City of Manningham

City of Manningham

Balance of City and Country
Population 117,537 (30 June 2013)[1]
 • Density 1,031/km2 (2,670/sq mi)
Established 1994
Area 114 km2 (44.0 sq mi)
Mayor Jennifer Yang
Council seat Doncaster
Region Northeast Metropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) Menzies
Website City of Manningham
LGAs around City of Manningham:
Banyule Nillumbik Yarra Ranges
Banyule City of Manningham Yarra Ranges
Boroondara Whitehorse Maroondah

The City of Manningham is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the north-eastern suburbs of Melbourne and is divided into 12 suburbs, with the largest being Doncaster and Doncaster East, over an area of 114 square kilometres. As of the 30 June 2013, Manningham had a population of 117,537.[1]

The district spans a roughly east-west direction along the southern banks of the Yarra River and across the undulating valleys of the Koonung, Ruffey and Mullum Mullum Creeks, alternating from typical low density suburban housing in the west to remnant bushland, within a green wedge, in the east. As such, the district encompasses the transition between the built and natural environments in Melbourne's east and promotes itself as a "balance of city and country".

Formerly the City of Doncaster & Templestowe, the district was originally part of the Wurundjeri nation's territory. Most of the first European settlers to the area were orchardists, arriving through the 1850s. Gold was first discovered in Victoria around the same time at Andersons Creek, in Warrandyte, however, the district saw varied growth as periods of low density suburban development occurred sporadically throughout the mid-late 20th century.


The Manningham municipality was created on 15 December 1994, as part of a general restructure of Melbourne's local government boundaries. The new municipality contains the former City of Doncaster & Templestowe, but with part of Ringwood North ceded to the new City of Maroondah and Wonga Park, annexed from the former Shire of Lillydale.

The name Bulleen, a nearby suburb, was proposed for the new municipality, as it was the name of the shire predating the City of Doncaster and Templestowe. However, modern residents believed the name was too localised, so the name of one of the major roads was adopted. The origin of Manningham Road comes from the region of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. Residents' requests for the City to be named after Indigenous Australian names local to the area such as Mullum Mullum or Koonung were rejected.


Mullum Mullum Creek in Victoria, Australia

The main watercourses that border or flow through the City of Manningham include;


Federal electorate

The Federal electorate of Menzies covers much of the City of Manningham and part of the northern portion of the City of Maroondah. It has been held by the Federal Liberal Party since 1984.

State electorates

The City of Manningham encompasses two Victorian state electorates. Both of which have been held predominantly by the Liberal Party.

Wards and councillors

Aquarena Aquatic and Leisure Centre located in Templestowe Lower, Victoria, Australia
Doncaster Shoppingtown, redeveloped in 2008

Manningham is divided into three wards, with three councilors elected for each ward. Councillors are elected by the community for a four-year term following an election. Together, the Councillors develop the strategies and policies, and make the key decisions to help shape how Manningham will develop in the future.

  • Cr Geoff Gough
  • Cr Jim Grivokostopoulos
  • Cr Michelle Kleinert (Deputy Mayor)
  • Cr Jennifer Yang
  • Cr Dot Haynes
  • Cr Stephen O'Brien
  • Cr Megan Downie
  • Cr Sophy Galbally
  • Cr Paul McLeish (Mayor)



MC Square Discovery Deck located in Doncaster, Victoria, Australia

Populations of the suburbs within the City of Manningham:[1]


Manningham is fortunate to have one of the largest networks of open space in metropolitan Melbourne. Covering 17 per cent of the municipality and ranging from large natural areas to intimate pocket parks, these open spaces provide a variety of unstructured play opportunities for children and families. Some of the major parks include;


Primary Schools – Public (14)

Primary Schools – Private (9)

Secondary Colleges – Public (4)

Secondary Colleges – Private (3)

Other (1)

Libraries (4)

All libraries in the Manningham area are operated by the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation.

Manningham Libraries include:


Manningham is the only area in metropolitan Melbourne without a train line or tram route and therefore the area is heavily reliant on private cars. A Doncaster Train Line had been planned for many decades; however the land was sold off in the 1980s. Residents have long campaigned for extension of the number 48 tram along Doncaster Road to Doncaster, Doncaster East or Donvale, although this is heavily supported by Local Governments, the issue is consistently avoided by State Government.

There are increased bus services to cope with the demand for public transport, all mainly operated by Transdev Melbourne and only two bus routes are exclusive to Manningham that circle the area clockwise and counterclockwise to service destinations within the City Council.

Major roadways

See also


  1. 1 2 3 City of Manningham Population, dwellings and ethnicity
  2. 1 2 Pertzel, Barbara (2001). Manningham: from country to city. Melbourne: Arcadia: Australian Scholarly Publishing. p. 105. ISBN 1875606998.

External links

Wikivoyage has a travel guide for Melbourne/Manningham.

Coordinates: 37°46′S 145°12′E / 37.767°S 145.200°E / -37.767; 145.200

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