Yarra Ranges Shire

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Shire of Yarra Ranges
Location in Victoria
Location in Victoria
Map of Melbourne with Yarra Ranges Highlighted
Map of Melbourne with Yarra Ranges LGA highlighted.
Population 144,541 (2011)[1]
 • Density 58.5210/km2 (151.569/sq mi)
Established 1994
Area 2,469.9 km2 (953.6 sq mi)
Mayor Maria McCarthy
Council seat Lilydale
Region Outer Eastern Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Yarra Ranges Council Logo.jpg
Website Shire of Yarra Ranges
LGAs around Shire of Yarra Ranges:
Nillumbik Murrindindi Mansfield
Maroondah Shire of Yarra Ranges Baw Baw
Knox Casey Cardinia

The Shire of Yarra Ranges 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 2,469.9 square kilometres (953.6 sq mi), and at the 2011 census, it had a population of 144,541.

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.


Yarra Ranges is divided into nine wards, each of which elects one councillor for a period of four years.


  • Billanook Ward
  • 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 Lyster, an impresario who had a dairy farm in the area.
  • Melba Ward, named after Dame Nellie Melba.
  • O'Shannassy Ward, named after O'Shannassy River and reservoir, ultimately from John O'Shanassy (sic), premier of Victoria .
  • 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 at Olinda.
  • Walling Ward, named after Edna Walling, landscape designer.

Current composition[edit]

Ward[2] Suburbs[2] Party Councillor[3] Elected
Billanook Lilydale, Mt Evelyn, Wandin North   Independent Maria McCarthy 2012
Chandler Kalorama, Macclesfield, Monbulk, Seville, Silvan, Wandin   Independent Jason Callanan 2012
Chirnside Chirnside Park, Mooroolbark   Independent Andrew Witlox 2012
Lyster Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Kallista, Lyserfield, Menzies Creek, Narre Warren East, Selby, Sherbrooke, Tecoma, The Patch.   Independent Mike Clarke 2015
Melba Lilydale, Mooroolbark   Independent Terry Avery 2005
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 Noel Cliff 2003
Walling Kilsyth, Mooroolbark, Montrose   Independent Len Cox 1982[note 1]

Suburbs and towns[edit]

Shire Offices, Lilydale
Belgrave, a suburb within the municipality

Suburbs and towns within the boundaries of the Shire include:

Suburbs Hills Townships Rural Localities (North East) Rural Localities (East)

Major thoroughfares[edit]

Pre-2010 Council logo
Pre-2010 Council logo
  • Burwood Highway (State Route 26)
  • Canterbury Road/Swansea Road (State Route 32)
  • Maroondah Highway (State Route 34 / B300)
  • Belgrave-Hallam Road/Monbulk Road/Hereford Road/Anderson Street (C404)
  • 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)

See also[edit]


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


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 October 2012). "2011 Census QuickStats". Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Your councillors". Shire of Yarra Ranges. Retrieved 2016-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Results for Yarra Ranges Shire Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2016-07-11. 

External links[edit]

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