City of Kingston

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City of Kingston
Victoria
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Population163,431 (2018)[1] (44th)
 • Density1,796/km2 (4,651/sq mi)
Established1994
Area91 km2 (35.1 sq mi)[1]
MayorSteve Staikos
Location15 km (9 mi) from Melbourne city centre
Council seatCheltenham
RegionMelbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
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WebsiteCity of Kingston
LGAs around City of Kingston:
Bayside Glen Eira Monash
Port Phillip City of Kingston Greater Dandenong
Port Phillip Frankston Frankston

The City of Kingston is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, its northern boundary lying approximately 15 km from the Melbourne city centre[2] along the north-eastern shorelines of Port Phillip. It covers an area of 91 km² and has an estimated population of 163,431 people.[1][2]

Suburbs[edit]

History[edit]

The City of Kingston headquarters, on Nepean Highway in Cheltenham.

The City of Kingston area was originally governed by the Moorabbin Roads Board, which formed in 1862 and became a shire council in 1871, covering a large area of mixed agricultural and semi-urban land. After years of agitation, in 1917 the seaside town of Sandringham became a borough with its own council, and this fuelled the desire of those living in towns further south to combine their efforts and demand self-representation. This finally occurred in May 1920 and the "Borough of Mordialloc and Mentone" was formed. It became a town in 1923 and the City of Mordialloc in 1926.

The City of Moorabbin had a population of 109,588 by the time of the 1971 census.[3]

In 1994, the state government amalgamated local councils all over Victoria, as part of its local government reform. The new City of Kingston was one result, comprising all of the City of Chelsea, most of the City of Mordialloc, a substantial portion of the City of Moorabbin, and parts of the Cities of Oakleigh and Springvale.

A new electoral structure for Kingston was effected in November 2008. Under the new structure there are three wards – North Ward, Central Ward and South Ward, and three Councillors representing each ward. This makes a total of nine Councillors, instead of the previous structure of seven wards each represented by one Councillor, and as of November 2020 there are 11 wards each individually represented by a ward councillor.

Kingston's headquarters are located at the 7-storey '1230 Nepean Hwy' building, which has become a landmark to Cheltenham as well as the council. The A-Grade office building was built in 1993.[4]

Schools[edit]

Primary education

  • Aspendale Gardens Primary School
  • Aspendale Primary School
  • Bonbeach Primary School
  • Carrum Primary School
  • Chelsea Primary School
  • Chelsea Heights Primary School
  • Cheltenham East Primary School
  • Clarinda Primary School
  • Clayton South Primary School
  • Dingley Primary School
  • Edithvale Primary School
  • Kingston Heath Primary School
  • Kingswood Primary School
  • Le Page Primary School
  • Mentone Primary School
  • Mentone Park Primary School
  • Mordialloc Primary School
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School
  • Parktone Primary School
  • Parkdale Primary School
  • Patterson Lakes Primary School
  • Southmoor Primary School
  • St Andrew's Catholic Primary School
  • St Brigid's Catholic Primary School
  • St Catherines Catholic Primary School
  • St John Vianney's Catholic Primary School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
  • St Louis De Montforts Catholic Primary School
  • St Mark's Primary School
  • St Patrick's Catholic Primary School
  • Westall Primary School

Secondary education

Primary and secondary education

Railway stations[edit]

Library services[edit]

The City of Kingston operates nine free council run libraries.[5]

Major branches[edit]

  • Chelsea
  • Cheltenham
  • Clarinda
  • Parkdale
  • Westall

Minor branches[edit]

  • Dingley
  • Highett
  • Moorabbin
  • Patterson Lakes

Sport and recreation facilities[edit]

The City of Kingston operates two swimming and recreation centres:[6]

Council structure[edit]

Corporate management[edit]

  • Interim Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Tamlin[8]
  • Acting General Manager Corporate Services, Tony Ljaskevic[9]
    Governance, People & Culture, Communications & Community Relations, Financial Services, Information Services and Procurement & Contracts
  • General Manager Planning and Development, Jonathan Guttmann[9]
    City Development, City Strategy, Economic Development and Statutory Education & Compliance
  • General Manager Organisational City Assets and Environment, Samantha Krull[9]
    Property, Arts & Leisure, Parks & Recreation, Traffic & Transport and Infrastructure
  • General Manager Community Sustainability, Mauro Bolin[9]
    Community & Aged Services, Library & Education Services, Access Care Southern, Family, Youth & Children's Services and Community Buildings

Council services[edit]

The council has an annual budget of $245 million (2021-22), with works involving areas such as road maintenance and construction, community, cultural and youth activities, town planning and development, waste management and recycling, maintenance of parks and public areas, public health and animal control, library services, and business and tourism support.

Election results[edit]

As of November 2020 there are 11 wards each individually represented by a ward councillor. At the 2020 election, the councillors re-elected included Tamsin Bearsley, David Eden, George Hua, Georgina Oxley, and Steve Staikos. They were joined by newly elected councillors Tim Cochrane, Jenna Davey-Burns, Tracey Davies, Chris Hill, Cameron Howe and Hadi Saab.[10]

Candidates from the 'Kingston Action Team' (KAT) scooped up several of the 11 seats in the expanded council. The Age reported: “Despite some members claiming they were a ‘true independent’, KAT was Labor-backed, and masterminded by veteran Labor campaigner and former Bill Shorten adviser Steve Michelson.”.[11] Similarly, unendorsed Liberal Party members ran in council elections across metropolitan Melbourne, including the City of Kingston with support from the Liberal Party's 'local government committee'.[12]

Elected representatives[edit]

Kingston City Council
Type
Type
Council of the City of Kingston
Structure
Council political groups
  Labor: 4 seats
  Liberal: 2 seats
  Independent: 5 seats

Starting in November 2020 the City of Kingston commenced a new ward system with 11 wards each electing a single Councillor.[13] This new system was introduced by the Victorian Government under the Local Government Act 2020.[13]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Banksia   Independent Cameron Howe
Bunjil   Labor[14] Steve Staikos[15]
Caruana   Liberal[14] George Hua
Chicquita   Independent Tracey Davies
Como   Independent Chris Hill
Karkarook   Labor Hadi Saab
Longbeach   Labor[14] Georgina Oxley [15]
Melaleuca   Independent Tim Cochrane
Sandpiper   Labor[14] David Eden [15]
Wattle   Independent Jenna Davey-Burns
Yammerbrook   Liberal[14] Tamsin Bearsley

Councillors and Mayors 1997 - 2024[edit]

Greg Alabaster 1997 – 2000 / 2005 - 2008

Ron Brownlees OAM 1997 – 2000 / 2000 – 2003 / 2008 – 2012 / 2012 – 2016 / 2016 – 2020 (Mayor: 1998-99, 2010-11 & 2012-13)

Di Comtesse 1997 - 2000

Lesley McGurgan 1997 – 2000 (Mayor: 1999-2000)

Bill Nixon OAM 1997 – 2000 / 2003 – 2005 / 2005 – 2008 (Mayor: 1997-98 & 2007-08)

John Ronke 1997 – 2000 / 2000 – 2003 / 2005 – 2008 / 2008 – 2012 / 2012 – 2016 (Mayor: 2011-12)

Dalene Salisbury 1997 – 2000


Arthur Athanasopoulos 2000 – 2003 / 2003 – 2005 / 2005 – 2008 / 2008 – 2012 (Mayor: 2000-01, 2003-04, March – December 2004, 2008-09)

Elizabeth Larking 2000 – 2003 / 2003 – 2005 (Mayor: 2001-02)

David Normington 2000-2001

Topsy Petchey OAM 2000 – 2003 / 2003 – 2005 / 2005 – 2008 (Mayor: 2002-03, 2004-05, 2005-06 & 2006-07)

Joanna van Klaveren 2000 - 2005

Trevor Shewan 2001 - 2003 / 2008 – 2012


Andrew Adams 2003 - 2005

Rosemary West OAM 2003 – 2005 / 2005 – 2008 / 2008 – 2012 / 2012 – 2016 / 2016 – 2020


Justin McKeegan 2005 – 2008


Donna Bauer 2008 – 2010

Lew Dundas 2008 – 2012

Paul Peulich 2008 – 2012 / 2012 – 2016 (Mayor: 2013-14)

Steve Staikos 2008 – 2012 / 2012 – 2016 / 2016 – 2020 / 2020 – 2024 (Mayor 2009-10, 2017-18 & 2020-21)

Dan Maloney 2011 – 2012


Tamara Barth 2012 – 2016 / 2016 – 2020

Geoff Gledhill 2012 – 2016 / 2016 – 2020 (Mayor: 2014-15)

Tamsin Bearsley 2012 – 2016 / 2016 – 2020 / 2020 – 2024 (Mayor: 2015-16)

David Eden 2012 – 2016 / 2016 – 2020 / 2020 – 2024 (Mayor: 2016-17)


George Hua 2016 – 2020 / 2020 – 2024

Georgina Oxley 2016 – 2020 / 2020 – 2024 (Mayor: 2018-19 & 2019-20)


Tim Cochrane 2020 – 2024

Jenna Davey Burns 2020 – 2024

Tracey Davies 2020 – 2024

Chris Hill 2020 – 2024

Cameron Howe 2020 – 2024

Hadi Saab 2020 – 2024

See also[edit]

References[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 "Kingston City Council – Local Government Victoria – Department for Victorian Communities". Find your local council. Department for Victorian Communities. 24 January 2007. Archived from the original on 3 September 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2007.
  3. ^ Arnold, V.H. (1973). Victorian year book 1973 (First ed.). Melbourne: Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics, Victorian Office. p. 800. ISBN 0642952965.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 5 March 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ https://www.kingston.vic.gov.au/About-Us/Media/Don-Tatnell-Leisure-Centre-will-close-due-to-major-structural-issues
  8. ^ "Experienced Interim CEO appointed to guide Kingston during 2021". 18 March 2021.
  9. ^ a b c d "City of Kingston 2019-20 Annual Report". City of Kingston. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  10. ^ http://baysidenews.com.au/2020/11/11/five-re-elected-to-expanded-council/
  11. ^ "A sudden resignation at the National Golf Club". theage.com.au. The Age. 11 November 2020. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  12. ^ https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-14/sacked-casey-mayor-susan-serey-wins-liberal-party-role/12556468
  13. ^ a b "Council Wards". City of Kingston. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  14. ^ a b c d e "Tracking Victorian Crs who are members of a political party". The Mayne Report. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  15. ^ a b c {https://www.maynereport.com/articles/2016/10/24-0943-8109.html |website=The Mayne Report |accessdate=23 June 2020}}|accessdate=8 November 2020}}

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