City of Boroondara

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City of Boroondara
Map of Melbourne with the City of Boroondara highlighted in dark green
Population181,289 (2018)[1] (31st)
 • Density3,020/km2 (7,800/sq mi)
Area60 km2 (23.2 sq mi)[1]
MayorCynthia Watson
Council seatCamberwell
RegionInner eastern metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
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WebsiteCity of Boroondara
LGAs around City of Boroondara:
Yarra Banyule Manningham
Yarra City of Boroondara Whitehorse
Stonnington Stonnington Monash

The City of Boroondara (/bɒrənˈdɑːrə/) is a local government area in Victoria, Australia. It is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was formed in June 1994 from the amalgamation of the Cities of Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn.[2]

It has an area of 60 km2 (23.2 sq mi). In June 2018 the City had a population of 181,289.[1] Boroondara was rated ninth of 590 Australian local government areas in the BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008,[3] and first in a 2013 Victoria-wide community satisfaction survey.[4]


This area was originally occupied by the Wurundjeri Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation.[5][6]

In 1837, John Gardiner (after whom Gardiners Creek was named) and his family were the first Europeans to settle in the area.[6] Robert Hoddle surveyed the area in 1837 and declared it the "Parish of Boroondara". The area was densely wooded, so he took a word from the Woiwurrung language (as spoken by the Wurundjeri), meaning "where the ground is thickly shaded".[7]

The first Local Government body was the Boroondara District Road Board, formed on 11 July 1854 and incorporating the areas which were to become the City of Hawthorn, City of Kew and City of Camberwell. Hawthorn and Kew were created as separate municipalities in 1860 and the remaining area of the Road Board became Shire of Boroondara on 17 November 1871, which later became the City of Camberwell.[8]

The three municipalities were amalgamated in June 1994 to create the City of Boroondara. Existing councillors from the three municipalities were replaced initially by three commissioners - David Glanville (chair), David Thomas and Marion Macleod.[9] The commissioners were in turn replaced by ten councillors following elections in 1996.[10]

Local government[edit]

Boroondara City Council is the third tier of government and deals with services such as waste and recycling collection, leisure centres, building and planning permits and approvals, roads, drainage, health services, youth services, children's services, food safety, parks and gardens, library services, pets, street parking permits and the collection of rates and charges.

Current composition and election method[edit]

Boroondara City Council is composed of ten councillors, each representing one of ten wards. It is one of only two councils in Victoria to have an even number of councillors. At the 2020 election the structure will change and 11 councillors are to be elected from 11 single member wards.[11]

All councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office, with the most recent election bring held in October 2016. The mayor is elected by councillors at a meeting of the Council in October each year. The current mayor is Cr Cynthia Watson.[12]

Ward[13] Suburbs[13] Party Councillor[14] Elected
Bellevue Balwyn North, Kew East   Independent Jim Parke 2012
Cotham Kew, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Deepdene   Liberal Felicity Sinfield[15] 2016
Gardiner Glen Iris, Hawthorn East, Hawthorn, Camberwell   Independent Coral Ross 2002
Glenferrie Hawthorn, Kew   Independent Steve Hurd 2012
Junction Camberwell, Hawthorn East, Canterbury   Independent Jack Wegman 2002
Lynden Camberwell, Glen Iris, Canterbury   Independent Lisa Hollingsworth 2016
Maling Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Balwyn   Independent Jane Addis 2012
Maranoa Balwyn, Balwyn North, Mont Albert North   Liberal Cynthia Watson[15] 2016
Solway Ashburton, Glen Iris   Liberal Garry Thompson[15] 2016
Studley Kew, Hawthorn   Liberal Phillip Healey[16][17] 2004

Past councillors[edit]

Previous councillors (grey shading indicates election year)[18]
Ward 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Bellevue Eric Risstrom 1. Luke Tobin Brad Miles Jim Parke
Cotham Geoff Hayes Lachlan Williams 2. David Bloom Judith Voce Felicity Sinfield
Gardiner Will Charlton Coral Ross
Glenferrie Nigel Kirby Meredith Butler Phil Meggs Steve Hurd
Junction Lilian Weinberg Martina Hayes Jack Wegman
Lynden Ian Wallace Heinz Kreutz Lisa Hollingsworth
Maling Loreto Davey 3. Dick Menting Jane Addis
Maranoa Chris Pattas Nicholas Tragas Philip Mallis Cynthia Watson
Riversdale (ward created 2020)
Solway Keith Walter 4. Kevin Chow[19][20] Gary Thompson
Studley Paula Davey Judith Voce Phillip Healey[16][17]

  Liberal   Labor 1. Gina Goldsmith 2. Phil Meggs 3. Dennis Whelan 4. Mary Halikias-Byrnes

Boroondara mayors[edit]


The Council is responsible for the management of stormwater collection and removal. The water supply authority is Yarra Valley Water.


The City of Boroondara has five libraries at Camberwell, Ashburton, Balwyn, Kew and Hawthorn, and in 2018 opened a 'library lounge' at the Greythorn Community Hub in Balwyn North.[21][22]

Local area[edit]



Boroondara has one of the highest concentrations of students in Australia[23] and contains many private schools, including Xavier College, Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School, Camberwell Grammar School, Trinity Grammar School, Ruyton Girls' School, Rossbourne School, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Scotch College, Fintona Girls' School, Genazzano FCJ College, Preshil, and Alia College. It contains Catholic schools such as St Michael's Parish School (Ashburton) Our Lady of Good Counsel (Deepdene) and St Bede's School (Balwyn North) and a number of public schools, including Canterbury Girls' Secondary College, Balwyn High School, Kew High School, Auburn High School and Camberwell High School.

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. ^ "History and heritage". City of Boroondara. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  3. ^ "BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008" (PDF). BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. BankWest. 20 August 2008. p. 8. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  4. ^ "Parks and reserves score big ticks, but roads and consultation are sore points as Victorians rate councils". Progress Leader. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Ancestors & Past". Wurundjeri. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  6. ^ a b "History of Gardiners Creek". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Local History and Heritage". City of Boroondara. Archived from the original on 3 May 2007. Retrieved 22 September 2007.
  8. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 327–328, 393, 406. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  9. ^ "170 councillors sacked as 17 local councils cease to exist, Seven super-cities from today". Canberra Times. 22 June 1994. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  10. ^ "First Council of City of Boroondara". Monument Australia. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  11. ^ "Council elections". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Past Councillors". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Councillors and wards". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Results for Boroondara City Council Elections 2012". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  15. ^ a b c "Tracking Victorian Crs who are members of a political party". The Mayne Report. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  16. ^ a b "Boroondara councillor Phillip Healey considers Liberal preselection in Kew". Progress Leader. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  17. ^ a b Khadem, Nassim (14 November 2004). "Fight against developers takes centre stage". The Age. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  18. ^ "Past and present councillors". City of Boroondara. Archived from the original on 4 February 2013. Retrieved 13 February 2013.
  19. ^ "Friendly Fire for Solway Ward". Boroondara Weekly Review. Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  20. ^ "Actor Geoffrey Rush backs candidates opposed to suburban sprawl". 20 November 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  21. ^ "Libraries". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  22. ^ Boroondara, City of (18 September 2018). "A visit to Greythorn Library Lounge". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  23. ^ "Headspace Hawthorn doors open". headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Retrieved 16 March 2014.

External links[edit]

Boroondara travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 37°49′S 145°04′E / 37.817°S 145.067°E / -37.817; 145.067