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.
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.
7 Councillors elected in October 2016.
Cherry Lake - Cr Sandra Wilson
Cherry Lake - Cr Tony Briffa
Strand - Cr Angela Altair
Strand - Cr Peter Hemphill
Strand - Cr Jonathon Marsden - Mayor
Wetlands - Cr Colleen Gates
Wetlands - Cr Michael Grech - Deputy Mayor
Estimated resident population. Source: Victoria in Future 2016 - Population and Household Projections to 2031
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.
|Recurrent Expenditure ($)||112.972m||112.940m||109.625m||107.27m||104.331m||108.799m||99.079m||89.448m|
|Recurrent Revenue ($)||135.686m||126.526m||122.626m||114.396m||112.847m||107.230m||103.469m||97.148m|
|- Rates and Charges||98.874m||95.428m||91.669m||86.881m||82.111m||76.038m||71.028m||66.826m|
|- VGC Grants||2.555m||2.572m||2.514m||2.517m||2.412m||2.401m||2.319m||2.466m|
|Non-Recurrent Government Grants
|Recurrent Government Grants