City of Melton

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City of Melton
Location of Melton within Melbourne's metropolitan area.
Population156,713 (2018)[1]
 • Density296.80/km2 (768.7/sq mi)
Area528 km2 (203.9 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Kathy Majdlik
Council seatMelton
RegionWestern Metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Gorton
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 528 square kilometres (203.9 sq mi), and in June 2018, Melton had population of 156,713.[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.


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.

In the 2020 Local Government elections, Melton had its first Aboriginal Councillor elected, Cr Ashleigh Vandenberg. A proud Wiradjuri woman making history and becoming the first Aboriginal Councillor in Melbourne's Western Suburbs.[1]


Melton City Council offices


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 October 2020 is:[9]

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Coburn   Independent Bob Turner
  Labor Ashleigh Vandenberg
  Independent Sophie Ramsey
  Liberal Julie Shannon
Cambridge   Labor Steve Abboushi
  Liberal Goran Kesic Deputy Mayor
  Independent Kathy Majdlik Mayor
Watts   Liberal Moira Deeming
  Labor Lara Carli


Aerial view of Melton, the main urban centre

Suburbs within the boundary of the city include:[10]


Year Population Annual
Growth (%)
1954 1,424 N/A
1958 1,580[11] 2.63
1961 1,804[11] 4.52
1966 2,542[11] 7.10
1971 5,974[11] 18.64
1976 13,856[11] 18.32
1981 21,300[11] 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[12] 8.70
2011 109,259[12] 7.86
2017 143,003 [13]
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]


  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. ^ Census QuickStats (2016). "Melton (UCL) – UCL211004". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Australian Bureau of Statistics".
  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 16 December 2007.
  6. ^ "Community Engagement – Application for City status" (PDF). Moving Ahead. Shire of Melton. 10 November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 March 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Welcome to the City of Melton". City of Melton. Archived from the original on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 8 September 2012.
  8. ^ Humpage, Ami; Mcaleer, Liam Status change confirmed, Melton now a City Archived 2013-01-15 at Melton Leader. 6 Sep 12
  9. ^ "Councillors - Melton City Council". Archived from the original on 30 May 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  10. ^ "Suburbs". Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e f 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Book
  12. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Melton (S) (Local government Area)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 December 2007.
  13. ^ "Growth statistics". Retrieved 25 May 2017.

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