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The City of Moreland is a local government area in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. It comprises the inner northern suburbs between 4 and 11 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD.

City of Moreland
Location within Melbourne metropolitan area
Population162,558 (2016)[1] (33rd)
 • Density3,187/km2 (8,260/sq mi)
Area51 km2 (19.7 sq mi)
MayorNatalie Abboud
RegionMetropolitan Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteCity of Moreland
LGAs around City of Moreland:
Hume Hume Whittlesea
Moonee Valley City of Moreland Darebin
Moonee Valley Melbourne Yarra

It was created in 1994 during the forced amalgamations of local governments by the state government, being created from the former local government areas of the City of Brunswick, the City of Coburg and the southern part of the City of Broadmeadows. The Moreland Local Government Area covers 51 km², and at the 2016 Census, it had a population of 162,558.

In 2004 the Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC), an independent authority created under Victorian state legislation, conducted a representation review of the Council's electoral structure, resulting in a recommendation that the 10 single Councillor wards be replaced by three multi-councillor wards. A consequence of the change from single-Councillor to multi-Councillor wards was a change in election method from preferential voting to proportional representation. Elections are held every four years, with the last elections held on Saturday 22 October 2016.


Council servicesEdit

Moreland Council runs the Counihan Galley at the Brunswick Town Hall, a free public art gallery named after the local artist, Noel Counihan. Other art events supported by Council include the MoreArt event, an art in public spaces show located along the Upfield transport corridor. The Council also sponsors various street festivals around the municipality, the best known being the Sydney Road Street Party.

One of the highlights of the Moreland City Council is the public library. Moreland City Libraries have five branches.

Other services provided by Moreland Council include maternal and child health service, waste and recycling collection, parks and open space, youth space called Oxygen, services for children, and aged services.


Suburbs of City of Moreland


Current compositionEdit

Councillors are elected from three multi-member wards, two electing four members, and one electing three, for a total of eleven councillors. The current council was elected in October 2016, and its composition is:[2][3]

Party Councillors
  Victorian Greens 4
  Independent 4
  Labor Party 2
  Socialist Alliance 1
Total 11

In order of election by ward, is:

Ward Party Councillor Notes
North-East   Greens Natalie Abboud Deputy Mayor[4]
  Socialist Alliance Sue Bolton
  Labor Annalivia Carli Hannan
  Independent Ali Irfanli
North-West   Independent Oscar Yildiz
  Greens Dale Martin
  Independent John Kavanagh Mayor[4]
  Independent Helen Davidson
South   Greens Jess Dorney[5]
  Greens Mark Riley
  Labor Lambros Tapinos

Council election resultsEdit

Single-member wards, 1996–2004
Ward 1996–1999[6] 1999–2002[7] 2002–2004[8]
1999 2000 2001
Box Forest Tony Abela Ken Blair (Re-elected in 2002)
Glencairn Chris Iliopoulos Robert Larocca (Re-elected in 2002)
Grandview Rosemary Kerr (Re-elected in 1999) Stephen Roach
Hoffman Mike Hill Andy Ingham (Vacated seat in 2001) Joe Caputo (By-election in 2001, re-elected in 2002)
Lincoln Mills Rod Higgins (Re-elected in 1999, vacated seat in 2000) Vicki Yianoulatos (By-election in 2000, re-elected in 2004)
Lygon Glenyys Romanes Leigh Snelling Fraser Brindley
Merri Anthony Helou (Re-elected in 1999 and 2002)
Moonah Andrew Rowe (Re-elected in 1999) Mark Higginbotham
Newlands Stella Kariofyllidis (Re-elected in 1999 and 2002)
Westbreen Geoff Lutz Melanie Raymond Joe Ficarra
Multi-member wards, 2004–present
Ward 2004–2008[9] 2008–2012[10] 2012–2016[11] 2016–2020[2][3]
North-East Ward   Labor Anthony Helou[12] (Re-elected in 2008)   Socialist Alliance Sue Bolton[13] (Re-elected in 2016)
Daniel De Lorenzis   Labor Stella Kariofyllidis[14]   Ind. Liberal Rob Thompson[13]   Independent Ali Irfanli
  Labor Mark O'Brien[15]   Labor Michael Teti[13] (Re-elected in 2012)   Labor Annalivia Carli Hannan
  Greens Andrea Sharam[16][17]   Greens Toby Archer*[18]   Greens Lenka Thompson*[13]   Greens Natalie Abboud
North-West Ward   Labor Mark Higginbotham[19]   Labor Oscar Yildiz[13] (Re-elected in 2012 as a Labor councilor)(Re-elected in 2016 as a Independent, no longer a Labor councilor)
  Independent John Kavanagh[13] (Re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016)
  Labor Kathleen Matthews-Ward[14] (Re-elected in 2008)   Independent Helen Davidson[13] (Re-elected in 2016)
Michael El-Halabi   Labor Enver Erdogan[14]   Labor Lita Gillies[13]   Greens Dale Martin
South Ward   Labor Joe Caputo[20]   Labor Lambros Tapinos[13][14] (Re-elected in 2012 and 2016)
  Labor Alice Pryor[14] (Re-elected in 2008)   Labor Meghan Hopper[13]   Greens Mark Riley
  Greens Josephine Connellan[16][17] (Re-elected in 2008)   Greens Samantha Ratnam[13] (Re-elected in 2016, resigned 2017)
* Toby Archer resigned his seat in 2011 citing family reasons, it was subsequently won by Lenka Thompson in 2012 in a countback.[18][21]


The current Mayor is Natalie Abboud and the Deputy Mayor is Mark Riley. They were elected by council on 29 October 2018 and will serve the 2019 year.[4]

Sister citiesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Moreland (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017.  
  2. ^ a b "Results for Moreland City Council Elections 2016". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b Korssen, Tiffany (31 October 2016). "Former mayor Meghan Hopper ousted as Labor lose two seats in Moreland Council election". Moreland Leader. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Mayor of Moreland". Moreland City Council. Retrieved 5 December 2016.
  5. ^ VEC: Results for 2017 Moreland City Council South Ward countback, retrieved 10 June 2018
  6. ^ "First Council". Moreland City Council. Archived from the original on 20 February 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Second Council". Moreland City Council. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Third Council". Moreland City Council. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Results for Moreland City Council Elections 2004". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  10. ^ "Results for Moreland City Council Elections 2008". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Results for Moreland City Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  12. ^ Bowe, William (29 June 2009). "Newspoll 56-44; ACNielsen 58-42; Galaxy 56-44". The Poll Bludger. Crikey. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Tessa, Hoffman (27 October 2012). "Moreland Council elections 2012". Moreland Leader. Internet Archive. Archived from the original on 4 April 2013. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  14. ^ a b c d e Cooke, Dewi (25 March 2010). "ALP suspends trio for breaking ranks". The Age. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  15. ^ "Moreland Council election – Candidate survey". Bicycle Network. Archived from the original on 8 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  16. ^ a b "History". Victorian Greens. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  17. ^ a b Boulton, Martin (29 November 2004). "Results put Greens in mood to celebrate". The Age. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  18. ^ a b "New look at election after Greens councillor quits". Moreland Leader. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  19. ^ Mayne, Stephen (30 January 2006). "The Green mayor who kept his council car". Crikey. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  20. ^ Lucas, Clay (3 January 2008). "City to get 'lite' car-free day". The Age. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  21. ^ "Countback results for the Moreland City Council 2008 election". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 6 December 2014.

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