City of Moreland

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City of Moreland
Location within Melbourne metropolitan area
Population181,725 (2018)[1] (33rd)
 • Density3,560/km2 (9,230/sq mi)
Area51 km2 (19.7 sq mi)[1]
MayorMark Riley (Greens)
Council seatCoburg
RegionMetropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
WebsiteCity of Moreland
LGAs around City of Moreland:
Hume, Brimbank Hume Whittlesea
Moonee Valley City of Moreland Darebin
Moonee Valley Melbourne Yarra

The City of Moreland is a local government area in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. It comprises the inner northern suburbs between 4 and 11 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

It was created in 1994 during the amalgamations of local governments by the state government, being created from the former local government areas of the City of Brunswick, the City of Coburg and the southern part of the City of Broadmeadows. The Moreland Local Government Area covers 51 km², and in June 2018, it had a population of 181,725.[1]

In 2004 the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), an independent authority created under Victorian state legislation, conducted a representation review of the Council's electoral structure, resulting in a recommendation that the 10 single Councillor wards be replaced by three multi-councillor wards. A consequence of the change from single-Councillor to multi-Councillor wards was a change in election method from preferential voting to proportional representation. Elections are held every four years, with the last elections held on Saturday 22 October 2016.

On the 24th of March 2021, it was discovered that Moreland's namesake was that of a Jamaican slave estate (the information was already widely known following the 2010 Moreland Council publication Thematic History.[2].

Farquhar McCrae, who acquired land between Moonee Ponds Creek to Sydney Road in 1839 (like most Australian land investments at the time, using cash freed up by the 1833 abolition of slavery in the Empire) , founded the City of Moreland. The name, Moreland, was chosen after a Jamaican slave plantation McCrae's father and grandfather had operated from 1770 to 1796, which produced sugar, rum and was involved in slave trading, with numbers ranging from 500-700 enslaved people in a year.[3] Councillor Mark Riley, who is the current mayor, said "The history behind the naming of this area is painful, uncomfortable and very wrong. It needs to be addressed" and "Moreland stands firmly against racism, we are one community, proudly diverse. Council is committed to working with Wurundjeri people and we take the request very seriously." in response to the discovery.[4][5]

Council services[edit]

Moreland Council runs the Counihan Gallery at the Brunswick Town Hall, a free public art gallery named after the local artist, Noel Counihan. Other art events supported by Council include the MoreArt event, an art in public spaces show located along the Upfield transport corridor. The Council also sponsors various street festivals around the municipality, the best known being the Sydney Road Street Party.

One of the highlights of the Moreland City Council is the public library. Moreland City Libraries have five branches.

Other services provided by Moreland Council include maternal and child health service, waste and recycling collection, parks and open space, youth space called Oxygen, services for children, and aged services.

Climate Action[edit]

Moreland Council has been one of the leading municipal councils in Australia in adopting policies on climate action and sustainability. A January 2020 Climateworks Australia local government report identified City of Moreland as one of 3 out of 57 municipal jurisdictions in Australia to have a "fully aligned net zero by 2050 target that addresses both operational and community emissions."[6]

City of Moreland is a member of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy[7], the Cities Power Partnership[8], Climate Emergency Australia (CEA), Climate Active, The Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA), and has declared pledges in the TAKE2 scheme with Sustainability Victoria.[9]

Council declared a climate emergency on 12 September 2018.[10]

Council Operational Emissions reduction[edit]

For operational emissions, Moreland Council was certified as a ‘carbon neutral’ council in 2012. This required purchase of carbon offset credits. Moreland was the second council in Victoria, and the third in Australia, to receive this certification. A target of 30% less emissions than 2011, with a stretch goal of 40% by 2020, was over-achieved with an emissions cut of 69% by 2020, which will reduce the carbon offsets required to be purchased.[11]

Moreland City Council installed Victoria’s first EV fast charge station in 2013. This has now grown to a network of 16 public EV charging stations around the municipality which are powered by 100% zero emissions renewable energy from the Crowlands Wind Farm, near Ararat.[12]

In 2014 City of Moreland joined with the City of Melbourne and several other institutions and established the Melbourne Renewable Energy Project (MREP).[13] This project developed and funded the construction of a purpose-built 39 turbine, 80 MW Crowlands windfarm, which started supplying 100% renewables power to Council facilities and buildings in 2019.[14]

Net zero by 2040 Community emissions target[edit]

Moreland's community wide municipal emissions in 2019 were 1,609,000 tonnes CO2e, composed of sectoral emissions of: Waste (3%), Transport (17%), Gas (21%), Electricity (59%).[15]

The City of Moreland has set a community emissions reduction target of net zero emissions by 2040 and established the Moreland Zero Carbon 2040 Framework Strategy and the first 5 year action plan to achieve that target. [16]

Climate Related Policies and Strategies[edit]

Other key climate and sustainability policies and strategies driving climate action include: Climate Emergency Action Plan (2020 to 2025), Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy, Waste and Litter Strategy, Achieving zero Carbon in the Planning Scheme, Sustainable Buildings Policy, Urban Heat Island Effect Action Plan, Urban Forest Strategy, Watermap, Procurement policy, Cooling the Upfield Corridor Action Plan, Food Systems Strategy, Fossil Fuel Divestment Strategy, Moreland Nature Plan.

Climate action endorsements[edit]

During 2021 City of Moreland supported a climate disaster levy on coal exports[17], and endorsed the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Initiative, the first government jurisdiction in Australia to do so.[18][19]


Suburbs of City of Moreland


Current composition[edit]

Moreland City Council
Mark Riley
Deputy Mayor
Lambros Tapinos
Moreland City Council composition.svg
Council political groups
  Greens (4)
  Labor (3)
  Independent (3)
  Socialist Alliance (1)

Councillors are elected from three multi-member wards, two electing four members, and one electing three, for a total of eleven councillors. The current council was elected in October 2016, and its composition is:[20][21]

Party Councillors
  Greens 4
  Labor 3
  Independent 3
  Socialist Alliance 1
Total 11

In order of election by ward, is:

Ward Party Councillor Notes
North-East   Labor Annalivia Carli Hannan
  Greens Adam Pulford
  Socialist Alliance Sue Bolton
  Independent Helen Pavlidis-Mihalakos
North-West[a]   Independent Oscar Yildiz
  Independent Helen Davidson
  Greens Angelica Panopoulos
  Labor Milad El-Halabi
South   Labor Lambros Tapinos
  Greens Mark Riley
  Greens James Conlan

Council election results[edit]

Single-member wards, 1996–2004
Ward 1996–1999[22] 1999–2002[23] 2002–2004[24]
1999 2000 2001
Box Forest Tony Abela Ken Blair (Re-elected in 2002)
Glencairn Chris Iliopoulos Robert Larocca (Re-elected in 2002)
Grandview Rosemary Kerr (Re-elected in 1999) Stephen Roach
Hoffman Mike Hill Andy Ingham (Vacated seat in 2001) Joe Caputo (By-election in 2001, re-elected in 2002)
Lincoln Mills Rod Higgins (Re-elected in 1999, vacated seat in 2000) Vicki Yianoulatos (By-election in 2000, re-elected in 2004)
Lygon Glenyys Romanes Leigh Snelling Fraser Brindley
Merri Anthony Helou (Re-elected in 1999 and 2002)
Moonah Andrew Rowe (Re-elected in 1999) Mark Higginbotham
Newlands Stella Kariofyllidis (Re-elected in 1999 and 2002)
Westbreen Geoff Lutz Melanie Raymond Joe Ficarra
Multi-member wards, 2004–present
Ward 2004–2008[25] 2008–2012[26] 2012–2016[27] 2016–2020[20][21]
North-East Ward   Labor Anthony Helou[28] (Re-elected in 2008)   Socialist Alliance Sue Bolton[29] (Re-elected in 2016)
Daniel De Lorenzis   Labor Stella Kariofyllidis[30]   Ind. Liberal Rob Thompson[29]   Independent Ali Irfanli
  Labor Mark O'Brien[31]   Labor Michael Teti[29] (Re-elected in 2012)   Labor Annalivia Carli Hannan
  Greens Andrea Sharam[32][33]   Greens Toby Archer*[34]   Greens Lenka Thompson*[29]   Greens Natalie Abboud
North-West Ward   Labor Mark Higginbotham[35]   Labor Oscar Yildiz[29] (Re-elected in 2012 as a Labor councilor)(Re-elected in 2016 as an Independent, no longer a Labor councilor)
  Independent John Kavanagh[29] (Re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016)
  Labor Kathleen Matthews-Ward[30] (Re-elected in 2008)   Independent Helen Davidson[29] (Re-elected in 2016)
Michael El-Halabi   Labor Enver Erdogan[30]   Labor Lita Gillies[29]   Greens Dale Martin
South Ward   Labor Joe Caputo[36]   Labor Lambros Tapinos[29][30] (Re-elected in 2012 and 2016)
  Labor Alice Pryor[30] (Re-elected in 2008)   Labor Meghan Hopper[29]   Greens Mark Riley
  Greens Josephine Connellan[32][33] (Re-elected in 2008)   Greens Samantha Ratnam[29] (Re-elected in 2016, resigned 2017)
* Toby Archer resigned his seat in 2011 citing family reasons, it was subsequently won by Lenka Thompson in 2012 in a countback.[34][37]


The current Mayor is Lambros Tapinos and the Deputy Mayor is Oscar Yildizj. They were elected by council in October 2019 and will serve the 2020 year.[38]

Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pending an investigation by Victoria Police and a decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, following allegations of voter fraud.


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  2. ^ "City of Moreland Thematic History" (PDF). City of Moreland. City of Moreland. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  3. ^ Council, Moreland City. "Council asked to consider Moreland name change". City of Moreland Council. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Melbourne council to ditch slave-link name". NITV. 25 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  5. ^ Fowler, Micheal (24 November 2021). "'Shocked' Melbourne council to change name after discovering slavery link". The Age. Retrieved 2 December 2021.
  6. ^ Proudlove R, Bravo C, Denis-Ryan, A (January 2020). "Net zero momentum tracker – local government report". ClimateWorks Australia. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Global Covenant of Mayors City Dashboard - Moreland". Global Covenant of Mayors. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  8. ^ "Moreland City is a Power Partner". Cities Power Partnership. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
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  10. ^ "Media Release: Moreland Council adopts Climate Emergency". Climate Action Moreland. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Moreland City Council slashes its carbon emissions". Zero carbon Moreland. City of Moreland. 21 June 2021. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  12. ^ "Use an Electric Vehicle". Zero Carbon Moreland. City of Moreland. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  13. ^ Jewell, Cameron (1 December 2015). "Melbourne consortium forms to drive renewable investment". The Fifth Estate. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  14. ^ "Melbourne Renewable Energy Project: A new generation of energy". City of melbourne. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Moreland 2019 municipal emissions snapshot". Snapshot Climate Tool. Ironbark Sustainability. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  16. ^ "About Zero Carbon Moreland". Zero Carbon Moreland. City of Moreland. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  17. ^ "Moreland Council supports a Climate Disaster Levy". Climate Action Moreland. 11 March 2021. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Moreland City Council says no to fossil fuels". Zero Carbon Moreland. City of Moreland. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  19. ^ "Fossil Fuel Treaty". Fossil Fuel Treaty Initiative. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  20. ^ a b "Results for Moreland City Council Elections 2016". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  21. ^ a b Korssen, Tiffany (31 October 2016). "Former mayor Meghan Hopper ousted as Labor lose two seats in Moreland Council election". Moreland Leader. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  22. ^ "First Council". Moreland City Council. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  23. ^ "Second Council". Moreland City Council. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  24. ^ "Third Council". Moreland City Council. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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  26. ^ "Results for Moreland City Council Elections 2008". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  27. ^ "Results for Moreland City Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  28. ^ Bowe, William (29 June 2009). "Newspoll 56-44; ACNielsen 58-42; Galaxy 56-44". The Poll Bludger. Crikey. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Tessa, Hoffman (27 October 2012). "Moreland Council elections 2012". Moreland Leader. Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  30. ^ a b c d e Cooke, Dewi (25 March 2010). "ALP suspends trio for breaking ranks". The Age. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  31. ^ "Moreland Council election – Candidate survey". Bicycle Network. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  32. ^ a b "History". Victorian Greens. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  33. ^ a b Boulton, Martin (29 November 2004). "Results put Greens in mood to celebrate". The Age. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  34. ^ a b "New look at election after Greens councillor quits". Moreland Leader. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  35. ^ Mayne, Stephen (30 January 2006). "The Green mayor who kept his council car". Crikey. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  36. ^ Lucas, Clay (3 January 2008). "City to get 'lite' car-free day". The Age. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  37. ^ "Countback results for the Moreland City Council 2008 election". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  38. ^ "Mayor of Moreland". Moreland City Council. Retrieved 5 December 2016.

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Coordinates: 37°44′S 144°57′E / 37.733°S 144.950°E / -37.733; 144.950