The City of Yarra was created in June 1994 following the Victorian Government's restructure of local government.
The new municipality merged the former councils of Collingwood, Richmond, Fitzroy (including North Carlton), and Northcote (Alphington and Fairfield, south of Heidelberg Road only.)
The Wurundjeri-willam people of the Kulin Nation are the Traditional Owners of the land that is now known as the City of Yarra and Council recognises them as the custodians of the cultural heritage of this land. Yarra, particularly Fitzroy and Collingwood, continues to be an important meeting place for Aboriginal people in Victoria. Read more about the Aboriginal History of Yarra.
Yarra's suburbs have a rich and varied history which is reflected in the city's built form, natural environment and diverse community composition. In the early years, Yarra was more industrial and was home to many iconic Australian brands such as Fosters Brewery, Heinz and the Rosella Jam and Sauce factory. Over the years the industrial focus has shifted to a more residential and retail mix as the population and demand for inner city living has increased. As a result, many of the former factories have now been converted into highly sought after warehouse and studio apartments.
Today, Yarra boasts more than 230 hectares of open space. It is renowned for large historical gardens particularly Edinburgh Gardens in North Fitzroy and Darling Gardens in Clifton Hill. The Merri Creek and Yarra River, which form two of Yarra's boundaries, have adjoining linear open space reserves which are highly valued by residents of Yarra and wider metropolitan Melbourne for their recreational and nature conservation values.
Considering moving to Yarra?
Yarra Council welcomes new residents. Here is a checklist of things to things to think about if you are considering moving to Yarra.
If you would like to find out more about local services and community programs, visit our Community Directory.
Fast Facts about Yarra
- Situated five kilometres from the heart of Melbourne
- At 19.5 square kilometres, Yarra is one of Australia's smallest inner city municipalities
- The estimated residential population was 86,506 (as of March 2015)
- More than 33,500 households call Yarra home
- 66,792 people work in Yarra
- About 29% of Yarra's population was born overseas
- Nearly one-in-two Yarra residents (46 percent) journey to work on sustainable transport: public transport, cycling or walking.
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