City of Ballarat

This article is about a local government area. For the urban centre, see Ballarat.
City of Ballarat

Map of the City of Ballarat's municipal borders, urban areas and location in Victoria
Population 101,758 (2015 est)[1]
 • Density 137.5/km2 (356.2/sq mi)
Established 1994
Gazetted 6 May 1994[2]
Area 740 km2 (285.7 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Des Hudson
Council seat Ballarat
Region Western Victoria
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Ballarat
Website City of Ballarat
LGAs around City of Ballarat:
Pyrenees Hepburn Hepburn
Pyrenees City of Ballarat Moorabool
Golden Plains Golden Plains Moorabool

The City of Ballarat is a local government area in the west of the state of Victoria, Australia, located in the western part of the state. It covers an area of 740 square kilometres (290 sq mi) and, at the 2011 Census, had a population of 93,501.[3] It is primarily urban with the vast majority of its population living in the Greater Ballarat urban area, while other significant settlements within the LGA include Buninyong, Waubra, Learmonth and Addington. It was formed in 1994 from the amalgamation of the City of Ballaarat, Shire of Ballarat, Borough of Sebastopol and parts of the Shire of Bungaree, Shire of Buninyong, Shire of Grenville and Shire of Ripon.[2]

The City is governed and administered by the Ballarat City Council; its seat of local government and administrative centre is located at the council headquarters in Ballarat, it also has a service centre located in Buninyong. The City is named after the main urban settlement lying in the centre-south of the LGA, that is Ballarat, which is also the LGA's most populous urban centre with a population of 85,935.[4]

Ballarat Town Hall


Current composition

Ballarat City Council
Council of the City of Ballarat
Council political groups
  Independent: 4 seats
  Liberal: 3 seats
  Labor: 1 seat
  Greens: 1 seat

The council is composed of three wards and nine councillors, with three councillors per ward elected to represent each ward.[5] The current Council, elected in 2016, in order of election by ward, is:[6]

Central   Independent Mark Harris
  Liberal Samantha McIntosh[7]
  Greens Belinda Coates[8] Deputy Mayor
North   Liberal Amy Johnson[7]
Grant Tillet[7]
Daniel Moloney
South   Labor Des Hudson[7] Mayor
  Liberal Ben Taylor
  Independent Jim Rinaldi[9]

Administration and governance

The council meets in the council chambers at the council headquarters in the Ballarat Town Hall Offices, which is also the location of the council's administrative activities. It also provides customer services at both its administrative centre in Ballarat, and its service centre in Buninyong.

The council's main offices are in a modern extension behind the Town Hall called The Phoenix. In 2009 the council voted to move to a new headquarters at Civic Hall on Mair Street,[10] which would turn the heritage listed Town Hall building into a public general purpose venue.


Sister cities

The City of Ballarat's sister cities are:[11]

See also


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. 1 2 Victoria Government Gazette – Online Archive (1837–1997). "S23 of 1994". State Library of Victoria. State Government of Victoria (published 6 May 1994). p. 1. Retrieved 10 January 2014. |article= ignored (help)
  3. Census QuickStats (2011). "Ballarat (C) – LGA20570". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  4. Census QuickStats (2011). "Ballarat (UCL) – UCL211002". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Government of Australia. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  5. Local Government in Victoria. "Ballarat City Council". Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure. State Government of Victoria. Retrieved 10 January 2014.
  6. VEC. "Ballarat City Council election results 2016". Victorian Electoral Commission. Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 31 October 2016.
  7. 1 2 3 4 Oliver, Jordan (19 May 2014). "Timeline of party politics in Ballarat City Council". The Courier.
  8. "Your Representatives". Australian Greens Victoria.
  9. Cunningham, Melissa (2 February 2015). "Jim Rinaldi to be Ballarat's new councillor". The Courier.
  10. Quinlan, Kim (18 May 2010). "Ballarat City Council to commit $850k for Civic Hall site design". The Courier. Fairfax Regional Media. Retrieved 10 December 2013.
  11. "Sister cities build more than a cultural bond". The Courier. Fairfax Regional Media. 17 October 2004. Retrieved 10 December 2013.

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Coordinates: 37°33′00″S 143°51′00″E / 37.55000°S 143.85000°E / -37.55000; 143.85000

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