City of Greater Dandenong
|City of Greater Dandenong|
The City of Greater Dandenong within metropolitan Melbourne
|Population||157,242 (2017 est.) (43rd)|
|• Density||1,214.97/km2 (3,146.77/sq mi)|
|Area||129.42 km2 (50.0 sq mi)|
|Mayor||Cr Youhorn Chea|
|Website||City of Greater Dandenong|
The City of Greater Dandenong is a local government area in Victoria, Australia in the southeastern suburbs of Melbourne. It has an area of just under 130 square kilometres (50 sq mi) and approximately 157,000 residents in 2017. 29% of its land area forms part of the South East Green Wedge.
In 1994, the Jeff Kennett government restructured local government in Victoria. His reforms dissolved 210 councils and created 78 new councils through amalgamations. As part of the reforms City of Springvale and City of Dandenong were merged to create City of Greater Dandenong.
Greater Dandenong City Council comprises 11 councillors, elected from four wards: Lightwood, Paperbark, Red Gum and Silverleaf. Councillors are elected to fixed-four year terms in a proportional manner using the STV voting system, with each ward electing Councillors based on their respective population.
Elections are held every four years, in accordance with the Local Government Act 1989, with voting being compulsory. Nevertheless, voter turnout figures by the Victorian Electoral Commission reveal that only 70.8% of eligible voters voted at the last council election in 2016.
The mayor is the head of the municipality, leading and coordinating the council's work. The position of mayor is a mostly ceremonial one, expected to represent the City and act as its public spokesperson. The mayor is not entirely a figurehead, however, instead being tasked with chairing council meetings and being involved with a greater number of community events such as citizenship ceremonies.
A mayor is elected among the councillors for a term of one year, meaning that each period between two local government elections usually sees four mayorships. The current Mayor is Cr Youhorn Chea, who since November 2017 has been serving his third term in the role. Clare O'Neil became the youngest female mayor in Australian history when she served as Mayor of Greater Dandenong from 2003 to 2004.
|Greater Dandenong City Council|
Council of the City of Greater Dandenong
Cr Youhorn Chea
Council political groups
Labor (9) |
The composition of Greater Dandenong City Council is one of the most Labor-dominated in the state, demonstrated by its high percentage of councillors who are members of the party and its below-average number of independent councillors. This political membership is reflected through the local federal and state MPs, both of whom are ALP politicians. The most recent elections were held on 22 October 2016 and produced the following results:
|Meng Heang Tak||Labor|
|Red Gum||Matthew Kirwan||Greens|
Places of interest
- Dandenong Market
- Drum Theatre
- Heritage Hill Museum and Historic Gardens
- City of Greater Dandenong Libraries
Suburbs and towns
- Dandenong North
- Dandenong South
- Parts of Lyndhurst
- Noble Park
- Noble Park North
- Springvale South
Dandenong Rangers play home games at the Dandenong Basketball Stadium and compete in the WNBL. Two championships have been won in the 2003–04 and 2004–05 seasons and again in 2005/2006 the team reached the Grand Final only to lose to the Canberra Capitals.
The Greater Dandenong Warriors Hockey Club is based at the Bill Toon Playing fields on Cleeland Road, Dandenong North. The club currently fields 5 Men's teams, 2 Women's teams, 6 Junior teams and 3 Veteran's team.
Greater Dandenong has many active community groups.
Service clubs include the Lions Club of Greater Dandenong, the Lions Club of Dandenong, the Lions Club of Dandenong (Supper), the Rotary Club of Dandenong, the Rotary Club of Noble Park and the Rotary Club of Springvale.
Due to this connection these schools in Greater Dandenong have established relationships with schools in Xuzhou:
- Wallarano Primary School & Minzulu
- Coomoora Secondary College & Xuzhou No. 3
- Springvale Primary School & Xuzhou Arts School
- Maralinga Primary School & Jinshinqaun
- Noble Park English Language School & Xingi Middle School
- Springvale Secondary College & Xuzhou No.1 Middle School