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Hobsons Bay City

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 Hobsons Bay is situated at the northern end of Port Phillip Bay, about 10km west of central Melbourne and includes the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn, Laverton, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown and Williamstown North. Each suburb has its own unique character, from the historic seaport of Williamstown with its range of heritage buildings, to the more recently developed residential areas of Altona Meadows and Seabrook. Hobsons Bay also has a range of major industrial complexes, which contribute significantly to the economy of Victoria.

It covers an area of approximately 66 square kilometres with over 20kms of coastline. It is also home to significant coastal wetlands, five creek systems, remnant native grasslands, and important flora and fauna habitats, which makes up 24 per cent of the city’s total land area.

The city is located between seven and 20 kilometres from the CBD and has good access to regional transport facilities such as the West Gate Freeway, the Western Ring Road, CityLink, the National Rail Line, together with the ports and airports of Melbourne and Avalon.

In 2016, Hobsons Bay had an estimated resident population of 93,392 people, which is forecast to increase to 113,309 by 2036. Thirty one per cent of our residents are born overseas, speaking over 100 different languages and practising over 90 faiths.

These features contribute to the City's culture, which is strongly linked to its maritime heritage, rich natural environment, industry and lifestyle. Hobson Bay is part of the Metropolitan council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.


Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn, Laverton, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown and Williamstown North.

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Community Satisfaction

Hobsons Bay City Council Community Survey Summary Report Results 

Annual Report

Hobsons Bay City Council Annual Report 2019/20


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7 Councillors elected in October 2020.

Cherry Lake - Cr Daria Kellander - Deputy Mayor

Cherry Lake - Cr Tony Briffa

Strand - Cr Pamela Sutton-Legaud

Strand - Cr Peter Hemphill

Strand - Cr Jonathon Marsden - Mayor 

Wetlands - Cr Diana Grima

Wetlands - Cr Matt Tyler

Population data

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

  • 2016 93,577 
  • 2021 98,582 
  • 2026 104,762 
  • 2031 109,442  


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.

  2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 122.676m 118.676m 123.035m 112.972m 112.940m 109.625m 107.27m 104.331m 108.799m 99.079m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 147.604m 147.304m 140.389m 135.686m 126.526m 122.626m 114.396m 112.847m 107.230m 103.469m
- Rates and Charges 111.299m 107.501m 102.669m 98.874m 95.428m 91.669m 86.881m 82.111m 76.038m 71.028m
- VGC Grants 2.791m 2.730m 2.667m 2.555m 2.572m 2.514m 2.517m 2.412m 2.401m 2.319m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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