City of Kingston

The City of Kingston is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, its northern boundary lying approximately 15 km from the Melbourne city centre[2] along the north-eastern shorelines of Port Phillip. It covers an area of 91 km² and has an estimated population of 151,389 people.[3][2]

City of Kingston
Population151,389 (2016)[1] (44th)
 • Density1,479.4/km2 (3,832/sq mi)
Area91 km2 (35.1 sq mi)
MayorCr Georgina Oxley
Location15 km (9 mi) from Melbourne city centre
Council seatCheltenham
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)
WebsiteCity of Kingston
LGAs around City of Kingston:
Bayside Glen Eira Monash
Port Phillip City of Kingston Greater Dandenong
Port Phillip Frankston Frankston

Council structure

Elected representatives

Kingston City Council
Council of the City of Kingston
Council political groups
  Labor: 3 seats
  Liberal: 3 seats
  Independent: 3 seats

The City of Kingston is divided into three wards, each with three councillors. Councillors are elected every four years by the community and the Mayor is elected each year, by the Councillors.

The North Ward contains Highett, Moorabbin, Oakleigh South, Clayton South, Clarinda, Heatherton and Dingley Village. The Central Ward contains Cheltenham, Mentone, Parkdale, Moorabbin Airport, Mordialloc and Braeside. The South Ward contains Aspendale, Waterways, Chelsea, Chelsea Heights, Bonbeach, Carrum and Patterson Lakes.

WardCouncillorYear elected
North Ward  George Hua[4]2016
 Steve Staikos[5]2008
 Tamara Barth[6]2012
Central Ward  Ron Brownlees[7]1997–2003
 Rosemary West[7]2003
 Geoff Gledhill[8]2012
South Ward  Tamsin Bearsley[9]2012
 Georgina Oxley[10]2016
 David Eden[9]2012

Corporate management

  • Chief Executive Officer, Julie Reed
  • General Manager Corporate Services, Paul Franklin
    Governance, People & Culture, Communications & Community Relations, Financial Services, Information Services and Procurement & Contracts
  • General Manager Planning and Development, Jonathan Guttmann
    City Development, City Strategy, Economic Development and Statutory Education & Compliance
  • General Manager Organisational City Assets and Environment, Daniel Freer
    Property, Arts & Leisure, Parks & Recreation, Traffic & Transport and Infrastructure
  • General Manager Community Sustainability, Mauro Bolin
    Community & Aged Services, Library & Education Services, Access Care Southern, Family, Youth & Children's Services and Community Buildings

Council services

The Council has an annual budget of approximately $122.2 million (2007/08)[11] with works involving areas such as road maintenance and construction, community, cultural and youth activities, town planning and development, waste management and recycling, maintenance of parks and public areas, public health and animal control, library services, and business and tourism support.



The City of Kingston area was originally governed by the Moorabbin Roads Board, which formed in 1862 and became a shire council in 1871, covering a large area of mixed agricultural and semi-urban land. After years of agitation, in 1917 the seaside town of Sandringham became a borough with its own council, and this fuelled the desire of those living in towns further south to combine their efforts and demand self-representation. This finally occurred in May 1920 and the "Borough of Mordialloc and Mentone" was formed. It became a town in 1923 and the City of Mordialloc in 1926.

In 1994, the state government amalgamated local councils all over Victoria, as part of its local government reform. The new City of Kingston was one result, comprising all of the City of Chelsea, most of the City of Mordialloc, a substantial portion of the City of Moorabbin, and parts of the Cities of Oakleigh and Springvale.

A new electoral structure for Kingston was effected in November 2008. Under the new structure there are three wards - North Ward, Central Ward and South Ward, and three Councillors representing each ward. This makes a total of nine Councillors, instead of the previous structure of seven wards each represented by one Councillor.

Kingston's headquarters are located at the 7-storey "1230 Nepean Hwy" building, which has become a landmark to Cheltenham as well as the council. The A-Grade office building was built in 1993.[12]


Primary education

  • Aspendale Gardens Primary School
  • Aspendale Primary School
  • Bonbeach Primary School
  • Carrum Primary School
  • Chelsea Primary School
  • Chelsea Heights Primary School
  • Cheltenham East Primary School
  • Clarinda Primary School
  • Clayton South Primary School
  • Dingley Primary School
  • Edithvale Primary School
  • Kingston Heath Primary School
  • Kingswood Primary School
  • Le Page Primary School
  • Mentone Primary School
  • Mentone Park Primary School
  • Mordialloc Primary School
  • Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School
  • Parktone Primary School
  • Parkdale Primary School
  • Patterson Lakes Primary School
  • Southmoor Primary School
  • St Andrew's Catholic Primary School
  • St Brigid's Catholic Primary School
  • St Catherines Catholic Primary School
  • St John Vianney's Catholic Primary School
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
  • St Louis De Montforts Catholic Primary School
  • St Mark's Primary School
  • St Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Secondary education

Primary and secondary education

Railway stations

Library services

The City of Kingston operates nine free council run libraries.[13]

Major branches

  • Chelsea
  • Cheltenham
  • Clarinda
  • Parkdale

Minor branches

  • Dingley
  • Highett
  • Moorabbin
  • Patterson Lakes
  • Warrigal Road

Sport and recreation facilities

The City of Kingston operates two swimming and recreation centres:[14]

See also


  1. "3218.0 – Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2014–15". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  2. "Kingston City Council - Local Government Victoria - Department for Victorian Communities". Find your local council. Department for Victorian Communities. 24 January 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2007.
  3. Australian Bureau of Statistics (30 March 2010). "Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2008–09". Archived from the original on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 4 June 2010.
  4. Hua, George. "About George". George Hua. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  5. "MP's son in council cash row", Royce Millar and Melissa Fyfe, The Age, 20 January 2013.
  6. "Results for Kingston City Council Elections 2012". Victorian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  7. "Councillors tell of Liberal MP's pressure", Royce Millar and Melissa Fyfe, The Age, 5 February 2013.
  8. "Meddling MP fuels Liberal row", Royce Millar and Melissa Fyfe, The Age, 19 January 2013.
  9. "Kingston Council candidates for South ward". Bayside News. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  10. Walker, Neil (6 July 2016). "Dreyfus home in Isaacs". Bayside News. Retrieved 17 April 2017.
  11. Kingston City Council (18 July 2007). "Budget for Kingston Council 2007-08". Archived from the original on 27 September 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2007.
  12. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2011. Retrieved 19 April 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  14. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 March 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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