City of Banyule

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City of Banyule
Map of Melbourne showing Banyule
Population 124,195 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,971/km2 (5,110/sq mi)
Established 1994
Area 63 km2 (24.3 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Craig Langdon
Council seat Ivanhoe
Region North eastern metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
City of Banyule logo.svg
Website City 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 has an area of 63 square kilometres (24.3 sq mi) and lies between 7 and 21 km from central Melbourne. At the 2011 Census, Banyule had a population of 118,306. 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. There are a number of housing estates designed by leading early 20th Century architect Walter Burley 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.

Wards and councillors[edit]

The current councillors of the City after the elections in November 2012 are:

Bakewell Ward - Named after brothers who established the Plenty Station.

  • Mark Di Pasquale

Beale Ward - Named after Major Edward Beale who, amongst other contributors, founded St Katherines church at St Helena

  • Wayne Philips

Griffin Ward - Named after Walter Burley Griffin, who planned estates in the area

  • Jenny Mulholland

Grimshaw Ward - Named after an early contributor to public life

  • Rick Garotti

Hawdon Ward - Named after Joseph Hawdon, who built the Banyule Homestead

  • Steven Briffa

Ibbott Ward - Named after Nellie Ibbott, Mayor of the City of Heidelberg and the first woman mayor in Victoria

  • Tom Melican

Olympia Ward - Named after the area of the Melbourne Olympic Games Village in 1956

  • Craig Langdon (current mayor)


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Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Banyule (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 

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