City of Banyule

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City of Banyule
Map of Melbourne showing Banyule
Population130,237 (2018)[1]
 • Density2,067/km2 (5,350/sq mi)
Area63 km2 (24.3 sq mi)[1]
MayorAlison Champion
Council seatGreensborough
RegionNorth eastern metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Jagajaga
City of Banyule logo.svg
WebsiteCity of Banyule
LGAs around City of Banyule:
Whittlesea Nillumbik Nillumbik
Darebin City of Banyule Nillumbik
Yarra Boroondara Manningham

The City of Banyule is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was created under the Local Government Act 1989.[2] Former councils affected included the City of Heidelberg (excluding the Mont Park/Bundoora Health precinct), the former Shire of Diamond Valley (excluding the area generally north of the Greensborough Highway, the Mont Park/Bundoora Health precinct and the Eltham North area east of Karringal Drive, Weidlich Road, Progress Road and Ryans Road) and former Shire of Eltham (the Montmorency and Lower Plenty areas).[3] It has an area of 63 square kilometres (24.3 sq mi) and lies between 7 and 21 km from central Melbourne. In 1994 it had a population of 116,000.[4] In June 2018 Banyule had a population of 130,237.[1] The Yarra River runs along the City's south border while the west is defined by the Darebin Creek.

The area was originally occupied by the Wurundjeri, Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation, who spoke variations of the Woiwurrung language group.

The City was named after the Indigenous Australian term Banyule or "Banyool", and was originally the name of a locality within the former City of Heidelberg before being adopted as the name of the new Council during the amalgamation of local government areas in Victoria. It was formed in December 1994 from the merger of the City of Heidelberg with parts of the Shires of Diamond Valley and Eltham.

The City also has some significant heritage within its boundaries. Significant buildings listed on the Victorian Heritage Register include:

There are a number of housing estates[10][11] designed by leading early 20th Century architects Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin and by property developer Albert Victor (A.V.) Jennings, some of the most significant art deco buildings in Melbourne, and the world's first Olympic athletes' village.

Banyule is the birthplace of the Heidelberg School of Art, which was formed when a group of artists, including Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Walter Withers, Charles Conder and others moved to a shack on Mount Eagle (now known as Eaglemont) and began painting the landscape in a uniquely Australian way during the late 1880s.

The City moved their main offices from Ivanhoe to Greensborough in 2017 with council meetings remaining at the old Heidelberg Town Hall for historical reasons.[12]

Wards and councillors[edit]

The current councillors of the City after the elections in November 2016 are:

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Bakewell   Independent Mark Di Pasquale[13]
Beale   Liberal[14] Wayne Phillips[13] Councillor
Griffin   Greens[14] Peter Castaldo[13]
Grimshaw   Labor[14] Rick Garotti[13]
Hawdon   Independent Alison Champion[13] Mayor
Ibbott   Independent Tom Melican[13]
Olympia   Independent Craig Langdon[13]


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Notable people[edit]


Ivanhoe Library, Rosanna Library and Watsonia Library are operated by Yarra Plenty Regional Library. A mobile library service to West Heidelberg is also operated by Yarra Plenty Regional Library.

Heidelberg Historical Society is a varied group of people with a shared interest in understanding and preserving the history of Heidelberg and surrounding suburbs.[15]

Warringal Conservation Society is a community group which advocates for the green spaces of Banyule and beyond.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Victoria Government Gazette online archive 1836-1997". Victoria Government Gazette S97. 15 December 1994. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Banyule City". Municipal Restructure Bulletin. 5: 3. January 1995.
  4. ^ "City of Banyule". Municipal Restructure Bulletin. 5: 3. January 1995.
  5. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database". 6 May 1999. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  6. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database". 2 July 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  7. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database". 2 July 2004. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database". 6 May 1999. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Victrian Heritage Database". 5 January 2006. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  10. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database". 5 January 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Victorian Heritage Database". 5 January 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  12. ^ "Banyule Council has finally moved into its 'Taj Mahal' head office". 25 April 2017. Retrieved 9 July 2017.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Banyule City Council election results 2016". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  14. ^ a b c "Tracking Victorian Crs who are members of a political party". The Mayne Report. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  15. ^ "Heidelberg Historical Society About Us". Heidelberg Historical Society. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  16. ^ "About Us Warringal Conservation Society". Warringal Conservation Society. 2019. Retrieved 16 May 2019.

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Coordinates: 37°44′00″S 145°05′00″E / 37.73333°S 145.08333°E / -37.73333; 145.08333