City of Manningham

Coordinates: 37°46′S 145°12′E / 37.767°S 145.200°E / -37.767; 145.200
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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]
MayorCr Deirdre Diamante
Council seatDoncaster
RegionGreater Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Menzies
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 is situated in 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.[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] Councillors are elected by the community for a four-year term following an election.

The council, as of November 2020, is:[8]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Bolin   Liberal[9] Geoff Gough
Currawong   Andrew Conlon
Manna   Greens Tomas Lightbody
Ruffey   Independent Stephen Mayne
Schramm   Independent Laura Mayne
Tullamore   Liberal Deirdre Diamante
Waldau   Independent Anna Chen
Westerfolds   Liberal Michelle Kleinert
Yarra   Independent Carli Lange
Ruffey Lake Park

Past councillors[edit]

Previous councillors (grey shading indicates election year) [10][11][12]
Ward 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07
Heide John Bruce Grace La Vella
Geoff Gough
Koonung Irene Goonan 1. Warren Welsh
Bill Larkin
Mullum Mullum Lionel Allemand Gerard Dale Ron Kitchingman
Patricia Young
Ruffey Bob Beynon Melanie Randall
Julie Eisenbise Charles Pick

1. Katerina Karanikolopoulos

Previous councillors (grey shading indicates election year) [13][14][15][16]
Ward 08[17] 09 10 11[18] 12[19] 13 14 15 16[20] 17 18 19
Heide Geoff Gough
Grace La Vella Michelle Kleinert
Stephen Mayne 3. Paula Piccinini
Koonung Charles Pick 2.CB Stephen O'Brien Anna Chen
Ivan Reid Dot Haynes
Fred Chuah Jennifer Yang 4.
Mullum Mullum Meg Downie Andrew Conlon
David Ellis Paul McLeish
Graeme Macmillan Sophy Galbally

CB denotes councillors elected via countback.

2. Jessica Villarreal 3. Jim Grivokostopoulos 4. Mike Zafiropoulos

Townships and localities[edit]

The city had a population of 124,700 at the 2021 census, up from 116,255 at the 2016 census.[21]

Locality 2016 2021
Bulleen 10,873 11,219
Doncaster 20,946 25,020
Doncaster East 28,360 30,926
Donvale 12,347 12,644
Nunawading^ 11,876 12,413
Park Orchards^ 3,822 3,835
Ringwood North^ 9,832 9,964
Templestowe 16,618 16,966
Templestowe Lower 13,429 14,098
Warrandyte 5,502 5,541
Warrandyte South 671 671
Wonga Park^ 3,796 3,843

^ - Territory divided with another LGA


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 East
  • 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)

  • St Clement of Rome Catholic Primary School, Bulleen
  • St Gregory the Great Catholic Primary School, Doncaster
  • Ss Peter & Paul's Catholic Primary School, Doncaster East
  • Carey Baptist Grammar School, Donvale
  • Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Primary School, Donvale
  • St Anne's Catholic Primary School, Park Orchards
  • St Charles Borromeo Catholic Primary School, Templestowe
  • St Kevin's Catholic Primary School, Templestowe

Secondary Schools – Public (4)

Secondary Schools – 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.[22] 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 Kinetic Melbourne, which has a depot in Doncaster East, near the intersection of Blackburn and Doncaster Roads.

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. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "New residents". City of Manningham. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  3. ^ "Local indigenous history". City of Manningham. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Manningham's suburbs". City of Manningham. Retrieved 29 October 2020.
  5. ^ "Local history". Manningham Council. 20 June 2014. Archived from the original on 7 April 2021. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  6. ^ "2007 Manningham City Council representation review final report" (PDF). Victorian Electoral Commission. 14 May 2007.
  7. ^ "Electoral structure changes for 2020" (PDF). Victorian Electoral Commission. 14 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Manningham City Council election results 2020". Retrieved 8 November 2020.
  9. ^ Mann, Simon (4 November 2006). "Winning the eastern bloc". The Age. Retrieved 5 April 2023. At the top end of EastLink, Geoff Gough, a Manningham councillor and Liberal Party member who sits on the Municipal Association's key management board
  10. ^ "VEC: Manningham City Council Election Results 2000". 6 July 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  11. ^ "VEC: Manningham City Council Election Results 2003". 6 July 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  12. ^ "VEC: Results for the Manningham City Council 2005 elections". 6 July 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Manningham City Council profile – Victorian Electoral Commission". 23 March 2019. Archived from the original on 23 March 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  14. ^ "The Mayne Report – Members Update". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  15. ^ "The Mayne Report – Members Update". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  16. ^ "No Mayne, no gain: a career in crusades". The Age. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  17. ^ "2008 council election results". Archived from the original on 3 July 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  18. ^ "Manningham City Council countback results 2011 – Victorian Electoral Commission". 4 April 2019. Archived from the original on 4 April 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  19. ^ "Manningham City Council election results 2012 – Victorian Electoral Commission". 5 March 2019. Archived from the original on 5 March 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  20. ^ "Manningham City Council election results 2016 – Victorian Electoral Commission". 13 April 2019. Archived from the original on 13 April 2019. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  21. ^ "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". 11 January 2023.
  22. ^ "Suburban Rail Loop replication via bus service" (PDF). Manningham City Council. Retrieved 26 June 2023.
  23. ^ Professor Roy Robins-Browne receives Order of Australia
  24. ^ "Inaam Barakat OAM". The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. Retrieved 21 June 2023.

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