About Kiama Council

Overview

Location

 Blowhold Point   

The Municipality of Kiama is located on the south coast of New South Wales Illawarra region. We sit between the Local Government Areas of:

  • Shellharbour
  • Shoalhaven and
  • Wingecarribee.

Kiama is close to the major city centres of Wollongong and Nowra.

It is 120 km (approximately 90 minutes) by road or rail to Sydney.

Photo: Kyle Coffee Photography

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Geography & towns

Minnamurra rainforest

Our landscapes include:

  • beaches
  • rainforests
  • mountains
  • escarpment and
  • rural landscapes.

Each of our main towns have distinct character. They are:

  • Kiama
  • Gerringong
  • Gerroa
  • Jamberoo
  • Kiama Downs
  • Minnamurra.

Our municipality is a popular tourist destination and offers artistic, sporting, social and business opportunities to become involved in the community.

The word ‘Kiama’ is believed to be derived from the Aboriginal word ‘Kiarama-a’.

Some sources say it means ‘where the sea makes a noise’ and that this refers to Kiama Blowhole.

How Council works

Council Chambers

Kiama Council was established in 1859.

We have 9 elected councillors.

This includes our Mayor who is elected every 2 years by the sitting Council.

On the third Tuesday of each month we run Council meetings.

Our CEO leads our organisation and Council staff.

We have 2 directorates (Engineering and Works, and Environmental Services).

We also have a Chief Operating Officer who oversees our Blue Haven operation.

Blue Haven comprises our Bonaira residential aged care facility, independent living units, and a range of community services.

Our Blue Haven operation makes Kiama Council the largest local government provider of aged care and retirement living services in Australia.

We also operate:

Council values:

  • Respect
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Excellence.

Council mission:

Work to create a Municipality that has a healthy, vibrant lifestyle, beautiful environment and harmonious, connected and resilient community.

Acknowledgement: 

Kiama Council is committed to honouring Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ unique cultural and spiritual relationships to the land, waters and seas and their rich contribution to society. 

Key statistics

 Gerringong Aerial

  • Kiama Council established: 1859
  • Population: 23,685 (2021 estimate)
  • Median age: 47 (38 for NSW)
  • Area: 259 km2
  • Number of businesses: 1,920 (2020 statistic)
  • Council employees: 546 (October 2021, includes full-time, part-time and casuals)
  • Boundaries: Tasman Sea, City of Shellharbour, City of Shoalhaven and Shire of Wingecarribee
  • Major towns and villages: Minnamurra, Kiama Downs, Kiama, Jamberoo, Gerringong, Gerroa
  • Geographic location: Longitude 150° East, Latitude -34°40 South.