City of Knox

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City of Knox
Map of Melbourne showing City of Knox
Population 149,340 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 1,312.3/km2 (3,398.8/sq mi)
Established 1963
Area 113.8 km2 (43.9 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Karin Orpen
Council seat Wantirna South
Region Eastern Metropolitan Melbourne
County Mornington
Knox City Council logo.png
Website City of Knox
LGAs around City of Knox:
Whitehorse Maroondah Yarra Ranges
Monash City of Knox Yarra Ranges
Greater Dandenong Casey Casey

The City of Knox is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of 113.8 square kilometres (43.9 sq mi) and at the 2011 Census, Knox had a population of 149,340.


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.[2][3]

On 15 December 1994, the City of Knox was one of the few councils 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 June 2016, is:[4]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Baird   Labor Peter Lockwood
Chandler   Independent John Mortimore
Collier   Independent Joe Cossari
Dinsdale   Labor Adam Gill[5]
Dobson   Independent Karin Orpen
Friberg   Liberal Tony Holland Mayor
Scott   Independent Lisa Cooper
Taylor   Liberal Darren Pearce
Tirhatuan   Independent Nicole Seymour


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


Suburbs within the boundaries of the city include:

See List of Melbourne suburbs for other Melbourne suburbs and municipalities.


Year Population
1961 21,281
1966 36,491
1971 56,786
1976 74,456
1981 88,902
1986 104,207
1991 121,982
1996 130,401
2001 141,408
2006 146,740


  • CityLife Church
  • Hills Bible Church
  • Knox Community Baptist Church
  • 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


There are a number of bus routes that service the city run by Ventura bus lines the city has 4 train stations that are run by Metro Melbourne.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Knox (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-08-27. 
  2. ^ Knox City Council (2007). "The City History". Retrieved 20 December 2007. 
  3. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 409, 832–833.  Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  4. ^ "Knox City Council - Mayor & Councillors". Retrieved 4 June 2016.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Gardiner, Melanie (23 January 2014). "Knox councillor's state seat bid could result in by-election bill". Herald Sun. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 

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Coordinates: 37°53′S 145°13′E / 37.883°S 145.217°E / -37.883; 145.217