City of Yarra

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City of Yarra
Population 74,090 (2011)[1]
 • Density 3,704.5/km2 (9,595/sq mi)
Established 1994
Area 20.0 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Mayor Phillip Vlahogiannis
Council seat Richmond
State electorate(s) Richmond .... (75%)
Melbourne ... (15%)
Brunswick ..... (6%)
Northcote ...... (4%)
Federal Division(s) Melbourne .... (96%)
Batman .......... (4%)
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Website City of Yarra
LGAs around City of Yarra:
Moreland Darebin Banyule
Melbourne City of Yarra Boroondara
Melbourne Stonnington Stonnington
Fitzroy Town Hall
Richmond Town Hall

The City of Yarra is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the inner eastern and northern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of 19.5 square kilometres, and at the 2011 Census it had a population of 74,090. The City of Yarra was formed in 1994 as a result of the amalgamation of the former Cities of Richmond, Collingwood, Fitzroy and part of Carlton North, formerly part of the City of Melbourne and parts of Alphington and Fairfield, previously part of the former City of Northcote.

The administrative centre of the City of Yarra is the old Richmond Town Hall in Bridge Road Richmond. The Collingwood Town Hall in Hoddle Street Abbotsford is also still used by the council. The Fitzroy Town Hall has been given over to the regional library and for use as a community space. Some council committees also meet there.

The city is culturally and socially diverse. The 2011 Australian Census found that 37.4% of residents were born outside Australia, with the largest numbers being born in England, Vietnam, New Zealand, Greece and China.

The suburbs of the City of Yarra were established in the mid-to-late 19th century and retain a Victorian appearance. The majority of housing in the city is made up of Victorian cottages or terraces or apartments built from the 1960s.

The City of Yarra has some of Melbourne's best shopping streets. These include Bridge Road and Swan and Victoria Streets in Richmond, Brunswick and Gertrude streets in Fitzroy and Smith Street in Collingwood.

Suburbs within the City of Yarra[edit]


Current composition and election method[edit]

Yarra City Council is composed of nine councillors elected proportionally as three separate wards, each electing three Councillors. All 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, and is still to be determined after the 2012 election. The most recent election was held in October 2012, and the makeup of the Council is as follows: [2][3]

Party Councillors
  Victorian Greens 3
  Australian Labor Party 3
  Independent 2
  Socialist Party 1
Total 9

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

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Nicholls Ward[2][3]   Sam Gaylard Victorian Greens
  Jackie Fristacky Independent
  Roberto Colanzi Australian Labor Party
Langridge Ward[2][3]   Stephen Jolly Socialist Party
  Amanda Stone Victorian Greens
  Geoff Barbour Australian Labor Party
Melba Ward[2][3]   Simon Huggins Australian Labor Party
  Misha Coleman Victorian Greens
  Phillip Vlahogiannis Independent Mayor

Past Yarra councillors[edit]

4 Wards (1996–2004)[edit]

Ward 1996–1999 1999–2002 2002–2004
(2 councillors)
John Phillips (Labor)
Ray Thomas (Labor)
John Phillips (Labor) 1999–2002
Ray Thomas (Labor) 1999–2001
Gurm Sekhon (Greens) 2001–2002
Gurm Sekhon (Greens)
Jackie Fristacky (Independent)
(2 councillors)
Steve Watson (Labor)
Linda Hoskins (Labor)
Steve Watson (Labor)
Linda Hoskins (Labor)
Greg Barber (Greens)
Deborah Di Natale (Greens)
(1 councillor)
Robyn Williams (Labor) Robyn Williams (Labor) Jenny Farrar (Greens)
(2 councillors)
John Sawyer (Labor)
Li Hiam Lai (Labor)
Li Hiam Lai (Labor)
Sue Corby (Labor)
Li Hiam Lai (Labor)
Sue Corby (Labor)
(2 councillors)
Marion Macleod
James Martakis (Independent)
Kay Meadows (Labor)
Fiona Harman (Labor)
Judy Morton (Labor-aligned Ind)
Kay Meadows (Labor)

3 Wards (2004–present)[edit]

Ward 2004–2008 2008–2012
(3 councillors)
Kathleen Maltzahn (Greens)
Jackie Fristacky (Independent)
Paul D'Agostino (Labor)
Sam Gaylard (Greens)
Jane Garrett (Labor)
Anthony Main (Socialist)
Jackie Fristacky (Independent)
(3 councillors)
Jenny Farrar (Greens)
Annabel Barbara (Labor) /
Geoff Barbour (Labor)
Stephen Jolly (Socialist)
Stephen Jolly (Socialist)
Amanda Stone (Greens)
Geoff Barbour (Labor)
(3 councillors)
Kay Meadows (Labor)
Judy Morton (Labor-aligned Ind)
Gurm Sekhon (Greens)
Josh Funder (Labor)
Allison Clarke (Greens)
Dale Smedley (Independent)

Yarra mayors[edit]


The City of Yarra has a high concentration of fashion, technology, and media businesses. Companies located in the City of Yarra include:

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d "Yarra City Council Election Results 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. October 2012. Retrieved 1 November 2012. 
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Coordinates: 37°49′S 145°00′E / 37.817°S 145.000°E / -37.817; 145.000