City of Moonee Valley

Coordinates: 37°46′S 144°55′E / 37.767°S 144.917°E / -37.767; 144.917
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City of Moonee Valley
Location within Melbourne metropolitan area
Population127,883 (2018)[1]
 • Density2,970/km2 (7,700/sq mi)
EstablishedDecember 1994
Area43 km2 (16.6 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Pierce Tyson
Council seatMoonee Ponds
RegionGreater Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Maribyrnong
WebsiteCity of Moonee Valley
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The City of Moonee Valley is a local government area located within the metropolitan area of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It comprises the north-western suburbs between 3 and 13 kilometres from the Melbourne city centre, and in June 2018, the city had a population of 127,883.[1]


The original logo

Moonee Valley was formed in December 1994 after the merger of the City of Essendon and eastern parts of the City of Keilor.

The original council logo from 1994 was replaced in February 2010.[2]

Exchange prefixes in the city are 937x, 837x, 933x or 833x (the latter left over from the old City of Keilor).


The Moonee Valley is a culturally diverse region with a substantial residential population and various commercial set-ups and industries. It comprises the Moonee Valley Racecourse, Essendon Airport and has several shopping precincts, restaurants, parks and offices. It is well connected and easily accessible through trams and the Craigieburn train line. It is also a thriving business centre, with close to 10,000 businesses operating in the region.[3]



The City of Moonee Valley has three wards: Buckley, Myrnong and Rose Hill.[4]

Buckley Ward comprises Essendon Fields, Essendon North, Strathmore, Aberfeldie, most of Essendon and Strathmore Heights, and parts of Moonee Ponds and Essendon West.[4]

Myrnong Ward comprises Ascot Vale, Flemington, Travancore, most of Moonee Ponds and part of Essendon.[4]

Rose Hill Ward comprises Avondale Heights, Keilor East, Airport West, Niddrie, most of Essendon West and part of Strathmore Heights.[4]

Current composition[edit]

Councillors are elected from the three multi-member wards, each electing three members, for a total of nine councillors. The current council was elected in October 2020, as its composition is:

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Buckley   Independent Ava Adams
  Independent Cam Nation Previous Membership: Liberal Party of Australia
  Independent Narelle Sharpe
Myrnong Ward   Independent Jacob Bettio
  Labor Katrina Hodgson Australian Labor Party, since Nov 2010
  Independent Rose Iser Previous Memberships:

Australian Labor Party, Sep 2014 – May 2015

Australian Greens, Apr 2006 – May 2013

Rose Hill Ward   Independent Samantha Byrne Deputy Mayor
  Independent John Sipek Previous Membership: Australian Labor Party, 2005-2016
  Labor Pierce Tyson Mayor, Australian Labor Party, since Jul 2013


The current Mayor is Pierce Tyson and the Deputy Mayor is Samantha Byrne. They were elected by council in October 2022 and will serve the 2022/23 year.

Past councillors[edit]

Multi-member wards (2008−2024)[edit]

Buckley Ward[a]
Year Councillor Party Councillor Party Councillor Party
2008   Jan Chantry Labor   Paul Giuliano Independent   Narelle Sharpe Independent
2016   Rebecca Gauci Maurici Liberal   Richard Lawrence Independent
2020   Cam Nation Independent   Ava Adams Independent
Myrnong Ward[b]
Year Councillor Party Councillor Party Councillor Party
2008   Jim Cusack Labor   Rose Iser Greens   James Rankin Independent
2011   Miriam Gillis Independent
2012   Nicole Marshall Labor   Cam Nation Liberal
2014   No East West Link
2015   Independent
2020   Katrina Hodgson Labor   Rose Iser Independent   Jacob Bettio Independent
Rose Hill Ward[c]
Year Councillor Party Councillor Party Councillor Party
2008   John Sipek Labor   Shirley Cornish Labor   Ange Kenos Independent
2012   Andra Surace Independent
2016   Independent
2016   Samantha Byrne Independent
2020   Pierce Tyson Labor

Townships and localities[edit]

At the 2021 census, the city had a population of 121,851 up from 116,671 at the 2016 census.[6]

Locality 2016 2021
Aberfeldie 3,897 3,925
Airport West 7,564 8,173
Ascot Vale 14,750 15,197
Avondale Heights 11,633 12,388
Essendon 20,596 21,240
Essendon Fields 0 13
Essendon North 2,987 3,071
Essendon West 1,439 1,559
Flemington^ 7,719 7,025
Keilor East^ 14,514 15,078
Moonee Ponds 14,250 16,224
Niddrie 5,479 5,901
Strathmore 8,419 8,980
Strathmore Heights 1,004 1,047
Travancore 2,480 2,116

^ - Territory divided with another LGA

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Known as Central Ward until 2012.[5]
  2. ^ Known as South Ward until 2012.[5]
  3. ^ Known as West Ward until 2012.[5]


  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. ^ "Moonee Valley City Council - Moonee Valley Logo". Retrieved 16 June 2010.[dead link]
  3. ^ "Economy Profile". Economy Profile.
  4. ^ a b c d "Moonee Valley City Council profile". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 14 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Results for Moonee Valley City Council Elections 2008". Victorian Electoral Commission.
  6. ^ "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". 11 January 2023.

External links[edit]

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