City of Boroondara

City of Boroondara

City of Harmony
Population 174,787 (2015)[1] (30th)
 • Density 2,910/km2 (7,500/sq mi)
Established 1994
Area 60 km2 (23.2 sq mi)
Mayor Phillip Healey
Council seat Camberwell
Region Inner eastern metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s) Box Hill, Burwood, Hawthorn, Kew
Federal Division(s) Higgins, Kooyong
Website City of Boroondara
LGAs around City of Boroondara:
Yarra Banyule Manningham
Yarra City of Boroondara Whitehorse
Stonnington Stonnington Monash

The City of Boroondara (/bʊrndˈɑːrɑː/ or /bɒrndˈɑːrɑː/) is a local government area in Victoria, Australia. It is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It was formed in June 1994 from the amalgamation of the Cities of Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn.[2]

It has an area of 60 km². At the 2011 Census the City had a population of 159,184. Boroondara was rated ninth of 590 Australian local government areas in the BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008,[3] and first in a 2013 Victoria-wide community satisfaction survey.[4]


This area was originally occupied by the Wurundjeri Indigenous Australians of the Kulin nation.

In 1837, John Gardiner (after whom Gardiners Creek was named) and his family were the first Europeans to settle in the area. Robert Hoddle surveyed the area in 1837 and declared it the "Parish of Boroondara". The area was densely wooded, so he took a word from the Woiwurrung language (as spoken by the Wurundjeri), meaning "where the ground is thickly shaded".[5]

The first Local Government body was the Boroondara District Road Board, formed on 11 July 1854 and incorporating the areas which were to become the City of Hawthorn, City of Kew and City of Camberwell. Hawthorn and Kew were created as separate municipalities in 1860 and the remaining area of the Road Board became Shire of Boroondara on 17 November 1871, which later became the City of Camberwell.[6]

The three municipalities were amalgamated in June 1994 to create the City of Boroondara. Existing councillors from the three municipalities were replaced initially by three commissioners - David Glanville (chair), David Thomas and Marion Macleod.[7] The commissioners were in turn replaced by ten councillors following elections in 1996.[8]

Local government

Boroondara City Council is the third tier of government and deals with services such as waste and recycling collection, leisure centres, building and planning permits and approvals, roads, drainage, health services, youth services, children's services, food safety, parks and gardens, library services, pets, street parking permits and the collection of rates and charges.

Boroondara Council's main office in Camberwell underwent a $20 million redevelopment. The historical facade facing Camberwell Road remains largely unchanged, whereas the main entrance facing Inglesby Road has been refurbished. The project was completed in February 2010.

Current composition and election method

Boroondara City Council is composed of ten councillors, each representing one of ten wards. It is one of only two councils in Victoria to have an even number of councillors. All councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office, with the most recent election bring held in October 2012. The mayor is elected by councillors at a meeting of the Council in October each year. The current mayor is Cr Phillip Healey.

Ward[9]Suburbs[9] PartyCouncillor[10]Elected
Bellevue Balwyn North, Kew East   Independent Jim Parke 2012
Cotham Kew, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Deepdene   Liberal Felicity Sinfield[11] 2016
Gardiner Glen Iris, Hawthorn East, Hawthorn, Camberwell   Independent Coral Ross 2002
Glenferrie Hawthorn, Kew   Independent Steve Hurd 2012
Junction Camberwell, Hawthorn East, Canterbury   Independent Jack Wegman 2002
Lynden Camberwell, Glen Iris, Canterbury   Independent Lisa Hollingsworth 2016
Maling Canterbury, Surrey Hills, Balwyn   Independent Jane Addis 2012
Maranoa Balwyn, Balwyn North, Mont Albert North   Liberal Cynthia Watson[12] 2016
Solway Ashburton, Glen Iris   Liberal Garry Thompson[13] 2016
Studley Kew, Hawthorn   Liberal Phillip Healey[14][15] 2004

Past councillors

Previous councillors (grey shading indicates election year)[16]
Ward 96 97 98 99 00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15
Bellevue Eric Risstrom 1. Luke Tobin Brad Miles Jim Parke
Cotham Geoff Hayes Lachlan Williams 2. David Bloom Judith Voce
Gardiner Will Charlton Coral Ross
Glenferrie Nigel Kirby Meredith Butler Phil Meggs Steve Hurd
Junction Lilian Weinberg Martina Hayes Jack Wegman
Lynden Ian Wallace Heinz Kreutz
Maling Loreto Davey 3. Dick Menting Jane Addis
Maranoa Chris Pattas Nicholas Tragas Philip Mallis
Solway Keith Walter 4. Kevin Chow[17][18]
Studley Paula Davey Judith Voce Phillip Healey[19][20]

1. Gina Goldsmith
2. Phil Meggs
3. Dennis Whelan
4. Mary Halikias-Byrnes

Boroondara mayors


The Council is responsible for the management of stormwater collection and removal. The water supply authority is Yarra Valley Water.


The City of Boroondara has five libraries at Camberwell, Ashburton, Balwyn, Kew and Hawthorn.[21]


Boroondara has one of the highest concentrations of students in Australia[22] and contains many private schools, including Xavier College, Methodist Ladies' College (MLC), Strathcona Baptist Girls' Grammar School, Camberwell Grammar School, Trinity Grammar School, Ruyton Girls' School, Rossbourne School, Carey Baptist Grammar School, Scotch College, Fintona Girls' School, Genazzano FCJ College and Preshil. It contains Catholic schools such as St Michael's Parish School (Ashburton) Our Lady of Good Counsel (Deepdene) and St Bede's School (Balwyn North) and a number of public schools, including Canterbury Girls Secondary College, Balwyn High School, Kew High School, Solway Primary School and Camberwell High School.

Some of the suburbs mentioned above are shared with other City Councils, including:

Sister city

The City of Boroondara has one sister city.[23]

See also


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. "History and heritage". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
  3. "BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008" (pdf). BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. BankWest. 20 August 2008. p. 8. Retrieved 2008-09-03.
  4. "Parks and reserves score big ticks, but roads and consultation are sore points as Victorians rate councils". Progress Leader. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  5. "Local History and Heritage". City of Boroondara.
  6. Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 327–328, 393, 406. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  7. "170 councillors sacked as 17 local councils cease to exist, Seven super-cities from today". Canberra Times. 22 June 1994. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  8. "First Council of City of Boroondara". Monument Australia. Retrieved 24 April 2016.
  9. 1 2 "Councillors and wards". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  10. "Results for Boroondara City Council Elections 2012". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2012-10-28.
  11. "Tracking Victorian Crs who are members of a political party". The Mayne Report. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  12. "Tracking Victorian Crs who are members of a political party". The Mayne Report. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  13. "Tracking Victorian Crs who are members of a political party". The Mayne Report. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
  14. "Boroondara councillor Phillip Healey considers Liberal preselection in Kew". Progress Leader. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  15. Khadem, Nassim (November 14, 2004). "Fight against developers takes centre stage". The Age. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  16. "Past and present councillors". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 2013-02-13.
  17. "Friendly Fire for Solway Ward". Boroondara Weekly Review. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  18. "Actor Geoffrey Rush backs candidates opposed to suburban sprawl". November 20, 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  19. "Boroondara councillor Phillip Healey considers Liberal preselection in Kew". Progress Leader. Retrieved 22 March 2015.
  20. Khadem, Nassim (November 14, 2004). "Fight against developers takes centre stage". The Age. Retrieved 17 December 2015.
  21. "Libraries". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 19 April 2012.
  22. "Headspace Hawthorn doors open". headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Retrieved 16 March 2014.
  23. "Friends of Same – City of Boroondara". City of Boroondara. Retrieved 2013-09-06.

External links

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Boroondara.

Boroondara travel guide from Wikivoyage

Coordinates: 37°49′S 145°04′E / 37.817°S 145.067°E / -37.817; 145.067

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