City of Hobsons Bay

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City of Hobsons Bay
Location within Melbourne metropolitan area
Population96,470 (2018)[1]
 • Density1,507/km2 (3,904/sq mi)
EstablishedJune 1994
Area64 km2 (24.7 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Jonathon Marsden (Greens)
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 64 square kilometres, and in June 2018 had a population of 96,470.[1]


The current councillors, in order of election at the 2020 election, are:[2]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Cherry Lake   Independent Tony Briffa
  Independent Daria Kellander
Strand   Greens Jonathon Marsden Mayor
  Independent Peter Hemphill
Independent Pamela Sutton-Legaud
Wetlands   Labor Matt Tyler
  Independent Diana Grima



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.


Main street of Altona

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, Altona, Westona, Laverton and Aircraft. Previously on this line were the stations of Mobiltown, Paisley, and Galvin.

Williamstown railway line is another service which runs through 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.

Townships and localities[edit]

The 2021 census, the city had a population of 91,322 up from 88,778 in the 2016 census[3]

Locality 2016 2021
Altona 10,762 11,490
Altona Meadows 19,160 18,479
Altona North 12,152 12,962
Locality 2016 2021
Brooklyn^ 1,856 1,979
Laverton^ 4,915 4,760
Newport 12,916 13,658
Locality 2016 2021
Seabrook 5,124 4,952
Seaholme 1,928 2,067
South Kingsville 1,947 2,156
Locality 2016 2021
Spotswood 2,604 2,820
Williamstown 13,969 14,407
Williamstown North 1,593 1,622

^ - Territory divided with another LGA

Sister cities[edit]

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. ^ "Hobsons Bay City Council election results 2020". Retrieved 13 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". 11 January 2023.
  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