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Shaping our city

Neighbourhood partners share what they love about each City of Melbourne suburb

5 December 2023

Our neighbourhoods are as unique as the people who live, work and play within them, so we’re working to better understand and respond to community needs in a more localised way.

Through our neighbourhood model, we aim to connect the dots between council, residents and businesses, to empower local people, build community capacity and guide city projects.

This work is led by passionate neighbourhood partners. Read on to hear from each of the partners, who are always on hand to receive your questions and suggestions for your suburb.

Use these quick links to jump to suburbs of interest:

To learn more about each neighbourhood, browse community priorities and have your say on issues that matter to you, browse our Neighbourhood Portals.

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Carlton

  • 18,004 residents
  • 28 median age
  • 55% born overseas
  • 82% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 68% of households are renting

“There’s something for everyone in Carlton. Dive into a world of wonder at Melbourne Museum and IMAX, or stay cool at Carlton Baths. Satisfy your taste buds with baklawa at Alba’s, pizza at DOC, or affordable fresh produce from the Community Grocer’s market at the Carlton public housing estate.

“I love embracing the local spirit and diversity in Carlton, working with members of our community to create and celebrate initiatives that support and encourage inclusion, diversity and community connection.”

Nas Mohamud
Carlton neighbourhood partner

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Nas Mohamud

CBD

  • 46,780 residents
  • 28 median age
  • 69% born overseas
  • 99% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 69% of households are renting

“The CBD is an amazing patchwork of micro-neighbourhoods. I love that I can choose my own adventure in the CBD – I can go from waltzing through the elegant streets of the east end to meandering through the laneways around Flinders Street.

“Because the CBD is so diverse, I am passionate about supporting the community to be inclusive and accessible to everyone. It’s important to me that every person can identify with and participate in something that the CBD has to offer.”

Rei Chin
CBD neighbourhood partner

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Rei Chin

Docklands

  • 16,456 residents
  • 32 median age
  • 62% born overseas
  • 98% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 61% of households are renting

“Docklands is really one of a kind. It’s a wonderful place to live, work and play, with water views and an offering for everyone.

“You can feel that a real sense of community is being built in Docklands, which is amazing for the new families in the area. Docklands has so much to give, with a vibrant community eager to participate and engage with one another.”

Fadi Qunqar
Docklands neighbourhood partner

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Fadi Qunqar

East Melbourne

  • 4884 residents
  • 42 median age
  • 27% born overseas
  • 67% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 50% of households are renting

“East Melbourne is a thriving and welcoming neighbourhood right on the doorstep of the CBD. I love that you can wander and escape the hustle and bustle and yet still be in the thick of the city. It’s where a place like the MCG can sit among vast green spaces, where towering trees are celebrated, and green spaces are all around.

“I love that neighbours often know their neighbours and you can experience the warmth of community through intimate acts of kindness like a friendly smile on the street, or an impromptu chat in one of the small businesses.”

Kimberley Pierzchalski
East Melbourne neighbourhood partner

Kimberley Pierzchalski

Kensington

  • 11,000 residents
  • 35 median age
  • 31% born overseas
  • 29% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 48% of households are renting

“Kensington has a fabulous vibe because of its unique village feel and active community. It’s the birthplace of the Good Karma Network, boasts a train station with its own fairy garden, and it has more than eight community gardens and compost hubs. The neighbourhood also offers some of Melbourne’s best East African and Mexican street food.

“Stroll the stock route to the Maribyrnong River, enjoy the new playspace at JJ Holland Park or adventure playground at The Venny. We’re working on a circular economy precinct pilot for the neighbourhood, a new open space by Moonee Ponds Creek, and improvements to pedestrian and bike safety.”

Melanie Del Monaco
Kensington neighbourhood partner

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Melanie Del Monaco

North Melbourne

  • 16,582 residents
  • 31 median age
  • 42% born overseas
  • 64% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 59% of households are renting

“Within a relatively small geographic pocket, North Melbourne manages to pack in so much, and so many interesting people. It’s got stand-up comedy, cutting edge performance art, three cultural clubs, unexpected laneways, a vertical school, a proper local AFL footy team, a gin distillery, churches, a mosque, and a legendary hot chocolate house.

“I find the mix of experiences and people that I bump into in North Melbourne super energising, which is why I’m particularly
interested to work with locals on activities that strengthen neighbourhood spirit and relationships.”

Tallia Gilarry
North Melbourne neighbourhood partner

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Tallia Gilarry

Parkville

  • 7462 residents
  • 26 median age
  • 37% born overseas
  • 57% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 62% of households are renting

“The bustling presence of bright minds including university students, families and community groups infuses Parkville with energy and diversity. With so much happening around the Parkville neighbourhood, providing accessible and inclusive venues and programs for all members of our community is important to me.

“Strolls through Royal Park – our municipality’s largest open space – give me the chance to admire birds and possums, while the State Netball and Hockey Centre offers sporting activities and events to keep the community engaged. There’s also the charm of places like Walmsley House, one of Melbourne’s oldest homes, preserving the history of the neighbourhood.”

Nas Mohamud
Parkville neighbourhood partner

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Nas Mohamud

Southbank

  • 24,154 residents
  • 31 median age
  • 61% born overseas
  • 98% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 64% of households are renting

“Southbank’s ‘vertical neighbourhood’ reminds me of colourful Lego blocks and their endless potential.

“The community of Southbank is so diverse, not only in terms of the residents’ places of birth and ages, but also their ideas, areas of interests and strengths. When I connect people with each other, they immediately create an inclusive space for others to join.”

Ash Lee
Southbank neighbourhood partner

Ash Lee

South Yarra

  • 6565 residents
  • 39 median age
  • 33% born overseas
  • 78% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 50% of households are renting

“South Yarra is a slice of glorious gardens, leafy streets and buzzing outdoor action. The Royal Botanic Gardens is an inspiration to visitors, gardeners and landscapers. It’s a cultural hub with Sidney Myer Music Bowl hosting gigs and St Martins
Youth Arts Centre, which has developed generations of young creatives.

“The Senior Citizens Centre also hosts free programs, and its bay window view across Fawkner Park is a bit special. I am looking forward to Anzac Station opening, connecting further with schools, supporting those who feel socially isolated and
promoting inclusive experiences and access for all people.”

Kimberley Pierzchalski
South Yarra neighbourhood partner

Kimberley Pierzchalski

West Melbourne

  • 8014 residents
  • 31 median age
  • 54% born overseas
  • 68% of homes are flats or apartments of 3+ storeys
  • 62% of households are renting

“The funny thing about West Melbourne is that, despite it being well-located and objectively cool, many people don’t know it exists. It’s bizarre that a neighbourhood fringed by waterways, a market and container yards – that is also home to a historic lawn bowls club, iconic live music venues, and surely the most recognisable cabaret restaurant – has somehow managed to keep itself secret. I have so much respect for West Melburnians – they’ve got it figured out.

“I love brainstorming how we can transform the Maribyrnong River into a well-known and well-used natural asset.”

Tallia Gilarry
West Melbourne neighbourhood partner

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Tallia Gilarry

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