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The southern parts of the City of Whittlesea are well established urban areas, while the north remains rural in character.

The city incorporates important facilities such as the RMIT campus at Bundoora, the Epping Hospital and Epping Plaza Shopping Centre. Residents of the City come from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds, with a very high percentage of residents born in other countries, particularly Macedonia, Italy, and Greece.

Demographically, over half of the residents are from non-English speaking backgrounds. 

Whittlesea is part of the Interface council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here


Beveridge, Bruces Creek, Bundoora, Donnybrook, Doreen, Eden Park, Epping, Humevale, Kinglake West, Lalor, Mernda, Mill Park, Morang South, Thomastown, Whittlesea, Wollert, Woodstock and Yan Yean.

For a detailed map showing shire boundaries and locality names, visit VICNAMES.

Community Satisfaction

Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Statewide Results

Annual Report

City of Whittlesea Annual Report 2017/2018 


Whittlesea City Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 3 wards and 11 Councillors.

Councillors are elected through proportional representation voting. Since 2008, all Victorian Councillors serve a four year term. The next general election is in October 2020. 

The council's independent Electoral Representation Review was conducted prior to the 2012 elections.

Visit the Guide for more information on Council Elections.  
Visit the Victorian Electoral Commission for more elections details.


11 Councillors elected in October 2016.

North - Cr Ricky Kirkham 

North - Tom Joseph - Deputy Mayor

North - Cr Emilia Sterjova

South East - Cr Sam Alessi

South East - Cr Norm Kelly

South East - Cr Mary Lalios

South East - Cr Alahna Desiato

South West - Cr Stevan Kozmevski

South West - Cr Kris Pavlidis

South West - Cr Lawrie Cox - Mayor

South West - Cr Caz Monteleone

Population data

Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031

  • 2016 203,397 
  • 2021 240,398 
  • 2026 278,901 
  • 2031 313,959 


Source: Victoria Grants Commission.
The figures in the bottom two rows of the table show combined one-off and ongoing funding received by council from both the Federal and State Governments. It is important to note that this amount can change significantly from year to year as individual government funding programs change and natural events such as fires and floods occur.

Data shows the amount allocated in respect of the relevant financial year. In some years, that amount will vary from the payments received that year, as a result of the Commonwealth "bringing forward" some payments.

  2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 193.499m 184.476m 178.239m 171.631m 166.654m 167.673m 160.483m 157.083m 129.546m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 222.752m 220.795m 193.667m 186.573m 166.026m 168.446m 153.259m 148.369m 140.917m
- Rates and Charges 143.823m 136.997m 129.145m 120.443m 111.813m 103.621m 94.065m 85.595m 76.970m
- VGC Grants 14.555m 13.325m 12.902m 12.524m 12.159m 11.179m 10.735m 9.675m 9.047m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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