City of Manningham

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City of Manningham
Balance of City and Country
Population125,508 (2018)[1]
 • Density1,111/km2 (2,877/sq mi)
Area113 km2 (43.6 sq mi)[1]
MayorPaul McLeish
Council seatDoncaster
RegionNortheast Metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Menzies
Manningham city logo.svg
WebsiteCity of Manningham
LGAs around City of Manningham:
Banyule Nillumbik Yarra Ranges
Banyule City of Manningham Yarra Ranges
Boroondara Whitehorse Maroondah

The City of Manningham is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne and is divided into 12 suburbs, with the largest being Doncaster and Doncaster East. It comprises an area of 113 square kilometres and had a population of 125,508 in June 2018.[1]

The district spans a roughly east–west direction along the southern banks of the Yarra River and across the undulating valleys of the Koonung, Ruffey and Mullum Mullum Creeks, alternating from typical low density suburban housing in the west to remnant bushland, within a green wedge, in the east. As such, the district encompasses the transition between the built and natural environments in Melbourne's east and promotes itself as a "balance of city and country".[2]

Formerly the City of Doncaster & Templestowe, the district was originally part of the Wurundjeri nation's territory.[3] Most of the first European settlers to the area were orchardists, arriving through the 1850s.[4] Gold was first discovered in Victoria around the same time at Andersons Creek, in Warrandyte, however, the district saw varied growth as periods of low density suburban development occurred sporadically throughout the mid-late 20th century.[4]


The Manningham municipality was created on 15 December 1994, as part of a general restructure of Melbourne's local government boundaries.[citation needed] The new municipality contains the former City of Doncaster & Templestowe, but with part of Ringwood North ceded to the new City of Maroondah and Wonga Park, annexed from the former Shire of Lillydale.

The name Bulleen, a nearby suburb, was proposed for the new municipality, as it was the name of the shire predating the City of Doncaster and Templestowe.[citation needed] However, modern residents believed the name was too localised, so the name of one of the major roads was adopted.[citation needed] The origin of Manningham Road comes from the region of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Residents' requests for the City to be named after Indigenous Australian names local to the area such as Mullum Mullum or Koonung were rejected.[citation needed]


Mullum Mullum Creek in Victoria, Australia

The main watercourses that border or flow through the City of Manningham include;


Federal electorate[edit]

The Federal electorate of Menzies covers much of the City of Manningham. It has been held by the Federal Liberal Party since 1984.

State electorates[edit]

The City of Manningham encompasses the two Victorian state electorates of Bulleen and Warrandyte, both of which been held predominantly by the Liberal Party.

Wards and councillors[edit]

Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre located in Templestowe Lower, Victoria, Australia
Doncaster Shoppingtown, redeveloped in 2008

Manningham was divided into four wards electing two councillors each until 2008.[5]

From 2008 to 2020, Manningham has been divided into three wards, with three councillors elected for each ward. Following reforms to the Local Government Act in 2020, Manningham is divided into 9 wards, each electing one Councillor.[6] Councillors are elected by the community for a four-year term following an election.

The council, as of November 2020, is:[7]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Bolin   Liberal Geoff Gough
Currawong   Independent Andrew Conlon
Manna   Greens Tomas Lightbody
Ruffey   Independent Stephen Mayne
Schramm   Independent Laura Mayne
Tullamore   Liberal Deirdre Diamante
Waldau   Independent Anna Chen
Westerfolds   Independent Michelle Kleinert
Yarra   Independent Carli Lnge



Covering 70 per cent of the municipality and ranging from large natural areas to intimate pocket parks, these open spaces provide a variety of unstructured play opportunities for children and families. Some of the major parks include;


Primary Schools – Public (14)

  • Andersons Creek Primary School, Warrandyte
  • Warrandyte Primary School, Warrandyte
  • Templestowe Heights Primary School, Templestowe Lower
  • Templestowe Park Primary School, Templestowe
  • Templestowe Valley Primary School, Templestowe
  • Tang Tang Heights Secondary School, Templestowe
  • Serpell Primary School, Templestowe
  • Birralee Primary School, Doncaster
  • Doncaster Primary School, Doncaster
  • Doncaster Gardens Primary School, Doncaster
  • Milgate Primary School, Doncaster East
  • Donburn Primary School, Doncaster East
  • Beverley Hills Primary School, Doncaster East
  • Donvale Primary School, Donvale
  • Park Orchards Primary School, Park Orchards

Primary Schools – Private (9)

Secondary Colleges – Public (4)

Secondary Colleges – Private (2)

Other (2)

  • Bulleen Heights School, Bulleen
  • Donvale Christian College

Libraries (4)

All libraries in the Manningham area are operated by the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation.

Manningham Libraries include:

  • Doncaster Library – MC Square, 687 Doncaster Rd, Doncaster, VIC 3108
  • The Pines Library – The Pines Shopping Centre, Cnr Blackburn and Reynolds Road, Doncaster East, VIC 3109
  • Warrandyte Library - 168 Yarra St, Warrandyte VIC 3113
  • Bulleen Library – Bulleen Plaza, 79-109 Manningham Road, Bulleen, VIC 3105


Manningham is the only area in metropolitan Melbourne without a train line or tram route and therefore the area is heavily reliant on private cars. A Doncaster railway line had been planned for many decades; however the land was sold off in the 1980s. Residents have long campaigned for extension of the route 48 tram along Doncaster Road to Doncaster, Doncaster East or Donvale, although this is heavily supported by Local Governments, the issue has been consistently avoided by State Government.

There are increased bus services to cope with the demand for public transport, including four radial SmartBus routes, and two exclusive Manningham Mover circular routes. Most routes are operated by Transdev Melbourne, which has a depot in Doncaster East, near the intersection of Blackburn Rd and Doncaster Rd

Major roadways[edit]

  • Andersons Creek Road (State Route 13)
  • Blackburn Road (State Route 13)
  • Bulleen Road (State Route 52)
  • Croydon Road (State Route 7)
  • Doncaster Road (State Route 36 / State Route 40)
  • Eastern Freeway (M3)
  • Elgar Road
  • High Street
  • Fitzsimons Lane (State Route 47)
  • Foote Street (State Route 42 / State Route 52)
  • King Street
  • Jumping Creek Road (State Route 42)
  • Manningham Road (State Route 40)
  • Mitcham Road (State Route 36 / State Route 40)
  • Northern Route:
    • Reynolds Road (State Route 52)
    • Tindals Road
    • Falconer Road
    • Stintons Road
  • Park Road
  • Springvale Road (State Route 40 / State Route 52)
  • Templestowe Road (State Route 52)
  • Thompsons Road (State Route 42)
  • Tram Road (State Route 47)
  • Warrandyte Road:
    • Heidelberg-Warrandyte Road (State Route 13)
    • Warrandyte-Ringwood Road (State Route 9 / State Route 42)
  • Wetherby Road (State Route 23)
  • Williamsons Road (State Route 47)

Notable Residents[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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link) Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "New residents". City of Manningham. Retrieved 29 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Local indigenous history". City of Manningham. Retrieved 29 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b "Manningham's suburbs". City of Manningham. Retrieved 29 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "2007 Manningham City Council representation review final report" (PDF). Victorian Electoral Commission. 14 May 2007.
  6. ^ "Electoral structure changes for 2020" (PDF). Victorian Electoral Commission. 14 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Manningham City Council election results 2020". Retrieved 8 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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Coordinates: 37°46′S 145°12′E / 37.767°S 145.200°E / -37.767; 145.200