Melbourne is a cosmopolitan city, a thriving business hub, a focal point for arts and culture, and a great place to work and play.

The City of Melbourne is Victoria’s national and international gateway, the seat of the Victorian Government and headquarters to many Victorian, national and international companies, peak bodies, non-government organisations and Australian Government agencies.

Melbourne is home to six of Australia’s top ten companies. The city is a hub for new and developing technologies and things are looking bright for an even more successful economic future.

With an increasing population and expanding boundaries, Melbourne is home to people from more than 100 countries. On an average day, around 800,000 people use the city and Melbourne hosts over a million international visitors a year.  Melbourne’s calendar of international events include sporting events (Australian Open Tennis Championships, Australian Formula One Grand Prix); community events (Moomba Festival); and cultural events (Melbourne Music Week, Melbourne International Arts Festival; Melbourne International Film Festival; Melbourne International Comedy Festival).

Named the World's Most Liveable City by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2011 and 2012, Melbourne has won international awards in areas as diverse as, green building design, knowledge and business innovation.

There is much to love about Melbourne. This sophisticated world city inspires a deep passion in those who live and visit here. They love its vibrant energy, staggering choice of restaurants, funky boutiques, café-filled laneways, cool bars, unbeatable galleries, luscious parks and village-like inner suburbs, each with its own special character.



Deputy Lord Mayor

Councillor Arron Wood was elected in 2012 and 2016 as the Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and is currently the Acting Lord Mayor of Melbourne. Councillor Wood chairs the Finance and Governance portfolio. He is Council representative on the following committees and bodies:


  • Audit Committee
  • Chief Executive Officer Employment Matters Committee
  • Committee for Melbourne
  • Victorian Local Governance Association
  • Fishermans Bend Ministerial Advisory Committee (as Lord Mayor’s delegate)
  • Melbourne Art Trust.

Arron is the founder and principal of the highly acclaimed Kids Teaching Kids Program which is an award winning environmental education program that promotes positive wellbeing, resilience and awareness in young people in matters of local and global issues.

Councillor Wood graduated with a degree in Forest Science from Melbourne University and is a respected sustainability and environmental consultant and activist and belongs to the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently serving on the Board of the South East Water Corporation and is Chair of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute. Arron is also a former member of the National Council on Education for Sustainability and was selected to complete Al Gore’s Climate Change Leadership Program. Arron was honoured to be a “Clean Up the World Ambassador” with David De Rothschild and Celine Cousteau.

As a past winner of the United Nations Individual Award for Outstanding Service to the Environment Arron was also the 2001 Young Australian of the Year (National Environment Winner) and received the Centenary Medal for outstanding contribution to conservation by the Governor-General.

In what was a huge career highlight Arron’s commitment to the environment was covered on ABC’s Australian Story. In 2008 Arron completed a Churchill Fellowship which took him to New York and Geneva working with the United Nations to research replication of environmental education programs on a global scale.

Arron is married to Stephanie Wood and they have two young children.


Office of the Lord Mayor
Acting Lord Mayor Arron Wood
Phone: (03) 9658 9658 Fax: (03) 9654 2628
City of Melbourne
GPO Box 1603
Melbourne VIC 3001