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City Snapshot

Located on the northern shore of Port Phillip Bay, south of the Melbourne Central Business District, Victoria, Australia.

One of the oldest areas of Melbourne, Port Phillip is known for its many dynamic urban villages, a foreshore which stretches for over 11km, cultural diversity, magnificent heritage buildings, artistic expressions and beautiful parks and gardens. 

Port Phillip is well served by a number of varied and substantial retail, entertainment and leisure precincts. These include Bay Street (Port Melbourne), Clarendon Street (South Melbourne), Fitzroy and Acland Streets (St Kilda) and Carlisle Street (Balaclava).

Suburbs in the City of Port Phillip

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Post Code

Albert Park, Middle Park 3206
Balaclava, East St Kilda 3183
Elwood 3184
Port Melbourne, Garden City 3207
Ripponlea 3185
South Melbourne 3205
St Kilda Road, Melbourne 3004
St Kilda, St Kilda South, St Kilda West 3182
Windsor 3181

Note: some suburbs cross the municipal boundary.


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Port Phillip is home to seven distinct neighbourhoods that members of the community identify with, especially in terms of where they live. The council uses the neighbourhood model to manage the delivery of council services and development of community strategies for the purposes of community consultation. . 

Neighbourhoods are different to municipal wards. The Port Phillip municipality is divided into wards for democratic purposes. One councillor is elected in each ward to represent those residents and businesses. To foster the democratic concept of representative government, there is approximately the same number of people/voters in each ward. Ward boundaries are periodically reviewed to ensure this.

Neighbourhoods, on the other hand, are local areas or suburbs for which parts of the community feel an affiliation. There is a clear desire from the Port Phillip community to maintain and enhance the diversity and special qualities of the various neighbourhoods. In recognising this, the City of Port Phillip endeavours to be responsive to the needs of neighbourhood communities, and conducts services and activities on a neighbourhood basis.

Establishment of the City of Port Phillip

The City of Port Phillip was established on 22 June 1994, following a state government review of Victorian local government boundaries.

Three former cities - St Kilda, South Melbourne and Port Melbourne - were amalgamated to form the City of Port Phillip.

Between establishment in 1994 and the first council election for the City of Port Phillip in March 1996, three state government-appointed commissioners conducted the functions of the mayor and councillors.

Neighbouring Councils

The neighbouring local councils that are nearby to the City of Port Phillip are.


For information about the other Victorian Local Councils including council boundaries, contacts, and website links see the Department of Infrastructure's Local Government site

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