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The City of Whitehorse is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of 64 km2 (25 sq mi) and at the 2016 Census, Whitehorse had a population of 162,078.

City of Whitehorse
Map of Melbourne showing City of Whitehorse
Population 162,078 (2016 census)[1] (34th)
 • Density 2,532/km2 (6,560/sq mi)
Established December 1994
Area 64 km2 (24.7 sq mi)
Mayor Cr Andrew Davenport
Council seat Nunawading
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
Website City of Whitehorse
LGAs around City of Whitehorse:
Manningham Manningham Maroondah
Boroondara City of Whitehorse Maroondah
Boroondara Monash Knox

Whitehorse was formed in December 1994 by the amalgamation of the former cities of Box Hill and Nunawading. The name Whitehorse came from the White Horse Inn, a tavern originally located in the area in the late 19th Century. This name was applied to the major thoroughfare, Whitehorse Road, which runs through the municipality today.

In the original proposals for council amalgamations in Melbourne, Whitehorse was a suggested name for an area comprising the City of Box Hill, with the addition of residents east of Union Road (part of the old City of Camberwell). The affected residents were unhappy, believing an alignment with Box Hill would lower the value of their properties. A second proposal featured the current boundaries of Whitehorse. The City of Nunawading proposed the name "City of Koornung", claiming it was more appropriate, as both cities shared the Koonung Creek, but they failed to note they had spelled Koonung incorrectly in their proposal. Another suggestion was "City of Deakin", as the region of Whitehorse contains both the Federal electorate of Deakin, and the Melbourne campus of Deakin University, in Burwood.


Suburbs of WhitehorseEdit

Other locally recognised names for regions in the city include:

Former names within the region:

  • Air Hill - now Mitcham
  • Ballyshannassy - small township located in present Burwood, 1860s
  • Beverley Hills - attached to Blackburn North, late 1960s-early 1970s
  • Emery's Hill - now Mitcham
  • L.L. Vale - name for Vermont used up until c.1885
  • Norwood - second name of Ballyshannassy, renamed Burwood in 1879
  • Mount Pleasant - 1860s name, now eastern area of Forest Hill
  • Scotchman's Hill - 1860s name, now Forest Hill
  • Tally Ho - incorporated into Burwood East during the 1960s
  • Tunstall - renamed Nunawading in 1945

Major thoroughfaresEdit

Aerial panorama of Box Hill, taken from Surrey Park. Taken April 2018
  •   Blackburn Road (State Route 13)
  •   Boronia Road (State Route 36)
  •   Burwood Highway (State Route 26)
  •   Canterbury Road (State Route 32)
  •   Elgar Road
  •   Eastern Freeway (M3)
  •   Highbury Road
  •   Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road) (State Route 34)
  •   Middleborough Road (State Route 23)
  •   Mitcham Road (State Route 36)
  •   Riversdale Road (State Route 20)
  •   Springvale Road (State Route 40)
  •   Station Street (State Route 47)
  •   Surrey Road (State Route 13)
  •   Warrigal Road (State Route 15)

Councillors and wardsEdit

Whitehorse has five two-councillor wards – Central, Elgar, Morack, Riversdale and Springfield. Council elections are conducted by postal voting and votes are counted using proportional representation. Voting is compulsory for residents who are on the electoral roll for state elections, but voters aged 70 years or over are not obliged to vote at local council elections. The mayor is elected by the councillors at the first meeting of the council for a term of either one or two years, at the end of which a council meeting is held to elect the mayor for another fixed term. The most recent election was held in October 2016, and the makeup of the council is as follows:

Party Councillors
  Liberal Party 4
  Labor Party 2
  Victorian Greens
  Independent 1

The following councillors were elected in October 2016:

Ward Councillor Party Notes
Central Ward   Andrew Munroe Liberal Party of Australia
  Denise Massoud Liberal Party of Australia
Elgar Ward Tina Liu
Blair Barker
Morack Ward   Bill Bennett Independent
  Raylene Carr Liberal Party of Australia
Riversdale Ward   Sharon Ellis Australian Labor Party
  Andrew Davenport Liberal Party of Australia Mayor
Springfield Ward   Ben Stennett Australian Labor Party
Prue Cutts

Sister cityEdit

On 12 May 1971, the City of Box Hill established a sister city relationship with Matsudo, in Chiba, Japan. In December 1994, when Box Hill amalgamated with Nunawading, the City of Whitehorse re-affirmed its relationship with Matsudo.


All Libraries in the City of Whitehorse are operated by the Whitehorse Manningham Regional Library Corporation , which also has 4 branches in the City of Manningham

  • Blackburn Library - Located at Cnr Blackburn and Central Roads, Blackburn.
  • Box Hill Library - Located at 1040 Whitehorse Road, Box Hill.
  • Nunawading Library - Located at 379 Whitehorse Road, Nunawading.
  • Vermont South Library - Located at Pavey Place, Vermont South.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Whitehorse (C)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 15 November 2017.  

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