City of Port Phillip

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City of Port Phillip
Population113,200 (2018)[1]
 • Density4,871.1/km2 (12,616/sq mi)
Area20.7 km2 (8.0 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr. Marcus Pearl
Council seatSt Kilda
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Macnamara & Melbourne
City of Port Phillip.svg
LGAs around City of Port Phillip:
Melbourne Melbourne Stonnington
Melbourne City of Port Phillip Glen Eira
Port Phillip Port Phillip Bayside

The City of Port Phillip is a local government area of Victoria, Australia on the northern shores of Port Phillip, south of Melbourne's central business district. It has an area of 20.7 km² and had a population of 113,200 in June 2018.[1]

Port Phillip contains a number of varied and substantial retail, entertainment and leisure precincts. These include Bay Street (Port Melbourne), Victoria Avenue (Albert Park), Clarendon Street (South Melbourne), Armstrong Street (Middle Park), Fitzroy Street (St Kilda), Acland Street (St Kilda), Carlisle Street (Balaclava) and Ormond Road (Elwood). A number of significant employment areas lie within Port Phillip, including part of the St Kilda Road business district and industrial, warehousing and manufacturing districts in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne.[citation needed] The city has experienced a significant amount of residential development in the 1990s, particularly in areas close to the foreshore.[citation needed] Port Phillip is well served by public transport with a substantial tram network, the St Kilda and Port Melbourne tram lines and two stations on the Sandringham railway line, in addition to bus services.

Comprising three multi member wards, it is predominantly an amalgamation of three former cities – St Kilda, parts of South Melbourne, most of Port Melbourne, as well as a small portion of Windsor from the former City of Prahran[2]

The city was created with its present borders in June 1994 under the municipal restructure by the state government.[citation needed] It is bounded by White Reserve and Todd Road to the west, the West Gate Freeway, Kings Way and Dorcas Street to the north, St Kilda Road, High Street, Punt Road, Queens Way, Dandenong Road, Orrong Road, Inkerman Street, Hotham Street, Glen Huntly Road, St Kilda Street and Head Street generally to the east and the foreshore of Port Phillip to the south. Adjacent councils include the City of Melbourne, City of Bayside, City of Glen Eira and the City of Stonnington. When first created, the city was administered by three appointed commissioners, headed by Des Clarke. The first council elections were held in March 1996.

Council offices are currently located in the St Kilda Town Hall, Port Melbourne Town Hall and the South Melbourne Town Hall. The council operates several other facilities including local libraries, child care centres, parks, playgrounds and community centres. In 2020 ANAM was given a long lease to South Melbourne Town Hall and council staff there and a few community groups vacated the building.



St Kilda Town Hall from entrance gardens
South Melbourne Town Hall
  • St Kilda Town Hall
  • South Melbourne Town Hall
  • Port Melbourne Town Hall


St Kilda Public Library
  • Albert Park
  • Emerald Hill (South Melbourne)
  • Middle Park
  • Port Melbourne
  • St Kilda

Notable institutions[edit]

  • 2/10 Medium Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery (Army Reserve, Chapel Street, St Kilda East)
  • Australian National Music Academy (South Melbourne, in former City of South Melbourne Town Hall)
  • City of Port Phillip Town Hall, St Kilda (Former City of St Kilda Town Hall, Council meeting usually on Tuesday with about 3 meetings per month. Port Phillip Meeting Agenda.)
  • Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Victoria (South Melbourne)
  • Hare Krishna Temple (Albert Park)
  • South Melbourne Football Club
  • 1st Victorian Sea Scout Group regarded as being the first Scout Group in Australia, founded in 1907, and is still currently active hosting Cubs, Scouts and a Venturer Unit based in the Albert Park Reserve

Notable events[edit]

  • Gay Pride March (Fitzroy Street and Catani Gardens, St Kilda, dykes on bikes, boot scooting, marching groups, music and political activism)
  • Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Albert Park Circuit), 4-day international motor racing event held in March or April. Includes a Supercars race.
  • St Kilda Festival (300,000 people attend this annual music event, Fitzroy Street and Upper Esplanade closed, tram services to the event). This free event now cost ratepayers close to $1.5 million annually.
  • St Kilda Film Festival (Australia's Top 100 short films, SoundKILDA: Australia Music Video Competition, international films, forums, Industry Open Day and much more)
  • St Kilda Writers Festival (local and international writers compare their skills)
  • Admiral Napier Cup, held in the last weekend of August and hosted by the 1st Victorian Sea Scout Group on Albert Park lake, is where Scouts and Venturers gather to participate in rowing, paddling and sailing competitions and recent addition of Iron Person events

Townships and localities[edit]

The 2021 census, the city had a population of 101,942 up from 100,863 in the 2016 census[3]

Locality 2016 2021
Albert Park 6,215 6,044
Balaclava 5,396 5,392
Elwood 15,543 15,153
Melbourne^ 47,285 54,941
Locality 2016 2021
Middle Park 4,143 4,000
Port Melbourne^ 16,175 17,633
Ripponlea 1,576 1,532
Locality 2016 2021
South Melbourne 10,920 11,548
Southbank^ 18,709 22,631
St Kilda 20,230 19,490
Locality 2016 2021
St Kilda East^ 13,101 12,571
St Kilda West 3,162 2,951
Windsor^ 7,281 7,273

^ - Territory divided with another LGA

Current Council Composition[edit]

Since 2016 Port Phillip City Council is composed of nine Councillors elected from three wards, up from seven in 2012.[4][5] Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held in October 2020. On the 11th of November, 2020, councillor Louise Crawford was elected unanimously to the position of Mayor of the City of Port Philip for a term of one year.

The current Council, elected in 2020, in order of election by ward, is as follows:[5]

Ward Party Councillor
Canal Ward   Greens Tim Baxter
  Australian Labor Party Louise Crawford
  Liberal Party of Australia/Ratepayers of Port Phillip (RoPP) Rhonda Clark
Gateway Ward   Independent Heather Cunsolo
  Liberal Party of Australia (unendorsed) Marcus Pearl
  Australian Labor Party Peter Martin
Lake Ward   Greens Katherine Copsey
  Liberal Party of Australia[6] (unendorsed) Andrew Bond
  Ratepayers of Port Phillip (RoPP) Christina Sirakoff

Elected Councillors of Port Phillip[edit]

  • Dick Gross (1996-2008, 2016-2020)
  • Patricia Brown OAM (1996-1999)
  • Christine Haag (1996-1999)
  • Frada Erlich (1996-1999)
  • Ludwig Stamer (1996-1999)
  • Liz Johnstone (1996-1999)
  • Liana Thompson (1996-1999)
  • David Brand (1996-1999, 2016-2020)
  • Julian Hill (1999-2004)
  • Carolyn Hutchens (1999-2004)
  • John Lewisohn (1999-2002)
  • Darren Ray (1999-2008)
  • Peter Logan (2002-2008)
  • Judith Klepner (2004-2012)
  • Janet Cribbes (2004-2008)
  • Janet Bolitho (2004-2012)
  • Karen Sait (2004-2008)
  • Serge Thomann (2008-2016)
  • Frank O'Connor (2008-2012)
  • John Middleton (2008-2012)
  • Jane Touzeau (2008-2016)
  • Rachel Powning (2008-2012)
  • Amanda Stevens (2012-2016)
  • Vanessa Huxley (2012-2016)
  • Anita Horvath (2012-2016)
  • Cr. Andrew Bond (2012-current)
  • Bernadene Voss (2012-2020)
  • Cr. Tim Baxter (2016-current)
  • Cr. Katherine Copsey (2016-current)
  • Cr. Louise Crawford (2016-current)
  • Ogy Simic (2016-2020)
  • Cr. Marcus Pearl (2016-current)
  • Cr. Heather Cunsolo (2020-current)
  • Cr. Peter Martin (2020-current)
  • Cr. Rhonda Clark (2020-current)
  • Cr. Christina Sirakoff (2020-current)


Sister Cities and Friendship Links[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. ^ "Port Phillip". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". 11 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Port Phillip City Council Election Results 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. October 2012. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  5. ^ a b Port Phillip City Council election results 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016
  6. ^ Willingham, Richard. "Fears Victorian plan to boost local council diversity will see fewer minorities elected". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  7. ^ International Relations: Sister City Relationship with City of Obu, Japan.
  8. ^ "Friends of Suai". Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  9. ^ Friends of Suai/Covalima Strategic Plan: 2010–2020.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°51′S 144°58′E / 37.850°S 144.967°E / -37.850; 144.967