Ahead of the October 2020 Council elections, Bayside City Council’s electoral structure and ward boundaries are changing.
Bayside is moving to a single-member ward structure going from three to seven wards as specified in the Victoria Government’s new Local Government Act 2020.
In determining names for the seven-ward-structure, Council considered the historical significance of the area, well known places and notable individuals, particularly females, to provide a great mix of names that reflect our wonderful municipality.
The new ward boundaries and names were adopted at that 19 May 2020 Ordinary Meeting of Council and are applicable to the electoral process for the 2020 Council elections, as outlined below:
Ward A- Dendy Ward
Named after Henry Dendy, a significant historical landowner, who purchased over 2 ha of land in 1841 on which the City of Brighton was developed.
Ward B- Bleazby Ward
Named after Elizabeth Bleazby first female Councillor of the City of Brighton from 1930-1946 and the daughter of former Mayor, Councillor and Premier of Victoria The Hon. Thomas Bent.
Ward C- Castlefield
Named after the historical post war housing estate.
Ward D- Boyd Ward
Named after the Boyd family of painters, sculptors, authors, potters and an architect. The family in various branches lived in Brighton, Sandringham, Black Rock and Beaumaris over more than a century and the women of the families were artists in their own right. The generations of the artists painted extensively along the foreshore and beaches, designed beautiful houses particularly in Beaumaris and the sculpture on the corner of Bluff Road and Royal Avenue which was created in Edward Street, Black Rock.
Ward E- Ivison Ward
Named after Ruby May Ivison MBE, the first female Councillor of the City of Sandringham from 1961-1976 and Mayor of the City 1967/68 and 1973/74.
Ward F- Ebden
Named after Charles Ebden, former Member of Parliament from 1843, former Auditor General for the State of Victoria and significant land and home owner of Black Rock House located in Black Rock.
Ward G- Beckett
Named after Clarice Beckett, (1887-1933). One of Bayside’s most significant female artists. Beckett usually painted in the early morning or at dusk, around the bays and streets of her family home in Beaumaris and nearby areas including Black Rock, Sandringham and Brighton. Depicting images of ordinary life, these works remain unique for their time and are held in Australia’s major state and regional galleries.