City of Port Phillip
Population113,200 (2018)[1]
 • Density4,871.1/km2 (12,616/sq mi)
Area20.7 km2 (8.0 sq mi)[1]
MayorCr. Marcus Pearl
Council seatSt Kilda
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Macnamara & Melbourne
LGAs around City of Port Phillip:
Melbourne Melbourne Stonnington
Melbourne City of Port Phillip Glen Eira
Port Phillip Port Phillip Bayside

The City of Port Phillip is a local government area of Victoria, Australia on the northern shores of Port Phillip, south of Melbourne's central business district. It has an area of 20.7 km² and had a population of 113,200 in June 2018.[1]

Port Phillip contains a number of varied and substantial retail, entertainment and leisure precincts. These include Bay Street (Port Melbourne), Victoria Avenue (Albert Park), Clarendon Street (South Melbourne), Armstrong Street (Middle Park), Fitzroy Street (St Kilda), Acland Street (St Kilda), Carlisle Street (Balaclava) and Ormond Road (Elwood). A number of significant employment areas lie within Port Phillip, including part of the St Kilda Road business district and industrial, warehousing and manufacturing districts in South Melbourne and Port Melbourne.[citation needed] The city has experienced a significant amount of residential development in the 1990s, particularly in areas close to the foreshore.[citation needed] Port Phillip is well served by public transport with a substantial tram network, the St Kilda and Port Melbourne light rail lines and two stations on the Sandringham railway line, in addition to bus services.

Comprising three multi member wards, it is predominantly an amalgamation of three former cities – St Kilda, parts of South Melbourne, most of Port Melbourne, as well as a small portion of Windsor from the former City of Prahran[2]

The city was created with its present borders in June 1994 under the municipal restructure by the state government.[citation needed] It is bounded by White Reserve and Todd Road to the west, the West Gate Freeway, Kings Way and Dorcas Street to the north, St Kilda Road, High Street, Punt Road, Queens Way, Dandenong Road, Orrong Road, Inkerman Street, Hotham Street, Glen Huntly Road, St Kilda Street and Head Street generally to the east and the foreshore of Port Phillip to the south. Adjacent councils include the City of Melbourne, City of Bayside, City of Glen Eira and the City of Stonnington. When first created, the city was administered by three appointed commissioners, headed by Des Clarke. The first council elections were held in March 1996.

Council offices are currently located in the St Kilda Town Hall, Port Melbourne Town Hall and the South Melbourne Town Hall. The council operates several other facilities including local libraries, child care centres, parks, playgrounds and community centres. In 2020 ANAM was given a long lease to South Melbourne Town Hall and council staff there and a few community groups vacated the building.



St Kilda Town Hall from entrance gardens
St Kilda Town Hall from entrance gardens
South Melbourne Town Hall
South Melbourne Town Hall


St Kilda Public Library
St Kilda Public Library

Notable institutions

Notable events

Suburbs and localities

Beacon Cove and Garden City are localities within Port Melbourne, though are not technically recognised as suburbs.

Current Council Composition

Since 2016 Port Phillip City Council is composed of nine Councillors elected from three wards, up from seven in 2012.[3][4] Councillors are elected for a fixed four-year term of office. The Mayor is elected by the Councillors at the first meeting of the Council. The most recent election was held in October 2020. On the 11th of November, 2020, councillor Louise Crawford was elected unanimously to the position of Mayor of the City of Port Philip for a term of one year.

The current Council, elected in 2020, in order of election by ward, is as follows:[4]

Ward Party Councillor
Canal Ward   Greens Tim Baxter
  Australian Labor Party Louise Crawford
  Liberal Party of Australia/Ratepayers of Port Phillip (RoPP) Rhonda Clark
Gateway Ward   Independent Heather Cunsolo
  Liberal Party of Australia (unendorsed) Marcus Pearl
  Australian Labor Party Peter Martin
Lake Ward   Greens Katherine Copsey
  Liberal Party of Australia[5] (unendorsed) Andrew Bond
  Ratepayers of Port Phillip (RoPP) Christina Sirakoff

Elected Councillors of Port Phillip


Sister Cities and Friendship Links

See also


  1. ^ a b c "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. ^ "Port Phillip". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2006.
  3. ^ "Port Phillip City Council Election Results 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. October 2012. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  4. ^ a b Port Phillip City Council election results 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016
  5. ^ Willingham, Richard. "Fears Victorian plan to boost local council diversity will see fewer minorities elected". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 11 June 2020.
  6. ^ International Relations: Sister City Relationship with City of Obu, Japan.
  7. ^ "Friends of Suai". Archived from the original on 19 June 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  8. ^ Friends of Suai/Covalima Strategic Plan: 2010–2020.

Coordinates: 37°51′S 144°58′E / 37.850°S 144.967°E / -37.850; 144.967