Manningham Municipality

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The City of Manningham is a Local Government Area in Victoria, Australia. It is located in the northeastern suburbs of Melbourne.

The total population is 118,544 (2009), divided up into 10 suburbs, the largest being Doncaster and Templestowe, over an area of 113 square kilometres.

The district spans a roughly east-west direction along the southern banks of the Yarra River and across the undulating valleys of the Koonung, Ruffey and Mullum Mullum Creeks, alternating from typical low density suburban housing in the west to remnant bushland within a green wedge in the east. As such, the district encompasses the transition between the built and natural environments in Melbourne’s east and enjoys a “balance of city and country”.

As a measure of quality of life in the city, in 2008 Manningham was named the second most livable city in Melbourne, and the seventh in Australia, in the inaugural BankWest Quality of Life Index. Five hundred and ninety local government areas (LGAs) across Australia, including 79 in Victoria, were ranked against 10 key criteria including employment levels, crime rates, internet access, health, education levels, earnings, home ownership rates, house size, proportion of empty homes and community involvement.

Formerly the City of Doncaster & Templestowe, the district was originally part of the Wurundjeri nation’s territory. Most of the first European settlers to the area were orchardists, arriving through the 1850s. Gold was first discovered in Victoria around the same time at Andersons Creek in Warrandyte, however, the district saw varied growth as periods of low density suburban development occurred sporadically throughout the mid-late 20th century.