Shire of Nillumbik

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Shire of Nillumbik
Map of Melbourne showing Shire of Nillumbik
Population62,895 (2021)[1]
 • Density145.59/km2 (377.1/sq mi)
Area432 km2 (166.8 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr Frances Eyre
Council seatGreensborough
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)
Nillumbik logo new.jpg
WebsiteShire of Nillumbik
LGAs around Shire of Nillumbik:
Whittlesea Murrindindi Murrindindi
Whittlesea Shire of Nillumbik Yarra Ranges
Banyule Manningham Yarra Ranges

The Shire of Nillumbik (/ˈnɪləmbɪk/ NILL-əm-bik) is a local government area in Victoria, Australia. It contains outer northern suburbs of Melbourne and rural localities beyond the urban area. It has an area of 432 square kilometres and at the 2021 census, the Shire had a population of 62,895.[1] It was formed in 1994[2] from the merger of parts of the Shires of Eltham, Diamond Valley, Healesville and the City of Whittlesea. The Shire uses the tag-line The Green Wedge Shire. The Nillumbik Council offices are located in Civic Drive, Greensborough.[3]

The shire's name is derived from the Parish of Nillumbik, which was named in the 1830s the term nyilum bik meaning "Bad Earth" in the local Aboriginal language Woiwurrung.[4]

On 13 October 1998, Nillumbik Council was suspended by then Local Government minister Rob Maclellan, with the state government declaring that infighting was affecting the ability of the council to function.[5]

Nillumbik was rated third of 590 Australian local government areas in the BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008.[6]


The current council was elected in October 2020 for a four-year term.[7]

Ward Party Councillors Notes
Blue Lake   Liberal Richard Stockman
Bunjil   Liberal Karen Egan
Edendale   Independent Natalie Duffy
Ellis   Independent Peter Perkins
Sugarloaf   Greens Ben Ramcharan
Swipers Gully   Independent Frances Eyre
Wingrove   Independent Geoff Paine

Suburbs and Towns[edit]


Nillumbik's oldest public building is the Eltham courthouse which was restored in 2022.[8]

Eltham Library and Diamond Valley Library located in Greensborough are operated by Yarra Plenty Regional Library A mobile library service is also operated by Yarra Plenty Regional Library serving the locations of Doreen, Panton Hill, St Andrews, Hurstbridge, North Warrandye, Kangaroo Ground, Diamond Creek and Christmas Hills.[9]

Nillumbikk U3A provides a wide range of courses open to all retired and semi-retired people[10]

NillumBUG is a bicycle user group for the Nillumbik Shire.[11]

Books on the Shire of Nillumbik[edit]

Marshall, Marguerite, Nillumbik Now and Then Research, Vic. MPrint Publications, 2008 ISBN 9780646491226

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. ^ "Victoria Government Gazette online archive 1836-1997". Victoria Government Gazette S97: 1. 15 December 1994.
  3. ^ Victoria, Local Government (15 August 2015). "Nillumbik Shire". Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ Nillumbik Shire – eMelbourne
  5. ^ "#33 – The council conundrum". The Age. Fairfax News Store. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  6. ^ "BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008" (PDF). BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. BankWest. 20 August 2008. p. 8. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  7. ^ "Nillumbik Shire Council election results".
  8. ^ "Historic Eltham Courthouse reopens following major restoration". Retrieved 25 May 2022.
  9. ^ "Yarra Plenty Regional Library".
  10. ^ "Nillumbik U3A (University of the Third Age)". Retrieved 4 June 2021.
  11. ^ "nillumBUG - Nillumbik Bicycle User Group". nillumBUG - Nillumbik Bicycle User Group. Retrieved 4 June 2021.

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Coordinates: 37°38′S 145°14′E / 37.633°S 145.233°E / -37.633; 145.233