios Australia has large movie studios in the city. The Sydney Futures Exchange (SFE) is one of the Asia Pacific’s largest financial futures and options exchanges, with 64.3 million contracts traded during 2005. It is the 12th largest futures market in the world and the 19th largest including options.[53] The city has the highest median household income of any major city in Australia (US$42,559 PPP). As of 2004, the


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The City of Sydney, viewed from Balmain. unemployment rate in Sydney was 4.9 percent.[54] According to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Worldwide cost of living survey, Sydney is the sixteenth most expensive city in the world, while a UBS survey ranks Sydney as 15th in the world in terms of net earnings.[55] As of 20 September 2007, Sydney has the highest median house price of any Australian capital city at $559,000.[56] Sydney also has the highest median rent prices of any Australian city at $450 a week. A report published by the OECD in November 2005, shows that Australia has the Western World’s highest housing prices when measured against rental yields.[57] Shopping locations in the central business district include the Queen Victoria Building, the pedestrian mall on Pitt Street, and international luxury boutiques in the quieter, northern end of Castlereagh St. Oxford Street in Paddington and Crown Street, Woollahra are home to boutiques selling more niche products, and the main streets of Newtown and Enmore cater more towards students and alternative lifestyles. Many of the large regional centres around the metropolitan area also contain large shopping complexes, such as Parramatta in Western Sydney, Bondi Junction in the Eastern Suburbs and Chatswood on the North Shore, most of which are Westfield brand shopping centres. Sydney received 7.8 million domestic visitors and 2.5 million international visitors in 2004.[58] In 2007, the (then) Premier of New South Wales, Morris Iemma established Events New South Wales to "market Sydney and NSW as a leading global events destination".

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Significant overseas born populations[59] Country of Birth Population (2006)

The 2006 census reported 4,119,190 residents in the Sydney Statistical Division,[60] of which 3,641,422 lived in Sydney’s urban area.[61] Inner Sydney was the most densely populated place in Australia with 4,023 persons per square kilometre.[62] The statistical division is larger in area than the urban area, as it allows for predicted growth. A resident of Sydney is commonly referred to as a "Sydneysider".[63] In the 2006 census, the most common selfdescribed ancestries identified for Sydney residents were Australian, English, Irish, Scottish and Chinese. The Census also recorded that two per cent of Sydney’s population identified as being of indigenous origin and 31.7 per cent[60] were born overseas. The three major sources of immigrants are the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, followed by Vietnam, Lebanon, India, Italy and the Philippines.[60] Most Sydneysiders are native speakers of English; many have a second language, the most common being Arabic (predominately Lebanese), Chinese


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Sydney Royal Easter Show is held every year at Sydney Olympic Park, the final of Australian Idol takes place on the steps of the Opera House, and Australian Fashion Week takes place in April/May. Also, Sydney’s New Years Eve and Australia Day celebrations are the largest in Australia.

Entertainment and performing arts

Freedom Arch in Cabramatta, a suburb home to a large proportion of Sydney’s Vietnamese population languages (mostly Mandarin, Shanghainese or Cantonese), and Italian.[60] Sydney has the seventh largest percentage of a foreign born population in the world, ahead of cities such as the highly multicultural London and Paris [64] but lower than the multicultural cities of Toronto and Miami. The median age of a Sydney resident is 34, with 12 per cent of the population over 65 years.[54] 15.2 per cent of Sydney residents have educational attainment equal to at least a bachelor’s degree,[65] which is lower than the national average of 19 per cent. In the 2006 census, 64 per cent of the Sydney residents identified themselves as Christians, 14.1 per cent had no religion, 10.4 per cent left the question blank, 3.9 per cent were Muslims, 3.7 per cent were Buddhists, 1.7 per cent were Hindus and 0.9 per cent were Jewish[59].

Sydney Opera House Concert Hall Sydney has a wide variety of cultural institutions. Sydney’s iconic Opera House has five theatres capable of hosting a range of performance styles; it is the home of Opera Australia—the third busiest opera company in the world, and the Sydney Symphony.[66] Other venues include the Sydney Town Hall, City Recital Hall, the State Theatre, the Theatre Royal, Sydney, the Sydney Theatre and the Wharf Theatre. The Sydney Dance Company under the leadership of Graeme Murphy during the late 20th century has also gained acclaim. The Sydney Theatre Company has a regular roster of local plays, such as noted playwright David Williamson, classics and international playwrights. In 2007, New Theatre (Newtown) celebrated 75 years of continuous production in Sydney. Other important theatre companies in Sydney include Company B and Griffin Theatre Company. From the 1940s through to the 1970s the Sydney Push, a group of authors and political activists whose members included Germaine Greer, influenced the city’s cultural life. The National Institute of Dramatic Art, based in Kensington, boasts internationally famous alumni such as Mel Gibson, Judy

Sydney hosts many different festivals and some of Australia’s largest social and cultural events. These include the Sydney Festival, Australia’s largest arts festival which is a celebration involving both indoor and free outdoor performances throughout January; the Biennale of Sydney, established in 1973; the Big Day Out, a travelling rock music festival which originated in Sydney; the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras along Oxford Street; the Sydney Film Festival and many other smaller film festivals such as the short film Tropfest and Flickerfest. Australia’s premier prize for portraiture, the Archibald Prize is organised by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. The


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Sydney Opera House at night In the year ending March 2008, Sydney received 2.7 million international visitors.[68] The most well known attractions include the Sydney Opera House, and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Other attractions include Royal Botanical Gardens, Luna Park, the beaches and Sydney Tower. [69] Sydney also has several popular museums such as, the Australian Museum (natural history and anthropology), the Powerhouse Museum (science, technology and design), the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Australian National Maritime Museum.

Giraffes at the world famous Taronga Zoo Davis, Baz Luhrmann and Cate Blanchett. Sydney’s role in the film industry has increased since the opening of Fox Studios Australia in 1998. Prominent films which have been filmed in the city include Moulin Rouge!, Mission: Impossible II, Star Wars episodes II and III, Superman Returns, Dark City, Son of the Mask, Stealth, Dil Chahta Hai, Happy Feet, Australia and The Matrix. Films using Sydney as a setting include Finding Nemo, Strictly Ballroom, Muriel’s Wedding, Our Lips Are Sealed, Independence Day and Dirty Deeds. Many Bollywood movies have also been filmed in Sydney including Singh Is Kinng, Bachna Ae Haseeno, Chak De India, Heyy Babyy. As of 2006, over 229 films have been set in, or featured Sydney.[67] Sydney’s most popular nightspots include Kings Cross, Oxford Street, Darling Harbour, Circular Quay and The Rocks which all contain various bars, nightclubs and restaurants. Star City Casino, is Sydney’s only casino and is situated around Darling Harbour. There are also many traditional pubs, cafes and restaurants in inner city areas such as Newtown, Balmain and Leichhardt. Sydney’s main live music hubs include areas such as Newtown and Annandale, which nurtured acts such as AC/DC, Midnight Oil and INXS. Other popular nightspots tend to be spread throughout the city in areas such as Bondi, Manly, Cronulla and Parramatta.

Sport and outdoor activities
Sydney is well endowed with open spaces and access to waterways, and has many natural areas even within the city centre. Within the Sydney central business district are the Chinese Garden of Friendship, Hyde Park, The Domain and the Royal Botanic Gardens. The metropolitan area contains several national parks, including the Royal National Park, the second oldest national park in the world and several parks in Sydney’s far west which are part of the World Heritage listed Greater Blue Mountains Area.[70] See also: Sport in New South Wales Sport is an important part of Sydney’s culture. The most popular sport in Sydney is rugby league. It was brought to the city from Northern England before spreading to other parts of Australia. The NSWRFL (today known as the NRL) began in Sydney in 1908 and today is the largest rugby league competition in the world. The city is home to nine of the sixteen teams currently in the National Rugby League competition. They are the: Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks, Manly Sea Eagles, Penrith Panthers, Parramatta Eels, South Sydney Rabbitohs, St George

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Illawarra Dragons, Wests Tigers. Sydney Roosters and

oldest extant newspaper in Australia, having been published regularly since 1831. The Herald’s competitor, The Daily Telegraph, is a News Corporation-owned tabloid. Both papers have tabloid counterparts published on Sunday, The Sun-Herald and the Sunday Telegraph, respectively.

ANZ Stadium Of the major football codes, Association football (soccer) and rugby union are also very popular and Sydney is home to the ALeague’s Sydney FC and the Super 14’s NSW Waratahs respectively. Second tier competitions based in Sydney are the NSWPL and NSW Super League (football) and the Shute Shield (rugby union). Sydney also has an AFL (Australian rules football) team called the Sydney Swans, a Woman’s netball team (Swifts), a baseball team (Patriots), a field hockey team (Waratahs), 2 ice hockey teams (Penrith Bears / Sydney Ice Dogs) and a WNBL team (Sydney Uni Flames). As the state capital, Sydney is the home of the NSW Blues cricket team in the Sheffield Shield cricket competition, and the NSW Blues rugby league team in the annual Rugby League State of Origin series. Large sporting events such as the NRL Grand Final and Bledisloe Cup games are regularly held at the ANZ Stadium, the main stadium for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Other events in Sydney include the start of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Golden Slipper horse race, and the City to Surf race. Prominent sporting venues in Sydney include the SCG, ANZ Stadium, The Sydney Football Stadium, Eastern Creek Raceway, Royal Randwick and Rosehill Gardens Racecourse.

Seven Network broadcasting dishes in Epping. The three commercial television networks (Seven, Nine, Ten), as well as the government national broadcast services (ABC and SBS) are headquartered in Sydney. Also a community television station, TVS, broadcasts in the Sydney area. Historically, the networks have been based in the northern suburbs, but the last decade has seen several move to the inner city. Nine has kept its headquarters north of the harbour, in Willoughby. Ten has its studios in a redeveloped section of the inner-city suburb of Pyrmont, and Seven also has headquarters in Pyrmont, production studios at Epping as well as a purpose-built news studio in Martin Place in the CBD. The ABC has a large headquarters and production facility in the inner-city suburb of Ultimo and SBS has its studios at Artarmon. Foxtel and Optus both supply pay-TV over their cable services to most parts of the urban area. The five free-to-air networks have provided digital television transmissions in Sydney since January 2000. Additional services recently introduced include the ABC’s second channel ABC2 (Channel 22), SBS’s world news service SBS2 (Channel 33), an on-air program guide (Channel 4), a news, sport, and weather items channel (Channel 41), ChannelNSW: Government and Public Information (Channel 45),[71] Australian Christian Channel (Channel 46), MacquarieBank TV (Channel 47), SportsTAB (Channel

Sydney has two main daily newspapers. The Sydney Morning Herald is a broadsheet, and is Sydney’s newspaper of record with extensive coverage of domestic and international news, culture and business. It is also the


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48), Expo Home Shopping (Channel 49), and Federal parliamentary broadcasts (Channel 401 to 408). Many AM and FM government, commercial and community radio services broadcast in the Sydney area. The local ABC radio station is 702 ABC Sydney (formerly 2BL). The talkback radio genre is dominated by the perennial rivals 2GB and 2UE. Popular music stations include Triple M, 2Day FM and Nova 96.9, which generally targets people under 40. In the older end of the music radio market, Vega and MIX 106.5 target the 25 to 54 age group, while WS-FM targets the 40 to 54 age group with their Classic Hits format mostly focusing on the 70s & 80s. Triple J (national), 2SER and FBi Radio provide a more independent, local and alternative sound. There are also a number of community stations broadcasting to a particular language group or local area. Certain areas in Sydney are also being used for tests of digital radio broadcasting,[72] which the government plans to roll out in the future to replace the existing analogue AM and FM networks in much the same way as they are doing with analogue and digital television at present.


The Town Hall, seat of the City Council functions delegated to them by the New South Wales State Government, such as planning and garbage collection. The City of Sydney includes the central business area and some adjoining inner suburbs, and has in recent years been expanded through amalgamation with adjoining local government areas, such as South Sydney. It is led by the elected Lord Mayor of Sydney and a council. The Lord Mayor, however, is sometimes treated as a representative of the whole city, for example during the Olympics. Most citywide government activities are controlled by the state government. These include public transport, main roads, traffic control, policing, education above preschool level, and planning of major infrastructure projects. Because a large proportion of New South Wales’ population lives in Sydney, state governments have traditionally been reluctant to allow the development of citywide governmental bodies, which would tend to rival the state government. For this reason, Sydney has always been a focus for the politics of both State and Federal Parliaments. For example, the boundaries of the City of Sydney LGA have been significantly altered by state governments on at least four occasions since 1945, with expected


Sydney’s Local Government Areas Apart from the limited role of the Cumberland County Council from 1945–1964, there has never been an overall governing body for the Sydney metropolitan area; instead, the metropolitan area is divided into local government areas (LGAs). These areas have elected councils which are responsible for


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advantageous effect to the governing party in the New South Wales Parliament at the time.[73] The 38 LGAs commonly described as making up Sydney are: • Ashfield • Campbelltown • Hunter’s • Auburn • Canada Bay Hill • Bankstown • Canterbury • Hurstville • Blacktown • Fairfield • Kogarah • Botany • The Hills • Ku-ringBay • Holroyd gai • Burwood • Hornsby • Lane Cove • Camden • Leichhardt • Liverpool Different organisations have varying definitions of which councils make up Sydney. The Local Government Association of New South Wales considers all LGAs lying entirely in Cumberland County as part of its ’Metro’ group, which excludes Camden (classed in its ’Country’ group).[74] The Australian Bureau of Statistics defines a Sydney Statistical Division (the population figures of which are used in this article) that includes all of the above councils as well as Wollondilly, the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury, Gosford and Wyong.[75]

University of Technology, Sydney and the University of Western Sydney. Other universities which operate secondary campuses in Sydney include the University of Notre Dame Australia and the University of Wollongong. • Manly • Randwick • Waverley • There are four multi-campus•governmentMarrickville • Rockdale Willoughby funded Technical Ryde Further Woollahra • Mosman • and • Education (TAFE) institutes in Sydney, which provide • North • Strathfield vocational training Sutherland Sydney • at a tertiary level: the Sydney Institute of Technology, Northern • Parramatta • Sydney Sydney Institute • TAFE, Western Sydney Inof Warringah • Penrith stitute of TAFE and South Western Sydney • Pittwater Institute of TAFE. Sydney has public, denominational and independent schools. Public schools, including pre-schools, primary and secondary schools, and special schools are administered by the New South Wales Department of Education and Training. There are four state-administered education areas in Sydney, that together co-ordinate 919 schools. Of the 30 selective high schools in the state, 25 are in Sydney.[76]

Health systems
The Government of New South Wales operates the public hospitals in the Sydney metropolitan region. Management of these hospitals and other specialist health facilities is coordinated by 4 Area Health Services: Sydney South West (SSWAHS), Sydney West (SWAHS), Northern Sydney and Central Coast (NSCCAHS) and the South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra (SESIAHS) Area Health Services. There are also a number of private hospitals in the city, many of which are aligned with religious organisations.


The University of Sydney established in 1850, is the oldest university in Australia Sydney is home to some of Australia’s most prominent universities, and is the site of Australia’s first university, the University of Sydney (ranked 37th in the world in 2008), established in 1850. There are five other public universities operating primarily in Sydney: the Australian Catholic University (two out of six campuses), Macquarie University, University of New South Wales, the Most Sydney residents travel by car through the system of roads and motorways. The most important trunk routes in the urban area are the nine Metroads, which include the 110 km (68 mi) Sydney Orbital Network. Sydney is also served by extensive train, taxi, bus and ferry networks. Sydney trains are run by CityRail, a corporation of the New South Wales State Government. Trains run as suburban commuter rail services in the outer suburbs, then converge in an underground city loop service


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Circular Quay, the main ferry terminal in Sydney in the central business district. In the years following the 2000 Olympics, CityRail’s performance declined significantly.[77] In 2005, CityRail introduced a revised timetable and employed more drivers.[78] A large infrastructure project, the Clearways project, is scheduled to be completed by [79][80][81] In 2007 a report found Ci2010. tyrail performed poorly compared to many metro services from other world cities.[82]

Sydney’s Metro Monorail. Construction of a network of rapid bus transitways in areas not previously well served by public transport began in 1999, and the first of these, the Liverpool-Parramatta Rapid Bus Transitway, opened in February 2003. State government-owned Sydney Ferries runs numerous commuter and tourist ferry services on Sydney Harbour and the Parramatta River. Sydney Airport, in the suburb of Mascot, is Sydney’s main airport, and is one of the oldest continually operated airports in the world [83]. The smaller Bankstown Airport mainly serves private and general aviation. There is a light aviation airfield at Camden. RAAF Base Richmond lies to the north-west of the city. The question of the need for a Second Sydney Airport has raised much controversy. A 2003 study found that Sydney Airport can manage as Sydney’s sole international airport for 20 years, with a significant increase in airport traffic predicted.[84] The resulting expansion of the airport would have a substantial impact on the community, including additional aircraft noise affecting residents. Land has been acquired at Badgerys Creek for a second airport, the site acting as a focal point of political argument.[85]

An EDI M-set (Millennium) train at Sydney’s Central. Sydney has one privately operated light rail line, Metro Light Rail, running from Central Station to Lilyfield along a former goods train line. There is also the Metro Monorail, which runs in a loop around the main shopping district and Darling Harbour. Sydney was once served by an extensive tram network, which was progressively closed in the 1950s and 1960s. Most parts of the metropolitan area are served by buses, many of which follow the pre-1961 tram routes. In the city and inner suburbs the state-owned Sydney Buses has a monopoly. In the outer suburbs, service is contracted to many private bus companies.

Water storage and supply for Sydney is managed by the Sydney Catchment Authority, which is an agency of the NSW Government that sells bulk water to Sydney Water and other agencies. Water in the Sydney catchment is chiefly stored in dams in the Upper Nepean Scheme, the Blue Mountains, Woronora Dam, Warragamba Dam and the Shoalhaven Scheme.[86] Historically low water


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levels in the catchment have led to water use restrictions and the NSW government is investigating alternative water supply options, including grey water recycling and the construction of a seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant at Kurnell.[87] Sydney Water also collects the wastewater and sewage produced by the city. Four companies supply natural gas and electricity to Sydney: Energy Australia, AGL, Integral Energy and Origin Energy. The natural gas supply for the city is sourced from the cooper basin in South Australia. Numerous telecommunications companies operate in Sydney providing terrestrial and mobile telecommunications services.


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External links
• Max Dupain’s photographic collection Sydney Nostalgia 1937-1980, National Library of Australian, Canberra • Australian Museum: Aboriginal people of coastal Sydney • Sydney Metropolitan Strategy • Sydney Weather: Current temperatures and Forecast (NSW Government) • Sydney Weather Forecast (Bureau of Met) • Sydney travel guide from Wikitravel • Historic photographs of Sydney buildings • Sydney Exposed - Photographic collection from the State Library of NSW

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