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The Shire of Yarra Ranges is a local government area in Victoria, Australia, located in the outer eastern and northeastern suburbs of Melbourne extending into the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. It has an area of 2,469.9 square kilometres (953.6 sq mi), and at the 2016 Australian census, it had a population of 149,537.

Shire of Yarra Ranges
Location in Victoria
Location in Victoria
Map of Melbourne with Yarra Ranges Highlighted
Map of Melbourne with Yarra Ranges LGA highlighted.
Population149,537 (2016)[1] (45th)
 • Density60.5437/km2 (156.808/sq mi)
Area2,469.9 km2 (953.6 sq mi)
MayorTony Stevenson
Council seatLilydale
RegionOuter Eastern Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)Casey
Yarra Ranges Council Logo.jpg
WebsiteShire of Yarra Ranges
LGAs around Shire of Yarra Ranges:
Nillumbik Murrindindi Mansfield
Maroondah Shire of Yarra Ranges Baw Baw
Knox Casey Cardinia

It was formed in 1994 by the merger of parts of the Shire of Sherbrooke, Shire of Lillydale, Shire of Healesville and Shire of Upper Yarra.



Yarra Ranges is divided into nine wards, each of which elects one councillor for a period of four years.


  • Billanook Ward
  • Chandler Ward, named after a pioneering family
  • Chirnside Ward, named after George Chirnside, a Mooroolbark settler and owner of the Werribee Park Mansion.
  • Lyster Ward, named after William Lyster, an impresario who had a dairy farm in the area.
  • Melba Ward, named after Dame Nellie Melba.
  • O'Shannassy Ward, named after O'Shannassy River and reservoir, ultimately from John O'Shanassy (sic), premier of Victoria .
  • Ryrie Ward, named after William Ryrie who planted the first vineyards in the area.
  • Streeton Ward, named after Sir Arthur Streeton, a painter who lived at Olinda.
  • Walling Ward, named after Edna Walling, landscape designer.

Current compositionEdit

Ward[2] Suburbs[2] Party Councillor[3] Elected
Billanook Lilydale, Mt Evelyn, Wandin North   Independent Tim Heenan 2016
Chandler Kalorama, Macclesfield, Monbulk, Seville, Silvan, Wandin, Olinda (part), Montrose (part), Mt Evelyn (part)   Independent Tony Stevenson 2016
Chirnside Chirnside Park, Mooroolbark   Independent Richard Higgins 2016
Lyster Belgrave, Belgrave Heights, Belgrave South, Kallista, Lyserfield, Menzies Creek, Narre Warren East, Selby, Sherbrooke, Tecoma, The Patch.   Independent Mike Clarke 2015
Melba Lilydale, Mooroolbark   Independent Terry Avery 2005
O'Shannassy Don Valley, Gladysdale, Hoddles Creek, Launching Place, McMahons Creek, Millgrove, Powelltown, Reefton, Warburton, Wesburn, Woori Yallock, Yarra Junction, Yellingbo   Independent Jim Child 2012
Ryrie Badger Creek, Chum Creek, Coldstream, Dixon's Creek, Gruyere, Healesville, Steels Creek, Tarrawarra, Yarra Glen, Yering   Independent Fiona McAllister 2012
Streeton Ferny Creek, Montrose, Mt Dandenong, Olinda, Sassafras, Tremont, Upper Ferntree Gully, Upwey   Independent Noel Cliff 2003
Walling Kilsyth, Mooroolbark, Montrose   Independent Len Cox 1982[note 1]
Shire Offices, Lilydale


Major thoroughfaresEdit

Pre-2010 Council logo
  •   Burwood Highway (State Route 26)
  •   Canterbury Road/Swansea Road (State Route 32)
  •    Maroondah Highway (State Route 34 / B300)
  •   Belgrave-Hallam Road/Monbulk Road/Hereford Road/Anderson Street (C404)
  •   Belgrave Road (State Route 26)
  • Olinda-Monbulk Road/Emerald Monbulk Road
  •   Warburton Highway (B380)
  •   Healesville- Koo Wee Rup Road (C411)
  •   Mount Dandenong (Tourist) Road (State Route 22)


  1. ^ First elected to Shire of Lillydale before council amalgamations in 1994.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yarra Ranges (S)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 December 2017.  
  2. ^ a b "Your councillors". Shire of Yarra Ranges. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Results for Yarra Ranges Shire Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 July 2016.

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