City of Melton

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City of Melton
Victoria
MelbLGA-Melton.gif
Location of Melton within Melbourne's metropolitan area.
Population135,443 (2016 census)[1]
 • Density256.861/km2 (665.27/sq mi)
Established1862
Area527.3 km2 (203.6 sq mi)
MayorCr Bob Turner
Council seatMelton
RegionWestern Metropolitan Melbourne
CountyBourke
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Gorton
MeltonCitylogo.jpg
WebsiteCity of Melton
LGAs around City of Melton:
Macedon Ranges Macedon Ranges Hume
Moorabool City of Melton Brimbank
Moorabool Wyndham Wyndham

The City of Melton is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, on Melbourne's western rural–urban fringe.

It covers 527.3 square kilometres (203.6 sq mi), and at the 2016 Census, Melton had population of 135,443.[1]

It is governed by the Melton City Council. The seat of local government and administrative offices are located at Council headquarters in Melton, the settlement after which the city takes its name which lies at the western end of the LGA and is currently its largest urban area with a population of over 54,000.[2]

City of Melton has a rapid population growth rate, ranked 3rd fastest among LGAs in Victoria in 2010.[3] It was granted city status in 2012.

History[edit]

Civic centre

Melton was first incorporated as a district on 16 September 1862, and became a shire on 24 May 1871. Parts of the north and south ridings of the Shire of Braybrook (later City of Sunshine) were annexed to Melton as the Rockbank Riding on 24 May 1916, and this was added to in 1951. Other minor boundary adjustments with Bulla and Keilor occurred in May 1959. The Shire had a total area of 450.4 square kilometres (173.9 sq mi).[4]

In 1994, following large-scale statewide local government reform, Melton acquired the Exford district from the City of Werribee, growing to its present size.[5]

Since the early 1970s the Shire has undergone tremendous population growth and as of 2006, Melton was one of Victoria's fastest growing local government areas along with neighbouring Wyndham.

After several years of community consultation to defer applying for city status until it had reached 150,000,[6][7] the council nevertheless reversed the decision and city status was granted in September, 2012.[8] The first elected Mayor under the 'City" status was Kathy Majdlik.

Administration[edit]

Melton City Council offices

Council[edit]

The City's area is divided into three wards, two of which elects three councillors, the other one electing two councillors. The councillors elect a mayor from among the council's members.

The current council, as of January 2019 is:[9]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Coburn   Independent Bob Turner Mayor
  Independent Ken Hardy
  Independent Sophie Ramsey
Cambridge   Independent Steve Abboushi
  Independent Goran Kesic
  Independent Kathy Majdlik
Watts   Independent Michelle Mendes
  Independent Lara Carli Deputy Mayor

Suburbs and towns[edit]

Aerial view of Melton, the main urban centre

Suburbs and towns within the boundary of the city include:

Population[edit]

Year Population Annual
Growth (%)
1954 1,424 N/A
1958 1,580[10] 2.63
1961 1,804[10] 4.52
1966 2,542[10] 7.10
1971 5,974[10] 18.64
1976 13,856[10] 18.32
1981 21,300[10] 8.98
1986 29,500 6.73
1991 35,695 3.89
1996 39,109 1.84
2001 51,685 5.73
2006 78,448[11] 8.70
2011 109,259[11] 7.86
2017 143,003 [12]
2018 162,118

Residential estates[edit]

Recent large housing projects include:

  • Atherstone, within the new suburbs of Cobblebank and Strathtulloh. ($1.2 billion).[citation needed]
  • Eynesbury Township.
  • Waterford Estate, in the suburb of Weir Views.
  • Woodlea, within the new suburb of Aintree.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Melton (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 8 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Census QuickStats (2016). "Melton (UCL) – UCL211004". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. ^ http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Latestproducts/3218.0Main%20Features52010-11?opendocument&tabname=Summary&prodno=3218.0&issue=2010-11&num=&view=
  4. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 756–757. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 9. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 2007-12-16.
  6. ^ "Community Engagement – Application for City status" (PDF). Moving Ahead. Shire of Melton. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  7. ^ "Welcome to the City of Melton". City of Melton. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  8. ^ Humpage, Ami; Mcaleer, Liam Status change confirmed, Melton now a City Archived 2013-01-15 at Archive.today Melton Leader. 6 Sep 12
  9. ^ "Councillors - Melton City Council". www.melton.vic.gov.au.
  10. ^ a b c d e f 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Book
  11. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Melton (S) (Local government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2007-12-20.
  12. ^ "Growth statistics". Retrieved 2017-05-25.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°40′58″S 144°34′27″E / 37.6827°S 144.5741°E / -37.6827; 144.5741