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The Shire of Nillumbik is a local government area in Victoria, Australia. It contains outer northern suburbs of Melbourne and rural localities beyond the urban area. It has an area of 435 square kilometres and at the 2016 Census, the Shire had a population of 61,273. It was formed in 1994[2] from the merger of parts of the Shires of Eltham, Diamond Valley, Healesville and the City of Whittlesea. The Shire uses the tag-line The Green Wedge Shire.

Shire of Nillumbik
Map of Melbourne showing Shire of Nillumbik
Population61,273 (2016)[1]
 • Density140.86/km2 (364.8/sq mi)
Area435 km2 (168.0 sq mi)
MayorCr Peter Clarke
Council seatGreensborough
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteShire of Nillumbik
LGAs around Shire of Nillumbik:
Whittlesea Murrindindi Murrindindi
Whittlesea Shire of Nillumbik Yarra Ranges
Banyule Manningham Yarra Ranges

The shire's name is derived from the Parish of Nillumbik, which was named in the 1830s the term nyilum bik meaning "Bad Earth" in the local Aboriginal language Woiwurrung.[3]

On 13 October 1998, Nillumbik Council was suspended by then Local Government minister Rob Maclellan, with the state government declaring that infighting was affecting the ability of the council to function.[4]

Nillumbik was rated third of 590 Australian local government areas in the BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008.[5]



The current council was elected in October 2016 for a four-year term.[6]

Ward Councillor Notes
Blue Lake Grant Brooker
Bunjil Karen Egan Deputy Mayor
Edendale John Dumaresq
Ellis Peter Perkins
Sugarloaf Jane Ashton
Swipers Gully Bruce Ranken
Wingrove Peter Clarke Mayor

Suburbs and TownsEdit


Eltham Library and Diamond Valley Library located in Greensborough are operated by Yarra Plenty Regional Library A mobile library service is also operated by Yarra Plenty Regional Library serving the locations of Doreen, Panton Hill, St Andrews, Hurstbridge, North Warrandye, Kangaroo Ground, Diamond Creek and Christmas Hills.[7]

Books on the Shire of NillumbikEdit

Marshall, Marguerite, Nillumbik Now and Then Research, Vic. MPrint Publications, 2008 ISBN 9780646491226

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Nillumbik (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017.  
  2. ^ "Victoria Government Gazette online archive 1836-1997". Victoria Government Gazette S97: 1. 15 December 1994.
  3. ^ Nillumbik Shire – eMelbourne
  4. ^ "#33 – The council conundrum". The Age. Fairfax News Store. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
  5. ^ "BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008" (PDF). BankWest Quality of Life Index 2008. BankWest. 20 August 2008. p. 8. Archived from the original (pdf) on 25 February 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  6. ^ "Nillumbik Shire Council profile".
  7. ^ "Yarra Plenty Regional Library".

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