City of Glenorchy

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Glenorchy City Council
Map showing the Glenorchy local government area.
Coordinates42°50′20″S 147°13′11″E / 42.839°S 147.2198°E / -42.839; 147.2198Coordinates: 42°50′20″S 147°13′11″E / 42.839°S 147.2198°E / -42.839; 147.2198
Population47,636 (2018)[1]
 • Density393.36/km2 (1,018.8/sq mi)
Established1 January 1864[2]
Area121.1 km2 (46.8 sq mi)[1]
MayorBec Thomas Assumed Office: May 2021 (Acting Mayor) July 2021 (Mayor[3])
Council seatGlenorchy
RegionHobart northern suburbs
State electorate(s)Clark
Federal division(s)Clark
Glenorchy City Council Logo.jpg
WebsiteGlenorchy City Council
LGAs around Glenorchy City Council:
Derwent Valley Brighton Clarence
Derwent Valley Glenorchy City Council Clarence
Kingborough Hobart Hobart
Map showing Glenorchy City LGA in Tasmania

Glenorchy City Council (or City of Glenorchy) is a local government body in Tasmania, and one of the five municipalities that constitutes the Greater Hobart Area. The Glenorchy local government area has a population of 47,636,[1] covering the suburbs north of central Hobart on the western shore of the Derwent River, including its namesake suburb, Glenorchy.


Past mayors of the City of Glenorchy include:


On 18 October 2017, the Tasmanian Minister for Planning and Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP announced an election date for 16 January 2018.

Glenorchy City Council 2018 Election results were:

  • Ald. Kristie Johnston (first elected 2011; Mayor (2014 - 2017) (2018-2021)
  • Ald. Matt Stevenson (first elected 2010) Deputy Mayor (2018-)
  • Ald. Jan Dunsby (first elected 2014) (Re-elected 2018-)
  • Ald. Melissa Carlton (first elected 2018)
  • Ald. Gaye Richardson (first elected 2018)
  • Ald. Peter Bull (first elected 2018)
  • Ald. Simon Fraser (first elected 2018)
  • Ald. Bec Thomas (first elected 2018)
  • Ald. Kelly Sims (first elected 2018)
  • Ald. Steven King (first elected 2008) Re-elected 2018-)

The Tasmanian Minister for Planning and Local Government, the Hon Peter Gutwein MP, suspended the Glenorchy City Council Aldermen for a six-month period, effective from 8 February 2017.[4]

Former Legislative Council president Sue Smith has been appointed as commissioner to supervise council affairs over the period of this suspension.[5]

The Glenorchy City Council aldermen affected by this suspension were elected in October 2014. They are:

  • Ald. Jenny Branch-Allen (first elected 2007)
  • Ald. Jan Dunsby (first elected 2014)
  • Ald. Kristie Johnston (first elected 2011; Mayor 2014-2021)
  • Ald. Steven King (first elected 2008)
  • Ald. Christine Lucas (first elected 1994; Deputy Mayor 2009-2011)
  • Ald. Haydyn Nielson (first elected 2006; Deputy Mayor 2011-2014)
  • Ald. David Pearce OAM JP (first elected 1999)
  • Ald. Harry Quick (first elected 2014; Deputy Mayor 2014- 2017)
  • Ald. Stuart Slade (first elected 1991; Mayor 2011-2014, Deputy Mayor 1996-2005)
  • Ald. Matt Stevenson (first elected 2010)


Central Glenorchy area in 1954

Tasmanian Aboriginals were the first inhabitants of the area where Glenorchy lies today. The first European to arrive in Glenorchy was a Frenchman, who was a member of Bruni d'Entrecasteaux's crew, in 1793.[6] An English expedition arrived two months later, under the command of John Hayes. Hayes sailed up the river which he referred to as the Derwent. He named Prince of Wales Bay and called the area around New Town and Moonah King George's Plains. Hayes named the Glenorchy area as New Cumberland.[6]

This French presence was the main influence in Lieutenant Governor Bowen's decision to settle where Hobart now exists.

The period between 1840 and 1860 was when steady growth was seen in Glenorchy, culminating in the area becoming a municipality in 1864. Glenorchy is believed to have been so named by governor Lachlan Macquarie after his wife's home in Scotland. The name means 'glen of tumbling waters'.[6]

City status was given to Glenorchy on 24 October 1964, exactly one hundred years after it was first proclaimed a municipality.[2][7][6]


The city spans the area along the Derwent River, from just north of the Queens Domain in the south, to the Bridgewater Bridge and Causeway in the north, and extends west as far as the foothills of Mount Wellington.


The greater Hobart area has a population of around 222,000 as at the 2016 Census, with the city of Glenorchy local government area having a population of over 46,000.[8] This makes Glenorchy the third most populated city in the greater area of Hobart.

Glenorchy is classified as urban, fringe and medium (UFM) under the Australian Classification of Local Governments.[9]

population by year
1865 1300
1891 1962
1901 2392
1911 3393
1921 6344
1933 9898
1947 14493
1954 25810
1964 38400
1971 42,651
1976 42,437
1981 41,019
1986 38202
2001 42445
2006 43413
2011 44,656
2016 46,253
2018 47,636


Hobart suburbs[edit]

Austins FerryBerriedaleChigwellClaremontCollinsvaleDerwent ParkDowsing PointGlenluskGlenorchyGoodwoodGrantonLutanaMontroseMoonahRosettaWest Moonah

Other localities[edit]

Lenah ValleyNew TownWellington Park

Road infrastructure[edit]

A greater proportion of all roads found within the boundaries of Glenorchy are owned by the city itself with the two exceptions being Goodwood Road and the Brooker Highway which are owned and maintained by the Tasmanian Government.[10]



The city hosts several annual events, including a regatta at Montrose Bay while at the showgrounds there is the annual Royal Hobart Show and the Hobart Cup at Tattersalls Park.


Glenorchy has a huge amount of entertainment to offer, considering its size. Located on the main road there is the only ice rink in the greater area of Hobart, as well as a Village Cinemas complex at Glenorchy Central and a Zone Bowling center at Moonah and located in Derwent Park is Parsons Sports Centre which houses Hobart's only indoor Tennis court.

The Derwent Entertainment Centre provides the city with the opportunity to host many local and international artists. Artists who have played here include Dire Straits, INXS, Elton John, John Farnham, Kylie Minogue and Bob Dylan. The DEC is also used for expos, trade shows and sporting events.

The Moorilla Estate often holds musical performances during the period of summer. Artists who have played at this venue include Grinspoon, Paul Kelly and The Pretenders.

The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) opened on the Moorilla estate in 2011, and quickly became a popular tourist attraction.


KGV Oval is just one of the places where sport is played seriously within the city.


Senior secondary colleges and high schools in the Glenorchy area include St Virgil's College located in Austin's Ferry; Montrose Bay High School located in Rosetta; Cosgrove High School, Dominic College and Guilford Young College located close to the city center; and Claremont College slightly to the north at Claremont.

Shopping and retail[edit]

The City of Glenorchy has the second largest shopping district in southern Tasmania (the largest being in Hobart).The city has three major commercial areas: Moonah, Glenorchy CBD and Claremont. Claremont has one main shopping center (Claremont Village) and a few retail outlets. Moonah has a shopping strip with a variety of small shops and cafes, as well as a Harris Scarfe department store and shopping centre Woolworths supermarket. The Glenorchy CBD has three major indoor shopping centres, Northgate Shopping Centre, Glenorchy Central (Centro), and Glenorchy Plaza.

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. ^ a b "Agency Details: Glenorchy Municipal Council". Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Glenorchy City results - 2021 Local government by-elections Tasmania".
  4. ^ "Glenorchy City Council Suspended for 6 Months – Commissioner Sue Smith Appointed". Archived from the original on 13 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Minister suspends Glenorchy City Council for six months". ABC News. 8 February 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d "Glenorchy City council heritage". Glenorchy City Council. 2006. Archived from the original on 8 December 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2007.
  7. ^ "Agency Details: Glenorchy City Council". Tasmanian Government. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  8. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Glenorchy (C) (LGA)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 10 September 2012. Edit this at Wikidata
  9. ^ "Local government national report 2014-2015". Australian Government. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  10. ^ "City Of Glenorchy Traffic". Glenorchy City ouncil. 2006. Archived from the original on 17 October 2006. Retrieved 31 March 2007.

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