City of Hobsons Bay

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City of Hobsons Bay
Location within Melbourne metropolitan area
Population88,778 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density1,366/km2 (3,537/sq mi)
EstablishedJune 1994
Area65 km2 (25.1 sq mi)
MayorCr Jonathon Marsden
Council seatAltona
RegionMetropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Hobsons Bay City logo.png
WebsiteCity of Hobsons Bay
LGAs around City of Hobsons Bay:
Brimbank, Wyndham Maribyrnong Melbourne
Wyndham City of Hobsons Bay Melbourne, Port Phillip
Wyndham Port Phillip Port Phillip
Hobsons Bay council chambers in Altona.

The City of Hobsons Bay is a local government area in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It comprises the south-western suburbs between 6 and 20 km from the Melbourne city centre.

It was founded on 22 June 1994 during the amalgamation of local councils by the state government from the City of Williamstown and the City of Altona, as well as the suburb of South Kingsville from the City of Footscray. It took its name from Hobsons Bay, named after Captain William Hobson. The city has an area of 65 square kilometres, and at the 2016 Census had a population of 88,778.


The current council, as of March 2019, is:[2]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Cherry Lake   Independent Sandra Wilson[3]
  Independent Tony Briffa JP[3]
Strand   Independent Peter Hemphill[3]
  Independent Angela Altair[3]
Greens Jonathon Marsden[3] Mayor
Wetlands   Independent Colleen Gates[3]
  Independent Michael Grech[3] Deputy Mayor



The library, run by the council has five branches: Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Newport and Williamstown. Reflecting the multiculturalism of the community, the library service has a large amount of material in eight different languages.

The Environment Resource Centre is located in Altona library and provides the community access to resources concerning the environment, including initiatives and environmental groups in Hobsons Bay.


Suburban railway[edit]

Hobsons Bay has seven train stations on the Werribee railway line, in PTV Zones 1 and 2. These stations are Spotswood, Newport, Seaholme railway station, Altona, Westona, Laverton and Aircraft. Previously on this line were the stations of Mobiltown, Paisley, and Galvin.

Williamstown railway line is a shuttle service which is entirely located in Hobsons Bay. It departs the Werribee railway line at Newport and visits the stations of North Williamstown, Williamstown Beach, and Williamstown.


The interchange between the West Gate Freeway, Western Ring Road and Princes Freeway lies in the north-west of Hobsons Bay.

From Hobsons Bay, the West Gate Freeway provides access to the Melbourne CBD and eastern suburbs (over the iconic West Gate Bridge), the Princes Freeway provides access to outer south-western suburbs and Geelong, while the Western Ring Road leads to the northern suburbs and Melbourne Airport.


Main street of Altona

Sister Cities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Hobsons Bay (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 November 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Mayor & Councillors". Hobsons Bay City Council.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Greens make history in Hobsons Bay". Maribyrnong & Hobsons Bay Star Weekly. 3 November 2016.
  4. ^ "International Exchange". List of Affiliation Partners within Prefectures. Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR). Archived from the original on 24 December 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2015.

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Coordinates: 37°51′S 144°50′E / 37.850°S 144.833°E / -37.850; 144.833