Yarra Ranges Shire

The Shire of Yarra Ranges, also known as Yarra Ranges Council, 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 2,468 square kilometres (953 sq mi),[1] of which 3% is classified as urban.[2] In June 2018, it had a population of 158,173.[1]

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.
Population158,173 (2018)[1] (45th)
 • Density64.090/km2 (165.99/sq mi)
Area2,468 km2 (952.9 sq mi)[1]
MayorRichard Higgins
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 Manningham 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.[3]


Prior to European settlement, the land within and beyond the Yarra Ranges was occupied by the Wurundjeri people.[4]

European settlement was established from the 1830s with settlers engaging in agriculture and gold mining activities.[4]


Yarra Ranges is divided into nine wards, each of which elects one councillor for a period of four years.[3] The next election will take place during October 2020.


Current compositionEdit

Ward[5] Suburbs[5] Party Councillor[6] 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   National Party[7] 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


The towns, suburbs and localities of the Yarra Ranges Shire are:

Major thoroughfaresEdit

Pre-2010 Council logo
  •   Burwood Highway (State Route 26)
  •    Canterbury Road/Swansea Road/Anderson Street (south) (State Route 32 / C401) (briefly merges with C415 before turning to SR32 (and SR22 respectively))
  •    Maroondah Highway (State Route 34 / B300)
  •   Belgrave-Hallam Road/Monbulk Road/Hereford Road (C404) (briefly merges with C406)
  •   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 / C415)


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


  1. ^ a b c d "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2017-18: Population Estimates by Local Government Area (ASGS 2018), 2017 to 2018". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 25 October 2019. Estimated resident population, 30 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Demographic Profile". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Our history". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 5 August 2019.
  4. ^ a b "About the region". Yarra Ranges Council. Retrieved 15 August 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Your councillors". Shire of Yarra Ranges. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Results for Yarra Ranges Shire Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  7. ^ "Tracking Victorian Crs who are members of a political party". The Mayne Report. Retrieved 23 June 2020.

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Coordinates: 37°44′S 145°41′E / 37.733°S 145.683°E / -37.733; 145.683