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In September 2022, the City of Moreland officially changed its name to the City of Merri-bek. Please note for service, financial, governance and management reporting purposes on this site, the council may be referred to as Moreland for the financial years up to and including the 2021-22 financial year and as Merri-bek for the 2022-23 financial year and following years. The 2022-23 financial year data will be released in November 2023.

Merri-bek is located in the inner north of Melbourne, five kms from the central business district. It is culturally diverse, with a third of residents born overseas, mostly in non English speaking countries.

The city is a mix of residential and industrial areas, with a major retailing strip along Sydney Road. Other features include the Fawkner Crematorium and the former Pentridge Prison.

The main industries include electrical equipment and appliance manufacturing, photographic and scientific equipment manufacturing, clothing manufacturing, retailing and health and community services.

Merri-bek is part of the Metropolitan council grouping and can be compared with similar councils. More information on council groupings can be found here.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Demographics

Region Summary - Merri-bek

Aboriginal Community Profile

Merri-bek Aboriginal Community Profile (includes Aboriginal organisations)


Batman, Brunswick, Brunswick East, Brunswick West, Coburg, Coburg North, Fawkner, Fitzroy North, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Merlynston, Moreland, Oak Park, Parkville, Pascoe Vale, Pascoe Vale South and Tullamarine.

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

Community Satisfaction

Merri-bek City Council Local Government Community Satisfaction Survey Results

Annual Report

Merri-bek City Council Annual Report 2020/21


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11 Councillors elected in October 2020.

North-East - Cr Sue Bolton

North-East - Cr Helen Pavlidis-Mihalakos

North-East - Cr Annalivia Carli Hannan 

North-East - Cr Adam Pulford

North-West - Cr Helen Davidson 

North-West - Cr Monica Harte

North-West - Cr Oscar Yildiz 

North-West - Cr Angelica Panopoulous

South - Cr James Conlan

South - Cr Lambros Tapinos - Deputy Mayor

South - Cr Mark Riley - Mayor

Population data

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

  • 2016 170,994 
  • 2021 187,738 
  • 2026 202,175 
  • 2031 216,299 


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.

  2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Recurrent Expenditure ($) 203.928m 183.964m 182.745m 169.262m 161.556m 162.077m 149.669m 147.295m 142.757m 150.869m
Recurrent Revenue ($) 237.149m 220.825m 216.833m 207.967m 205.527m 186.619m 176.554m 158.589m 158.186m 146.301m
- Rates and Charges 163.998m 159.319m 151.525m 141.484m 138.259m 130.942m 122.847m 114.268m 109.526m 100.704m
- VGC Grants 4.867m 4.936m 5.120m 5.325m 5.464m 5.757m 5.969m 6.065m 5.555m 5.506m
Non-Recurrent Government Grants
Recurrent Government Grants

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