City of Wyndham

City of Wyndham
City of Wyndham
Location of City of Wyndham within Melbourne.
Population: 143,879(2009)[1]
Established: 1862
Area: 541.6 km² (209.1 sq mi)
Mayor: John Menegazzo
Council Seat: Werribee
County: Bourke, Grant
State District: Lara, Tarneit, Altona
Federal Division: Lalor
Wyndham City logo.svg
LGAs around City of Wyndham:
Moorabool Melton Brimbank
Geelong City of Wyndham Hobsons Bay
Geelong Port Phillip Port Phillip

The City of Wyndham is a Local Government Area in Victoria, Australia, located in the outer south-western suburbs of Melbourne, between Melbourne and the regional city of Geelong. It has an area of 542 square kilometres (209 sq mi) and at the 2006 Census Wyndham had a population of 112,695.



Council logo as used between 1994 and 2010

The Wyndham District was first incorporated as a local government entity on 6 October 1862. Under changes made to local government legislation, it became the Shire of Wyndham on 7 March 1864 and was renamed the Shire of Werribee on 15 December 1909.[2]

With an initial size of 715 square kilometres (276 sq mi) and being largely rural in character, the shire ceded land to metropolitan Melbourne as suburban development encroached. On 6 January 1922 and 5 February 1941, the City of Footscray annexed two parcels of land totalling about 700 hectares. On 20 February 1957, the Altona Riding of the Shire of Werribee was severed and incorporated as the Shire of Altona, which became a City eleven years later. After this, the boundaries remained fairly stable, and on 20 March 1987 Werribee was proclaimed a City.[2]

On 15 December 1994, during major restructuring of Victoria's local governments, Werribee changed less than most - losing only some rural land around Exford in its north to the Shire of Melton, and Laverton Reserve on its eastern boundary to the City of Hobsons Bay. After 85 years of being known as Werribee, the area's former name of Wyndham was restored.[3]

In June 2010 the council unveiled a new logo, to be phased in over three months at a cost of $35,000.[4]


The city is home to numerous new housing estates in suburbs such as Point Cook and Sanctuary Lakes. The following table presents data from official census and other publications by the Australian Bureau of Statistics:

Year Population Growth rate (%)
1871 1,476
1933 7,853
1954 9,414#
1958 10,520* 2.82
1961 13,629 9.01
1966 18,369 6.15
1971 25,116 6.46
1976 31,790 4.83
1981 40,555 4.99
1986 52,458 5.28
1991 60,563 2.92
1996 73,691 4.00
2001 84,861 2.86
2006 112,695 5.84

* Estimates in 1958, 1983 and 1988 Victorian Year Books.
# Excludes Altona Shire which was severed in 1957. Source: 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  • Chaffey. Councillors; Cr Marcel Mahfoud, Cr Shane Bourke, Cr Adele De Crecsenzo
  • Iramoo. Councillors; Cr Cynthia Manson, Cr Heather Marcus, Cr John Menegazzo(Mayor)
  • Truganina. Councillors; Cr Bob Fairclough(Deputy Mayor), Cr Kim McAliney, Cr Glenn Goodfellow


Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Retrieved 3 June 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 282, 524–525.  Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  3. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995) (PDF). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification. Commonwealth of Australia. p. 7. ISBN 0-642-23117-6.$File/12570_1994-95.pdf. Retrieved 2007-12-16. 
  4. ^ Kellie Cameron (June 1, 2010). "Sails set for Wyndham’s growth". Wyndham Leader. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 

External links

Coordinates: 37°54′S 144°40′E / 37.9°S 144.667°E / -37.9; 144.667

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