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On the northern shores of Port Phillip Bay, Hobsons Bay is part of the industrial heartland of Melbourne's west.

It has over 20 kms of beaches and foreshore areas, and significant coastal wetlands, five creek systems, remnant native grasslands, and important flora and fauna habitats.

About 30% of the Shire's residents were born overseas, and speak a language other than English at home. Hobsons Bay is the focus of Victoria's chemical and petroleum industries and contains some of the State's largest industrial enterprises.

It is also home to the maritime centre of Williamstown. The main industries include motor vehicle and part manufacturing, basic chemical manufacturing, petroleum refining, other transport equipment manufacturing.

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.

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


Hobsons Bay City Council is a subdivided municipality consisting of 3 wards and 7 councillors.

Councillors are elected through preferential 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.


7 Councillors elected in October 2016.

Cherry Lake - Cr Sandra Wilson 

Cherry Lake - Cr Tony Briffa

Strand - Cr Angela Altair - Mayor

Strand - Cr Peter Hemphill

Strand - Cr Jonathon Marsden

Wetlands - Cr Colleen Gates

Wetlands - Cr Michael Grech

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.

  2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 112.940m 109.625m 107.27m 104.331m 108.799m 99.079m 89.448m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 126.526m 122.626m 114.396m 112.847m 107.230m 103.469m 97.148m
- Rates and Charges 95.428m 91.669m 86.881m 82.111m 76.038m 71.028m 66.826m
- VGC Grants 2.572m 2.514m 2.517m 2.412m 2.401m 2.319m 2.466m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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