City of Port Phillip
|City of Port Phillip
|• Density||4,871.1/km2 (12,616/sq mi)|
|Area||20.62 km2 (8.0 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Albert Park Ward|
The City of Port Phillip is a local government area of Victoria, Australia on the northern shores of Port Phillip, south of Melbourne's central business district. It has an area of 20.62 km² and had a population of 91,372 people at the 2011 Census.
Port Phillip contains a number of varied and substantial retail, entertainment and leisure precincts. These include Bay Street (Port Melbourne), Victoria Avenue (Albert Park), Clarendon Street (South Melbourne), Armstrong Street (Middle Park), Fitzroy Street (St Kilda), Acland Street (St Kilda), Carlisle Street (Balaclava) and Ormond Road (Elwood). A number of significant employment areas lay within Port Phillip, including the St Kilda Road office district and industrial, warehousing and manufacturing districts in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne. The city has experienced a significant amount of residential development in the 1990s, particularly in areas close to the foreshore. Port Phillip is well served by public transport with a substantial tram network, the St Kilda and Port Melbourne light rail lines and two stations on the Sandringham railway line, in addition to bus services.
The city was created in the present borders in June 1994 under the municipal restructure by the then Jeff Kennett Liberal government. At the time the city was administered by the then Commissioner Des Clarke and two other commissioners. The first council elections were held in March 1996. The City of Port Phillip is bounded by White Reserve and Todd Road to the west, the West Gate Freeway, Kings Way and Dorcas Street to the north, St Kilda Road, High Street, Punt Road, Queens Way, Dandenong Road, Orrong Road, Inkerman Street, Hotham Street, Glen Huntly Road, St Kilda Street and Head Street generally to the east and the foreshore of Port Phillip to the south. Adjacent councils include the City of Melbourne, City of Bayside, City of Glen Eira and the City of Stonnington.
Council offices are currently located in the St Kilda Town Hall, Port Melbourne Town Hall and the South Melbourne Town Hall. The council operates several other facilities including local libraries, child care centres, parks, playgrounds and community centres.
- Albert Park Primary School
- Elwood Primary School
- Galilee Regional Primary School (Roman Catholic)
- Middle Park Primary School
- Port Melbourne Primary School (formerly Graham Street Primary)
- St Kilda Park Primary School
- St Kilda Primary School
- Albert Park Secondary College. The School Council voted on 11 October 2006 that the school close, although there is much residual opposition, which has resulted in a protest march to John Thwaites office and the formation of a grass roots movement to save the school from closure, called "Save Albert Park College". The re-built school is due to re-open in 2011, but with only an intake of year 7 (form 1) students in that year.
- Elwood Secondary College
- Mac.Robertson Girls' High School (Elite government girls secondary college with an entry test)
- St Michael's Grammar School (Church of England/Anglican)
- St Kilda Town Hall
- South Melbourne Town Hall
- Port Melbourne Town Hall
- St Kilda
- Albert Park
- Emerald Hill (South Melbourne)
- Middle Park
- Port Melbourne
- Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Victoria (South Melbourne)
- Hare Krishna Temple (Albert Park)
- Australian National Music Academy (South Melbourne, in former City of South Melbourne Town Hall)
- 2/10 Medium Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (Army Reserve, Chapel Street, St Kilda East)
- City of Port Phillip Town Hall, St Kilda (Former City of St Kilda Town Hall, Council meeting usually on Tuesday with about 3 meetings per month. Port Phillip Meeting Agenda.)
- South Melbourne Football Club
- St Kilda Festival (300,000 people attend this annual music event, Fitzroy Street and Upper Esplanade closed, tram services to the event). This free event now cost ratepayers close to $1.5 million annually.
- St Kilda Film Festival (Australia's Top 100 short films, SoundKILDA: Australia Music Video Competition, international films, forums, Industry Open Day and much more)
- Gay Pride March (Fitzroy Street and Catani Gardens, St Kilda, dykes on bikes, boot scooting, marching groups, music and political activism)
- St Kilda Writers Festival (local and international writers compare their skills)
- Melbourne Formula 1 Grand Prix (Albert Park Reserve), 4-day international motor racing event held in early March; usually on the Labour Day/Moomba holiday long weekend.
Suburbs and localities
- Albert Park
- Beacon Cove (Locality within Port Melbourne)
- Garden City (Locality within Port Melbourne)
- Middle Park
- Port Melbourne (Shared with the City of Melbourne)
- Southbank (Shared with the City of Melbourne)
- South Melbourne
- South Wharf (Shared with the City of Melbourne)
- St Kilda
- St Kilda East (Shared with the City of Glen Eira)
- St Kilda Road
- St Kilda West
- Windsor (Shared with the City of Stonnington)
Current composition and election method
Port Phillip City Council is composed of seven Councillors elected from single-member wards. All Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council, and is still to be determined after the 2012 election. The most recent election was held in October 2012.
Amanda Stevens is the Mayor and Bernadene Voss Deputy Mayor. The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is as follows:
|Albert Park Ward||Amanda Stevens|
|Carlisle Ward||Vanessa Huxley|
|Catani Ward||Serge Thomann|
|Emerald Hill Ward||Anita Horvath|
|Junction Ward||Andrew Bond|
|Point Ormond Ward||Jane Touzeau|
|Sandridge Ward||Bernadene Voss|
- Devonport, Tasmania Australia (destination for "Tran Bass Strait (Spirit of Tasmania)" ferries from Station Pier, Port Melbourne)
- Obu, Aichi, Japan. 
- List of localities (Victoria) for other Melbourne suburbs and municipalities.
- City of Port Phillip – Official Website
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps
- Public Transport Victoria local public transport map