Yarra Ranges Shire

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Shire of Yarra Ranges
Victoria
Location in Victoria
Location in Victoria
Map of Melbourne with Yarra Ranges Highlighted
Map of Melbourne with Yarra Ranges LGA highlighted.
Population158,173 (2018)[1] (45th)
 • Density64.090/km2 (165.99/sq mi)
Established1994
Area2,468 km2 (952.9 sq mi)[1]
MayorRichard Higgins
Council seatLilydale
RegionOuter Eastern Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Casey
Yarra Ranges Council Logo.jpg
WebsiteShire of Yarra Ranges
LGAs around Shire of Yarra Ranges:
Nillumbik Manningham Murrindindi Mansfield
Maroondah Shire of Yarra Ranges Baw Baw
Knox Casey Cardinia

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),[1] of which 3% is classified as urban.[2] In June 2018, it had a population of 158,173.[1]

It was formed in 1994 by the merger of parts of the Shire of Sherbrooke, Shire of Lillydale, Shire of Healesville and Shire of Upper Yarra.[3]

History[edit]

Prior to European settlement, the land within and beyond the Yarra Ranges was occupied by the Wurundjeri people.[4]

European settlement was established from the 1830s with settlers engaging in agriculture and gold mining activities.[4]

Shire Offices, Lilydale

Council[edit]

Yarra Ranges is divided into nine wards, each of which elects one councillor for a period of four years.[3] The next election will take place during October 2020.

Wards[edit]

Current composition[edit]

Ward[6] Suburbs[6] Party Councillor[7] Elected
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[edit]

The 2021 census, the shire had a population of 156,068 up from 149,537 in the 2016 census[8]

Population
Locality 2016 2021
Badger Creek 1,563 1,610
Beenak 25 17
Belgrave 3,929 3,894
Belgrave Heights 1,360 1,398
Belgrave South 1,645 1,670
Big Pats Creek 73 60
Cambarville 0 0
Chirnside Park 9,872 11,779
Chum Creek 983 981
Coldstream 2,164 2,199
Dixons Creek 334 344
Don Valley 576 586
East Warburton 864 906
Emerald^ 5,778 5,890
Fernshaw 0 0
Ferny Creek 1,518 1,524
Gilderoy 65 62
Population
Locality 2016 2021
Gladysdale 444 423
Gruyere 946 966
Healesville 7,461 7,589
Hoddles Creek 627 676
Kallista 1,437 1,418
Kalorama 1,239 1,277
Kilsyth^ 10,891 11,699
Launching Place 2,394 2,495
Lilydale 16,531 17,348
Lysterfield^ 6,663 6,681
Macclesfield 851 878
Matlock^ 4 7
McMahons Creek 125 143
Menzies Creek^ 998 966
Millgrove 1,653 1,666
Monbulk 3,577 3,651
Montrose 6,761 6,900
Population
Locality 2016 2021
Mooroolbark 21,967 23,059
Mount Dandenong 1,251 1,271
Mount Evelyn 9,702 9,799
Mount Toolebewong 140 119
Narre Warren East 419 434
Olinda 1,738 1,773
Powelltown 217 214
Reefton 59 102
Sassafras^ 1,061 970
Selby 1,652 1,626
Seville 2,378 2,559
Seville East 797 837
Sherbrooke 265 294
Silvan 1,246 1,323
Steels Creek 225 276
Tarrawarra 78 81
Tecoma 2,082 2,064
Population
Locality 2016 2021
The Patch 1,065 1,046
Three Bridges 199 188
Toolangi^ 344 366
Toorongo^ 0 0
Tremont 77 69
Upper Ferntree Gully^ 3,416 3,417
Upwey 6,652 6,818
Wandin East 431 408
Wandin North 3,051 3,132
Warburton 2,012 2,020
Wesburn 1,019 1,052
Wonga Park^ 3,796 3,843
Woori Yallock 2,913 2,964
Yarra Glen 2,869 3,012
Yarra Junction 2,549 2,875
Yellingbo 534 582
Yering 115 138

^ - Territory divided with another LGA

Major thoroughfares[edit]

Pre-2010 Council logo
Pre-2010 Council logo
  • 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)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ First elected to Shire of Lillydale before council amalgamations in 1994.

References[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. ^ "Demographic Profile". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Our history". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "About the region". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i "About the region - Our history". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Your councillors". Shire of Yarra Ranges. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Results for Yarra Ranges Shire Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Census | Australian Bureau of Statistics". www.abs.gov.au. 11 January 2023.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 37°44′S 145°41′E / 37.733°S 145.683°E / -37.733; 145.683