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City of Frankston (former)

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City of Frankston
Location in Melbourne
Population89,600 (1992)[1]
 • Density1,262.7/km2 (3,270.3/sq mi)
Area70.96 km2 (27.4 sq mi)
Council seatFrankston
RegionSouthern metropolitan Melbourne
LGAs around City of Frankston:
Chelsea Springvale Cranbourne
Port Phillip City of Frankston Cranbourne
Mornington Hastings Hastings

The City of Frankston was a local government area located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Melbourne, the state capital of Victoria, Australia. The city covered an area of 70.96 square kilometres (27.4 sq mi) in and around Frankston, and existed from 1860 until 1994.


The Mornington Road District was first created on 6 November 1860, and became a shire on 24 November 1871. On 31 May 1893, it was renamed the Shire of Frankston and Hastings, and lost its western riding to the New Mornington Shire, which itself was later renamed the Shire of Mornington. The two shires were almost reunited in a major local government reform programme in 1915.[2]

On 19 October 1960, the Central and Eastern Ridings of the shire were severed and, with parts of the Eastern Riding of the Shire of Flinders, was incorporated as the Shire of Hastings. The remainder was renamed the Shire of Frankston, and after a petition was received by the Government on 4 May 1966, Frankston was proclaimed as a city, on 24 August 1966.[3]

On 15 December 1994, the City of Frankston was abolished, and, along with parts of the Cities of Cranbourne and Springvale, was merged into the new City of Frankston. Parts of Mount Eliza were transferred to the newly created Shire of Mornington Peninsula.[4]

Some changes occurred between the release of the Local Government Board report in July 1994 and the actual amalgamation; the original plan was to merge Frankston with the City of Chelsea, and take Braeside and Carrum Downs, from the City of Springvale. However, Frankston City Council submitted that it should expand eastwards instead, as well as taking Mount Eliza and Baxter.[5] By October, the present boundaries had been agreed upon, but the new entity was to be known as the City of Nepean. This appeared in the Board's final report in November 1994.[6][7] However, the State Government ultimately decided to use the old name for the new entity, departing from the Board's recommendation.[8]

Council formerly met at the Civic Centre at Young Street and Davey Street, Frankston. The facility is still used for the same purpose by the new City of Frankston.


The City of Frankston was divided into four wards, each of which elected three councillors:

  • North Ward
  • East Ward
  • Centre Ward
  • South Ward



Year Population
1954 15,478
1958 20,600*
1961 26,722
1966 42,042
1971 59,410
1976 71,899
1981 78,808
1986 83,819
1991 84,986

* Estimate in the 1958 Victorian Year Book.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics, Victoria Office (1994). Victorian Year Book. p. 49. ISSN 0067-1223.
  2. ^ Victoria Government Gazette, 28 April 1915, p.1915:1530.
  3. ^ Victorian Municipal Directory. Brunswick: Arnall & Jackson. 1992. pp. 377–378, 695. Accessed at State Library of Victoria, La Trobe Reading Room.
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (1 August 1995). Victorian local government amalgamations 1994-1995: Changes to the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (PDF). Commonwealth of Australia. p. 10. ISBN 0-642-23117-6. Retrieved 16 December 2007.
  5. ^ Neales, Sue (27 July 1994). "Crunch time for councils in south and south-east". The Age. p. 8.
  6. ^ "The councils shake-up". The Age. 22 October 1994. p. 10.
  7. ^ Gettler, Leon (19 November 1994). "Report outlines new council boundaries". The Age. p. 10.
  8. ^ Gettler, Leon (16 December 1994). "Most council elections in 1996". The Age. p. 6.

Coordinates: 38°09′S 145°08′E / 38.150°S 145.133°E / -38.150; 145.133

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