Borough of Queenscliffe

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Borough of Queenscliffe
Victoria
Australia Victoria Queenscliffe Borough.svg
Population 3,000 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 83/km2 (220/sq mi)
Established 1863
Gazetted 12 May 1863[2]
Area 36 km2 (13.9 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Tony Francis
Council seat Queenscliff
Region Barwon South West
State electorate(s) Bellarine
Federal Division(s) Corangamite
Queenscliffe, Borough of.jpg
Website Borough of Queenscliffe
LGAs around Borough of Queenscliffe:
Geelong Geelong Port Phillip Bay
Geelong Borough of Queenscliffe Port Phillip Bay
Bass Strait Bass Strait The Rip

The Borough of Queenscliffe is a local government area in the Barwon South West region of Victoria, Australia, located in the southern part of the state. It is the smallest local government area in Victoria, covering an area of 36 square kilometres (14 sq mi) and, at the 2011 census, had a population of 3,000.[1] It includes only two settlements, which are Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. It is situated on the south coast, south-east of Geelong on the Bellarine Peninsula south of Swan Bay and next to the Port Phillip Heads, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay from Bass Strait.

The Borough is governed and administered by the Queenscliffe Borough Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Queenscliff. The Borough is named after the main settlement located in the centre of the LGA, that is Queenscliff, which is also the LGA's most populous urban centre with a population of 1,418.[3]

History[edit]

The Borough of Queenscliffe was established on 12 May 1863.[4] Queenscliff was first and foremost built for government purposes, providing postal, customs, health and telegraph services, lighthouse and signal services, military and defence establishments and the sea pilots service.

Survival of the local council restructure[edit]

Queenscliffe is the last borough remaining in both Victoria and all of Australia and was the only LGA not to have been subject to changes to its boundaries and/or name in the Victorian local government restructure which took place between 1993 and 1995. Had the same restructuring principles, which had been applied to other municipalities in the state, also been applied to Queenscliffe the borough would have been absorbed into the new City of Greater Geelong.[citation needed]

Queenscliffe's exclusion from the restructure was debated in the Victorian Parliament at the time.

Liberal Premier Jeff Kennett, in explaining his reasons, stated:

It was my view initially that Queenscliffe should have been included. When the government had a look at the KPMG report it outlined the way Queenscliffe was administered, which was in such a way that the people of Queenscliffe would not benefit by the amalgamation. In other words, the people of Queenscliffe have been running themselves well, and small or large communities that do well ought to be recognised.[5]

Labor member for Melbourne Neil Cole suggested that his reasons were, in fact, based on internal Liberal Party considerations:

...the powerful Liberal Party forces in Queenscliffe were able to argue that they are different from Geelong people. The Liberal Party power base there said, If you think you are going to take Queenscliffe away, think again. If you do it to us you will be in trouble--. So someone got on the telephone, and what happened? For no apparent reason other than Liberal political purposes there is the absolute anomaly of Queenscliffe not being included in the amalgamation.[6]

Kennett explicitly denied that this was the case:

..the honourable member for Melbourne said, that Queenscliffe happens to be more conservative than Labor in its make-up of population. I can assure all members that that was not the reason for the decision.[7]

Labor member George Seitz suggested a more innocent reason:

The Borough of Queenscliffe has not been included in the proposed amalgamation probably because of the number of elderly retired people in the area. The residents of Portarlington, Drysdale and St Leonards have expressed concern about their rates and the retention of the services that have been provided by the local council, such as nursing, podiatry and other services. Those people are used to the availability of face-to-face services and feel comfortable in a rural setting.[8]

Overall, the reasons for Queenscliffe being excluded remain unclear, and the range of opinions may perhaps best be summarised by Peter Loney's quip:

...we are not sure why it was omitted. The Minister for Local Government said it was because Queenscliffe is unique. The Premier said it was because of the council's effectiveness. Some people suggest the uniqueness of Queenscliffe has a lot to do with the number of influential Liberal Party members living at Point Lonsdale who have exerted pressure.[9]

Reduction in number of councillors[edit]

At the 2008 elections the number of councillors was reduced from seven to the current five.

Council[edit]

Current composition[edit]

The council is composed of five councillors elected to represent an unsubdivided municipality.[10] The current council was elected in October 2016 for a 4-year term.[11] Councillors are elected on a proportional representation basis.

Ward Councillor Notes
Unsubdivided   Tony Francis Mayor, 2016-present
  Bob Merriman Elected on countback[12]
  Susan Salter
  Boyce Pizzey
  Ross Ebbels

Former and current Mayors[edit]

  • Cr Pat Semmens (2006–2008)
  • Cr Bob Merriman (2008–2012)
  • Cr Hélène Marea Cameron (2012–2016)
  • Cr Tony Francis (2016-present)

Administration and governance[edit]

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Queenscliff Municipal Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at its administrative centre in Queenscliff.

Towns and localities[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Census QuickStats (2011). "Queenscliffe (B) – LGA26080". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  2. ^ Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "Proclamation of the Municipal District of Queenscliffe". State Library of Victoria. G47 of 1863. State Government of Victoria (published 12 May 1863). p. 1039. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  3. ^ Census QuickStats (2011). "Queenscliff (SS) – SSC21123". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  4. ^ Schedule B. No. 54, Queenscliffe of the Municipal Institutions Act No. 184 – an act to consolidate and amend laws relating to Municipal Institutions.
  5. ^ Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Volume 411, 27 April 1993, Page 1205.
  6. ^ Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Volume 411, 27 April 1993, Page 1203.
  7. ^ Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Volume 411, 27 April 1993, Page 1206.
  8. ^ Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Volume 411, 27 April 1993, Page 1199.
  9. ^ Parliamentary Debates (Hansard), Volume 411, 27 April 1993, Page 1163.
  10. ^ Local Government in Victoria. "Queenscliffe Borough Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  11. ^ Borough of Queenscliffe election results 2016
  12. ^ Results for 2016 Borough of Queenscliffe countback

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 38°16′00″S 144°39′00″E / 38.26667°S 144.65000°E / -38.26667; 144.65000