Working together with the community to improve opportunities for the people of Whittlesea
The City of Whittlesea is one of Victoria’s fastest growing municipalities with a current population of over 130,000. The City of Whittlesea is located 20km north of Melbourne. Since 2001 approximately 18,000 people have moved into the City and the level of growth is predicted to remain strong for the next 25 years or more. The City of Whittlesea is one of Melbourne’s eight outer metropolitan ‘Interface Councils’. These Councils face the distinctive challenges of balancing the dynamics of urban areas, rural areas, rapid growth, social disadvantage and high demand for services. The City is also one of the most culturally and economically diverse areas in the Melbourne metropolitan area.
The municipality faces the complex and distinctive challenges of balancing the dynamics of urban and rural areas, rapid growth, social disadvantage and high demand for services. The City has one of the most culturally diverse populations, with over 57.3% of residents from Non English speaking backgrounds. Whittlesea also has the fourth highest population of indigenous people in metropolitan Melbourne. The City is characterised by pockets of high socio economic disadvantage, ranking the fifth most disadvantaged on the SEIFA index. It also ranks the third lowest on Melbourne’s Index of education and occupation and the sixth lowest on the Index of Urban disadvantage.
Currently, families, children and young people in the City of Whittlesea are disadvantaged in relation to the provision of local human services. In addition, local residents are geographically isolated from service centres and current service provision is not keeping pace with population growth and demand. Increased State Government investment in social infrastructure and program delivery is essential to achieve a basic level of service provision.