The Association of Bayside Municipalities (ABM) was established in 1974 and is a membership organisation for 10 local councils surrounding Port Phillip Bay.
There has been a cooperative arrangement and partnership with the bayside councils that can be identified back to the significant storm of 1934 where collectively bayside councils call for State government action to repair, protect and improve the coastline.
The current member councils are Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, Frankston City Council, City of Kingston, Bayside City Council, City of Port Philip, City of Melbourne, Hobsons Bay City Council, Wyndham City Council, City of Greater Geelong and Borough of Queenscliffe.
Council membership names have changed due to amalgamations and rationalisation since 1974.
The focus of the Association has also changed reflecting the current priorities.
Recent history of Presidential Councils
1998-1999 Hobson Bay
1999-2000 Port Phillip
2002-2003 Mornington Pen
2007-2008 Port Phillip
2008-2009 Mornington Peninsula
2013 Hobsons Bay
2016 Mornington Peninsula