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City of Manningham

About the area

Name origin

Manningham is named after Manningham Road, which is thought to be named after a region in West Yorkshire, England.

Location and boundaries

Manningham City Council is located in Melbourne's north-eastern suburbs, commencing with its western boundary in Bulleen, 10 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD and extending to Wonga Park at its eastern extremity, 32 kilometres from the CBD. The City is bounded by the Yarra River, Banyule City and Nillumbik Shire in the north, Yarra Ranges Shire in the east, Koonung Creek, Maroondah City and the Cities of Whitehorse and Boroondara in the south and Banyule City and the Yarra River in the west.

Included areas

The City of Manningham encompasses a total land area of 114 square kilometres, including a substantial 17% green open spaces. The non-urban areas include a large tract of the Green Wedge, and are used mainly for rural residential living, conservation and small scale agriculture. The City includes the suburbs of Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Donvale, Nunawading (part), Park Orchards, Ringwood North (part), Templestowe, Templestowe Lower, Warrandyte, Warrandyte South and Wonga Park (part).

Land use

The City of Manningham is an urban and semi-urban area, including normal suburban blocks and low density areas. Generally, areas east of Mullum Mullum Creek are non-urban, while areas to the west are residential. Urban areas include the suburbs of Bulleen, Doncaster, Doncaster East, Templestowe and Templestowe Lower. The City encompasses a total land area of 114 square kilometres, including substantial green open spaces. Non-urban areas are used mainly for rural residential living, conservation and small scale agriculture (viticulture and grazing).


The City of Manningham is served by the Eastern Freeway.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the late 1830s, with land used mainly for orchards, vineyards, dairy farming and wheat and vegetable growing. Growth was minimal until the 1850s when the villages of Doncaster, Templestowe and Warrandyte were established, aided by gold discoveries. Relative isolation from railway lines meant that large-scale residential development did not commence until the post-war period. From the 1950s, there was significant residential development in areas such as Bulleen, Doncaster and Templestowe Lower. This development continued into the 1980s as Doncaster East, Templestowe and Donvale experienced rapid growth. The population declined marginally in the early 1990s, falling from nearly 105,000 in 1991 to about 103,000 in 1996. The population increased slightly from 1996 to 2011, rising to nearly 110,000 in 2011. Population growth is expected in the future, largely from the development of the Doncaster Hill urban village.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Manningham area were the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people.

Regional labour force

The City of Manningham labour force region is defined by an area in which a significant percentage of workers travelled into the City of Manningham to work at the 2011 Census. Details of this calculation and a list of areas included can be found in the data notes.