City of Frankston

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City of Frankston
Population134,143 (2016)[1]
 • Density1,024/km2 (2,652/sq mi)
Established1994 1860 (original)
Area131 km2 (50.6 sq mi)
MayorCr Michael O'Reilly
Council seatFrankston
RegionSouthern Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Dunkley, Isaacs
Frankston City Council Logo.svg
WebsiteCity of Frankston
LGAs around City of Frankston:
Port Phillip Kingston Greater Dandenong
Port Phillip City of Frankston Casey
Port Phillip Mornington Peninsula Mornington Peninsula

The City of Frankston is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the southern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of 131 square kilometres, and at the 2016 Census, the City of Frankston recorded a population of 134,143.

Despite its similar area and name, the City of Frankston is a different entity to the former City of Frankston which existed from 1966 until 1994, which was a continuation of the former Shire of Frankston and was abolished under state government reforms. This is similar to the situation for the Shire of South Gippsland and Shire of Glenelg, but is unlike the City of Melbourne, City of Knox, City of Whittlesea and City of Melton, whose administrations stayed intact through the amalgamations of the early 1990s.


The City is located on the eastern shores of Port Phillip, and is bounded on the north by the City of Kingston and the City of Greater Dandenong, on the east by the City of Casey, and on the south by the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. The boundaries of the City are defined largely on the north by Eel Race Road and Thompsons Road, on the east by the Dandenong-Hastings Road, and on the south by a complex boundary featuring Baxter-Tooradin Road, Golf Links Road and Humphries Road.


The City of Frankston was created in 1994 out of the remains of three abolished councils — all but the suburb of Mount Eliza from the former City of Frankston; the suburbs of Carrum Downs, Langwarrin and Skye from the City of Cranbourne; and part of Carrum Downs from the City of Springvale.[2]

The major part of the City was first incorporated in 1860 as the Mornington Roads District, which became a shire in 1871 and was renamed Shire of Frankston and Hastings in 1893, losing its western riding to form the Shire of Mornington, which has since been amalgamated into the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. On 19 October 1960, the Shire of Frankston and Hastings split in two, with the western part remaining as the Shire of Frankston, and the eastern part being incorporated as the Shire of Hastings.

Frankston was officially proclaimed as a City on 24 August 1966.[3]

In 1993 the state government announced a major statewide program of local government amalgamations, most of which took effect on 15 December 1994. Most councils and their LGA's were abolished with new ones being created to replace them.

Some changes occurred between the release of the Local Government Board report in July and the actual amalgamation — the original plan was to merge with the City of Chelsea and take Braeside and Carrum Downs from the City of Springvale. However, Frankston City Council submitted that it should expand eastwards instead, as well as taking Mount Eliza and Baxter.[4] By October, the present boundaries had been agreed upon, but the new entity was to be known as the City of Nepean. This appeared in the Board's final report in November 1994.[5][6] However, the State Government ultimately decided to use the old name for the new entity, departing from the Board's recommendation.[7]


The current council, as of November 2018, is:[8]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
North-West   Independent Kris Bolam
  Independent Glenn Aitken
  Independent Lillian O'Connor
North-East   Labor Colin Hampton Deputy Mayor
  Liberal Michael O'Reilly Mayor
  Independent Sandra Mayer
South   Liberal Brian Cunial
  Independent Steve Toms Suspended
  Independent Quinn McCormack


The following Frankston councillors have served as mayor since the inaugural elections in 1997:

  • 1997–1998 Wayne Woods
  • 1998–1999 Wiliam Parkin
  • 1999–2000 David-Jon Dawn
  • 2000–2001 Mark Conroy
  • 2001–2003 Cathy Wilson
  • 2003–2004 Barry Priestly
  • 2004–2005 Rochelle McCarther
  • 2005–2006 Vicki McClelland
  • 2006–2007 Glenn Aitken
  • 2007–2008 Alistair Wardle
  • 2008–2009 Colin Hampton
  • 2009–2010 Christine Richards
  • 2010–2011 Kristopher Bolam JP
  • 2011–2012 Brian Cunial
  • 2012–2013 Sandra Mayer
  • 2013-2014 Darrel Taylor
  • 2014-2015 Sandra Mayer
  • 2015–2016 James Dooley
  • 2016-2017 Brian Cunial
  • 2017–2018 Colin Hampton
  • 2018-current Michael O'Reilly



Ratepayers within the municipality are represented by elected city councillors. In the 2005 elections, held on 26 November 2005, where the previous single-councillor ward system was replaced with three, multi-councillor wards. These wards are known as North-West Ward (covering mostly Seaford, Frankston North and parts of Frankston), South-West Ward (covering the southern parts of Frankston and Frankston South) and East Ward (covering Langwarrin and Carrum Downs). Voting is compulsory and conducted by postal ballot, and is based on a preferential voting system.

Elections were last held in October 2016, and councillors were elected for a four-year term. Current councillors are:

  • North West Ward: Glenn Aitken, Kris Bolam and Lillian O'Connor
  • North East Ward: Sandra Mayer, Colin Hampton and Michael O'Reilly
  • South Ward: Brian Cunial, Quinn McCormack and Steve Toms

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Frankston (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 21 September 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ 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. 6. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  3. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 377–378, 695. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  4. ^ Neales, Sue (27 July 1994). "Crunch time for councils in south and south-east". The Age. p. 8.
  5. ^ "The councils shake-up". The Age. 22 October 1994. p. 10.
  6. ^ Gettler, Leon (19 November 1994). "Report outlines new council boundaries". The Age. p. 10.
  7. ^ Gettler, Leon (16 December 1994). "Most council elections in 1996". The Age. p. 6.
  8. ^ "Councillors". City of Frankston.
  9. ^ Frankston Susono Friendship Association
  10. ^ Frankston City Council Archived 15 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine

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Coordinates: 38°08′S 145°10′E / 38.133°S 145.167°E / -38.133; 145.167