City of Melton

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City of Melton
Victoria
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Location of Melton within Melbourne's metropolitan area.
Population 109,259 (2011)[1]
 • Density 207.205/km2 (536.66/sq mi)
Established 1862
Area 527.3 km2 (203.6 sq mi)
Mayor Cr. Kathy Majdlik
Council seat Melton
Region Western Metropolitan Melbourne
County Bourke
State electorate(s) Melton, Macedon
Federal Division(s) Lalor, Gorton
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Website www.melton.vic.gov.au
LGAs around City of Melton:
Macedon Ranges Macedon Ranges Hume
Moorabool City of Melton Brimbank
Moorabool Wyndham Wyndham

The City of Melton is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, on Melbourne's western rural–urban fringe.

It covers 527.3 square kilometres (203.6 sq mi), and at the 2011 Census had population of 109,259.[1]

It is governed by the Melton City Council. The seat of local government and administrative offices are located at Council headquarters in Melton, the settlement after which the city takes its name which lies at the western end of the LGA and is currently its largest urban area with a population of approximately 35,490.

City of Melton has a rapid population growth rate, ranked 3rd fastest among LGAs in Victoria in 2010.[2] It was granted city status in 2012.

History[edit]

Civic centre

Melton was first incorporated as a district on 16 September 1862, and became a shire on 24 May 1871. Parts of the north and south ridings of the Shire of Braybrook (later City of Sunshine) were annexed to Melton as the Rockbank Riding on 24 May 1916, and this was added to in 1951. Other minor boundary adjustments with Bulla and Keilor occurred in May 1959. The Shire had a total area of 450.4 square kilometres (173.9 sq mi).[3]

In 1994, following large-scale statewide local government reform, Melton acquired the Exford district from the City of Werribee, growing to its present size.[4]

Since the early 1970s the Shire has undergone tremendous population growth and as of 2006, Melton was one of Victoria's fastest growing local government areas along with neighbouring Wyndham.

After several years of community consultation to defer applying for city status until it had reached 150,000,[5][6] the council nevertheless reversed the decision and city status was granted in September, 2012.[7] The first elected Mayor under the 'City" status was Cr. Kathy Majdlik.

Administration[edit]

Melton City Council offices

Wards[edit]

The City's area is divided into three wards, one of which elects three councillors, the other two electing two councillors. The councillors elect a mayor from among the council's members.

Current Mayor - Cr. Kathy Majdlik (first elected into Council in November 2008)

Current Deputy Mayor - Cr. Bob Turner (first elected into Council in November 2008)

  • Coburns Ward (councillors: Bob Turner, Sophie Ramsay, Broden Borg)
  • Watts Ward (councillors: Lara Carli, Renata Cugliari)
  • Cambridge Ward (councillors: Kathy Majdlik, Nola Dunn)

See Council Election Results: https://www.vec.vic.gov.au/Results/meltonresult2012.html

Suburbs and towns[edit]

Aerial view of Melton, the main urban centre

Suburbs and towns within the boundary of the shire include:

Population[edit]

Year Population Annual
Growth (%)
1954 1,424 N/A
1958 1,580[8] 2.63
1961 1,804[8] 4.52
1966 2,542[8] 7.10
1971 5,974[8] 18.64
1976 13,856[8] 18.32
1981 21,300[8] 8.98
1986 29,500 6.73
1991 35,695 3.89
1996 39,109 1.84
2001 51,685 5.73
2006 78,448[1] 8.70
2011 109,259[1] 39.27

Residential Estates[edit]

Recent large housing projects include:

  • Atherstone ($1.2 billion)[citation needed]
  • Stonehill
  • Toolern
  • Eyensbury Estate
  • Waterford

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2011/quickstat/LGA24650?opendocument&navpos=220
  2. ^ http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/3218.0Main%20Features52010-11?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=3218.0&issue=2010-11&num=&view=
  3. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 756–757.  Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 9. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Community Engagement – Application for City status". Moving Ahead. Shire of Melton. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to the City of Melton". City of Melton. Retrieved 8 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Humpage, Ami; Mcaleer, Liam Status change confirmed, Melton now a City Melton Leader. 6 Sep 12
  8. ^ a b c d e f 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Book

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°40′58″S 144°34′27″E / 37.6827°S 144.5741°E / -37.6827; 144.5741