About Hobsons Bay

The City of Hobsons Bay is located in Melbourne’s west. It 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 in Hobsons Bay, which spans some 88 square kilometres in area. The first people of the land are the Kulin Nation.   

Hobsons Bay was one of the first sites of European settlement in Victoria and its early industry grew around the establishment of a port, customs services and mercantile stores.  Today it is still home to significant industry with recognised strengths in logistics, manufacturing, chemical and petroleum industries, and from very early days in shipbuilding and maritime, rail maintenance and transport.   

While people love Hobsons Bay for its open space, its coastline, coastal trail, significant wetlands, creeks and river frontage, its industrial history and current presentation are also part of the character of the city.  Many locals of the west have strong family experiences and memory based around work. While the nature of it changes, the base of our industry continues, contributing to the growth of the western region and the state of Victoria, and in 2016 providing for more than 30,000 local jobs.   

Hobsons Bay City Council has a commitment to supporting the arts, to celebrating diversity, creativity and innovation.  As principal partner to Art & Industry, Council is proud to work in partnership with its economic, resident and arts communities, to encourage exploration and connection and to help contribute to a new cultural lens across our city, that will all be the richer for it. 

Chris Eddy
Chief Executive Officer
Hobsons Bay City Council

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