City of Wyndham

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City of Wyndham
Location of City of Wyndham within Melbourne.
Population255,322 (2018)[1] (14th)
 • Density471.1/km2 (1,220.1/sq mi)
Area542 km2 (209.3 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Adele Hegedich
Council seatWerribee
CountyBourke, Grant
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Wyndham City logo.svg
WebsiteCity of Wyndham
LGAs around City of Wyndham:
Moorabool Melton Brimbank
Greater Geelong City of Wyndham Hobsons Bay
Greater Geelong Port Phillip Port Phillip

The City of Wyndham is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the outer south-western suburbs of Melbourne, within the Melbourne Metropolitan Area, between Melbourne and the regional city of Geelong. It has an area of 542 square kilometres (209 sq mi). The city had a population of 255,322 in June 2018.[1] For the year to 2018 the City of Wyndham increased its population by 14,251, the largest number of any LGA in Victoria, as well being the second most populous and the second fastest growing at a rate of 5.9 per cent.[1]

At 30 June 2014 the population was 199,715.[2]


The Wyndham District was first incorporated as a local government entity on 6 October 1862.[citation needed] Under changes made to Local Government legislation, it became the Shire of Wyndham on 7 March 1864 and was renamed the Shire of Werribee on 15 December 1909.[3]

With an initial size of 715 square kilometres (276 sq mi) and being largely rural in character, the shire ceded land to metropolitan Melbourne as suburban development encroached.[citation needed] On 6 January 1922 and 5 February 1941, the City of Footscray annexed two parcels of land totalling about 700 hectares.[citation needed] On 20 February 1957, the Altona Riding of the Shire of Werribee was severed and incorporated as the Shire of Altona, which became a City eleven years later.[citation needed] After this, the boundaries remained fairly stable, and on 20 March 1987 Werribee was proclaimed a City.[3]

On 15 December 1994, during major restructuring of Victoria's local governments, Werribee changed less than most – losing only some rural land around Exford in its north to the Shire of Melton, and Laverton Reserve on its eastern boundary to the City of Hobsons Bay. After 85 years of being known as Werribee, the area's former name of Wyndham was restored.[4]


The City is home to numerous new housing estates in suburbs such as Williams Landing, Point Cook, Wyndham Vale, Truganina and Tarneit. The following table presents data from official census and other publications by the Australian Bureau of Statistics:

Year Population Growth rate (%)
1871 1,476
1933 7,853
1954 9,414# 19.88
1958 10,520* 11.75
1961 13,629 29.55
1966 18,369 34.78
1971 25,116 36.73
1976 31,790 26.57
1981 40,555 27.57
1986 52,458 29.35
1991 60,563 15.45
1996 73,691 21.68
2001 84,861 15.16
2006 112,695 32.80
2011 161,575 43.37
2016 217,122[5] 34.38

* Estimates in 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Books.
# Excludes Altona Shire which was severed in 1957. Source: 1958 Victorian Year Book.
^ Based on 2011 Census data.[6]

Wards and councillors[edit]

The City of Wyndham is divided into three wards (Chaffey, Harrison and Iramoo) and is represented by eleven elected councillors. The Victorian Electoral Commission undertook a representation review in 2011–2012, which resulted in the former Truganina ward being renamed Harrison ward. Ward boundaries were also redrawn.[7] The council has adopted a portfolio system for councillors from 2013 onward.

Victorian Local Government elections were held on Saturday 24 October 2020 and the following were elected as councilors:

Ward Party Councillor Notes
Chaffey   Labor Josh Gilligan
  Independent Jennie Barrera
  Independent Marcel Mahfoud
  Labor Robert Szatkowski
Harrison   Independent Susan McIntyre
  Independent Sahana Ramesh
  Independent Jasmine Hill
  Independent Adele Hegedich
Iramoo   Independent Heather Marcus
  Labor Peter Maynard
  Independent Mia Shaw Family Friendly City Portfolio


  • 2012–2013: Heather Marcus
  • 2013–2014: Bob Fairclough
  • 2014–2015: Peter Maynard
  • 2015–2016: Adele Hegedich
  • 2016–2017: Henry Barlow
  • 2017–2018: Peter Maynard
  • 2018–2019: Mia Shaw
  • 2019–2020: Josh Gilligan
  • 2020–2021: Adele Hegedich


Sister cities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "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. ^ .id Consulting Pty Ltd (30 June 2014). "Wyndham City Community Profile at". Wyndham City Community Profile. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  3. ^ a b Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 282, 524–525. Accessed at State Library of VictoriaLa Trobe Reading Room.
  4. ^ 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. 7. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  5. ^ "2016 Census QuickStats: Wyndham (C)". Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  6. ^ .id Consulting Pty Ltd (30 June 2011). "Wyndham City Community Profile at". Wyndham City Community Profile. Retrieved 6 September 2012.
  7. ^ Victorian Electoral Commission – Wyndham City Council profile Archived 26 June 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Sister City Program". Costa Mesa Gov. Retrieved 4 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 8 December 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)


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Coordinates: 37°54′S 144°40′E / 37.900°S 144.667°E / -37.900; 144.667