City of Whitehorse

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City of Whitehorse
Map of Melbourne showing City of Whitehorse
Population 151,334 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density 2,365/km2 (6,120/sq mi)
Established December 1994
Area 64 km2 (24.7 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Andrew Munroe
Council seat Nunawading
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website City of Whitehorse
LGAs around City of Whitehorse:
Manningham Manningham Maroondah
Boroondara City of Whitehorse Maroondah
Boroondara Monash Knox

The City of Whitehorse is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of 64 km2 (25 sq mi) and at the 2011 Census, Whitehorse had a population of 151,334.

Whitehorse was formed in December 1994 by the amalgamation of the former Cities of Box Hill and Nunawading. The name Whitehorse came from the White Horse Inn, a tavern originally located in the area in the late 19th Century. This name was applied to the major thoroughfare, Whitehorse Road, which runs through the municipality today.

In the original proposals for council amalgamations in Melbourne, Whitehorse was a suggested name for an area comprising the City of Box Hill, with the addition of residents east of Union Road (part of the old City of Camberwell). The affected residents were unhappy, believing an alignment with Box Hill would lower the value of their properties. A second proposal featured the current boundaries of Whitehorse. The City of Nunawading proposed the name "City of Koornung", claiming it was more appropriate, as both cities shared the Koonung Creek, but unfortunately they failed to note they had spelled Koonung incorrectly in their proposal. Another suggestion was "City of Deakin", as the region of Whitehorse contains both the Federal electorate of Deakin, and the Melbourne campus of Deakin University, in Burwood.

Suburbs of Whitehorse[edit]

Other locally recognised names for regions in the city include:

Former names within the region:

  • Air Hill - now Mitcham
  • Ballyshannassy - small township located in present Burwood, 1860s
  • Beverley Hills - attached to Blackburn North, late 1960s-early 1970s
  • Emery's Hill - now Mitcham
  • L.L. Vale - name for Vermont used up until c.1885
  • Norwood - second name of Ballyshannassy, renamed Burwood in 1879
  • Mount Pleasant - 1860s name, now eastern area of Forest Hill
  • Scotchman's Hill - 1860s name, now Forest Hill
  • Tally Ho - incorporated into Burwood East during the 1960s
  • Tunstall - renamed Nunawading in 1945

Major thoroughfares[edit]

  • Blackburn Road (State Route 13)
  • Boronia Road (State Route 36)
  • Burwood Highway (State Route 26)
  • Canterbury Road (State Route 32)
  • Elgar Road
  • Eastern Freeway (M3)
  • Highbury Road
  • Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road) (State Route 34)
  • Middleborough Road (State Route 23)
  • Mitcham Road (State Route 36)
  • Riversdale Road (State Route 20)
  • Springvale Road (State Route 40)
  • Station Street (State Route 47)
  • Surrey Road (State Route 13)
  • Warrigal Road (State Route 15)


Whitehorse has five two-councillor wards – Central, Elgar, Morack, Riversdale and Springfield. Council elections are conducted by postal voting and votes are counted using proportional representation. Voting is compulsory for residents who are on the electoral roll for state elections, but voters aged 70 years or over are not obliged to vote at local council elections. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council for a term of either one or two years, at the end of which a Council meeting is held to elect the Mayor for another fixed term. The most recent election was held in October 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows:

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party of Australia 3
  Australian Labor Party 2
  Victorian Greens 1
  Independent 4
Total 10

The current Council, elected in 2012, in order of election by ward, is:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Central Ward   Andrew Munroe Liberal Party Mayor
  Denise Massoud Independent
Elgar Ward   Robert Chong Australian Labor Party
  Helen Harris Victorian Greens
Morack Ward   Raylene Carr Independent
  Bill Bennett Independent
Riversdale Ward   Sharon Ellis Australian Labor Party
  Andrew Davenport Liberal Party
Springfield Ward   Ben Stennett Australian Labor Party
  Philip Daw Liberal Party

Sister city[edit]

On 12 May 1971, the City of Box Hill established a sister city relationship with Matsudo, in Chiba, Japan. In December 1994, when Box Hill amalgamated with Nunawading, the City of Whitehorse re-affirmed its relationship with Matsudo.


All Libraries in the City of Whitehorse are operated by the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation , which also has 4 branches in the City of Manningham

  • Blackburn Library - Located at Cnr Blackburn and Central Roads, Blackburn.
  • Box Hill Library - Located at 1040 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.
  • Nunawading Library - Located at 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.
  • Vermont South Library - Located at Pavey Place, Vermont South.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Whitehorse (Local Government Area)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2012-08-21. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°50′S 145°09′E / 37.833°S 145.150°E / -37.833; 145.150