City of Wyndham

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City of Wyndham
Location of City of Wyndham within Melbourne.
Population 161,575 (2011)[1]
 • Density 298.329/km2 (772.67/sq mi)
Established 1862
Area 541.6 km2 (209.1 sq mi)
Mayor Peter Maynard
Council seat Werribee
County Bourke, Grant
State electorate(s) Werribee, Tarneit, Altona
Federal Division(s) Lalor
Wyndham City logo.svg
Website City of Wyndham
LGAs around City of Wyndham:
Moorabool Melton Brimbank
Geelong City of Wyndham Hobsons Bay
Geelong Port Phillip Port Phillip

The City of Wyndham is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the outer south-western suburbs of Melbourne, between Melbourne and the regional city of Geelong. It has an area of 542 square kilometres (209 sq mi). The official population of Wyndham at 30 June 2013 was 189,618.[2]


The Wyndham District was first incorporated as a local government entity on 6 October 1862. Under changes made to Local Government legislation, it became the Shire of Wyndham on 7 March 1864 and was renamed the Shire of Werribee on 15 December 1909.[3]

With an initial size of 715 square kilometres (276 sq mi) and being largely rural in character, the shire ceded land to metropolitan Melbourne as suburban development encroached. On 6 January 1922 and 5 February 1941, the City of Footscray annexed two parcels of land totalling about 700 hectares. On 20 February 1957, the Altona Riding of the Shire of Werribee was severed and incorporated as the Shire of Altona, which became a City eleven years later. After this, the boundaries remained fairly stable, and on 20 March 1987 Werribee was proclaimed a City.[3]

On 15 December 1994, during major restructuring of Victoria's local governments, Werribee changed less than most – losing only some rural land around Exford in its north to the Shire of Melton, and Laverton Reserve on its eastern boundary to the City of Hobsons Bay. After 85 years of being known as Werribee, the area's former name of Wyndham was restored.[4]

In June 2010 the Council unveiled a new logo, to be phased in over three months at a cost of $35,000.[5]


The City is home to numerous new housing estates in suburbs such as Williams Landing, Point Cook, Wyndham Vale, Truganina and Tarneit. The following table presents data from official census and other publications by the Australian Bureau of Statistics:

Year Population Growth rate (%)
1871 1,476
1933 7,853
1954 9,414#
1958 10,520* 2.82
1961 13,629 9.01
1966 18,369 6.15
1971 25,116 6.46
1976 31,790 4.83
1981 40,555 4.99
1986 52,458 5.28
1991 60,563 2.92
1996 73,691 4.00
2001 84,861 2.86
2006 112,695 5.84
2011 161,575 8.67

* Estimates in 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Books.
# Excludes Altona Shire which was severed in 1957. Source: 1958 Victorian Year Book.
^ Based on 2011 Census data.[6]

Wards and councillors[edit]

The City of Wyndham is divided into three wards (Chaffey, Harrison and Iramoo) and is represented by eleven elected councillors. The Victorian Electoral Commission undertook a representation review in 2011–2012, which resulted in the former Truganina ward being renamed Harrison ward. Ward boundaries were also redrawn.[7] The council has adopted a portfolio system for councillors from 2013 onward, and council voted not to fill the deputy mayoral position in the period 2013–14.[8]

Victorian Local Government elections were held on Saturday 27 October 2012 and the following were elected[9] as councillors:[10]

  • Chaffey ward. Four councillors: Cr Gautam Gupta, Cr John Gibbons, Cr Marie Brittan, Cr Michele Wharrie[11]
  • Harrison ward. Four councillors: Cr Bob Fairclough, Cr Glenn Goodfellow, Cr Adele Hegedich, Cr Intaj Khan
  • Iramoo ward. Three councillors: Cr Heather Marcus, Cr Peter Gibbons, Cr Peter Maynard (Mayor)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Wyndham (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  2. ^ .id Consulting Pty Ltd (30 June 2012). "Wyndham City Community Profile at". Wyndham City Community Profile. Retrieved 18 June 2014.  At the time of the 2011 Census, Wyndham had a population of 161,575.
  3. ^ a b Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 282, 524–525.  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. 7. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007. 
  5. ^ Kellie Cameron (1 June 2010). "Sails set for Wyndham's growth". Wyndham Leader. Retrieved 16 June 2010. 
  6. ^ .id Consulting Pty Ltd (30 June 2011). "Wyndham City Community Profile at". Wyndham City Community Profile. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Victorian Electoral Commission – Wyndham City Council profile
  8. ^ New Mayor for Wyndham (Wyndham City Media Release, 8 November 2013)
  9. ^ Victorian Electoral Commission – Wyndham City Council October 2012 election results
  10. ^ New Faces at Wyndham City (Wyndham City Media Release, 30 October 2012)
  11. ^ Elected by countback following the resignation of Shane Bourke on 1 October 2013: Laura Little, "Shane Bourke resigns...", Wyndham Weekly, 3 October 2013

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