|Shire of Yarra Ranges|
|Population||158,173 (2018) (45th)|
|• Density||64.090/km2 (165.99/sq mi)|
|Area||2,468 km2 (952.9 sq mi)|
|Region||Outer Eastern Melbourne|
|Website||Shire of Yarra Ranges|
The Shire of Yarra Ranges, also known as Yarra Ranges Council, is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the outer eastern and northeastern suburbs of Melbourne extending into the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. It has an area of 2,468 square kilometres (953 sq mi), of which 3% is classified as urban. In June 2018, it had a population of 158,173.
European settlement was established from the 1830s with settlers engaging in agriculture and gold mining activities.
Yarra Ranges is divided into nine wards, each of which elects one councillor for a period of four years. The next election will take place during October 2020.
- Billanook Ward, named after the Wurundjeri name for the region and pioneered by explorer Robert Hoddle
- Chandler Ward, named after a pioneering family
- Chirnside Ward, named after George Chirnside, a Mooroolbark settler and owner of the Werribee Park Mansion
- Lyster Ward, named after William Saurin Lyster, an impresario who had a dairy farm in the area
- Melba Ward, named after opera singer Dame Nellie Melba
- O'Shannassy Ward, named after O'Shannassy River and reservoir, in turn named after John O'Shanassy (sic.), Premier of Victoria in the mid-1800s
- Ryrie Ward, named after William Ryrie who planted the first vineyards in the area
- Streeton Ward, named after Sir Arthur Streeton, a painter who lived in Olinda
- Walling Ward, named after landscape designer Edna Walling
|Billanook||Lilydale, Mt Evelyn, Wandin North||Independent||Tim Heenan||2016|
|Chandler||Kalorama, Macclesfield, Monbulk, Seville, Silvan, Wandin, Olinda (part), Montrose (part), Mt Evelyn (part)||Independent||David Eastham||2020|
|Chirnside||Chirnside Park, Mooroolbark||Independent||Richard Higgins||2016|
|Lyster||Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Kallista, Lyserfield, Menzies Creek, Narre Warren East, Selby, Sherbrooke, Tecoma, The Patch.||Independent||Johanna Skelton||2020|
|Melba||Lilydale, Mooroolbark||Independent||Sophie Todorov||2020|
|O'Shannassy||Don Valley, Gladysdale, Hoddles Creek, Launching Place, McMahons Creek, Millgrove, Powelltown, Reefton, Warburton, Wesburn, Woori Yallock, Yarra Junction, Yellingbo||Independent||Jim Child||2012|
|Ryrie||Badger Creek, Chum Creek, Coldstream, Dixon's Creek, Gruyere, Healesville, Steels Creek, Tarrawarra, Yarra Glen, Yering||Independent||Fiona McAllister||2012|
|Streeton||Ferny Creek, Montrose, Mt Dandenong, Olinda, Sassafras, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey||Independent||Andrew Fullagar||2022|
|Walling||Kilsyth, Mooroolbark, Montrose||Independent||Len Cox||1982[note 1]|
Townships and localities
The 2021 census, the shire had a population of 156,068 up from 149,537 in the 2016 census
|Big Pats Creek||73||60|
|Narre Warren East||419||434|
|Upper Ferntree Gully^||3,416||3,417|
^ - Territory divided with another LGA
- Burwood Highway (State Route 26)
- Canterbury Road/Swansea Road/Anderson Street (south) (State Route 32 / C401) (briefly merges with C415 before turning to SR32 (and SR22 respectively))
- Maroondah Highway (State Route 34 / B300)
- Belgrave-Hallam Road/Monbulk Road/Hereford Road (C404) (briefly merges with C406)
- Belgrave Road (State Route 26)
- Olinda-Monbulk Road/Emerald Monbulk Road
- Warburton Highway (B380)
- Healesville- Koo Wee Rup Road (C411)
- Mount Dandenong (Tourist) Road (State Route 22 / C415)
- First elected to Shire of Lillydale before council amalgamations in 1994.
- "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.
- "Demographic Profile". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
- "Our history". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
- "About the region". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
- "About the region - Our history". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
- "Your councillors". Shire of Yarra Ranges. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- "Results for Yarra Ranges Shire Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
- "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". www.abs.gov.au. 11 January 2023.
- Media related to Shire of Yarra Ranges at Wikimedia Commons
- Official website
- Community profile at .id.com.au
- Public transport map at PTV