City of Boroondara

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City of Boroondara
City of Harmony
Population 159,184 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2,650/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Established 1994
Area 60 km2 (23.2 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Coral Ross
Council seat Camberwell
Region Inner eastern metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s) Box Hill, Burwood, Hawthorn, Kew
Federal Division(s) Higgins, Kooyong
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Website City of Boroondara
LGAs around City of Boroondara:
Yarra Banyule Manningham
Yarra City of Boroondara Whitehorse
Stonnington Stonnington Monash

The City of Boroondara is a local government area in Victoria, Australia. It is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was formed in June 1994 from the amalgamation of the Cities of Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn.[2]

It has an area of 60 km² and at the 2011 Census, the City had a population of 159,184. Boroondara was rated ninth of 590 Australian local government areas in the BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008.[3] and first in a 2013 Victoria-wide community satisfaction survey.[4]


This area was originally occupied by the Wurundjeri, Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation.

In 1837, John Gardiner (after whom Gardiners Creek was named) and his family were the first Europeans to settle in the area. Robert Hoddle surveyed the area in 1837 and declared it the "Parish of Boroondara". The area was densely wooded, so he took a word from the Woiwurrung language (as spoken by the Wurundjeri), meaning "where the ground is thickly shaded".[5]

The first Local Government body was the Boroondara District Road Board, formed on 11 July 1854 and incorporating the areas which were to become the City of Hawthorn, City of Kew and City of Camberwell. Hawthorn and Kew were created as separate municipalities in 1860 and the remaining area of the Road Board became Shire of Boroondara on 17 November 1871, which later became the City of Camberwell.[6] The three were amalgamated on 22 June 1994 to create the City of Boroondara.

Local government[edit]

Boroondara City Council is the third tier of government and deals with services such as waste and recycling collection, leisure centres, building and planning permits and approvals, roads, drainage, health services, youth services, children's services, food safety, parks and gardens, library services, pets, street parking permits and the collection of rates and charges.

Boroondara Council's main office in Camberwell underwent a $20 million redevelopment. The historical facade facing Camberwell Road remains largely unchanged, whereas the main entrance facing Inglesby Road has been refurbished. The project was completed in February 2010.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Boroondara City Council is composed of ten councillors, each representing one of ten wards. It is one of only two councils in Victoria to have an even number of councillors. All councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office, with the most recent election bring held in October 2012. The mayor is elected by councillors at a meeting of the Council in October each year. The current mayor is Cr Coral Ross.

Ward[7] Suburbs[7] Councillor[8] Elected
  Bellevue Balwyn North, Kew East Jim Parke 2012
  Cotham Kew, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Deepdene Judith Voce 2012
  Gardiner Glen Iris, Hawthorn East, Hawthorn, Camberwell Coral Ross 2002
  Glenferrie Hawthorn, Kew Steve Hurd 2012
  Junction Camberwell, Hawthorn East, Canterbury Jack Wegman 2002
  Lynden Camberwell, Glen Iris, Canterbury Heinz Kreutz 2002
  Maling Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Balwyn Jane Addis 2012
  Maranoa Balwyn, Balwyn North, Mont Albert North Philip Mallis 2012
  Solway Ashburton, Glen Iris Kevin Chow 2008
  Studley Kew, Hawthorn Phillip Healey 2004

Past councillors[edit]

Ward Past councillors[9]
Bellevue Eric Risstrom (1996–2003), Gina Goldsmith (2003–2004), Luke Tobin (2004–2008), Brad Miles (2008–2012), Jim Parke (2012–present)
Cotham Geoff Hayes (1996–2004), Lachlan Williams (2004–2007), Phil Meggs (2007–2008), David Bloom (2008–2012), Judith Voce (2012–present)
Gardiner Will Charlton (1996–2002), Coral Ross (2002–present)
Glenferrie Nigel Kirby (1996–1999), Meredith Butler (1999–2008), Phil Meggs (2008–2012), Steve Hurd (2012–present)
Junction Lilian Weinberg (1996–1999), Martina Hayes (1999–2002), Jack Wegman (2002–present)
Lynden Ian Wallace (1996–2002), Heinz Kreutz (2002–present)
Maling Loreto Davey (1996–2002), Dennis Whelan (2002–2004), Dick Menting (2004–2012), Jane Addis (2012–present)
Maranoa Chris Pattas (1996–2004), Nicholas Tragas (2004–2012), Philip Mallis (2012–present)
Solway Keith Walter (1996–2004), Mary Halikias-Byrnes (2004–2008), Kevin Chow (2008–present)
Studley Paula Davey (1996–1999), Judith Voce (1999–2004), Phillip Healey (2004–present)

Boroondara mayors[edit]


The Council is responsible for the management of stormwater collection and removal. The water supply authority is Yarra Valley Water.


The City of Boroondara has five libraries at Camberwell, Ashburton, Balwyn, Kew and Hawthorn.[10]


Boroondara has one of the highest concentrations of students in Australia[11] and contains many private schools, including Xavier College, Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School, Camberwell Grammar School, Trinity Grammar School, Ruyton Girls' School, Rossbourne School, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Scotch College, Fintona Girls' School, Genazzano FCJ College and Preshil. It contains Catholic schools such as St Michael's Parish School (Ashburton) Our Lady of Good Counsel (Deepdene) and St Bede's School (Balwyn North) and a number of public schools, including Canterbury Girls Secondary College, Balwyn High School, Kew High School, Solway Primary School and Camberwell High School.

Some of the suburbs mentioned above are shared with other City Councils, including:

Sister city[edit]

The City of Boroondara has one sister city.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Boroondara (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  2. ^ "History and heritage". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 13 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008" (pdf). BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. BankWest. 20 August 2008. p. 8. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  4. ^ "Parks and reserves score big ticks, but roads and consultation are sore points as Victorians rate councils". Progress Leader. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Local History and Heritage". City of Boroondara. 
  6. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 327–328, 393, 406.  Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  7. ^ a b "Councillors and wards". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  8. ^ "Results for Boroondara City Council Elections 2012". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2012-10-28. 
  9. ^ "Past and present councillors". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  10. ^ "Libraries". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 19 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Headspace Hawthorn doors open". headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Friends of Same – City of Boroondara". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 

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Coordinates: 37°49′S 145°04′E / 37.817°S 145.067°E / -37.817; 145.067