About the Shire

The Shire of Nillumbik is located less than 25 kilometres north-east of Melbourne, and has the Yarra River as its southern boundary. It extends 29 kilometres to Kinglake National Park in the north. The Shire stretches approximately 20 kilometres from the Plenty River and Yan Yean Road in the west to Christmas Hills and the Yarra escarpment in the east

The Shire covers an area of 431.94 square kilometres and has an estimated population of 64,280 who live in close-knit communities which range from typical urban settings to remote and tranquil bush properties 

Areas and townships of the Shire of Nillumbik

  • Arthurs Creek
  • Bend of Islands
  • Christmas Hills
  • Cottles Bridge
  • Diamond Creek
  • Doreen (parts of)
  • Eltham
  • Eltham North
  • Greensborough (parts of)
  • Hurstbridge
  • Kangaroo Ground
  • North Warrandyte
  • Nutfield
  • Panton Hill
  • Plenty
  • Research
  • Smiths Gully
  • St Andrews
  • Strathewen
  • Watsons Creek
  • Wattle Glen
  • Yarrambat

There is also over 300 hectares of nature and recreation reserves, which does not include some areas of the Kinglake National Park in the north of the Shire.

In 2008, the Victorian Electoral Commission conducted a review of the Shire's ward boundaries which resulted in a reduction of the number of wards, from nine to seven. An election was held in November 2008.

Nillumbik Shire Council's CEO is Mark Stoermer. 

The wards and elected representatives are:

Blue Lake Ward - Cr Grant Brooker
Bunjil Ward - Cr Karen Egan
Edendale Ward - Cr John Dumaresq
Ellis Ward - Cr Peter Perkins
Sugarloaf Ward - Cr Jane Ashton
Swipers Gully Ward - Cr Bruce Ranken
Wingrove Ward -  Cr Peter Clarke