Brimbank City Council
Whether you’re visiting for a day, a weekend or a week, or even looking to call Brimbank home, you’ll find a range of amazing experiences waiting for you.
Located between 12 and 23 kilometres west and northwest from Melbourne’s CBD, this diverse and dynamic city is best known for its cultural diversity, welcoming community, and great authentic food from across the globe at affordable prices.
Brimbank is home to national parks, an exciting array of festivals and events, an expanding food and coffee culture and a burgeoning arts community. If you scratch the surface there is also a rich history to be found.
Census figures show that 53.1%of residents in Brimbank were born overseas and around 62.1% speak a language other than English. It is experiencing significant population growth. Sunshine is emerging as one of the key hubs for redevelopment and is emerging as vibrant centre of the region.
Hobsons Bay City Council
On the northern shores of Port Phillip Bay, Hobsons Bay has over 20 kms of beaches and foreshore areas, and significant coastal wetlands, five creek systems, remnant native grasslands, and important flora and fauna habitats.
Home to the suburbs of Altona, Altona Meadows, Altona North, Brooklyn, Laverton, Newport, Seabrook, Seaholme, South Kingsville, Spotswood, Williamstown and Williamstown North, Hobsons Bay is a unique part of Melbourne’s west.
Hobsons Bay is well known as an attractive tourist destination, with popular local attractions including: Scienceworks, Seaworks, the Substation, Newport Lakes, Point Gellibrand Coastal Heritage Park, the Hobsons Bay Coastal Trail, wetlands, Altona and Williamstown beaches, Williamstown Botanic Gardens and Nelson Place, Williamstown.
The historic seaport of Williamstown is one of the oldest settlements in Victoria with a range of historic buildings and significant maritime heritage.
Hobsons Bay is also part of the industrial heartland of Melbourne’s west and contains some of Victoria’s largest industrial enterprises.
Cultural diversity is valued in Hobsons Bay. About 30% of the residents of Hobsons Bay were born overseas and speak a language other than English at home.
Melton City Council
The City of Melton is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Australia, offering the best in urban and rural lifestyles within a comfortable commuting distance from Melbourne.
Encompassing a total land area of 527 square kilometres, the City of Melton includes the main urban centre of Melton, the growing western suburban spread of Melbourne in the Caroline Springs/Hillside area and several smaller townships, including Diggers Rest, Rockbank and Toolern Vale.
The City of Melton is a great place to visit, with award-winning wineries, heritage attractions, a dingo education centre, public art, parks, picnic areas, sports grounds, walking and cycling paths along tree lined creeks. The area is also known for horse breeding and harness racing, with a reputation as one of the premier equine municipalities in the country.
The City of Melton is a diverse and inclusive community, offering affordable living options for the 38 households who move to the area each week. Currently, each week 33 babies are born to families in the municipality and over 70 per cent of the City of Melton’s population is under 45 years old.
Moonee Valley City Council
The City of Moonee Valley covers an area of 43km² just north of Melbourne City Centre and includes the suburbs of Ascot Vale, Flemington, Travancore and Moonee Ponds in the South, Avondale Heights, Keilor East, Airport West, Niddrie, Essendon West and Essendon Fields (Moonee Valley’s newest suburb) in the West, and Strathmore, Strathmore Heights, Essendon, Essendon North and Aberfeldie in the centre.
Moonee Valley is well known for its streetscapes and historic buildings, the internationally renowned horseracing industry, its active community of sporting enthusiasts, and cultural facilities and events such as the Clocktower Theatre, Incinerator Arts Complex, Moonee Valley Festival, Arts Week and the largest youth festival in the country, YouthFest.
Wyndham City Council
Wyndham City Council is the largest and fastest growing municipality of all Victorian local government areas.
Wyndham City is large and diverse. Spanning 542 km2 on a coastal plain on the western fringe of Melbourne, Wyndham City is home to a diversity of sectors: strong industrial and technology districts, two major retail precincts, intensive vegetable growing areas and grazing lands.
The principal areas of population are Werribee and Hoppers Crossing, with substantial growth occurring in Tarneit, Point Cook, Truganina and Wyndham Vale.
Key tourism and open space attractions such as the Werribee Park Mansion, Victoria’s Open Range Zoo at Werribee, the State Equestrian Centre, Shadow Fax winery, Cheatham Wetlands and the Point Cook Homestead, the Point Cook RAAF Museum and the newly developing Wyndham Harbour.
Victoria University (VU) was founded in 1916 as Footscray Technical School and has evolved to become one of the largest and most culturally diverse education institutions in Australia. It is one of only five multi-sector universities offering vocational education (TAFE) and higher education courses. VU now has more than 48,000 enrolled students, which includes more than 13,400 international students studying our courses onshore or with partner institutions offshore. More than 2,400 academics, teaching and general staff join with the University’s students to make VU a university that is excellent, engaged and accessible.
VU maintains strong links with local communities, government and industry, and is distinctive because of its transformational role in improving the lives of people and communities, especially in the western metropolitan region of Melbourne. Victoria University sees several strategic links in our association with Western Melbourne Tourism through the provision of tourism, hospitality, events and music industry research, education and advice that can assist with the professional development of the tourism and events sector in the west. VU also seeks to assist in the development of Footscray’s university town concept through involvement with the City of Maribyrnong, The Footscray Community Arts Centre, the establishment of the Metro West venue and links in Education and with Western Health.
WMT board member Dr Colin Drake is VU’s representative. Colin is VU’s MBA Program Director and has in excess of twenty years’ experience in tourism and events management in Australia and overseas.
Parks Victoria is responsible for managing an expanding and diverse portfolio of public land assets covering more than 4 million hectares, approximately 17 per cent of Victoria. Parks Victoria is committed to delivering works on the ground across Victoria’s park network to protect and enhance park values. At the core of responsibilities is ensuring parks are healthy and resilient for current and future generations.
Parks and nature are an important part of improving and maintaining health, both for individuals and the community. Parks Victoria has a clear role to play in connecting people and communities with parks through its core ethos of Healthy Parks and Healthy People.
Land is managed in the context of its surrounding landscape and in partnership with traditional owners. Parks Victoria works in partnership with a broad range of other government and non-government organisations and community groups such as the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, catchment management authorities, private land owners, friends groups, volunteers, licensed tour operators, lessees, research institutes and the broader community.
For Melbourne’s west Parks Victoria operates from a regional office based at Werribee Park. Park Victoria manages some of the key visitor attractions in Melbourne’s west including the Werribee Park Mansion precinct (including Werribee Mansion, Mansion Hotel and State Rose Garden), Werribee River Park, Point Cook Coastal Park, Cheatham Wetlands Jawbone Marine sanctuary and Brimbank Park.
LeadWest is the regional organisation for Melbourne’s west, with a focus on advocacy for the region. LeadWest’s membership includes all six local governments in Melbourne’s west, joined by major companies and other organisations based in the region.
LeadWest recognises the importance of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Recreation to our region, and the considerable potential for building a strong tourism portfolio which will continue to bring visitors to the region.
LeadWest’s involvement in the WMT Board is supported by the Western Agenda which sets out the following Experience and Enjoyment goals for Melbourne’s west:
- Increased visitation to Melbourne’s west through building strategic tourism profile
- Strengthened support for our region’s creative communities
- Enhanced recreational opportunities in Melbourne’s west.
Leadwest is represented on the Western Melbourne Tourism board by CEO Craig Rowley.
Arts West is a unique alliance of arts organisations who together reflect the exciting, vibrant and ever expanding arts and culture thriving in Melbourne’s west.
The Arts West alliance includes: 100 Story Building, Big West Festival, Cohealth Arts Generator, Footscray Community Arts Centre, Snuff Puppets, The Substation, Western Edge Youth Arts Women’s Circus.
Collectively Arts West delivers the bulk of arts and cultural activities and engagement throughout Melbourne’s west locally and also regionally, nationally and internationally. Through deep emotional and historical connections, Arts West has an extensive and diverse reach providing cultural services to over 200,000 people annually.
With an anticipated 32% population growth across the region before 2023, Melbourne’s west is one ofAustralia’s fastest growing areas with over 130 cultural groups and 150 languages represented. Arts and culture plays a significant role in framing the next generation of community engagement, health, wellbeing and cohesion – as an alliance, Arts West aims to better understand and engage with diverse communities and audiences that this unprecedented growth will bring.
Arts West is generously funded by Arts Victoria, the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Gandel Philanthropy.
Zoos Victoria / Werribee Open Range Zoo
Watching the herds of Zebra, Giraffe and Southern White Rhinos, giraffe grazing in the savannah at Werribee Open Range Zoo, it’s hard to believe that you’re just a 30-minute drive away from Melbourne’s CBD. A vital hub in the Werribee Park Tourism Precinct, Werribee Open Range Zoo is home some of Africa’s most iconic animals as well as wildlife from the grasslands of Asia, North America and Australia. A Safari Bus Tour provides visitors with a taste of Africa and is completed by a range of Keeper Talks and special encounters including off road adventures, behind the scenes animal experiences and a Slumber Safari overnight experience. As part of Zoos Victoria, Werribee Open Range Zoo plays a critical role in saving some of the world’s most endangered animals with breeding programs, research and wildlife experiences and campaigns that inspire visitors to fight extinction. Werribee Open Range Zoo first opened to the public in 1983 and now welcomes more than half a million visitors each year.
Zoos Victoria provides industry representation on the Western Melbourne Tourism Board, represented by Safari Manager, Gillian Kamp.
Scienceworks makes learning about science and technology a fun, interactive adventure.
Located within Melbourne’s west, in the inner-western suburb of Spotswood, the museum presents science and technology in unexpected and involving ways.
Hands-on participation is positively encouraged and visitors can take part in live demonstrations, shows, guided tours and special activities. There is also a programme of changing exhibitions.
Scienceworks is a great place to challenge curious minds and keep active bodies busy.
Quest Apartment Hotels
Quest Apartment Hotels is Australia’s leading apartment hotel provider with over 150 properties in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. Conveniently located in central business districts, suburban and regional areas with close proximity to head offices, business centres and key tourist destinations, Quest apartments offer convenient and spacious accommodation. No matter where you need to travel, Quest is perfectly placed.
Founded by its current Executive Chairman Paul Constantinou who grew up in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Quest was born from humble beginnings in 1988 when Paul established the first Quest property in Fitzroy on the fringe of Melbourne’s central business district. Since then Quest has grown to become the largest and most successful apartment hotels brand in Australasia.
Quest is very well represented in Melbourne west with 8 properties in the region including its recently opened property at Melbourne Airport.