About Hobsons Bay

Hobsons Bay City Council is proud to be Principal Partner to the second Art & Industry Festival.

The City of Hobsons Bay is located in Melbourne’s west. The first people of the land are the Kulin Nation.  The region comprises the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn, Laverton, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown and Williamstown North. Approximately 92,000 people live here in Hobsons Bay, which spans some 88 square kilometres in area.   

Being one of the first sites of European settlement in Victoria, Hobsons Bay’s history, including its role as Melbourne’s first port and the home of early rail infrastructure, heralded more than 100 years of industrial evolution and development. While the presentation and pace of modern manufacturing and logistics are changing, our industrial past remains very much linked to the identity of the city. As demonstrated in the Hobsons Bay 2030
Community Vision, as a community we place a high value on heritage, sustainability and our environment. People love living here for our open space, our coastline, significant wetlands and waterways. Through the Art & Industry Festival, we are encouraged to look at our built and natural environment, including its industrial context, through a cultural lens.   

Council has a role to play in supporting the cultural and economic vitality of the city.  Council recently adopted Creative City, Hobsons Bay’s Arts and Culture Plan 2018 – 2022, identifying that access to the arts can help inspire us and provide economic and social benefit. If you are visiting us, we hope you enjoy your time here, and are inspired by the Art & Industry Festival; if you live or work in Hobsons Bay, we encourage you to explore our city over ten days in November through this program that enables us to consider our unique industrial and creative identity.       

Aaron van Egmond
Chief Executive Officer
Hobsons Bay City Council

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