City of Knox
|City of Knox|
|Population||165,147 (2020) (42nd)|
|• Density||1,449/km2 (3,752/sq mi)|
|Area||114 km2 (44.0 sq mi)|
|Council seat||Wantirna South|
|Region||Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne|
|Website||City of Knox|
The City of Knox is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of 114 square kilometres (44.0 sq mi) and in 2020, Knox had a population of 165,147. This municipality is one of only a handful that survived the widespread municipal amalgamations that occurred in Victoria in the early 1990s.
The City of Knox was named after Sir George Hodges Knox (1885–1960), a former soldier and speaker of the Victorian Legislative Assembly. The City of Knox Crest incorporates his family's motto 'Move and Prosper'.
The area which is now Knox was once part of the Scoresby Riding of the Shire of Berwick. On 23 May 1889, the riding was severed to create the Shire of Fern Tree Gully, which extended as far east as Olinda and Monbulk in the Dandenong Ranges. Post-World War II development in the area closer to Melbourne led to rapid urbanisation and population growth—over 21,000 residents lived in the Knox area by the 1961 Census. A plebiscite to determine local residents' views led to the creation of the Shire of Knox on 9 October 1963, which was proclaimed on 16 November 1963 by the Governor of Victoria. It was declared a City on 4 July 1969. By the 1986 Census, the area was home to over 100,000 residents.
On 15 December 1994, the City of Knox was one of the few councils (and one of only four in Melbourne) to survive the statewide amalgamation and its boundaries extended to add the suburb of Upper Ferntree Gully and part of Lysterfield from the former Shire of Sherbrooke.
The council, as of November 2021, is:
|Friberg||Independent||Susan Laukens||Elected Mayor on Monday 15 November 2021|
|Tirhatuan||Independent||Nicole Seymour||Elected Deputy Mayor on Monday 15 November 2021|
At present, the City of Knox has nine wards, each electing one councillor for a period of four years.
- Baird Ward
- Chandler Ward
- Collier Ward
- Dinsdale Ward
- Dobson Ward
- Friberg Ward
- Scott Ward
- Taylor Ward
- Tirhatuan Ward
Prior to 1994, the Council had three wards, each of which elected three councillors:
- Bayswater/Wantirna Ward
- Boronia Ward
- Rowville/Scoresby Ward
- Ferntree Gully
- Lysterfield (Shared with the Shire of Yarra Ranges)
- Sassafras (Shared with the Shire of Yarra Ranges)
- The Basin
- Upper Ferntree Gully (Shared with the Shire of Yarra Ranges)
- Wantirna South
- CityLife Church – CityLife Church Weblink
- Hills Bible Church- Hills Bible Church is a Reformed Baptist congregation
- Knox Community Baptist Church
- St.Jude's Parish, Scoresby
- Knox Presbyterian Church
- Our Saviours Lutheran Church
- Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- The Salvation Army
- Truth and Liberation Concern
- St.Thomas Anglican Church Upper Ferntree Gully
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- "City of Knox Coat of Arms". Knox City Council. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
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- "Mayor, councillors and wards". Knox City Council. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
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- "Cr Susan Laukens elected Knox Mayor". Knox City Council. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
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- Knox City Council – Official website
- Knox Central Primary School
- Public Transport Victoria local public transport map
- Link to Land Victoria interactive maps
- Knox Historical Society Inc.
- Ringwood Community Garden – Selkirk Avenue, Wantirna